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Hello, and welcome to the December Newsletter. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Wishing you the best in 2019.

Thanks, everyone for subscribing to and reading my monthly newsletters. If you're new or missed any editions, you can always catch up by visiting the Archive Page.

What's New With Us - Trip Reports


We've spent the month of December in the southwest mostly dry camping. First up was a few days relaxing at the Salton Sea on Corvina Beach then over to Ogilby Road BLM for another week of mellow boondocking
Once recharged from our long journey south we headed over and set up camp for an extended 2-week stay at a favorite Arizona State Park - Lost Dutchman. The views and sunsets are among the best you'll find in the southwest. Last winter's one week stay was so fantastic we just had to come back for a return visit. (Find more info and a video in last years blog post)
It's a popular busy park close to Phoenix so book early. I booked a few months in advance to secure a campsite over Christmas. We paid $20 a night for a large dry camping site. 2-week max stay.
We didn't spend the whole month roughing it though. For 3 days mid-month while waiting to go to Lost Dutchman we enjoyed RV resort living and the pool & hot tub at a place called Canyon Vistas RV Resort. Its located in Gold Canyon near Apache Junction, Arizona

Having just turned 55 a few months back this was my first 55+ RV park. :) We also celebrated Anne's birthday and our anniversary there as a treat. Using our Passport America card helped, giving us a 50% discount on the normal rate of $75 bucks a night! They honor Passport America up until Jan 1st.

It's a large place, mostly seasonal campsites, and park model homes. The short-term area was pretty spartan looking but large sites and a decent view of the mountains. I'd recommend t if you can get the Passport America rate and want a secure base to leave the RV and explore the area from.
January will see us head back out into the more rural desert in search of some peaceful boondocking away from the city and the crowds. Stay tuned.

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Ray's Pick - Helpful RVing Website/App

 

www.avenzamaps.com


A California BLM ranger clued me into this handy smartphone app as he was helping me find the proper place to camp. Once installed on the phone you can download free or paid maps to locate yourself by GPS.

To see it in action check out my video from Ogiliby Road BLM

Avenza Maps™ is a mobile map app that allows you to download maps for offline use on your iOS and Android smartphone or tablet. Use your device's built-in GPS to track your location on any map. Plot and record information about locations, import and export placemarks, measure distance and area, and even plot photos. You can easily browse and purchase maps from all over the world using the convenient Avenza Map Store—online or in-app.
(Note: I'm not affiliated with this website in any way - Ray)

RVing Tip of the Month


Great little tip sent to me by a fellow RVer named Rick. To see more of the tips Rick shared check out this post on Love Your RV -  Ray

Pin Box height stick
 
I haven’t seen anyone else use this method for determining pin box height when hitching up. Lean 1 x2 against pin box plate. Start cranking. When stick falls over, you are at the correct height to hitch up
The stick also doubles as my “Slide Ruler”; get it”? haha…
RVing Funny of the Month

Our Space Saving Christmas Tree. :)

Another terrific year of RV life is in the books. I'm one lucky son of a gun. Thanks for following my adventure.


 
Cheers Ray - ray@loveyourrv.com
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