Sunday Jan. 10
the below post about "Big Boys and Their Toys".
new Remote Control to our gererator didn't work as it wouldn't shut off
the generator. I would start it, but not shut it off when the red button
today we carried the generator back over to our picnic table again.
That thing is heavy... I takes the both of us to lift it. So we
took the covers off again. I tried pressing the reset button on the new
remote start unit. No help. So next I started taking apart the Tap-In
Squeeze Connectors I had installed.
found one that hadn't pinched completely through a wire coating. That was
it... I ripped them off and soldered the wires as I should have done in
the first place.
the time thinking that John, of John and Derek wouldn't have had this problem.
I will never use these things again. These snap connectors worked so well
back in my later teens to connect lights under the dash of my parents car
which they let me drive. Had to tap into the existing power leads and with
a switch to turn them on and off. You do remember those lights don't
you!] Under the dash lights were the cool thing back then. And
to think I can still remember that, do you?
all is well as us Big Boys with our Toys are Happy with our New Must Have
Wireless Generator Remote Control THAT WORKS.
I was a fantastic day here
in Q today.... clear skys and all anyone could ask for at this tine of
year. RVs are pulling in big time into the BLM areas as this town ramps
up for all the events this month.
Saturday Jan. 9
like the rest of the world is in frozen gridlock. China is shutting down
factories due to lack of electric power and Europe is also in dire straits.
It's cold out there. BUT here in the southwest it is some of the best weather
we have had in years at this time of year.
RV forums are full of people complaining about the weather, even in Florida
and south Texas. Hope our weather in Q lasts through the end of January
so the throngs who show up for the big
tent show will find this a good place to land for awhile and remember
the great WARM time they had and come back.
week the rock club had 80 renewal memberships and also about 80
to a count so far of about 625 members YTD. Way ahead of last year at this
time. I would like to think it has somthing to do with the
site we do for them to promote the club. I know the Ad hits on our
sites are way up.
started out slow this season but RVs are pulling in at a faster clip, that
is if they can get through the storms up north. Many say thery are still
sitting in snow banks waiting for the roads to clear so they can get out
to head south. A frustrated group to be sure. Be glad you are here (if
you are) and to think others still trying to still get here.
our day today...
got off to a slow start as I woke up in A-Fib and had to take my pills
to get my heart back in sync. I hate it when that happens. Never a fun
event having your heart go out of sync. Got my pulse back to normal
and relaxed this morning. We had been planning our "big boy and their toys"
install for today so in the afternoon we go to it.
our remote starter for our Honda EU3000is
control panel had to come off (with the screws Terry has his wrench on)
and the starter switch removed along with other knobs. Then connect several
wires to other color coded wires. The white remote control box is just
above the battery (lower right) in this after the fact picture. He was
putting control panel back on in this shot.
Looks more like open heart
surgery. Terry was pulling off gas lines etc. and removing the air filter
Had to get close to the
This is the part where we
had to install a remote choke assembly. You need to choke these things
when starting so with a remote starter it needs a servo to move the choke.
So drilling was needed to attach the servo to the air filter frame, not
just connecting wires like the up front install.
instructions called for pulling the snap in contacts from a connector and
solder to three of the leads and reinsert the snaps.. We instead used three
of these Wire Tap-In Squeeze Connectors. Seemed like the easy way to go.
After we were all done, I
pushed the big blue remote start button and it started right up. Fantistic...
BUT when I pushed the red
STOP button, nothing happened. WTF... (the center blue button is
for extra choke)
So I said, Terry, remove
The control panel again, we hadn't put the big plastic cover back on yet.
I need to check the Tap-In Squeeze connectors to make all is good as that
was about the only thing I could think of that could be wrong.
I did find one of the squeeze
connectors had both wires on the same side (replaced it) and made sure
to push the contacts down tight again on the other two. The white remote
control box does have a reset button and as I looked for it, I might have
pushed it... so not sure if it was bad connections or a reset item. SO
when we tried it again all was well as it shout down when the stop button
So I'm telling you this is
so cool. Terry sez it was not a problem to go outside to start and
shut it down.
But I love having the power,
to have power, when I need it. It's like being on the grid
when off the grid so to speak.
Oh by the way propane went
up today (per a story about prices in the area in RVing
Quartzsite.com) from $2.39 to $2.55 a gallon before local taxes.
Will report the total cost
when we go to fill next time. Seems like a couple times a week to
fill a 7 gal tank. We were getting a dollar something back from a twenty
at the lower price so we shall see if we have to dig deeper for more than
a twenty next time. While boondocking here in the BLM LTVA we use it for
the forced air furnace, (we do turn it down at night to 57), fridge, stove
top/oven, and hot water so we do use a bunch. If we were in an RV
park and were using electric for most of this stuff at 16 cents a KWH (or
more) it would be much more expensive than propane me thinks. Plus
the RV site rental charge. Here we paid $180 for the season for dry camping,
we do get water and can dump at the BLM dump site.
I know your saying you have
a generator. Yes we do, and it costs for fuel. But we just don't
let the small stuff bother us. We do have good solar charging at about
25 amps with 4 AGM 12 v bats, and a big 2000 watt PSW inverter/charger
but at night with our desktop computer and netbook (Terry and I are on
them at the same time) and 32" flat screen TV, lights etc. we do run the
generator in econo mode to keep the batteries topped off, so we
are charged up to run the furnace without problems till morning.
We leave the DirecTV receiver connected to a small 140 w standalone inverter
so we don't have to reboot the box each time we want to watch TV. I also
have a XM radio boom box running all night off a small inverter in the
bedroom. And many times a 12 v fan blowing air all night in the bedroom.
Even our DataStorm Internet system, and wireless router is run off another
140 w standalone inverter in the bathroom closet. Why leave on our huge
Magnum 2000 watt PSW inverter/converter when little small MSW ones will
run most of our stuff in the off hours. We turn it on when
we use the desktop computer and TV otherwise we leave it off.
The netbook has a run time of over 9 hours. Very cool as it can see our
WiFi Datastorm Internet running on its own small inverter powered unit.
I can sit outside at our
picnic table and use it and listen to NPR and All Things Considered in
the late afternoon... during happy hour. Very Very Cool.
We are not living this boondocking
lifestyle to hide in the dark without power when the sun goes down but
to enjoy all we want any time we want it. Just takes a little planning
to make it all work.
With sun during the day I
can spend all day on the desktop computer with DataStorm powered Internet
service or if I want watch the flat screen TV with just solar power. Solar
will handle one or the other but not both to stay above the load.
We seldom if ever watch
daytime TV. What's to watch... I get all the news online without
some talking head repeating it over and over again because they can.. on
Have a great Saturday night.
Terry has a pot roast in the oven.
He asked if he could eat...
now that was an hour or so ago.. so I should stop rambling for now.
Think I just missed supper.
May have to plead for Terry to nuke it for me...
Big Tent is going up in Quartzsite and by the time you read this it will
be up to the flags.
Don't know what the big
tent show is all about go to their site by clicking on the logo below.
Noticed the Beer Tent I spoke
of before has live music and if you look inside there is a propane space
heater like up town bars have. Looks like they are serious to get
YOU to stop and have brew or two, or three or more.
Click his music stand to
see what he was playing.
Now a new big boy and
their toys story....
What you want me to run outside
to our Honda EU3000is and flip the fuel lever and turn the starter key
to start, whenever we want POWER beyond what we have have stored in our
batteries that were charged with our solar cells. And later in the
dark go back out to turn it off. We do have several solar powered spot
lights to light up the campsite big time. Well you may ask if I Ron does
this. You are right, Terry does that after dark shutdown chore as I'm usually
half a sleep in the recliner by that time. But still why should he
have to do that?
I broke down and got a remote
starter control kit for our Honda EU3000is generator.
I had looked them up on
the web in the past and was turned off by the price. But a blog follower
stopped by and got my last AlarmIt unit and as we were talking told me
the starter kit I wanted was much less costly, as he had one.
So the next day I called
Dekens Implement Company & Cycle and Marine - in - Blythe, California
and they had the remote starter kit. So we drove over and got it. They
normally have a booth in the big tent show later this month in Q so I asked
if they were going to have a show special on this kit. The bottom line
a got about $30 of the out the door price, by asking, and having a clue
about these things.
Now we have to install it.
(More on that later with pictures)..
It has a remote variable
wireless remote fuel choke so it can be adjusted when starting... so not
a simple just connect the wire harness thing. We shall see.
Anyway the weather is fantastic
here in Q right now... Hope it lasts all month through the Big Tent Show
K and B Tools
Their Slogan... Stack it
Deep Sell it Cheap. From this picture you can see they do a
good job of it. A long time vender in Tyson Wells. They get to town early
and stay late in the season. And you know just where to go to find what
you want. Things always in the same place year after year.
We stopped by to pick up
some propane lighters. Six for five bucks. That should last us till next
year at this time.
Next across the street in
Tyson Wells is another favorite gent. who shows up every year. Never ages
Click on him for a close
And if you are having a
bad hair day you can make it even worse by getting one of these caps with
hair built in. People actually do buy them and then wear these things in
public. Only in Quartzsite where you are almost expected to be seen in
one. This might be your stepping stone to Slab City. If you don't know
about that place do a Google search, I'm not telling.
you just have to act and report alleged scum bags when you see them. I
know there is a big thing out there not to rat out on people. But keeping
with being green we just had to take action when we saw this.
This was just south of Quartzsite
close to the entrance to the big show at 800 S Central at the wash overpass.
We came out of the south
exit from Rice Ranch and right across the road we saw this. I said, enough
of this shit, so to speak, and told Terry to call 911. He did and
later listening to my police radio we heard the officer call back saying
they claimed they were only dumping clean water. Note the web site
allprotoilets.com. Guess they only run around hauling clean water
and later feel they can dump it in a wash right along the main highway.
Fresh clean water and the Q cop fell for it. Does this truck look like
they have a clean water hauling service. I could be wrong but if
Quartzsite's finest checked them out and let them go, woe be it for me
to think an error had been made.
A passing thought if I can
grunt a little more to relieve myself... this year there seems to be a
large increase in septic suckers running around the BLM areas. Many more
than in years past. We wish them well as it can be a harsh stinky business.
That's why I make a point to let Terry do our dump duties.
Do see our article... We
did away with the Blue Boy How
we deal with gray and black water.
Have a great day as the forecast
is for it to be in the mid 70s for Tuesday.
At least if you try to dump
something here, (see above) it will still flow and drain away unlike up
north as right now it will freeze right back up the hose. Close up the
house, drain the pipes, and get your frozen butts down here.
Sunday we went for a drive to check out the latest vender locations. In
Prospectors Panorama (next to Tyson Wells) south of I-10 we found the latest
idea to make money. A Beer Tent. Now if your wife drags you off to the
vender tents for the umpteen times and you are sick of it all, you have
an out. The new beer tent, just like at the state fairs you remember so
well. After all this is like a state fair, for the most part it lasts about
10 days with the huge crowds for the
big tent show with state fair food vender prices. Now off I go on these
guys... You would think they would know their market. They think they can
come to Quartzsite and sell at the same price as they did at summer fairs.
One sign said 2 hot dogs and drink for $8. Hello. Day trippers or RVers
who just show up for the 10 day big tent show will buy, but me thinks the
the winter seasonal campers just walk on by and go back to their RVs to
eat or to the sticks and bricks restaurants in town. So if they think they
can make it, it's a free country.
is the new Beer Tent in Prospectors Panorama... (Next to Tyson Wells) I
wish them well.
takes new ideas like this to keep Q alive. Hope they do well, now perhaps
if they install heaters and are allowed to stay open late and have music
they may have a chance. But the Grubstake already is doing that in there
outside tent. So we shall see.
remember when Q seemed to better off before big RV dealers, like La Mesa
RV, bought out the landmark properties in Q. The Silver Buckle Restaurant
and Bar was a huge swinging establishment much loved, live bands with dancing
and a big bar area and pool table area. Sort like one of those big
Texas type, have a great time places. Now gone. La Mesa RV now serves
free pancakes from it to draw in customers so they will walk through their
RVs. Sad indeed. Me thinks.
Another view of the beer
tent on the back left. During the big tent show this will get heavy walking
traffic. Wonder how much hassle they had to go through to get a license
in Q. Didn't get up close to check out prices.
for another idea I saw which should be a big hit. Not so much for RVers
who use fold up chairs but for people who have these plastic chairs. You
see them everywhere. Now they can be up town.
If you have these plastic
chairs get these cover-ups with seat pads for a soft sit. $6 each or 4
The vender is west of K
and B tools and close to the produce stand south side of W Kuehn
They also have other chair
pads for when your butt screams for a pad to sit on. Very cool.
warming up in Quartzsite after last week where we thought it was a bit
chilly. Yesterday clear skies and about 70°. Now on this Sunday
morning I looked at the email forecast from the local TV station back in
week highs of 5 to 10° And a warm up on Friday to a high
of 15° Put another log on the fire.
just had to sit outside around a campfire yesterday with he great weather,
esp. with calm winds. Good tunes on the XM radio on channel 6 with Cousin
Brucie who was live from NYC playing 60's music with live caller requests.
A fine evening in the desert.
if you're up north and in need of a campfire fix feel free to stare at
this one for awhile.
on it for a larger bonfire type look.
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