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KOFA 2019
« on: November 14, 2018, 01:13:34 PM »
A lot of folks seem to have really enjoyed last year's KOFA rally, and I've received several PMs asking if we're doing it again. We and some other friends and family will be arriving there on 1/6/19, and who ever would like to join us is welcome. It's boondocking, and the nearest services are about 28 miles away in Quartzsite, so plan accordingly. We'll probably stay a week. It's a no-pressure, do what you want outing - nothing formal. Here's a link to a video I made a few years ago that will give you an idea of the area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E1OOmiy5N8 If anyone has any questions, just ask.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2018, 02:14:50 PM »
Theresa and I are looking forward to seeing all yíall there.
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2018, 08:30:41 PM »
Hi Kev, Iím planning to be there. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2018, 12:46:49 AM »
Hy, great Debra! We were hoping you'd be there again.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2018, 05:34:34 AM »
Have been driving past there for 20 years, so time to stop and join the group. 

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2018, 12:05:35 PM »
Sounds good. Looking forward to meeting you.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2018, 01:18:32 PM »
Hy, great Debra! We were hoping you'd be there again.

Kev

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2018, 02:20:58 PM »
Id like to come this year too. Coulnd make it last year, but Ive got it on my list for this year.
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2018, 09:52:46 PM »
I will inform the travel agent!
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2018, 11:59:19 PM »
As of now I am planning on being there.

Last year I was on my way to KOFA when the Stacker trailer pushed me right thru the red light at the bottom of the hill near Parker.

Could have been a real disaster.  Pulled over and did not move till the next day.  I then went to Quartzsite and skipped KOFA because I was not sure why the brakes failed.

I gave away the Stacker and the new owner said it was just the blue wire that connected the curbside brakes.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2018, 11:18:13 AM »
Sounds like it's shaping up to be another great time. (As long as Bill can get his coach stopped ;) ) I was told via PM that I neglected to tell those who haven't been there, where we meet. It's a bit of a crap shoot, because we won't know until we get there, exactly which site will be open. Fortunately, there are several suitable sites, so like last year, I'll fly the Forum flag once we get there, so you'll be able to find us. We have a mostly reddish colored 43 foot Winnie Tour, and we'll be towing a black Jeep Rubicon.

If you're coming from the north (Quartzsite) go south on Hwy 95 for about 28 miles until you get to place called "Stone Cabin." (There are signs) At Stone Cabin, turn left (east) onto a dirt road called Kings Rd. The GPS coordinates for the Kings Rd turnoff are N 033.26631  W 114.23954. There's a Border Patrol checkpoint for northbound traffic at Stone Cabin. If you pass the checkpoint, you've gone too far.

If you're coming from the south (Yuma) go north on Hwy 95 for about 50 miles. After passing through the Border Patrol checkpoint at Stone Cabin, go about 1/8 of a mile and turn right (east) onto Kings Rd. IMPORTANT If you're driving a big rig, the right turn onto King's Rd is not doable without going wide and crossing into the oncoming traffic lane of Hwy 95. Kings Rd exits Hwy 95 at an angle, and it's a pretty sharp turn for northbounders. Fortunately, there's a dirt lot on the east side of Hwy 95 just before you get to Kings Rd, and you can pull off into that lot, drive N/E for about about 100 yards, and it'll dump you onto Kings Rd.

We usually camp about a mile down Kings Rd on the north side of the road, but start looking for our RV and the Forum flag after about half a mile. Where we'll actually be will just depend on what sites are available.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2018, 12:09:11 PM »
And if you dont see the Forum Flag, just look for the coach with the roof top standing solar array!
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2018, 03:34:59 PM »
And if you dont see the Forum Flag, just look for the coach with the roof top standing solar array!
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2018, 05:34:04 PM »
Judy and I so wish we could be there. That was the plan.
I have a small medical issue I need to get resolved so once again, next year. 
When we do get west in February we plan on checking out KOFA. Can't wait to see it and hopefully bump into a few of you good folks.
Happy Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be thankful for!
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2018, 10:59:33 PM »
We're really sorry to hear that Jeff, but you know that I understand those medical issues. Let me know when you nail down a February date, and Cyndi and I will do everything we can to come back out. We usually go there a few times each winter anyway. Our very best to you.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2018, 11:50:47 PM »
Hey Jeff, glad you are on the mend. After  January in KOFA and Quartzsite we will be at a resort in Yuma all of February.  Give us a shout if youíre in that area.
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2018, 05:00:18 AM »
Tom and Kevin. I have saved this topic as a reminder. Sounds like fun!
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2018, 12:12:53 PM »
Sounds like a good time. We planned to be in the nearby area during that time anyway so will likely join you. Looking forward to meeting everyone.
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2018, 02:56:24 PM »
Question: Do we need permits for camping at KOFA? Like the permits we need at Qz? If so, where do we get them?
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2018, 03:14:00 PM »
No permits were required last year when I was there. You can stay for 2 weeks for free.
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2018, 03:28:07 PM »
Nice. Thanks
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2019, 07:53:51 AM »
Our plans have changed and we won't make it to KOFA this year. We'll be detouring to Georgia before heading to Arizona.

My SIL is losing her battle with an aggressive brain cancer so we are heading to my brothers. Thought this would have resolved by this time but... She has beat the odds time-wise but unfortunately has not had any quality for too long. We have flown down a couple times in as many months.

Still plan to get to the Q gathering before it's over. Hope to see y'all there.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2019, 09:21:06 AM »
Tom, sorry to hear that.  I'm sending you a PM.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2019, 11:43:36 AM »
Cyndi and I are really sorry to hear that too Tom. Our prayers go out to your SIL and other family members. If your schedule will allow you to be at Quartzsite, we'll have a booth there, so please look us up. We'll also likely be going back to KOFA sometime in Febuary, so maybe we can hook up then. All our best to you and Theresa.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2019, 11:57:53 AM »
Kev, any comments regarding weather and the outing?  For now it looks like rain on Sunday.  If that doesn't change, we'll probably delay our arrival.  I'm planning on bringing a bunch of scrap lumber including some plywood for the fire.  Some people may not want to be around burning plywood and if so, I'll either leave it home or separate it so we don't burn it at KOFA.  Let me know if it's a concern. 

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2019, 01:11:16 PM »
What is KOFA?
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2019, 01:16:15 PM »
Tom, sorry to hear about your SIL. That totally sucks. Hope to see you two at Q later.

Jackie, KOFA stands for King of Arizona. Its an area of BLM land between Yuma and Quartzsite. Its beautiful too.
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2019, 03:51:57 PM »
King Of Arizona was an early gold mine and homestead in the area.

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« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2019, 04:07:12 PM »
Ah thanks!
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #29 on: January 03, 2019, 08:50:47 AM »
Kev, any comments regarding weather and the outing?  For now it looks like rain on Sunday.  If that doesn't change, we'll probably delay our arrival.  I'm planning on bringing a bunch of scrap lumber including some plywood for the fire.  Some people may not want to be around burning plywood and if so, I'll either leave it home or separate it so we don't burn it at KOFA.  Let me know if it's a concern. 

Gary

We're sitting here watching the Phx local news.  Calling for rain Sunday.  I checked both MSN weather and Accuweather, and both are saying like 60% chance of light showers here in Quartzsite.  Maybe just enough to settle the dust on the road into the camping area.  Supposed to warm up again by then, too.
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2019, 11:10:34 AM »
Totally understand Gary. We'll see you guys when you get there. Last year it rained all the way from San Diego to KOFA and we set up camp in the rain. The next day, however (and for the rest of the week) it was beautiful. The area doesn't get much rain, so as long as the wind isn't howling, it's always a good time.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #31 on: January 03, 2019, 06:47:38 PM »
Tom, very sorry to hear about your SIL. Safe travels as you go to GA and then on to AZ. Weíll miss seeing you and Theresa at Kofa.
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #32 on: January 03, 2019, 08:25:52 PM »
We currently have reservations at Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley during your KOFA expedition, but we are reconsidering that due to the Government shutdown. I am worried that I will be crushed if that beautiful area is trashed! If we donít go DVNP, we will meet you at KOFA. Is there cell service? If not, I need to make sure I have lots of books and maybe some movies downloaded beforehand.
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #33 on: January 03, 2019, 08:55:43 PM »
Hey, when we leave KOFA, where is a good place to dump tanks and fill with water?
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #34 on: January 03, 2019, 09:17:53 PM »
Sarge are you going to the LTVA with the Forum group? If the LTVA has a dump and water that is part of your fee. It is on the east side of  95while the forum group is on the west side of 95. You head in there first, pay your fee, dump your tanks, add water and then head back across the road to the Forum group location.


If you not going to the LTVA area, then .9 of mile north of Kuehn St is the Pit Stop on the east side of 95.


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« Reply #35 on: January 03, 2019, 09:52:31 PM »
Thanks Ken, we will be in the KOFA area with Kev and the rest.
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« Reply #36 on: January 04, 2019, 11:34:27 PM »
It looks like we will be pulling in on Monday afternoon. Then pulling out Wednesday morning to head for the FMCA rally in Indio. 
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2019, 12:34:08 PM »
Thanks to all for your support. Brenda passed quietly early Friday morning. Service is the 13th so we will be hanging around Georgia until then.

Still hope to make it to Q but now that we are taking a more southern route we have friends to visit along the way.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2019, 12:52:09 PM »
I am sorry for your pain Tom and Theresa. I hope her family finds peace and healing.

We cancelled our reservations at Death Valley and will be heading to KOFA on Monday.
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« Reply #39 on: January 05, 2019, 10:45:57 PM »
We had reservations at Death Valley as well in about 2 weeks. We canceled  as well.
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #40 on: January 06, 2019, 04:18:00 PM »
Im going to hold off on KOFA for now. I havent been able to get things together in order to get on the road yet. I'll see everyone whos going at Q. Hoping to leave Friday.
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #41 on: January 06, 2019, 04:30:36 PM »
I just arrived and am at the spot we camped last year. Is anyone else here yet?
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #42 on: January 06, 2019, 09:40:11 PM »
Did Kevin ever show up? Do we have a location yet?
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #43 on: January 06, 2019, 10:33:33 PM »
Kevin is here. Weíre at same spot as last year
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #44 on: January 06, 2019, 10:54:16 PM »
That's about a 1/4 mile off of 95?
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #45 on: January 07, 2019, 10:30:08 AM »
We got in yesterday.   Sarge, I think the site is more like a mile and a quarter.  You'll see Kev's Tour with the solar up.   Same spot at last year. 
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #46 on: January 07, 2019, 11:02:23 AM »
I miss being there. Was looking forward to seeing yíall.

Hopefully we will see most of you in Q.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #47 on: January 07, 2019, 11:29:53 AM »
FYI, there are several RVs at KOFA, and no one has come by to chase any of them out. Some were here before we arrived yesterday, so my guess is they're not going to make anyone leave (probably because this is a no-fee area.) We are camped in the same spot as last year, about a mile east of 95 on Kings Rd. A few Forum members are here. Hope to see others soon.

FYI... A Ranger has driven by twice and just waived at us, so I'm pretty sure they're not going to be asking us to leave.

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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #48 on: January 07, 2019, 07:12:19 PM »
Yep, easy in just like last year. Nice weather when we arrived, in the mid 60's. Just in time for a beautiful sunset.
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #49 on: January 08, 2019, 07:23:36 AM »
What have you guys got planned for tomorrow(Wed)?  The DW has a sight seeing trip planned for us today, but I thought that tomorrow we might cruise out and meet up with you guys.
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« Reply #50 on: January 08, 2019, 10:33:55 AM »
Plans kinda come up at the last minute here.😁 As far as I know, people are just hanging around. We're gonna a head into Quartzsite today to take care of some business, but then back to KOFA right afterwards. C'mon out.
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« Reply #51 on: January 08, 2019, 01:14:40 PM »
Plans kinda come up at the last minute here.😁 As far as I know, people are just hanging around. We're gonna a head into Quartzsite today to take care of some business, but then back to KOFA right afterwards. C'mon out.
Oh I am jealous, wish we were there.  Hope you all have a fabulous time!  Have a margarita on me!!
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« Reply #52 on: January 08, 2019, 05:19:31 PM »
Plans kinda come up at the last minute here.😁 As far as I know, people are just hanging around. We're gonna a head into Quartzsite today to take care of some business, but then back to KOFA right afterwards. C'mon out.

We'll be out mid-morning.  Took the Jeep on a trip to Oatman and back today.  Got back a few minutes ago, and I'm in the recliner and done for the day.
Used to be I'd hop on the Harley and take a 250 mile ride and still be able to party into the wee hours.  Not sure what happened there.  ;)
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« Reply #53 on: January 08, 2019, 06:40:16 PM »
Oh I am jealous, wish we were there.  Hope you all have a fabulous time!  Have a margarita on me!!
Yea, us too Jackie. Wish we were there!
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« Reply #54 on: January 08, 2019, 07:35:27 PM »
Wish you could be here too Jackie. We'll see you tomorrow Wally. Safe travels

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« Reply #55 on: January 09, 2019, 04:18:23 AM »
Yea, us too Jackie. Wish we were there!
Hopefully not too long till you are out on the road. Best wishes for your last treatment, think its soon...
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #56 on: January 09, 2019, 10:06:50 PM »
For those who arenít able to get to southern Arizona, I thought I would post some pictures from Kofa. The saguaro cactus are the classic Sonoran desert cactus. The occatillo is budding out after the rain on Saturday, and the mountains are lovely.
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« Reply #57 on: January 09, 2019, 10:31:32 PM »
A pic of tonight's sunset.
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« Reply #58 on: January 10, 2019, 04:38:17 AM »
Any pics of the "Band of Brothers and Sisters?"
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« Reply #59 on: January 10, 2019, 06:47:33 AM »
A pic of tonight's sunset.

We left the RV to go to dinner just about sunset.  I remarked that it was going to be a good one, and it was.
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« Reply #60 on: January 10, 2019, 10:37:18 AM »
I cant wait to get out there. I love the desert. This spring is going to be marvelous by the way. Theres been alot of water during the winter. The more water in the winter, the more color in the spring when the cactus bloom
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« Reply #61 on: January 13, 2019, 10:19:09 AM »
Kevin,
     Thanks for hosting this gathering, it was an enjoyable time and interacting with your Granddaughters was a delight.  To you fellow campers, thanks for being a bright spot in this old man life.
     Looking forward to next year.

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« Reply #62 on: January 13, 2019, 10:21:56 AM »
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« Reply #64 on: January 13, 2019, 02:00:27 PM »
Another great KOFA rally! It was wonderful to get together and meet a few more of the forum members. KOFA is one of my favorite places to camp, and it is exceptionally beautiful this year with all the precipitation. Thanks Kev for organizing!
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« Reply #65 on: January 13, 2019, 02:47:14 PM »
Should be out there in a month or so. Looks beautiful.
Thanks for posting Debra!
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« Reply #66 on: January 13, 2019, 03:07:14 PM »
Beautiful shots, Debra -- thanks.
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« Reply #67 on: January 13, 2019, 03:25:09 PM »
Beautiful pictures Debra. Thank you.
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« Reply #68 on: January 13, 2019, 04:42:16 PM »
Thanks everyone. KOFA is one of my favorite places to camp. Iíll be posting more photos on my blog later today or tomorrow if you are interested.

Jeff, sorry that the health issues delayed your travels. Hope you make it out in February. I know youíll love KOFA.
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« Reply #69 on: January 13, 2019, 06:42:06 PM »
Wow, what a difference from last years brown landscape.
We sure wanted to be there but it wasnít to be. Hopefully next year.
Will be in Q in a week.
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« Reply #70 on: January 13, 2019, 07:32:06 PM »
Debra, those pictures are beautiful. Im sorry to have missed KOFA but hope to make it next year. I will be in Q in a couple of days. im halfway there. :D
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« Reply #71 on: January 14, 2019, 12:08:17 PM »
Debra, I had a look at your blog. Fantastic photos there too!
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« Reply #72 on: January 14, 2019, 01:21:58 PM »
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« Reply #73 on: January 14, 2019, 01:28:44 PM »
Nice blog and great pics Debra. We're slowly packing!
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« Reply #74 on: January 14, 2019, 01:46:57 PM »
Thanks to Kev and Cyndi for hosting this great little party.  We planned on staying another two weeks in Q.  Unfortunately, our Dometic had other plans.  Looks like it's toast so we're heading home.   For now the only question is another POS RV fridge or residential.  I've always said I'd buy a residential if ours ever failed.  Maria's not on board and likes the RV type.  So after the discussion/debate???
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« Reply #75 on: January 14, 2019, 02:38:09 PM »
Gary,

Do you need a workshop to do the swap?
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« Reply #76 on: January 14, 2019, 02:40:18 PM »
Thanks to Kev and Cyndi for hosting this great little party.  We planned on staying another two weeks in Q.  Unfortunately, our Dometic had other plans.  Looks like it's toast so we're heading home.   For now the only question is another POS RV fridge or residential.  I've always said I'd buy a residential if ours ever failed.  Maria's not on board and likes the RV type.  So after the discussion/debate???
you're buying the RV type?  ;D
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« Reply #77 on: January 14, 2019, 02:47:42 PM »
you're buying the RV type?  ;D

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« Reply #78 on: January 14, 2019, 04:21:40 PM »
I've always said I'd buy a residential if ours ever failed.  Maria's not on board and likes the RV type.  So after the discussion/debate???

I know everyone's likes and dislikes are different, but after having a residential refer, Diane would never go back to a propane refer. I know there are advantages to a gas refer, but the upside of the residential was much greater for us. I know you still like boondocking a lot, but if you have solar it greatly simplifies the boondocking situation (ask Kev).
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« Reply #79 on: January 14, 2019, 04:26:35 PM »
Marty and Diane have the same view we do. I was really concerned about it initially, but never would I go back. For the price of a new RV type, you can install a bigger inverter (if you need to) and a couple of extra batteries, and still probably be ahead.
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« Reply #80 on: January 14, 2019, 04:48:42 PM »
I got my residential Refer here in Lake Havasu at Lowes on sale for just over $500 with an ice maker included free.

I got two and have the second one in the garage as a spare and it really comes in handy for extra refer space when shopping.

The Lowes delivery crew carried it right into the coach after I offered them a $20 tip.

Anyway, Gary you know where we are if you choose to replace it here even if you want to order another dometic and have it shipped here.  We have all the tools needed and can do it inside in case of rain or cold.
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« Reply #81 on: January 14, 2019, 06:08:58 PM »
Gary, sorry for your luck. Hope Billís offer works for you. We were looking forward to seeing you and Mariaat Q.
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« Reply #82 on: January 14, 2019, 06:46:13 PM »
Gary, hope it works for you to use Billís shop. It is well equipped, and they are great hosts.

We are settled at Quartzsite, but I am amazed at how noisy it is compared to Kofa. I guess I got used to the amazing quiet out there. Having a bit of rain coming in for the next day, or so it looks like on the radar.
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« Reply #83 on: January 14, 2019, 06:54:02 PM »
One of Maria's big concerns is the extra weight with two more batteries and the solar.  She also doesn't want to run the jenny to keep the batteries charges.  Personally I think it might be a minimal increase in weight since I suspect the residential weighs less than our Dometic.  But even if we forego solar and just run the genny, I'm good with that. 

Bill, thanks for the offer.  But, I need to get Maria on board before moving forward with the residential.  I'm pretty sure she'll see the light and if we need to do some solar, so be it.  I've wanted solar anyway and I'm thinking if we stay with the RV refrigerator it's probably going to be a $3,000+ replacement.  So with a residential refrigerator, new inverter charger, two batteries and solar, we're probably not much more than a Dometic.   Also, we're halfway home. 

Sarge and Kev&Pam, I'm going to have Maria talk to you if she needs some convincing.   ;)

Jackiemac, if you're suggesting another Dometic, don't expect a PM from Maria.   ;D
 
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« Reply #84 on: January 14, 2019, 07:04:22 PM »
No problem, the offer is open ended.

You might mention to Maria that the reason I replaced a working Dometic was the small but real possibility of a fire caused by the dometic overheating.  I did have the retrofit safety kit installed but after seeing the coach at Q that was destroyed I switched for peace of mind.

Additional advantage is much more interior space in the residential.
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« Reply #85 on: January 14, 2019, 08:22:45 PM »
Another advantage to the residential is the freezer stays cold and keeps ice cream hard in hot weather.
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« Reply #86 on: January 15, 2019, 01:33:26 PM »
Personally if we could do it, I would prefer a fridge that did not freeze my lettuce and leave my ice cream soft..... and that is not a Euphemism!!  ;D

We would be worried about off the grid as we don't have solar and some places you can't run generators for long..
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« Reply #87 on: January 15, 2019, 02:25:07 PM »
Go with the residential and add solar. It will take some adjustments when boondocking and more genny running but you run your generator a fair amount anyway.
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« Reply #88 on: January 15, 2019, 04:45:14 PM »
Personally if we could do it, I would prefer a fridge that did not freeze my lettuce and leave my ice cream soft..... and that is not a Euphemism!!  ;D
 

Jackie, I thought you were from some place across the pond where they serve warm beer.   You have to be creative.  Soft serve ice cream in a bed of frozen lettuce to keep it chilled.  Just add some chocolate sauce and a few cherry tomatoes and you can have your salad and desert together.   ;)
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« Reply #89 on: January 15, 2019, 04:47:45 PM »
Go with the residential and add solar. It will take some adjustments when boondocking and more genny running but you run your generator a fair amount anyway.

Thanks Wendy.   All I've heard any time I talk residential refrigerator is how much Wendy hates hers.   You need to start sending some kind of subliminal messages via facebook to Maria.   :)
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« Reply #90 on: January 15, 2019, 05:07:37 PM »
Jackie, I thought you were from some place across the pond where they serve warm beer.   You have to be creative.  Soft serve ice cream in a bed of frozen lettuce to keep it chilled.  Just add some chocolate sauce and a few cherry tomatoes and you can have your salad and desert together.   ;)
Warm beer good...... but the rest yuk!
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« Reply #91 on: January 16, 2019, 09:29:26 PM »
Looks like I'm the last one at KOFA for 2019.  Paul and Ann left today for Quartzite.  I did some modification and fix chores in the trailer today, walked the cat, and changed the generator oil. Another gorgeous day so it's difficult to not spend time just watching the mountains and the plants.  Gypsy Rose (the BRT) got her shiny new bumpers yesterday in Phoenix.

Gary and Maria - very sorry to have missed saying how great it was to meet you as you had to leave while I was in Yuma on Monday.  Even more bummed to hear of your refrigerator woes and that you won't likely make it to Q this year.  Best of luck on your choice of a new unit.  I'm sure it will work out for the best whichever way you go.

Debra - finally getting around to saying how much I enjoy your wonderful photographs.  You really captured the beauty and diversity of the KOFA environment.  Thanks so much for sharing them.

And a big thanks to Kevin and Cyndi for sharing this special location.  For me, everything was just awesome.  And thanks to all who were here and made this newbie feel welcomed and comfortable.  Just can't say enough good things about these Forum folks.

The weather is looking fine for the next couple of days, so I think I'll just hang around here at KOFA for another day, or even two before joining the rally in Quartzite on either Friday or Saturday.  All my tanks are in good shape so there really is no need to rush into the congestion as I'm going to be around Quartzite for several weeks after the rally anyway. 

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« Reply #92 on: January 17, 2019, 12:51:44 AM »
Linda, glad you made it back OK.  Sorry it was to an empty campground.  We were looking forward to another week or two in Q and some more hikes.  Unfortunately our Dometic wasn't up for the party.  Let's keep in touch for possible future get togethers.  Until then keep that new bumper nice and shiny.   

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« Reply #93 on: January 17, 2019, 02:46:07 AM »
I am glad everyone had a good time at KOFA. We sure did, and it was sure neat seeing friends again and meeting new ones. Really sorry to hear about your fridge Gary. I'm also a big fan of our residential fridge, but there's no doubt they use a lot more electricity than LP fridges. In our neck of the woods, solar really makes up for it. During the entire week, we only ran our generator for a total of 15 minutes, and that was so Cyndi could cook something in the microwave. 

Great pictures Debra! Some who have never been to KOFA might think that picture of the red mountains was touched up, but that's exactly how it looks most evenings. It's gorgeous. Bill, thanks for teaching us the new technique for putting on a jacket :) I showed Jo Jo and she had it down cold in 30 seconds. Linda, your RV is too clean. You need to let some dirt settle on it.

Hope to see everyone at Quartzsite. If you have time, come by booth 341A in the big tent and say hi. Cyndi and I will be working the entire show, and we enjoy meeting Forum members.

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« Reply #94 on: January 17, 2019, 12:35:28 PM »
Good luck at the show Kev, let us know how it goes for you.  As it turned out, leaving and going to the Indio rally was a real stroke of good luck for us. We pulled in to the rally grounds and got parked and all was well (I think). 

A few days later I was about to get a 4 corner weight on the rig, so I was pulling in the slides and stowing things as I didn't know if I was going to have to move to an asphalt area to get weighed (I was on dirt and it had been raining).

While stowing my rear ladder I keep in the rear engine bay I happened to look down and saw an engine pulley laying loose on the frame rail!  It turned out to be a pulley that turns the gear box for the side mount radiator. Looking at it I could see where the bracket had just snapped in half, leaving the bottom part still bolted to the engine. 

Fortunately at the rally "Redlands Truck and RV" was there doing mods and service on many rigs. I took the pulley to them and showed them the problem. They sent their service truck to my site and the tech pulled off the bottom part of the pulley and welded it back together. A temporary fix, but as I already had an appointment at Redlands for the following Monday to get a new awning installed the bracket replacement was easy. 

So instead of getting towed somewhere, we were able to drive to the shop and handle it the next day. I may have just used up my luck for 2019 though.....
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #95 on: January 17, 2019, 08:28:25 PM »
Linda, your RV is too clean. You need to let some dirt settle on it.

Ha, ha, ha ;D.  Look who's talking.  I think you may have overlooked where I hide the exterior dirt. :D
Linda with kitty Sara
2019 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge
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Re: KOFA 2019
« Reply #96 on: January 20, 2019, 08:32:28 PM »
A lot of folks seem to have really enjoyed last year's KOFA rally, and I've received several PMs asking if we're doing it again. ...
 Here's a link to a video I made a few years ago that will give you an idea of the area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E1OOmiy5N8 If anyone has any questions, just ask.

Kev
Thanks for that clip Kevin.  Maybe I'm in the wrong place but I haven't seen much posted about Q and Kofa 2019.
As a fan and student I admired the guitar and the slide in particular.  Who played it?
Jane and I are looking into ebike assisted mountain/ trail bikes. Looks like a good place for one.
Thanks
Pat