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Title: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 19, 2013, 09:46:58 PM
Had a nice Happy Hour this evening with delightful weather. Everyone introduced themselves including Paul and his brother Darryl, his other brother Darryl, and his third brother Darryl. Lots of first time attendees - hopefully not their last time !

If you enjoy the campfire, bring wood.

Morning walk. 10:00 a.m. 2 miles with short cut available.

Saturday Group Picture and Potluck: pic 2:30, eat 3:00

Luau date and time TBD - get to work on those lupus and practice the hula

That's it for now. Miss those who are 't here.


Wendy
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Post by: suezek on January 19, 2013, 10:25:24 PM
Oh no no the flamingos gone?
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Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 19, 2013, 11:49:00 PM
A few images from our 1st happy hour.  :)
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Post by: lucyakers on January 20, 2013, 07:55:15 AM
Where do you get a portable propane heater? Was 46 in my trailer this morn!

I should have gotten one when Wally was selling.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Paul 1950 on January 20, 2013, 10:12:57 AM
Where do you get a portable propane heater? Was 46 in my trailer this morn!

I should have gotten one when Wally was selling.

Here is where we got ours 4 years ago.  We love it!

http://www.azrvlifestyles.com/heaters.html

Paul
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Post by: Jeannine on January 20, 2013, 10:29:29 AM
That's where we bought ours too. 

Jeannine
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Post by: Wendy on January 20, 2013, 12:05:31 PM
Don't remember where we got ours but we love it, too. Doesn't suck up battery juice and keeps the RV warm when we need it warm.

Wendy
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jeff on January 20, 2013, 01:08:53 PM
Do you run them while you are sleeping?
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Post by: Paul 1950 on January 20, 2013, 01:14:16 PM
Do you run them while you are sleeping?

Yes.

Paul
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Post by: lucyakers on January 20, 2013, 01:35:33 PM
Dan W told me where to find heater & I went there but I don't know how to install. Will try out turning on furnace sooner. I have 4 big batteries. Will ask Terry about my ampswattsvolts!
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Post by: WhiteEagle on January 20, 2013, 05:57:01 PM
Saw a businee in a canopy tent just outside of the main big tent with good looking quartz heaters ,, $29.99 for smaller one , $59.99 for larger one that also rotates 45 degrees while operating.. wish I hadn't bought a little Buddy before coming here..
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Post by: lucyakers on January 20, 2013, 08:18:32 PM
Terry says I should be able to run furnace all night w my batteries. Will try at 55 degrees tonite.
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Post by: Wendy on January 20, 2013, 08:27:26 PM
Tell George to get over here and warm you up at night ;)
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Post by: Jim Godward on January 20, 2013, 09:10:13 PM
Terry says I should be able to run furnace all night w my batteries. Will try at 55 degrees tonite.

We set the MH on 60 and we do fine even on cold nights on our way south.  We have stayed in  Pocatello with temps below zero and still had more than 50% battery left.  3 days later in QZ we had to get propane before going out to the rally though.  Left home with full tank and were below 1/4 when we filled up.
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Post by: Betty Brewer on January 20, 2013, 09:10:54 PM
We arrived today in our caravan of  3.  Mahoney, Dick and Brewer.  Great Happy hour.  So much fun to see  old friends (opps I mean long time friends!)

I did volunteer again to be the TAX Collector to make opportunities for  RVForum folks to donate to keep the  Forum  up and running.  I emphasized that  there is a DONATE  button  on home page of RVForum to make easy  donations or I had the envelope for passing around the circle. 

Chris thought it was a donut button and has been pushing the button hoping for a donut and  got none.   Now he knows. I did get a generous donation of cash in the Tax collector  envelope tonight.  So if you are reading this section and wishing you were here, just push DONATE   and  see if you get a donut!  We love our RV Forum friends and advice!
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 20, 2013, 09:23:21 PM
Tomorrow (Monday)
10 am Morning walk
4 pm Happy Hour

Thursday
4 pm Luau Happy Hour

Saturday
2:30 pm Group pic
3:00 Potluck


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Post by: bertnspike on January 20, 2013, 10:46:13 PM
Well, I made it here to my reserved spot at Rose RV Park at 600 E Kuehn.  Is there a happy hour every day?  I love to come and meet some of you folks.  How would I go about finding you?

Susan
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Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 20, 2013, 11:08:04 PM
Well, I made it here to my reserved spot at Rose RV Park at 600 E Kuehn.  Is there a happy hour every day?  I love to come and meet some of you folks.  How would I go about finding you?

Susan

Follow the directions at this link, Susan -- and yes, we do have happy hour each day at 4, and would love to have you join us . . . :)

http://www.rvspacemanager.com/quartzsite13.htm#DIRECTIONS
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Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 20, 2013, 11:18:23 PM
Images of today's (Sunday 1/20) happy hour -- and as you can see, it is growing in numbers.
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Post by: Jeff on January 20, 2013, 11:26:20 PM
It's great to be back in the desert with new and old friends, isn't it?
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Post by: lucyakers on January 21, 2013, 07:48:33 AM
Was warmer last night I think. Set the furnace on 55 then at 72 at 5 so it was great when I got up at 6. Batteries reading 12.2 now at 7 with tv on. Life is good!

Thank you everybody for help.
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Post by: nuevomex on January 21, 2013, 07:52:32 AM
Does anyone know if Scott Whitney of Dustyfoot is there this year?  Thanks!
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Post by: Jeff on January 21, 2013, 10:55:50 AM
Scott has been working for Paul at the Satellite Advantage booth the past couple of years.
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Post by: SmokerBill on January 21, 2013, 11:14:19 AM
Hey everyone,
I decided this morning (probably well before most of you woke up- haha) to head back down the Imperial Dam LTVA so I could visit with my niece and see her new baby for the first time. I had to go dump my tanks today anyway, so I figured might as well make a trip out of the ordeal.

It was great meeting everyone! I might head back up and check out the pot luck on Saturday.

Dave, I'm electing you to mow my lawn if it ever grows. Don't let Henry smoke the clippings. It won't work.

No need to leave the site vacant if anyone wants it. The property includes a lawn, a hummingbird feeder stand and a nice smooth spot for a patio rug- it won't last long!

Have a good one,

Bill
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 21, 2013, 12:09:37 PM
Sorry you left, Bill. I was looking forward to a demo of the solar cooker. Gordon says thanks for the grass :)

Please do come Saturday for the potluck.

Wendy
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Post by: Jeannine on January 21, 2013, 12:21:51 PM
Do you run them while you are sleeping?

No. 

If it is really cold out, we set the thermostat on the built-in heater to a low setting.  That way, some warm air will be routed to the underbelly to keep the water lines and holding tanks from freezing.

Jeannine
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Post by: WhiteEagle on January 21, 2013, 04:32:26 PM
Just pulled in this afternoon ..We look forward to meeting several of you at happy hour.....
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Post by: Henry Wishard on January 21, 2013, 04:47:39 PM
Not sure about firing up the grass, Gordon has been using it!
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Post by: SmokerBill on January 21, 2013, 07:43:09 PM
I can't breathe man! lol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8ALFwxdAto (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8ALFwxdAto)
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 21, 2013, 08:12:57 PM
SCHEDULE CHANGE

DAILY
10 am Morning walk
4 pm Happy Hour

Wednesday
4 pm Luau Happy Hour

Thursday
10 am Four-Wheel-Drive trip

Saturday
2:30 pm Group pic
3:00 Potluck
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 21, 2013, 09:13:32 PM
I love the  10 am walk time.  It allows me lots of time for coffee prior to the walk.  Once again the  pace we kept,  pushed me beyond limits I would walk if alone! We chatted and almost took a shortcut but got back on track.   The walk was 40 minutes long, burning only 143 calories.  Ask Wendy for the  details.

Dave Brown was the generous and thoughtful contributor  of the FVForum  sign  directing  new arrivals to our spot.  Pictured walkers are  good sports for posing!
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 21, 2013, 10:34:35 PM
For the number lovers (I started this at my coach and stopped it in front of Lucy's):

4459 steps
40 min 11 sec
2.143 miles
3.2 mph average speed
154.4 calories burned ... Not quite a glass of wine but a good start

Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 21, 2013, 11:35:20 PM
A few pics from Happy Hour, Monday 1/21:

Edit (1/22): Added a pic of Ann.

Also wanted to mention that the resolution of these are averaging around 100KB - whereas coming from my camera are much higher. Plus I have a RAW format copy of each image.  If you want a copy of any of the larger res images let me know.

I "will" be posting a link with all the pics I take here if anyone wants to download them at the higher res.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: llib enad on January 22, 2013, 11:09:49 PM
     For those at the forum rally that have an older  MH that has fiberglass [gelcoat] that was not clear coated .  My coach is in its 15th year in the sun and it has been a struggle for a while to keep looking good..  Have been reading about people using Red Max 3 from Lows or Zep Wet Floor look  from Home Depot and decided to try it on the roof [fiberglass] to see how it looked.  Was very impressed so decided to do the front cap.  That led to doing the rear cap , then the rest of the coach.  It has been  6 months now and 5,000+ miles through rain, sleet and snow.  The parts that have Zep applies look very good.  If you care to see it, it is the Country Coach Allure  west of the happy hour circle with South Dakota plates.

Bill Dane   99 CC  Allure

Staff edit: Remove excessive white space
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jeff on January 23, 2013, 08:10:48 AM
Yesterday afternoon Wendy and I watched Bill going up and down a ladder wiping the QZ dust of his Country Coach. He's really proud of that shine. ;D


We thought he should have done his neighbors' rigs while he was at it.
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Post by: llib enad on January 23, 2013, 08:28:22 AM
 Jeff,
     I told Doug next to me that I needed to try something new.  He threatened me with body harm if I came near his NEW fifth wheel carrying a bucket and mop  [humor].

The sunrise this morning on the desert was beautiful.  Looked like the sky was on fire.

Bill Dane    99 CC  Allure
   
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jim Dick on January 23, 2013, 08:44:48 AM
Bill,

On my American Dream, they only clear coated the portion of the cap from roof level down. Most of it was left unsealed. I finally put the floor finish on it and am very happy with the results. I did notice I have a little more flaking occuring so will have to address that when we get back home.

Here is the morning sunrise. I missed it at its peak. :(
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 23, 2013, 09:58:05 AM
It certainly was a beautiful sunrise this morning. I watched it out my bedroom window without getting out of bed, then rolled over and went back to sleep.

Wendy
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Post by: Lou Schneider on January 23, 2013, 11:04:13 AM
Good job, Wendy!  That's how a sunrise should be enjoyed.  :)
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Post by: suezek on January 23, 2013, 03:44:16 PM
Thanks Dave, I love the sign! Snappy.
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Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 23, 2013, 04:31:48 PM
Jeff, thought you might want to take a look at my downtown QZ office. Am currently downloading Windows 8 on my help desk laptop. It's a bit over 2g -- and my Vz is only 5g.

I started at the rally site using tethering w/my unlimited and that looked good at first - but then it started throttling down from 2.5 hours to 16 as a posted estimate. So I headed for my downtown office.

When I bought this laptop last fall w/Win7 Home installed, was told I could get Win8 for $14.99 from MS. But when I ran the diagnostic prior to download was told I needed Wind8 Pro to keep all my stuff intact - and that would be $40 more. However, just before checkout after I entered my discount code from Fry's -- the priced dropped back to $14.99. So am a happy camper again -- although it looks like I may have to do some driver updates.

Thought you might also be interested in the fact that a McChicken mini meal in Rocklin, CA w/tax is $3.54 whereas in Qz it's only $3.30! Just another benefit of coming to the RV Forum rally here.

Enjoyed breakfast with you and Jim this AM -- and learned a lot about my HD/SD tv. Thanks . . .
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Post by: Jeff on January 23, 2013, 08:00:10 PM
Bob:


Looks like they gave you the conference room. ;D 
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Post by: tugboat on January 23, 2013, 08:10:07 PM
Thanks everyone form making us feel welcome in the desert!

Guenter&Jeanne :)
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Post by: Wendy on January 23, 2013, 08:43:47 PM
CONGRATULATIONS Richard and Linda !!!
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Post by: RLSharp on January 23, 2013, 08:45:30 PM
Sharp's 2013 Itasca Sunstar 35B arrived at La Mesa RV shortly before 7:00 p.m. this evening. Finally! At least we know it exists. PDI tomorrow and walk-through at 3:30 p.m. Junk transfer starting sometime after that. Braking system and battery/inverter upgrade early next week.

Richard

P.S.  I brought home about eight inches of manuals to start reviewing.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 23, 2013, 08:48:56 PM
Thanks everyone form making us feel welcome in the desert!

Guenter&Jeanne :)


We love having first timers. Hope you enjoy your stay and come back again and again.
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Post by: Kim (skyking4ar2) Bertram on January 23, 2013, 09:02:32 PM
Congrats to Richard and Linda!

Looking forward to a tour in Moab!

Kim
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Post by: Ken & Sheila on January 23, 2013, 09:33:05 PM
Richard and Linda,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! yes I'm shouting!

Hope to able to see the new rig at Moab. Of course you could post pictures for us sooner.

ken
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Post by: Wendy on January 23, 2013, 09:47:48 PM
I think the Sharps should have New RV Open House here at the rally !
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Post by: ArdraF on January 23, 2013, 10:09:11 PM
How exciting, Richard and Linda!  We'll all look forward to seeing your new chariot.  Let us know if you need help with anything!

ArdraF
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Post by: Tom and Margi on January 23, 2013, 10:22:39 PM
Sharp's 2013 Itasca Sunstar 35B arrived at La Mesa RV shortly before 7:00 p.m. this evening. Finally! At least we know it exists. PDI tomorrow and walk-through at 3:30 p.m. Junk transfer starting sometime after that. Braking system and battery/inverter upgrade early next week.

Richard

P.S.  I brought home about eight inches of manuals to start reviewing.

Wow!  Congratulations Richard and Linda.  I remember you two were in Quartzsite cheering for us when we brought our new 1995 Bounder into the La Posa site.  So now we're cheering for you from far away Oregon!  Enjoy!  You deserve it!
 
Tom and Margi
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Post by: Jim Dick on January 23, 2013, 11:18:46 PM
Richard & Linda,

Wondered why you were not at the Happy Hour! Congratulations on the new coach. Hope it provides many miles and smiles for you!!! ;D
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Post by: Betty Brewer on January 23, 2013, 11:21:34 PM
So many activities so many things to say!  Introductions were made of new comers (Jim Logan's brother and wife) .  Sorry brain fade on names.   I think another rig  came in too  but alas I did not  get  their names. Frank and Barb arrived today.  I did recall their names. I watched for Tim and Marsha all day and Beth and Kerry but we did not see  them arrive.  Phoned, left messages, no  info yet. 

 First, if the deal is done, congrats to Richard and Linda on new rig.  Still waiting for YOUR official post on the topic!

 Second this was the day of the Luau. Yes Bob B you had the wrong day to bring a dry camp  tip.  But if you dress in an Hawaiian shirt for next happy hour, you will match my husband who missed the  Hawaiian shirt I had set outside for him.   The  full array of poo poos set outside for  appetizers were wonderful but my hubby still required a meal .  My favorite things to eat outside were  Henry's soda cracker specials and the meatballs!
We retreated to our rigs  for evening  meals and  then I  reported to Chris and Mimi's rig a for a second (or is it third?)  annual Mexican train game. Pat D.  came with her Florida rules! Since neither  Chris nor Mimi could recall  rules we last played, Pat 's rules prevailed!   Many laughs later and  lots of rejection of friendships and  foul words, we had to  declare Mimi the winner!  I came in second, Pat was third and Chris was the biggest loser but.... he pours a wonderful wine so  I want him to have my second place!  Marsha where were you? 
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Post by: Jeff on January 24, 2013, 12:03:41 AM
Enjoy the new rig Richard and Linda! You are a model of perseverance. Now you'll have to endure us all tracking QZ dust through your new home.
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Post by: Betty Brewer on January 24, 2013, 12:07:34 AM
Here are a few shots of participants ( none from the sick end of the campsite) during our Luau.

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Post by: Betty Brewer on January 24, 2013, 12:15:49 AM
And More Luau 2013 Quartzsite  participants.
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Post by: Betty Brewer on January 24, 2013, 12:21:36 AM
So do you recall all of the names during the introductions?  Do you wish you were here?

Edit: Removed duplicate attachment.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 24, 2013, 12:27:49 AM
More fun at our Luau.  Dave's wife was ill so Henry agreed to be his partner! Can you find the photo to prove this?
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Post by: ArdraF on January 24, 2013, 01:07:37 AM
How about IMG_2261-001.JPG in reply 250?  Maybe the diamond clinches it!  ::)

ArdraF
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom on January 24, 2013, 01:49:56 AM
Quote
Do you wish you were here?

Seeing all those photos sure makes us wish we were there. So many old friends, so many folks we haven't met, and so many folks into the luau theme - Hawaiian shirts, leis, coconut bra, and a mumu. Had we been there, I'd have brought out the uke and we'd have had a singalong. Maybe someone would have hula danced for us  ???
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Post by: lucyakers on January 24, 2013, 08:07:36 AM
Yea Richard & Linda!!! Excitement! Don't get lost inside your new home!
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Post by: AZ Randy1 on January 24, 2013, 09:27:49 AM
What good news, Richard and Linda. All of the frustrating time spent looking and negotiating has paid off! If you need any help in moving all your stuff or with anything else, just let me know and I'll get Frank, Terry, Jeff and a bunch of others down to your rig as quickly as possible.
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Post by: Henry Wishard on January 24, 2013, 09:44:14 AM
   With a diamond that big I would be anyone's partner. Lots of fun here. Dave & Marilyn kept us out
 almost to midnight. 
   Was glad to meet all the first timers, last year Margaret and I was a first timer and just loved the desert. We will be heading to Death Valley after we depart here and back to Texas around the middle of Feb. Might even stop in Big Bend for a few days.
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Post by: Marsha/CA on January 24, 2013, 10:40:56 AM
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Pat D.  came with her Florida rules! Since neither  Chris nor Mimi could recall  rules we last played, Pat 's rules prevailed!

Oh heaven forbid.....Florida Mexican rules!!   :o ....I'm coming....I'm coming.

Just talked to Betty this morning  to say we are in Palm Springs and are coming in this afternoon.  I'm all confused because I thought the Luau was today, Thursday.  What do I know?

It spit rain early this morning here; I'm hoping this passes through QZ quickly. 

Ok which end of the campground is the "sick bay"?  We need to stay way away from it.  Tim and I are just now good after a long bout with the flu and the nasty cough.

AZ Randy, I always knew you were an organizer!

See you all soon.

Linda and Richard, can't wait to see the new rig.  Wahoo!

Marsha~
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Post by: Jim Godward on January 24, 2013, 11:15:48 AM
So do you recall all of the names during the introductions?  Do you wish you were here?

WE do!!  Lots of people we have never met along with some long time friends.  Notice I did not say "old".   :)
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Post by: DonTom on January 24, 2013, 11:23:49 AM
What would I expect to find in Quartzite if  there on or  around the 29th of this month? Would the place be dead, or will there still be some stuff going on?

-Don-  SSF, CA
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 24, 2013, 11:41:11 AM
Marsha - The sick end of the rally is at the opposite end from where you usually park.

The Luau was scheduled for Thursday but was switched to Wednesday so the 4WD run could be on Thursday.

Friday Happy Hour is "bring a boondocking tip" day. You should be able to get more for your article!

Don't hold your breath on the rain passing thru. Looks like 2 or 3 days of rain, depending on which weather app you believe. Prayer to the rain gods - NO RAIN ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

See you later today. Don't forget that Arizona is on Mountain Standard Time so it's an hour later than California.

Wendy
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 24, 2013, 11:49:41 AM
What would I expect to find in Quartzite if  there on or  around the 29th of this month? Would the place be dead, or will there still be some stuff going on?

-Don-  SSF, CA

Quartzsite won't be dead at the end of January. It won't be as busy as it is this week but the regular vendors will still be there and there's another event in the big tent late January / early February.

Wendy
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Post by: Jim Dick on January 24, 2013, 06:32:54 PM
Today was the 4X4 drive on The ridge. I wrote about this one back in 1997. It's still quite a ride! Chris talked me into driving his Jeep. I agreed since I have not been behind the wheel on an off road trip for 8 years! Now he wants me to fix the AZ pinstriping on the car.  ;D ;D

Attached are photos of the happy hour fire and the pinstriping.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 24, 2013, 07:24:02 PM
Now he wants me to fix the AZ pinstriping on the car.  ;D ;D
.

AND you have to pay the 25-cent fine for him not wearing his name tag !
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Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 24, 2013, 07:41:27 PM
     Donna and I wish we were there too, although neither of us miss the thought of chauffeuring Tim and Marsha on the 4 wheel trip.  That was the first time I heard the term Arizona Pinstripe, and who knew that tire had a different tread pattern in the west, to replace the new tire that I put a rock through the sidewall.  We do miss you all, and miss being at all the Rallies.
     But we do wish we were there to give Barb her birthday bumps tomorrow, so you all will have to do so for us.  OK all together: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARB.

Donna and Ed
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Post by: suezek on January 24, 2013, 08:20:45 PM
Happy to report that the sick bay victims are up and out. Once again, they live!
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Post by: Wendy on January 24, 2013, 08:37:54 PM
Enjoying watching the Brewers' new flagpole light out my window.
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Post by: Betty Brewer on January 24, 2013, 09:06:05 PM
Enjoying watching the Brewers' new flagpole light out my window.

It's kind of ironic isn't it that  I  can't see it at all unless I walk outside.  I  did  so enjoy watching the light when it was on Ray and Liza's  rig. I  hadn't considered that  I could not see it on my own rig.  Glad you are enjoying it Wendy.
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Post by: brockmanRV on January 24, 2013, 09:21:58 PM
Driving in Friday morning from Phoenix- left from Indiana , had to spend some time with vet for one of the dogs-but all is good-anxious to me those who have been at this for a while- Ron +Kathy
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: wannabfree on January 24, 2013, 09:23:38 PM
How about IMG_2261-001.JPG in reply 250?  Maybe the diamond clinches it!  ::)

ArdraF
Ardra
I am APALLED ! I thought that with your army-brat background, you would have been an ardent supporter of the "don't ask, don't tell" philosophy. .....and FYI, the diamond was not from Hank !  :D
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 24, 2013, 09:27:39 PM
Ron and Kathy, Looking forward to meeting you. Happy Hour is at 4 pm with Boondocking Tips and Hints as the evening's subject (along with eating and drinking).

Wendy
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jim Dick on January 24, 2013, 10:55:19 PM
Wendy,

I gladly paid the fine as soon as I got back to the coach. :) It was a great day thanks to Chris!!
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: lucyakers on January 25, 2013, 06:32:03 AM
In hindsight, I wish I had spent some more girl-time. Did really enjoy our trip to the Gem & Mineral Show. (If you haven't been, GO! That is the reason for Quartzsite.)
Next year, I plan to at least ask if anyone is interested in a chat, knitting circle, cards or whatever on some afternoons - in my trailer if the breeze is as it was this year. We used to sit out in the afternoon and visit and even learn something once in a while. Wendy taught us geocaching one time and I came home and made a cache that is still active.

Thanks Jim & Jerry for the help in packing me off. It rained all the way home. Glad to hear the 4-wheelers didn't flood away in a wash!
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Barb on January 25, 2013, 08:57:50 AM
Ed,
Thanks for the B'day wish. I treated myself to a slice of carrot cake last nite. My favorite. I was thinking of how much it would cost me to rent a hall, to put all these people in for a party.

How cool is this, a outdoor party with free food, and framily. Great Fun. Who could ask for anything better.

There was a pink sunrise this morning. It's gonna be a great day.
 
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Lorna on January 25, 2013, 10:26:39 AM
Hi Barb,


Happy Birthday and may you have many more.  We miss you and look forward to seeing  both of you sometime this year.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: AZ Randy1 on January 25, 2013, 10:48:08 AM
Lucy, you snuck out in the dead of night, which left me feeling betrayed when I went down to help you pack up and found that you were gone. You let someone else help you after promising me. I don't know that I'll be able to trust you again in the future if you say that you'll let me help and then just leave me without a word of farewell. I may not even let you dress me for future Forum events.

Happy birthday, Barb, and a wish for many many more.

And after trying in vain to have Chris and Mimi sit here while the bad weather passes before heading home, this morning has had a sad beginning in experiencing their departure and the, possible, end of an era. What a joy the two of them have been to me in my short time with the framly. You two will be greatly missed and I look forward to seeing you whenever I have the chance to visit the San Francisco area. Travel safely and know that you will always be thought of with great love and admiration.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 25, 2013, 10:56:52 AM
Here are a few shots of the 5 rigs that followed Terry out on his famous " Ridge Run."  All were experienced trail drivers on this run so we had no leaking tires, no flats, no tugs, no do overs, no whining, no tears.  Just plain fun despite pretty chilly temps in high 50's with an ever  pending chance of rain.

Jim and Terry had  pre run the  trail the day before so we did not even get lost and lose anyone this time!
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: lucyakers on January 25, 2013, 11:47:59 AM
Randy,
I waited for you but when those 2 came along, I grabbed them. I guess my idea of not too early and yours are different - I get up about 5 if I sleep in!
You are not off the hook, I will always remember your offer of help!!
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 25, 2013, 11:55:08 AM
More 4 wheel photos.  Takes a while on this connection to post so bear with me.  Plus it was time for the  10 am walk and I had to  go!
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 25, 2013, 12:23:41 PM
Looks like they filled in the area a bit where Sunshine almost went turtle last year. Doesn't it look as steep. Or is that just because I'm not there worrying ?
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Larry N. on January 25, 2013, 04:01:43 PM
The latter, of course Wendy.  :D
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 25, 2013, 06:35:22 PM
I have pictures of the hardy group that gathered for happy hour this evening, if I can figure out how to get them off the camera. There were lots of good boondocking tips offered while standing around the fire in N Arizona 6" rain.

Wendy
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 25, 2013, 06:45:13 PM
The desert smells delightful with the rain.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 25, 2013, 07:00:06 PM
Terry's rain gauge measures  .02 of an inch of rain. Got me  kinda wet and yucky and it did a number on the Ritz crackers for Happy Hour.  While the hardy souls were telling their boon docking tips, I failed to remember this one, so add it to Marsha's list.

The  "gadget of the show" was this whip like whisk thing that make frothy milk suitable for lattes.  I  planned one for this morning's breakfast treat. When I poured my 1/4 cup of milk into the cup to whip up into the whip cream, the milk smelled kinda sour, so I simply added sugar to it and topped it with  cinnamon. Poured the cup of hot black coffer over it.  The froth came to top and  Voila, no sour milk! Terry said this was a good boon docking tip.  We are very good at boon docking!

 But Helaine wins for best packing into a small space!  Hands down.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 25, 2013, 07:03:20 PM
Looks like they filled in the area a bit where Sunshine almost went turtle last year. Doesn't it look as steep. Or is that just because I'm not there worrying ?

Wendy,
It may have been filled in a bit  and the  angle of my shot does not show the steepness nor difficulty  of the grade.  I think it was  pretty bad and maybe just as bad as last year.  We were glad Sunshine did not have to make the  try again and again.  It  saved your nerves too.  You didn't need this event  " this year."
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 25, 2013, 07:06:26 PM
My goal this year in Quartzsite is to buy a great yard flamino. Maybe one with battery operated LED lights.

I never found a Flamingo I thought suitable for  my decor but I did see the " When Pigs Fly" metal sculpture you described across from Burger King!
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 25, 2013, 07:13:56 PM
Are you guys talking about the solar LED flamingo that's on a rod and they have hummingbirds and butterflies, too? Saw them yesterday while we were shopping. If it's something else, then never mind.

Wendy
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Daisy on January 25, 2013, 07:31:55 PM

There was a pink sunrise this morning. It's gonna be a great day.
 
  ???

Hope you had a great birthday Barb and didn't get too wet.  But you've got the color of the sky wrong. 

Old sailors ditty:  Red sky in the morning , sailors take warning.
                            Red sky at night, sailors delight.      ;)

Hope you had a good one.  :) :) :)

Daisy
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Daisy on January 25, 2013, 07:37:11 PM
Richard and Linda:

Congratulations on you new RV and lots of wonderful travels in it. :) :) :)  Can't wait to see it.  Maybe on one of our trips to Tucson VA which are coming up soon.  :( :( :(

Daisy

Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Kim (skyking4ar2) Bertram on January 25, 2013, 07:59:19 PM
Was someone looking for a lighted flamingo?
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 25, 2013, 08:46:18 PM
Was someone looking for a lighted flamingo?

So where does one get such a treasure?

BB
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: MikeCoke on January 25, 2013, 09:05:51 PM
Here are the 2 pics Wendy took of the hardy souls at Happy Hour in the rain.

Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 25, 2013, 09:21:06 PM
Well what Wendy's happy hour in the rain photos fail to show is  just HOW  many of us there were out there in the mist  aka rain.  (Sorry Frank and Barb when you called we were hunkered down in rig)  Then plans changed and we saw lots of  Quartzsite RVForum  friends out there in the rain!

Framily offered umbrellas to one another and all  but ya just had to be there!  Nothing like the lightening and wind storms of years past but an event for sure!  Henry makes a mean fire and it kept us warm.

While we offered our dry camping tips we awaited Tim and Marsha's friend from So Cal.  It is now 8:14 AZ time and we see they have just pulled in.  It is raining, it is their first time dry camping.  We are  wishing them well.

Chris and Mimi made it to Bakersfield and Russ is home in Surprise AZ. 

Good night all.
BB
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: ArdraF on January 25, 2013, 10:36:49 PM
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While we offered our dry camping tips we awaited Tim and Marsha's friend from So Cal.  It is now 8:14 AZ time and we see they have just pulled in.  It is raining, it is their first time dry camping.  We are  wishing them well.

Sounds like that old saw "trial by fire" doesn't it.  Actually it will give them lots of memories of their first boondocking trip.  Hope they have sun tomorrow!

Glad the framily who left today are all tucked in for the night.

ArdraF
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 25, 2013, 11:16:18 PM
Hmmmm, 'dry' camping ?
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: lucyakers on January 26, 2013, 07:51:16 AM
So who, Wendy, is going to write up the boondocking tips for those of us who weren't there???

(And don't just say "You should have been here"!)
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom on January 26, 2013, 08:34:32 AM
Quote from: lucyakers
So who, Wendy, is going to write up the boondocking tips for those of us who weren't there???

Good question Lucy. Hopefully we'll have a few gems to add to our library article on boondocking tips (http://www.rvforum.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=80:boondocking-tips&catid=16:rv-how-tos&Itemid=45).
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Barb on January 26, 2013, 09:17:31 AM
Thanks for the b'day wishes. I had a great day. Went to breakfast, and my great framily friend Terry bought me breakfast.

Since I'm still not 100% from having the crud, I did not venture out into the rain for happy hour. And I too would be interested in the boon docking tips.

You so right Daisy. I wasn't looking a the sunrise, but at the reflection of the sunrise on the mountains from my coach window.

It's still raining this morning. Hope it quits for photos, and pot luck.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 26, 2013, 10:13:55 AM
Marsha took notes and will be writing up an article for the library. And, yes, Lucy, you should have been here.

It's still raining and weather forecasts for today are not looking good. We have a couple of options for the potluck but suggestions are welcome.

Wendy
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom on January 26, 2013, 10:21:45 AM
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Had we been there, I'd have brought out the uke and we'd have had a singalong.

Meanwhile, did Jim bring out his ukin and play a few numbers?
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Henry Wishard on January 26, 2013, 10:33:07 AM
    Rain or shine, Margaret and I will have fried Catfish under our awing or at the fire pit. If raining let's plan on a progressive pot luck. Thanks God for the rain and AT&T for bring my service back after 3 days.
   After that boon docking tip I don't know if I dreamed it or not but I thought I saw Mike and Wendy out dancing in the rain about midnight.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Kim (skyking4ar2) Bertram on January 26, 2013, 10:50:35 AM
So where does one get such a treasure?

BB

We found ours in a roadside yard art place on Hwy 59 enroute to Orange Beach, AL where we normally winter. Our unit lasted about a year and half but succumbed to the high winds of the west and it was too hard to troubleshoot burned out bulbs. It required a very special place on the bed when we traveled and I think Christi might have been glad when it was "retired".

I will be in the area again soon and will check into what it takes to have those bad boys delivered to any eager flamingo lovers!

It became such a standard in our park that someone knocked on the door one night, wondering why it was not on. Good times!
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Terry A. Brewer on January 26, 2013, 10:54:16 AM
According to my rain gauge 0.98 in of rain as of 0950... Looks like we will break an inch.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom and Margi on January 26, 2013, 11:34:45 AM
Wow.  That's a lot for Quartzsite.  You beat us.  We've only had .77 the last 24 hours in Sutherlin, OR.
 
Margi
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: suezek on January 26, 2013, 11:52:48 AM
Potluck on or off? I have dry wood if on.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 26, 2013, 12:11:58 PM
My vote would be to postpone for a day. I see by the Weather Channel on my newly updated Windows 8 laptop that tomorrow should be only partly cloudy with highs around 72. For those that "must" leave we could schedule for late AM so they could still get out of town by end of day.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 26, 2013, 12:39:41 PM
Thanks to Sue's hard work and a couple of folks volunteering their coaches, there will be a potluck. It will be down at the Cousins coach with the Matthews next to them with awnings together. Henry's across from them and he'll have his awning out, too. We'll move the tables down there. Maybe the rain will even stop for an hour. Don't know about the group picture, maybe this year we'll have groups of 10 pictures. What say you Ray ?

Wendy
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom and Margi on January 26, 2013, 12:48:19 PM
I'm not there, so really don't have a vote.  However!  ;D   I would love to see captioned pictures in small groups so that those of us not in attendance might begin to put names with faces we don't recognize.
 
Margi
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: ArdraF on January 26, 2013, 12:48:26 PM
Scratch that comment - I see the decision has been made.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Terry A. Brewer on January 26, 2013, 03:21:11 PM
1.07 in of rain as of 1420....
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 26, 2013, 07:06:47 PM
     All I want to know is who is getting blamed for the rain this time ;)  I can't recall the amount but I don't think you're up to what we had in 2010 when the washes were overflowing, and the RV & Gem Shows were heavily destroyed by the wind. I don't see any eastern canadians in the list of attendees, so it must be one of you western Americans.
     However, we do often mention eating at a restaurant overlooking London Bridge with Framily friends, in what would be normal rainy London weather, plus we also saw snow plows on the roads, which were being used to clear not snow, but rocks and mud where they had been deposited on the highway.
     Miss you all, but no more Q Rallies for us, at least not for now.

Ed
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 26, 2013, 08:16:39 PM
2:00 pm full clouds and rain

3:15 pm  lots of good food and BLUE skies

Life Is Good
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jeff on January 26, 2013, 08:21:52 PM
All I know is that the comments Betty and Wendy were making about 3:15PM were much nicer than what they were saying about 2:30PM. ::)
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 26, 2013, 08:27:00 PM
And the details to Wendy's timeline.
1:30  Look at sky, figure alternate plans. Begin wiping tables.  Decide to decide at  2:30. Worry and stress.

2:30  Have 3 coaches put out awnings for  fish fry, main dishes and dessert areas.  Still heavy misting. Wipe tables with miracle cloths. Look at radar for signs of storm moving out.  Decide to  bag the group photo as the ground is wet, people are confused.

3:00 Pot luck occurs. Terry sits out in rain close to main dishes.  Rains stops.  Folks bring chairs out around the  3 coaches.  Feeding frenzy begins.  Henry's fresh catfish fry  with fries and tartar sause is a big hit.  People eat standing up so they can mingle among the food coaches. Lots of new dishes.  Clouds part and sun shines.  Ahhhhhhh life is good and it still have never rained on a Quartzsite Potluck.  This was a close one but  we had a good time.  many had to sit on their wet chairs as it has rained so much prior to this event.
4:00 Clear up dishes, start big bon fire, photograph sunset.  Warm self by fire.  Life is sooooo good.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 26, 2013, 08:33:28 PM
Sheriff Pat  handed me the sack of name tag  fines.  I  thought I had  $4.06 but upon recount someone slipped in a Canadian coin that has a 25 on it and a picture of Elizabeth II.  So I'm not sure how much was earned by this event.    Gotta watch those Canadians at every turn!

Good times.  If  you failed to  contribute to the Tax Collector fund, just make a donation using the Donate button in the line above where you are reading.  We gotta keep this RVForum running.  These rallies are way too much fun!
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 26, 2013, 09:26:09 PM
The sunset this evening after much rain was an interesting one. The higher clouds seem to be on fire glowing though the lower lying rain clouds.

Nice to shoot again with Jim Dick after 8 years. I enjoyed that -- and wished Ron Marabito was with us tonight.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 26, 2013, 09:47:57 PM
I don't ever intend to compete with  Bob B, or Ray or Jim D or anyone  with serious photography issues but I did  point and click a bunch of photos during the Potluck and  dessert and final fire events.  Sorry Margi I can't put a name to each photo but maybe subjects will fess up to their names.

This turned out to be  wonderful day.  We are thankful to the rain gods for parting the skies so we could socialize and eat and do what RVForum Framily does! 

What a meal.  Terry did NOT need to go to Taco Mia following the Potluck!

These photos are in no particular order but all happened today 1/26/13. 
Will everyone else who took shots also please post them?
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 26, 2013, 09:50:30 PM
Wait, There are more!
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jim Dick on January 26, 2013, 10:03:13 PM
Tom,

No, I did not bring out the Ukin. You haven't taught me how to play it yet.  ;D ;D I did, however, bring out the cameras and took photos of the sunset along with Bob, though he was several rigs away.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom on January 26, 2013, 10:41:21 PM
A big thanks Betty. Your photos are on their way to our photo gallery.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom on January 26, 2013, 10:42:45 PM
Thanks Jim.

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You haven't taught me how to play it yet.

Stop by our place and we'll fix that. You know where we live  ;D
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jim Dick on January 26, 2013, 11:06:46 PM
Tom,

I really wish we could!!! I even know where Chris keeps the wine!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Marsha/CA on January 26, 2013, 11:46:52 PM
Ok...here are the boondocking "gems" given at Friday's potluck:

Jerry F:  "Instant off Water Saver"  can be purchased at Home Depot/Lowes/etc.  Attaches to the water faucet and has a long stem.  You move the stem side to side to turn on the water.  Remove you hand and the stem returns to center and shuts off the water.

Wendy:  Cleaning tissues bought for $1.00.  Be sure and clean from "top to bottom", if you get my drift.

Shirley:  Use perculator on stove for coffee instead of electric coffee maker.

Bill Dane:  purchase shelf milk which is good for quite a while.  It's called "Paramilk" and can be found in most grocery stores.

Helaine:  (very creative idea)  She pack things like macaroni and cheese/jello/pudding/instant foods in zip lock bags.  Remove items from their original boxes place as much as you can in the zip lock bags and store.  Be sure and cut directions out to go with products for cooking.

Here we diverted a bit.
Beth M.  use wooden mouse traps to keep mice out of the bays.

Randy:  came to rvforum to find out how to remove "pack rat".  Also mentioned rope lights laying on the ground to prevent mice from coming into RV.  Quickly added "be sure and come with full water tank and empty black and grey; reminding everyone that Jerry F. had come with nearly full black and grey tanks at a previous Quartzsite rally and needed to have a pump truck come relieve him.

Henry:  put bounce sheets inside to prevent mice from entering.

Now back on topic.

Ardra: Use paper towel to preclean items such as forks/spoons until you can actually wash them.  She added later that when the holding tanks are extremely full and close to over flowing, she puts "painter's tape" over the shower drain and some times the kitchen drain to prevent the tank from backing up into her shower or sink on the drive home or to the next stop.

Paul:  Use shower shut off while lathering up to prevent unused water from going down the drain.

Kathy (from Indiana):  solar powered reading lamp, stays charged for a long time.

Jeff:  special inverter for "CPAP" machine

Ray:  toilet "buttliner"  place in toilet bowl; is bio-degradable and prevents "streaks" in toliet

Unknown authors: 
and FINALLY.....EAT OUT
Marsha~
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: MikeCoke on January 27, 2013, 01:42:13 AM
After the Pot Luck we all gathered around the fire and we were having too much fun so another group sent for an air strike on us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXQN8NuJudI&feature=youtube_gdata_player
 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXQN8NuJudI&feature=youtube_gdata_player)
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom and Margi on January 27, 2013, 09:37:38 AM
Thanks for all the pictures, Betty.  You're a hearty bunch to carry on in the wet and cold.  I don't think I've ever seen Terry in a jacket before, not to mention shoes.
 
Margi
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Daisy on January 27, 2013, 10:22:42 AM
Sounds like you all had a great time.  I remember another pot luck that came out just as lucky as this one did.  Just around 3:00pm the clouds parted, the sun came out and almost as soon as the eating was over, the clouds moved in again, but we did have time for a chat session too.  It's the desert, and we never know what is happening from hour to hour, minute to minute. 

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Randy:  came to rvforum to find out how to remove "pack rat". 
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Wish we could have been there as we could have told you how to get rid of a pack rat.  Call Truly Nolan.  Pay them big bucks.  Then set your own electronic trap upstairs and that's how we caught ours.  I will say TN was not a waste as they sprayed disenfectant all over every where downstairs and Fred & I took care of the sanitizing the upstairs.  It was actually caught the day after TN had been there.  It was hiding somewhere, and we sure the smell of the sanitizing drove it upstairs where the surprise awaited.  We were lucky as far as damage.  Only thing we found was the insulation torn off the water heater where it made its nest.  No wires destroyed, which surprised us no end because wires are like candy to them.

Daisy
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom on January 27, 2013, 11:52:53 AM
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Ok...here are the boondocking "gems" given at Friday's potluck:

Thanks for taking good notes and posting them Marsha.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: SeilerBird on January 27, 2013, 12:47:01 PM
[/i]Ardra: Use paper towel to preclean items such as forks/spoons until you can actually wash them.
Ardra - Wait a minute here. Are you saying there is more to washing dishes than cleaning them off with a paper towel ???
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 27, 2013, 01:09:40 PM
#12 on line to dump, 53.5 minutes to the dump station. Wally & Helaine 3 behind us, Susan behind them.

Wendy
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom on January 27, 2013, 02:53:05 PM
FWIW I split these "activities" messages off from the rally signup (http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php?topic=56439.0) topic.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom on January 27, 2013, 06:56:30 PM
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Your photos are on their way to our photo gallery.

Apologies, I didn't get to it last evening, but they're now in our photo gallery. Click the Photos button above, then click on the respective album to see thumbnail images. Click on a thumbnail to view a larger photo, and click again to view a full size image. I also added Wendy's and Jim's photos. Thanks again for taking and uploading the photos.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 27, 2013, 07:25:00 PM
Amazing what a little rain does for Bill's desert grass.  :)
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 27, 2013, 07:50:51 PM
FWIW I split these "activities" messages off from the rally signup (http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php?topic=56439.0) topic.

Thanks, Tom . . .  :)

Was going to do that or ask you to perform your message splitting magic -- but have been a bit under the weather this week.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom on January 27, 2013, 08:05:45 PM
Aye Bob, I should have done it sooner.

Sorry to hear you've been under the weather; Hope that's not the desert yuck that always gets us.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 27, 2013, 11:11:00 PM
Well several of  us had said good byes this morning and headed different directions!

My group of 4 rigs (  Jerry/Ardra, Barb/Frank, Henry/Margarite and Terry/Betty)  headed toward Searchlight for a yummy lunch at  the Nugget Searchlight Casino.  Onward through Las Vegas for a fuel stop at Travel America. Dropped off Jerry and ARdra who returned to their Las Vegas home to meet up with us in  2 days in Death Valley. 

 Final destination today,  Lakeside Casino and  RV Park in Pahrump, NV.  This is a beautiful RV park and happily we are parked right across from the laundry.   We were in a cleaning frenzy this afternoon ridding our rigs, clothes and shelves of Quartzsite dirt.  Walking and breakfast is on the morning schedule and  grocery shopping. Dinner at a Steakhouse will  be highlights of tomorrow.

So please keep us posted on the activities of those of you who stayed !
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jim Dick on January 28, 2013, 12:18:29 AM
After several members left, we drove to Vicksburg Junction to have lunch at the Kofa Cafe, where many of our original members have enjoyed quite a few meals. The cafe has not changed much but the intersection of Rt. 60 & 72 now has a Roundabout! We had a very long wait since two large groups had arrived just before we got there. The place was packed and the two groups numbered around 30 people so we had to wait for all of them to be served first.

The General Store in Brenda is up for sale and Desert Gold has lots of park models now. Looks really crowded. Not the same campground where we stayed in the late 1990's with many Forum Framily.  :(

The clouds were fairly low but created a very scenic sky. Sunset was not nearly as good as last night but Bob & I were out there, along with others, to try to capture it.

Ray & Liza were kind enough to provide us with a lighted lightning rod in case of a bad storm. Bob might be a little under the weather but he still looks pretty good!  ;D

Attached are a few photos.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Marsha/CA on January 28, 2013, 09:57:00 AM
We were sad to see many leave, but we still "rallied" on with happy hour at 4 pm and can you believe it....more food. 

The weather cleared up; but was brisk and cool.  We made our normal garbage run in the morning and several went back to the RV tent and vendors during the day.

This morning (Monday) dawned sunny with a bright blue sky.  We have planned a hike at 1:00 pm to the pictographs in the wash; and another happy hour at 4.

As Betty says:  "life is good.....especially with sunshine".

Marsha~


Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jeff on January 28, 2013, 10:03:07 AM
It was good to get home and empty the holding tanks but then I could always use one more trip to the tent and another day in the desert......
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 28, 2013, 10:22:26 AM
  We have planned a hike at 1:00 pm to the pictographs in the wash;


Margarite and I will do a walk this morning at  8:30 am.  Trouble is the  temp is 34  outside.  I think we will likely walk very fast!

Betty
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: jmugs on January 28, 2013, 12:48:21 PM
After the Pot Luck we all gathered around the fire and we were having too much fun so another group sent for an air strike on us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXQN8NuJudI&feature=youtube_gdata_player
 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXQN8NuJudI&feature=youtube_gdata_player)

Can't believe someone pulled a stunt like that. Hope nobody was hurt.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: llib enad on January 28, 2013, 01:08:20 PM
Marsha,

     Thanks for the heads up on the step not retracting as we were leaving.  First time that has happened.

Bill Dane   99  CC  Allure
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 28, 2013, 02:55:52 PM
The sun may be shining here in the desert, but with the wind, it's smegging cold !

Wendy
Dome Rock, Qtz
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jim Dick on January 28, 2013, 07:59:45 PM
Bill,

I had a problem once with the step on my CC Intrigue. It would go part way in and stop. A friend had to push it in with his leg until we got to a dealer to have it repaired. It was the connector underneath the wheel well powering the step. It had gotten corroded and had to be cleaned up.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 28, 2013, 09:00:56 PM
A few more of these beautiful desert sunsets . . .
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jim Dick on January 28, 2013, 11:38:59 PM
Enjoyed another sunset shoot with Bob this evening. Mine aren't quite as good as his but it was fun anyway.;D I agree Ron should have been here! Sure wish we could do this more often!!
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: llib enad on January 29, 2013, 09:04:56 AM
Jim,
     Thanks, will be parked at a friends lot in Foothills in a few days and will give the whole system a good cleaning.

Bill Dane   99   CC  Allure
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Marsha/CA on January 29, 2013, 09:42:25 AM
Bill, I'm glad someone was there to see the step was not retracting.  Could have been a mess if you had headed down the road.

Marsha~
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Henry Wishard on January 29, 2013, 10:03:23 AM
A few picks of the potluck, Jeff looks mischievous. Did I catch him eating something he shouldn't? The clouds are here in Pahrump the evening we arrived. I spent $20 to win $14 last nite before a great steak dinner with Margaret, Frank, Barb, Betty and Terry. 
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Henry Wishard on January 29, 2013, 10:06:10 AM
Missed Bob's pic and put in two of Wendy and Mike.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: JCZ on January 29, 2013, 10:32:38 AM
Terrie and I made it down for our first Quartzsite trip.  On short notice we had friends riding in from both the bay area and Wickenburg, Ariz. so we stayed on Dome Rock Rd. where it'd be easy for them to find us.

Good thing.  I left the gps coordinates at one of the fast food stops on the way down and so we weren't sure where the RV Forum group was staying other than Plomosa Rd.  We did drive out there on Sun. afternoon and tried as I might, to remember the video that Bob had posted previously....we just couldn't find the group.  We did meet a lot of people out there, though.

I also snapped a few pics from our trip down and back.....

"http://www.flickr.com/photos/37830424@N02/8414622511/"
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 29, 2013, 12:06:05 PM
If you were up at Plomosa Road, it's no wonder you didn't the RV Rally group - we were down south of town at La Posa Tyson Wash :)

Wendy
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: JCZ on January 29, 2013, 03:14:23 PM
If you were up at Plomosa Road, it's no wonder you didn't the RV Rally group - we were down south of town at La Posa Tyson Wash :)

Wendy

Rut-roohhhh....so much for my memory.  ;)

I did see La Posa Rd. as we headed down to Yuma for the day.  So close yet so far away........
Title: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: rsalhus on January 29, 2013, 10:12:37 PM
Six of us hiked up Q Mountain today.  Two of the Stoudt sisters, Janet and Terry, Doug and Sheryl, Shirley and I.  Sheryl found the geocache up there while the rest of us took pictures or just enjoyed the view.  Here's a couple of pictures.


Happy Hour is still going strong!  A few are leaving tomorrow but there will still be some here until Friday.




Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 29, 2013, 11:03:41 PM
Are you still having fires?
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jim Dick on January 29, 2013, 11:20:34 PM
Betty,

There was a fire tonight but I'm not sure if the Stoudts will have more. We leave in the morning for Maricopa. Tonight we went to dinner with Bob Buchanan. Attached are some photos of the fire and sunset. Not nearly as spectacular as previous nights. It was much better as we were picking up Bob for dinner but I didn't take any photos.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 30, 2013, 10:52:00 AM
Nice evening around the fire with the ever dwindling group. And then treated to a nice dinner with Jim and Pat Dick. And finally, watched Kentucky beat Ole Miss as I finished my take home.  It doesn't get much better than that! I will most likely leave in the AM or on Friday.

The Eastern skies reflected the reds that began happening as the sun dipped behind the Western mountains. Here are a few with flash in the forground . . .
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 30, 2013, 12:47:58 PM
So who's still there? And who'll be the last to leave ?
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Ron from Big D on January 30, 2013, 12:52:41 PM
  Bob:  What was your shutter speed of the sunset with the flash?

Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Paul 1950 on January 30, 2013, 02:14:40 PM
So who's still there? And who'll be the last to leave ?

Doug and Cheryl, and Jim and Pat left today.  Bob, the Salhaus', the Andersens, and the Stoughs are still here.  Bob said that he may leave today or tomorrow, not sure about the Salhaus' or Andersens.  The Stoughs are going to Phoenix on Friday for a birthday party.  On Saturday Jim and I are returning to Q.  Jim is planning on going back home, and I am planning on heading to Yuma.

See ya all down the road.

Paul
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 30, 2013, 02:20:49 PM
  Bob:  What was your shutter speed of the sunset with the flash?

That was one of those, "OMG, look at that sky - and I don't have my camera", shots, Ron. I walked back to my rig (no running with bionic hips) to get it. So settings were done quickly w/no time from tripod. I went to aperture priority, set the f stop at 5.6 that put the shutter speed at 1/60. If on a tripod would have set the f-stop to 9.0 or 10.0 and mode to Manual. The ISO was fixed here at 100.

In a shot like that, I think of the people and the sunset as two entirely different exposures. I go with the sunset first, then let the flash do the folks. The flash speed handles the movement of the foreground people while the camera shutter speed handles the sunset.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom on January 30, 2013, 03:18:31 PM
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I went to aperture priority, set the f stop at 5.6 that put the shutter speed at 1/60. If on a tripod would have set the f-stop to 9.0 or 10.0 and mode to Manual.

That's the kind of stuff that comes intuitively to photographers, but not to us point-and-shooters  :(
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Bob Buchanan on January 30, 2013, 04:43:00 PM
That's the kind of stuff that comes intuitively to photographers, but not to us point-and-shooters  :(

Actually, Tom, I copied it out of a photo article to impress Ron. Have no idea what it means.  :)
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Tom on January 30, 2013, 06:07:20 PM
Quote from: Bob Buchanan
... I copied it out of a photo article to impress Ron.

LOL Bob, I doubt that very much  ;D

I've tried in vain to get a local retired guys club to start up a 'photographic group', hoping I could attend and learn something from the experts. But these guys prefer to participate in golf and bowling (both large, active groups), pickle ball (very active sport), bocce ball (about as active as lawn bowls), bridge or wine tasting (not so active). They even have an RV'ing group, and I get to be the photographer at their rallies  :-[
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Wendy on January 31, 2013, 01:46:17 PM
I sure do like Quartzsite the week after the RV show.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: CashedOut on February 04, 2013, 09:57:24 AM
What a great group and great time in Quartzsite!  Sheryl and I thank you for the friendship and hospitality during our first boondocking experience. 

Sheryl seems to have recovered from her respiratory ailment so we are back to an active schedule.  We hiked Q Mountain, followed Marsha out to the petroglyphs and played golf on our last two days in Quartzsite but sense there is lots more we could have explored if Sheryl had been feeling well.

Spent the first day here at Cocopah in Yuma removing Quartzsite dust but now looking for a solution to hard water for exterior cleaning - Bill, are you still willing to bring over your mop?  :)

We'll be following the Forum regularly now and hope to connect with you all or individually whenever our routes bring us together.

Doug and Sheryl
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jim Dick on February 04, 2013, 10:01:52 AM
Doug & Sheryl,

Glad you enjoyed QZ as much as you could and that Sheryl is better. There are a couple of places that offer to wash the rig at your site, not sure if a campground will allow it, for about 1/4 the cost in Florida. One of them is Romeo's. I didn't have mine done when we were there but there were flyers delivered to each RV lot in the foothills.
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Jeff on February 04, 2013, 10:02:46 AM
Doug:


See you down the road. ;D
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: llib enad on February 04, 2013, 03:59:33 PM
Hay Doug & Sheryl,
     The mop has been retired .   We are in the Foothills with geocaching friends and running ourselves ragged.  Went out to the bombing range this morning and found 26 caches.
     As Jim said, there are a number of companies that will come to your site with good water.

Bill Dane   99 CC  Allure
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: suezek on February 04, 2013, 08:07:54 PM
Sheryl and Doug, so good to be parked next to you in the sick bay. Next year we will have to bring out Sheryl and Bob so that the rest of the group can see they actually exist. Thanks to all! Susan
Title: Re: 2013 RV Forum QZ Rally activities
Post by: Koodog on February 06, 2013, 08:08:39 PM
Doug and Sheryl,
Great meeting you guys at Q.
Safe travels and keep us posted on the wine tasting stops. :)