The big RV Show in Quartzsite starts this Sunday (Jan 22) and we’ve been doing some things to the coach to make sure we’re ready to go.
We’ve been watching some of the YouTube videos about the Quartzsite RV Show and “The Big Tent” and we’re looking forward to the event and seeing all that it has to offer.
We’re planning on dry camping just a few miles south of town on BLM land with hundreds of other Ham Radio Operators that have an area that will be used for Quartzfest 2017. This is an official ARRL Amateur Radio Convention.
In our cars, we get so used to everything working just fine that we take it for granted that all will be “ok” when we turn that key. It’s too easy to do that in the motor home as well. But if something should go wrong, it could cost thousands of dollars and make for a really lousy day – especially since the coach is not only our mode of transportation, but it’s our home as well. If it has to go in the shop for mechanical issues, we’d have to pay for a motel bill – and that’s not good.
Before we head out we always want to check the following.
- Check the water level in the deep cycle batteries since we’ll be using those to power our; lights, fresh water pump, refrigerator, water heater, and tv. I try to water the batteries monthly anyway even while we’re hooked up to shore power because they can boil off even while they are in “float” charge sitting here at the park
- Check the engine oil level and radiator water level
- Check and adjust all tire pressures (coach at 90 psi cold and the car at 30 psi cold)
- Check the food inventory to make sure we’ve got enough in the fridge and pantry to last us a few days
- Empty the black and gray tanks and fill the fresh water tank
- Do a visual check of all the exterior lights (turn/brake/hazards/headlights)
- Lower TV and radio antennas
The day is just about finished and all the above has been completed and we will be ready to head out Sunday morning. We work here at the RV park on Fridays and Saturdays, so our plan is to leave Sunday morning, (it’s only a little over 3 hours to Quartzsite) and come back Thursday afternoon.
I’ll have plenty of pictures and video to share with you after we get back.
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