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And On To New Adventures!

Well, we’ve done it. It took us about 10 days start to finish but we have sold the Avion (it’s going to Japan!!) and the GMC truck and have purchased a new set up!

First, the truck. We found this 2006 Ford F-350 dually about two hours from our current location. Owned by an Air Force mechanic who is moving and couldn’t take it with him. We got a fantastic deal on this well kept vehicle. Best news? It doesn’t require that DEF stuff for the diesel! Win-win!

Next up, purchasing a 5th wheel. We decided on a 5th wheel due to Mark’s height, ease of pulling and hooking up and it would allow more space for comfort. We knew we didn’t want something too big so when we came across this 32.5′ we had to check it out! Located just over an hour away from us in Las Cruces.

2006 NuWa Hitchhiker II LS. Immaculate condition! Previous owners were extremely good about maintenance.

Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t already have plans to make it our own! The golden oak just has to go, ya know? And while the color palette is fairly neutral it just screams “RV designer”. Blah!

This makeover will be more challenging than usual as we will be living in it while changing things up! 😱. Let’s see how that goes! lol

So here’s to new adventures! Our plans are to take a vacation at Ojo Caliente, then head up to Colorado and from there, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and back to Colorado! I will do my best to keep this blog updated.

See ya down the road!

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1979 Avion 28J with solar FOR SALE – SOLD!!

Edit: the Avion has sold and will be making its way to Japan! Purchased by an exporter of American vintage cars and trailers! How cool is that? ☺️

I know, I know. It’s been awhile. Things have been crazy/hectic/insane but we finally got through it all and it’s time to change things up.

We are only selling due to my husbands physical issues. This rig is gorgeous otherwise. Craigslist ad with more photos here:

https://albuquerque.craigslist.org/rvs/d/1979-avion-28j-with-solar/6542839510.html

Specs are below:

1979 Avion 28J. Rare double bed model with large rear bath. This rig was recently renovated and updated to include the following:

New custom lounge and cushions – can sleep one adult or two small kids

Storage under and behind lounge

New 100% cork flooring throughout

All cabinetry custom painted

Original cabinet hardware painted to update the look

New Bluetooth stereo and 4 new speakers

New curtains & blinds

Updated countertops in kitchen and bath

New sinks/faucets in kitchen & bath

Original Magic Chef oven/stove

New backsplash in kitchen

New residential refrigerator

19″ flat screen tv in bedroom

12″ memory foam full size mattress

Custom flip up desk and storage area

Bathtub resurfaced

Oxygenics shower head

New toilet

LED lighting throughout

New water heater

New water pump

New tires

New brake assemblies

New awning

New 30lb propane tanks

400 watts Renogy solar panels with 400 amp hours AGM batteries & 1500 watt inverter

Solar can run fridge full time if desired

Roof resealed summer 2017

Furnace tuned up and updated with new circuit board, sail switch, etc

Digital thermostat to set exact heat temp

This rig is very beautiful and an absolute classic. Unfortunately my husband is 6’6″ and as such we have decided we need a larger rig.

Also available is a 2006 GMC 2500HD. This truck is in great running order. Tune up recently done. Oil has been synthetic. 140,000 miles. GAS engine. Tranny replaced at 100,000 miles.

Sold as a package deal: $22,000 OBO

Avion alone: $15,000 OBO

Truck alone: $7000 OBO

Located in Truth or Consequences, NM. Serious inquires only. NO TRADES.

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Heron Lake State Park ~ Los Ojos, NM

New Mexico has some of the best state parks in the country, IMO, and back in January of 2017 when we still had the truck camper we purchased a year pass but unfortunately never got to use it.  So when we got back on the road again in our Avion we decided we had better get our moneys worth out of it before it expired (01/31/18)!

New Mexico state park passes cost $225 a year for out of state residents and $180 a year if you’re a New Mexico resident.  Now that might seem like a lot but when you are camping and are in a non-electric site the cost is free!  If you choose a power and water site the cost is $4 a day and a full hookup site (where available) is $8!  Not a bad deal, IMO.  Also dump sites are available at most parks.

Our first state park of this tour was Heron Lake State Park in Los Ojos, NM.  Situated just 20 minutes from Chama, NM and fed by the Rio Chama.  This state park and lake offers many camping opportunities but if you’re looking for something with power and water there are only two options:  Blanco and Willow Creek.

Site #57 at Blanco. Large pull through, power/water and a picnic table with shelter
Willow Creek has smaller sites and not nearly as many pull throughs as Blanco so when we came through looking for a site we chose Blanco.  We found a large pull through almost immediately that was a non-reservation site.  All sites in Blanco have fire pits and picnic tables and some have covered shelters.  Our site had a shelter and was fairly private. Blanco also has a bathhouse with showers while Willow Creek has a bathroom with toilets only.

There are many hiking trails in the camping areas that lead down to and go around the lake.  All are easy paths to hike and offer beautiful views!

Hiking trails to the lake!

Heron Lake

A place to rest with a view of the lake
The only downside to the campsites at Blanco and Willow Creek is that none of the sites have a true view of the lake.  You can glimpse it from certain sites but there are no full views.  There are other dispersed camping sites down the road that you can see the lake from but none offer electric or power so keep that in mind.  Also, some of the other dispersed areas are not able to accommodate larger rigs.  Be sure to scout all areas before driving in!

Another view of site #57
Length of stay in all New Mexico state parks is 14 days and as we are determined to take it slow this winter we did stay the whole 14 days in Blanco.

Verizon cell service offers 1 bar of LTE but it can go in and out without a booster.  TMobile was nonexistent.

All in all, Blanco and Willow Creek offer nice pull through and back in sites that are fairly large and private, good amenities and lots of outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing.  We will definitely be back!

Gorgeous pine trees!

It was wildflower season!

Beautiful sunsets!

Goodnight!