Due to serious health issues we have decided to put our tiny house cabin and land up for sale. 😞
Mountain Cabin with great views and abundant wildlife to call your neighbors.
600 watt solar system that includes solar panels with a battery set up with 600 Amp hours, Go Power 1500 watt inverter with and a 12 volt electrical system with LED lights etc.
Cabin has a 200 watt wind generator to provide additional on site power.
The interior bath features a Natures Head composting toilet and a separate indoor shower. There is a refillable water storage tank with pump.
Tankless hot water heater runs on propane.
Propane wall mount heater. Kitchen has a refrigerator (runs on solar) and cooking stove and kitchen sink with counter tops.
Cabin has a covered front porch and a 10′ X 20′ rear deck with fire pit and Sail Shade provides shade .
Property has a separate level gravel RV pad and terrific view and a timber covered hills. The Rio Chama Valley offer the best in all kinds of outdoor recreational activities for all 4 seasons of the year. El Vado Lake is just a short drive to great boating and fishing. If you are looking for a “Tiny House” this one is ready to go.
Click on this link to see the MLS listing on Zillow:
Well, new to us that is. 🙂 We have downsized to a 1986 Lance 900 series truck camper!
The camper is in great shape and all systems work! The only thing it doesn’t have is AC but it is wired to have an AC unit in it. At some point we will add one in.
Looking good on the GMC!
Inside is a bit dated of course. What can you expect from the 80’s? So, our mission is to totally update it and make it a bit more modern! And as we are leaving for South Carolina on July 25th we better get cracking!
What will we do for AC in the south? Well, we are just going to throw a window unit in it as a temp solution. Yeah, it will be a bit redneck-ish but better that than melting in the heat!
In the next couple of weeks we will be adding solar, repainting everything and generally just giving it a really good cleaning. There are some minor repairs to make but nothing that is too difficult.
We will get as much done as we can before leaving for SC and our daughters college graduation and will finish up all the renovations when we return in August!
Our plan is to leave our little off grid cabin before the snow flies (generally October) and then hit the road for the winter!
Stay tuned for our maiden voyage. Hopefully it all goes as planned but you never know with us. 😜
This past week we knew we had a storm coming. It mostly just showed rain but to be on the safe side we loaded up on propane, groceries and the like. And it’s a good thing we did!
Over the weekend we had a bit of rain and snow but it didn’t stick around and it really didn’t seem all that bad. Then Sunday it all changed. Around 3pm a little light snow started coming down.
And then around 5pm it really started falling.
The weather service predicted about 1-2″ of snow fall. Boy, were they wrong!
The snow was supposed to stop by 10am. But as of this writing at 11am it is still coming down heavy. It’s supposed to turn to rain later in the day which will of course melt it all off and make everything a soupy, muddy mess. As we are a mile and a half down a dirt road we will be staying put until everything dries out. The 4 Runner can make it out if necessary but it’s better to stay put and enjoy this last (hopefully) snow storm of the season! It really is quite beautiful and our new metal roof on the cabin is holding up well. Cheers!
And the RV looks pretty damn cozy too.
It’s a good thing we don’t have to be anywhere – we are pretty well snowed in for now. 🙂 We had to get up on the roof of the RV and clean off the solar panels and run the genny for a bit! It’s always nice to have a back up system.
The holidays kind of got me sidetracked. We left New Mexico on November 2nd with the intention of stopping in Quartzsite and taking it all in before heading to California for the holidays. Since we had never been to “The Q” before I checked out Wheeling It’s blog to see where they recommended. There are many BLM areas in Quartzsite that are free 14 day stays as well as an LTVA area (Long Term Visitor Area) where you can pay to stay ($180 from Sept 15-Apr 15). That area includes a dump station and water. The basic BLM areas provide no services at all.
We took Nina’s recommendation and stayed at the Dome Rock BLM area. It’s a pretty basic desert BLM area with a lot of large flat surfaces to camp on. It’s on Dome Rock Rd that gets a lot of traffic and Interstate 10 isn’t too far off so there is a bit of road noise but it has easy on/off highway access and for a 2 week stop it worked out perfectly.
The town of Quartzsite is quirky, to say the least. It is basically one big rummage sale with a few good deals thrown in. Since we arrived the first week of November there wasn’t a lot going on really but that was alright with us. We spent a lot of time enjoying the abundant sunshine, had tacos at Taco Mio (awesome tacos!) and managed to get our pizza fix on at Silly Al’s.
We made a couple of day trips as well. Lake Havasu City is a MUST SEE as well as the London Bridge! If you’re ever in the area you must get there to see this beautiful place. The river is glorious, the town is pretty cool and the drive is breath taking!
One really great thing about this life is you get to meet some amazing people! Laurie & Scott of LaurieandScott.com contacted us to let us know they were heading to Quartzsite and would love to get together. Awesome! So we met up with these two wild and crazy kids at Beer Belly’s Adult Day Care. Beer Belly’s is an open air bar in the middle of everything! At the time we were there they were not serving food but apparently when they do they have great burgers.
As things worked out, we had a great time with Laurie & Scott! They even camped with us one night and we had so much fun chatting with them. They are such great people! (Instagram @laurieandscott). They are really into health and fitness and offered a bunch of great ways to stay healthy on the road! If you’re struggling with diet and fitness or just need some encouragement, by all means, contact these wonderful people! They are fabulous coaches and will help you reach your goals while still enjoying life! Everything in moderation, people. 🙂
We also managed to meet Wheeling It (Paul, Nina, Polly & the cat crew) in person! I’ve been following their blog for years and they are truly the sweetest people. Extremely helpful and Nina knows her stuff when it comes to finding the best boondocking sites! It was a brief meet and greet with promises to get together in Desert Hot Springs for happy hour. Our kind of people! 🙂
After spending two weeks enjoying the free camping it was off to California – and the HOT SPRINGS!! A month of visiting family for Thanksgiving & Hanukkah and soaking in hot pools of glorious spring water. Ahhhhh!!!
We left northern New Mexico on November 2nd with the idea of high tailing it down to Quartzsite. The snow was coming in and if we had stayed we would have been stuck!
Our original route would have taken us across northern New Mexico through Farmington, then down through Shiprock to Flagstaff and head south from there. Something told us that perhaps we should take the long way. Head south through Albuquerque all the way down and then across southern Arizona to Quartzsite. It turns out we made the right choice! The night we left it snowed almost 8″ in Flagstaff and as that would have been our first overnight stay we might have regretted it!
Instead we took I-25 south to Elephant Butte Lake and decided to stop there for the night. New Mexico has some of the best state parks out there and this one was no exception. $14/night for power and water with a nice patio shelter and view of the lake.
Really nice area, beautiful views and gorgeous sunsets! What more can you ask for?
We were going to head out the next day on to Arizona but after checking the weather report we were expecting 25-35 mph winds and decided to stay put. We don’t like driving in high winds and as we were not in a hurry we hung around another day!
The winds got so bad that we had to bring our slide in. We were rocking back and forth and had some torrential rain at one point. We were safe and dry inside even if we were cramped up a bit! 🙂
After the storm passed it was still pretty windy but we caught this gorgeous rainbow from the aftermath! So pretty.
While this was a short stop on the way to Arizona, we would love to come back to this park at some point. We highly recommend it!
The next morning we got on the road. We didn’t have an overnight stop planned so we decided to drive until we got tired. We like to drive 300 miles or less per day so we kind of had an idea we would be stopping outside of Tucson. As we got closer I found a state park just outside of Tucson called Picacho Peak. It seemed like a good place to stop.
While the views were lovely, it was very close to the interstate with lots of highway noise and a train that ran right by the park. At $25/per night for electric only it wasn’t a very good deal, IMO. But, it was safe and the views of the peak were very pretty.
The next morning we headed on to Quartzsite! It was just a short 3 hour drive. But then we had to make a decision on where to boondock. After checking out a bunch of blog recommendations we decided to go with Dome Rock BLM. The Wheeling It crew highly recommended it and it was a great place to boondock for our first time in Quartzsite!
In our next post I will give more details on Quartzsite and our experience there.
The other night while laying in bed watching TV, we heard a loud BANG and realized that the hatch of our truck had been opened. We had the door to our bedroom open and only the screen closed. The truck was parked right outside the bedroom door.
Mark looks out and yells BEAR! I jump up to try to see while he frantically closes the door. Thank goodness it wasn’t latched outside lol!! I run to the kitchen window trying to see out and yell at the bear to GO AWAY. It sounded as if he was still rustling around outside so I grabbed the paintball gun, stuck it out the kitchen window and shot the truck to scare him away. What was he going for? Oh no!! The DOG FOOD we had purchased earlier in the day had been left in the back of the truck. We forgot, like a dumbass to bring it inside. 😦
Dog food spilled open in the back. He didn’t eat it all.
Paintball splashes – poor truck!
Hatch open, dog food bag torn open on the ground.
Needless to say he left then but who knows if he came back. We sure as hell did NOT go outside to check!! 😳😊. Don’t be a dumbass like us, people!! Be BEAR AWARE!! So back to the store for more dog food and paper towels. They were bear slimed. Why he felt the need to grab the paper towels I will never know.
Ok, so this life is not all glamour and glitz! 🙂 I hope all the people considering this lifestyle will see that. Just like anything that is in the least bit mechanical, issues can and do arise. Yep, even with brand new rigs.
We have traveled from South Carolina across the entire United States to Idaho, then Oregon, Nevada and now California. We’ve done pretty good with all that mountain driving. Our truck has held up perfectly. And until we got to our second boondock by Lake Tahoe we hadn’t had any issues with the rig either.
When we moved from Scott Lake to Indian Creek it was a short 15 miles. Probably a good thing too. When we got out of the truck to get set up I smelled something funny. I walked around and looked and this is what I saw:
Yep. That be grease coming out of the hub. Damn. Damn. Damn. Keep in mind at this point we had only had the rig for about 6 weeks. Unfortunately, RV manufacturers use cheap grade grease figuring most people are probably only going to go on major highways and stay in clean and neat RV parks.
FORTUNATELY (for me at least) hubby is a master mechanic. Even though he is retired with a major back injury he was certain we could do the repair ourselves. I got to do the heavy work, of course. 🙂 And since one of the seals was leaking, Mark said it is always better to do all four bearings and hub assemblies at the same time, replacing all the seals and cotter pins.
Now, I won’t go into major detail about how it’s done other than to say it’s a time consuming job (if done right). Since my hubby is injured, it took us a few days to do all the hubs. To get a very concise description you can check out Dan from Malimish.com on the blog post he did regarding this. He does an excellent job covering it all. And Mark agrees with him that this should be done yearly but if you do see a failure before that then do it sooner and do all the hubs. You’ll be safer in the long run. And remember to use a HIGH TEMPERATURE grease!! Also, please let this be a lesson to EVERYONE out there! Always, ALWAYS inspect your rig before each departure and during EACH stop! You could save yourselves some serious issues and money by being careful. If we had continued to drive with the seals leaking we could very easily have had a fire, not to mention the bearings seizing up and the spindle being damaged to even possibly losing a wheel while driving. What was a $25 repair to do ourselves (not including my hubby’s beer expense lol) could have been in the thousands of dollars should any of the worst had happened.
The second thing that happened really pissed me off. As we were getting ready to leave Indian Creek I noticed the water pump acting weird. It was sucking air and acting like there was no water in the tank which I knew to be false.
After arriving at Glass Creek in the Mammoth Lakes area, the water pump gave up the ghost. Yep, only two months old and it died. After searching the Mammoth Lakes area for an RV parts dealer (ha ha) we did happen to find a place that did trailer rentals. They had a small parts department and we were able to acquire a new water pump. Granted, they pretty much raped it us on the price ($115 versus $60 on Amazon) but when you are in need of water you do what you got to do. Again, very fortunately for me, hubby saved the day and was able to install it in a matter of minutes! Whew! 🙂
Yes, we could have arranged for the pump to be replaced under warranty but frankly we didn’t want to go through the hassle. And knowing that the hubby could install it and probably better than an RV place we decided to deal with it ourselves.
One thing we know is that without a little bit of mechanical knowledge, this life could get old, fast. Knowing how to take care of things yourself is really a saving grace when possible. Granted, some things are easier to let a qualified mechanic or RV repair person do, but if you can take the time to learn some simple maintenance you will enjoy this life a lot more.