Finally!! After nearly 3 months of working full time on Armani the Avion we are pleased to say he is ready to be a full time RV!
Not to say that everything is finished. As we all know with RV’s of any age the work never stops. We did complete the solar project as well (more on that later). And we still have to buff and polish his satiny aluminum! But now we are ready to get back on the road after our nearly 8 month hiatus! Wow! I can’t believe it’s been that long.
But without further ado I present the completed interior of our Avion. Click on each picture to see a full size version. Go HERE to see the before photos! Enjoy!
And that’s it for now! I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual tour of all the updates we have done. Now to hit the road!
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!!!
Well, we had grand plans of staying on our property through the winter in northern New Mexico. We even went so far as to have a back hoe come in and build an RV pad. But plans change and we decided to head to Arizona for the winter.
Why, may you ask? To start off, we are still in the month of October and we have already had snow and freezing temps. While our RV is well insulated it isn’t designed for that kind of weather and it’s only going to get worse before it gets better. We came to the conclusion that we had better be safe than sorry.
We have decided to head down to the LTVA area in Quartzsite and will stay there until it thaws out again out our place and possibly explore some other areas as well. Next year once the cabin is done and we have a wood stove then we can stay through the winter if we want. But, the really fortunate part of being a full time RVer is that we can go where the weather is mild and not worry about things like frozen water lines.
The weather people are predicting a really hard winter here this year and frankly we are just not equipped to deal with it. So we are erring on the side of caution and keeping ourselves safe. 🙂 We will really miss our property and our little community we have met here but there is always next year!
So our next post will come to you from the warmth of Arizona! We will enjoy warm days and cool nights and hopefully meet up with a bunch of other full time RVer’s and have a great winter. All in all a smart decision. Until next year, New Mexico! We will miss these glorious sunsets at our place but I’m sure we will see many more that are just as wonderful in Arizona!