I’m not much of a blogger. I tend to stick with Instagram and Facebook as my main outlet for social media. This blog has been neglected and I apologize for that. But I thought I would share my latest renovation. This rig is also for sale but more on that later. Please see Facebook Marketplace posting here: For Sale
Those who know me by now, know I like to renovate and remodel! It’s a form of creative release to me and I enjoy it immensely even if it’s a lot of work!
My latest project is our 5th wheel that we purchased in April 2018. I definitely thought outside the box on this one. It took me longer than usual to get this renovation done. We lived in it the entire time along with our two cats so that really made it challenging!
A little background. This rig is a 2006 NuWa Hitchhiker II LS. It is 34′ long with three slides. Bathroom sits separately from the bedroom. I think it’s gross to have a shower and sink in the bedroom, personally. This rig seems more like a small apartment.
I will include original photos and after photos. Enjoy!
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.
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!
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!
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!
This has been a crazy year to say the least. Mark experienced some really bad health issues this year which put a brake on our travels. His health issues were getting so bad we even sold our little off grid cabin. 😢
Fortunately we were able to figure out what was causing all his symptoms (Lupus) and now we have a game plan with his doctor and are able to get the most severe of his issues under control. Along with his major back surgery nearly 4 years ago, things have been really insane health wise. I’m glad that we now have a handle on it and know how to deal with it!
As Mark was feeling better we started to get the itch to travel again. Our friends Doug and Denise have a cute 1978 Avion and we fell in love with it when we visited them.
We made it our mission to find one and that we did. We even got to surprise them this summer with it! And of course we were fortunate to have their help for about a month with the rehab of our rig.
Now that Armani the Avion is restored to his former (and better, imo) glory we have decided to hit the road again.
We will be hanging in the northern New Mexico area while we finish up some doctors visits and shake the bugs out of the rig. Oh, and we got a couple new travel partners too!! Meet Ranger (blk/wht) and Scout (tabby). So far they have taken to RV life just fine and we anticipate many fun adventures with them!