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Wednesday, January 6, 2016, La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 49, 0 Miles, 4,046.3 Miles for the Trip

I walked to the La Mesa RV Store for a free pancake breakfast this morning. Pancakes, coffee & juice, all for filling out a form with your mailing address & email. I'll probably be getting stuff from them for years, but it is easy to throw away. There is a crew of 10 - 15 salesmen just outside the door waiting for you when you leave, but since my form stated I am from NY & have a 17' trailer, they weren't interested.

A beautiful sunny day after a night of rain. I was down by 39 amp hours this morning, probably near the lowest I've been since getting the trailer. The clear skies helped put the amps back in the batteries; at 10:45 I'm only down 19 amp hours & charging at 11 amps with a light haze.

I made reservations this morning for the September Niagara Wine Escape, a fiberglass trailer rally that takes place in Niagara Falls, Ontario. I've been going to it since 2010 when I got my first look at Escape trailers. This time my friends Don & Anne will be bringing their Scamp.

I did a little reading, met some new neighbors, and made a run to Fill-er-Up Propane to fill an empty 20 lb tank. I'm tempted to purchase a 30 lb tank just to stretch out the visits to Fill-er-Up Propane to more than every 7 days, but my cover won't fit over the larger tank, I don't need the additional tongue weight, and it is $65.00 for the empty tank.

As of 4:00 I'm back to a normal evening deficit of 8 amp hours. I've been told by numerous people in the know not to bother trying to get the last 10 or so amp hours back into the batteries. By the time they are that close to full they only take an amp or two so there isn't enough time left in the day to top them off. It still irks me - I want to see 100%!

I did take a couple of photos of the rapidly filling campground. Around 2-3 RVs are coming into the area every day. I also included a photo of a couple of puddles just to show it does rain in the desert!

Looking South Looking East Looking West Some Puddles

Since it hasn't started to rain yet (it is predicted for tonight & tomorrow), I'll be cooking a Bubba Burger outside for dinner.

Until Tomorrow -

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