Sunday, January 24, 2016

Final Quartzsite report for this year.

I did take the RV in on Friday to have the jack replaced. My appointment was for 8 AM so I had to get going that morning. I stayed around and by 10 AM the jack was replaced.

Over the last 2 weeks we have made several trips to town to visit all the vending areas. Of course, the big attraction is the RV show in the big tent. There aren't any RV's in the tent just vendors loosely related to the RV industry. It does draw a large crowd each day so we usually don't go the first few days the tent is open as the isles are grid lock.

Today we visited the specialty rock area called the QIA pow-wow. This is mostly a jewelery related rock show. I was surprised how many vendors were in attendance. Many more than in recent years. After a couple hours all rocks look the same so we came back to the RV.

Tomorrow I will go to Desert Gardens which is also a rock show but this is big rocks and covers a large area. It also has gotten bigger each year.

On Tuesday morning I will pack up and go over the mountain to Bouse and park at Jack and Judy's for a while. Clyda flies into Phoenix on Friday so I will pick her up and we will decide when and where will go for the next few weeks.

I will close with some Arizona sunsets.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Well, it failed again.

Three times it has failed and that's enough.

The front jack on the door side of the fifth wheel has failed again. It could have been worse and failed as I was on the road going somewhere but in fact it failed as I was getting ready to hook up in Las Vegas yesterday morning.

I had raised the front of the trailer almost enough to back the truck under it when “BANG” it let go. There was nothing I could do but continue to raise the front with the remaining jack and get the truck under it and hook up.

After we arrived at Plamosa Road near Quartzsite, AZ I used a bottle jack on that side along with the jack on the other side to raise the RV enough to get the truck unhooked and then slowly lowered the remaining jack and the bottle jack a little at time until the trailer was level.

This morning I went into Quartzsite to RV Lifestyles (where I bought the RV in 2005) and asked if they had a whole new jack assembly. I am tired of fixing the old one. They did have one on hand if it was 33 inches long. I came back to the RV and measured it and it was 33 inches so called them back to arrange an appointment for Friday morning.

I will hook up the RV late Thursday afternoon so I am ready to go Friday morning.

We had a nice day yesterday and today with temperatures in the mid 60's but was it cold this morning. Frost on everything when I got up with the internal temperature at 39 degrees in the RV. I don't run the heater at night but may need to if this continues.

Today was a lazy day with camp chores although I haven't set up much as I need to take things down for Friday. I did empty all the front compartments on the RV as one of them needs to be partially removed to allow access to the jack.

Tomorrow we will go to town to scope things out. There a quite a few people in this area already so it may be a big year for the vendors.

Sorry there are no photos. Maybe next time. All my photos are on my new Samsung S6 phone and I have had trouble getting them onto the PC.

Friday, January 8, 2016

CES report.

The fears of chaos at CES because of the security imposed on bags, etc did not materialize. There was inspection of bags but it did not impede entry to the buildings. There also was a much heightened security presence through out the facilities along with bomb sniffing dogs. It never caused a problem.

That being said, there seemed to be as many people as last year even though the planned attendance of 150,000 was reduced by 25,000 from last year. There still were large crowds. 
 Jammed isles in the mornings.

The large number of buses brought in to move people plus taxi's and private cars cause gridlock most mornings. Evenings were not as much of a problem as people leave at different times.

The size and scope of the facilities can be overwhelming as there are multi-venues through out Las Vegas. This show has really gotten quite large with over 3,500 vendors. Many of these vendors do something connected to the internet so it is now called IoT or The Internet of Things.

I did attend a presentation by the General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Wednesday. The theater was packed. She introduced the new Chevy Bolt, a second generation Electric Vehicle. Fairly impressive on face value but it remains to be seen what the pundits have to say.

Her opening remarks were with a backdrop photo of a missile launch followed by a short video of the Lunar Roving Vehicle driving on the moon at which time she called it “the first electric vehicle”. Brought a tear to my eye.

Below are some random photos I took. It is hard to get a good photo because of the crush of people around popular vendors.

Nice idea for  booth.
Need a few TV remotes?
How about a blow up booth? Easy to set up and take down.
 Drones, drones, drones everywhere.
 Audi's very impressive booth. All metal and black 
glass which glowed when lite with colored lights.

One of our group recorded 18,000 steps on his Fitbit today. Quite impressive. I didn't walk that much but guess I was in the 10,000 step range most days.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

In Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show.

A short note from the Main Street Station RV Park in downtown Las Vegas.

Clyda and I had a nice few days with the Retzloff's over New Years. The plan was for her to go home with Budd today when he went there to play golf. Best plans and all as it rained and the golf game was canceled. Don't know when Clyda will get home.

I drove from Bakersfield to Tehachapi, CA with the plan to stop for fuel at Love's. However I neglected to take in to account that it was Sunday after New Years day and the traffic was horrendous and the lines at the pumps were unbelievable. So I pushed on to Mojave and got fuel at the Shell station which I had been wanting to check out anyway. They have nice pull through islands just for diesel. It may be my go to place in Mojave for fuel from now on.

I met the rest of the gang at the Boron rest stop and from there we drove to Domingo's restaurant in Boron for a quick lunch. Then it was on to Barstow, CA for a stop at Harbor Freight before continuing on to Baker where we parked as usual behind the Mad Greek restaurant for the night.

We left for Las Vegas about 10:30 AM Monday with a short stop in Primm to call the reservation service for our campsite numbers. We arrived at the RV park about 1 PM.

Later we picked up our show credentials at a nearby hotel then had dinner at Main Streets buffet.

Today we spent the day running errands. Dick and I had lunch in Chinatown. Quit an experience. It reminded me of eating out in Japan all those many years ago when you could not understand the servers. All the food came in steam baskets and you had to pick out what you wanted without really knowing what you were getting. It all was good and the bill came to $20 for 2 of us.

We stopped at The Bellagio Hotel to checkout the d├ęcor of a new restaurant called Lago. Quite impressive front decor.

We also watched workers move a very large set piece for the new display in the Conservatory. It is based on Chinese New Year.

Dinner tonight was at a local cafe. Prime rib for $9.99.

We have had light rain most of the afternoon and evening. It is certainly welcome but will complicate things tomorrow as we wait for buses and getting through the new