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Arizona in July

Posted 07-18-2017 at 09:51 PM by noeldale
Updated 07-19-2017 at 07:41 AM by noeldale

We never planned on being in Arizona in the Summer let along being in Lake Havasu City during July.



DWs sister is having difficult time breathing due to health problems and it was thought we needed to go now to see her for ourselves the condition. Also to see her at her best and not just when she is really getting to the point she cant get around.
Deciding on a Thursday and leaving on Friday morning was the easiest decision as I had already plotted out a path to get there from home in Michigan. After breakfast locally with friends we left by 11 am without any incidents.

First stop was Percival Springs Airport Campground in Watson, IL. Did not find it right away and ended up driving around town on narrow streets until we got into a parking lot and needed to disconnect the toad. This was the first long trip with it and had not any problems yet fueling or getting around in towns. Campground was alright, $25 cash to the old guy who directed us. No real office. Best item for this campground was the restaurant on the site called The Hanger. Makes sense at a grass airport. Great food at a cheap price and friendly staff. Would stop just for the food when in the area.

Next stop was Emporia RV Park in Emporia, KS. Right next to a Pilot fuel stop and the turnpike. The noise was not much and the sites were long enough.


We left there and took US-50 towards Wichita to avoid the turnpike and extra cost. We only travel at 62 mph so there is not much difference from freeways or back roads. Made good time this day as there were no problems and ended up in Tucumcari, NM. Cactus RV Park. What a misnomer for a name. It is actually a parking lot in the middle of a deserted motel on Route 66. Used to be a casino, restaurant, bar, and motel but now us only the RV Park. Gravel, close, FHU, fair Wifi, and quiet.

Off early in the morning and ended up in Winslow, AZ at Meteor Crater RV Park. This is the jewel of all we have been in so far. Gated park, FHU, a little shade, service station, and tourist attraction all in one. Meteor Crater was the only sight seeing we did so far only because it was right there. This is a LLC run park that is put together very well on what was private ranches and is now run by the descendants. It is worth the trip but we would not stop again. One of those you want to see but not keep coming back.

Final day of travel took us to Campbell Cover RV Park in Lake Havasu City, AZ, July 4th. Nice park but the temps were way to high to enjoy the area, pool, or anything else. It had been so hot we could not even keep walking to get exercise.

First day I noticed a code on the fridge of NO. CO.. A little research and I got it reset but then the temp would not stay down. Called Workmans RV Repair, which ended up being right across the street, and it was determined to be a bad cooling unit. Unit ordered expected on Friday the 7th but then not available locally and would not be there from Kansas City for a week, July 14th. Good thing we were going to be here for 2 weeks visiting. Installed on Friday and by Monday was not holding temp in the fridge. Freezer was down in single digits but food will spoil above 40F and it could not get below that. Put it on by-pass and waited for results. If it went below zero we might be in good shape. If not then another cooling unit shipped in and it would delay us about a week.

While working on the fridge the repair guys messed with the propane tank wires and all of a sudden my 2/3 full tank was showing full. Had them come back and it is now showing correctly. Cant anything go right. Here we are in AZ with temps as low as 94 at night and 131 in the daytime. Got to keep everything closed to not roast and AC does seldom shut down.

Now it is the 18th and we were to go to Gilbert to see my son. The fridge is still not working and has been bypassed for a day. The plan now is to get with Norcold and get warranty work. So far it has been under the Good Sam Warranty policy we have. Had to pay my deductable but the rest is covered except the hassle we are going through. Cooler this morning as it was only 94 at 6 am.

According to Norcold a form must be filed before warranty is done. Temps of freezer and box, photos of the temp gauge and the inside of the roof vent, and all model and serial numbers of the cooling unit and the refrigerator itself. For some reason they also needed to know when we bought the coach.
After submission there is a time for shipment which cant go UPS or air freight due to homeland security rules. Ammonia is a hazardous chemical. 5 days for shipping and then the install.

Thursday to Lost Dutchman State Park. This will be a change as it is more in the mountains while Campbell Cove is on a rise whereby we can see the Colorado River and Lake Havasu. London Bridge is only 2 miles away but too far to walk in the heat.
Next blog will continue near Phoenix.
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