It’s A Wrap!

7 10 2019

Winterizing took place this weekend, and along with it – the bit of sadness that always come at the end of a great RV season.  This was our longest ever “season”, having begun back in February of 2018!  After our Spring Road trip to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, we returned to Colorado to break ground for a new home in Southern Colorado. While the RV was our only residence after that, we kept up a busy schedule of campground and park hopping during the summer of 2018 and again in 2019.

Fall Colors over the Spanish Peaks

  • Perhaps one of the most dramatic events was the Spring Fire in June of 2018.
  • As in years past, we attended Cheyenne Frontier Days both in 2018 and 2019.
  • We learned alot about camping in a Colorado Winter as we celebrated the holidays and ushered in the New Year.
  • After moving into the new house in late March, we made an abbreviated trip to South Texas and enjoyed great friends and family for a impromptu House Warming.

Since we last winterized, we spent 480 nights in the camper and traveled just under 11,000 miles.  It took two tow vehicles to keep up with our journeys, the F-150 was traded in for an F-350 in September 2019.  And, we’re now starting to look at new 5th wheels.  Colorado RV Show, here we come!

And, planning is already underway for a grand Spring Road Trip beginning in early February 2020.  Stay tuned…

Spring Road Trip 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

10 12 2018

We’ve moved!  In anticipation of visiting friends in Montrose, CO – on November 21st we relocated the trailer to the “guest pad” on the new property at Navajo Ranch.  With electricity we’ll leave the trailer on it’s own during our long weekend trip to the western slope.  Thanks again to Becky and Blake, owners of Circle the Wagons.  We look forward to seeing you next year!

Sunrise on Mt Mestas and Mt Silver, Walsenburg, CO

After returning from Thanksgiving, we relocated again, this time to the Stagecoach RV Resort in Rio Rancho, NM – just north of Albuquerque.  Several months ago we were honored to be asked to the inaugural sailing of the new Celebrity Edge cruise ship in Ft. Lauderdale.  It seemed logical that we would have warmer weather in New Mexico, so we booked our flights out of Albuquerque.  Ha – we drove to the airport on December 2nd in a snowstorm!  So much for relocating to a warmer climate!  But, Ft. Lauderdale was a great escape, back to shorts and tee’s for their 80 degree days and evenings.  The new cruise ships is amazing and the inaugural ceremonies were memorable as Malala Yousafzai was named godmother.

Celebrity Edge

After Ft. Lauderdale and the inaugural cruise onboard the Celebrity Edge, we’re headed  back to Colorado.  More from there…

Winter Camping in Colorado

13 11 2018

Mid-November snow, Circle the Wagons

Yes – we’re still in Southern Colorado!  Following our return from Cabo in late October, we decided to see what happened to the weather before heading to a southern (and hopefully warmer) location to spend part of the winter.  Other than a relatively heavy snow storm that dumped around 15” on us the 1st of November, temperatures have been fairly mild.  In fact, just before the big snow, we had a 72 degree day!  Lows have been running in the mid to low-20’s – nothing unmanageable with the right preparations and gear.  The average temperature for the last week of October was 46.

However, after that November 1st snow storm, winter seems to be slightly more entrenched.  The first week of November our maximum high was 53, our lowest low as 21 and our average was 10 degrees off the previous week at 36 degrees.  Headed into the second week of November our max is hanging in around 50 degrees, but with several chilly nights, one at 9 degrees and last night at 5 degrees, our weekly average is down nearly 10 degrees to 28.  The upcoming week looks much more “average” with highs in the 50’s and lows in the 20’s.

Circle the Wagons


So, what have we done to prepare for this crazy winter camping?  #1 was to purchase a heated hose and some heat tape.  We bought the 25’ Camco heated hose on Amazon for $100.  We also purchased a short heat tape and some insulation wrap for our water spigot.    So far, with lows of single digits and a few days that never managed to struggle above freezing, we’ve enjoyed freely flowing water.

Other items to consider, and some that need a bit more investigation:

  • Check propane every day – before this cold snap we ran a minimum of 14 days on a bottle of propane.  During the big chill, we ran a minimum of 3 days.  Still not terrible – but important to keep an eye on.
  • There’s a lot of condensation with these relatively thin walls and windows when there’s a temperature difference of 60 degrees or more.  Many of our windows are fogged up, especially in the mornings, and have water running down them. Window weep holes are working – outside there are small icicles from the condensation.  We just picked up a 3M window insulator kit.  Over the next few days we’re going to insulate some windows and see what difference it makes.  More on that project in later posts…
  • With an electric fireplace and another small space heater, we can easily keep our work area warm during the day.  However, if daytime temps are below freezing, make sure you’re getting some furnace heat in the mix – only the furnace will warm the basement and underbelly and protect your water lines and other equipment from freezing.
  • Speaking of freezing, our freezer isn’t freezing.  After explore some blog posts, it seems that the large vents to keep the refrigerator cool in summer may be working against us in this cold weather.  The vents allow so much cold air in, the refrigerator never has to cool.  Thus, the freezer just hangs around 30 degrees, not enough to freeze ice overnight and barely enough to keep things frozen. This problem needs more exploration…
  • The clothes in the closet are damp.  With a slide closet in the bedroom, we have absolutely the poorest insulated walls packed with our clothes.  Overnight (and possibly even during the day) humid air condenses on these cold walls and causes dampness.  We’re trying to keep the doors open during the day to see if things will dry out – and, on our next warm sunny day may move all of our cloths outside for some quick drying.