2014 25' International
2006 23' Safari SE
Castle Rock, CO & Boulder City, NV
Join Date: Aug 2007
This last trip to the Tucson Rock Show took every Boondocking skill to navigate between snow storms. Traveling DRY in the trailer with a 6 gallon water jug in the back of the pickup.
We delayed leaving Castle Rock until a late January snow storm blew through and the roads were dry... to and over Raton Pass, NM & CO border. It was and spent the evening in Albuquerque, NM at the Sandia Casino Parking lot. It went down into the upper 20's. Frost.
Left early that morning and made it to Katchner Caverns, Arizona the RV Park was full so they had a flow over into the parking lot next to the RV Park. The water pump had mildewy water, so filled the six gallon jug at the park. A low in the 40's.
Katchner Caverns to Quartzite, AZ and warmer still, $6 a night to camp on level gravel, below the large billboard with DWI advertising and not to drink and drive. The billboard lights went out at midnight. Roger with a 2015 25 foot International parked next to us, seeing us under the DWI billboard. Dry camping, water jugged drinking water and used their primitive flusher on site. Next to both of our shiny NEW Airstreams was about 40 or 50 toilets that must have been dumped and bull dozed into a pile... all around the DWI billboard... for the $6 a night. Grab a toilet, I guess... real dry flush camping options here. Roger retrieved firewood in another pile of debris. There were pop up campers, Airstreams and $200,000 buses... just south of I-10 and the DWI billboard.
Quartzite Rock Show had last years unsalable rock and jewelry from the previous years' Tucson Rock Show. Good ice cream cones, though. Left Quartzite for Las Vegas, Nevada... still DRY CAMPING.
Stayed at Sam's Town RV Park that now is run by KOA. That is... the money is collected by KOA. This park needs an upgrade at the $22 a night if you are a member of the Sam's Town Casino card carrying members, which we were. Full hookups, saw a number of shows, great Buffets on the Strip and after a week... ready to move on to Lake Meade Recreational Park outside of Boulder City, Nevada.
Lake Meade... $5 Senior National Park price per evening. Great campground. No power. Flushing toilets. No showers. If you need water you need to fill up plastic jugs, or pull the trailer over to a fresh water pump and fill the tanks. Had to stay put watching the warm Colorado weather turn nasty, again on a number of television stations we could find.
Seeing a positive weather window coming to the Front Range of Colorado, we moved on to Elephant Butte Campground in Truth and Consequences, NM. The black and grey were dumped, flushed and empty at the campground facilities. $14 a night with power and water, no sewage connection. Nice campground even though the lake is 50% empty. The RV Park about the same.
Lots of "full timers" moving back and forth with a seven day maximum stay and you need to be gone for four days in order to come back. Had interesting conversations with the Gay/Lesbian/Transexual and whatever else RV parked next to us. Bumper stickers to make the point, wife pointed them out to me, I was oblivious, and colorful painted RV with other things that I did not quite understand. She had an Obama tee shirt on. When I said I was three years older than her 73 years (she wanted to impress us with her advanced age)... she said I was full of "pudding". Substituted word. She saw our Colorado tags and I said, "Yes, we are Greenies". I meant... green license plates for Colorado, as that is what they call us in Wyoming, greenies. She thought environmentally Green. She, or ?, swatted me on the butt twice in our several conversations and also repeated that I was full of pudding, again. My wife, our two Heelers, her dog and she had a great time. I just could not get the courage to say we did not vote for the guy on her tee shirt. She left several days later as the seven days camped there ran out.
I followed the weather report close after several days... and here it was. THREE days of sun and a clear road over Raton Pass, New Mexico. An easy up and over. We gathered everything loose and checked out of Elephant Butte Reservoir.
Rather than taking chances and stopping at the Sandia Casino overnight, we pulled the trailer all the way to Castle Rock. The sun had just set and we managed to get the trailer backed into storage and secured. The fresh water tank and the hot/cold water lines, hot water tank drain plug removed... and drained all of the way to home from New Mexico. Maybe 375 miles of dripping and sloshing.
Yesterday, here at home, three days after arriving home... more than 15 inches of snow, under 10 degrees over night. Snowing right now. Nasty weather all the way to southern New Mexico.
NOW, I hope that some travelers understand that during the Winter months, you must use your wits to avoid problems. Some of this might seem a bit hard to follow, but imagine if you were trying to do this without considering the future weather and road conditions. We are so thankful that we took that three day window of sunny days and did it in ONE.