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Old 06-20-2015, 04:01 PM   #15
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We stayed at the Lake Mead RV Park over the second weekend in May. Had to run the portable heater at night. That was after leaving Williams, AZ in snow. Things do change in a month.
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Old 06-20-2015, 04:04 PM   #16
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Devils advocate here. If we find ourselves in this situation and environment we can alway hook up and move. We have citizens serving our country in places that make this all seem so petty. They are doing this in 120 plus temps with 70 pounds of gear on their backs while scum of the earth are trying to kill them. I have been there and done that. Glad those days are over but grateful that we still have people that are willing to put themselves thru that for me.🇺🇸
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Old 06-20-2015, 04:40 PM   #17
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Loving this thread. My son & step daughter live in Vegas so we make frequent trips. Summer Heat is sometimes overpowering. A few years back in our then motor home on July 4th the temp was 117 degrees. Our coach at night cooled down to 85 degrees, two air units going full blast all day & that was the best it could do. Door handles in restaurants were rapped with towels because customers were burning their hands. Well guess what, we survived & love telling the story, that's what RVing is all about!
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Old 06-20-2015, 04:54 PM   #18
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Devils advocate here. If we find ourselves in this situation and environment we can alway hook up and move. We have citizens serving our country in places that make this all seem so petty. They are doing this in 120 plus temps with 70 pounds of gear on their backs while scum of the earth are trying to kill them. I have been there and done that. Glad those days are over but grateful that we still have people that are willing to put themselves thru that for me.🇺🇸

That's putting it in perspective. Thanks, awchief!
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Old 06-20-2015, 05:31 PM   #19
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SLEEPING at 111F at Lake Meade, Nevada

Good argument for a generator.

Nope, I wont take a chance on camping without one,,,, ever.

And sure,,, take that air conditioner off the roof, you wont need it.
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Old 06-20-2015, 05:34 PM   #20
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Why would you want to be there in that heat? I sure hope every one had enough money for gas to leave... We were there in early march and the middle of April ,don't want to be there any later.....
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:06 PM   #21
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After several days of living through a Volcanic Episode of lower valley heat and no wind...
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... you have to be out of you honking mind to find yourself at Lake Mead in June...
So, it begs the question, Ray -- why were you there and why did it take several days before you left? Your time is your own, is it not?

I've lived most of my life in Florida and am currently living my LAST summer here. Yesterday it was almost 100 degrees (admittedly, higher than normal) with the normal skyhigh humidity. Once we get our AS, early next year we're getting the hell out of here and heading west. Then the goal will be 50-80 as you and others have mentioned. No way would I plan to be anywhere in the vicinity of AZ, NM, UT, or NV after mid-May at the very latest.

I cannot wait to leave Florida and I don't intend to ever come back in the summer!
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Old 06-20-2015, 09:58 PM   #22
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Jimmy Buffett says that some of his songs are true and some of them are not. I get the impression that applies to Ray's tales. 😜
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Your readers are anxious for more Ray!

Seriously, great writing and a wonderful story!
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Old 06-21-2015, 02:25 AM   #24
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Oh man. This reminds me of a summer time road trip through that area, tent camping after college. We decided to cool down after sleeping on concrete (for a tent site, why?!). Went down to the lake only to find ourselves sinking into mud and unable to get to actual water. I agree I'm never doing that area in the summer again, even with the trailer!
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Old 06-21-2015, 10:01 AM   #25
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Jimmy Buffett says that some of his songs are true and some of them are not. I get the impression that applies to Ray's tales. ��
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Two years should be a minimum requirement for all US Citizens to build confidence and sense of Duty to Country in the military. My time in the Army made me independent and capable of spinning a yarn by adding some adjectives and humor painting a mental picture we all can connect with.

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So, it begs the question, Ray -- _why_ were you there and _why_ did it take several days before you left? Your time is your own, is it not?
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Well... this would be a story in itself. There is more going on concerning this "adventure" than the hot weather and being camped at a Lake Meade "lobster pot" Jimmy Buffet gathering.

Driving about 100 miles north of the Las Vegas Valley there is a distinct and dramatic "climate change" as one example. Another is the ski resort to the west of Las Vegas... It is much cooler and dryer once you are above 5,000 feet elevation. Same with much of New Mexico, Utah and Arizona at elevation.

We live 40 miles south of Denver and our temperature/humidity is cooler and drier. Denver at 5200 feet and we are at 6500 feet elevation. Everyone watches Phoenix weather reports and thinks the entire state is HOT and go to Glacier Park in Montana to cool off. Not necessary.

Not so. Same with Las Vegas, NV, Moab, UT and Sedona, AZ. The secret is knowing WHERE to go when the weather turns hot. You can go to the La Sal Mountains and breath cooler air not far away from the sweltering heat of Moab, UT. From Sedona, AZ you will find the area around Flagstaff, AZ refreshing. Lake Meade and Las Vegas, NV you can go to Boulder City, NV just 500 feet higher and notice a difference.

Just because there are not green lush prairies, does not mean it is HOT and sterile. It is ARID. Add water and you would have farms like those scattered in the cooler, higher irrigated valleys of eastern Utah.

Check out Phoenix... add Colorado River water and there is this huge building boom. Same with Tucson, AZ.

"Take a Geologist and add a Hydrologist and you can build an empire from the desert." A quote I just made up.

If it were not for Air Conditioning and swamp coolers, the USA would find an immediate population shift. Lucky for we Airstream owners, or SOB with wheels, we can move with the Seasons at will. Eventually some of us find a sweet spot. This year it will be Quemado, NM in July... in New Mexico... in the Forest and at 7600 feet, that everyone will find comfortable sleeping weather. Maybe a bit chilly by morning!

Sometimes, like Death Valley, CA which is neither comfortable in the Winter nor the Summer during the day, find people like us visiting. Not because of the unpleasant climate, but because... it is there. The NORTH rim of the Grand Canyon is an absolutely wonderful Summer location for great weather, but... not as accessible. But some of us, Crazy Jug Point as an example... know the secret places that the average tourist fear to attempt.
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Am waiting for the frying egg on sidewalk photo.

Visual cliches aside, A/C revolutionized various aspects of our existence.....
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It was on the news today- Heat Warning Advisory- stay indoors in that whole region.


Like the video Fly at Night. Thanks.
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SLEEPING at 111F at Lake Meade, Nevada

Parked in Las Cruces NM in full sun, 102 yesterday, reflective bubble wrap insulation in windows, wood paneling on walls, the trailer stayed comfortable enough for a nice Sunday nap while being cooled by the stock 72 Armstrong... (My other half used a blanket, I didn't,, )

I am not cooling the bath room at all though... It is a sauna....

At about 10:00 AM the A/C stops cycling, and then it runs constantly till about 9:00 PM with the thermostat set on 74....

I thinks my wooden walls help a lot.

Supposed to be 106 today.
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