We have arrived in Yuma, Arizona for the winter, after an uneventful drive down south from Moran, Wyoming. Uneventful, that is, after we got the brake lights and turn signals working on the 5th wheel trailer. We were all hitched up, ready to leave Luton’s Teton Cabins, our summer job, when I went behind the 5th wheel to check the lights. I waited and waited for Dan to turn on the blinkers and hit the brakes, and he was waiting for me to raise my arms to left him know everything was working. The lights would turn on, and the trailer brakes worked, but that was it. Ugh…..
Al and Karen were hitched up and ready to leave, and came over to help us out, but they had a long drive and we encouraged them to get moving. Brad, our boss came over to help us out. He went home to get his pick-up truck, and came back and we plugged the 5th wheel into hs 7 pin hitch. Everything worked, which made us very happy, because we now knew the issue was with our truck, and not with the 5th wheel. After doing some ‘google’ searches (what did we do before ‘google’?!), we narrowed the problem down to two 25 amp fuses in the engine compartment. It was hard to get at, but we swapped one good fuse with one of the bad ones, and that took care of the brake lights/turn signal issue.
We are not really sure what caused both fuses to blow. Dan did help out another couple working here that was having problems with their travel trailer, and had plugged their trailer into our truck. We think that whatever problems they were having with their wiring, caused the fuses to blow.
So we were happy, and got on the road….and then the ‘check engine’ light came on! The good fuse that we pulled was for the urea heater, which has to do with the DEF fluid. We figured that was why the light came on, so we didn’t worry about it, as we were only planning on driving about 200 miles that day to Fort Hall, Idaho.
We had no additional issues with the truck or trailer on our drive, and opted for the more scenic US Highway 93 down through Nevada, instead of I-15 through Utah. We were surprised by all the snow on top of the mountains in Nevada.
We spent several nights in small little towns in Nevada, and then decided to stop in Needles, California for two nights, as we finally hit some warmer weather and sunshine. Needles contains some of the old Route 66 roads that you can still drive on.
Fortunately, we did not need to stop for gas during our brief stay in California!
Laughlin, Nevada is about 25 miles north of Needles, so we drove up to check out the casinos for a few hours. Many of the casinos will allow you to boondock in their parking lots for several nights. No big wins for us 😦
We continued on to Yuma, and are all set up for the winter at Westwind RV and Golf Resort. We start our jobs this Thursday, and will be working Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. I’ll have more on our jobs after we start, and have more details of what things are like here. So far the weather has been excellent!! Warm, but not humid.
There is a US Marine air base nearby, and we frequently get fly overs by an assortment of planes and helicopters.
The park is a mix of park models and RV spots for rent by the day, week, month or season. Right now, things are quiet, and the park, which has 1057 spaces, is mostly empty. Last year they were at 94% capacity throughout January, February and March. We are looking forward to a very busy season!
Yuma is known for clear skies, but we have had several cloudy days, which resulted in a spectacular sunset, as seen from our spot.
We have no idea what our time here will bring, but we are really looking forward to our new adventures. Take care!
Quote for the day: “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” – Wayne Dyer