What’s in a name? Quail Ridge RV Resort

Friday, April 6

Sunrise at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, southern Arizona

Before I begin telling you about this day, I want to post a few photos of Reggie and Roger having fun while off-leash at our camp.

One of the things I like about this campsite is the flat, open space for the boys to run. It’s easy to keep an eye on them from my chair on the blue mat.

Oh, the way they race and chase!  

Round and round they go!  Roger has a special technique when he wants to catch the speedy Reggie Man.  He locks his jaws on Reggie’s harness.  Sometimes he flips Reg to the ground.  Reggie doesn’t  mind.  It’s all good fun.

Reggie keeps going!  I think that’s what is going on in this next photo.

“Time for a drink?  Wow, you two are the fastest pups in the whole world!”

~ ~ ~

Okay, back to the sunrise on Friday . . . .

The first photo of this post shows sunrise as the colors are fading.  Right before that picture was taken, the sky was so brilliantly colored that any photo wouldn’t be believed.

My running outside with the camera rouses the crew.

“Before I take you out to potty, I need to do my own potty.  You’re young.  You can wait.”

A few moments later . . .

I step on the flush pedal.

“Guess what?” I announce.  “We have to dump tanks today!”

I should have dumped tanks on the way to Las Cienegas.  Normally I do that when moving to a new camp.  I guess I was lazy or absentminded during this move.

I pack up, hitch up, and pull us out onto Route 82.

We ride the 15 miles or so to Quail Ridge RV Resort which is located near the intersection or Route 82 and Route 90, Whetstone.(Mailing address is Huachuca City, AZ).

I know from a call this morning that the dump station at Quail Ridge is open for the public, even if you aren’t a registered guest.

The fee is a reasonable $5.00.

When we move into the turn lane at the entrance, no one is behind us.  I stop, roll down the window, and take the classic canine crew photo (below).  I urge Reggie to get into the shot but he doesn’t.

Ya’ know?

I’m picking up a bit of oppositional attitude from Reg.  I could be wrong but I think he likes to ignore my suggestions.  Yeah, I do think so.  All cuteness aside.

Quail Ridge is a clean and tidy RV park.

Of course, I experience a slight shock as I adjust from untamed boondocking camp to the orderly atmosphere of an RV park.

Part of Quail Ridge has paved road (above) and part has gravel road.  There’s a clubhouse (left, out of frame below) next to an area of grass and palo verde.

A woman greets me cheerily and I state my reason for being here.  She walks with me into the office where I pay the five dollars to dump tanks.  She hands me a brochure along with an invitation to try Quail Ridge.

Here are Quail Ridge RV Resort fees (April 2018):

  • Daily rate:  $13.81 includes tax and electric
  • AOR rate:  $12.81 includes tax and electric
  • Weekly rate:  $75.67 (electric.16\kwh)
  • Monthly rate:  $300 (electric.16\kwh)
  • 3 Month rate:  $800 (electric.16\kwh)
  • 6 Month rate: $1500 (electric.16\kwh)

(For more information go to the Quail Ridge website or call 520-456-9301. )

A dump-ing we go!  

A dump-ing we go!  Hi-ho the derry-o, a dump-ing we go!

While involved in the task, a few quail promenade down the lane and head off between the RVs.  Quail Ridge has quail!

I like a name that’s real.

Ever notice how names attached to man-made places tend to mention what they destroyed? Subdivisions are notorious for that.  Piney Woods has nary a pine.  The streets of Shady Glen are close to melting under the glare of harsh sun.  Mountain View Estates is more accurately The View of the Side of My Neighbor’s Garage Estates.

I remember when Sand Key Condominiums were built in Florida and in the process much of what made Sand Key. . . uh . . . Sand Key was wiped out.  I guess Hurricane Vulnerable Condominiums lacks appeal.

Dumping goes without incident.

By the time we leave Quail Ridge, the air temperature is in the mid-80s.

“It won’t be long and we’ll be home again, guys.”

What Reggie and Roger don’t know is I packed up everything at our camp in order to move somewhere else at Las Cienegas.

I admit I’m addicted to change.  

As long as the Best Little Trailer is hitched up to dump her tanks, why not find a new place to call home?

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85 Responses to What’s in a name? Quail Ridge RV Resort

  1. Claudia says:

    OMGosh the sunrise is beautiful!

  2. Cat Lady back home in Baton Rouge, La. says:

    top 10?

  3. Lauri C says:

    Wow that trail of dust!!!!! Now onto reading!

  4. Cat Lady back home in Baton Rouge, La. says:

    top 10? Glad you posted today.

  5. Carlene and Corky western AZ says:

    I have conversations with Corky. Usually when he wants to go one way and I want to go a different way…

    Quail ridge prices don’t look too bad .

    We have 40 to 50 mph gust the next 12 hours here in eastern Nevada. Stay put till Monday then heading a bit further north.

    Enjoy the warmth.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Carlene and Corky,

      I think Quail Ridge is very reasonable. Before I left to take care of the holding tanks, the lady invited me to a pancake and sausage breakfast in the morning. Not my “thing” but it’s something others might enjoy.

      Wow, that’s some powerful wind. Hang on. Good idea to wait for it to pass before continuing on the road.

  6. Columbus Calvin (Rittenhouse) says:

    If you took that first picture after the sunrise faded, it must have been spectacular.

    I’m glad the boys get to run. I supposed we’ll see about that oppositional stuff.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I think Reggie likes to exert his own mind once in a while. After all, I determine where and when we walk and make a lot of other decisions for him and Rog.

  7. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Gotta love the crew running like the wind…including the harness pull takedown!

    A dumping we will go..a dumping we will go …high ho…okay fess up..who else sang it as they read it?

    The last photo….the boys are a hoot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The first time I witnessed Roger performing the harness pull takedown I couldn’t believe it. It was like a dog rodeo! Reggie soon turned things around and learned to perform the same trick on Roger. I’m amazed their harnesses have withstood the abuse.

  8. Marcia GB in MA says:

    There’s a complex near where we stay in FL called Gulfview Estates. You guessed it, there’s no view of water, which is two miles away.

  9. Gingerita says:

    Ah that first picture is glorious with the mesquite? tree silhouetted against the gorgeous morning sky. The windswept grasses . So beautiful. The boys look full of vim and vigor as always. A nice warm day too. Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Gingerita. Yes, that’s a mesquite tree. Good guess since that’s all that grows around here. Well, not all, but close to all… 🙂

  10. AZ Jim says:

    We’re gonna have to get you an anchor to keep you in one place for awhile Missy! Love watching your babies run like the wind! *Free hug*

  11. Ken Canada says:

    Very interesting….thank you

  12. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Golly, those boys are fast! Great to see them enjoying themselves!
    I wondered if you had packed up! Looking forward to where we go next!

    My daughter and I are helping a single mom in her late 20’s who has had a heck of a life so far. Long story short she has just landed in the Pueblo, CO area. If any blogorino’s or anyone has information about lower income housing or jobs, I would appreciate anything we can tell her. For now she is renting a room with someone but she has to find something more permanent. I think she has secured some child care she will need with someone she met with this morning. But anyway, if anyone can help with information I would sure appreciate it. We have had quite a journey online with her so far to get her to this place and just trying to help her succeed with this little bit we can do from afar.

    • Diann in MT says:

      I lived in Pueblo many years ago. It is a giving town.
      There are many community based services available. Have your friend connect with United Way. The YWCA and county health.
      She needs to concentrate her time on connecting with helping agencies. If any town has them, Pueblo does. But she needs to actively self advocate. The help is there. She has to patiently seek it.
      If she needs food and shelter, there are connections.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      I hope the young woman finds her way to a secure life for herself. Best wishes to you and your daughter in your efforts.

  13. Kevin in CO says:

    Good to learn about Quail Ridge, both the dump and reasonable overnight fee. We often stay in this area when we first arrive and go about viewing the birds at the wildlife refuges in the area. Thanks!

  14. Joe in TN says:

    Hi Sue,
    Quail Ridge rates seem very reasonable—thanks. We’re looking for AZ campgrounds for next year. Eager to see where you and crew park the BLT.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joe,

      There are several RV parks in Benson, Sierra Vista, and Tombstone. Quail Ridge is nice because it is in a country location, rather that in town or where there’s a lot of traffic. I didn’t check the condition of rest rooms and other facilities, but from the outward appearances of the park, I expect they are clean and in good condition.

      • Ed says:

        The restrooms are clean and adequate for the number of spaces in the Park. Can not say the same for the laundry; it is clean but too many people and/or not enough machines. There is a very good coin laundry, Sierra Wash-n-Dry, in Sierra Vista on Wilcox Dr.in Sierra Vista that solves that problem. The Club House has a nice kitchen for those that might want an oven and not have one in their RV.

        Quail Ridge RV Resort is a nice Park but not the adult summer camp type Resort that you find in Yuma and the Phoenix/Tucson area. It has been my ‘domicile’ for 3 years now and I made reservations for next year the day that I arrived.

        Friday morning I was home because you took a picture of Desperado. I was probably busily typing up my daily posting. Wish I had noticed you – I would have walked down and offered some dumping advise. HA

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Aww, gee, Ed. If there’s anyone I’d like to share dumping tanks with, it’s you. 🙂

  15. garycarolyn says:

    Behind mom’s home they built apartments on “Audubon Way” from farm fields and woods. Yeah, named after what was there. So sad.

  16. weather says:

    That really was a beautiful sunrise! I know how quickly the colors in one can fade. At times people do find it hard to believe how vibrant those can really be. A friend lives just a ways down the main road from here, so often we are able to see the same colors from both our homes at the same time. One morning she called just to say “Quick, run outside!”. The sky, lake and clouds had a bright golden orange glow so intense it was literally stunning.

    Quail Ridge seems like a convenient rv park. With rigs being that close to each other I guess it would be important to get along well with one’s neighbors. It’s nice that you did see quail there. I like a name that’s real, too. I appreciate how my immediate neighborhood is aptly called the grove, everything manmade here was placed to fit in around the trees that have been growing here for decades.

    Hopefully Reggie , Roger and you like your new campsite. It’s always good to see pictures of the pups running free and having fun.

    P.S. Today is April 7th, Friday was the 6th. You may want to edit the post and perhaps delete this part of my comment.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, weather. I fixed the date. I’ll have to come back later to reply to comments. Bye for now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How nice that you have a friend who wants to make sure you don’t miss a beautiful sunrise. And you live among mature trees. I’m happy that you have that, weather.

  17. Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

    We have overnighted more than once at Quail Ridge. They have long pull-thru spots that make for an easy in and out.

    We now live in a place called Trillium Woods. I have not seen any trillium, a three petal flower, nor any woods. But we do have a nature area across the road we see through our huge windows. Love that view!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      Your comment motivated me to research trillium, a plant I haven’t seen in a long time. Here are some facts I discovered:

      The name wake robin (another name for trillium) comes from the fact that there are some trilliums that will bloom early in the spring, even before robins return to their nests.
      Trillium is the official provincial flower of Ontario.
      The large white trillium is the official wildflower of Ohio.
      Trillium is pollinated by ants.
      If the flowers and leaves are picked, the plant can die, as it won’t have enough energy to survive through the winter.
      Some species are listed as threatened or endangered.
      In some places, such as Michigan, Minnesota and New York, removing trillium from the wild is considered illegal.
      Native American Indians used the roots for medicinal purposes and they also ate the leaves as vegetables.
      Trillium is a favourite food for white-tailed deer.
      In folklore, trillium symbolizes modest beauty.
      There are 38 varieties of trillium.

      Photo

      • Jo in OR says:

        Just saw some trillium in the Tualatin Park in OR…so pretty.
        Love the pictures of the boys playing. Our little Peanut would sure enjoy playing with the boys. We are on our way to AZ first real road trip with Peanut. She’s adjusting really well.

  18. John says:

    I live near a place called DeForest. Pretty accurate for what happened.

  19. Susan in south central WA says:

    I live a neighborhood called King View Heights. In 33 years no kings have been viewed. The last photo today is wild and precious! Love it!

  20. Renee still in Idaho says:

    Hi Sue! That’s good you are moving because I was thinking that you would return only to find someone nabbed your spot while you were dumping!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee,

      I didn’t think of that. It might have happened.

      • Renee still in Idaho says:

        That’s a good sign that you weren’t worried. You know that there’s always someplace to stay and this is due to your experience,

  21. Hi Sue, Beautiful sunrise photos! I am always happy to see the pups playing and getting along. I hope Reggie doesn’t get to oppositional as time goes on. We are ready to head out of the heat! Not sure when that will be, hopefully soon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa and Connie,

      It has cooled off quite a bit now at almost 7 p.m. The sky is turning pink and pastel blue, though there aren’t any clouds to help make a spectacular sunset. Wishing you safe travels when you do leave southern AZ.

  22. Barbara from Camano Island says:

    I was glad to see your post in my inbox. You give such a good break, pups, dumping and all!

    I thought I would be leaving on my adventure Friday, but not only did I get sick, but the weather up here is terrible. Also, getting everything ready in a new (to me) van is daunting. Took a lot more time than I thought. I ended up buying a 100 watt solar suitcase (through your site) a couple of weeks ago, but haven’t even plugged it in. My son got me set up today on an old iPhone he had passed down to me. Have yet to get the hot spot connected to iPad. So, so much to do and learn! To tell the truth, I’m kind of enjoying being sick and just lying here studying my Benchmark maps. Seriously considering changing my itinerary and instead of going to the Olympic Rain Forest first, high tailing it down south to some warmer weather. I’ve got time. Nothing else on my calendar!.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I like how you roll with the punches! Apparently it wasn’t the right time for you to leave. I hope you feel better soon. Reading maps and dreaming over them is fun, but after a while, one needs to get back on one’s feet again.

      Don’t you just love being able to say “Nothing else on my calendar!”

  23. Cheryl in The Lower Thumb of MI says:

    Sue,
    I have a question…Back on 2/23/17, you showed a pic of your new “Anvesino RFID Zippered Clutch”… How has that held up over the past year? Would you purchase it again? I need something with room for C.C.’s, I.D., Medical cards & $$. Would like it to fit my Android phone, but not a deal-breaker!

    Absolutely beautiful first pic in this post, lovely! Thanks for all you do for us Blogarinos!! You’ve brightened my day, more times & in more ways than I can count. Bless you in your devotion to this endeavor. 🙂 TIA.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Cheryl.

      The leather clutch has held up well and, yes, I would buy it again. There’s a little wear on one of the edges but realize that I am very rough with it. It gets tossed around the PTV. It will hold my Samsung phone. I don’t put my phone in it though because it’s a tight fit and I don’t want to carry my phone into stores. I keep my checkbook with pen in it instead. I like how paper money slides in and out easily and can be seen and counted without being removed.

      BTW, since purchasing that clutch I’ll never own another purse again.

      • CherylinLowerThumbMI says:

        Thanks for the quick reply. Guess I’m buying myself a new wallet/clutch! Through your site, of course! You’ll see some other purchases, also. essential oils for example.

        Your answer about the C.C. is why I questioned you about the wallet, I was APPROVED 😅. Thanks, again 🤗.
        Cheryl

  24. EmilyO in NM says:

    Sure hope you are hightailing it to cooler climates. Don’t head this way. We will have 80 & 90º days for at least the next 10+ days here in TorC. Am calling the swamp cooler man 1st thing Mon morning. With Jim’s declining health, he needs the cooler inside temp and I need to keep my cool around him! Am enjoying your posts. My Eggie patiently sits waiting for the day, when he gets to take me around again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, EmilyO,

      Thank God for air conditioning! Imagine living through a Southwestern summer without a/c and people did it while working and doing chores. It’s especially good to have when in less-than-perfect health.

      We won’t be leaving for a while yet. Temps in the 80s don’t bother us much. Plus I have something going on here that I haven’t talked about which keeps us here longer. I’ll be writing about that soon!

      I’m glad you still have Eggie. 🙂

  25. So wonderful to see the boys with lots of room to run and play. Amazing how they stay so white! I agree about the names of places. Sometimes I think it’s insulting and sometimes wishful thinking. Good to know there’s a park with electric in that area – we love it there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      You know? I’ve been meaning to drive out through Pahrump for a few years and never make it that way. You move around a lot! 🙂

      The boys do stay white, although Roger doesn’t have a pure white coat. It’s closer to “dirty blond.” 🙂

      I’ve never given either of them a bath. I like self-cleaning dogs.

  26. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Hi😃

  27. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Beautiful sunrise! Love seeing the boys running and playing free of the leashes. Wish we could let our boys off leash! We could if they would stay in our space but they like to go visiting the neighbors!
    Self cleaning dogs! What a concept! Never happen here! Radar is a fur factory, grows more fur so much faster than any dog I have ever met, so he goes for grooming every other month! The amazing thing thing about Radar is with all that hair….he NEVER sheds and it never tangles or mats up! However, Tater sheds enough for both of them! Ha!😀 Looking forward to where “home” is this week!
    (((Hugs))) to all !!! You are loved!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I know how you feel about keeping your boys on a leash. I hate doing that, too, but it’s better than them getting hurt or riling up the neighborhood, lifting their legs on belongings.

      Hugs to you, too. Love you, Chuck and your crew!

  28. Mush says:

    Love my huge holding tanks on the beast, but when it’s time it’s time. And that’s no negotiable 🙀

    Can’t wait to see where you end up next

  29. Janie in Oregon for now says:

    Thank you Sue for the information on Quail Ridge Rv park.
    The sunrise you showed must have been spectacular.
    I saw the same trillium that Jo saw at Tualatin park at the end of March- the most trillium I had ever seen at one time.
    I am packing our house and cleaning, getting ready for our travels. And looking forward to seeing sunrise and sunset.
    The harness tackle move sounds pretty funny.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Janie,

      I hope you were able to get a lot of that packing and cleaning done!

  30. Terri in COLD Tx. says:

    An informative, and delightful post! No wonder your blog is the best!
    Take care.

  31. Dawn in NC 🐈 says:

    Good morning Sue! I was so excited to see your new post in my inbox yesterday! I saved reading it to go along with my quiet Sunday brunch sitting in the sunlight. The sunrise was beautiful! Thank you for sharing that. I am not a morning person, so I definitely don’t see very many sunrises 🌅. I also love watching the boys run free and happy. It is wonderful how they get along so well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Thank you for making my blog a part of your Sunday brunch “sitting in the sunlight.” Yes, it is great the way Reg and Rog get along. They are completely bonded and I think it happened soon after they met.

  32. Darrell McBrayer says:

    Hi Sue,
    I have been spending this rainy cold day reading our blogs. This is my first comment to you and your crew. You inspire me to get a dog or two before heading out of here in June. .I have been wrestling with whether to get a dog or not. You and the crew have convinced me there is little joy in life without a dogI am in Stayton Oregon and living in my van/bus/ home-built RV on a farm. Very nice and quiet here but I vow never to spend another winter in this miserable weather. Okay…. now to find my dog or dogs.
    I’ll be having fun watching your guys until then.
    Darrell

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Darrell and welcome! Good to hear from you.

      “. . . there is little joy in life without a dog.” I agree! Someone to share your travels with, to keep you company and make you laugh, to give you comfort when you’re feeling down, and to be your friend every moment of his or her life.

      Thank you for reading my blog. Best wishes for you and your dog to find each other. 🙂

  33. Lori’sLLC says:

    Hi RVSue, I recently downsized to a 17ft Casita Liberty, from a 26ft Class A motorhome. I have been using a composting bucket, which worked very well when I had the larger rig. However, I was not able to keep the nice cabinet I had built for it because of lack of room in the Casita. It is not as comfortable using the plastic snap-on toilet seat and the bucket takes up quite a bit of space in the shower area.

    I also am having a difficult time finding storage for the peat moss that I use for composting. My new tow vehicle is rather smallish, as having a somewhat compact 4wd, was a priority and I have two dogs, a German Shepherd and a Rat Terrier. So storage is definitely at a premium.

    So my question is this, given that I have not yet used my toilet/black water tank, for a single female, how often would you say on average that you must dump your black water tank, if I may be so bold as to inquire? I would really like to be done with the whole bucket/peat moss set up. But my fresh water holding tank is quite small, and even though I take limited, very short showers, I worry that not only will I need to frequently dump the black water tank, but also fill the fresh water tank.

    I have not yet mastered getting the ball on the tow vehicle as of yet. Not sure what I am doing wrong. Backing up is not a problem, but getting the hitch to go down onto the ball has been a problem. So I am nervous that I won’t be able to just take off to dump my tank at a moments notice. I have thought about just removing the toilet and building a new cabinet for the bucket, which I would really rather do, except that I will still have the issue of storing the peat moss. Thank you in advance for any insite you might have to offer.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lori,

      I’ll try to answer your questions.

      I don’t understand why you are composting waste in your Casita. Why not use the toilet as designed and use toilet treatment? No need to store peat moss and no need to find space for the bucket.

      I opted for the larger tanks for the BLT. Dumping the waste tank is at 14 to 20 day intervals. I’ve gone longer and I attribute that to evaporation.

      You touch on the reason why I gave up on using the Casita shower and switched to sponge baths and washing my hair in a basin. This conserves water and I didn’t want to constantly be having to refill the fresh water tank.

      I fill the fresh water tank to use for flushing and incidental washing. I like using one-gallon jugs for water for making coffee, the crew’s water dish, bathing, and cleaning. I can fill them at spigots in campgrounds or at vending machines. My hose broke a few years ago and I never replaced it. I fill the fresh water tank using a hose if one is provided at a spigot (I can do this because I don’t drink that water, nor does the crew.) Otherwise I pour water into the tank using a flexible funnel.

      If I discover the fresh water tank is empty, I flush by pouring water into the toilet using a one-gallon jug. At any given time I have 8-10 of these jugs (jugs that hold water bought off a store shelf). They are very handy, can be stored in nooks and crannies, and, when full, they aren’t too heavy for me.

      Regarding hitching up: If I understand correctly, you’re having trouble getting the coupler to sit completely down on the hitch ball. Try greasing the ball or spraying it with a lubricant like WD 40 immediately before bringing the coupler down. (I use WD 40 every time I hitch.)

      If the coupler still doesn’t seat well, I move the front chocks forward a few inches, put my left foot on the brake and right foot on the gas, and give a quick acceleration immediately followed by braking in order to give a jerk to the coupler. I don’t like doing this but sometimes it’s necessary. You can feel the clunk of the coupler seating onto the ball.

      If I haven’t answered a question or you need me to elaborate/clarify further, let me know.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        One more thing…. By any chance are you trying to seat the coupler on the ball with the latch down? The latch (meaning the thing that the lock goes through) needs to be vertical. Once the coupler is seated, it should be able to come down into the locking position.

        • Lori says:

          Hi Sue, thank you so much for responding. I have really only loaded the trailer myself one time, as I have only had it for one month and spent the month downsizing and getting settled. A neighbor helped me hitch it up when I left the State Lands outside of Lake Havasu City. But at Saddle Mountain, I was left to my own devises and unfortunately the outcome was not so good.

          I had no problem getting the ball centered under the tongue, but every time I lowered the trailer it left about 1/8”, at the bottom of the ball. Since I was able to bring down the latch and hook it, I made the very ill advised decision that it must be on all of the way. I had tried “rocking it”, moving it forward and back a hair, etc. But I did not know that to check it, when you crank the trailer back up, the hitch on the car should raise too. It did not and I was not aware of this “rule”. So after driving only a few short miles off of the BLM land, I felt and heard a very loud thunk!!! I knew instantly what had happened. Luckily I had my safety chains and cable correctly attached as well as my sway bar. I was saved so to speak. The trailer swayed like crazy, but I was able to get it safely to the side of the road. Luckily some very nice Good Samaritans immediately pulled over to dig me out and the only damage was a road burn on the grey water P-trap.

          I was very lucky, but now very apprehensive about my judgement and ability. I really love my little trailer, but I am terrified that I won’t be able to get the ball on the hitch of the SUV secured onto the tongue of the trailer correctly. My worst nightmare became a reality. But I am determined not to give up. But I seriously have to figure out what I am doing wrong.

          You have given some very helpful tips. I remember years ago when I towed travel trailers, we had applied a thick grease that came in a can. My daughter was still traveling with me back then and always loaded the trailer. I guess I have always been a bit apprehensive about doing it. But she is now an adult and I am on my own and I really want to be able to do this, so I am not giving up. Having a smaller foot print will open up endless opportunities for me and my dogs. After reading this, hopefully you might have some more good advice for me or can better assess what I may have done wrong.

          As far as my composting goes, I really like it because l feel it is better for the environment and uses no water. However, it just might be time to do what works for my current situation. My Casita is an older model, a 2001, and did not come with manuals. But it is the Deluxe so maybe I too have the larger holding tanks?

          Thank you again for your input. I really appreciate it.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Lori… I sympathise with your “terror” after the incident with the hitch fail. I lost confidence for a while after I did the same thing. I don’t understand why the coupler is not coming all the way down on the hitch ball. Is there any way you can get some experienced people to look at it?

            Often I’ve given the advice that one should not seek help for hitching but rather go ahead and practice on your own in order to build confidence. Your situation seems like an exception. Another person with experience might detect what’s wrong. There’s the possibility that you are not what’s wrong; that there’s a mechanical problem. And if you are doing something incorrectly, another person can catch what it is.

            Your Liberty Deluxe may have the larger holding tanks or it might not. They exist with either.

            I wish I could give you more help, Lori. I like your determination not to give up and to keep going with this. You’re right, the smaller footprint does open up opportunities!

            P.S. Another thought: Could the hitch ball on your SUV be the wrong size?

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Also Lori, you may be able to obtain a manual (or, at the least, information) for your Casita at the Casita Travel Trailer Forum.

            • Lori says:

              Thank you Sue, reading your blog has really been an inspiration to me. I keep telling myself, if she can do it, so can I!!! So I am going to practice, practice, practice, and work on my patience. If that doesn’t do it, then I will seek professional assistance (For the trailer not me lol).

              I am going to try and find the manuals online. Also, it has just occurred to me that I can probably call the manufacturer. They might have a way of finding out my tank sizes.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Smart thinking! 🙂

  34. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    I just loved the photos of the boys running free and crazy. I wish you could post some video – it would be so fun to see them in live action!!

    Your observation about neighborhood and street naming got me to thinking about our community, which was named “Talega” by the developers. When we bought here I asked why it was named Talega, which means bag or sack in Spanish. The sales reps said the canyon that runs through the community used to be used by cowboys as a place to herd the bulls into, and then castrate them – I guess removing their bags or sacks. There are no more bulls, and I haven’t seen any bull sacks in my hikes through the canyon – LOL. Hope you found a spot as nice as our last one for the boys to run in. It is warming up here, so I imagine it’s getting warmer where you are too!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a story behind the name of your neighborhood! Call a friend and say, “Hey, why don’t you come over to the bull sack for lunch?”

      It’s warming up here, too. Supposed to reach 90 degrees on Tuesday.

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