Friday, February 8, 2019

Wayne and Margy's Rental RV Trip Log 6

Trip Log Part 6

Saturday, February 2 -- Today we left the Fiesta Grande RV Resort in Casa Grande by 8:00. On the way out we had to drop our Guest Badges (we don't need no stinkin' badges - just kidding) at the office. Today was a short driving day, only 84 miles south to the Pima County Fairgrounds just south of Tucson.

Heading into the sunrise going towards Tucson.

On the way we stopped at McDonald's for breakfast. We used Google to check and found an adjacent dirt parking area where our RV would fit. We wanted to stop at the Pichaco Peak State Park campground for the night, but they were already full. They have 85 sites with power and water. Maybe next time.

Distinctive Pichaco Peak in the distance.

It's amazing, there are 362 RV sites here at the Fairgrounds with full hookups plus free wifi. The only thing missing is cable TV, but with Internet we can watch it on our laptops or iPads. Some sites are in a grove of trees but most are side-by-side on gravel.

Our spot at the Pima County Fairgrounds.

It doesn't sound exciting, but it's unique and interesting in its own way. There are new bathrooms and showers, and the older ones are spotless. We'd come here again for sure. With our Good Sam membership it was $58 for two nights. They don't take reservations, but even during this busy season they aren't full.

The reason we came to the fairgrounds was for the Tucson RV Show sponsored by La Mesa RV. We've been having so much fun we may purchase an RV at some point in time. We don't know if it will be used or new, but we thought it would be fun to check things out.

RV Hookups - RVs are built with service connections for water, electricity and sewer.  At parks you find a variety of hookup configurations. Some campgrounds have none. That's called dry camping. RVs have fresh water tanks, generators and batteries for power, and store sewage in holding tanks. Partial hookups include electricity and water. Full hookups add sewer service.

Our power, water and sewer connections.

Some public campgrounds have partial and full hookups for RVs. This way you can get out and enjoy nature with city comforts. Almost all private RV parks and resorts offer full hookups. And to be competitive, they add Internet and cable TV.

RV connections are standardized on the left or port side. You drive through or back in to the service point. The top picture is the left side of our RV with the connections. From right to left are: 1) a direct connection to city water, 2) a port to fill the RV's fresh water tank, 3) a toilet clean-out port (for emergencies), and 4) the cable TV connection. On the lower left is our sewer hose connection to the holding tanks. On the lower right is the service access point.

Full service is nice, but if your goal is to get out and experience nature, dry camping is the way to go. This week we will be dry camping in to the Lost Dutchman State Park. We may not be able to get cell coverage, so don't be surprise if I don't post until we return to town on Thursday  for the Arizona State University women's softball Kajikawa Classic tournament. -- Margy


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    1. Thanks. It's a rental so we can see if we like RV travel. So far it's been a lot of fun. - Margy

  2. Hello, the RV trip sounds interesting and fun. I am glad you are enjoying the RV, buying your own RV would be nice. You can pack up and go anytime you like. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and have a great new week ahead.

    1. That's why Wayne would like to buy one. We aren't looking forward to taking everything back out. - Margy

  3. Again interesting to read, thank you for sharing... Happy MosaicMonday

  4. Nice photos. The clouds are awesome. Happy mosaic Monday


    1. A benefit of all the storms. We are getting nice sunrises and sunsets. - Margy

  5. Margy - love the cloud pictures. For newbies at the RV world, you sure have learned a lot in a short period of time. My brother and his wife own a large RV and they love the lifestyle - they do prefer dry camping for the privacy and nature experience. They like going to RV shows to look at new technology and features - and they will take any other family members that are willing to go, because they want everyone else to enjoy the same lifestyle! Thanks for linking up to Mosaic Monday!

    1. We have learned a lot and are still coming across new things, but it is much easier to work them out with a little experience under our belts. There are lots of really big RVs down here in Arizona. For the two of us, a 24' model is perfect. - Margy

  6. Hubby and I have thought that this would be the way to travel around the country. I love hearing your views and seeing your photos.


Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy