Texas Sage blooming. Dead batteries. Class C search.

Texas Sage
Texas Sage shrubs are in bloom again due to recent rains.

After a period of a day or two of rain the Texas Sage shrubs in the Park (and elsewhere) bloom copiously with their little purple blossoms. The blossoms only last a few days and get shed, and then come back again with more rain. Since we have so little rain here in Phoenix it is always a special event when the blooms do come. While the Texas Sage shrubs here in the Park are not shaped, in many places around the Valley people have shaped the shrubs by flattening the tops and sometimes the sides. Some people make them rounded, some make them more square or rectangular. Whatever, they are spectacular for short periods several times a year.

I went over to the motorhome today to take some photos of various features we have added. Among these is the painted box ends for the slides; this feature is only available from the factory on higher-end motorhomes, but we had our Phaeton boxes done a few years ago. When I got there I found I could not start the engine or the generator! Batteries for both were dead. I had just recharged them a couple of week ago, but apparently I did not shut off the cutout switches.

I tried using my battery pack, but it does not have enough power to turn over the large diesel engine. So I called our Good Sam Roadside Assistance Service for a jump start. They came out about an hour later – at the time they said they would – and successfully jumped the engine batteries so I could start the engine.  Once the engine was started, I was then able to start the generator. I let the engine run for about an hour then shut it off. I will leave the generator run for about four hours to fully recharge the house batteries.

We seem to be getting closer to making a decision on a Class C motorhome to replace our Class A Tiffin Phaeton. Based on what is available in the Phoenix and Tucson areas we think we will go for a Fleetwood Jamboree motorhome. We test drove a Jamboree 30F this morning at La Mesa RV’s Phoenix store and spent a fair amount of time going over interior and exterior details. I reviewed the construction details and am satisfied with those and the apparent fit and finish seems adequate. Elaine likes the kitchen layout and the furniture seems to fit us. Two “problems” with the 30F is that it comes with a king bed and with an outside kitchen (refrigerator, microwave, and sink). We prefer a queen bed, and the outside kitchen is superfluous for us. La Mesa also has a 31U model, which does not have an outside kitchen and does have a queen bed; the problem here is that it is at their Port San Lucie FL dealership. We thought about flying to FL and driving it back, but the interior woodwork is a dark color and we don’t like that. I have checked dealer inventories from Prescott to Tucson, and did not find a satisfactory 31U anyplace. We’ll probably make a decision in a day or so.

Newsletter delivered. RV shopping. Monsoon storm.

folding newsletters
Here’s the volunteer team who stuffed and folded the newsletters this morning.

The volunteer crew assembled this morning at 9:30 to stuff the newsletters with the two inserts, fold them, and wrap them with a rubber band preparatory to delivery. We had a larger-than-usual team this morning and the job got done faster than I could get them sorted into the bags for the delivery teams! As a result I got lost in my counts and worried that I was short about 30 newsletters, but Elaine and I found out later that I had forgotten that I had loaded the bag for the RV section! The count was actually proper. Continue reading Newsletter delivered. RV shopping. Monsoon storm.

Newsletter. Motorhome.

Final edits are being done on the Royal Palm Social Club newsletter – The Palm Press – and it will go to the printer tomorrow morning. I printed out two draft copies yesterday and gave them to  George Immerso and Leslie Nielsen for review. George and Leslie both reviewed the content and Leslie also did an excellent job of proofreading and suggested some valuable changes. As of late this afternoon I have all the copy available and will wrap it up this evening and have Elaine do a fresh review before it goes out. Then on Friday our volunteer team will do two inserts and fold them, then they will be delivered. Continue reading Newsletter. Motorhome.