I had to get some work done, so no golf today. But before I got started, Steve delivered some pancakes as promised by Esther the night before.
She called them cinnamon bun pancakes, and oh were they good. :)
That got things off to a good start.
I returned several emails and took care of some business this morning. And our Journal readers may notice that I added a couple of different ways to get our posts.
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Also, after looking at the calendar and our planned travels for the rest of the year, we decided to stay here at Sands RV & Golf Resort for another week. That was a big decision for us.
So, we'll be in Desert Hot Springs another week and then we'll go do some boondocking for a week outside of Joshua Tree National Park, and then we'll go to the Escapees Jojoba Hills park in Aguanga, CA for three weeks. After that, all we know is we need to be in Phoenix by the middle of January.
After working through the morning, I dropped Linda off at the RV laundry and ran a couple errands. I returned a couple of HDMI cables I didn't need, and picked up a box at UPS customer service.
So I brought it home and Linda opened the box and started messing with it. The entire kit fits in a carry bag that is slightly wider and a little shorter than a sling chair or a bag chair. Total weight - 10 pounds.
Linda removed all the parts from the bag.
We were missing one assembly booklet (that was emailed later), but Linda figured it out pretty quickly anyway.
There are four individual panels about two feet long. They slide horizontally onto two metal bracing rods to create a 24" x 27" single 50-watt panel.
The panels connect to each other via cables on the back of each, and then the end panels connect to the solar controller built in to the plastic stand. The legs of the stand fold out in multiple postions to hold the panel. A cable with battery clips is attached to the controller so you can charge a battery 12 - 16 feet away.
Here's what it looks like all set up.
We'll test it out and see how it does charging the battery we have for our inflatable pontoon boat.
The On-The-Go Kit retails for $495.99, however we have special pricing for RV-Dreams readers. You can call Anywhere Solar at 858-695-9161 or email Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention RV-Dreams to get your special price of $299 plus shipping and $8 handling!
For those that want to see it first, we'll have it on display at our 2013 Boondocking Rally in February.
Speaking of rallies, don't forget about our 2013 Spring Rally in New Mexico in March. It's a full educational rally with 16 seminars (so far) and much more. It would be a great Christmas gift for those preparing for RV living or those researching the lifestyle. :)
After a day of business stuff and chores, we had a relaxing evening. Linda prepared a frozen lasagna, and we watched some TV before calling it a night.
Today was really windy. Rain clouds hung around the top of the mountains to our west, but it was like an invisible force field prevented them from advancing into our valley.
We made plans with Esther & Steve for dinner and an evening trip into Palm Springs.
During the day, I got some more work done. I did some administrative work for our RV Extended Warranties representation through Wholesale Warranties.
We're doing pretty well with that and feel our informational page on RV Extended Warranties (aka extended service contracts) has been helpful for quite a few folks. We're looking forward to expanding our role next year.
By the way, if you have been considering an RV Extended Warranty, now is a good time to make a purchase or get a free quote. Pricing is based on model years, and once January 1 rolls around, your unit is another year older and pricing will be higher. So, don't procrastinate 'til after the first of the year. :)
By late afternoon, I was wrapping things up, and Linda started working on her part of the dinner plan. Esther was doing the main course and Linda was doing salad and dessert.
I flipped back and forth between the Kentucky basketball game and the Louisville football game, until it was time to head over to the neighbors' at 5:30.
Linda made an Asian salad to go with Esther's Asian shrimp and rice dish. With the healthy portion of the delicious meal complete, Linda served her warm Ultimate Peach Cobbler with ice cream. That pretty much finished us off. :)
Due to the wind, we decided it wouldn't be pleasant to walk around outside in Palm Springs for the weekly Thursday night VillageFest. Perhaps next week. So, we talked for awhile, and then called it a night.