We had a full plate when we arrived in Lake Havasu City (my hometown) this year.  As any full-time RVer knows, when you have access to a place to do projects and receive packages, you take full advantage.  And that’s exactly what we did from the moment we arrived.  Thanks to the generosity of my dad, we were able to park at his equipment yard and work away.  Living in an industrial area may not be glamorous but the upside is that you can make all the noise you want all hours of the day.  Power tools, compressors, saws, welders…these things are not exactly welcome at campgrounds.  So this stop was exactly what Mark needed to get the Casita trailer all outfitted for our new full-time life on the road.

But it wasn’t all work, we balanced out the month with two weeks at Lake Havasu State Park, one of my all-time favorite campgrounds.  The lake-front sites can’t be beat and there is no place I’d rather spend time with family and friends than around a campfire.  That combined with family dinners and many stops at all our favorite restaurants around town made for a fun-filled, incredibly productive month.

Here’s a rundown of what Mark accomplished while we were in Havasu:

Added a propane cabinet to house the propane tanks on the Casita.  The top of the cabinet includes a lock-down kit for our generator.
Removed the decals from the Casita.
Installed two golf cart batteries in the Casita.
Installed a new converter/charger in the Casita.
Installed two new golf cart batteries in our Four Wheel Camper.
Installed five flexible solar panels on the top of the Four Wheel Camper.
Built a cargo box/bike carrier off the rear of the Casita.
And a dozen or more other little projects.

Here’s a little photo recap of our stay:

The waterfront campsites at Lake Havasu State Park can’t be beat:IMG_0223.jpg
The sunsets in Havasu always have and always will be one of my most favorite things in life:

Removing the decals was not on the to-do list but I’m so glad we did it!  It was also a much easier project than I thought it was going to be.

Mark figuring out the placement of the batteries in the Casita:

Luckily we sleep in the Four Wheel Camper because this project went well in to the wee hours of the night:

Our new propane cabinet with generator and gas can stowed on top and portable solar panel slid in behind.

Mark replaced our single 80 watt solar panel with five 120 watt flexible panels.  All five are equivalent in weight to the one glass panel.  Here’s Mark coming up with a game plan for fitting the panels on the roof of our Four Wheel Camper:

Having the deck of a pontoon boat to stand on for this project came in handy:

Adding this box off the back has helped quite a bit with our lack of utility space:

While Mark worked on outfitting our travels, I hung out in my new office working on business projects.

My brother and sister-in-law cooked up an awesome Thanksgiving dinner:

Is there any better holiday than one that centers around food?!  I think not : )

Well that’s all for our time in Havasu!  We’re now out in the Arizona desert putting our new power setup to the test!

A huge thanks to The Derbs for the hospitality!  It was pretty awesome to pull out of Havasu having accomplished everything that we did.