About Camp Freightliner – Gaffney, SC

Several folks have asked us to comment about the Camp Freightliner chassis class I attended recently, either because they have signed up for a future class or just out of curiosity.  Since Mona Liza was 9,000 miles away during the class, I’m probably the logical one to write about it. As you may know, this is a two-day “boot camp” that really gets into the major systems and maintenance items pertaining to your chassis – air brakes and suspension, engine, transmission and other miscellaneous systems.  It is an EXCELLENT class taught by Mike Cody, who used to work on the assembly line and didn’t get a question he couldn’t answer while I was there.  The class is very inexpensive for what you get – two days of intense study, two lunches and dinner after the first night’s class.  The price is $175 for one person, $225 for couples.  I was told the price basically covers materials and meals, and they aren’t really in it for profit. If your Freightliner chassis is due for maintenance, having it done during the class works out great since the class and service facility are in the same building in Gaffney, SC.  I don’t know if the other “offsite” class locations have the same setup.  Since I was hanging around Gaffney for a while waiting for my honey to get back from her travels, I scheduled my maintenance for a few days after the class […]

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Oh my, the Cranes! – Whitewater Draw

Sandhill Cranes

We heard there are two excellent places to watch Sandhill Cranes winter by the thousands in southeast Arizona, at Willcox Playa and Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area.  Both areas are owned and managed by Arizona Game and Fish Department.  Larry and Nancy, whom we met initially at Cave Creek last December and saw again at Patagonia, urged us to view the Sandhill […]

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Hooked on Birds! – Patagonia

Male Elegant Trogon

From Quartzsite we made a quick stop back at Casa Grande to do some of the mundane tasks of RV life after boondocking; flushing the black tank and doing laundry.  While there, we had a chance meeting with Hans and Lisa of  Metamorphosis Road, who recognized  me through my blog.  Isn’t blogging so cool!  Sharing our travel tales has connected us […]

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Quartzsite, AZ – A hub of activity

Happy Hour in the desert

After visiting Quartzsite at the beginning of December to scope out the boondocking areas and upcoming show setup, we came back to actually attend the assortment of shows the town is known for, and to observe the madness firsthand.  During this time (Jan – Feb), Quartzsite is brimming with tens of thousands of visitors, vendors, winter residents, boondockers and snowbirders. […]

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