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Boondocking at Dome Rock Quartzsite Arizona. I always tell folks new to boondocking that if you want to find out how to do it right, spend some time in Quartzsite. Quartzsite folks are experts at it, and they've been doing it for many years. Anybody can boondock for a short time in good weather, but boondocking long-term in any kind of weather, and staying comfortable, that's what these folks excel at.
I ran out of propane this morning about 6:30, fortunately I had been up for a while and my factory furnace was going so the Lance was warm. But the outside certainly wasn't since it was 28° by my thermometer.
This would've been barely an annoyance in the Arctic Fox, and the solution was simple. I would go outside close the valve on the empty tank, open the valve on the full tank, and be back to normal in a few seconds. And yes the Arctic Fox has an automatic regulator that would switch over to the full tank, but I never used it, preferring to switch it myself so I would know when a tank was empty.
But unlike the Arctic Fox with its twin 10 gallon tanks, the Lance only has room for one 5 gallon, standard barbecue size propane tank. So when I run out I have to remove the empty from out of the Lance, get the full one out of the trunks passenger seat floor board, and put it in the Lance. This effort is complicated by me having to lift the full 5 gallon tank as high as my head to get it into the Lance, and in this case it was freezing cold outside and pretty dark.
It could've been worse. I could've run out of propane in the middle of the night, because my fridge is using propane all the time. So I could've got up this morning with the temperature below freezing inside and out, with no heat at all to motivate me to get out of bed.
But since I'm a long-term boondocker that demands comfort under all conditions, I have prepared for that very scenario by using my Little Buddy propane heater as a backup with its own little 2 gallon propane tank, which fits under my table, so I light it and warm up the camper before I have to go outside and change the 5 gallon tank. I love boondocking, but I love my comfort even more, and there's no way I could be a long-term boondocker and be miserable every other day.
Which reminds me, one of the things I enjoy about being in Quartzsite is I'm surrounded by thousands of long-term boondockers. After all long-term boondocking is why people come to Quartzsite. So I feel perfectly normal here.... I said I feel normal, I didn't say I was.
The crack of dawn in Quartzsite Arizona. It seems I have gotten in the habit of waking up before the sun comes up despite my best efforts of getting back to normal. But by getting up this early it means I'm going to bed earlier at night... It's a vicious cycle.
This is my standby heating system. Tiny little two gallon propane tank, and a little buddy heater. Unlike my factory furnace this requires no electricity and it sips propane while warming up the Lance in 10 or 15 minutes. And of course I can connect a regular five gallon barbecue type tank if need be.
One of the many flea market areas in Quartzsite. I always go to these folks first because they have lots of RV stuff.
Dome Rock boondocking area.
This brand-new shiny truck camper just had to park next to me, probably to show me how clean his camper is compared to my muddy camper.
But I don't like his bicycle arrangement. They must swing out of the way so he can open his door. But then when he goes inside the camper do the bicycles just stick out into the parking lot? Must be interesting to watch when he comes out of Walmart with a cart load of groceries.