This is my spot at the Walmart for tonight, where I'm still going to have to run my furnace tonight to keep my pipes from freezing. I didn't have any more pictures to show and I didn't feel like taking any, because all I can think of at the moment is getting warm. So the remaining pictures are old ones, and they're all about being warm.
Like I said before, the main reason I went to the State Park here in Denver was to dump my tanks, so after I got my living room slide open, and the sun started melting the ice, I started hooking up my sewer hose to dump my tanks, And as I was attaching the hose to the Arctic Fox, one of the tabs on the hose that locks the hose to the trailer snapped off. The fitting wasn't that old, so the only thing I can figure is it was so cold the plastic just broke.
Now having one tab break off is not that big a deal; you still got three more locking the hose on, but if another one breaks, it could very well be a big deal, so I went in the Arctic Fox and got the first lubricant available which happen to be some olive oil, I have found that the cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil works best on sewer hose fittings, and put that on the locking parts of the fittings and got the hose connected without anything else breaking.
Opening up the black water tank, I found a pinhole leak in my Rhino sewer hose. Nothing serious it just means that I need to buy another sewer hose and a fitting. Finishing with the Black water, I don't know why they named it that; it's never black, I pushed the button to open the gray water tank, and nothing happened. I guess I didn't mention that the Arctic Fox has electric valves for the holding tanks. I never did get the grey water valve to open, and the valve itself is buried and insulated deep inside the belly of the trailer and is difficult to access.
I'm hoping the problem is a blown fuse, but so far, I've checked all the fuses I can find, and I haven't found a fuse for the dump valves yet. And it's so cold I don't have the desire to go crawling around looking for them at the moment.
That was yesterday, and now today. I made the 3 1/2 hour drive to Trinidad, Colorado, which is only a few miles up Raton pass from the New Mexico border, safely and without incident.... Except for my two rearview cameras on the Arctic Fox which quit working this morning for some inexplicable reason, and there again, I'm not in the right place or at the right temperature to work on such things just yet. Actually, it's probably not all that inexplicable since I'm the one that installed the cameras.
So at the moment I find myself nestled in the lovely and somewhat level parking lot of Château Walmart for one glorious night of shopping and relaxing. And with any luck, tomorrow's blog will find me in a similar but completely different Walmart parking lot in Las Vegas, New Mexico. But unfortunately, if the weather forecasts are right, I'm going to be facing a 20 mph headwind on my drive tomorrow, and worse on Saturday.... I can't seem to catch a break.