Posted on June 29th, 2015 by Brenda.B
OK….So we’ve been to Quartzsite, Arizona a few times over the years. It’s an experience that we feel RVers should experience at least once in there adventures. Some people like to come year after year and make it a wintertime destination while others like to come once and they are done. When we go, we like to shop, eat and have lots of fun in the desert. With friends of course.
Because what’s Quartzsite without friends?
Certainly not as fun.
So we thought to ourselves, wouldn’t it be fun to have an Outside Our Bubble group? We could have everyone circle our RV’s and share adventurers we have all had on the road. Heck, we can have pot-luck dinners, movie nights and bon fires. Here is our last post on Quartzsite for more information… CLICK HERE
To the very first ever, Outside Our Bubble get-together, ever, and it will be in Quartzsite, AZ this coming January (2016).
The big RV show in Quartzsite, AZ is being held January 16-24, 2016 and that is the time everyone comes to Quartzsite. And remember, the show is FREE! (And so is parking in the desert.)
We plan on doing the OOB Meet-up: Thursday, January 14 through Sunday, January 17, 2016. We choose these dates based on it being right before the show opening weekend so we can, we hope, get a large enough space for the number of RV’s that care to come join us. Also note… Opening weekend at the show is really busy, so you may choose to say longer if you do not like crowds. We are NOT parked near the show itself as we like it less crazy.
We will be having movie nights on our big 11 foot by 9 foot outdoor movie screen, weather permitting of course.
We’ll be doing a pot luck dinner at least one night.
Bon fires and get togethers. (Please bring wood)
Quadcopter demos. Bring your own RC craft and join in on the flying fun.
Anyone that has a craft they’d like to share, maybe we can do that as well.
Oh, if you play a guitar or something, maybe we can do campfire music jams or sing alongs.
We park, in the free BLM area, on the northern side of Quartzsite. About 5 miles north on route 95 is Plomosa Road. Turn east onto Plomosa Rd (right if you are coming from Quartzsite, left from Parker). Then drive about 2 miles in and on the left hand side you will see our sign for the Outside Our Bubble group (near where the Montana 5th Wheelers meet). Turn left there and follow the road back to the Outside Our Bubble gathering.
Ok, Ok, here it is on Google Maps with the GPS location of where we will be. (we are in the desert, there is no “address”.)
Google Map of Location – Zoom out to see area and roads.
Not sure what the Quartzsite, AZ Show is like? Well…here’s a video we shot last year at Quartzsite of the big RV show and tent event.
Here we are parked in the desert…
The tent event is free.
The parking around the tent event and where we park in the desert is free.
Make sure you fill your fresh water tank and have empty black and grey tanks when you arrive. If need be, there is a place in town to dump and get fresh water if you plan on staying longer or if need be.
We dare you to find us! (Ok, maybe not “dare” you, but come join the fun.)
When: Jan 14-17, 2016
Where: Quartzsite AZ – Plomosa Road – End of BLM camping area (Google Map of Location)
Why: Just for Kicks!
Bring: Firewood, Full Water Tank, Empty Gray and Black Tanks, Generator, snake bite kit (kidding) and Stories.
If looking to join us, please comment below. We will then build a mailing list from the comments (Please verify your address) and use that list to keep everyone updated as we try to figure this out. This is NOT a professionally produced get-together, it is just for fun and what it will be is what it will be. :)
Hope to see you there!
Posted on June 21st, 2015 by David.B
At first it really did not go as planned for as they were coming in, they got a call and made a hard left and exited the area as quickly as they came in. Below is the only image I was able to grab. Not to let down the crowd however, I flew the quadcoptor, the Helibott, around the landing area and then came down for a landing where Mercy Flight 5 was to land. Ok, so it was not as awe inspiring as Chopper 5 would have been…but at least I tried. When word came that they would not be able to make it back to the park, let’s just say that there were a lot of sad little faces. (Ok, I was sad.)
Brenda and I then headed out to a local Farmer’s Market. No sooner did we arrive at the Farmer’s Market, we received a call that Mercy Flight said they would be able to head back and they were about 15 mins out. As we hung up the call, I looked to the sky to see Chopper 5 going across the horizon. I said to Brenda, they will be there before that…Let’s go.
So we arrived back to the park and we grabbed the Helibott again and went over to where they had landed. I spoke with the pilot and explained who I was and what I did, he had no issue with me flying for video footage of the visit. I of course would not be flying when they were going to depart and I would not have been flying when they were approaching for landing. Flying while an aircraft is in the air is NOT COOL and NOT SAFE and NOT LEGAL. So Fly Smart – Fly Safe.
So as the kids were being shown Mercy Flight 5 and the ins-and-outs of the helicopter being able to look through it and even sit in the seats, we flew! Hey, why miss a chance to make a video showing one of the best non-for-profit groups in the area as a way to thank them for all they do.
So Thank You Mercy Flight of Western NY and by that, I do not mean for the visit, but for doing a job where minutes count and lives are saved.
Posted on June 14th, 2015 by David.B
Ok, so it seems that the last video “Something From Nothing” was some kind of a success even though it was made from just test footage. We received so many emails and comments on the video that I thought I would try tossing together another one. So once again with not much going on, I decided to edit footage that I had from earlier that was not in wide open areas of the park, but wooded areas.
A little note on the Phantom quadcoptor. The DJI Phantom Vision 2+ is a quadcoptor that requires a GPS lock to fly without too much issue. Once that GPS lock is gone, like under trees, it is a totally different machine to fly, as it can not just ‘stop’ when you take your fingers off the sticks. It actually will try to go back to where it “thinks” it is. So, well, quite a different experience and not for anyone new to flying should try. Note…the new version of the Phantom, the DJI Phantom 3, overcomes this with a downward facing camera that can also track the ground for movement and adjust.
BTW…Brenda did not know I was editing this and making this post. Surprise babe. :)
With that said, I now present “Something From Nothing – The Sequel”.
Posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Brenda.B
Let’s just say, you never know what you’re going to get.
What I mean by that is simply this…
Sitting here at a mostly empty Southwoods RV Resort during the mid-week. Having boredom set in as we’ve been sitting here in one spot for so long. The following conversation took place.
David proclaimed…Let’s Go!
To which I replied, to do what?
Fly of course.
Umm…Dear…there’s nothing here to shoot right now.
Ahh….but there is! A sunset and us in a mostly empty RV park. Come on, fly with me.
Umm…again, sounds thrilling. What will you do with the footage?
No idea, but let’s fly!
So from all raw footage taken from our little Phantom quadcopter, we proudly present, our boredom video titled…
Something From Nothing (As it was made all from test footage.)
(It’s amazing what David can come up with out of nothing.)
Posted on June 1st, 2015 by David.B
No, we are not asking for money. Brenda said that would be the first thought in a number of readers minds based on the title. There is more to it. It is research if you will.
It’s simple… We just want to know, seeing it has been over a year now in our new coach, if we helped you in some way?
Yup, sounds like a funny question to ask. However looking at our number of readers over all the years we have been doing this (from 2008), we realize that a lot of our readers have come across us based on an issue with a RV manufacturer and then followed our search for a new manufacturer. Then after we found one and documented the complete build process, we had another influx of new readers. Also a lot of our readers have found us based on writings of locations you may have been researching or even RV issues, reviews or advice. (We seem to have become a help desk of sorts. :))
Don’t get us wrong, we have had a lot of readers before we got to the point of going full time, but when all of the above started, things took off even more and continue to expand. So, we asked ourselves, and now you, have we helped? Some actually think we do this blog for a living. I can assure you, we do not.
We have of course received notes here and there over the years, but we are just really trying to get a feel of any impact we have made. We spend a lot of time doing this as you may guess and want to know how we have helped and thus how we made the most impact.
So, we now ask you to help us in a simple way. We kindly ask you to drop us a private note if we have been of help to you and if so, how. Be it from a simple RV tip or travel information, all the way up to did we help you with your buying decision on an RV or coach. (That was not our intent mind you.)
We ask you to drop us a note using the Contact Us page or via contact@ OutsideOurBubble.com. Also if you know of someone we have helped, please kindly let them know about this post.
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Posted on May 24th, 2015 by David.B
A Kamado? Never heard of it is what we had said. Have you heard of the Big Green Egg? Some of you may be saying yes, but I bet most are saying…Huh…A Green Egg? (Brenda wanted me to title this post “Why I took up smoking”.)
Well, quite simply, a Kamado is a grill/oven/smoker/Barbecue that is ceramic and made in such a way that it can hold temperatures from 200 to 750+ degrees for long periods of time. A Kamado has been around for thousands of years and in different shapes. You cook with it using all natural wood charcoal and never use any fluids to light it. You control and dial in the temperature using a venting system.
The Big Green Egg is a brand that is well known and has a large following. I believe that to be mainly because they really came out with one of the first grills and built a niche at the time and thus created a great following that continues today. They are affectionately known as EggHeads.
Note I said, “niche”. This is because these units are not cheap. Not by a long shot. A Green Egg unit ranges from $400.00 for the smallest of the smalls, to $3,500 for the Extra, Extra Large and are tightly price controlled and can only be purchased via authorized dealers.
Thus enter competitors that have the same such offerings of “egg shaped” units but come in at lower price point and come with everything you need to get started. (unlike the Green Egg.) So seeing these things are not cheap, we researched and researched and at the end purchased the KamadoJoe that you see me standing proudly next to above. Cost for the Classic KamadoJoe, $1,000 and comes with all you need to get cooking. There are other lower priced units, however, we were just not too sure about them based on pro-barbecuer reviews. You see, temperature control is the key. Without being able to keep a steady temperature over long periods of times, it can just ruin a what could have been a great meal.
The KamadoJoe had high marks for keep great temperature, customer support, and how it came with all you needed to get cooking. The Large Green Egg for example, which is the size of the Classic KamadoJoe, is $880 plus you need the stand, and sides, the heat deflector, etc. with each item adding to the cost and putting you well above the cost of the Joe.
Ok, here’s the catch for RV’ers. These things, being all ceramic, are NOT light. Nope, our Classic KamadoJoe weighs in at a whopping 188 lbs! So, needless to say, ours is not something that will be traveling with us. It will stay behind at Southwoods RV Resort on our lot when we travel. We surely will miss it and may need to get the travel size KamadoJoe Jr. we can carry in our bay, as well as be able to lift. With that said however we do have friends that have a medium Green Egg and it does go with them in their Tiffin Allegro Bus 45LP. I give him a lot of credit, as it is not small and not light at 113 lbs, so it is something to deal with in a cargo bay.
He also gets the credit for turning us on to cooking on a Kamado having cooked for us three times over a week making ribs and hamburgers. It was his ribs that got us hooked as we love us some ribs! I did not mention his name as he seems to hate that….So lets just call him “Jim”. Thanks Jim.
So, what does one do when they end up buying one? For us, it was to smoke us some RIBS! How did it go for our first time? Well let us show you with some photos.
Note…If you are not a meat eater…you can stop reading here. :)
First we started off with a rack of pork ribs and rubbed yellow mustard that would be used as a binder to help the spice rub keep in place. Interesting that you can not taste the mustard in the end.
We did the rub the night before so the ribs would really soak it in. We wrapped it in aluminum foil and put it back in the fridge. The next day at about 11 am it was time to start the Kamado to get it up to temperature. Seeing you only use all natural charcoal in it and you can not use liquids as it will hurt the ceramic, it takes about 10 minutes to get it burning. We used all natural starter wood. Close the lid and let it start to get up to the cooking temperature, in this case, 225 degrees.
Then comes the fun part (as I say using air quotes). Getting it to hold at 225 as it is a balancing act between the amount of air/oxygen you let into the bottom, and how much heat you let out of the top. So you start adjusting, and adjust, and adjust until BAM, you got it within 50 degrees on the high side. So you then lay on the ribs, and seeing they are cold, it will bring the temp down. Over the next hour you check on it to get it to the 225 degrees (or whatever you need) ever slightly adjusting the air flow and heat loss. At some time within that hour, you will get a lock on your cooking temp. At that point you just let it be and check on the temperature now and again and you DO NOT open that lid. For as they say, “If your look’in, your not cook’in.” So there it stood for the next 4 hours until it was finely time to take a look!!!
Ta-da! Looks great! And at this point they are fully cooked. (Always check the temp though to be sure.) So what we did next was to wrap them in aluminum foil and put them back on for another one and a half hours. Why might you ask is it that we did not just dig in? That is because we wanted fall off the bone ribs. Ribs so tender that literally the bone just peels on out. So back to again adjusting to get the temp dialed in and then again we wait. One and a half hours we would know the result and we could not wait. (We were kind of hungry after smelling them all day!)
And? And? Success! The bone just peeled right out of the ribs just as we had planned it to.
And what was the result of that work and final success other than a sense of accomplishment? I think the last photo says it all. No, let me say it for you anyway…Yummmmmm!
So is it worth a $1,000 for a grill? Only you can decide that for yourself. For us, based on the above result, our answer is already a YES. We know when we had a bricks and sticks home we paid $300 for a regular gas grill and it surely does not cook like a Kamado. The next day in fact we seared one inch steaks at 650 degrees. Two minutes on one side, three on the other and BAM, steakhouse steak complete with that rustic taste you get with all natural wood charcoal. We see many years of great cooking ahead!
Lastly we again wanted to thank Jim, oh…I’m sorry, I meant “Jim”, for the help he gave me in learning on how to dial in the right temp.