Lake Havasu was too hot for us, so we went to the Mojave Desert. Really. It was much cooler in the Mojave due to being farther north and, I think, a higher elevation.
This spot was one of my favorites. We were by ourselves a good distance from the highway. There was a town 30 minutes away and we had excellent cell phone data reception. I think that this might be a place to spend an extended amount of time in the winter.
Here we are camping near Lake Havasu, AZ. On top of the roof rack, you can see our 400 watts of solar panels. This powers all our accessories in the van including our halogen hot plate for cooking.
This is another shot of the solar panels at our home in Iowa. Next to the solar panels are the sand ladders. If I get stuck in sand, mud, or snow, I can place those under the rear wheels to (hopefully) drive myself out of any holes I’m in. They also serve as a platform to walk on the roof to check out the view or to clean the solar panels.
Here’s is the family enjoying the Grand Canyon. We didn’t spend much time there. We basically looked at it, found a campsite for the night and took off the next morning. Maybe next time we will take a hike down into the canyon, but this time we didn’t feel much like fighting the crowds.
Here are a couple of pictures of the van with the new suspension from Weldtech Designs. I had it installed in San Diego, CA when we were out there this spring (2018).
They lifted the front 3” and the rear 1.5”. Previously the back sat higher than the front, so the van is pretty much perfectly level now. It is amazing how the van rides and handles. Better in every way, both on the highway and off the beaten path.