Night at Walmart

This parking lot was the same parking lot we stayed at when we picked up the RV, we slept our first night in the RV here. We pulled in around 6:30 last night and the parking lot was already full of RVs, and semi’s. We were able to find a spot, and got to hang out and talk with a few of the truck drivers. Next stop a Ghost town.

At 8 last night we decided we wanted to go out and eat.. But soon we found out that it wasn’t an easy task, We looked up places within walking distance, checked closing times, after some debate, it was decided we’d go to #IHOP closing time 10 Pm. We walked (Got there at 9:10pm) over to only get denied service as the employee stated they were closed. Even though on their door it states 10 pm, all lights were on. IHOP Restaurant

Overnight Parking at Walmart

Tonight we’ll be docking here at Walmart . Since we spent all day yesterday working on the slide we weren’t able to take the Diamond mine tour. We had reservations today at THOR Elite Firing Range and Gun Club but they where nice enough to let us come tomorrow instead.

Our plan was to stay tonight at the state park, but our site had been reserved, so instead of packing just to move to another spot we decided to head out. We did get to take the tour today and enjoyed some diamond mining. We did find a little piece not sure if it’s diamond or not but it’s cool either way ☺️.

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RV Issues

Made it back home.. But not without some drama. In the video you can see why.. While following behind the Beast I noticed smoke, first I had hoped it was spilled oil or something, as was coming from center and not the exhaust.. I figured if it was coolant or oil Brent would know as the gauges would show it getting warm or oil level dropping.

Just as I decided to call him and inform him of the smoke another Class A he was following pulled off onto the shoulder. I figured they where the ones smoking.. The smoke stopped or slowed down enough that wasn’t noticable.. We got to Walmart (Where we had planned to stop), I see smoke or steam (wasn’t sure which one) coming from the hood.. So I asked Brent is it running hot? He stated no all gauges look good. So we start inspecting and found the culprit. We were leaking tranny fluid from the transmission gasket.. After a call and run back to Albuquerque Statkus Engines Service Center replaced the gasket at their cost 珞 and so far all is good, we thank them!!

If I hadn’t been following behind in the car would we had noticed this issue in time? I’d hope we notice the smoke when we parked.

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Overnight Parking at Walmart

We had one of our dually tires go flat on us on the Beast (Class A). We made an appointment at Big Os to get it fixed (Thinking something is wrong with the valvestem). Only time they had room was 9 in the morning (Due to our size, we take up most of their parking lot).

Not being a simple task to get the Beast through the Mesa roads, we decided to go the night before and dry dock at Walmart, like we’ve done a few times before.

We get into Walmart at 3 PM, find a parking spot and park. It’s cooler outside than inside the Rv so we all go outside sit, sitting on the steps, ground (No chairs). Security Guard drives pass us many times. 5 pm Brent and I go get something to eat to bring back from local restaurant, again the Security drives passed us walking. 7 PM we head into Walmart to get our much needed groceries all $150 worth of groceries and few other things. On our way out we see the Security guard and say hi to him.. It’s now 8:45 Sunday night most stores are closed. We’re sitting outside again to cool off after putting everything away. The Security guard stops and says “I have good news for you! We don’t allow overnight parking” Brent says “Oh we didn’t know as we’ve stayed before, only here cause we have a 9 am tire appointment” guard says ” we’re under new management, you must leave Bye Bye”, Then drives off. Why had he waited until now? Remind you it’s Sunday night, most places are closed, no truck stops near.

We head to Home Depot knowing I had called them in the past and asked if we could park overnight there and was told yes. It’s convenient as Big Os is pretty much in the parking lot. But it’s located in a much noisier location (Which is why we didn’t park there). Home Depot is closed so we have no way of asking, but we see a few trucks parked and hope we don’t get the middle of the night knock on the door, which we didn’t.

Issue with Walmart isn’t that they changed their rules, it’s why did they wait so late? The guard had many opportunities to talk to us, ask if we planned to stay overnight, been friendly about it. Weird they waited until after we spent money?

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Prairie Dogs at Walmart

We had hopes of starting phase one build of the solar. But to start we need a clear day (to run power tools on the small solar, or generator) without rain. The weather shows rain for the next few days. We headed to town get few things at #walmart, while there we seen these couple of Prairie Dogs! #prairiedogs #cuteness #newmexico #Belen #artoftinyliving #plateauhamedecolquhoun #modernpioneerism

Made it!!

Made it to New Mexico! We’re boondocking at Walmart for the night. Even though only 15 miles from our property. In the morning we’ll head to storage and unload most of the trailer. We don’t want to go to the property with a heavy load of less immediate use items.

We’ll be uploading a new video soon!

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