Sherman has been parked here at Hacienda Contreras RV Park near Valle de Juarez, Jalisco, Mexico. He's been been parked here since April 1st of 2013, almost one full year without us!
He was sure happy to see us yesterday. And we were happy to see him!
Two things we were worried about...mice, and water leaks. But everything was good! Just as we had left him. No indication of either of those things. The poor guy was covered in dust though, and a lot of black steaks down the sides caused by the residue from the rubber roof.
I checked the batteries. They were fine, but are almost in need of some water. They didn't get used, and I left everything from the solar panels hooked up. No problems there. Need some air in a couple of the tires. And the engine battery was almost flat so I put a trickle charge on it last night. Hopefully it's fine.
We got everything back into place and our things put away. Sure was nice to sleep in our own place again!
Sherman needs a bath!
Covered in dust!
One of the problems is that they're doing long awaited repairs on the road out front and it's causing lots of dust. I rinsed the roof off and cleaned the solar panels, but the roof still needs a good scrub. No point in doing that here because it will just get covered again. I will do it over the next couple of weeks at some point though.
Even with that layer of dust on the panels there was still 6.0 amps going into the batteries. After cleaning them, there was 14.0 amps going in!
Kevin, scrubbing the dirt off. I purposely increased the contrast on this pic so that you could see the difference!
Only got the one side and the back done. The rest can be done today!
We enjoyed happy hour with our Hacienda Contreras friends...
From left, Jerry, Uli, Heinz, Pete, Madeline, Kevin, Ruth. Paula took the picture!
Ruth, Paula, and one of the local pets.
A little about the recent history of Hacienda Contreras...
Barb and Sal opened up this RV park about 7 years ago. Everything was going well until last year when the property next door was purchased with the intent of opening a Pemex gas station and truck stop.
Construction began, and with the noise and dust and a huge wall going up between the two properties. It wasn't what Barb and Sal had envisioned for this RV Park and there were regular squabbles between the two neighbors. Eventually, Sal told the owner of the gas station "why don't you just buy my property too?" And somewhat surprisingly, the guy made an offer that Barb and Sal couldn't refuse. Part of the deal included Barb and Sal returning as campers this year, but with the offer of helping the new owner run the park.
That obligation is now over. The Pemex gas station is nearing completion and with the noise and the lights and the huge wall separating the properties, Hacienda Contreras isn't what it used to be. There were several regulars that came back this year, but what will happen next year remains to be seen.
After the deal was made, Barb and Sal helped Sal's cousin Chema open up 10 RV sites behind his restaurant just down the road. They are full hookups, and we're going to go over there on Saturday with Sherman and test the waters for a couple of nights. We'll report back on our findings, but we have a feeling this will become our new go-to RV park in the Valle de Juarez area.