Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 19, 20 and 21, 2017 (KOA at Sam's Town, Las Vegas, NV)

Thursday morning Steve got to the task of calling repair companies regarding our leaky shower stall. He initially wanted a plumber with a bore scope camera to come out in an attempt to find the leak. None of the RV facilities seemed to have one and had recommended a plumber. He even tried bath and kitchen reno companies. He quickly grew extremely frustrated as all companies he called would have nothing to do with an RV.

Going back to a search for a mobile RV repair company, he finally found one with good reviews who said they had a camera. Happy Hals Mobile RV Repair would be able to come out tomorrow afternoon between noon and 3....yay! finally!

With that taken care of, time to carry on with the rest of the day...mainly shopping! We started off by heading to the nearest Verizon dealer which happened to be just over 2 miles away at Go Wireless on Flamingo Road. Although we were there quite awhile, I must give a "shout out" to Eric for all the work he did for us. I had closed my account down last spring when we returned to Canada. We were no longer able to suspend our account for the 6 months we wouldn't be using it...or should I say, you can suspend it but you still had to pay your monthly bills. That wasn't going to happen, so I closed it but I had a $125 credit. After a lot of  on-line "chats" with Verizon, they were unable to mail a cheque to Canada but our credit would be available once we returned to the US and could provide them with an address to mail the cheque to. Well, I wanted to have that credit applied to a new account and after spending a lot of time on the phone with Verizon, Eric was successful in taking care of my request. I don't know how long we were least an hour...but we left with a new account opened, the $125 credit applied to it and our Verizon Jetpak activated. Thank you so much, Eric! Such a great experience when you get excellent customer service!

Next stop was Costco...where we started with lunch. After stocking up there, we had one final stop at Walmart, across the street from Sam's Town.

Once home and with the groceries all put away, it was time to relax outside in the shade with an adult beverage! the warmth...
Friday we basically hung around the rig all day. Steve had hundreds of pictures from our Capitol Reef NP visit to go through so that I could get working on blog updates. Come noon we started "waiting patiently" for a call from Jim (mobile RV tech) who was supposed to call when he was on his way.

By 3:00 when we had had no phone call and no Jim, our patience was wearing thin. Steve called and only to get voicemail...that said for faster response, leave a text. So he did. No response, no phone call.

Jim finally arrived at 4:00...with no camera. Steve went over everything that has been done. Jim decided to have another look at the taps, taking them off. leaks there. About a half hour later, he left to go back to the shop and pick up the camera..."it's not far, I'll be right back", were his last words.

As time marched on and he didn't return, we started getting madder and madder. We sat outside having a "not so happy" happy hour, watching hopefully each time a truck came into the park. We had totally given up hope and gone inside to get dinner going when Jim was after 6:30!

He said he and the owner had discussed our situation and they came to the conclusion that there had to be a hairline crack in the shower pan. And guess what, he immediately took a look at the shower floor and said "there it is". Neither Steve nor I could "see" it ...but it did make sense that there must be one there somewhere. Of course, it was now Friday night and a weekend...he said he would start checking around on Monday for a new shower pan.

Saturday morning I worked on a blog while Steve decided to take a magnifying glass and flashlight into the shower and see if he could find a hairline crack. There was no crack where Jim said he found one, but after much searching, Steve found it. Now that we know where it is, it's amazing we and three RV techs never noticed it looks so obvious! However when you stand back it's not that noticeable.
At 4:00 we wandered over to the store to find out about the happy hour drink specials for their RV guests. We were given a card to show at the Ram's Head Bar for half price drinks between 4:00 and over we went to the casino for happy hour!
Sam's Town is huge but we finally found the Ram's Head Bar...
...and took a table overlooking the big rock wall water display.

Apparently there is a show here...we didn't think we would still be here at the next showtime (6pm) but we got chatting to a fellow (also staying at the RV park) and next thing we knew, Jim from South Carolina had joined us at our table. After getting to know one another he said that he had property plenty big enough to park our rig if we were ever in his area. Sweet! 

And then the show started.
The Owl, Cougar, Eagle, Wolf and Bear were all animated...

The Wolf only comes out at showtime...

We had a great time chatting with our new friend and then we said goodnight to him and headed off to find the buffet for dinner. I had picked up a "B Connected" casino card and one of the perks is a discount at the buffet, so instead of $15.99, we paid $9.99 each. The special tonight was Prime Rib.

After eating too much (as usual at a buffet), it was time waddle home.

On the way out, I thought I'd try my luck out at a slot, throwing in $5. Well, I won enough to pay for our drinks and dinner...nice!

 The Eastside Cannery Casino is next door to the KOA and is lit up at night time...the lights are constantly changing colour...

Great end to the day!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (Travel to Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town, Las Vegas, NV)

We only had a couple of hour to Vegas today, so we weren't in any hurry. After getting everything packed up, we left the slides until our return, and went for a walk around the campground. This picture overlooks the picnic area below and I-15 that we will be taking...
Our aim was to leave at 11:00 which would get us to Sam's Town by the 1:00 check-in time. However, for some reason I got my time zones all mixed up...going from Utah, to Arizona and finally Nevada. It was actually 10:00 when we pulled out of Virgin River Canyon campground.

We continued on I-15 through the Virgin River Canyon. It's pretty cloudy out today...too bad, the pictures would be so much nicer with a blue sky backdrop!

Nonetheless, the drive through the canyon is beautiful...with lots of twists and turns!

There's the Virgin River down there...
We just exited the canyon...

They make very attractive looking overpasses down here... can barely see Vegas through the smog...
We arrived at Las Vegas KOA Sam's Town a few minutes after noon...sure hope we're not too early to check-in. We weren't the only ones in the line up to register so that was a good sign!
We went into the office to register and waited our turn...we were assigned site 312, a 70 foot long pull through. An interesting side-note...yesterday when I called, I was told they only had one 40 foot site left. She didn't make it sound like we would fit, so I wanted to check our blog from last time we were here (March 2012). Sure enough, we were in a 40 foot site then but had to park the truck sideways in front of the trailer. It was part-way on the road but the road is wide, so it didn't seem to be an issue. When I called back to reserve, I got a different person who had no problem finding us a 70 foot site for us.

The only thing we don't really like is the setup of the's not bad if you are travelling with friends because your trailer entrances face each other. This wasn't too bad, though, at least there is a divider with a tree between us and our neighbours. For some reason they parked away from their services which placed them closer to us. (the rig on the left)...sheesh!

After getting all set up, Steve spent the rest of the afternoon researching plumbers in the area in preparation for calling in the morning.