Saturday, December 31, 2022

6 out of 7.......

 6:28 am - Saturday - New Years Eve - GNHS - 49° F, 100% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the southeast......partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 63° F.....chance of rain this evening.  On this date in 2015 TLE and I joined our kids out at Ocotillo Wells to ring in the New Year....that's us in the red circle......↴

What a day Friday was.....we began the day with 4 bookings....not a bad day....and then added two 'walkups' for a total of 6 rentals.....4 RZRs and 2 KRXs.....3 were all day rentals, 2 were half day, and one for 2 hours.  We opened the office at 7:30 am, and I don't think either of us stopped to take a break until after 11 am.  The 2 hour rental returned just after 12 pm, and we were once again busy for the rest of the afternoon. 

I stayed busy staging one UTV after another, and when I wasn't doing that I was reinstalling the drive belt on RZR #4 so we could rent it, too.  It takes about 12-15 minutes to stage each must be driven to the departure area, where I check the oil levels, adding oil as needed, air pressure levels in all 5 tires, adding air when needed, make sure the dust has been blown out of each air filter, and then check to be sure each satellite tracker is working properly.  Once that is done then I must review the safety instructions with each driver, which takes another 4-5 minutes.  

On installing the new drive belt in RZR #4, I had to call Kyle for assistance after struggling for 20 minutes to do the job.  A special tool is required, which is included in the tools we were given by Bob and Casey, but it doesn't work very well.  Kyle has a tool he bought, which does the same thing, but is easier to use.  Once Kyle arrived with his tool it took less than 2 minutes to install the belt.  I went on Amazon and found the tool he has for $9, so I ordered it.  I need to be able to install those belts myself, as Kyle is not always available.

Once all 6 UTVs were out in the field TLE and I spent much of our time answering questions from more 'walkup' folks, and I think TLE ended up booking two of them for Saturday and Sunday.  

By 3 pm three of the rentals had returned, and by 4:30 pm all had returned.  I had the final 3 washed, fueled and put away by 5:30 pm....while I washed, TLE drove them down to the fuel station, otherwise I would not have finished until closer to 6....thank you TLE!

As I type I know that all 7 of our UTVs are booked for today, Saturday, and we both know it will be another very busy day.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. It is that time of year. And in the park here at Quartzsite, transients are coming in and out daily. Once January 10th arrives, this park is full and will remain so until the 28th when it will thin out again.
    Happy New Year!


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