Lancaster & Lake Havasu City

London Bridge Locks
London Bridge Locks

The year started with a trip to Lancaster, CA in the high windy desert 70 miles north of Los Angeles. It’s not exactly the garden spot of California, but it is home of the Lance Camper factory.

Camping last year in our new 21 foot trailer.
Camping last year in our new 21 foot trailer.

Back in March we purchased a new 21 foot Lance travel trailer and some warranty repair work needed to be done.

The friendly folks at Lance Campers did a great job replacing our bathroom sink and countertop, sealing a leaky window over the bed, and adding an extra latch to a kitchen cabinet so it doesn’t pop open when we travel.

New sink installed by the Lance Camper factory.
New sink installed by the Lance Camper factory.

Lancaster, CA has the last Costco and Trader Joe’s stores that we see for awhile, so we stocked up on provisions before heading to Lake Havasu, AZ and the Xscapers RV Club Annual Bash.

The Xscapers Bash has grown a lot since we stumbled across the group outside of Quartzsite, AZ back in 2016. That year we crashed the last few days of the event which was about 50 RV’s in the desert. This year the Bash has grown to 312 rigs with more than 500 people.

The Xscapers Bash is a mix of fun events (guacamole throwdown, mac & cheese fest, music, margarita contest) and educational presentations (solar power, astronomy, RV tax issues, and more).

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, AZ.
London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Yesterday we went sight seeing in Lake Havasu City, which means going to the London Bridge. Back in 1968 the London Bridge was sold and then moved from the River Thames to the Arizona desert where part of the Colorado River was rerouted under the newly reconstructed bridge. People do seem to be attracted to the bridge — the population of Lake Havasu City has grown from around 4,000 people in 1970 to 54,000 today.