Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Designing a kayak rack for the back of the truck

Getting ready to build a kayak rack for the back of the truck. Don't know why this is so intimidating, except the fact that we drive about 70 miles an hour and I'm afraid it may fly apart and kill someone behind us.


UPDATE: BUILT THE KAYAK RACK! SEE THE TUTORIAL HERE

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Dishes for the Camper! Yay!

Ok ya'll I have to share this! I am excited! By what you ask? Well, I have been married to my dear hubby for 10 years, and our camping dishes have been old Corelle from his, um, previous spouse. Which were ugly enough that she left them behind when she cleaned him out. So, being the type of person who says "THINGS don't matter" I've lived with the ugly dishes, quietly (well, mostly quietly, although I have my moments)

Well - NO MORE! Today we bought a brand new set of really pretty Corelle dishes in preparation for our big migration to Niagra Falls in the camper. (no, I have not finished repairing the window under the sink, but it was nice of you to ask) Dishes are important too, you know.


Aren't they pretty? They're called Midnight Garden
They came today, and I can't wait to donate the others to Goodwill and they can grace someone else's camper. 

What do you use in your camper? 

Now, get off the computer and go outside! Life's better outside!

Liz

Monday, May 04, 2015

New Camper Window! aka blown tire (np)

Hubby and I took the camper out to test all my 'improvements' and I'm happy to say that everything worked! Most were even better than I thought they would be!! Whoo hoo! This is not always the case with ideas I get in the middle of the night LOL



So, now that they've been road tested, I will start posting more photos and some tutorials of how I made them.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

8 Feet of Storage in 10 1/2 Inches

Build a rolling Storage Trolley Use all the space in your small space!

Okay, there is now about 11 inches between the arm of the couch and the bed. This is a major improvement, the dinette used to be flush against the edge of the bed which meant all four corners of the mattress had walls on them. It was so horrible to make up that bed!

I designed a shelf that is 10 and a half inches wide, 24 inches deep and the height of a dining table.

Build a rolling Storage Trolley Use all the space in your small space!

UPDATE - FULL TUTORIAL HERE

The shelf fits neatly between the couch and bed, and is on wheels. I can roll it out to make changing the sheets or just making up the bed so much easier! I guess I have no more excuses.

It adds 6 linear feet of new storage for things that used to sit on top of the dinette table.  The top is actually in 2 pieces. A tray that fits down over the top of the shelf can be removed to use as a bed tray, or to carry items out to the picnic table. 

Build a rolling Storage Trolley Use all the space in your small space!

I've designed a bracket system to build onto the top shelf it will allow the tray to sit flush with the top of the shelf and create a table that is approximately 24 by 22. I'll have pictures and a tutorial up soon!

Build a rolling Storage Trolley Use all the space in your small space!

Update: We did use the table a couple times, but then my wonderful daughter-in-law gave us a Lifetime 'Personal Table' that is PERFECT! 

Build a rolling Storage Trolley Use all the space in your small space!

It adjusts in height from 22" to 28" and we can use it outside. It folds flat and stores in our tiny shower when we are on the road.  Between the 'Personal Table' and the larger adjustable table, I am a huge fan of Lifetime products. And they're made in America!! (Those two links will bring you to the info page about the products, and they are affiliate links, so I get a few pennys when you buy one - thanks LOL)

The larger table has the advantage of going from coffee-table height to counter-height! We use it outside the camper as an extra counter for preparing food or just a place to keep things off the ground. 

Now Go Play Outside!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Storing Pot and Pan Lids! And Adding Chalkboards

I've made a few simple changes to the camper already - here's an easy way to store the lids for pots & pans -

Organize your pot lids with this easy tutorial

The racks are made with two uprights and

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dinette Destruction!! STEP 1 Removing Camper Dinette & Building Couch with Storage Baskets

Part 1 - Replacing useless dinette with great couch and storage! Even a table system. Step two of three. Visit to see more unique ideas for small campers, rvs and tiny houses!


Part 1 - Replacing useless dinette with great couch and storage! Even a table system. Step two of three. Visit to see more unique ideas for small campers, rvs and tiny houses!

Time to get serious!  Here is the floor plan that I started with:

Part 1 - Replacing useless dinette with great couch and storage! Even a table system. Step two of three. Visit to see more unique ideas for small campers, rvs and tiny houses!

You can see how much is taken up by the dinette - so follow along as I get rid of it!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

I Can See Clearly Now! - Camper Remodel

Wow, how time flies!

The pups have all gone to their forever homes and are happily ever aftering.

You may know that I love to camp. We have a small (tiny) camper - a 2008 Fun Finder 189FBR by Cruiser RV that we bought new and have not used much at all. We probably use it a total of about 5 nights a year. Well, I am determined to change this!
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