Thursday, May 02, 2019

Protect Your Glass Doors


I was on a forum and someone was showing a complicated way they pad all their glassware and dishes before moving the trailer. Hah! I thought to myself, I am more clever than that! I don't have to do anything before we move because everything is arranged nicely in the shelves and stays put!  

Then I saw a conversation about the damage to the glass doors from the items rubbing on them during travel. Hmmm, this might be an issue. Sure enough, when I opened the cabinets, I could see a couple small areas where the dishes had rubbed on the glass and damaged some of the frosted pattern. I have no idea whether the frost is really etched or just a sprayed on finish. It really doesn't matter at this point, either way, there's damage.

Well.... do I want to spend an hour getting my camper ready to move every time we change location? That's an easy question - NO - NO I DO NOT - I spend a lot of time and effort designing storage systems so that we pretty much lift anchor and sail away without a lot of prep (to mangle a metaphor or two)

So, what to do?


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Stop the Draft From Coming in Through the Exhaust Vent



The wind is really whipping out here. I tend to leave my exterior vent flap open so that when I use the stove I do not have to go out to open it or close it after dark, or in the rain, or when it's cold, or when it's hot, You get the idea. There is a lot of cold draft coming in through the exhaust vent today. I have noticed that in the summer, hot air comes through it too.  Actually, in Texas the wind is so strong that it comes through the vent even when it's closed sometimes.

Being the 'crafty' sort, I pulled out my sewing machine and fabric and started to make a cover for the vent. Suddenly it struck me - there's a MUCH simpler way! It works better too!

Want to know what it is?

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Tips for Installing a Slim Shade in Your RV - I Can See Clearly Now!


I just discovered this great replacement window for an RV or Trailer!  I've always hated the opaque window in the door. I saw this window and had to get it!

If you have a window with no visible screws on the interior trim, I have a way to remove it easily with no damage. 

There are also some hints I've discovered to make the installation a LOT easier, including how to remove an RV or Trailer window that has no screws. I thought I'd share them here. Hope they're helpful!

DIY Window Bird Feeder for Our Fine Feathered Friends!



This is going to make you smack your forehead.

I was sitting in my new travel trailer that has a lot of windows, watching the birds and wishing I had a window bird feeder. So, I designed and built a nice wooden one, based on one I had seen years ago. It's nice, but it takes time, materials and woodworking skills to make it.  It also takes up a lot of room in my tiny house. 


One day as I was walking through Dollar Tree, I saw something . . . 

Friday, April 05, 2019

Don't Let the Screen Door Hit You ...

We recently moved from our wonderful little Fun Finder 189FBR to a beautiful new Grand Design Imagine XLS 19RLE. It's about 4 feet longer than the Fun Finder, but it's amazing how much they've managed to fit into the space! And best of all, it has REAR WINDOWS! Beautiful rear windows!


 I don't want to say we 'upgraded' to the Grand Design because our Fun Finder was an amazing camper and we had wonderful times! But we are now full-time in under 20' and I wanted a couple things - windows in the rear! The ability for my husband to stand up everywhere in the camper, and a bigger bathroom. This camper has all this and more.  But enough about my new camping trailer! This post is to share a mod I did to my screen door to make it more user friendly.

Ok, yeah, I know I should do a better job with photos, but hey, I just wanted to share this with you before it starts raining :)

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Level Up!! Two Great Products to Make Setting Up Your Trailer / Fifth Wheel / RV A Lot Easier!

Since we are now full-time, I thought we should splurge and get a few things to make our life easier! Our trailer does not have automatic levelers. We read about Anderson Levelers and The LevelMatePRO on a number of blogs and comments, so we have just ordered these! They are the closest thing to having an automatic level system!

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.These things will make setting up so simple - here's how!

Sunday, March 03, 2019

How to Sew an RV / Trailer Spare Tire Cover for less than $10 Tutorial


It has been a long year already. We sold our 3,000 s.f. house in November, sold some stuff and packed up everything else and put it in storage, bought a brand new Grand Design Imagine 19RLE travel trailer, drove to California (without the trailer) to visit our kids & their families, came back, tried to take some trips in the Imagine. There were quite a few, mostly small, problems! So we have been tied down, not wanting to go far from the dealer until we get the problems fixed. I am so disappointed - I was really impressed by the Grand Design reputation, but I think our trailer was assembled by squirrels.  The design and details of the trailer are AMAZING! I now have large windows on all sides in the back of the trailer. I can't wait to get to a park and have a great view! Some day we will be on the road!! Really! I believe this! It will happen!

In the interim, while we are 'yard-bound' I have done a few mods to the trailer already. I'll share them soon, but right now I want to show you how to make a really nice, very durable and inexpensive tire cover for the spare tire on your rv or trailer.

Walmart sells really nice heavy, waterproof, exterior fabric that looks like canvas. It comes in quite a few colors, I chose gray for mine. I've used it for a lot of things - carriers for beach chairs, covers for totes to waterproof them. It's fairly easy to sew, and holds up well.

The tire cover is SIMPLE! Don't be intimidated, it's really a quick and easy job. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wacky Pup Fun Finder X 189FBR for sale :(

Well, the time has come ... after some GREAT adventures and good times, we're parting with our Fun Finder X 189FBR. We have sold our house and are going full time. We decided to get a little larger one (23.5' instead of 18')


So, if you're interested, contact me, and hopefully we can work something out.

Seriously, we love this camper, it makes us sad to leave it :)

This camper has TONS of storage! Unbelievable storage!

Dual Axle
Outside Shower
New Blauplunkt Exterior Speakers
Front Window That Opens! With Rock Guard
Full Pass Through Storage
Trail-Air Suspension System
6 Gallon Dsi Electric/Gas Water Heater With Switch Inside Living Area
Large Cooking Area With Exhaust Fan
Dedicated Dog Feeding Area
Black Tank Hose Storage Two Compartments
Microwave
Large Pull-Out Spice Rack
Water Pump And Potable Water Storage For Dry Camping
E-Z Lube Axles
Dual 15-Inch Alloy Wheels
Aluminum Framing
Laminated, Gel-Coated Walls
I-Beam Frame With Corner Jacks
EDPM Rubber Roof
Carries 40 Pounds Of Lp
3-Stage Charger/Converter,
16k BTU Electric Ignition Furnace
Shur-Flo Water Pump With E-Z Wintering Kit
Large 2-Door Dometic Refrigerator/Freezer (keeps ice cream!)
Duo-Therm Brisk-Air AC

It is ready to go with all systems and appliance functional and operational. 

INTERIOR:




Good Tires
Newly sealed. 
Roof coated with Henry's Tropi-Cool last summer 
All LED Lighting
Replaced all window blinds with light-blocking, washable curtains.

COUCH: 

Truly comfortable couch with springs!
Four large storage drawers. 


Washable Slipcovers on all cushions. 



Removable Washable Cushions with separate matching slip covers
(this is the color, not the patterns shown in other photos)




Rolling Storage Trolley with Removable Serving Tray.









Individual Snack/Laptop Tables
Or Dining Table


Side Arm Snack Table 




Original floorplan - vs - New Couch & Storage Trolley floorplan



BEDROOM:

Extra storage over the bed. 
60" by 80" full size queen size memory foam mattress.

FULL DRY BATHROOM

Separate Shower controls
Six Arm Swing Out Towel/Laundry Rack


Extra-Large Mirrored Corner Cabinet. 
Hidden toilet paper storage. 
Separate shower controls. 


KITCHEN:

Residential height stainless steel kitchen sink with storage drawers. 
Very Large additional storage drawer (20"x24")
Sliding spice rack 
Pull out counter 
Room for a dishwasher
or induction stove top (possibly
included)

 




room for a dishwasher! (negotiable)

STORAGE:

Automatically latching cabinet for laptops & peripherals


Shelving accessible from wardrobe or bathroom


Wardrobe

Room for washing machine with drain or tons of clothing storage.



Sewer Line storage


Handy Black Hose Storage (2 compartments)


Comes with brand new 32" TV (24" pictured)

If the price is right, I'll even include the removable custom window awnings.



We haven't had many issues, I replaced the ac/dc converter a few years ago. I replaced the front window with one that opens and it leaks a little bit randomly. It goes for months without leaking, and if you spent some time with it I think you could figure out how to fix it. It's because it opens (great for a nice breeze) and it's on a slanted wall.

Last time I was on the roof, I put my knee through the bathroom skylight. I patched up the skylight temporarily and it doesn't leak but I will include the brand new one that I bought to replace it.

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