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Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Lose 55 pounds in ten minutes for $149.00

January 16, 2011 by · 13 Comments 

See the Nook? Would you like to lose, say, 55 pounds or more,  in 10 minutes for only $149?  I did it, by getting a Nook e reader. Ok, the pounds I lost weren’t human flesh  (apologies those of us trying to lose ballast); they’re dead weight and space wasters in RV’s, tents, or homes and are known as “books.” I know, I know…books are lovely in homes but if you’re downsizing to a condo, 5th wheel,  or cardboard box, think about it. I’m a maniacal reader. To the point of insanity. In addition to pleasure reading like a fool, reading has always been integral to my teaching and writing careers. Reading is my hobby, my joy,  my career (when not writing), and my friend. In truth, my love of reading is central to who I am. So, the thought of giving up or not having access to my zillions of books while camping or RVing  was totally out of the question. Then I realized, it’s not about the books…it’s about reading. And that’s when my brilliant husband... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Downsizing Christmas to an RV

December 12, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Downsizing Christmas to an RV

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Downsizing Christmas to an RV We’re giving away or selling darn near everything, right at Christmas time.  Our goal is to sell the house (yes, you nay-sayers, houses on our street have been selling!), hit the road when the weather warms, and head to Montana and Canada for a few months. No since leaving Arizona now, wouldn’t you agree? When things gets grey, cold, and harsh up north, we’ll head south. Right now, we’re in “downsizing to an RV” mode. We have four adult children (three with spouses) , one who thinks he’s an adult, and five grandchildren. That’s a lot of past Christmas stuff. In a previous Woodall’s blog I addressed the emotional realities of giving away our things. Check out “Why We’re Morphing into Snowbirds” for the gory details. But now, we’re actually doing it, giving away our stuff. Watching it leave the house. Exchanging it for ‘filthy lucre’, as they said in my high school Latin class. And how am I handling... [Read more...]

Camping Ideas for Santa

November 28, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Camping Ideas for Santa

Continuing on my holiday shopping theme, I’d like to offer a few Christmas gift ideas for the avid camper and RVer. My husband and I really enjoy receiving something for Christmas that reminds us of our travels in the past and suggests new adventures and destinations in our future. Again, it gives us that vacation feeling all year long. Here are a few ideas to get you started in a variety of price ranges: Power Inverter—This very handy item converts DC power to AC. It plugs into any car power outlet, such as the cigarette lighter,  so you can charge cell phones, IPods, netbooks, laptops, etc. while you are driving even if you are camping without electricity. Toiletry Bag/Personal Organizer—My husband bought me one of these several years ago and I would not be without it when traveling. He purchased this one from LLBean. It has a wonderful hinged design and a built-in hook that allows you to hang it anywhere, from shower and towel rods to... [Read more...]

Hunting For Alternative Accommodations

November 6, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

Hunting For Alternative Accommodations

When my husband and I first started camping as a family, one of the first things we did was rent a platform tent in Washington’s Dosewallips State Park. We only had two children at the time. Our daughter was about 2 1/2 years old. Our son, who is now a teenager, was merely five months old. I was still treading into camping rather gingerly and this seemed like a great way to get my toes wet. I had been doing some research and heard that yurts, rustic cabins, and platform tents were becoming very popular. I had also learned that Washington State was just developing their alternative camping accommodations. Oregon State Parks, on the other hand, had been building their alternative accommodations for some time. They were proving to be wildly popular. Intuitively, I knew it made sense to give these alternative accommodations a try. Even though my hubby had camped quite a bit, I had not. I was a bit overwhelmed by the thought of packing tents, poles, cookware, diapers, binkies, and bottles.... [Read more...]

Reducing Kitchen Clutter

September 30, 2010 by · 12 Comments 

Reducing Kitchen Clutter

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dana T’s recent blog on RV Kitchen Organization. So much so, that I cannot resist the temptation to slip in behind her excellent ideas and add some of our own. Dana’s family and mine live in significantly different RV environments.  First, it is normally just Nancy, me and Oscar in the RV – that is unless we are taking grandkids along too.  Second, we are not full-timers and third we have a little more living space since our fifth wheel is not a toy hauler. But, more living space does not necessarily translate to a larger kitchen or more storage space.  The only thing we really gain is room for more furniture and dirt. RV kitchens are, well, RV kitchens.  They are typically small, use downsized appliances and never have enough cabinet space.  They provide a really good reason for cooking outdoors on the grill! Dana’s comment on, “If you don’t use it, toss it” is so true.  For years we hauled hundreds of pounds of stuff – stuff like waffle... [Read more...]

Kitchen Organization in your RV…

September 29, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Kitchen Organization in your RV…

Preparing meals for 13 people in an rv isn’t always (maybe never) easy.  But, while cooking in an rv, whether you have 11 kids or 2, isn’t a cake walk, finding room for all the groceries can be much more challenging than preparing them!  We have found a few ways to save on space, and I am sharing them hoping that this post may give you some good ideas if you find yourself stretched for kitchen space also!   Knife magnet – OK, you may be hearing about this one forever, but the knife magnet my son installed behind the stove top is one of my favorite additions to the TH ever!  Our knives are now easy to access, and, best of all, they aren’t taking up drawer space!  I also like to keep on hand chip clips that have magnets on the back; these hang nicely on the side of the oven vent, and again, no wasted space. Spice racks – another item that my DH installed for me is a spice rack.  Just a simple, coated, two-tiered rack that I picked... [Read more...]

Creating useable bathroom space (part 2)…

July 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Creating useable bathroom space (part 2)…

Having a large family, I am, by necessity, a stockpiler.  I tend to (and like to) have on hand multiples of anything that I may want.  This mindset extends to all areas of supplying my home, including the bathroom.  It is a mindset that I am having a difficult time aligning with my rv addiction.    Though I think that our toy hauler’s bathroom is quite large for an rv, it is still very small in comparison to the same in a sticks & bricks.  I thought that I would share a couple of the ways that we have utilized the available space in this room.   This post is actually inspired by a set of shelves that I found last week at Target.        Since most rv sinks are set in an open cupboard, with the plumbing making a mess of the upper available space, I was tickled when I saw this tension shelf!  It is made up of 2 tension rods and 5 snap-in shelf platforms.  After setting the 2 tension rods at the height that you would like your shelf, you then set... [Read more...]

Creating useable space in the bathroom…

July 20, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Creating useable space in the bathroom…

Having a large family, it is somewhat difficult to find a place for everyone to put their ‘stuff’.  This is especially true in the toy hauler’s bathroom!     I thought that I would share with you my favorite tool on my quest to get the bathroom organized; my over the door shoe organizer – which is not over the door.  I took a full sized organizer (found at WalMart, I think), trimmed it down to the size that I wanted, and sewed under the rough edges (I just took off some length by cutting it about a half inch below the last row I wanted intact, ironed it under, and zig-zag stitched on top of the trim – looks like I bought it that way!).  Instead of using the over the door bracket that came with the organizer, my son took some washers and screws and attached the organizer to the wall (he did it at the top of the wall to make sure the screws grabbed backing for support).  You could easily cover the screws with ribbon or wooden trim if you... [Read more...]

RANDY’S RAMBLINS – Dutch Oven, Woodall’s Books, Combo W/D, Electrical Connections

June 12, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

RANDY’S RAMBLINS – Dutch Oven, Woodall’s Books, Combo W/D, Electrical Connections

My last blog, Campsite Style Gourmet Cookin’, brought more e-mail and comments than any I have recently written.  Without a doubt, the Dutch oven is one of the favorite campsite cooking utensils of all campers.  Nancy and I are growing to love it more and more and are finding that it is also useful over a gas grill or on a gas stovetop – of course you can’t stack coals on the lid with a gas grill but it does provide all-around cooking if you put the grill on low and close the lid over the Dutch oven. Speaking of e-mail and comments — I have duly noted a hesitancy of readers for all of the blogs to post comments on this site.  Instead – at least for my postings — they elect to click on the forum button at the top of the page and write to me via my “Private Mail” on the Woodall’s or RV.net forum.  I realize this is more personal and private but many of the e-mails would be nice to have posted for all to ponder or enjoy. Did you know that Woodall’s has books? ... [Read more...]

Kitchen mods make life easier!

May 14, 2010 by · 16 Comments 

Kitchen mods make life easier!

To date, we have owned 2 different rvs – the first was a 30′ bunkhouse travel trailer that we used and enjoyed for 5 years, and currently we have a 40′ Wide Open toy hauler.  I have loved both of our rvs, but there were a few things about them that frustrated me.  My main complaint was that while both of them came with an ample amount of cupboards, none of those cupboards came with shelves in them. In the kitchen, this made for an organizational nightmare!  In an attempt to utilize the space as best I could (with minimal amount of effort), I used stackable wire shelves to help organize the kitchen cupboards.  While this was much better than nothing, these standing shelves would sometimes shift while driving and the contents stacked on them would then fall out when the cupboard was first opened.  Plus, the modulars didn’t fit the cupboards very well which resulted in wasted space.  With cupboard space limited as it is, every inch counts; I needed a better... [Read more...]

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