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Trailer Mod — Dinette Becomes Couch — Shazam!

September 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Our Cabin On Wheels - The Fun Finder X 189FBR Some folks asked me to describe a modification that I made to our trailer. After a few trips, it became clear (to me) that our floorplan wasn’t optimal for our use. The pictures below, from another Fun Finder 189 FBR, with the “endless red” color plan, illustrate the standard setup. Although DW accused me of wanting to “tear our new trailer apart,” my goal was more constructive. The floorplan for the 189 FBR included a dinette with benches facing each other across a foldable table that can be dropped into a lower position to create a 30″ wide bed. When set up as a dinette, very little space was left between the edge of the table and the front of the kitchen sink; our “hallway.” It was a squeeze for the two of us to pass by. The other problem with the factory setup is that there is nowhere to relax and watch the TV that is mounted above the rear end closet. You have to either lie on the bed or sit... [Read more...]

Looking For Fun with the Fun Finder

September 21, 2011 by · 10 Comments 

How did we select our current RV? Well, I’d like to report that we had unlimited funds and time to select nothing but the very best that satisfied our every whim and need. I’d like to tell you that, but it wouldn’t be true. Instead, I’ll tell you what is probably a common story. We had camped for many years while the kids were growing up. But, as time went on, life began to interfere. Promotions, transfers, tuition, mortgages; all added up to lots of responsibility and outgo; as opposed to income. We dreamed of an early retirement and an upgrade to a class A motorhome that we would tour the country with. Years went by and vacations became less frequent (After all, ambitious people don’t actually take vacations, do they?). After a while, any trips we took were of the hotel variety. Our dream had started to fade as I chased after the corporate brass ring. I’m not going to complain; at least not too much. I got to travel the world, staying in fine hotels and, in general, enjoying... [Read more...]

Which RV did we picked and Why we chose this one?

September 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Which RV did we picked and Why we chose this one?

As a member of the blogging team of Woodall’s, I have to blog about specific theme every once in a while. This week, we have to blog about our RV and why we have chosen this one in particular. Our Travel Trailer When we first started to look at RVs, we had a pop-up trailer. But we wanted more functionality while camping like a shower and bathroom for example. So every once in a while we looked at the RVs. We knew that we wanted the flexibility of travelling for our family. In 2007, after talking with a salesperson at an RV store in our city, we purchased a Jay Feather model 30U by Jayco. Why this one in particular? Because it is light and we can go on trips with the whole family. Back when we chose this model we had three kids and we thought that we might have another one – we loved the fact that there were two bunk beds in the back. There was an pull-out for extra room in the kitchen/living room area and there was a bathroom! Our RV when we picked it up back... [Read more...]

When you’re too chicken to paint…

September 15, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

When you’re too chicken to paint…

One of the things that I have wanted to do since going fulltime 2 years ago, has been to decorate the rv.  Now, I’m really not opposed to the neutral color scheme that each of our rvs has come with, but to leave them totally unaltered has seemed somewhat impersonal for our ‘home’.  I know lots of other families on the road that have been brave enough to paint their rvs, and while I have loved every color scheme that I have watched unfold on their blogs, it just has never given me enough courage to take the plunge and pick up the brush.  I love the trendy colors that I have been seeing, and even having the process laid out for me in pictures hasn’t overcome the fear that I will regret starting the never-ending ‘updating’ painting in our rig.  So, being a more timid interior decorator when it comes to our rv, we have gone the safe route… and have loved every bit of it!  When it comes to decorating that goes a bit beyond the towels and rug that... [Read more...]

LED The Way

September 7, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

LED The Way

LED’s or Light Emitting Diodes are leading the way in energy efficient RV lighting. Converting your existing energy wasting incandescent RV lighting to LED’s makes sense and is now relatively inexpensive – and easy!. RVs typically come from the factory with 12-volt automotive type filament lamps, halogen, or florescent lighting. The automotive type lamps produce more heat than light, wasting as much as 90% of the electrical energy required. Halogen lamps provide more light, but still produce a tremendous amount of heat in the process. Florescent lamps are the lowest consumers of energy, but the voltage converters required for fluorescents to operate off of 12-volts are not extremely efficient. So, why should you care about the efficiency of your 12-volt RV lighting? 24 SMD replacement wafer for G8 hallogen bulbs The number one reason is the amount of current drawn from your RV batteries.  If you are off-grid, conventional lighting can quickly discharge your batteries.  Converting... [Read more...]

Teardrop Revival

August 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Teardrop Revival

Earlier this year I reported that demand for the small and compact teardrop trailer had increased resulting in a recent upswing in sales.  I further reported that homemade teardrop trailers were making a comeback. Joe and Leslie Kosareff prepare dinner during an overnight camping trip with a teardrop trailer at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, near Kenwood, California. (Credit: Christopher Chung/The Press Democrat) Today I report on a manufacturer of custom built teardrop trailers. When Joe and Leslie Kosareff pull into a campground, fellow campers just can’t seem to resist their little tin can of a trailer. With its pudgy little teardrop-shaped body set low on two white sidewall tires, and measuring a mere 9 feet long by 4½ feet wide, it is the anti-RV. As reported by the Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California, there is just enough space for two people to cuddle up inside at night and cook out during the day from a rear hatch. What the Kosareffs’ trailer lacks in amenities it makes... [Read more...]

DON’T BECOME A VICTIM OF RV LOCK-IN (or, how to fix an important safety fault.)

August 12, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

DON’T BECOME A VICTIM OF RV LOCK-IN (or, how to fix an important safety fault.)

We had pulled into a rest area/welcome station just across the state line.  Due to our RV’s longer length, we had to park with the big trucks. While Nancy took Oscar for his walk, I popped into the camper to complete a quick check of the contents then closed the door and headed to the Men’s rest room. Upon returning to the truck, I saw Oscar sitting in the front seat looking out the window.  The assist handle next to the camper’s only door was jutting out in the open position. Figuring that I had neglected to move the handle in to the transport position, I snapped it back in front of the camper door and made myself comfortable in the driver’s seat of the truck, all the time assuming Nancy had left Oscar in the truck and made a visit to the Lady’s rest room. An unusually long period of time had passed and I was getting worried about Nancy.  Then, a trucker rapped on my door indicating for me to roll down my window.  He looked up and said, “Hey, mister, your wife is locked... [Read more...]

Modifying our bathroom – a review for Extend-A-Shower

August 8, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Modifying our bathroom – a review for Extend-A-Shower

RV Extend-A-Shower Created by Stromberg Carlson Products Inc. About the product Enjoy the comfort and privacy of your RV’s shower with Extend-A-Shower. Extend-A-Shower creates more room in your RV’s shower so you won’t need to run to the public showers anymore. When not in use it folds out of the way with no tools required. To fold in or out, simply move the main bar to one side, swing one leg in or out, move the bar to the other side and position the other leg. Fits shower stalls 35″- 42″ wide Pivots into your shower stall when not needed. Can be used to drip dry laundry over your shower basin. Our Thoughts We always found that our bathroom in our RV was small. And we wished that there was a way to have the area feel bigger at times. One day while looking into an RV magazine, I saw the Extend-A-Shower product being announced. Being a reviewer, I decided to email the company behind this intriguing product to see if we could review one. They... [Read more...]

RVng, A Great Way To Make New BFFs

July 20, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

I just finished reading a book about time travel. The lead character finds himself in the early 1900s in New York City. He finds a more optimistic and open society. People were less suspicious of each other; worrying less about someone else’s ulterior motives and hidden agendas than just being hospitable. It made me think about how nice it would be if the world were more like that. My story this week is about our RV trip out West and the seven days we spent with a family we had never met before who opened their home and lives to us. They live on a picturesque hobby farm in the beautiful state of Washington, with a picture postcard view of Mount Rainer. But first, we had to get there. By the first of the year, 2010, all of our belongings were in storage. We spent the first several months RVng around Florida, our home state for the past 15 years. We visited a lot of the places we had always wanted to see and said our goodbyes to family and friends. By May, we had reached Florida’s... [Read more...]

Working From Your RV: Step One–Building an RV Office

June 2, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

Working From Your RV: Step One–Building an RV Office

If you are an RV owner, finding a way to balance relaxation time with work time is actually much easier than you may realize. One of the beauties of owning an RV is the ability to have a mobile office AND enjoy a  good ol’ American road trip Constructing a home office in your RV is the means for accomplishing such a task and believe it or not, is a very real possibility with a little creativity and elbow grease. Not only that, but you can also build an office which is comfortable as well as functional. Where Do I Start? It depends. For those individuals looking to do a little casual office work while traveling, a simple recliner and lap tray for your computer can go a long way. However, if you’re the type of traveler looking to build an actual dedicated home office, here are a few tips I’ve found after spending countless hours scouring RV forums. -          A majority of RVs usually come with some sort of dining table. With that said, many travelers don’t necessarily eat... [Read more...]

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