Sunday, May 31, 2020

Mooch-docking

During the CoVid-19 Pandemic, Mike and I did some mooch-docking at my brother, Scott’s house and our good friends (that became family), Keith and Susan’s home.  Mooch-docking is staying in a friend’s or family member’s driveway or on their property for a period of time.  At my brother’s we had water and house electric (15 AMP) and able to dump our tanks.  At Keith and Susan’s we had 30 AMP electric, water and able to dump tanks as needed.

Here are a few tips to help coexist and hopefully get invited again to stay…

1.       Help out.  Watch the kids while they work or when needed.  Help build a garden or greenhouse or hunting / tree stand.  Mow the lawn.

2.       Chip in.  Chip in for groceries or make dinners.

3.       Work laundry and shower times around your host schedule.

4.       Offer to leave some money for the utility bills.

5.       Give each other space.  Know that your host and you need space sometimes.  You don’t have to spend all your time together.

6.       Buy a dinner or breakfast for everyone.

7.       Don’t stay to long, maybe 2 – 3 weeks.  Know your host limit and yours.

What other tips do you have?  Leave them in the comments below.

Thank you and God bless.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Inside Modifications Part 2

Entry

·         We painted a couple of the walls.

·         We added Command Hooks to hold hats, coats, our dog leash, etc. ** https://amzn.to/3fHSw0y or https://amzn.to/3dGcya8

·         Command cell phone holder holds sunglasses. ** https://amzn.to/3fScC8G




·         A door shoe organizer helps keep the entry floor cleared and stuff easily accessible. ** https://amzn.to/2WTVvue




·         We used more hooks to hang our calendar. 

·         A rug helps keep the floor clean, warm and helps prevent our dog from sliding as she runs from one end to another.  (Bought at Amazon but not available at this time.)



 

Bathroom

·         We painted a couple of the walls.

·         Added a peel and stick tile backsplash by the sink.  **  https://amzn.to/2AMAbzv



·         We got the idea to add an extra light by the shower for more light from our friends, Opa and Oma’s Camping Adventures.  So we took the light that was above the theater seats and put it in the bathroom.

·         Replaced the fan with a remote MaxxAir Fan.  **  https://amzn.to/3bQqs88




·         We added some storage shelves / bins by the sink for flossy sticks, swabs, tissues and cotton balls.  And in the shower to extend the shallow shelves to hold soap, shampoo, etc.  Mike siliconed the shower bins to the wall.  I do remove the heavy bottles and put in the sink when moving. 




·         In the shower we added a couple grab bars, one to hold our wash clothes and the other to use as a foot rest while shaving. 




·         Some command hooks help hold towels.  ** https://amzn.to/3g95hSf

 

Bedroom

·         We installed an air conditioner in the bedroom. 

·         Mike added additional USB outlets on either side of the bed to charge our phones.  **  https://amzn.to/2yrm81G

·         Command hooks come in handy to hang clothes.  **  https://amzn.to/2zhTEaZ




·         Since we were going full-time, we added a Splendide washer and dryer in the closet. (Bought at Amazon but not available at this time.)

·         My parents gave us a TV that we hung in the bedroom.




·         Recently Mike added another outlet for our bedroom portable heater (why is for another post on our electrical setup and soon solar install).

 

We still have to show you the outside of our rig and outside modifications, so be sure to subscribe to get notifications. 

If you have any questions about our modifications, please put them in the comments below and we will be sure to reply to them.  Thank you and God bless.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Inside Modifications Part 1

Living room and Dining Area

·         We removed door above TV.

·         Turned the door on the left to open on the right.

·         Upgraded our TV to a 43” Roku TV.  ** https://amzn.to/2AxPQT8




·         Gorilla slip-cover on tri-fold sofa. ** https://amzn.to/2SUUUqW

·         Area Rug for warmth and a splash of color. ** https://amzn.to/2AjDTR3

·         We use museum putty on our lamps, statue and picture frame on the end tables to prevent movement while traveling ** https://amzn.to/2xRRqhK

·         We removed side curtains on all the windows.




·         Added Remote / Cell phone holder by theater seats. ** https://amzn.to/35OoVy2

·         Replaced the light above the theater seat to one similar to the dinette, ordered that through our Grand Design dealer and made it controlled and dim-able with a remote. ** https://amzn.to/2Llw3bG




·         Removed two dinette chairs and added a storage ottoman for office files.  Added a servicing tray to use as side table.  So this is used for multiple purposes… office storage, seating for dining and side table. ** https://amzn.to/35SatF6



 

Kitchen

·         We replaced the microwave and vent hood with a microwave convection oven.  We removed the small cupboard next to the microwave but kept the door.

·         Since we removed the vent hood we needed a backsplash, so we ordered the beadboard paneling from Grand Design from our dealer.




·         The cabinet next to the oven is narrow, so we added a pull-out pantry. ** https://amzn.to/2WoTszg




·         We had a roll basket that we screwed into the side of the island to store our dish towels and rags.




·         Installed a shade on the sink skylight. ** https://amzn.to/3dFAeeJ




·         In our hutch, we noticed the drawers were getting very warm, so we added vents. ** https://amzn.to/3cqvCJl




·         We added a USB outlet to charge our tablet and phones. ** https://amzn.to/2LqcGOE

·         We removed the door by the control panel and took the small door from next to the microwave and add that to the top.  We like to have the control panel open and accessible.

·         We also have a battery monitor, inverter switch and built-in surge protector. ** https://amzn.to/2yI5awa




 

I will post modifications we did in our bathroom, entry area and bedroom to the blog, so be sure to subscribe to get notifications.  We still have to show you the outside of our rig and outside modifications.

If you have any questions about our modifications, please put them in the comments below and we will be sure to reply to them.  Thank you and God bless.


Sunday, May 10, 2020

Tour the Inside of our Home (Rig)

Since there is not much to do during the pandemic, I thought you would like to take a virtual (pictorial) tour of our home.  We have a 2017 Grand Design Reflection 315RLTS Travel Trailer.  The length is 38 feet and has 3 slides, opposing slides in the main living area (living room / kitchen) and our bed slides out about 1/3.

Our living room:
Theater seats, tri-fold sectional that is a queen size sleeper, electric fireplace and 40" smart tv.





Dining area and kitchen:
Pantry, convection microwave, stove with oven, farm sink in the island and electric or propane 12 cubic feet refrigerator.








Entry:






Bathroom:







Bedroom:
Plenty of storage, queen size bed, 20" tv, full closet with washer and dryer.






Be sure to check out our blog in a few weeks for a tour on the outside, plus details on modifications we made, decorating and organizing ideas.