Last updated on April 27th, 2009 at 06:55 pm
Full timers as well as part time RVers can add to their rigs to personalize them …that is make them more convenient and more like ‘home’. Whether or not you stay in your RV over a weekend, vacation or every night it is your home while you are in it, so make it suit your needs and provide you with the comfort you like.
Learn from your favorite dog… turn around three times to make your spot comfy before you settle in. When we got our new bunkhouse model fifth wheel we didn’t need space for sleeping twelve bodies, we needed space for computers, printers, TVs, ice maker, hobby supples and tools … everything we use for living our daily lives as full timers. We took the bunk out of bunkhouse and made the ‘house’ in our home.
Personal touches and tips:
For example we’ve added to our great room art pieces from artist friends, a toy fifth wheel/truck and an atomic clock.
Wooden spoons carved by Steven fit perfectly between overhead cabinet doors.
Wire racks make good use of extra tall overhead storage space, for table ware, small appliances, snacks, etc. as well as cans, jars and boxes in too-tall pantry shelves.
Caution: The overhead storage cabinets are subject to staying cold in cold weather and hot in hot weather. I doubt freezing would be a problem in winter, but chocolate chip cookies might be a mess in summer.
Plastic bags stuffed with more plastic bags keep pantry contents in place on the road and can then be reused (again) at farmer’s markets, etc.
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I'll be misunderstood and castigated for this, but I don't want a decorated palace, I want a man cave. Mine came with mirrors and other such foo-faw installed and I'm getting rid of it bit by bit. Now, I'm speaking for me, not giving advice. I don't suggest that what I like should be liked by others. But I'm not sure why things like mirrors all over the place, valances, fancy wallpaper, ceiling fans, dishwashers and all that other stuff should be in an RV. They add weight and some use electricity or propane. I wanted a simple, basic living space with the few things I need and not a lot of decorator stuff. I can use that extra weight allowance for things I do need, like a ladder, tools, clothes and food stocks.
I remember back when all RV's were somewhat Spartan. Back then they were Man-Toys. But then the women started having a say and here we are. No wonder many RV's on the road are overweight. I say put the fancy stuff in your brick & mortar and leave the RV for what it was intended to be, a way to live simply while on the road.
Again, I'm talking for me, not everyone, but fire away. I can take it.