Extra Storage and Kicking Back

One thing I believe all RVers will agree on is that we’re always looking for ways to make the most efficient use of our space.  We may want to add items to our rigs, but we don’t want them to utilize any additional room.  Well, I wanted a small ottoman to put in front of my swivel lounge, but I needed it to be functional, also.  As well, I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg, and of course, I needed it to match my decor.  I searched on Ebay and Etsy, and found several that I liked, but again, I didn’t want to spend a great amount of money.  The cost of the ottomans along with the shipping costs didn’t work for me (It’s amazing, once you start saving money, you want to spend less and less.)

I stopped at Walmart and found a very inexpensive storage ottoman ($16.88.)  I then went across the parking lot to JoAnn Fabric and purchased a remnant piece for $3.30 to cover the top to match my decor.  Now, not only do I have the perfect footstool when lounging in my chair, I have additional storage and because it fits perfectly between my twin beds, there’s no need to find a special place for it when it isn’t in use.  Good stuff, indeed!

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New Faucet Redeux

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It’s been nearly two months since I spent my first night in the RV.  Although I have running water, I haven’t used it for cooking or drinking because I just didn’t trust the water supply from campgrounds and truck stops.  Probably worrying over nothing, but whatever.  Instead, I’ve used bottled and distilled water by the gallon.  Needless to say, although inexpensive when compared to overall grocery tabs, the expense can add up if I continue this practice over the course of time.  To alleviate this monthly budget line item, I purchased a Brita Filter.  Excited to install it and discontinue purchasing the bottled water (which also utilizes space that can be used for other items,) I ripped the box open, attempted to twist it on my fairly new faucet, and quickly found that I have the strangest sized aerator ever created.

I made multiple trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s to find the correct aerator adapter, and stumped all of the sales associates when nothing they carried would fit.  I even contacted Brita and they sent me a number of adapters with full confidence that one would work.  Nope – – not even one was the right size.  Refusing to be frustrated any further, I purchased a Delta Bar Faucet, even less expensive than the first one.  To my pleasurable surprise, this one is not only taller than the first, but it also swivels – – good stuff!  As well, the Brita connected flawlessly without the need for an adapter.  I tasted my first glass of clear, crisp faucet water in my old Gypsy Rider and said goodbye to hauling 24 packs of bottled water and gallons of distilled water.  I’m getting this mobile life down to a science!

Stovetop Baking

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When I decided to purchase the Rialta, I was sold on every aspect except for the fact that I would have no oven (well, there’s a microwave, but that doesn’t count…) The idea that I would be unable to bake did not settle well by any means. Well, lo and behold, I found a solution. After much suspicion, I purchased an Omnia Oven.  I couldn’t believe that what appeared to be a typical bundt pan would allow me to bake without a convection oven.  I ordered it anyway, and although I was still suspect when I felt how light the box was when it arrived, I immediately made a blueberry quick bread.  Well, my doubt has waned and my skeptical tongue has been silenced!  In a matter of 40 minutes, I was feasting on warm blueberry bread with cinnamon honey butter that I whipped up while my Omnia was working it’s magic.  Granted, it doesn’t produce a well browned top as it would in an oven, but that’s a very small concession when I can still bake cookies and rolls and quiches… oh my!  So, I’ve got buttermilk biscuits on right now, and plan on being in brownie heaven tonight.  This life just keeps getting better and better!

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Upgrades, Maintenance and TP Utopia!

Okay, let me start by stating this… Nowhere in my wildest literary imagination have I ever imagined writing a piece about toilet paper, but since I have stumbled upon an RV TP dream, I must share it!  After spending a sum total of about three months in various hotels while waiting to make the big purchase, I sampled various brands of toiletries, coffees, paper products, etc.  Of course, my little Lola goes with me everywhere, and on one occasion, after wiping her little nose (yes, I treat her like a baby – – don’t judge me! Hahaha!) I dropped the tissue in the toilet and went back to finish her daily grooming.  When I returned  to the restroom, about five minutes later, the tissue had broken into tiny pieces in still water.  Now, for the average home dweller, this means nothing.  To an RVer, however, this is the TP Holy Grail!  You can take a look at the RV TP Test here.  Click the pic for the Amazon listing. 🙂

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I immediately did a search for the brand on Amazon, and there it was – – Georgia Pacific Envision.  The end all be all was that I placed an order for a case of 80 rolls for a grand total of $56.00, that’s 70 cents per roll!  The typical RV and marine TP averages $6.00 for four rolls… need I say more on this topic?  (Angelic voices singing in the background!)

I guess this is as good a time as any to mention another Amazon acquisition of note – – a collapsible tea kettle – – wonderful space saver and works like a charm!

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In other news, I have had a bit of work done on the Rialta in the past couple of weeks, including having a new battery installed, as well as a new sewage valve and a few other minor tweaks.  Tomorrow, I will have some work done on the refrigerator as I’m still having an issue getting it to run on propane.  Turns out, the culprit is a missing vent cover, which I found online for under $40.00.  I also need to have the tail light replaced.  Let’s just say, I’m adjusting to backing up in a near 21′ vehicle – – yada, yada, yada – – the tail light is no longer in one piece.  I was quoted $70-$90 for the part and after another visit to Amazon, I purchased the part and had it overnighted for under $50.00 (Touchdown!)

The last of my current upgrades include having a hardwood floor installed this week and a paint job which will be completed next week.  I’m having it painted a solid white so that stealth boondocking will be a great deal easier with the rig looking more like a work van than a motorhome.  Of course, I will post pics as soon as it’s all done!

Inching Closer!

So it’s official! I’ve moved out of my place and into an extended stay hotel while I search for the perfect RV to call home. I’ve stored the remainder of my belongings in my office where they will stay until that lease terminates in a matter of weeks. I have a few more items to sell there, and then I will be able to hit the road. Exciting times, my friends!

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