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Monday, January 9, 2017

MOTORHOME MODIFICATIONS *C* Compartments and Steve's Dilemma and Quilt Guild

I am going to start off the new year with posting three of our motorhome modifications at a time. I will post repairs, modifications, or neato things we have found for RVing.  I have lots of pics in my files so I will do them in alphabetical order.

Underneath that stuff, I will post my regular daily stuff..... kinda sorta fun, eh?

So here it goes, we are up to the letter C now!

MOTORHOME MODIFICATIONS 
STARTING WITH THE LETTER C


Compartments:
I know in my last blog, I talked about our CCC Cargo Carrying Capacity.  I thought I would show you what we haul along in our rig. I had taken these pics for insurance purposes because most RV policies only carry $500 coverage on the personal contents, I kid you not!  So please check your policy and ask your agent.  We carry an additional rider for the rest of the possessions we carry above $500.


The basement of our rig covers a large open area and is all carpeted space, which is open side to side, and front to rear, from axle to axle.  We are only limited by the width of the doors as to what we put inside. We can fit a lot more in the basement compared to the usual separate bins you see in most motorhomes. 
 our floorplan with highlight basement space


Let’s start on the driver’s side.  All of our stainless steel compartment doors rise upwards on struts and when shut, they lock securely on both ends instead of one lock in the middle. 
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I will go down the side from front to back, door by door. 
Here is door number 1. 
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Whoda thunk of that space above the tank as a good spot to put a long tube for stowing the stinky slinky!   For those of you who do not know what a "Stinky Slinky"  is, it’s the flexible 3” hose used to dump the grey and black tanks…ewwwwwww   We don’t want to keep THAT hose in our carpeted storage basement area. 


On to the next door…..
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We bought an assortment of these gray totes with heavy snap on lids.  They are made by HOMZ 
http://www.homzproducts.com/product-category/storage/totes-tubs/page/2/

 http://www.homzproducts.com  and I see that Ace Hardware carries them.  

The large totes measure 30 inches long by 18 inches wide.
The smaller totes measure 18 inches long by 14 inches wide.  

We like them because they have a full handle on each side, not just a lip edge that you carry by the fingertips.   Also, the lid fits firmly over the top and comes way down on the sides, which does not allow anything to get into the tote.   We have more than enough totes, and keep swapping out sizes back and forth as we determine our needs in the future.  The extra totes we keep in our garage or my fiber storage room for now.  


In this next photo below, if you look close to the center of the rig, you will see a white poly 2x4 Cosco table and a larger 3x6 heavy black folding table.  Both tables slide in nicely under the space under the suspended fresh water tank.  We use them for eating and serving food when boondocking at places without picnic tables.  Also good for extra table space when working on crafts or doing some crazy things like canning pickles (see Runkle Lake campground review or Paint River Forks in my archives)   I can use these tables for an impromptu craft sale if we want while on the road at a campground too. 

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Here it is loaded up,  each one labeled for it’s contents:  dog stuff, lanterns/propane stuff, picnic table and patio lights, diesel filters oil and supplies, raingear and boots, freshwater supplies, wastewater supplies, etc. and of course all of my fiber supplies and toys!  At the far right is the plumbing compartment with all the manifold fittings for water areas in the rig and an outdoor shower.




This next door is kinda a half access on the front, but behind the water manifold section is the water pump, expansion tank and some extra plumbing.  It used to be walled off, but Steveio removed the wall piece for better access.  Nice to have access to that mechanical stuff instead of it being buried behind a wall.   You can see the daylight from right through to the open compartment on the other side of the rig. Steve usually lays his fishing rods in this area, plus the awning rod, which is reachable from the other side. 

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Ahhhhh now on to the power stuff! This compartment is further back, behind the rear wheels.  Everything electrical is in this compartment.  Sometimes the cords get dirty from being on the ground, and it's nice to have this compartment separate from the clean carpeted center basement of the rig. 

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And since that photo was taken, we added a Progressive Industries Electrical Management System which is a big wired in surge protector. (on the left) 



The generator is located in the far back compartment by the engine. It looks a little crooked in this photo because it was snapped when we were putting the generator back into place after having the rotor rebuilt.  Rest assured, it is firmly bolted back into place now and works just fine.  LOL  
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We don’t use the generator too often, but we have to run it from time to time to exercise it.  Great to have in an emergency, or to run one of the roof AC units as we are driving down the road if need be during hot summer temps.  But we really appreciate the peace and quiet when camping and don’t like to run it at all.  So if you are a genny-fanatic, please park far far away from us? 


Now that we are done with the driver's side, let's move across the front of the rig. 
Inside the front compartment are all the electronic fuse boxes and grounds etc.  
I had to cut and paste a few pics of it, as it won’t all fit in one picture.
wiring in the front run bay
In here we also have a large fire extinguisher with access in emergency because this compartment does not lock.  Hope we never have to use it, but it's a great location.  If we are ever needing to help on an emergency on the road, it's easy to grab. 

Yes we carry FIVE fire extinguishers in our motorhome: 




Now on to the passenger side compartments:

These are the two most used doors near the passenger front between the side entry door and the front of the rig.   We kinda packed them full, huh?

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Someone asked yesterday on the blog about how does Steve fix stuff while we are on the road?  Rest assured, he has ALL his tools along, even a vice that can clamp into the back hitch to work on items like an outdoor workshop. 

This one is Steve’s favorite door:

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Stacked on top of the totes are our camping signs, picnic table cloth, kneeling foam pad  and whatever else don’t get stowed away properly as we break camp the time before. 

We carry along our two zero gravity recliners, and four folding chairs for company and our two macreme lawn chairs, a few little wooden tv trays for coffee clutching too.  It all fits along with some room for the patio mat behind the chairs. And Steve's big air compressor alongside the chairs.


Yes, Steve puts the large air compressor right into this compartment too. It's used for his air tools, and also in case of a low tire, it's capable of going to the 110 pounds needed for our tires.   It slides in and kind of curves back underneath the stairs in an open space usually not accessible.  By just reaching in to flip the lever on, and grabbing the long air hose, he is in business!    (of course when boondocking, we have to fire up the generator first to get the power to make this run) 




Now we can move to the rear half of the passenger side.

The two interior entry steps into the rig to reach the main floor are the only things taking up any square footage in the basement storage area. 

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This door number 3 is located at the left of the entry door.  In here, we have the big solar controller for the solar panels on the roof. There is also a big pull out fuse to disconnect the whole system for repairs.  I like that we have an outdoor tv antenna jack here. Sometimes we carry out the inside tv to watch packer games under the awning.  There are both DC and AC electrical outlets and a little light to see what we are looking for in the dark too. We also stow the 6 large planks for under the tires for leveling the rig.  (not in the pic) 




This next compartment is for the batteries. I talked about them more in depth a few blogs back. They are located behind the rear wheels. It is open around the sides and bottom for ventilation.   There are 6 batteries in there now, but we can later move the 2 chassis (driving) batteries into a new rack in the engine compartment that Steveio made.  Then we could increase the bank of coach (camping) batteries to a total of six 6volt golf cart batteries if we wish.  Although with our five 100 watt solar panels that we installed, we may never need six batteries… four might be enough. 


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Now this last door is the cool stuff that you do not see on gas engine motorhomes.  This is Steve's Control Central! He finds out all kinds of  diagnostic stuff in this compartment. He can even start the engine from in here if the key is in the ignition. Pretty cool! 

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For those Techy Kinda Guys, here is the new head piece he re-vamped to fit the newer Fleetgard FS 1212 fuel filters that are available for our engine, now that the Racor Win 200/200 ones were discontinued. 
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This motorhome modification post is long enough,
 so I will do more on the letter C tomorrow
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Now for Steve's Dilemma:
The poor guy slept in till after 7 a.m. this morning. How nice is that? He got up, dressed, and was sipping his coffee while looking out at the newfallen snow. There was only about an inch. Hmmmm What to do? What to do?  Does he go out and shovel? Does he stay inside and sip his coffee a while longer?  So many decisions to make when you are not rushing off to work anymore. 



About 9 a.m. he could no longer resist it! 
While I cooked breakfast, he just HAD to go out and shovel it.



I am finally starting to feel better from this flu bug crud. We ran errands later in the morning, ya know things like groceries, banking, post office and paying the water bill. Really exciting, eh?  But then I dumped him off at the house to put away the groceries. I headed on down to Kiel to attend my monthly quilting guild meeting.  

Various gals brought in projects to show and share. I really liked this quilt and also the little puppy quilt squares this gal was working on.  Such good ideas and good inspiration. 



I brought in the newly finished quilt that I made for the motorhome, and the partially done one I am making for the livingroom.  A guild is a nice place to share and learn and gather ideas.  Also they are planning a Group Shop Hop to tour various quilt stores in the area, stop for lunch, and shop some more! 


After I left and got back home, I realized that I had forgotten my most favorite insulated metal water bottle at the library!  It was a gift from the grandkids. I called back to the library and someone found it for me.  After supper, we drove back to the library (10 miles) to get it. The snow was coming down pretty fierce by then, and we followed someone doing 25 all the way home.  

But we are home, safe and sound and have no reason to go out tomorrow. Temps are going to rise, and freezing rain will coat this new snow and things will be slick and greasy!  


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