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Monday, January 29, 2018

MOTORHOME MODIFICATIONS *C* Compartments, Lace and Pizza


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:
(this is a long one, so I will only do one *C* today instead of 3)
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 have no slides taking up any basement area, so we are one complete wide open space. 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 latch 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  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! When we travel for a longer length of time, I have to have storage for my fiber supplies and inventory.  This is "My Space" for storage.  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.  We recently replaced the inverter from the old Freedom 2000W Heart (which burned out) over to this Tripplite 1500W. We also have a wired in Progressive Industries unit for surge and brownout protection. 


In front of the things in the photo above, we store the power cords and adaptors for 50 amp to 30 or 20 amp if need be. 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. 


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 under a full load 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 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 compartment:

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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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I think both Steve and I have been feeling cooped up from cabin fever.  Usually we are "go go go" type people, but since I was sick for so long, I have not left the house much.  He was feeling a bit under the weather as well.  When we have gone to the store, even for picking up meds, we slather ourselves with antibacterial hand sanitizer and hope we ward off any flu bugs floating around.

On Sunday, we got the dogs out for a walk... only about 3 blocks, but it was enough to get some fresh air and the sidewalks were all clear and free of ice and snow. A few snowflakes were wafting down, but not enough to accumulate.

Steve saw an ad that a NEW Godfathers Pizza opened up in Sheboygan, about 33 miles away.  We have been SO sad that the ones in Green Bay and Freedom closed up last year.  We don't often go out to eat, and rarely ever for pizza.  But I make the exception for Godfathers Classic Combo pizza.  That is the only type we order from there, and love that it is the very same taste and crust etc no matter which Godfathers you patronize.

Soooo he said "Let's Go" !!!

We hopped in the car, and along the way I wanted to stop at this little thrift shop that I had heard about.  It benefits hospice. Richardson Hospice Resale Store



It is a very nice resale shop, 
with quality items and nicely arranged. 


My bargain "score" was a hunk of Heritage brand window lace!  This is very expensive lace and this big hunk was at one time $19.99 a yard. Currently it sells for $44.00 a yard!!! It is probably 35 years old, but still unused with the drapery store tag still on it.  I bought the entire piece for THREE dollars!



It is an exact match for the Heritage Lace I already own.  I started buying mine back in 1985 when I got my first home in Green Bay. It was so expensive back then, I could only buy one window's worth at a time. It had to be ordered a piece at a time, from a fancy drapery store in downtown Green Bay. 

Saving my pennies, I could only purchase a window's worth a month from the household budget.  I have swags, valances, and panels. I think back then I was paying about $60-70 a window arrangement of 2 swags and a center scalloped valance piece.  When we moved to Oconto, that lace came along with me.  I had it hung in all of the windows of our log house, much to Steve's chagrin.  LOL   And now with our 104 year old home in Chilton, the lace blends in beautifully! 

I have my lace in the kitchen... 


and more in the livingroom, the back hall, 
some of the bedrooms, 
and even in my laundry room! 


I am not sure where I am going to use this long panel of valance lace I got, but for THREE DOLLARS I could NOT pass it up!!!! Steve found a few things as well, and we plan to go back. We also signed up for their mailing list.


Oh, while in the parking lot, we saw this next to us. 
How adorable??? 


Now it was time to go to the Godfather's Pizza, the purpose of our journey.  We slathered with our hand sanitizer and headed across town to 1006 Geele Ave https://godfathers.com/   



Like I said, we always order the Classic Combo:  On a thick crust, it has Pepperoni, Beef, Sausage, Onions, Black Olives, Mushrooms & Mozzarella Cheese.  We ordered two large and waited for them to be prepared.  This nice gal Shirley chatted with us in between customers.  This is an express location combined with a gas station in a residential neighborhood. It was fun to hear her chatting with the regulars who come and go.  They only took on the Godfathers franchise a few weeks ago, so many folks are coming in to try out a slice from the front hot case by the registers.  We buy two large pizzas and freeze the rest to heat up a slice or two at a time in the oven (so the crust doesn't get mushy) instead of the microwave. 

Here is Shirley, 
with our pizzas! 


Again, we slathered with our hand sanitizer and proceeded to 
gobble down a slice right there in the parking lot!!!
Can't you just smell it? 


That was the extent of our great journey out and about for a Sunday afternoon.  Of course, when we got back home, we managed to each eat another slice for supper. LOL.   The rest went into ziplock freezer bags, destined to be lunches or snacks during the next few weeks.  I think trips to Sheboygan for the resale shop and Godfathers is going to be monthly thing from now on? 


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