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Saturday, April 22, 2023

Touring Our Outside Storage Compartments - 2016 Winnebago View 24G

 Happy happy happy birthday to my wonderful darling husband Steve. This little cartoon depicts him perfectly and catches his personality.

See what I mean? That's my guy!

He woke up early at 6:00 a.m. but I beat him to the punch. I had the oven going and baked him up his absolute most favorite coffee cake. The cinnamon swirl is so delicious, but it takes 45 minutes to bake. In the meantime the house is so full of wonderful smells that he is drooling by the time it is ready to come out. We each enjoyed a piece with our coffee this morning and there's plenty left over for the next few mornings. 

He kicked back with his coffee cake and his mug of coffee while he was still in his Superman jammy pants. Today he turns 65 years old. He is now officially on Medicare! I'm a few years behind him yet. 

Of course his very special birthday present (it's actually for both of us) is our new to us 2016 Winnebago View. Our last few blog posts dealt with how we arranged things on the inside. Now here is a blog post about the outside compartment storage bins.

There are three compartments down the passenger side, and one big huge compartment on the back, underneath the slide out for the queen bed.

Down the driver's side underneath the living room slide there are two more compartments, and one more on the far back corner. 



I will start on the passenger side right next to the entry doorway. This is the most used compartment right next to the steps because it's on the patio side of the rig.

For now we have our most commonly used things there like Thermacell for mosquitoes, a little battery operated LED lantern, and the folded up patio mat. Behind that is a tote bin with our patio lights and a picnic tablecloth and a couple geegaws we hang from the awning. The little packages down front are some extra tie-down straps, some bungee cords, some little packets of campfire color powder. You throw a packet in the campfire and it makes beautiful pretty flames. A real hit with the grandkids!

We are trying to not put too much in this compartment because we may expand our battery bank in the future. Right now there are two 12 volt batteries in a compartment underneath the steps. But we may add on two more and connect them through the wall of this compartment so they are all together. We will monitor our battery usage and see where we are at before we decide to expand anything.

In the next compartment running down the passenger side is the Onan 3600 watt LP generator. It runs perfectly and has been routinely maintained and taken care of. There are only 300 hours on it. We don't plan to use it very often, but it does need to be exercised under load at least once a month for a period of time to make sure it stays operational. 

In the final compartment down the passenger side is called the wet bay compartment. It is not carpeted and has a sloped bottom.  It is a bay that you can put wet or muddy things and not worry about making such a mess. Right now we have a variety of things just kind of tossed in there. It still needs organization. But there are some kneeling pads and some leveler blocks in there as well as the dog tie out rope and pooper scooper. Can't forget that! There's an extra black 30 amp extension cord as well as a windshield squeegee on a telescoping pole. This compartment will get reorganized later. We even bought some nice velcro carry strap handles to put around the electric cords to help keep them neat and tidy. Then it will get put over in the other electrical bay. 

Now to the back side of the motorhome. We have a queen size bed in the back bedroom with a slide that comes out about 3 ft. The rest of the space under the bed is accessible through this very wide compartment door. We have put in two zero gravity recliners, two folding sit-up lawn chairs, and a big stiff rugged doormat.  This matt is the first thing set out in front of our stairs when we stop for the night. It helps to keep the dirt and pine needles from being tracked in.

I also have a wooden folding chair that I use if I am spinning on my spinning wheel because it helps me sit upright better than a lawn chair. I also use it with a folding table for my sewing machine if I am sewing outside. At this time my regular portable sewing table is too large for this compartment, so I am hunting around now and shopping for one that's a little smaller. There's also a little fold up wooden TV tray table we use between our lawn chairs. Not sure if we're going to keep that in there or not yet. There's also an emergency container of orange triangles that could be set up in the case of a problem alongside the road. So that's about it for that compartment. It looks quite full but it's really a lot of space taken up by bulky lawn chairs. 

The last compartment on the driver's side serves two purposes. One is that it has the water manifold which is the control center for all the water going into the rig. There's also an external shower that could be used to hose off sandy feet or a muddy dog or just to rinse off something before it's put back into another compartment. There are low point drains here as well as the gray water pull lever for draining and a pump that pushes it over to the outlet near the black tank. 

The other part of this compartment is the electrical bay. In here we have various adapters and the surge protector, as well as the main shore power cord. There is a little cutout area that the cord runs down through so the door can be shut and locked tight. The cord is still out and plugged into a post. The other extension cord will get rolled up and stored in here too. The far back portion of this area are the coaxial outlets if you wanted to hook up to an external satellite dish or hook to park cable. Why they are way in there at the back of this compartment is beyond me? I can't imagine them being easy to reach in and screw on and off with a cable fitting?

The middle compartment on the driver side actually exposes the black tank and the dumping valve. This is the area to fill the propane tank and an emergency shut off switch. I am very glad that Winnebago located the drain valve up to the middle of the rig, rather than hanging out the back end like some other brands. My brother has the personal experience of ripping off his entire drain system on a rutted area of a campground and losing the entire contents of his gray and black tank all over the ground! Talk about a fiasco!!!!  What a horrifying mess in the middle of a hot Sunday afternoon in a crowded county campground!  Ewwwwwww

The foremost compartment on the driver's side is "Steve's Area". Here he keeps his Blackstone flat top griddle and all of his grilling tools in a white metal tote. He carries along a couple 1 lb propane cylinders as well as a 5 lb refillable propane tank. Behind that he has a tote bag of tools and a small Coleman lantern. Last but not least, are the marshmallow roasters!

We're going to find a way to transport our two fishing rods and fishing tackle ---- maybe in a fold down type case. Otherwise they may have to ride up in the top bunk inside. We do enjoy dropping in a line every now and then, so we would like to take along fishing rods. 

So that's about it for our compartments. Once we have everything loaded up and a full tank of water on board, then we will go through the weigh scales again. If you read a couple blogs back, we went through the weigh scales when everything was empty when we first bought the rig last week. Now we will be able to know what our cargo weighs and can adjust accordingly once we do a new weighing. 


It's kind of a rainy icky weekend here and there's snow forecast just north of us. The temps might be down below freezing so we didn't go anywhere camping this weekend. Instead we will stay home and work on a couple modifications in the driveway. I will do more on those in an upcoming post. 


  1. Thanks for the Tour I appreciate it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mr. Fix It.

  2. Really like your organization & choices of equipment.You mentioned adding 2 more batteries but haven’t touched on solar- are you not going to add a couple of panels or do you feel they aren’t needed? All the best.

    1. That will be coming up in the future blog post. We had installed 500 watts of solar and an MPPT controller on our last motorhome up on the roof. This time we are debating if we want to do it on the roof or if we are going to get a standalone set and an mppt controller and run cords back to the rig. Mainly because the previous owner had already installed some external charging lugs to the rig on each side of the door. It will be really easy to hook up the solar panels to them when we need them. The other reason is we really enjoy camping in the national forest and very shady campsites. My sister does as well. She keeps a dual standalone set of panels that she can move out near the road and aim them into the Sun at various times during the day to charge up her batteries. We are thinking of doing the same thing. No definite decisions yet. I will touch on that in my next blog. Thank you!


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