New Adventures

Looks like we are heading to Italy next, I should be excited but it means I need to do something with my RV.

I put so much into this thing and it deserves to be on the road and not stored for a few years. 😍🛣

Who wants an amazing RV that all the work has been done for you? 🙌🙌

1988 Holiday Rambler Presidential, 34CS

Class A, 33 ft 

Attached bike rack hitch.

VIN: 1GBKP37W2J3309361

https://photos.app.goo.gl/u7dZVFctJh2PAcR39

Sleeps: 4-5 

Seatbelts: 7 (3 in sofa, 2 living room chairs and 2 in front seats)

REMODELED & UPDATED!

New tires with TP/heat sensors- 9 includes full spare)

Lots of motor work done! Not inclusive but some of the big items- New transmission with warranty, heater core repaired, fuel pressure regulator, new spark plugs, Cab AC retrofitted for R134a, (along with other repairs so fully road worthy) 

Outside has been waxed and polished. 

New awing 

Generator, fixed some issues (new transformer, rectifier, cleaned carburetor)

LP tank

Inside has been fully updated! 

White & blue cabinets, light gray walls.

New lux vinyl plank flooring. 

Bathroom has been fully renovated, new toilet, faucets and tile surround in tub area.

Gas stove top

Convention/air-fryer toaster over (not built in)

Dinner was removed & replaced with: Mini washer/spin dryer. (Plumbed in) & Custom built butcher-block counter with storage underneath & 2 folding stools.

Back bedroom with 2 twin beds, new memory foam mattresses

Tons of storage inside!

Jack-knife sofa in living area with new memory foam mattress and custom fabric. 

Pull down twin over cab (hold up to 150 lbs, but not the best sleeping space, ok for child/tween. I currently use for storage but will buy new mattress if needed)

2 roof AC with toggle switch if using shore power

30 amp shore power- new power cord

Will include: All hoses- stinky slinky, drinking water hose, extra hose for cleaning.

Bedding for 2 twins & jack knife sofa, all throw pillows.

Kitchen items- Cuisinart air fryer toaster oven, Vitamix blender, Instapot 8qt with accessories. Electric hot plate and pans, Tea kettle, silverware and metal dishes for 4, dish rack and drying pads, etc.

Misc items like engine fluids or repair items I have on hand.

More photos here

Plans, Impossible!

People keep asking me what my travel plans are and honestly I am not trying to make any anymore! Which is so hard for me, the planer and organizer! I have had more delays or issues that have come up then I had ever imagined.

But everything is in God’s greater plan and although frustrating it has giving us more time with my family then I had planed on, and that I am grateful for!

We spent most of the summer with my in-laws, completely taking over their house, using their space to renovate the RV but most importantly the kids enjoyed time with Grandma and Grandpa. They learned how to cook new foods, how to shoot guns, how to ride 4 wheelers, and how much they hate bugs! I truly got to know my in-laws more and have a deeper appreciation for what amazing people they truly are!

We arrived at my parents a bit earlier then expected because our Canada trip was cut short due to my generator needing work. After a short stop in MA at my sisters and a trip to Boston, my husband flew in to spend a few days with us and drive with me to my parents in PA. After my husband left we got to spend Halloween Trick or Treating with my Dad.

My Dad LOVES candy! The boys best keep an eye on their bags

Thanksgiving came and our plans to head south got halted once I realized I had a leak when I went to change my oil. That put my RV back in the shop. It was going to be a few weeks so might as well stay for Christmas.

ahh a leak!
Can anyone look at the camera?

Then I decided to fly out and see my husband in CA. We needed some couples time and he was in port. 2 weeks we spent together. I don’t think I have ever had so much time with him alone in our entire marriage!

I was able to get my RV out of the shop and I don’t even want to admit how much I had to drop to do that. But at least it will get me back across the US!

But first I have an art event I decide to try and do since I was here. I have been painting a ton and unfortunately I can’t hang all the art in the Rv! ha!

Next, my Dad’s Birthday is coming up and we have got to stay and celebrate!

As of right now my husband is planing on fly out in a few weeks and he will drive with us cross country back to CA. Unfortunately, I have to do it quickly so I can get Keanu and Kai back for some testing they need to do but we should be able to hit of some good sights along Route 66!

This year has not gone as planed but I truly feel God has put me on a path of spending time with family and we have so enjoyed it, the boys have learned so much and are in a better place to start traveling and exploring! I really excited to have my husband along for part of our journey too!

Plumbing the Tiny Washer

I did it!! I plumbed my tiny washer

It was actually so easy!

The water lines were below the base I made. I took out one dinette bench and this took its place. The other bench had water heater so that stayed and tuned it into a shelf and counter. So water lines run from bedroom in back through bathroom, under fridge , under the stand and into other bench. So I was able to tap into hot and cold water lines.

My dad helped me with this project. I had never plumbed anything, other then switching out a faucet. We found the Shark Bate connectors at the hardware store and it made the job so easy! I had pex pipes to I got some more to build the water line into the washer. I should of added a shut off for hot and cold because of the back flow of hot into cold. I forgot to grab the extra shut offs not thinking it would be a big deal and then someone pointed out my error! I’ll be fixing that after Thanksgiving!

The outside lines took a bit to figure out but I used a rubber tube to step down the built in hose to the port I got.

To my surprise there were wires running below my hole. But I was on the look out for them so I was able to hold them out of the way as we made the outside hole bigger.

Cutting through the outside wall was nerve racking!

The drain port is a standard one used in pop up campers that a garden hose can hook to. I’ll drain to a 5 gallon bucket if boondocking or run it in to sewer hose when hooked up. This way I avoid taking up my gray tank space and trying to plum that would of been a bit harder.

You can find the washer here. The spin basket does get most of the water out but I have thought about the increased humidity it can cause. I’ll be hanging the clothes in the bathroom and I have a small dehumidifier I’ll run. I can keep door closed and even open vent if I need. My other option is drying at campground laundry mat, especially if I get behind on laundry! If I’m just drying I can at least reduce my cost that way!

New Cushions for Jack Knife Sofa

New Cushions!

I had ordered a memory foam mattress which was a great price, under $150! It was very high quality and comfortable but it was just too big. It did not fold well going up and down and was constantly slipping down into the walk way.

I knew I was going to need to cut it down but I needed the sofa to be more comfortable for me to sleep on. I sure do miss my Sleep number bed!

The two problems I had was the front of the sofa slanted down so I was sleeping at an angel. The other one was that I could feel the springs through the mattress on that side because it has less material then the top part.

It was a family affair with my dad and mom both helping me with the project.

My dad helped me figure out how to fix the downward slop of the front side of the bed, reduce the gap in between the back and front when its laid flat, and making it a tab bit bigger but still be able to open and close.

I decided to mount the mattress after it was cut down onto plywood boards. I adjust the thickness of the boards for each 1/2 to make up for the decline I was experiencing. This also solved the issues of firmness and feeling the springs.

My mom helped me pick out the fabric and upholster the cushions. I decided to use two different colors to break up the look

Before

After

There is storage underneath the sofa. The original wood door was not in good shape and I trashed it when I redid the floor. I had curtains up temporally until I decided what I wanted to do, but I really disliked them once I had the sofa done!

Since I had extra wood and fabric I recreated a similar flip down door.

After-After

Removing the 30 yr old Microwave Convection Oven

I removed the old microwave convection oven because it hardly heated up water after 2mins and it was most likely giving me cancer 🤣🤣

 I love vintage stuff but a 30 year old microwave…. nope!

I’m totally obsessed with my Cuisinart oven fryer and it fit perfectly in there with room on the side for the cutting board and induction cook plate. I still need to figure out what to put over the front so it’s secure when I’m driving, but that will come another day!

I ordered a electric kettle for less then $20! This way I can boil water quickly which is really the only thing I use a microwave for anyway. I truly don’t like to heat up leftovers in the microwave because it makes food taste like rubber! Plus with cooking smaller I am hoping for less leftovers!