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Creating useable space in the bathroom…

July 20, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Creating useable space in the bathroom…

Having a large family, it is somewhat difficult to find a place for everyone to put their ‘stuff’.  This is especially true in the toy hauler’s bathroom!     I thought that I would share with you my favorite tool on my quest to get the bathroom organized; my over the door shoe organizer – which is not over the door.  I took a full sized organizer (found at WalMart, I think), trimmed it down to the size that I wanted, and sewed under the rough edges (I just took off some length by cutting it about a half inch below the last row I wanted intact, ironed it under, and zig-zag stitched on top of the trim – looks like I bought it that way!).  Instead of using the over the door bracket that came with the organizer, my son took some washers and screws and attached the organizer to the wall (he did it at the top of the wall to make sure the screws grabbed backing for support).  You could easily cover the screws with ribbon or wooden trim if you... [Read more...]

RANDY’S RAMBLINS – Dutch Oven, Woodall’s Books, Combo W/D, Electrical Connections

June 12, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

RANDY’S RAMBLINS – Dutch Oven, Woodall’s Books, Combo W/D, Electrical Connections

My last blog, Campsite Style Gourmet Cookin’, brought more e-mail and comments than any I have recently written.  Without a doubt, the Dutch oven is one of the favorite campsite cooking utensils of all campers.  Nancy and I are growing to love it more and more and are finding that it is also useful over a gas grill or on a gas stovetop – of course you can’t stack coals on the lid with a gas grill but it does provide all-around cooking if you put the grill on low and close the lid over the Dutch oven. Speaking of e-mail and comments — I have duly noted a hesitancy of readers for all of the blogs to post comments on this site.  Instead – at least for my postings — they elect to click on the forum button at the top of the page and write to me via my “Private Mail” on the Woodall’s or RV.net forum.  I realize this is more personal and private but many of the e-mails would be nice to have posted for all to ponder or enjoy. Did you know that Woodall’s has books? ... [Read more...]

Kitchen mods make life easier!

May 14, 2010 by · 24 Comments 

Kitchen mods make life easier!

To date, we have owned 2 different rvs – the first was a 30′ bunkhouse travel trailer that we used and enjoyed for 5 years, and currently we have a 40′ Wide Open toy hauler.  I have loved both of our rvs, but there were a few things about them that frustrated me.  My main complaint was that while both of them came with an ample amount of cupboards, none of those cupboards came with shelves in them. In the kitchen, this made for an organizational nightmare!  In an attempt to utilize the space as best I could (with minimal amount of effort), I used stackable wire shelves to help organize the kitchen cupboards.  While this was much better than nothing, these standing shelves would sometimes shift while driving and the contents stacked on them would then fall out when the cupboard was first opened.  Plus, the modulars didn’t fit the cupboards very well which resulted in wasted space.  With cupboard space limited as it is, every inch counts; I needed a better... [Read more...]

Easy Modifications for Your Camper

April 22, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Easy Modifications for Your Camper

Lucky for me I’ve got a pretty handy hubby, so he’s been able to make some small modifications to out travel trailer to make life a little easier. We have a spilt bathroom (I guess that’s what they call it) where the tub and potty are on one side of the camper and the mirror and sink are on the other. The only drawback is, there’s no place to put extra toilet paper, washcloths, clothes, etc. Good place to put clean clothes when in the shower So Hubby took a shelf that sits over the toilet in a stick house and modified it to fit over the toilet in the trailer. The poles that hold the shelf are spring loaded, so this was an easy install. He also installed one of these soap dispensers in the shower. Now we don’t have shampoo and soap bottles bouncing around in the tub when we go down the road. This isn’t really a modification, just a nifty way to use the space under the dinette seat. Hubby measured the space and then found an under the bed tote to fit. This way I can store all... [Read more...]

Mods that help utilize your kitchen space

March 4, 2010 by · 15 Comments 

Mods that help utilize your kitchen space

One of the things that I have really enjoyed doing with our r.v.s, is making them my/our own.  By that, I mean decorating the bathroom with pretty towels, picking the perfect comforter (it’s picked, but I’m waiting for it to go on clearance ;) ), buying organizational tools, and finding more efficient ways to utilize space.  The kitchen is the space where I most enjoy finding new and better ways to pack in more stuff store needed items efficiently; with a family of 13, the kitchen is one of the most frequently used spaces in our r.v.!  Sometimes, finding a way to utilize the small kitchen area better involves a minor modification.  I thought that I would share two super easy mods that we have done to make our kitchen space more functional.   One of my very favorite modifications is the addition of a knife magnet bar.  We did this addition to our previous travel trailer even though it had knife slots behind the stovetop, and we liked it so much that... [Read more...]

Click for Hair Cuts on the Road, Video by Debbie Block

March 3, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Click for Hair Cuts on the Road, Video by Debbie Block

This video is a hoot! All Flowbee fans check it out!

RV Roadschooling

February 28, 2010 by · 11 Comments 

RV Roadschooling

While we have always homeschooled our children, now that we are full-time r.v.ers, we have found that Roadschooling (homeschooling on the road) presents some unique challenges as compared to when we homeschooled in a sticks & bricks.   Being on the road has given us a chance to visit some wonderful historic locations that we would not have been able to otherwise afford to go to without our r.v.  We love to tailor our curriculum to where we are visiting; especially for history, writing, and science, but traveling full-time makes it difficult to always have, on-hand, the learning tools that we enjoyed in our house.  We have found having a laptop and printer on-board indispensable to our destination tutoring!  Of course, if you are going for a short trip, it would be very easy to find applicable information before you leave home, print it out there, and take it along.  There are some great websites that provide details and worksheets about states, historical destinations,... [Read more...]

Part II – RV Shows Can Help Cure the Winter Blues

February 16, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Part II –  	RV Shows Can Help Cure the Winter Blues

The Richmond RV and Camping Expo was great! More dealers than I ever expected participated in this years show with a collage of RV types and models to fit most any camping style or budget. Shedding pounds is big this year.   A very large percentage of RVs at the show were considerably lighter than previous models of the same size.  With the emphasis on fuel efficiency and downsized tow vehicles manufacturers have developed innovative ways of shedding weight by the use of composites and other light weight materials.  The difference can be as much as 1,000 pounds for a same-size RV from a prior model year. Edge M 21 Heartland Recreational Vehicles exhibited their new Edge M 21.  This 22 foot trailer weighs in at a mere 3200 pounds (dry weight), features a queen bed, huge bath, center slide out and a list of amenities often only found on larger high-end RVs.  It can be towed by most any SUV equipped with a sturdy hitch.  Fully loaded weight is rated at only 4,000 pounds. Keystone... [Read more...]

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