Saturday, November 5, 2011

Let's see if this can be shorter than a novel

I guess first thing first. We got an RV, a 34-foot Fleetwood Bounder and live in that. There's air conditioning, heating (of course), and it's surprisingly comfortable to ride in. I really like it. We will be pulling up the carpet and putting down laminate though very soon and we already got some of it. Easier to keep clean, I get squeamish thinking about what gets under carpet, plus multiple animal butts smooching on so little carpet is just ew. Thankfully the dogs prefer to lay in the kitchen on the linoleum. My dad always told us that by me and my brother helping renovate our house when we were 11 and 9 or so that we'd learn skills we'd use in life, ad sure enough, I've used those skills a lot. We'll also eventually paint the walls and take the curtains down and stain them. They're good heavy curtains that do a nice job keeping it from getting very drafty and keeping heat in, so I don't want to replace them. Maybe I'll just take spray paint to them. They look so 70's, and this rig is nowhere near that old.

We've been in this RV two weeks as of today, and in that time I made my brother a Joker costume (Heath Ledger version), Charlotte a Rapunzel costume (next post for pics), am nearly finished with a Lord of the Rings wedding gown, and helped with an invention that requires fabric, but to to NDA, I'm obviously not going to disclose (even Cody doesn't know).

So here's a tour of our new rig:

In the above photo, each of the compartments under the RV are storage units. There is a door going to the living room and there's one going right into the bedroom. Above all windows are awnings, and in the "passenger side" is a larger awning that makes a patio-like area. The steps can be set to stay down or to move up. When we're coming and going we leave the steps down.

On the "driver side" most of the compartments house utilities and the generator. A couple are storage, but this is the hook-ups side. It's got a really nice Onan generator.

From the back, here is the bedroom. Queen size bed, and yes, Charlotte still sleeps with us. We'll be working on getting her to sleep on the couch that turns into a bed, but slowly. She's already been through so much this year.

There is a lot of storage under the bed.

From the bedroom, you can see the rest. My hand is on the door to the bathroom. You can see one of the TVs at the front. The other is in the bedroom. We have a 47" HD LCD flat-panel TV in storage in California, and are using two small tube TVs now. :)

Bathroom? Yes, we have one, and even have a small tub! The water heater isn't very large though, so showers are quick. Across from the bathroom is a closet. I didn't get pics of that. We do need a shower curtain still (how sad that we keep forgetting to get one), and of course the one towel we have that's ratty is one that's hung up. Most of our towels are really nice and fluffy thanks to me being a towel snob once upon a time.

Next up, jus past the bathroom on the same side is the dining table. This picture was taken just past the table with the camera angled toward the back. The table drops down and becomes a bed. The seat back cushions cover the table in the center. I don't anticipate ever needing to use this as a bed. Under the seats is more storage.

On the same side as the table toward the front is the couch. This folds out into a full-size bed that is incredibly comfortable. You can also see the curtains that cover the front windows. There is more storage under the couch.

Here is my sewing area. The almost-finished coat was sewn start to finish in this RV. I have the small quilt on the seat of the chair because here are two small nickel-sized holes that Charlotte would probably try to play with. There are cabinets overheard all around the RV like you can see in this picture. They're solid oak, which is very nice.

And here is the sink and range. In this first one, you can see the stove with the cover down. In the second, with the cover up, you can see the fridge and freezer. It's wood-veneered and is of the right of the range.

It's not much, not a huge place, but it's adequate, comfortable, and ours. If we're not at an RV park, we can take this thing anywhere and not need to worry about electricity or anything. The plan right now is to stay at different parks by the week to see where we like, then to decide where to stay for a while, see how much we can save up over the next year or two, buy some land, run utilities to it, park there, get foundation laid, and start building a house. I've helped build a house before, and Cody's dad is a general contractor and Cody's helped out there. Building my own house with my own hands has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager. Of course it's unlikely to go that easily, but it's a goal at least.

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