We’ve been home for a week now. Will it always be so weird to return to our own home after an extended vacation? Can’t remember where to find things, and it seems like we’ve got enough crapola for a dozen people. My to-do list is two pages long already. Trying not to sweat the small stuff, but omg…..everywhere I look there’s something yelling for attention.
The really good part about getting home now is that when we pulled into our tree-lined street a week ago, the trees were bare. Tonight, after a week of unseasonably warm temps and sunshine, everything is bursting with color. Of course, we’re taking full credit from friends and neighbors for pulling the nice weather in with us.
Most of our attention this week has been to cleaning the Fireball and repairing all the stuff that we broke or that otherwise ceased functioning while we were gone. For those of you who are camp/small trailer enthusiasts – here’s a list and photos of some of the stuff we’ve done since we left in January.
1. Greywater hose pipe. The one affixed to the back of the Fireball when we got it was metal (like furnace ducting) and had two removable ends. We had them held in place with a long bungee that was drilled into the end. Lost one of the endcaps on the road one day, and were fortunate not to have lost our greywater hose. Now we’ve got “regulation” hose storage, just like the big guys
2. Spray bottle holder. These just rattled around in the cupboard, and it seemed like we had a lot of wasted space. Like being able to open the door and grab soap, cleaner, hand lotion, and window cleaner.
3. Silverware holder. This isn’t quite right yet, but is a big improvement over having the utensils in a flat box in the cupboard. These two holders are screwed together. Came from Bed Bath & Beyond.
4. Bookshelf. A couple of screwhooks and two bungies. We store our maps and books here. Prior to doing this, we were moving these items around the few flat surfaces in the Fireball constantly.
In the above photo, you can also see our digital TV antenna. Stores easily here, and the cable is hidden behind the cushion. As for the antenna, it works great when we’re camping in an urban area, but don’t have any cable hookup. Out in the boonies, it rarely pulled in even one channel, and a couple of times we were able to get a single station. We had so many days where we camped and had zero phone, zero internet connection, no radio, and no TV. (Every now & then I HAVE to know what’s going on out in the world).
5. Utensil holder. This little wire holder from Target is screwed to the wall with a little clip. We love having stuff like this handy.
6. Hat hooks. 3M easy-stick hooks. We originally put them up as a place to hang hats, but added more to hang up bulky items that we were using every day in cold weather. Down vest. Fleece. They were alongside the dinette, but not in the way at all. We just didn’t have any other place to put stuff.
7. Coat/broom hooks. All outerware hangs here. We also have clamps for the broom, (which gets used a lot!). Truck keys are on smaller hooks at the top, and Jezzy’s leash is also always draped over another one of the hooks with jackets.
8. Bathroom latch. Sounds crazy, but our bathroom door is very heavy, and doesn’t stay closed when we’re on the road (in fact none of our doors do). We’ve always just rubber-banded the handle to a little hook alongside the door when we’ve moving, and it’s been okay. Our last leg home, however was different. When we opened up the Fireball, the door had been jolted enough that it pulled the hinges right out of the door, which was laying on the floor. Now we can bolt it for travel. I never want to open up the door and see THAT mess again!
John was able to repair our hot water heater without RV dealer assistance. On a whim, he looked on u-tube for a repair video. Sure enough, he was able to find a video referencing our specific model, and the person filming the video went thru three or four steps (Try this…Does it work yet? OK, try this…does it work now? Bingo!) You gotta love u-tube. Figured that saved us a couple hundred dollars!
Works still in process? We blew up our microwave in the “enchilada incident”, and have decided not to replace it. We had removed it, and used that space for additional storage. I want a drawer that slides out. We used the space for bread, chips, crackers, etc. Don’t know how we would get along without the extra storage. We also are re-designing our dish/pots & pans cabinet. It’s a mess. Trying to figure out how we can make a pull out, two-layer rack. I’ve got a clever brother-in-law who we’re going to tap for this project.
Can’t wait to hit the road again. Fireball going back into storage tomorrow until that time. Out of sight, but not out of mind….