When we bought our Motor Home it was going to be for week-end jaunts to flea markets, but, when life sends you Lemons, as a good friend said, you make Lemonade, and so we became full time RV’ers.
We bought our 32 foot, 2005 Motor Home in 2009, with only 6000 miles on her odometer; she has 35,000 now, in great condition. And for the first two years, we just enjoyed her, and if it seems strange that I refer to it as a “her” it is because we named her “Miranda”. She is a Coachmen Mirada and when we sent out Newsletters, everyone mistakenly called her Miranda, so we let it stick, and she is a good sport about it and doesn’t correct anyone, she just smiles.
She is a good girl, and gets really good gas mileage, 7 to 8 mpg. We don’t try to get where we are going in a huge hurry and set the cruise control at around 55 to 58 mph. We like to see the scenery and not whizz by to get where we are going, most of the time we are going to a new job and have time to enjoy the trip. You never can tell we might want to stop and explore.
When we decided to go full time RVing we had to re-think a lot of things. I have posted quite a few pictures to show the before and after of our re-modeling project. I have to admit, I didn’t think about writing about our DIY projects so they aren’t great. Forgive! After a very short time it became evident that the couch was comfortable only laying down, but was an uncomfortable as heck to set on, even though it made into a bed, it had to go!
The main area also had a Dinette set consisting of two bench seats facing each other with a table attached to the wall between, that could be taken off and put between the two seats, and using the back cushions, actually make a full size bed, so it was advertised to sleep 6, that is if they were very good friends. The dinette set was a pain in the back, to get at the storage under the seats and not that comfortable to set on either. I was ready to get rid of them the first year, but it took two years for me to convince my husband.
We drew up plans to make a storage cabinet with sliding doors and adjustable shelves using Note Pad. My Husband, did a great job of figuring out the sizes, we went to Lowes and bought a sheet of 4X8 plywood and they cut it to our specifications so all we had to do was put it together and stain it. Sounds real easy, right? We had to hunt for sliding door tracks, and decided on some heavy vinyl tracks, which work good if periodically you soap the edges of the sliding door. We also stained the cabinet grey and put two coats of Varathane.
The Dinette Set and the couch were bolted to the floor, with big bolts, and so were the seat belts! It took several days of working to get them both out of the Motorhome. BTW, the couch came apart in two pieces, so getting it out the door, was not that hard, even though we were told it was put in before the coach was built and we would have to take off the door.
I put an ad on Craig’s List and within 2 days sold them for $300. With that money we paid for the material for the cabinet and purchased one of our 2 Heat/Massage chairs to replace the couch. Those chairs were the best investment we have made in a long time.
We also purchased two Grey file cabinets for our office, which we put on each side of the cabinet. We discovered that we have more “stuff” (don’t we all?) than we could fit into the cabinet and file cabinets, so purchased some White plastic cabinets with drawers, which we adhered to the top of the file cabinets with some putty designed for sticking stuff down when traveling in a Motorhome when we travel we lock the file cabinets, and tape the plastic drawers shut.
BTW, the “putty” can be purchased at any RV store. We stick anything down that could vibrate off any surface.
The table we cut down to a size that is big enough to fit our laptops back to back. We then purchased two office chairs. Unfortunately there is not enough room to put a piece of paper or a book, on the side by the laptops, so in our next project we are going to make a new table with a leaf only on one side. About the only thing that we like about the table is that it is Grey. Shirl designed the cabinet and will design the table on the computer on Note Pad.
I don’t know if you can see the workmanship really well, I truly wish that I had had the foresight to take before, during the construction, and after. But they are what they are, and we like them.
Two more projects are coming, the mugly, ugly TV goes out and a new flat screen smart TV goes in with doors to protect it while traveling and new curtains with Cornices for the main windows.