We have had many Great Adventures in our lives. Some turned out better than others, and some were Great Disasters! But we lived them all and are still living this Greatest Adventure to the fullest.
Perhaps some introductions are in order, we are a slightly Over the hill couple in our second childhood. The reason we know we are in our second childhood is because our kids have become our Parents!! They want us check in every day to make sure that “we are still kickin”. I suppose it is fair, since we required that they check in when they were young. Our daughter works in the Optometry field and as soon as we got in town she made an appointment with her Ophthalmologist for Dad because after all, we are driving that box all across the country”.
We are living and traveling in our 32-foot Coachmen Mirada, doing the “full-time RVing”!! We opted for two Schwinn Cruisers instead toading a vehicle. If you have ever tried to decide what to take on a two week vacation you have a very small idea of what we went through to dwindle our belongings from a 1450-square foot, three bedroom house down to fit comfortably in a 240-square foot Motorhome.
We have since traded in our bikes for a 2013 Honda Fit, which we haul on a Demco Car Caddy. The Demco Car Caddy is the best, it has EVERY feature that you could want and need. We later that year decided we didn’t need both bikes and a car, so the bikes went away. We do plan on getting two of the fold-up bikes when they go on sale again at Camping World.
One of the first things that we did was to scan the drawing of the floor plan from a Coachmen brochure and enlarge and split it for two pages front and back. Then we measured the entire compartment for storage in the under locking storage bins, and all the cupboards, drawers, under the couch, under the dining benches and all of the overhead compartments. We made and re-made plans for what would go in each compartment several times.
We sold everything that we could on free sites and either shipping or having people come pick-up. Our collections of Comic Books and Paperback books went to auctions. What we couldn’t sell we either gave away or donated. The most valuable Comics, we stored in the Motor Home and have been selling them on Bonanza, and Addies Attic (Webstore).
Since we were full time RVing, we decided to take mostly casual clothes; either knit or permanent press and nearly all had to be folded neatly, and as compactly as possible, so it would not look like we slept in our clothes.
We only have two small closets, and they left a lot to be desired space-wise! We decided to put shelves in the closets to put plastic trays on, with our neatly folded clothes.
So we called the 800 # for Coachmen and asked if they had any of those nice plastic shelf standards that were installed in the pantry, and we were lucky, they did! When they arrived Shirl put them in the larger of the two closets (mine) and then made shelves, with our handy-dandy measurements, we purchased plastic bins at our ever-ready Wal-Mart, and two of then would fit perfectly on each shelf. Now all I had to do is fit everything I wanted to take in 7 bins.
Not going to happen!! After folding and re-folding and throwing out more things, I was able to get everything packed. Whew!!
Then we had to tackle Shirl’s closet! His was a huge 7 inche wide, and even with the shelve standards and shelves we could not find any plastic bins to fit, so back to square one again and re-think. We decided to hang some of his slacks and good shirts and use plastic bins in the overhead compartments over the bed.
The bed was the biggest adventure!! We were sleeping in a California King and were going to expand to a Queen. Since, Shirl, couldn’t or wouldn’t shrink to fit, basically his feet stick out over the bottom of the Queen mattress. Back to square one again! No clever answer for that one!
We wanted to take Shirl’s keyboard and two 6 ft tables so we took out the mattress, made a storage compartment with a hinge to lift it up large enough to hold them and a couple other things, don’t remember them or why we felt we needed them.
I wish that we had taken some before, during, and after pictures of this DIY, as it was interesting. First; we had to remove the mattress, and if you ever have done this, you have a small idea of what we went through. The mattresses on a Motor Home are rigid with wood framing and not even a little comfortable. We were able to maneuver it out, sweating and probably swearing in about an hour.
Second; now we had to build a frame around the top of the base, this we did with 2X4’s and fastened it to the base with L brackets.
Third; we bought a sheet of 5/8 inch plywood and cut it in two pieces to fit on top of the frame. We placed three hinges on the plywood to divide it so that we could lift it up to place the tables and Shirl’s keyboard between the base and the top. We also used some old towels to pad the hinges just for GP. Last; we fastened the top to the frame with screws.
Fourth; Since the original mattress was so wonderful, we sold it on Craig’s list and bought a 6 inch memory foam mattress, and we has two 2 ½ inch memory foam toppers which were California King size, cut to fit our Queen mattress and so now we had about 8 inches of memory foam to sleep on. Ahhh!