RV Decorating, RV Life, RV Product Recommendations

Product Reviews – spice rack

Since we moved into the RV full time, we’ve made some purchases that we’re thrilled with.  I though it would be helpful for others to see why we/I love our purchase.  If we don’t love it, you won’t see it here.  Most will work for a house, some are RV only.

If you click on the picture and use the link to purchase I could get a little bit of commission.

fullsizeoutput_cd7My spices were making me crazy. In a cabinet, in a drawer … Nothing I did worked well until I found this on Amazon. It sits behind my stove, against the wall. It’s also made to hang or stack another one on top. I’ve used it for a few months and it’s worked very well.

 

 

 

 

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Spring At Last (or so I thought)

This winter has certainly been a test of how well Greg and I get along. It’s been unusually cold and  since we no longer have horses our weekends aren’t spent at the barn. We’ve been forced to spend more time inside than we like. Our Beagle pup Daisy is tired of  being in and she’s taken up a new pastime of trying to play with the cats. The 3 cats aren’t amused and decided to retaliate by going after her if she gets close to them.

After an unwanted foot of snow in late March, it looks like spring is finally making an appearance. Temperatures are starting to be where they should instead of the usual 10 degrees below. Spring peepers are out, a pair of bluebirds arrived yesterday and bunnies today. We made it through our first winter in the 5th wheel (with no major problems)! Or so I thought. A few more snow storms, more cold and more wind. Winter just doesn’t want to let go.

We’ve learned quite a bit over the first winter. The industrial Velcro didn’t hold all of the skirting all winter. We ended up buying snaps and Greg did repairs “as needed”. We’ll replace all of the Velcro when the weather decides to stay warm. The marine vinyl is holding up very well and it wasn’t expensive. The 100 gal propane tank was a life saver. The heated hose worked well except when the temps went down to single digits at night. Dripping the faucets was enough to keep Greg from having to use the heat gun to thaw either hose connection. The repair man that came to fix the oven told us that supplemental heat was fine as long as it was above freezing. Keeping the heater from kicking on also prevented heat in the underbelly. We’re pleased with our choices of marine vinyl skirting with blue foam board behind it, thermal curtains, a heated hose and vent stuffers for wintering in the RV. We were warmer and more comfortable than we’ve every been in any house.

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Product Reviews – Oxygenics shower head

Since we moved into the RV full time, we’ve made some purchases that we’re thrilled with.  I though it would be helpful for others to see why we/I love our purchase.  If we don’t love it, you won’t see it here.  Most will work for a house, some are RV only.

If you click on the picture and use the link to purchase I could get a little bit of commission.

 

fullsizeoutput_cd9.jpeg   It didn’t take us long to find out showing in an RV take a little getting used to and the factory shower head leaves a lot to be desired.

I have long hair and I didn’t have enough pressure to rinse the conditioner out while I still had hot water.  This has given us the best shower since we lived in a house.

 

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RV Christmas

I can’t believe 2017 is almost over and Christmas is upon us. Can we still have a “normal” Christmas while living in an RV?

Along with the standard shopping I managed to buy new decorations. Nothing we had was going to work. I hadn’t been able to really decorate for years thanks to our cats. Have I ever mentioned we have the worst cats in the county (regardless of which county we live in). I decorate and within 10 minutes the un-decorating begins. When we lived in a house, I did minimal and only where they couldn’t reach. We came home with dog and cat presents, decorations and a tree. Add in a few things we already had and it was starting to look like Christmas.

We woke up to a little snow on Christmas Day. The critters were given their stockings and spent hours playing with their new toys. By the time Mom came over for lunchtime dinner on Christmas day the critters had almost played themselves out and everybody was too tired to not be well behaved. We had a wonderful dinner and Mom visited all day.

Yes we can have a normal Christmas in an RV. It was probably the best Christmas I ever had.

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Product Reviews – miracle mat

Since we moved into the RV full time, we’ve made some purchases that we’re thrilled with and I wanted to share. If we don’t love it, you won’t see it here.  Most will work for a house, some are RV only.

If you click on the picture and use the link to purchase I could get a little bit of commission.

door mat

I was looking for something to keep the muddy paws at bay. I originally bought the smaller version. This winter has been mud, snow or both. Our pup loves the snow so the mud and snow came in . The smaller version wasn’t enough. I bought this in February. It’s been an RV saver! It keeps most of the mud and water off of the hard floors and is easy to clean with my Bissel stick. A bit expensive, but worth the money.

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Making A Home – part 2

After several months of adding things here and there, it was finally starting to feel like home. There was still more that needed to be done.

The kitchen was making me crazy. No matter what I did, it just wasn’t workable. I had all of the plates, cups, cookware and storage containers organized. All of the food had a place. Spice racks attached to the inside of a cabinet didn’t work, spices in a container in the cabinet didn’t work. Every night while making dinner I had to stare at the ugly border, valance and bent mini blinds. Even though we had sink covers I could still use more counter space. Kitchens should be pretty. Mine was not. Extra material from the bedroom curtains covered the valance well and the mini blinds were replaced by matching curtains. Greg was out doing errands one day and came home to find that ugly border was replaced by flowers. A vanity tray from Walmart held the dish soap and scrubbies. My spice and counter space dilemmas were solved by Amazon.

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(click on the photos to view products on Amazon)

 

 

The spice rack fits nicely behind the stove and they’re always convenient. The stove cover may not be the prettiest, but it’s given me the extra counter space I needed. With the addition of a few plants, I had a pretty, functional kitchen.

The living room, dining room and office areas weren’t bad. We removed the recliners at the back and I had a functional office by adding the kitchen table from the house, my filing cabinet and printer, as well as a few organizers and my desk lamp. I could finally work comfortably. Hubby decided that my office could also be music room and promptly claimed a portion of my table. An office chair from Staples completed that area. Since I work from home, that was probably the most important area of the house. 6 months later I’m still trying to find a better home for that guitar amp.

Before winter I decided we need thermal curtains to help keep the heat in. In my infinite wisdom I decided to buy thermal curtains and cut them down to fit. With my limited sewing experience and 10 windows, it was quite an undertaking! I didn’t think I’d ever get them finished. It would have probably been easier to remove the valances, but I don’t always do things that are easy. Greg wasn’t really happy about the argument of hanging rods under the valances. That project was finally completed.

We brought our love seat from the house. It was in perfect condition and we knew it was critter proof. The carpet on the TV slide unfortunately wasn’t. The binding on one side was coming off when we purchased the trailer. It took Daisy 6 months to find it, but she did. And true to puppy form, Daisy just couldn’t resist pulling on it. I turned my back for less than a minute and 2′ of binding left. We had talked about eventually adding an area rug, but weren’t ready to spend the money on it. Daisy turned eventually into immediately. Don’t tell Greg, but I’m glad she did. The rug makes it warmer and more homey. A few placemats and cloth napkins here and there make great covers.

I think my redecorating is complete ….. until I find something else that would look nice or be useful.

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Making A Home

We survived finding a place to live and moving an entire 1300 sq. ft house in 30 days, the challenges of adapting to a 28′ travel trailer, moving (again) into a 35′ 5th wheel, the challenges of winter and every other problem that came our way. We have our “stuff”, but it just didn’t feel like home. The transformation began a little at a time.

Our bedroom is probably my favorite room. I absolutely loved the curtains in our house bedroom so why not use them here. As much as I hated to do it, the curtains are going to be repurposed. I can’t enjoy them sitting in storage until we eventually buy a house. So with my newly purchased $90 sewing machine from Walmart and a trip to the storage shed to get what I needed, I went to work. It’s probably been 20 years since I touched a sewing machine and I was going to attempt to cut down lined lined, weighted curtains. I carefully measured, cut, pinned and swore every time I stuck myself, which was often. It took a good portion of the weekend, but I had 2 bedside curtains and the front window finished. I didn’t measure as carefully as I thought and it’s a bit difficult to slide them over the rods, but they look nice and they work. I could still see the top of the shade on the big window so it got a custom made valance. Things were starting to come together. I had a matching runner for my dresser that I made years ago so that went on the dresser here. The addition of pillows and shams completed the bedroom. Or so I thought. After looking at it for awhile there was something missing. There wasn’t wall space to add pictures without constantly bumping them. The border I bought a few months back finished the look.

The bathroom is small so it didn’t need much. I’d already decided colors when we used a small burgundy rug from the house bathroom. The house had a Croscill shower curtain so I’ll stick with that theme. Now to find border in the discontinued Townhouse pattern. I picked up bits and pieces here and there. A new shower head so I could rinse my hair, a place for our shampoo where it doesn’t slide off. Living with TP in a cabinet for several months in the first trailer I was thrilled to find a holder that worked in the bathroom.

Part 2 will be the kitchen and living area.