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Keystone Passport for sale

Keystone Passport 216RD has many of the features of a large camper in a small package. At 24’10” and 3,925 lbs dry weight it’s easily towed with a smaller SUV.

Inside has a nice kitchen with a large stainless sink, 3 burner stove with built in cover, oven, microwave and refrigerator. The u-shaped dinette converts into a bed and has storage beneath. There’s a queen size Murphy bed that folds into a love seat. Closets with mirrors are on each side of the bed. A flat screen TV swings out to watch from different areas of the camper. The bathroom has a tub/shower combo, toilet, sink and medicine cabinet. The 13,500 BTU air conditioner cools the camper very well and has an additional heater built in. The main heater is 30,000 BTU forced hot air. The 6-gal hot water heater can be run on electric, propane or both for faster recovery. Tons of outlets and USB ports.

Outside has a pass-thru storage compartment in front with a light and additional storage on the driver’s side rear. There’s a large awning with LED lighting, an outside shower, dual 20 lb propane tanks with cover, a light for hooking up at night and a light at the tank outlets. The structure is all aluminum with an enclosed and heated underbelly for colder weather camping. Fresh water tank is 43 gal, black and grey tanks are 30 gal each.

We purchased it brand new last October. We camped for 1 night and decided it’s not for us. Everything worked perfectly. It’s still under factory warranty.

Extras: Covers & insulators for both vents, brand new mattress, Oxygenics shower head and water shut off, new Progressive Industries surge protector, new dump hose (2 10’ sections with fittings), new stainless locks on cargo compartments, cover, 35’ fresh water hose, 50’ fresh water hose, 50’ heated fresh water hose, water pressure regulator, brass 90’ fitting for water hose, extension cord, 30 amp to 15 amp adapter, step covers, black tank additive, fresh water tank sanitizer, bug screens for refrigerator & heater.

$21,000 with everything listed or $19,000 camper only

Puddlejumper

Ready To Roll

Earlier this month I took a weeks vacation. Since our county is on lockdown because of covid19 we really couldn’t go anywhere. We worked on the flower beds and got them ready for planting. I did some things around the house that I didn’t have a chance to do.

During the week we had an appointment with the dealer to de-winterize and install roof vent covers. We had to cancel because of hitch issues that couldn’t be resolved easily. I had the brilliant idea of doing it myself! Of course I had no clue what I was doing. A few YouTube videos later and a call to the dealer to find out where the hot water heater was and I was ready, or so I thought. I proceeded to run faucets, one at a time until pink stuff stopped coming out. Ran outside and did the low point drain. Hot water next. I took the dinette apart, opened up the middle compartment to find the hot water heater, but no bypass. There was supposed to be a 3rd tube and valve. I couldn’t find it anywhere. Another call to the dealer, texted a picture and wait. After an hour I got tired of waiting so I started digging around. Greg started looking. We finally found a little tag that was turned sideways with directions to un-bypass. Greg turned the valve and we heard water flow. When it stopped I made sure the heater was full, turned it on and finished running antifreeze out of the hot water lines. Finished!

Looking around I notice pink splattered all over both sinks and the bathtub. It wasn’t rinsing off. More to do than I bargained for. I poured fresh water tank sanitizer in, filled it with water and rocked the trailer. As it was draining I decided to clean. 4 hours later it was dusted, vacuumed and scrubbed. Everything was spotless. The fresh water tank still need another fill and drain. While it was draining I decided to stock some essentials – cookware, silverware, coffee pot, tea kettle, towels, bedding. Trip after trip from the house, it now had most of the basics in clean storage containers under the dinette benches. A full 8 hours and it’s ready to go. The new mattress is supposed to arrive today.

Let the adventures begin!

RV Life

No Longer Accidental?

You would think after living in an RV for 2 years we’d never want to see another one. We really don’t and cringed at the thought of it, however ….. The Outback was proving hard to sell. It was huge! At almost 37′ & 10,000 lbs. dry weight, it would be like dragging a tractor trailer box around. Although the truck was fully capable, neither one of us wanted to attempt it. The most we’ve done is 21′ & 7,000 lbs of horse trailer. If we were going to have to make a payment it may as well be on something useful or easier to sell. We traded the beast in for a brand new Keystone Passport. It’s smaller SUV friendly and much easier to deal with. It could live in our driveway instead of Mom’s. I couldn’t force us going to campgrounds and using it. We live in a rural area and are surrounded by 3,000 acres of trails and wilderness.

We took delivery of the Passport, I took pictures and immediately put it up for sale. Then I had a thought. I’ve gotten back into photography since I got a good camera last Christmas. I love to photograph waterfowl, primarily ducks. Although we have plenty here, I’m getting tired of being local.  We could use the Passport for weekend trips for my photography. We could also go some of the places we’ve talked about, but because of airfare and hotel prices being ridiculous, have been cost prohibitive. The thought of spending more time in an RV didn’t make Greg’s day, but he agreed.

I took down the sale ads and loaded her with all the things from the Outback that we’d need. I named her Puddle-jumper since she’ll be used to find puddle ducks and she’s so little compared to what we’re use to. I started decorating in a waterfowl theme with some of the photos I took.

You’ll be able to read about the adventures of Puddle-jumper here and see the photos on our website.

 

RV Life

2 Years And 6 Days

Since I’ve had a real shower in a real house. I was looking for the water shutoff until I remembered I didn’t need to. I could leave the water run and stay in as long as I wanted. I never wanted to get out.

For 2 years and 6 days the six of us lived full time, stationary in about 250 sq ft of space. Our Beagle was just a pup when we moved in. She and the three cats adjusted well to our tiny home. It had its ups and downs, life was easy at times and hard others. We took a leap of faith into an unknown world to keep our family together and it worked out well. I enjoyed spending so much time with my Mom and she appreciated all the help we gave her.

Now it’s time to move on. We moved into our new house on Aug 13th. It has 4 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths and 2 floors. I keep getting turned around. Greg and I constantly loose each other. The animals love it. We put Daisy’s portable pen around the patio so she has a place to be loose outside. Her real fence should be installed in about a month. She’ll have a good sized yard to play in.

Mom was supposed to live with us and at the last minute refused. She’s only 8 minutes away so we can still be there when she needs us. Greg gets double lawn duty every week.

We’re looking forward to our new adventure and getting adjusted to living in a house. I do miss the soft rain on the bedroom slide as I’m going to sleep.

 

RV Life

All The Comfort Foods of Home

For years I’ve wanted to get back into vegetable gardening, but lack of time never permitted it. Then there was the rototiller, fencing and everything else that had to be done before you could start to plant. It was never going to happen with house, horses and a pup.

In late winter I accidentally stumbled upon container gardening. Growing up in a gardening family, veggies were always planted in the ground after fertilizing and tilling. I read quite a few articles on container gardening, joined a Facebook group and jumped right in with both feet in early April.

Cherry tomatoes, green pepper, patio tomatoes, broccoli, leaf lettuce and a few herbs came home. I couldn’t resist a few freesias. I was really looking forward to fresh veggies when they grew. Our “house” it portable so why shouldn’t our garden be.

RV Life

Effects of Nature

Apparently we weren’t supposed to live in a house. Our purchase fell thru when it came to the inspections so our journey continues. I’ve re-learned patients with the little things that annoyed me as we continue with our lives in the 5th wheel.

When you live in an RV full time it’s amazing how closely you pay attention to the weather and how much it can effect our lives. With spring upon us it’s thunderstorm season. I always payed a little closer attention than most because of the horses. We no longer have horses, but I’m more in tune with what’s going on now and what’s in store for the near future.

If the birds and critters disappear, something’s coming. Fill the fresh water tank, make sure you have generator gas, batton down the hatches and see what’s in store. We’ve been getting thunderstorms every few days and everything has been fine …. until last week when it wasn’t.

Last Tuesday evening I was almost finished cooking dinner when the electric went out. It came back and went out again. I reported the outage to the electric company. Estimated time was 2 hours. Fire up the generator and we’re good to go. Mom was alright and didn’t see a need to come over. Our little Champion generator proved to be worth its weight in gold again. Two days later the electric came back on.

RV Life

Our Journey Ends

We’ve come to another crossroad in life and it’s bitter sweet. We found out last night our offer on a house has been accepted. We’ll have 2400 sq. ft. instead of 250. All of our belongings will be with us instead of in storage. No more popping the breaker when we try to use the tea kettle and toaster at the same time (since we’re plugged into 30 amps and use an adapter for the 50 amp trailer). No more having to turn off the water in the shower when we aren’t using it. The house won’t rock when it’s really windy. On the flip side, no more RV. We’ll be saying goodbye to the place we’ve called home for going on 2 years. The corn fields across the street with geese coming and going, the fawns we watched grow up and the noisy cows down the street.

Our journey started as accidental RVers. Thrown into a situation we knew nothing about to prevent us from being homeless. We made the steep learning curve of life in an RV. Sometimes it was easy, sometimes it was a matter of survival and it was a struggle. This past winter was rough and I didn’t think it would ever end. As we come down to our final month I find myself getting annoyed at little things that were just part of daily life in the past. I also find myself starting to miss our beloved portable home and the memories we’ve made here.

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Introducing LR Cameron Photography

My love of ducks, nature and wildlife combined with my new camera have had me hitting the woods and waterways as much as possible. Rugged trails and precarious situations have resulted in beautiful photos. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I’ve enjoyed taking them. Visit our gallery. Specializing in ducks, nature and […]

via Introducing LR Cameron Photography — Life At LPS Ranch

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Survival

For whatever the reasons, this winter seems more like survival than living. With the fluctuating outside temps it’s not hard to understand why we’re having issues regulating inside. Now that it’s finally gotten cold, we don’t seem to be as warm as we were last winter.

An  “arctic blast” was forecasted for early last week so hubby ran out to get bubble wrap. Last weekend was winter storm/cold prep. We filled the fresh water tank and checked the generator,  cut pieces of bubble wrap for every window and put it up, pulled the day/night shades and closed the curtains tight and checked the skirting and foam board to make sure everything was in place before the cold came. And come it did. Sunday was near 50 and plummeted during the afternoon. Night was in the single digits. Monday brought a high of 15 with winds that made it feel like -20. It took the house heater and the EdenPure running constantly to keep it warm. We survived, but discovered watching TV was out. Our TV is in a living room slide and lowers in the cabinet behind the fireplace. So much cold air came in when it was raised we couldn’t keep warm.

It looks like last week was a trial run for the 4-5 days of the same forecasted for the end of this week.

We survived round 2, although it was a challenge. Teens by day and below 0 at night with 5″ of snow. The door hinges froze and squeaked. It was a chronic balancing act between the trailer heater and EdenPure to maintain a comfortable temperature inside, as well as keeping the underbelly above freezing.  Greg slept on the sofa for 3 nights to make sure the heater was ok. Dripping faucets constantly to keep the water from freezing. I have a huge case of “house-atosis” and can’t wait to see daylight again. The pup that normally loves cold and snow preferred to stay in and pull the blanket off the back of the sofa onto herself. Today is supposed to be the big thaw. Mid 30’s today and from one extreme to another, mid to upper 50’s this week. We can finally open the curtains, remove bubble wrap and see daylight. I started to feel like a bat.

I do realize people in the colder climates live with these conditions every winter, but in PA we’re just not used to it. Our houses are built for it and most people don’t know how to deal with it. After talking to other people, I think we were actually better off in our Rv than most were in houses. I heard stories of pipes freezing and heaters not being able to keep the houses at comfortable temps.

Our winter RV survival kit –

  • RV with an arctic package and heated underbelly
  • 1/2″ foam board covered by marine grade vinyl skirting held in place with stainess snaps
  • heated hose
  • foam pipe insulation on both ends of the hose
  • heat gun (just in case)
  • bubble wrap for every window, thermal curtains and day night shades (kept closed while temps are below freezing
  • roof vent inserts
  • EdenPure heater (we would have frozen without it)
  • dripped water in the bathroom constantly and in the kitchen over night
  • weather station with extra sensors – we have 1 in the bedroom and 1 in the belly to monitor temps
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Another Winter

Here we are, spending another winter in the 5th wheel.  Setting up for winter seemed to be much easier than last year, yet it just doesn’t seem as comfortable as last year. it was so unseasonably warm for quite awhile and regulating the temperature in here got to be a nightmare. Now that it’s colder it’s much more stable.

We had another wonderful RV Christmas. It looked beautiful again. We got another potted tree and I think we got it in the ground fast enough for it to survive. I really enjoyed having Mom spend the entire day with us. At 90, who knows how many more Christmas’ I’ll get to spend with her. We had plenty of food, music and great company. I think I’ll miss Christmas most when we get a house.

I got a nice camera for Christmas. It’s been a long time since I used a real camera so I had a bit of a learning curve. With 3400 acres of lakes, woods and open fields within a 5 minute drive I’ve been taking pictures of what I love … waterfowl, wildlife, sunsets, nature and of course Daisy. I set up a site to showcase those photos. I hope you’ll enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Daisy has discovered those 3400 acres and is determined to explore every trail. We started hiking the trails on weekends for a treat for her. Regardless of weather, it’s now expected. As much as Daisy hates car rides, weekends roll around and she more than happy to jump in. The horrible trails that you can barely walk are her favorites.

Instead of exploring trails, this weekend has been spent doing winter storm prep. the forecast was 4-8″ of snow followed by freezing rain then rain. After everything stopped we were supposed to get 20-30 mph winds. Tonight it’s supposed to be 5, tomorrow 15. Wind chills will be -20 to -30. Propane and refrigerator are full. We bubble packed with windows and it makes a huge difference. Shades are down, curtains are closed. We’re not going to see the light of day until Wednesday.