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Never Did Mind the Power on the Road

We’ve been on the road for nearly two months now and we’ve stayed at various types of sites:  state parks with water AND electric, parks with water OR electric, full hookups with water, electric and sewer, and any of which would have 50 amp or 30 amp power connections. Although, we have not boondocked yet — look for a potential future post :)

When we’re connected to a 50 amp site, we really don’t need to give our electric usage much thought — not that we go hog-wild and run everything at once — but there isn’t a concern we’ll trip a breaker by going about our normal routines.

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The Big Reveal!

This is it, the big reveal! One year ago, we bought this beauty in need of some major updating and TLC. Since then we’ve primed, painted, re-wired, re-ducted, removed mouse nests and carpet, removed wood floor and a broken microwave, stripped wallpaper, resealed the toilet, eliminated creepy plumbing fixtures, added a bunk bed, gutted a useless sofa, added a table and bench seating and did a whole lot of cleaning! And that was just the inside. Outside we got new tires, repainted the tire cover and the exhaust pipe, scraped off flakey clear coat and repainted some worn stripes, sealed the roof, replaced the lighting, freshened up the windshield wipers, and more cleaning.

Here are the after photos:

And here are the before photos:

I’m so happy with the way it all turned out. I can’t wait to move in :)

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We Have A Bed!

The boys have been spending the night in Edelweiss all week. They love their bunks. Our new bed is constructed and the mattress is finally finished. The frame allows the base to slide from a 30″ deep sofa during the day to a 55″ bed at night. Grandpa reconfigured the old sofa area that had tons of wasted space underneath to include a large drawer to store our bedding during the day.

The natural latex mattresses are layered with organic wool batting then slip-covered with a Sunbrella linen fabric to make them durable and cleanable.

It just needs our bed pillows and some cute toss pillows and it will be just like home.

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New Table: Part 2

Our custom dining room table and bench seats are done! Finito! Finally.

The table is secured to the wall and the floor, and we have 2 additional chairs that sit on the open side of the table. The bench seats, which coooould fit adult-sized humans, are primarily for the kids.

But the bench seats are made from a custom sheet of plywood, which is attached to two custom unfinished wood cabinets which we…finished. We thought they were a good alternative as they provide additional storage underneath, which is a bonus.

The final touches will be making some custom cushions for the bench, as well as an upholstered back rest. I’m just glad the major construction is done – I like checking things off of a list!

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New Table: Part 1

The motorhome did not come with a dining area or table or any kind of useful surface. That really left it up to our imagination as to what we wanted for our family. I went through dozens of ideas of my own as well as pouring over photos of other table remodels people have done before we decided on a winner.

My dad pulled out the old hardwood floor that was in the kitchen area and built a half wall that will help support the table. I took inspiration from this family’s website who needed to be able to seat 6 at their table. We’re using unfinished upper cabinets, that will be painted to match, as the seating bench. The table is built much like the bed/sofa frame but with a decoupaged map on the top. I had been trying to decide where to incorporate the map feature and thoughts of putting it on the wall in the bathroom flitted in and out of my head, but I think the table is a better place.