Monday, March 30, 2009
Before . . . Thinking and measuring and designing . . .
Since I won't have any funds in the foreseeable future for getting a truck liner, but still NEED SOMETHING between my knees and those hard metal ridges in the bed, I came up with the idea of using a foam eggcrate thing and then covering it with a couple of Yoga mats. This makes it soft and easy to take out and clean. And bonus: the yoga mats are "sticky" meaning they will keep things from sliding around! I also had 2 shoe shelfs that I decided would be perfect to fit over the wheel hubs and make that space useable. I cut out one of them to fit it in against the wheel hub, but I left the other one as is and just use those "sticky" yoga blocks to make it level. That way I have the shelves at two different levels and the one that's not cut out to fit the hub still has a full second shelf.
Here is the "sitting area" with the bed rolled up and the Coleman Kitchen standing up against the tail gate.
Here is the bed rolled out. Look at how nicely I cut the shelf on the left to fit in next to the hub!!! The second shelf is also cut out in a half oval to allow the shelf to fit against the rounded hub. It's still usable for storing smaller items.
This is in travel mode with the black storage tubs brought down into the middle and the Coleman Kitchen laid down on it's side. There is still lots of room to tuck all the other stuff I will end up bringing into nooks and crannys but I will have to be careful not to junk it up. And I especially want to keep it where it will only take a couple of quick simple moves to take it from Travel Mode to sleeping/chillin mode. That way should I find the need to Stealth Park somewhere to get a cat nap while on the road or to sleep overnight, all i have to do is pop into the back, shuffle a few things around and I'm happy and as cozy as a clam!
Somewhere between Granada and Jackson, Mississippi, I started feeling sleepy. Usually I hate that feeling but this time, I was happy cuz it meant I could stop at the next rest stop and try out the back of my camper for taking little cat naps while on the road. Of course, I brought along some bedding for just this purpose. Aaahhhh quite comfy!
Now am I happy or what!!!!!!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
When I drove into the Travel Center . . . here was the first sight that I saw!! I will take it as a good omen.
Friday, March 27, 2009
For real, it was this time last year that Reece Robbins from San Diego, California rode his bike into Baton Rouge and couch surfed with David. And that's when I started reading his blog as he made his way across the United States and into Central America and down to Brazil. And I as a read his blog, it wasn't long before I wanted to do something similar. and now one year later, I am about to do just that!!! Just on a much smaller scale of course! LOL and maybe a little more comfortable.
So . . . hopefully I'll get a chance to add some photos and stuff to this blog while I am in Memphis tomorrow . . .
Thursday, March 26, 2009
and here is kinda what it will look like:
and an important issue that I need to understand evenutally:
How to Have Electricity! http://www.cheaprvliving.com/howtohaveelectricity.html
Friday, March 20, 2009
This morning I made reservations for the trip down to Ft. Walton Beach to get the topper installed. Hotel room: $70
Then I made a reservation at Percy Quinn State Park for the return trip home. Camping site with electricity on the lake: $22
AAAAGGGHHHH what a BIG difference!! : ) : ) : )
So now, in the meantime while I wait for the date to get here, i'll be putting together the sleeping gear and conveniences that will fit into 2 plastic tubs for that first camping night in the back of the truck. Should be fun!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Ok, I've narrowed it down to these two toppers. They are both in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. If all goes as planned, I gonna drive down there on the afternoon of Easter Sunday, spend the night in Hattiesburg, get up super early and hopefully be at the dealer's by 10. They say it'll only take about an hour to install it. Then maybe I can go sit at the beach for a little bit and then turn around and head for home. Except, I'm thinking about stopping at a State Park in Mississippi that evening and sleeping in the camper for the first time (i'll have my mattress and a few other conveniences packed away in a plastic tub to pull out and put together when I get to the State Park). That way, as I lay there, I can begin to envision all the additions I want to make to the inside to "vandwell" it up and make it a nice cozy little nest!! I'll start making my measurements and making a list of things to do while I'm chillin there that night. Plus at this particular park I want to stay at, there are a lot of CCC buildings that I would love to see!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
A couple of shots of the inside to give me an idea of the room available in one like this:
I'm thinking about how I could make a bed platform that goes just above the wheel humps. That would give me storage room under the platform and a twin air bed on top. I measured the camper top and I think I would still have decent head room sitting on the bed on top of a platform like I'm thinking about.
with a bed platform, I could put the twin mattress up against one side (39" wide) and still have 15" available on the other side for storage. I'm also thinking about how to construct practical shelving up along the sides to give me options for storing everything securely.
Here is one used topper that I did locate online. It is only $430 installed, but I would have to go to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida to get it . . . ROADTRIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!