Thursday, March 10, 2011

Six Months in Our New Home...

Here we are, warts and all!
Summoning all my bravery, I decided to be brutally honest and take a picture of our quarters without rearranging or cleaning anything.

After all, we aren't always going to be in a picture perfect situation, and I think the picture illustrates that even when cluttered up, our new home looks great and is very comfortable.

It's been six months since we set out on the road in our Road Warrior 361 and it still feels like we made the right decision. I never feel cramped or claustrophobic, after all, if the walls close in, you can always step outside to the outdoor living room and stretch your legs on the patio or take a walk on a nature trail or beach.

Cluttered, yet still comfortable note kitten on back of couch
The Fifth Wheeler has held up very well, we haven't had any problems with anything going wrong or not working, only once did I have to call the service department about a question about air conditioning, and it turned out to be a simple case of "Operator Error" on my part.

We have traveled with this rig from Minnesota to Florida, with many stops in between, also we have moved very few weeks from one Park to another, so I think we've put enough miles on to be able to say she handles well, and so far, nothing has fallen off or got broken in the move.

Doyle really likes how well she turns and handles on the road, the brakes really do a good job of stopping her and the axles give a very nice smooth ride, we also have marveled at the great cornering ability this monster has, (compared to our previous trailer, which had no suspension, only two axles and needed forty acres to turn her around). He says we have better gas, (diesel), mileage with this rig because of it's better aerodynamics and balance, even though it is much larger and heavier than our old Fifth Wheel.
Didn't even wash the dishes....EEK!

It certainly does feel much more solid than any Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler we have ever been in, the slides are really solid and we have no problems with them binding or getting stuck, even when we are on less than level surfaces. The large Black water and two grey water tanks are a Godsend, we are in many parks that don't have black water on the site, and have found we can go a month without dumping if we observe a few rules of conservation:

1) Never put Toilet Paper in the black water tank, (we have a tissue bin next to the jon).

2) Take Navy showers, (wet down, shut off water, lather, then rinse, repeat).

Cluttered, yet evolving....
3) Dump dish washing water outside when practical, never put grease down the sink, EVER! I also must say I never dump grease outside, just soapy water. Grease goes in a recepticle designed just for this and is disposed of properly.

As far as closet space and storage, we have gone through several reorganizations to adjust to seasons and more practical use. We have plenty of storage space for what we need to take with us though...

The kitchen cupboards are and ever evolving thing....one handy decision was to turn one large drawer into a bread, cracker, chip bin, (and other items that may go stale or get moldy), this way we get a good idea of what we have on hand at a glance, and we know to let the bin go empty before we charge out and get more chips and such, (sort of an "Eat this First" bin).

Doyle was resorting stuff so our patio was cluttered...
The exterior is holding up very well, I have only had to wash the outside once since we got to Florida, it's been several rain showers ago.

Never underestimate the power of tinted privacy glass, we have big windows that we like to keep un-shuttered, what goes on inside, stays inside, except at night, you do have to pull down the blinds or you feel like you are in a lighted aquarium!

Exterior looks Fabulous!
Our power awning is retracted today because we just had a huge storm and we didn't want to chance losing the awning, although I must say it holds up well to the wind and actually has a dump function if it pools with water that it does all by itself!

As you can see, Doyle had busied himself with sorting out some items in our huge front pass through, even living full time on the road and having product for our business stored on there, we still have a hard time filling it up! But, admittedly,  we do have the garage in the back for most items!

So, this should give you and idea of what a Fifth wheel looks like when it's been set up for a while and you've been too busy enjoying yourself to spruce things up. I must admit at this point that it only takes about an hour to deep clean the main area, the bathroom takes less than half an hour, the bedroom takes forever because I never can decide what to do with all my surplus clothes! (I thought I had purged, REALLY!).
I know, I could have made the bed right.......
It's ugly, but it's the truth!















I have no real excuse for how bad the closet looks right now, other than to say my closet has always looked this bad, no reflection on Heartland's Road Warrior at all. I always have tried to cram too much in no matter how much space is available. (I once had a walk in closet you couldn't walk in...hopeless...hopeless).

So now you have seen the reality of life on the road with all its mess and clutter. It's even one of those sad gray somber days outside after a huge storm that came through last night and this morning. So this is probably as bad as it gets. Now that I've revealed my inner mess, I think I'll get to cleaning up a bit. Nothing inspires like exposure!

Click Here for the Results of My Clean Up!

12 comments:

karylsquilts said...

Im suppose to be washing cupbrds today so I can move our things in to our NEW to us Rig !!
We wont be full time but we will Be out and about !

Jessica said...

I love the pics - thanks for sharing! I'm sure my closet will look a lot like yours! LOL

Lorna said...

The sorting and thinning down NEVER ends! Nice place, glad you are enjoying it... Now I gotta go do my sink full of dirty dishes. Nice thing about those tiny RV sinks... a sink full doesn't take long to wash!

Doyle and Terri Johnson said...

Thanks for all your comments, I didn't think I was alone in the clutter department, won't be that way until I get Phyllis Diller's House that Flushes!
With two cats, a dog and a husband that's barely house trained I have my work cut out for me, but, I wouldn't trade it for a Mansion in Beverly Hills! It's great to get the feedback!

Jack B. Nimble said...

"Home is where the heart is and where you hang your hat." What a lovely life you have, Doyle and Terri. I'm so glad I found your blog.

Karen said...

I have done the same thing, only with my kitchen cabinets and pantry. We do a "toss out, clean out" every six months whether we need it or not. We have been full time in a 32 ft travel trailer for 11 years, Still love it!

Joseph said...

You have a really nice home. I think it looks very unique. I've always wanted to have that kind of house.

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Singapore Condominium said...

Its always so exciting to shift to a new place. And if its ur home then bingo! Nice to read your blog.

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