One of the few things we don’t like about RV Fulltiming is dealing with severe weather and the other night we had a big thunderstorm come through. For a few minutes we had nickle sized hail. Tell you what, having hail beating down on the RV is attention-getting! Our motorhome has three roof vents/exhaust fans. One is covered. The other two, one in a hallway and the other in the bathroom, have no cover over the lid.
We were already aware that one of those lids had a small corner crack so replacing it was on the agenda. The hail storm, though, moved that project to the front burner. The hail broke through that lid, knocking holes in it. The other lid cracked but held. As the storm continued, I grabbed some gaffer tape and taped the broken lid from the inside the best I could. The next morning I got on the roof to survey the damage. Happily, the only damage was to the two lids. I taped them both up some more and ordered replacements as well as new vent covers.
The project was easy enough and in an hour or so I had the new lids plus new covers installed. The covers will not only protect the lids in rough weather and against sun damage but will keep the rain out if the vents are left open. They can also be cracked open when we are traveling to create airflow through the camper.
This is an easy upgrade and I recommend it to anyone who has a RV that doesn’t have the covers.
As we’ve enjoyed the fulltime lifestyle we’ve met some interesting people. Many fulltimers tell me they have a blog, and if they do, I bookmark their site intending to keep up with them. To be honest, I tend to forget those bookmarked sites and seldom look at them.
Tonight, something brought those blogs to mind and I decided to check in on those folks we’ve meet along the way.
To my surprise many of them have left the road. As far as I can tell, the lifestyle changes were pretty much voluntary although I know of a few folks who have had health issues that forced a change of lifestyle (I wrote about that here). The others, I think, just came to a “been there done that” time in life and decided to find a place to land and start a new chapter in their lives.
While I was surprised at the number of fulltime RVers we’ve met that are no longer traveling it comes as no surprise that things change. In fact, as someone has wisely said, change is the one constant in life.
It is, though, good to be reminded that as enjoyable as fulltiming is, for most of us it’s an all too brief passage of life. Hopefully, for us, the adventure will end because we done all we wanted to do and are ready for a different sort of adventure. There’s a pretty good chance though, that it will involve something less voluntary.
I guess the point of this philosophic rambling is a reminder that the fulltime lifestyle, as enjoyable as it is, is a temporary passage in life. We don’t want to take this blessing for granted and we don’t want to get sidetracked from it by anything that doesn’t measure up, although it is reasonable to be reminded that some things do measure up and can make an unexpected appearance at any time (we’ve had that happen once). As it is, though, this chapter will end soon enough. Whether we have a short or long time to go in this adventure we want to make every day count.
One thing I really dislike about the floorplan of many motorhomes is the placement of the TV over the driver’s seat. I know that newer rigs are being designed differently, but motorhomes of the era of our “new” Safari Cheetah are all laid out like this.
With that in mind, one of our first projects after getting moved in was to relocate the TV. Since there are just two of us, picking a good spot was easier than it would be for a family. Our rig had two couches facing one another, so we got rid of one of the couches and put our recliners in place of the removed couch.
Then, I mounted the TV over the couch on the opposite side of the rig so that our recliners face it. My approach was pretty low tech. First, I put two hooks in the cabinet above the couch. Then I built a shelf that sits on the back of the couch and is attached to the wall below the window. The front of the shelf isn’t attached to the couch – it just rests on it and is kept in place by a couple of L-shaped brackets that “saddle” the couch.
The TV, then, sits on the shelf, but is also attached by chains to the hooks. This keeps it pretty stable. However, it will not stay there when we are moving the motorhome. I can just unhook the chains, disconnect the HDMI cable, and lay the TV down on the couch. This process will take less than one minute.
Meanwhile, we had a big blank space where the TV had been mounted above the driver’s area. We recovered it will stick on cork shelf liner and attached a much-needed clock there.
Again, this is all low tech and it is also low cost. We’re happy with this early motorhome project.
Note: happily, the scenes on the TV aren’t our local weather!
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