Outfitting an RV: How we’re bonding with our Roadtrek

Written by on April 23, 2012 in Observations

As we wait for the weather here in Michigan to warm up so we can head off for another trip in our Roadtrek, we’ve been doing a lot of outfitting.

We’ve been shopping for all the little things  like rugs, hangers for the wardrobe, pots and pans, a clock, towels and the accessories that will make it come to truly be a home on wheels.

And in that process has come a bonding with our rig. It’s ours now.

Today we cleaned the carpets. Yesterday I replaced the old analog TV that came with it with a new 19 inch Samsung digital TV. While I was at it, I added a new BluRay DVD player. Over the weekend we used leather cleaner on the seats. Last week, I replaced the old radio with a new JVC radio that will play and charge my iPhone/iPad. I also put in new 4-inch Alpine speakers. We bought packing cubes for our clothes and new bedding (a king-sized Superbag that will make it a lot easier to set up our bed). Oh yeah, we got extra sheets for the Superbag, too.

And then there’s the gear and gizmos. You can see some of that in this post. But, trust me, there’s more coming. I’ll do a video later this week showing some of the other extras I’ve picked up.

The RT will be, after all, our home when we’re on the road.

This has all been a surprising amount of fun for me, who hates to shop, especially at malls. But there I am, running not to one, two or three but literally a dozen stores with my wife to find the perfect rugs. The accompanying pictures are two of the many we brought back so far, though I know there will be yet more to bring home and try out.

That’s okay. These things take time.

Besides, it’s still very cold here. And as we bond with our Roadtrek, we’re spending a lot of time in it each day… even if it is in the driveway.

 



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  1. Alex says:

    Mike
    First of all you need two adapters and standard extension cord at list 30feet
    Take a look photos
    1. Standard power jack to 30A
    2. 30A to 50 A

    . During the 3 Years traveling and visit of hundreds RV parks we are founded these adapters very useful.
    For sample situations:
    1. “ do you have place to stay for 1 night? Yes, we do, but it place for large RV and has 50A power post” Ops…..
    2. Yes, we do .. How long Is your power cord ? What? Sorry we have just 1 parking place, but power post is 60 feet away….
    3. Very often 30A service has standard power jack, so you need adapter..as well

    http://s357.photobucket.com/albums/oo16/Macgregor19/?action=view&current=Q-2.jpg

    http://s357.photobucket.com/albums/oo16/Macgregor19/?action=view&current=Q.jpg

  2. Alan MacRae says:

    I agree with Alex, Mike, save for a couple of comments. Get a 30Amp extension cable. That way, if you find yourself a ways from the power pedestal, you can still pull a full load. A “standard” extension cord won’t allow you to power up your AC if you need it without creating a hazard and/or damaging your AC unit. Another handy thing to have is a short AC extension cord, about 5-6 feet. These are heavier gauge (12ga) wire. You’ll find that the 30A regular/extension cord is heavy and, if you plug into a standard 15-20A receptacle on a pedestal, it will tend to unplug itself due to the weight of the cable. Using the short AC extension cord allows the weight of the heavy power cable to rest on the ground. Seems like a minor thing, but when your cord unplugs itself in the middle of the night, it’s worth it.

    Alex it truly right on the money…having a few adapters like that with you is well worth it.

  3. Gordon says:

    Mike, more info please on the TV replacement. I want to replace my old analog. Did you attach it to the old mount? Does it stick out more than the old one? Pictures please. BTW you are at this point hopelessly addicted, and there is no known 12 step program, just time on the road (LOL) Here is another hint. Nested pots and pans…
    http://www.amazon.com/Magma-Products-Professional-Stainless-Cookware/dp/B0049MFVG8

  4. Gordon says:

    Mike, check out before spending too much time with hangers for the closet, check out Davydds post in the B forum on what he did with his wardrobe. I just converted mine a few weeks ago, by installing standards on the side and crafting shelves (3) that are made from wood. Stacking clothes is far more space efficient than hanging clothes. I do not need hanging type clothes when I am “out there” These are things that have worked for me and are simply my humble opinion. In addition, my wife crafted 4 fabric bins for the cabinet above the sleeping area on the drivers side. These work great for holding clothes.

    Have fun!

  5. Mike says:

    Gordon: I did use the old mount. I first bought a 22 inch Samsung from Costco (on sale for $169). I installed that but it hung over too much. So we took it back and went to Best Buy, where I found a 19-inch Samsung for $179. That one fit perfectly. I also got a new BluRay DVD player. I Velcro’ed the DVD player to the shelf so it won’t bounce around. I’ve been told to get a new pre amp for the antenna, which I may do. I’ll do some pics and a video on the TV install by the weekend.
    Thanks for the nested pot suggestion. I’ll look up Davydd’s post.

  6. Mike says:

    Gordon… Do you have a link to Davydd’s post on the wardrobe shelves? Alan also told me of a similar plan. Sounds like an excellent ides, though I’m the most unhandy handman there is.

  7. Mike says:

    Which one is it? Looked up E;fa systems and there’s a gazillion of them…

  8. Gail Staton says:

    Mike,

    I’m not sure your closet is the same size as Davydd’s. Take you measurements and go to Elfa’s site and look for a system that works for you. His appear to be the mesh baskets and there is more than one configuration. They sure do look nice but we would miss our hanging closet especially for the different weight jackets and other clothes we prefer not to fold. We seem to have plenty of folding space in our rear upper cabinetsbut we all have different travel needs.

    If you don’t already have a string clothesline like he installed in the bathroom, they are very useful. One came standard in our LTV and we use it all the time.

    Gail

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