So today Logan told me that his carpet in his bedroom was wet. After much searching, we found out that under his tub has been leaking for a while now. Well since the weather here has been below freezing we have been letting the water drip. Well, all that water has just been soaking up into Logan’s carpet. So I called Dillon and told him we had a leak and they let him come home and see what was going on. There is a tiny little access hole with the toilet set right in front of it. So we had to tear down the whole wall in front of the tub. It’s still, not the easiest thing to reach. We managed to figure out that they cross threaded the dang thing and we now get to replace all that good stuff.
But my here is my question who designs these things? Lets the put the toilet in front of the access hole for the tub. Lets put the little corners in that are impossible to sweep. Let’s not put a silverware drawer or a closet bar in the back bedroom. I personally think its someone who never swept, or had a water leak in a tight spot behind a toilet. I clean the dang thing but gah who wants to hug a toilet? Also, who built the dang thing? Who was in charge of sewing down the all the stuff? This makes the fourth thing we have have had to fix in this camper we have had less than 6 months.
Living full time in a camper is rough, here is my list of must haves to make it a little easier.
1. Good surge protectors outside & inside I can’t tell you how much we spent on replacing our microwave, TVs and my Keurig because our inverter blew up (not just once) so we definitely learned this one the hard way! Use a Surge protector as much as you can and make sure it can handle the load! Here is one similar to the one we use outside.
2. Folding step stool Right now I have a cheap one from TJ Maxx but I don’t know how many times a day I use it. (FYI don’t stand directly in the center of those!)
3. Electric weed eater
So many places just mow. The easiest way to keep critters away is to keep the grass short around and under your camper. We got weed eater at Lowe’s
, and I love using it!
4. Rug for outside
I swear by an outdoor rug, carpet, or whatever you want to throw down! I’m so tired of sweeping 3-4 times a day! Also, it helps to keep from tracking in those painful grass stickers! Here
is a good one they have a Walmart, just make sure you stake it down!
5. Command hooks and strips in various sizes
I should buy stock in Command Strips! I have them everywhere. I have lots of pictures hung with them, and our baseball caps! My Swiffer & broom are hung by these fancy things
we picked up at Office Depot.
6. Moth balls We throw them under our camper to help keep mice away! We normally throw some under the camper every 2-3 months. Mostly it depends on the precipitation.
7. Slow cooker I have probably cooked at least 1/3 of our meals in a slow cooker. It’s amazing in the summer it doesn’t heat up your camper.
8. Organizational totes or bins The key for me to keeping our camper clean is making sure everything has a place. and everything goes in its place. (Logan is currently grounded from numerous things because he can’t remember to put the stuff up when he is done.
If I think of anything else I’ll be sure to add.
Ohh Y’all I sound like a Stark! [sorry avid Game of Thrones fan right here and I’m totally team Stark! Or whatever John Snow is nowadays]
Anywho… I’m not here to talk about GOT but getting our fifth wheel ready for winter. What we have tried, what we have, and what we do.
Ok, so in case you didn’t know we’re full-timers. I’ve had a few people ask how we manage the winter. Now we’re mostly in the south central US but the weather here is crazy! [Like one day I’m wearing my Uggs and a hoodie, the next I’m ready to throw on a bathing suit and swim, only for the next day to be looking for my gloves and scarves!] or that can happen all in one day! Ya just never know in Oklahoma.
Anyways I’m rambling… I was trying to say the weather is unpredictable around us and we’re kinda prepared for all of it!
So without further rambling (well I hope anyway) what we do.
- We have a heated water hose. A Very fancy deal, not gonna lie it’s pricey. Pretty sure ours came from Walmart.
- PVC pipes for our sewer (we use the stretchy hoses on the summer and when we’re moving frequently) but Dillon says they freeze easy
- Reflective insulation [or as I call it Shiny bubble wrap stuff] on all of our windows and skylights. [This stuff drives me crazy because it’s basically blackout and I love the sunlight ] but it so helps keep the heat in
- Electric heater just small ones with thermostat [our favorite is this little Sunbeam] be smart unplug them when your not home and don’t cover them up with anything. [We have these at the cabin too]
- We leave our faucets dripping slowly when we think the temperatures may drop
- We don’t use the propane heater unless we have to. That stuff isn’t cheap. We pay for electricity at our sites already!
- We Insulate our water source. If it’s in the ground cover it. If it’s a water spicket put heat cord around it. Most places will do it or require you to do it.
- We open our cabinet doors at night when the temperatures get sketchy.
- We also love our electric blankets. [Well I love it, Dillon actually hates it]
- We also make sure our fresh water bulk tank isn’t completely full.
That’s pretty much it, I know that seems extreme and I guess it is but I didn’t want to miss a single helpful thing.
Ok, so I also get a lot of questions about the underpinning or skirting. We had one for the Seria [because Dillon’s parents got it] I put it on two years and said screw it after that! The main reason it was such a hassle and little to no effect inside. Y’all it’s practically just a tarp. The second reason was ours was all tore to hell because there were no tie downs (poor design) and it just flapped In the wind constantly. Also, they are on the pricey side. We have looked at other places and options and seen one we really liked on a neighbors camper. He said he got it here. We just can’t pack up and go anytime soon.