Last year this time we started renovating our 2017 Montana as I had had enough of the dark dreary look that to me made the RV feel smaller than it already is. At the time we had been living in a house that we bought in October 2018 after having lived in an RV for 3 years, but had decided living tiny was more what we really wanted. It’s much easier to move away from neighbors you don’t like when your house is on wheels. However, before we moved back into the RV we wanted to do all the renovations including new floors, painting and new blinds. We figured we would get it done way before the house actually sold not knowing or even thinking that the house would sell as fast as it did. We got a cash offer the second day on the market with a 30 day close. We had an entire house full of furniture to unload, which ended up in storage and an RV to get renovated. Well we didn’t quite make that deadline. We only got the living room area completed before we were living full-time in the RV again.
So here we are a year later and I’m still trying to get the renovations finished. The only full room left is the bathroom; although I do have the floor planks and know what I’m doing with the walls. I just have to make time to get it done. The closet in the bedroom also has to be finished as when I painted the bedroom I only painted the closet door, not the inside of the closet. This weekend I finally added the accent wall that I had been wanting to do. It’s peel and stick wallpaper from RoomMates. I purchased two rolls, but only needed one. It came as a 20.5 inch x 10.5 foot roll. I still need to complete the decorations for the walls, but for now I consider myself done.
Below are several different views.
In order for you to have an appreciation for how good it looks now, you need to see what it looked like before. What a difference! I am beyond excited for the transformation and can’t wait to get the decorations on the wall.
Now that we are back living in the RV full-time and life has returned to normal, we are in the process of planning a summer vacation so we can take the RV somewhere and have a little fun. We will be going to both WV and AL over a 10-day span. My in-laws always spend the 4th of July at their camp on the New River just outside Hinton, West Virginia, which is close to where my husband grew up. I made my first trip there in 2014. You can read all about that in a previous blog post. This will be the first time that we are taking our RV with us to WV as in previous times we stayed in a camper on his parents’ property. I prefer having my own stuff, especially my own bed and I want my dogs to be safe and they would not be if we stayed with the in-laws.
Our plan is to pull out on the 3rd of July and drive all the way to our destination. We are staying at Pipestem RV Park & Campgrounds. It’s right off Hwy 20, which is right off the interstate so the drive shouldn’t be too bad. While there we hope to visit Barnwood Builders place that’s about 1 ½ hours away and visit one of the state parks that has a beautiful gristmill. We’ll stay for five nights before heading down to Alabama.
Back in 2015 when we were full-time traveling, we stayed at Honeycomb Campgrounds right on Lake Guntersville. You can read about that trip HERE. We’ll only have 4 nights here and by the time the week is over we will probably wish we had a lot more days that we could stay here. I remember our last stay here so vividly. We were in our first few months of traveling full-time and was at an in between stage of trying to figure out what we wanted to do when out the blue one day we decided to go to this place. Our site was right on the water, #68. It was perfect. The sunsets and sunrises each morning and night were just beautiful. We were able to get in and out of our kayaks right at our site, which was great considering we had a new puppy at the time, and he loved going out on the water as much as we did. Unfortunately, we sold our kayaks several years back, but have since bought some paddle boats that hopefully will serve the same purpose. Personally I would rather have my kayak, but considering I don’t have money for that right now, I’ll settle for what the hubster bought and just be glad to be back on the water doing something I love…..fishing!
Hope all of you are planning some wonderful trips. Let me know where your headed or any good places you’ve already been to that we should add to our list for the future.
We arrived back in Ohio on Sunday, September 11th to finish up last-minute packing before picking up our new RV, a Keystone Montana model 3791rd. We arrived at the dealership on the 13th at 9:00 am having no idea what to expect. Lucky for us RCD Sales made the experience very simple. We were given a tour of our Montana, completed the necessary paperwork and then on to the real chore of switching from one RV to the other. Take my word for it, it is much easier moving from a sticks and brick to an RV than from an RV to an RV. One of the biggest features of the 3791 model is the storage underneath, and one of the main reasons we decided to purchase this model so we took advantage of all that space and moved 90% of our stuff to the storage area. Six hours after we arrived we were headed back to the campground for the real work to begin. We had two days to get the RV organized as Friday was our anticipated departure date to get back on track with our current trip.
One of the other features that I was looking forward to was the stackable washer and dryer instead of a combo feature like what we had before. I started washing clothes the moment we were set up and felt like I would never get through. Unfortunately on the second to last load the dryer started sounding really bad so no more drying clothes until we can get it looked at. We talked to the dealer and they were going to look at it on Friday morning before we left, but unfortunately we never made our planned departure on Friday as my husband had emergency surgery that morning instead. By the time I posted this blog post I had finally got to bring my husband home from the hospital and call the dealership to have the dryer looked at. They had to order another one, so it will be a few days before we get it back. Lucky for us we have to stick around for my hubby to recuperate from surgery so it worked out in the end.
The other big feature for me was having an ice maker. The water line that the dealership showed us to turn on turned out to not be the one for the ice maker and once we found the right one and turned it on, it ended up leaking, but we didn’t notice until the pantry floor was covered in water, which is where the water line on/off valve is located. Luckily my husband was able to fix it himself and save us from having to wait on the dealership.
As of today (Sept 23rd) we have been in the house for 10 days and finally at the point that we can start to enjoy this beautiful home. I am so happy we made the change as the layout and space is perfect for us. The raised living room has seating for at least 6 and includes 2 full-size beds if anyone wants to come for a visit. The recliners are perfect not only for us, but also for the furbabies. We have eaten at our dining room table more in the last 10 days than we ever sat at our table in the old house or our sticks and bricks house for that matter. It will also serve as my sewing table so being a multi-purpose table was essential for us. The kitchen layout is perfect for cooking and I’m learning to use our convection oven. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I have never cooked in one before, but look forward to conquering the challenge. Although the bathroom is smaller than our last RV, it still rocks and has all the necessities. Loosing the bathtub hasn’t been an issue as I prefer the shower seat any day. The king size bed gives us enough room for the furbabies to sleep with us and us to still have actual room to sleep. It’s funny how much room two 15 pound dogs can take up, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. They are our family and life would not be the same without them.
Now for a tour of our beautiful home…. a few views from the outside.
Different views around the living room. Two couches on each side of the room in a slide out that convert to full-size beds. The loveseat recliners are in the pic on the bottom right. They face the tv head on.
Can’t have a house without a bathroom!
Not sure if I should call this our bedroom or the furbabies as they spend as much time in here as we do.!
Of course I saved the best for last….THE KITCHEN!!!!
The sink and stove with covers added giving more counter space!
Without the covers!
Coffee bar and crock pot cooking today!!!
The view from the kitchen to the living room. The dining room table is on the left.
The view from the living room into the kitchen.
The multi-purpose dining room table that also serves as my sewing table.
As of June 2016 we will be back on the road full-time. Although our time here in Tallahassee has been great, having my daughter and grandkids nearby, I’m too much of a rambler and my need to move is getting the best of me. Our first trip out will be for three weeks from Tallahassee to Louisiana and back to Pensacola to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday. Once we get through that, we’ll be headed up through Georgia, the Carolinas and more all the way to Niagara Falls and then over to the east coast and back down to Tallahassee. I’m excited for this trip as we will be seeing so many new things that neither of us have ever seen before. I will post pics and information along the way, so check back often for updates.
See you on the road…..
Having Christmas in Florida can sometimes be disappointing, especially when the weather is in the 80’s, which is the temperature today. We have now been in Florida for two months and it has definitely been an adjustment getting use to the heat again. However, Greg is loving the high temperatures, but I could do without 80 degree weather in the winter months.
Living in an RV can make decorating for Christmas an interesting concept, but I think we handled the situation quiet well. At only 3 feet tall, the tree fit best on the table, although for most of the month it sat on top of a cabinet next to the TV, but I couldn’t add the presents, so in order to get a good pic with all the gifts, I moved it to the table once I took down the sewing machine, which stays on top of the table more than anything else.
We spent Christmas Eve with my daughter and her family and had a wonderful time. She cooked some wonderful chicken and dumplings, broccoli casserole and a corn casserole as well. For dessert, I made my famous eclair cake that is always a delight to eat. After dinner, we opened gifts. It takes getting use to going to my daughters house as opposed to having everyone at home for Christmas, but with only an RV, there really isn’t room for everyone to actually have space to enjoy the moment. At this time of the year, I really miss my big house and wish things were like they use to be before RV life took over.
The youngest, Madison, is now at the age that she knows how to open presents and enjoyed all of her stuff. Here she’s modeling her matching hat and scarf and a purse. She kept that scarf on pretty much all night, even after bath time, she wanted her scarf. Hopefully the temperatures will eventually change and she’ll be able to wear them outside.
Off with the hat and scarf and on to modeling another purse and her lite up Frozen slippers.
Colby, who is eleven, is into Dr. Who and wanted as much Dr. Who stuff as he could possibly get, so I got him the whole set from head to toe. He’s such a big brother and loves looking out for his little sister. She had to get in on his pictures as well.
At the end of the night we had to get a picture of all us.
Another pic of Madison looking totally adorable in front of the Christmas tree.