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DIY RV Cord Reel

RV electric cord real for 50A lifeline.

DIY RV Cord Reel

September 23, 2021 – Shane

Organize your RV basement with a simple DIY project!

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: Half an Hour
Price: Under $40
Benefits: Priceless

RV electric cord real for 50A lifeline.
50A Camper lifeline on our manual cord reel.

Your RV’s cord can be a hassle. It’s one of the last items you put away and one of the first ones to come out, but there just isn’t an easy place to store it. And what if it’s raining? Nothing like 35 feet of muddy lifeline wadded up on top of your lawn chairs and drinking hose. Throw it in the bed of your truck and sooner or later it will sprout legs and walk away.

My final straw was when I pulled it out of the basement in the pouring rain and it caught on my tool bag. And then my bucket of water hose and fittings. And my step stool. And the brand new role of blue shop towels. So now all of my tools were wet and muddy and so were the towels to clean them with. I went searching for a better solution.

A tangled mess of RV electric cord in the basement of our 5th wheel.
A big old mess in our 5th wheel basement when we don’t roll up the muddy cord.
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Solar Screens for RV

Solar Screen DIY project to help keep your RV cooler.

Solar Screens for RV

August 31, 2021 – Shane

Cool off your RV with a quick DIY project!

It can get pretty hot in a camper when you’re sitting in the sun. Our families live in the South, so we spend way too much time in 90+ degree weather. During our first summer as full-timers, we knew we had to do something to reduce the heat inside our fifth wheel, and started researching. It was obvious the windows were letting in a lot of heat, so we did what campers have done for decades, add Reflectix. . . but it wasn’t enough.

In the simplest terms, Reflectix is bubble wrap with a reflective coating on both sides. It’s used as insulation in the construction industry and RV’ers use it to help keep the sun’s heat out of their rigs. You buy a roll and cut it to fit against the inside of your windows, but there are a couple of problems.

Reflectix in an RV window, doing very little to help keep the heat out.
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Umbrella Stand for RVs

DIY campground umbrella holder.

Umbrella Stand for Campgrounds

August 31, 2021 – Shane

A picnic table can always use a little shade. Our quick and easy DIY umbrella holder keeps you out of the sun and rain.

A little shade on the picnic table can sure be nice. We’ve used pop-up canopies and screen rooms before, but they take forever to set up and take down. We wanted something quick and easy that we didn’t dread dealing with. Something that could be brought down quickly when the weather reared its head. One day we found an end-of-the-season clearance on patio umbrellas and grabbed one.

Our new umbrella shading where our dog, Tucker, likes to nap.

Normally, we would have bought an umbrella base, but that isn’t a good option when you’re on the road. Not only do the cheap ones start at $30 and top out around $150, but they weigh 25 pounds or more and take up a lot of room. Rv’ers are painfully aware of two things: weight and space. So this was going to take a bit of creativity.

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Happy 50th

Happy 50th

July 28, 2021

My little hands reached for the candy apple red, plastic long-handled spoon anxious to taste the soft vanilla ice cream, salty Spanish peanuts, and gooey hot fudge. My taste buds already recognized that this was the perfect bite. A life-long love began with my favorite treat.

The Dairy Queen Peanut Buster Parfait and I turned 50 this year.

peanut buster parfait from Dairy Queen turns 50.
Fudgy, chocolatey goodness of a peanut buster parfait.
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Arkansas

Arkansas

July 28, 2021

“To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

We are back in our home state of Arkansas.

Our internet at our last location in Louisiana became unreliable, plus it was getting hot down in Southern Louisiana. Between the heat, the bugs, and the internet we were dwindling and melting quickly. Although I am missing Cajun food and the plentiful ingredients that inhabit the grocery stores down South. I stocked up on several things before we left.

Sunset over foggy White River.
“Every sunset is an opportunity to reset” – Richie Norton
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Hi! I’m new here.

Hi! I’m new here.

July 6, 2021

Hi! I’m Kate and welcome to my (drumroll please) first blog post.

The internet says that whatever you do, do it with the confidence of a four-year-old wearing a superhero cape. I’ve got my cape on.

“Spread your arms and hold your breath
Always trust your cape…” – Guy Clark
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