Ive been keeping tabs with an old school RV'er,, retired metal worker, turned road gypsy as he calls it,, A fair term would be full time RV'er.

He been slipping in a few of his *trade secrets to me as we converse and he has some pretty cool ideas.One idea that caight my attention, was one idea I have used in a regular Van, blocking off the front drivers area from the rest of the van. Incorporating a airplane cockpit doorway.

Being a fancy arched doorway.Some service delivery trucks have that little door to close off the cabin area from the cargo area.

The idea incorporated into a class C and class A, have closed in the area to heat or cool. Plus the added wall gives you a wall to hang storage containers,coat hooks, hat racks, etc. When replacing structural supports, he eliminated the standard 2x2 wood, and put in the aluminum 2x4, sideways,, still keeping the so called 2x2 width.

He also does what I do, when repairing roof damage,, having the center of the roof elevated so the water runs off instead of puddling in the center,. He was pretty crafty with the under belly storage areas, by making slide out platforms,using harbor frieght little caster wheels mounted underneath the platform, If you need something at the far back,, instead of crawling in and over everything,, or removing everything to get to that one item,, you just slide the platform out and there it is,,, says it makes life simple. You can even make compartment storage containers,using those tupperware type containers from the dollar store,, screw them down and viola, places to put the small stuff and keep it from bouncing or rolling around everywhere. One idea, I STILL use is the vast ideas of the dollar store POOL noodles,  They make great awning support covers and slide out corner covers,, protects the head when ya hit one, They are also great for keeping your sheets down along the head board or wall side of your bed.. Work great for holding the couch cover under the backrest cushion.. An added bonus,, is having a noodle sword fight with a willing opponent. Seriously,,, those pool noodles can be used for 1002 different things,,, make excellent padding for those lawn chairs that have the metal foot rest,, (I know cuz I did that,, makes a world of difference on the old feet). Need to take up that space in the drivers seat between the seat and back rest? Cut off a piece of noodle and place it there,,instant tail bone support.I forgot to add,, if you have China type plates,, you know the kind,, the ones you bring out for special occasions,, like a hot dog and hamburger cook out with the new neighbors,,,, well, while traveling,, they clank and rattle and in the back of your mind, you know when you get where your going,, its going to be a pile of shreaded shards in the cabinet. Small hand towels tucked around them,, keep them secured,, or heck, chunks of pool noodles. If you have a coffee maker,, its just common sense to put it in the sink while traveling.. (I have seen people mount cup hooks all over their cabinets and counters and use bungee cords to hold those in place...really? Like wow,,thats alot of mini bungee cords and hooks,) And another quick tidbit,,, Have you ever wondered where to store your 80 rolls of toilet paper? (You know what Im talking about, That big bundle you bought at the big box store in bulk). Put a shelf above the bathroom door,(if space allows). There is a lot of ceiling wall space that gets over looked. The 3 T's of RV's.  Tidy, Tucked and Taken care of.

And to end this tid bit of useless knowledge,, Never ever,ever leave a cup of coffee on your dining table or counter top, and take off down the road. Because when you get to your destination,,, your coffee will be cold........ And here you thought I was going to say,, it was going to get spilled.... common,, you know me better then that,,, That was just to easy...

Be safe, make memories and most of all, Dont take life seriously and dont sweat the small stuff.

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