20 Nov 2011 @ 10:52 

Leon added shelves and little baskets to the inside of the pantry doors for me. We did learn that the small screw heads we used should be changed out to larger ones, one of the shelves slipped the other day. Some day, Leon or I will have time to run buy them and change them.

I am, also, about to add the plastic command picture holders that are like dri-lock to hold three different sizes of ziplocs, hung vertically along the inside edge of the door on the left (facing). You will have to use your imagination for that visual. I needed the space they are taking up in this picture for a stainless water bottle, paper cups, stainless coffee cup.

RV Pantry, RV shelving

Now, I put the paper cups between the stainless on both bottom shelves. Less rattles and banging around that way. And yes, we will probably add another teeny basket on the right side door.  Those little baskets are dirt cheap. The other wire shelves on the doors came in three packs, each one in pack a different configuration. We bought two sets. One shelf was used beneath the kitchen sink.

RV Pantry, RV ShelvingYes, I have loaded that pantry down Added an extra support rod toward back on one side of the horizontal shelves in pantry,probably should add another one. But these shelves survived some pretty rough California roads….

We used baskets like these on some of the pantry shelves…

Pantry organization, RVand one old wire basket from a drawer unit we used to have – only on the bottom surface, because of the weight of the cans…

Pantry organizationI use whatever is handy to keep things from sliding – kitchen towels, boxed food, plastic containers. Have not secured top, shallower shelf contents yet… Let’s just say they have met the floor – or our feet – more than once after a long drive. Another, we will get to it moment. PS. Melamine will break, especially cheap melamine. Only had 2 plates for bbqs. I don’t use it normally. Don’t use it at all now, lol.

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 23 May 2011 @ 16:51 


Many, if not all RVers, use at least a sediment filter on their incoming water line. Some prop it in a bucket so it does not fall over, one ingenious RVer used a PVC pipe cap attached to his bumper to set the filter in. Leon did not want to mess with Panoply’s bumper.¬†Instead, he used a bungee hooked to the window frame to hold the sediment filter off the ground. It worked fine. However, he added a carbon filter, as well, so lately he has just been using a bungie to hold both of them to the post that the water is connected to. Keeps them off the ground – and away from the RV.

We also have a good filter beneath our kitchen sink – and use a Brita for cooking and drinking. Overkill? Perhaps, but it makes us happy.

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 30 Nov 2010 @ 19:35 

In this post, I posted a pick of the changes Leon made for me to what once was a closet with just one metal hanging rod. It is now all coated wire shelving.

But, I don’t like not being able to hang most of our clothes… What to do?

It was a simple solution since we had opted out of using the cabover as a bed. Leon simply screwed and bracketed a heavy wooden dowel closet rod across the opening of the cab. The other advantage was when getting in and out of cab seat from within RV was simple for me to grab the bar to make it quicker and easier!

When we are parked, the clothes go there, over the driver and passenger seat and behind the heavy blanket curtain that we put up to separate the cab from the RV. The cover that wraps around the cab windows and windshield prevent them from being visual clutter from outside the RV. It worked brilliantly for us! I took, of course, way too many clothes for the two of us…

Yes, it looks sloppy, in that picture; I had been rummaging through the clothes. Normally, when parked we had a tall plastic set of shelves rolled in between the seats. I have no idea what that blue is on the floor. Dropped something?

During travel the clothes were moved to a thin dowel rod that was installed in the hallway right before the back living area. It was so close to ceiling it kept the hangers from flying off.

(Note: having trouble with this theme, cannot figure out why pics won’t show up in proper place…. Sorry.)

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 30 Nov 2010 @ 0:17 

Old. Cracked at drain.

Problem 1: Acrylic double bowled sink approximately 16 x 24 – cracked at drain. Hole too big, but counter too small for the stainless sinks I found. And, anyway, I wanted a deeper sink, stainless, big enough for the largest pot in our new Magma set.

Solution Part 1: Spend nigh forever searching through thousands of sinks for the nonexistent, then find a single bar sink that makes me happy. It is a Franke, found at local home improvement store, lol.

Solution Part 2: Brainstorm on how to fit small sink in big hole.

Solution Part 3: Buy small Ikea fold down desk large enough to cover sink hole because we like the wood. Buy two, have plans for second one. Cut to fit, oops. Cut second one to fit. Success!

Problem 2: Find out dream faucet comes too far forward for narrow sink if mounted in ready made holes – and only two holes in sink anyway, can’t center it.

Solution: Mount sink on side of sink toward back – at angle. Faucet end is now near center. I am extremely happy, as I love both symmetry and obvious asymmetry.

Problem 3: Use blanks to cover two extra holes or put in soap dispensers or something, though I normally don’t use the ones I have had at home.

Solution: We chose blanks, like the uncluttered look.

Of course, there was plumbing to redo, multiple trips to the hardware to get correct parts. The bad: sink so deep takes up storage space. The OK: I don’t like to put things beneath sink anyway. The good: gained some storage back since plumbing only one sink rather than two.

New. Installation incomplete, had yet to buy the flat plugs or clean up mess. We LOVE it!

And yes, the sink worked out great, it is bigger than it looks in this picture – and quite deep. A few times I bumped the handle and soaked my sleeve, lol.

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Last Edit: 30 Nov 2010 @ 00:21

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 08 Nov 2010 @ 19:36 

We are home, back at work, but kicking and screaming, so to speak. This may have been our first overnight in our RV, but we made it a L O N G overnight as we had prepared quite well. That is not to say we did not learn a bit as we went.

September 12, 2010 through November 5, 2010

I have not looked at odometer yet, but we traveled from Southeast Florida to Northwest Washington via two routes, a diagonal one going, South and East coming home.

Not only did Panoply, our 2006 Lazy Daze 26.5′ Mid Bath prove herself as the perfect RV for us, the trip proved we are RVers at heart.

We may live in a really nice rental house with perfect landlords, but Panoply replaced it as home in our hearts.

Did I say we laughed a lot?

More on our trip – and the changes we made to Panoply – to come.

- Posted using BlogPress/iPad which does not like to post my pictures correctly? OR? It was correct when it first posted…. Hmmmm.

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Last Edit: 09 Nov 2010 @ 23:11

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