As we’ve enjoyed the fulltime lifestyle we’ve met some interesting people. Many fulltimers tell me they have a blog, and if they do, I bookmark their site intending to keep up with them. To be honest, I tend to forget those bookmarked sites and seldom look at them.
Tonight, something brought those blogs to mind and I decided to check in on those folks we’ve meet along the way.
To my surprise many of them have left the road. As far as I can tell, the lifestyle changes were pretty much voluntary although I know of a few folks who have had health issues that forced a change of lifestyle (I wrote about that here). The others, I think, just came to a “been there done that” time in life and decided to find a place to land and start a new chapter in their lives.
While I was surprised at the number of fulltime RVers we’ve met that are no longer traveling it comes as no surprise that things change. In fact, as someone has wisely said, change is the one constant in life.
It is, though, good to be reminded that as enjoyable as fulltiming is, for most of us it’s an all too brief passage of life. Hopefully, for us, the adventure will end because we done all we wanted to do and are ready for a different sort of adventure. There’s a pretty good chance though, that it will involve something less voluntary.
I guess the point of this philosophic rambling is a reminder that the fulltime lifestyle, as enjoyable as it is, is a temporary passage in life. We don’t want to take this blessing for granted and we don’t want to get sidetracked from it by anything that doesn’t measure up, although it is reasonable to be reminded that some things do measure up and can make an unexpected appearance at any time (we’ve had that happen once). As it is, though, this chapter will end soon enough. Whether we have a short or long time to go in this adventure we want to make every day count.
One thing I really dislike about the floorplan of many motorhomes is the placement of the TV over the driver’s seat. I know that newer rigs are being designed differently, but motorhomes of the era of our “new” Safari Cheetah are all laid out like this.
With that in mind, one of our first projects after getting moved in was to relocate the TV. Since there are just two of us, picking a good spot was easier than it would be for a family. Our rig had two couches facing one another, so we got rid of one of the couches and put our recliners in place of the removed couch.
Then, I mounted the TV over the couch on the opposite side of the rig so that our recliners face it. My approach was pretty low tech. First, I put two hooks in the cabinet above the couch. Then I built a shelf that sits on the back of the couch and is attached to the wall below the window. The front of the shelf isn’t attached to the couch – it just rests on it and is kept in place by a couple of L-shaped brackets that “saddle” the couch.
The TV, then, sits on the shelf, but is also attached by chains to the hooks. This keeps it pretty stable. However, it will not stay there when we are moving the motorhome. I can just unhook the chains, disconnect the HDMI cable, and lay the TV down on the couch. This process will take less than one minute.
Meanwhile, we had a big blank space where the TV had been mounted above the driver’s area. We recovered it will stick on cork shelf liner and attached a much-needed clock there.
Again, this is all low tech and it is also low cost. We’re happy with this early motorhome project.
Note: happily, the scenes on the TV aren’t our local weather!
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After fulltiming in our beloved 2007 NuWa Hitchhiker II LS 5th wheel for nearly 6 years we have made a big change to a little driven 2005 Safari Cheetah diesel pusher coach. The new (to us) rig has many bells and whistles. I’ll have much more to write about this new chapter in our fulltiming adventure as time goes by. For now we are very busy getting moved in. Right off we have learned that a 39′ motorhome has considerably less storage than a 34′ 5th wheel! Our family came through for us big time, helping us move out of our Hitchhiker and into the Cheetah – I don’t think we would have made it without their help. Honestly, we aren’t nearly settled in yet. We have time though, as we don’t intend on beginning our 2019 Adventure until mid-March. No doubt about it, this is a big move for us that we hope gives us several more years of rv adventures.