Mod #3 Partition Under Bed

The space under the Bed was wide open and into the Pass through space. DW and I decided we did not like Items Such as Linen and things Sliding or falling into the Pass through space were all manner of things would be stored. So I decided to partition it off using 1/2 inch plywood 51 inches long and 19 inches high and 8ea 1 5/8th inch sheetrock screwsto hold the partition in place. it was a very easy Mod or fix that took about 15 minutes to do. you can reach inside of the pass through outside doors to fasten the partition to the Bed frame posts inside the Pass through space. See picture below.

You can still see the pass through space and anything in it, but the partition keeps linens and things from traveling into the pass through space. A very simple fix.

Mel

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Bedroom Reading Light Mods

The Lone Light in the Middle of the Shelf above our Bed, was not very handy as you had to sit up to turn it on and it would disturb the other person if they were sleeping or trying to. I had done this mod in a motor home that I use to have. I liked the LED Lamps that I bought  for it and decided to buy the same lamps again and put one on each side of the bed for reading.  the lamps swivel and can be placed at any angle so you are not disturbing someone on the other side of the bed. I bought 2 of them at Amazon.

Ming’s Mark 9090108 LED Reading Light

The lamp is fully adjustable and give off a very bright light.

Here is how I installed it. I had to get to the wires running to the Light that was in the center of the shelf above the Bed. The shelf is hollow and the wires were inside, so I removed the panel on the top of the shelf. I remove the trim strips on each side on the top. They were held by 3 staples. I was the able to lift up the panel to get to the wires. (see Picture below with Panel Removed).

With the top of the hollow shelf propped open and the center light hanging down I was able to splice into the wires on top so that I could run wires to the shirt closets on each side of the bed. I made my splices so that I would have power to the reading lights all of the time, because they have their own off and on switches. although the side walls of the Shirt closets are hollow it was to much of a hassle to try and run a wire inside of them. I opted instead to run the wires inside the closet on each side and protect the wires with a plastic wire or cord channel with a adhesive back. Insert the wires and stick to the closet side panel. (See Picture below).

 

You can see the wires in the shirt closet in the top picture and you can see them protected in the picture on the Bottom.

Below is a picture with everything all buttoned up and the reading lights are on.

Mel

Mods to the Dinette in My FR EVO

The Problem was getting to and finding things in the Dinettes under seat storage. You either had to get down on your hands and knees and try to reach something clear at the back, or else remove all of the dinette cushions and the plywood seat to get at something in the back under the dinette seat which is 4 feet long on each side. I decided that I needed a sliding tray or basket that I or my dear Wife could slide out to get to the items stored there. Since the opening on each side was 19 inches wide and 9 inches high and was  2 inches above the floor I needed to build a ramp or slide that could be pulled out without hitting the lip that was 2 inches from the floor. I found the easiest way for me was to build a sub floor that came up even with the lip I removed the cross brace with my cut saw and took all of the measurements for the new sub floor. using a 2 x 2 actual size is 1 1/2 inches I put it down the center of the floor parallel with each side of the dinette seat. Using 1/2 inch plywood cut to fit inside and screwed to the center 2 x 2 and also on each side. I had my sub floor raised 2 inches and even with the lip. See picture below.

New Sub Floor under dinette seat. After the sub floor was installed I then covered it with some carpet I got at Lowes for $13 See picture below.

Carpet and cross brace installed used staples to hold carpet in place. Next I bought two plastic containers 36 inches long a 16 inches wide and 8 1/2 inches High with the covers on them. (will probably leave the covers off) Will be up to the DW. The finished result makes it much easier to get things from under the dinette seating even when occupied. See Picture below of finished result.

Not to bad for a poor mans Sliding tray. Later on I will make a tray with ball bearing slides, but for now this will do. I will be looking to find the right slides at a decent price. Then I will make a sliding tray 4 feet long and 18 1/2 inches wide.

Materials List

1ea 4′ x 8′ 1/2 inch thick plywood

1ea 2″ x 2″ x 8′ for center support of sub floor

1ea piece of carpet 24″ x 12′ 

Misc Torx screws 2 1/2 inch and 2 inch  9/16 staples

above Items from Lowes $44

2 ea Plastic containers from Walmart $28

total $72

 

Changes to Blog Site

After much thought, I have decided to delete most of the old content and start fresh with a new theme. Since I don’t have a Motor Home anymore, My focus will be Travel Trailers, 5th Wheels, Tow Vehicles, and RVing Adventures. I will be archiving most of the old content and will be deleting some of it.

Thanks to all of you and stay tuned for more while I transition the blog site..

Mel

 

Changes Coming to the Blog Site

I guess many are wondering what is going on with the blog site, and what the picture of a travel trailer instead of a motor home is all about. Well I have sold my class a Motor Home and purchased a New 2017 Forest River EVO T2360 Travel Trailer. I will be writing more about the reasons why I decided to go back to a travel trailer. I will also be making some modifications to it and also some spec’s and info on my tow vehicle. I will be making some changes to the blog site also. So stay tuned.

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Our New Forest River EVO T2360 Travel Trailer

Mel

Abask Dash Cam Mini Review

Abask Dash Cam Mini Review

After my last post about “Why You Need a Dash Cam” I decided to get one Like what my Son has, a ABASK Dash Cam, Abask 4″ IPS FHD 1080p 170 + 120 Degree Wide Angle Dual Lens Car DVR Camera With Loop Recording G-Sensor Parking Monitor 6-Glass Lens Motion Detection WDR Night Vision Time-off Screen, with front and rear camera. After using it in my Jeep for a couple of weeks, Here is my experience with it.

First the Pro’s

Large 4 inch screen. Much better than the 2.7 inch that my other dash cam has.

Excellent picture quality in daylight and at night.

Excellent on screen menu easy to see.

You can set time to turn of screen 30 sec, 1 min, 3 min.

Loaded with Many Features, to numerous to mention.

Excellent playback on TV or Computer.

Can mark a segment for viewing later and it won’t be over written.

Now for the Cons

As soon as I opened the package I dropped the camera about 3 inches on the top of my desk. The Screen bezel came loose allowing the camera to open up exposing the innards and let the screen to hang by its wires. Lucky Nothing broke. I spent 30 minutes getting it back together.

Kind of flimsy built.

The Manual that came with it, is crap. The print is so small you need a magnifying glass to read.

Many Mistakes in the manual Identifying the various parts of the camera. I copied and enlarged the manual and corrected the mistakes while putting it in PDF format.

It does not come with a Micro SD TF card, You have to buy one which adds another $15 or $20 to the $40 price I paid, making a total cost of $60 for a working unit.

Side Notes

All in All I am very pleased with the unit and for $60 it is cheap insurance. Time will tell how well it holds up. My Son has had his for 9 months and no problems. You can get a 3 year warranty from “Sguare Trade” for about $9. If your computer or TV, does not have a SD card reader, you can get a USB cable with a Mini end on it to plug into your computer or TV if it has a USB Slot. $12 at most electronic stores. This is not a comprehensive review, Many others have written a more comprehensive reviews about it. This mini review gives you an Idea about what to expect from the unit.

Mel

Why you Need a Dash Cam

If you have a RV Trailer or Motor Home, You need a Dash Cam. I bought another dash Cam for the car and the motor home. See below for my reason why.

Night before last, my oldest sons new car got cut off, and side swiped, by a big pickup truck, that was lifted and had oversize tires. my sons car was in the left hand turn lane next to the divider getting ready to make a turn. The pickup truck cut him off and it hit his car on the passenger side. The truck then jumped the divider and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic went over the bank into a ditch and hit trees. The people in the truck claimed it my sons fault, and that he ran into them. The cops were ready to write my son a ticket because of the friends of the truck driver (so called witness’s), saying it was my sons fault. (my sons car had Nevada Plates, so the the cops were going to believe the locals).  My son then told the cops that he had a dash cam. They said whoa, the cop yelled to the other cops that my son had a dash cam and to hold up writing a ticket. The cop told my son to give him the dash cam. My son started to refuse. The cop called over his Sargent, who told my son they were taking the dash cam as evidence of a accident. said they would get a warrant if necessary. My son unhooked the camera and gave it to them after getting a receipt. Yesterday they called my son and told him to come and pick up his camera. The camera showed that the other guy had cut my son off and hit his car. The cop told my son if he had not had the dash cam, he would have been in serious trouble because of the drivers friends testimony that it was his fault. They then went to the pickup drivers house and gave him a citation. I hope they give the so called witness’s a ticket for lying.

Just another reason to have a dash cam in this day and age, especially if you have a RV because people are always cutting you off or crowding in front of you. A dash cam can save your bacon If that happens. 

Mel