Pondering Window Height

Today I’m trying to figure out how high to have the windows.  The 4 large windows are 48″ wide by 30″ tall, each.  The smaller egress window is 30″ wide by 22″ tall.

I know that I want the windows to be at least above the level of a standard countertop, which is 36″.  I also don’t want them to be so high that they’re like looking out of a basement window.  There’s a happy medium somewhere in there. Continue reading Pondering Window Height

Utility Area

Here we’re seeing a rough layout (larger image) of the utility area, as it’ll be seen when opening the rear barn doors.

Essentially I wanted to be able to access all of (or as many as possible) of the various mechanical systems as possible in one area.  To that end, I managed to get all of the guts of the electrical systems in this area.  It would have been nice to get all of the plumbing in this area as well, but it didn’t quite turn out that way. Continue reading Utility Area

Roof Layout

The roof layout (larger image) is actually pretty simple.  Since I’m not using a roof A/C unit, nor is there a TV antenna, it’s not too bad.

The most obvious feature is the 5 giant solar panels.  My current favorites are the SolarWorld 340 watt panels from altE.  (In a previous blot posting I think I mentioned they were 345 watt.  My bad.)  These are Monocrystalline panels (higher efficiency), and they’re quite cost effective.  They’re also about the largest panels I can physically place on the roof and still have room for vents and other accessories.  A theoretical 1,700 watts of solar is pretty impressive for an RV of this (or any) size. Continue reading Roof Layout

Time for cooking

When I’m out on the road, and life has settled down a bit, I’m really going to enjoy having time to cook.  After all, one of the primary goals to living in the RV is to live a healthier life, and cooking real food seems like a novel idea towards that end.

Right now I don’t spend much time cooking because it seems like it takes a long time and it always feels like there’s something else, something “better” I should be doing. I can’t wait to have the free time so it doesn’t feel like I’m under that burden anymore.

Healthcare Premiums in 2017

I just received an informational packet from my healthcare provider, HealthPartners.  If I do not change anything about my plan, the premium will increase from $192.15 to $296.01 / month.  That’s a a 54% increase!  Just to really sweeten the deal, there is no national coverage, at all.  So unless I stay in the metro area, I’ll be paying the ‘out-of-network’ expenses on anything I need to have done.  Not like I wouldn’t be paying for all of it anyways, this is a plan with a $6,000-or-so deductible, which essentially means it doesn’t pay for anything unless you’re ridiculously sick. Continue reading Healthcare Premiums in 2017

Travel Trailer Layout Medium v5

The image above (larger version) is the latest iteration of the floor plan for my RV.  This is major version 5, as the blog post title implies, but that means that I’ve changed the size of the trailer or moved things around significantly enough that I’ve gone through a good number of major revisions and who-knows-how-many small revisions. Continue reading Travel Trailer Layout Medium v5