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
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
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
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.
Today I’d like to talk about my design for the holding tanks, and how my RV will be custom designed in this aspect. The image above (larger version) gives the approximate layout of how I’m planning on handling the fresh, grey, and black tanks. Continue reading Holding Tanks
The image above (larger version) shows the major concepts of the electrical system I’m planning on building into my RV.
The major goals are: Continue reading Electrical System
Woo hoo! I’ve signed the purchase agreement and paid the deposit for my new trailer!
The total for the trailer came out to $19,474 + 5.5% tax = $20,545.07. I’ve just wire-transferred one half of the pre-tax amount ($9,737) to Becker Custom Trailers. Continue reading Deposit Paid!
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
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
I’m so excited! I’m not one to be easily excited, as most people that know me will tell you, but I’m throughly happy and excited about recent events. After years of passively planning and many months of actively planning, I’m finally about to commit to purchasing a customized enclosed trailer that will fit my needs. Continue reading One small step