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RV Dishwasher Install

RV Dishwasher Install

 Brandy asked one night if installing a dishwasher was possible. Our 2011 Keystone Alpine was not originally offered with a dishwasher option. So, I got to looking at our kitchen to see if it were easily possible, and it was. There is a double door cabinet under the kitchen island that isn’t fully used because of where Keystone ran the kitchen gray tank drain and vent. I looked in the cabinet, and the three things required for a dishwasher…

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Great RV Spice Storage

Great RV Spice Storage

I know this might not seem like a great hack, but it made a huge difference for us.  Spice bottles, for us, fall over during transit, or just from being knocked around while reaching for other items.  Eventually, spices would get lost and the cupboards just got cluttered.  We needed a solution, and are very happy with this choice. The round storage tins have a magnet on the back, which allows them to stick to our refrigerator.  Be sure magnets…

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Water Pressure Regulators

Water Pressure Regulators

There are a lot of things that can cause damage in an RV, and water is right at the top of that list. Sometimes parts just fail, and other times there may have been something you can do about it. The acceptable pressure for you exterior water hookup varies with your RV, so find out what your maximum system pressure is. For us, a 2011 Keystone Alpine, it is 50-80 psi max, depending on which source of literature I use….

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Perfect Bedroom Fan

Perfect Bedroom Fan

If you’re like me, you need a little noise and a small breeze to fall asleep and to have a great night’s sleep. In our sticks and bricks house, I ran the ceiling fan in the bedroom and used a little $4 Walmart fan on my nightstand, which served more as a noise maker than an air mover. I had to figure what would work best in the RV’s bedroom. Since space is a premium, I wanted something that was…

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Composting Toilet – Lessons Learned

Composting Toilet – Lessons Learned

We are coming up on one year of full timing and owning and using the Nature’s Head Composting toilet. Several things have been learned so I thought I would do another write up. I will start by saying we still love it. It’s not for everybody, but it works very well for the two of us. The only negatives are emptying the pee jug every three days and the main compartment about every month. It’s not that it smells bad…

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Higher Hangers Closet Space Saving

Higher Hangers Closet Space Saving

Higher Hangers Review: Let’s face it, we all could use a little more space in our RVs, especially in the closets.  I can’t remember how I found Higher Hangers, but I thought I’d give them a try, and here is my review.  For the before and after pictures, I put the clothes in the exact same order to keep the visual as identical as possible. They are a clever design.  As seen in the pics, the area where the neck…

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Battery Bank Upgrade

Battery Bank Upgrade

Our RV came with a single 12v deep cycle battery, the type that you would buy at a local store like Walmart.  This single battery is just fine if you plan on being plugged in when you camp, but for off grid camping or boondocking, it will fall short.  To compliment our 1280 watts of solar on the roof of the RV, this was a must do upgrade.  While we will definitely be on hook ups from time to time, we…

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Composting Toilet

Composting Toilet

Full write up coming soon! Our black tank developed a leak. While I was able to repair it, I still wanted the tank replaced. The lowest estimate I could find was $1300, which led me to look for alternate ideas. After many hours of Googling and YouTubing, I decided to install a composting toilet. We chose the Nature’s Head brand, because there are so many positive reviews form other full timers. The toilet costs a bit over $900, so I…

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1280 Watts of Solar Install

1280 Watts of Solar Install

My 1280 watt solar setup: (When 1st hooked up at 3 pm) The Panels (pics below): Each panel is 320 watts, for a total output of 1280 watts. I know that 1280 watts is a bit of overkill, but there are several reasons I went so big.  First, I had the room.  Amazingly, I could add three more panels on my roof if I wanted to (I don’t).  Second, I don’t want to mess with tilting them. Third, you have…

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Boondocking Tips & Hacks

Boondocking Tips & Hacks

Here are some of my boondocking tips and hacks, to allow off grid or backcountry camping to last as long as possible. Conserving Water: Navy showers are a must, so be sure your RV shower has an on/off valve, and not just the hot/cold knobs. When you turn the shower on to get it to temperature, be sure to have a pitcher available to catch the cold water, which can then be used later for dishes or a non-composting toilet….

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