Almost Wordless Wednesday

An angry Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, March 20, 2021 in Florida.

Lot Docking at Cracker Barrel

On our way to Florida earlier this month we lot docked at Cracker Barrel for the first time. We were pleasantly surprised.

Since we moved into our camper in August 2020 we’ve been plugged in at campgrounds except for when moving to another campground. Due to the length of the drive to Florida from Middle Tennessee we knew we would have to overnight or lot dock at either Cracker Barrel, Walmart, or a rest area. We decided to try Cracker Barrel mostly because we could get our coffee in the morning. Funny, but true!

We spent our first night lot docking at the Cracker Barrel in Dalton, Georgia. Before we chose that location, I looked at the satellite view of the parking lot on Google maps. We easily found the RV parking spots behind the store. The manager seemed genuinely glad we chose to stop there. We ate supper there, then breakfast again the next morning.

The next night we stopped at the Cracker Barrel in Tifton, Georgia. Again, we were enthusiastically welcomed.

We kept our small slide in. Thankfully we can access everything in our camper with our slide in. We turned on our lights only to use the bathroom. We used our battery operated fans rather than the fan in the RV. We honestly aren’t quite sure how long our batter will last since we’ve never dry camped before. It’s the battery the dealer installed-lead acid and only 75 amp hours.

We have learned that we love lot docking at Cracker Barrel. So far we’ve felt safe and welcome. We plan to stop at Cracker Barrel on our next multi-day trip.

Where’s your favorite place to lot dock?

Unexpectedly Falling in Love

I confess.

I’ve never been attracted to Florida. I’ve never wanted to visit Florida. I kinda thought those who visit the beaches are sort of a cliche.

So when Daniel said he wanted to go to Florida when we started RVing full time, I agreed just to be nice.

And, you know, I try to be open minded. I try to be somewhat gracious when I’m doing something just because the person I love the most wants to do it.

But something unexpected is happening.

We haven’t been here a week yet, and I’m falling in love with Florida.

The weather.

The trees.

The wildlife.

The people.

And I haven’t even been to the beach yet.

I’m really glad Daniel wanted to come here. I’m really glad I agreed. I’m so excited to see what Florida has to offer.

And I’m super excited to visit the beach tomorrow with Daniel and the dogs.

Is there a place like that for you? A place that you’ve just written off as not interesting? Did you finally visit and change your mind?

Planning RV Mods

RVers are always modifying our RVs. I think it’s just part of the lifestyle. No other RVer ever questions it.

We love our No Boundaries travel trailer. But there are a few things we’re planning to make her better for us.

1. Remove RV Toilet

We’re going to remove the factory installed toilet from our RV and replace it with a Thetford Porta Potti.

Thetford Porta Potti

We want to do this mostly to remove the need to empty our black tank and to increase the capacity to store gray water while boondocking. We also like that we can take the Porta Potti anywhere. So, if we decide to tent camp, we can take it. We can empty it in any toilet or RV dump station. Traditional RV black tanks must be emptied at RV dump stations. This must works for us.

2. Remove Refrigerator

Yes, you read that correctly. We plan to remove our RV’s factory installed Dometic refrigerator/freezer.

Our current fridge

We plan to use the space differently. We already bought a Yeti Tundra 65 to use as our refrigerator. We have four large Yeti Ice cool packs. We put in two while the other two are in the freezer and rotate them every 2-3 days. Once we remove the fridge, we’ll buy a small 12 volt freezer. We’ll put it at the bottom of the space where our current fridge is, then build shelves above to hold soft containers for storage for things like clothes or other supplies.

Our fridge currently operates on 110 or propane. We want to use as little 110 power as possible for boondocking. I don’t like propane for running a refrigerator. There are horror stories about fires caused by propane fridges. Yes, I know, there are horror stories about everything. But this is one I can eliminate. The 12 volt freezer doesn’t use much power. And we would likely mostly use it to refreeze the Yeti Ice packs

And, honestly, I can get more food in the Yeti than I can in the fridge just the way it’s designed.

3. Remove Microwave

Our RV came with a nice convection microwave. We’ve used it some. It works well. We don’t use it every day. Sometimes we go a week without using it. It’s a power hog-1500 watts! There’s no way I’d try to use it while boondocking. So we’re going to remove it and use that space for a bit more kitchen storage.

4. Redesign our Murphy Bed Area

We don’t mind the Murphy bed. We’ve actually gotten used to it. But when it’s up, during the day, it covers up a gorgeous picture window. It also creates a barrier to the small storage cubbies at the head of the bed. We cannot get to them at all with the bed stowed in the daytime position. We want to take out the loveseat in front of the bed and redo it in a more sturdy and comfortable fashion. We’d like to cut the platform that folds up so that it folds again level with the back of the loveseat. That would give us access to the picture window and the small storage cubbies. It would also make the camper a bit more open and roomy feeling. As roomy as you can feel in a 24′ camper.

Jade in her natural habitat, with the stowed Murphy bed behind

I kind of like the way this guy modified the bed. He didn’t do the loveseat mods that I want. But I do like the bed.

We would like to have all of this done by the end of the year. Sooner, if possible.

We’re definitely going to be busy.