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.

Getting Ready

Downsizing our entire lives is coming down to the wire. In some ways right now may be more overwhelming than when we first started a year and a half ago. But we’re getting there.

We decided to go with Bix Wireless for our internet solution. We received our modem yesterday. Set up took less than five minutes. They had already programmed the device and inserted the SIM card before they shipped it. The only tiny glitch was I didn’t know the network name so that took a couple of minutes to figure out. The thing I like about Bix is there’s no contract. So if we get out on the road and this solution doesn’t work as well as we need it to, we can cancel our service. Another thing that’s cool is they are based in Jamestown, Tennessee so we are supporting Tennessee business. Yay!!

We also received our Thetford Porta Potti from Amazon. We decided to go with this for our RV bathroom and remove the typical RV toilet. We will be able to utilize the black tank as overflow for our gray tank enabling us to stay out longer once we start bookdocking next year. Also, Daniel won’t have to deal with the black tank, just the cassette from the Porta Potti. Still probably not fun, but not quite as yucky. Hopefully.

We still have a lot to do. But RV life is getting so close and we probably couldn’t be more excited.