We have been working on the camper regularly. Each day brings about a new change, a new detail, a new feature. Here are some photos and information about what we have done.
The camper (2005 Northstar Arrow 8.5) had some dated valances above the windows. These seem like extra weight and dust gatherers (wood and fabric). So I removed them and filled the holes with caulk.
We also removed the microwave and range hood. Although both items may be handy when camped in an RV park- we plan to spend most of our time boon docking or unplugged. So the microwave and range hood will just draw precious battery juice! Both are gone.
The refrigerator in this camper was HUGE!! This unit was about 5 cubic feet and offered a fridge and freezer compartment. It ran on battery, gas or electric. While we loved the quality of the unit, we didn’t love the efficiency rating of those types. The front opening refrigerators are known to draw quite a bit of power. And each time you open the door, the cold literally “falls out”, requiring the fridge to run the compressor again. We opted for a smaller chest refrigerator by Engel. We purchased it at a great price through AT Overland. It will serve as a step to the bed, extended counter space (with a cutting board on top) and a more efficient cooling unit for our food. The removal of the refrigerator also gives us a large storage area for other items while moving the weight of the fridge forward over the wheels. Basically this modification is a win-win for us in many ways.
After installing the new door, we realized that the light fixture was in the way. So we removed the old style light fixture and added a bright, LED fixture that was flush-mount. It gives off great light and really finishes up the entryway nicely.
When we picked up the camper in Oregon, we spent our first night in it. That quickly illustrated the need for a new mattress and bed frame system. The new bed frame is a basic IKEA unit. That raises the bed up off the wood platform so that it will not have condensation and mildew. (a common issue with beds on wood platforms) The raised frame also allows for storage of the table, cutting board and other items underneath the bed. The irony of this bed is that Mike and I have not shared a queen sized bed in over 12 years- even in our last 3 homes the bed was a full size. Such luxury! I am sure Mango will appreciate the extra legroom at night, hahahahaha.
When the new frame and mattress went in, we discovered that the closet door would not open properly. It was partially blocked by the plush, new mattress. So we modified the door to allow it to open without wrestling with the mattress and bedspread.
These are just a few of the modifications we have done thus far. Watch for the next post by signing up to “follow” this blog. We do not use your email address, you will not receive spam, you will be notified of our next post.
Up next- more changes on the camper interior, exterior and functions. Thanks for reading our blog