Tuesday, October 13, 2009
272 Square Feet
We're moving out of our home into 272 square feet of living space in our motorhome. We must pare down our daily living articles to bare necessities since we are moving out of our home which is about 1700 square feet. Although our motorhome looks new, it is used and it was another bargain just like our moving on a shoestring "moving van". Here's a brief tour of our soon-to-be new home, a 32 foot 1997 Rexhall Aerbus.
From front to back the motorhome has the driving section with two captains chairs, behind that is a living room with a couch and a easy chair opposite, then there is a kitchen with a dinette booth, next is a bathroom complete with a shower, toilet and sink and opposite that is a large closet, and in the back is a bedroom. The kitchen has a refrigerator, sink, stove and microwave/convection oven. The refrigerator can run on electricity or propane. There are two air conditioning units on the roof, and there is central heat run by propane. The motorhome is self-contained which means we have drinking water on board and we have holding tanks for gray and black water (what normally goes into a sewer or septic tank). The motorhome also has a generator which will run electric items if we are not connected to electricity.
We're still packing our old home and sorting what we'll put in our motorhome and what we will put in storage. When you are moving into 272 square feet you have to be very selective with what you can take. It is best not to overload a motorhome because the more weight you carry, the less fuel mileage you will get. The motorhome also has storage bins underneath for some tools, lawn chairs, a little BBQ, etc. Once we get somewhere and get set up, I'll take you through how we set up camp and use the various motorhome systems.
I like to use plastic bins to store many of the items I carry in the motorhome. Since we are rolling down the highway, items can shift in cabinets. I also line the cabinets with non-skid shelf paper which helps keep items in place. Some of the bins I have set up so far are a first aid kit, important papers, maps and tour books, camera and electronic items, warm and cold weather clothing, books to read. I also have a bin for art. While I was packing I found some colored markers, colored pencils, acrylics, and a few extra journal books which I'll include in the art bin. I might even take some small canvases for my acrylic paints.
Well I've got more packing to do so I'll see you next time. I'll go into more detail about our motorhome once we start traveling. Feel free to ask questions or make comments, I'd love to hear from you.