Sunday, April 3, 2011

Making Arby our Home: The Nesting Process

Arby was a terrific purchase.  Though 16 yrs. old, it only had 23,000 miles and had a “toad” (which I was to learn was a vehicle that was towed behind the motor home). With the luxury appointments of an automatic leveler, a full length automatic awning and a really easy to use tow hitch, it was pretty easy to figure out the basics.  Following excellent advice, we took our first outing to the Yucca Valley for lessons in operating the motor home, which gave me at least far more confidence.  I can now navigate narrow residential streets and park in fast food parking lots! 
Looking to the bedroom area past the kitchen, with the dinette cushion in foreground.
 An amazing amount of support material - pans, sheets, blankets, warning flares - was left in the RV by the former owner.  With a new roof, nearly new refrigerator and an interior and motor in really great condition, all we needed to do was customize.  

Looking toward the cockpit (passenger chair)  past the sofa bed (across from the dinette)
Safety matters first: new tires! Though tires can look new, if they’ve not had a lot of wear, but they were six years old, and had to be replaced.  
Joe has done hours and hours of work fixing up the interior.  Here he's replacing a hinge in a bedroom cabinet.
Finished the hinge, willing to pose for just a second! 
Updating some of the interior has really helped us feel that this is our home. We replaced the mini-blinds,  with nearly identical mini-blinds, as the blue color scheme is soothing.  And in the bedroom, we recovered the cornices with a fabric that blended with the other colors in front, and also made bedspreads and pillow shams. 
Looking past the bath area (tub on left, loo on right) to the bedroom with storage cabinets above the beds

New bedspread and cornices, with our front yard in the background. 

Same view with new honeycomb shades Joe installed.

Lastly, Joe has stocked up on tools to use for repairs.  That’s part of the thrill of RV travel. Lots of repairs, and more so if you don’t know what you’re doing, so lots of asking for advice and getting books to explain how to do things. 
It feels more like home every day! 

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