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 9/12/2007 9:43 AM
 
Howdy Ya'll! Though I am not new to rving, I am about to be new to full timing-next spring. My husband and I are selling our ranch here in TX, and are planning to move to Wyoming-and buying a small place there,and building a house and barn(for my mules). We will be living in our fifth wheel-its a 1988 Hitchhiker Champagne Edition that is 33 ft long with a slide out living room. That is all well and good, but I am a scrapbooker, as well as a rubberstamper, and I would dearly love to have some suggestions as to how the heck I am going to be able to take my hobby with me, and still have room to live in the trailer?????? Here at our current home, I have had a whole room to craft away in. come on gals, help me out here!!! I need storage ideas-badly. Currently, I work full time as a floral designer, and chocolatier(candy maker). Next summer I will be a work camper at a KOA in WY, while hubby is welding on oil rigs. This forum seems to have answers to everything, so I figured I'd post my question. Thanks Muchos in advance. Rvmule

Happy Trails!! Amy,Tuffy, and Jasper-the original RV mule 2001 DodgeRam 3500 1988 Nu-Wa Hitchhiker 5th wheel
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 9/12/2007 1:39 PM
 
I wish I could offer you some ideas or encouragement. However, the lack of storage space for hobbies and money-making crafts is one of the downsides of living in an RV, at least a small one such as mine. When living in houses and apartments, I always had a full room for supplies and for work. Now whenever I want to make something, it's necessary to set up two folding tables and drag everything out. Usually I need to go buy the stuff needed as well as there's no room to keep it. One of the women on this list, Sparkle, bought a pop-up tent from Camping World for her stained glass work, and it looked like it worked pretty well. So, I guess there are ideas out there. If anyone has any, please share them. :) "Live well, laugh often, love much."
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 9/12/2007 5:46 PM
 
Ya know. . . the pop up tent idea is pretty hot. . . years ago when we were traveling in my 1968 VW bus and we needed extra space when we got to campsites, we'd put up a cheap EUREKA! dome tent and fill it nearly to the ceiling with climbing gear. We called it the "Climber's Warehouse". . . it was PERFECT. It got all the gear out of the bus and into a dry place - and made racking up and sorting gear way easier than doing it out in the dirt.
SO. . . could you do the same thing with a cheap tent, a Roll-a-Table and a couple RubberMaid tubs full of supplies?
?
Just a thought.
eKat
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 9/12/2007 8:45 PM
 
I know they have special scrapbooking "luggage" out there that have wheels on them. People take this luggage to scrapbooking "crops" where they scrapbook for a day or a week-end. You might have to downsize, but I'm sure that in your travels you could find "crop" events along the way - and most of these events sell extra supplies like paper and adhesives. One of the larger "suitcases" should stand up in your wardrobe, or fit in your pass through storage for travel.
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 9/12/2007 10:05 PM
 
Does your 5er have twin beds as some of that year did? Is it possible to build extra storage under those beds for your supplies?
Also, does it have two nice rockers in the living room, and do you use the couch...We didn't use our couch when we had two rockers.. Our couch could have been removed and a neat, as big as possible and even pretty storage unit put in it's place.
Also, when we had our Avion 5er...we used one of those canvas "curtains" to cordon off the area under the front overhang of the 5er, and that made a BIG storage area. We put a cheapie wood "flat" floor to keep things up out of the rain.. and stacked heavy duty plastic storage containers on top of that..The whole area was stacked in a circle with the "walkway" in the middle...allowing easy access to all of them.
Are you going to buy your Wyoming Ranch immediately, and live in the RV while you build a home and mule barn? If so you could buy/build a storage/craft building as well..
In some states you can legally pull two trailers IF one of them is a 5th wheel. So if you are not moving often, you could get a cargo trailer and turn that into your craft storage and workroom. I know carpenters who do this and take this traveling "office/storage area to their jobs.. They have storage for saws...cabinets for supplies...a desk for working on figuring materials or checking out the blueprints...etc..
Any of these sound appealing?
Happy "craft room" hunting!
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 9/13/2007 12:21 AM
 
In my Class A I had a pull down bed over the driver and passenger seats. I tossed the mattress and use the space up there for Scrapbooking materials. I did end up putting scrap carpeting up there because the cans of adhesive were rolling around and I thought illegal aliens had taken up residence! The pop up tent idea didn't work so good. It is a shade tent and didn't keep out the rain. I've donated it it to a friend here. We live and learn!

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 9/13/2007 1:55 AM
 
..and I was wondering how you were liking that pop up room/tent you were using. Guess this answers it. Glad I didn't run out and get one like I was going to. :) d Live, Love, Laugh - Aloha Donna & Willie 05 32' Seabreeze Class A 07 Jeep Liberty Ltd

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 9/13/2007 10:08 AM
 
Good Morning Ya'll!! Thank you for all of the great ideas! Now I have another question-According to my email, a ton of ya'll have replied to my first question, but only a few show up on the forum page. I am a newbie to my computer, so how do I read all of the replies??? Happy Trails!! Rvmule

Happy Trails!! Amy,Tuffy, and Jasper-the original RV mule 2001 DodgeRam 3500 1988 Nu-Wa Hitchhiker 5th wheel
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 9/13/2007 10:14 AM
 
What you're seeing is that 95 people have viewed your post and 7 have replied. So you're seeing everything.
Leslie
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 9/13/2007 10:24 AM
 
Oh- thank you, Legallady! Give me flowers or chocolate to figure what to do with and I am fine, but this computer stuff is pretty new to me- I figured that I would join the forum and that would help me learn a bit quicker. My husband is even worse than I am!! He deletes more often than not. Happy Trails!! Rvmule

Happy Trails!! Amy,Tuffy, and Jasper-the original RV mule 2001 DodgeRam 3500 1988 Nu-Wa Hitchhiker 5th wheel
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