Friday, September 19, 2014

Reorganizing the New Travel Trailer

The more you go camping with a new trailer. Whether its brand new or just new to you.

Organizing it is always an issue.  So coming from a pop up that had tons of storage and going to our small travel trailer.  It has storage but its smaller compartments so it seems like its less but really it isn't. Its just spread out over more smaller places.

So when we got it.  We added a shelf to the big cabinet over the sink in the kitchen area thinking that was a good place to put all the dishes like plates, bowls, glasses and stuff.

And put the shelves in the tall cabinets on the side of the fridge for the pantry. For all the food and other stuff like coffee maker and paper plates and stuff.   Its the double cabinet on the left side of the fridge.

well, the over the sink is kind of working. Its a little tight.  Have to take a few things out to get the buckets out.   And then found that the food in the pantry on side of the fridge is on the warm side.  And the chocolate granola bars melted.  And the bread bag had steam in it.  So on our 2nd trip we decided we needed to change a few things. 

So new plan is to add more shelves to the tall cabinets on the side of fridge and move all the dishes there and one dish pan on each shelf to help contain the things.  Heat shouldn't bother the dishes.  If it does. Might consider putting in a vent in the door so we don't have to keep it open. 

And will move the food to the cabinet over the sink.  It should be fine there. 

We will keep you posted on how this works out.  

Other things we are learning is.  Where to keep the towels and sheets. Well, we had empty cabinets over the couch. And its close to the bathroom and close to the beds.  So that is where we are now storing bath towels, sheets and extra pillows.  It was too much work getting them out from under the bed. 

So now Under the bed is where we keep stuff we don't need all the time. Like the small ceramic heater, The dining table fits in there but keep it on the side of the bed.  Air mattress and extra thick comforters and stuff like that.  We don't need all the time. 

Will be also ordering a small fan for the fridge condenser mod.  Here in Florida, even when we camp in the summer in full shade. The fridge just can't keep cold. So hoping the fan on the condenser along with the battery operated blue one we have inside on the fins will help. Plan to change that out to a wired one as well later. 

Will keep ya posted on how these changes work and what else we discover.

Oh, One more tip I forgot about.  Hubby hates taking fishing poles apart.  And wants to be all rigged and ready to go wet a line when we get to our destination.  So the storage we found for that.  In the bathroom.  They ride there nice and fine during trip and can keep them safe.  Its working good. 

Until next time. 
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New blog header picture

Did you notice the new blog header picture.  Im looking to change up this page a little.  And started with a new picture.

This is the picture from our most recent trip to Sebastian Inlet State park.  Love that place. You can read about our first time there in the post below this one.  And we will be going again for 4 days this time in middle of October and can not wait.  So here is the picture I loaded from the park side of the bridge.

I added a new label to the side "Blog Header Pictures"  And will post when I change them.  This way if you want to know what my top picture is. Just click blog header pictures.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sebastian Inlet State Park Review

We just got back from our first time camping at Sebastian Inlet State park.

And have to say, We are "In Love" with this place. It reminds us of our other favorite place, Fort Desoto.

This is a little bit of a drive (3 hours) and is the farthest we have taken the Camper.  But the trip was wonderful.  We were able to take our 3 year old grandson with us for his first camping trip and he loved it. We bought him a fishing pole and taught him how to fish. He caught 2 pin fish, 2 grunt and 4 dog fish. He really enjoyed it.

We were in spot 6 which is a waterfront spot. You have a road that separates your spot from the water and its a pretty busy street as its the road to the boat ramp. So watch your little ones and pets. The sites are a little off so we had to use one yellow block under each tire on the door side. And also sits on a hill so make sure you chock it good. Spots are gravel with a little grass and fire ring and picnic table. No shade!

The park is open 24 hours a day. So someone is there around the clock if you ever need anything. And people come and go all night long to use the pier and boat ramp.  NOTE that they are doing construction under the bridge and it will be closed to fishing under the bridge in Oct.  And the Fishing museum that is on the campground is closed from this Sept 15 to Oct 1st to improve it.

The rangers are so nice, and we met some new camp host. And several neighbors came over to visit. One guy said he has been going there for over 50 years before it was even a state park.  We met another older couple that have been going there for years as well. They were in a head on crash with a semi truck last year and lost their truck and camper so this trip was their one year anniversary trip from the accident. And their 49th wedding anniversary.

There is a nice little playground on the north end of the campground for the kids to play, and place to fish down there, its by the boat ramp.

We saw several large Sea Turtles and Manates swimming in the inlet. So beautiful.

Bathrooms are clean. Camping is $28 a night or $14 a night if you're disabled. And only have 30 amp service so make sure you have a 50 to 30 reducer if you need it. And also make sure you have a surge protector. Ours kicked in one time the 3 days we were there. Same as Fort Desoto did. So be safe.

Make sure you have Gas and Food before you get there.  There are a few restaurants there but no grocery stores. We gpsed a Walmart and its about 16 miles away so went there. There is also other places on route 1 like publix, subway and other stuff. Gas is also cheaper by the walmart,  It was about 10 cents a gallon cheaper at the BP, Shell and walmart the it was in Vero and Melburn. Use gasbuddy app to check gas prices. If your needing gas immediately after you get to the campground then just cross the bridge and about 8 miles up the road is a small convenience store with gas but expensive.

Here are some more pictures of the trip.   Slide show Sebastian Inlet

We loved it so much we checked to see what was available in Oct so yep. We are going back this trip will be 4 days. That is all we could get open last minute. As the northerners are booking it up. They are changing the way you can book for 2015.  You can only book total of 8 weeks in a 6 month Period and you can only be in a spot for 2 weeks, leave one day and next spot 2 weeks and so on.

We took a drive over the bridge to Long Point county park and have to say, It was nice but not our kind of camping.  I was a little put off by the man at the desk. I walked in, said, "Hello, We are staying at the state park". And his reply was. "Im so sorry"  that put me off because we love state parks. So he handed me a map and said, to drive around. so we did, and decided we did not like it.  Yes, there is grass and you park right at the water, but you will be lucky to get one with a opening to fish.  And we also noticed that you share a post with electric and water meaning, the post is in between two spots. So you would have to make sure you get a spot on the left so you dont have to run your lines around to the other side.  And the water looks to be brackish water compared to the ocean water at the state park.  The fee here is $32 a night and NO Discounts! So I can tell you, we WONT be staying at Long Point. Its just not our kind of place.

Until next camping trip.  Get out and enjoy the cooler weather coming up.  Happy Camping!