When we started talking about this roadtrip we had to decide on what kind of “rig” we’d get and there were plenty of options and opinions. We read some books and websites on choosing the right rig and the best advice we read was to start with a floor plan that suits your needs. Our friends Sandy and George let us camp in their 30 foot 5th wheel for a weekend and this helped us gain a sense of space in a 30 footer. It also helped us realize that we wanted an RV that was all on one level rather than a 5th wheel where the bedroom is up several steps. We also had the opportunity to spend a little time in a 30 foot Class C motorhome and didn’t like the way the two front seats were separate from the living space.
This led us early on to decide on a Class A motorhome. After plenty of discussion of what we were looking for we put together a list of “must haves” and “nice to haves.” We spent lots of time looking at various models and brands online and narrowed the field to a few choices. We finally found our new home on Craigslist and were thrilled to get new home in such great condition.
Our “Home” is a 2007 Fleetwood Bounder 35E Class A Motorhome and it has all the options that were available at the time it made. We’re enjoying these “extras” like the washer-dryer combo.
Since our purchase, we’ve made a few upgrades.
- Removed the heavy 27” tube TV in the front of the coach and converting that space into a computer cabinet complete with CPU, printer, MiFi, cell phone booster and Wi-Fi booster. We replaced the original crank-up batwing antenna with a Wi-Fi antenna that I can crank up and down.
- Removed the heavy 21” tube TV in the rear bedroom and converted that space to a cabinet for all of Tom’s folding clothes. He’s over 6’ tall and the cabinet is just at his eye level.
- Installed a 40” LED SMART TV by mounting a heavy TV bracket attached to an aluminum plate that covers the window opposite of the couch. We removed the recliner that was there and we LOVE the location of the TV now…it makes so much more sense.
- Installed a Rayzar Automatic Amplified HDTV Antenna. This provide us with FREE TV. While there are limitations on the channels we typically get a few channels including local news and weather. This was our first time drilling holes in the RV roof…but we used the right sealant products and everything is watertight.
We spent some time organizing our interior and basement storage spaces. And occasionally we re-organize to make sure we are carrying what we really need to have with us. We figure if we haven’t used something in 3-4 months then we probably really don’t need it. So, we’re constantly evaluating our “stuff.”
Here are some panoramic views inside our home.