Saturday, March 31, 2018

OHMIGOSH...

….That was way more fun than I thought it would be.

And what is “that” you ask?

I just set up a *gasp* YouTube channel and created our very first (and very short) video clip. And had a blast creating our first "official" video clip.

Please check it out and help us grow our channel.

And how do you help us grow? It’s painless and free, honest! Just watch the video. And if you want to help even more…give it a thumbs up...or even better…subscribe to our channel!

In fact, our channel is so new…we don’t even pop up in the YouTube search engine yet. Your likes and subscriptions will really help us get to that point, but in the meantime, here’s the link to see what our first baby-step into YouTubing looks like:

Our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJCiPrX41kycHwHUL4HXnGQ

Video link: https://youtu.be/YZ6qeyBkQF0



THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping is grow!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Getting Ready to Boondock

motorhome in a lakeside campsite with several ducks
 One of the things we looked forward to doing once we started our full-time RV adventure was to get off the beaten path a little and go boondocking.

But one doesn’t just buy a rig and find a spot in the desert for a week.

Well, at least we don’t.

We need to be sure Miss Emmy is ready for that adventure. And while we’re at a long-term site here in Texas, we’re doing just that.

Oh, and if you don’t know what boondocking (or dry camping) is, it means camping without full hookups, relying solely on your batteries, propane, and holding tanks for as long as you want to, or can. It can be anything from Wally docking or Blacktop surfing (overnighting in a commercial parking lot), to days, or even weeks, on public lands somewhere (such as National Forest or Bureau of Land Management lands) Those sites are often referred to as dispersed camping. There's even Mooch Docking, which is staying at with friends or family who have enough driveway space to host you for a bit.

By the way, a great resource for finding spots are the Frugal Shunpiker Guides!
(Yes, this is an affiliate link with Frugal Shunpiker. We receive a small commission if you purchase through our link)

Now, some folks want to stay out as long as they possibly can when boondocking, but we wouldn’t be one of them, at least not yet.

But I digress.

fluorescent light fixture for RVsWe are getting Miss Emmy ready. And it’s a step at a time. We just updated all of her 12-volt interior lighting (and porch lights) to LED fixtures. That will greatly reduce our electrical consumption. As an example, one of the old fluorescent fixtures draws 30 watts. The new LED fixtures draw 6.2 watts, IF we use both tubes. And we are finding that one tube is usually more than enough light! (On the new fixture, we can select one or both of the tubes. With the old fixture we had to use both.)

And as a bonus, even though we are using “standard” RV fixtures in the celling, the nice white updates the interior very nicely over the old tired (and discolored) almond-colored ones. (It also got me to paint the ceiling air return white to finish the update look)

Man looking at a renogy solar suitcase panel
Chris takes an early look at our new Renogy 100-watt
portable panel
Our next update: adding solar. We ordered a Renogy 100-watt suitcase portable solar panel kit. We think that will keep our house batteries topped off nicely. We also got the Renogy Rugged Power Pack 400-watt hour generator to give us some additional storage capacity, plus the ability to use Chris’s keyboard anywhere without drawing down house batteries (or buying AA batteries by the case). We can also operate his Cpap machine on it and recharge electronics like cell phones, etc.

Now that we have all of that in place, we can comfortably boondock a night or two without hookups.

We do need to get our onboard propane generator repaired. It runs but doesn’t produce. That will probably happen when we’re back in SD for work camping.

And we do have to goal of eventually getting a permanent solar install with roof panels, larger, newer inverter and battery bank (go from 2 to 4 batteries), etc...

And we’re testing our holding tank capacities. As in, how long can we go before we have to dump (empty) the grey and black water tanks? So far, for the two of us, at least 7 full days without really changing any of our habits for water usage. That’s plenty…I don’t see us doing more than that at a time…well, at least not yet.

instant pot
Won't be using this or other cooking aids on solar...
It also means thinking a little differently on meal prep. We don’t have a massive battery bank. Just a pair of standard 6-volt deep cycle golf cart batteries. Using the Instant Pot or induction cooktop is out.  They draw far too much power.

And don't even think about using the microwave/convection oven or air conditioning.  (Well, at least not until the generator is fixed-good thing we basically follow the weather.)

So, menu planning/cooking will make some minor shifts to using the propane stove and grill. And when I make my tea…. the hot water will go into a thermal carafe for use throughout the morning. If I want more tea later in the day….cold brew to the rescue!

We’re looking forward to getting off grid for short periods of time and enjoying the “free” camping that comes with. And we can start soon, when we begin our trek northward later in the spring.

Do you have any "must haves" or ideas for boondocking? Share them in the comments below.
(By the way, we're a family-friendly blog, so please keep it nice. Inappropriate content of any kind will be deleted)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hoofin’ It, Part 2

blue and white ferry boat at the Bolivar Peninsula dock

Well, that was an exercise in futility

We had high hopes for “Hoofin’ It, part 2”; our next on foot excursion into Galveston. We wanted to verify going across as foot passengers was a weekday travel option for the Tall Ships event.

And here’s what we learned.

Don’t count on the bus from the ferry terminal.
palm tree lined street with only a motorhome for traffic
Period.


We got up early…as in up with the birds early. And we got onto the ferry just fine. A beautiful crossing, gorgeous weather, and plenty of time to spare when we got to the dock in Galveston, with a good 20 minutes to spare.

We walked to the bus stop to wait that 20 minutes for the bus.

And waited.

And waited.

And waited some more.




20 minutes became 30 minutes. Then 40. Then 45 and we called the Island Transit office and got…

...voice mail.


We left a message.

We waited a bit more and finally took the ferry back across.

After we got home, Chris called them again. Annnnd guess what.

Yup. Voice mail.

So, he left another message. They still haven’t called back. In fact, as I write this a few days after our “adventure”, we still have not heard from them (and I think we can safely say that we won’t).

early morning view from upper deck of ferry overlooking cars on deck and a freighter in the distance with Galveston skylineOh well. Some places do great mass transit…some don’t. (And yes, we had verified the schedule via their website the night before. We also spoke with someone in their office back before our Saturday test run.)

Looks like we’ll be paying for parking at Tall Ships Galveston after all. But, I have a feeling it will prove a blessing that we did drive over and park. We know God has all these details figured out for us already.

After all, blessed are the flexible for they shall not get bent out of shape.

And the day wasn’t a total loss. We enjoyed the boat rides and a nice drive on the beach. And at least now we know for sure how we’re going to and from Tall Ships Galveston.

Betsy of As We Go in hat, sunglasses, pink jacket talking and looking a bit rumpled
I think I need to ditch the straps and glasses before filming.


Oh...I also learned to be sure and check how I look in a mirror before filming myself....or at least try and remember to do things like shed the camera straps and take off the shades!

Monday, March 26, 2018

RV Mod-Galley Sink Light

older rv light fixture mounted under a wood cabinet and over a kitchen sink spigot
Before: 
The old light. It only lit one third of the sink, dimly.

Some mods are a bit more on the cosmetic side as opposed to a system update.

This one is a bit of both.

There was an old plastic 12-volt light fixture over the sink. We had two options…either replace the incandescent bulb with an LED one as we did in some of the other fixtures or replace the fixture.

(Our first quick LED update was simply replacing bulbs in the old fixtures when we first got Miss Emmy...a temporary solution.)
After: 
New LED light brightens the entire sink area 


Now, I admit it…I didn’t like the old fixture. It was pretty clunky looking under the cabinet where it was mounted, and I often felt like I would bump into it while washing larger items in the sink. That, and it only illuminated a fraction of the sink area.

So a new LED fixture was the order of the day.

We found this light on Amazon. It was much smaller and thinner than the original fixture it would replace and is a nice, natural light.
L E D lamp attached under a wood cabinet
The new fixture...
smaller, cooler, brighter, efficient

Here’s how we did it, but please note that this is not a step-by-step detailed  “how-to”, but perhaps something we share will help someone out. We are not pros or techs, Chris is just a bit handy with some things. If you are not 100% comfortable with doing a project, please stay safe and use a pro.

This mod was a pretty straightforward, surface mount install.


1. SAFETY FIRST. Shut off the power
2. Remove and dispose of the old fixture
3.Attach new fixture mounting brackets
4. Splice in new fixture
5. Mount new fixture
6. Turn power on and enjoy

The lamp seems well made and they gave it plenty of lead wire for installation. Every great once in a while we have to hit the little push-button switch twice. (I think you have to be pretty centered on it for best results) And so far, it is holding up well with our use.

We really like how much brighter it makes that area, and should the fixture quit working, we'd get another one.

The old fixture after removal. 
Note the  scorch mark.
By the way, if you have an older coach, you may want to check your fixtures.

When we pulled the old fixture out, we discovered the cover was scorched, brittle, and the fixture was rusty inside!

Yikes! Glad I didn't use it much!

And it helped motivate us to take care of all the other ones sooner than later.

Here's a link to a new LED fixture like ours:


Friday, March 23, 2018

Fort Travis

remains of a gun battery with U.S. and Texas flags on a flag pole
Fort Travis
One day way back in December, we took one of our first ferryboat rides. About a mile beyond the ferry terminal on the Bolivar Peninsula, we spotted what looked the remains of an old fort a bit off the main road. Had no idea what was there.

Until the end of January that is, when we finally took the road into Fort Travis Seashore Park.

And what a nice surprise of  a park. 
green grass and water with two ships passing and city skyline in distance
A lot of marine traffic comes through here, as Houston is
the nations second busiest port.
You can also watch the ferry boats from here.

Seriously. The bunkers are still there and the foundations for several buildings. A couple of the buildings remain, one serving as office space for the park maintenance and public restrooms.

And a terrific view of the Gulf as well as the entrance into Galveston harbor and the Houston Ship channel.

boardwalk leading to a platform with a screen wall overlooking a salt marsh
One of the bird blinds overlooking a salt marsh.
The Fort Travis site has been a military post of some kind since the early 1800's, and was decommissioned after WW II.

There's a lot of history in all those years....but then, there is a lot of history here on the peninsula that we didn’t know about. Like Jane Long. (The highway on the Peninsula is named for her.) She must have been a formidable woman. (Hmmmm, sounds like I might have material for another post. 😊 On second thought, you can learn more about her at:
www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Texas-pioneer-Jane-Long-gave-birth-in-brutal-9231609.php)

man with binoculars looking out to the Gulf of Mexico
Chris checking on the ship traffic
Meanwhile, back at the fort turned park, there are picnic areas, playground, paved walkways, bird watching blinds, and a walkway that runs right along the water, complete with park benches.

And if you’re into watching ship traffic like Chris is, it’s a great spot to watch Galveston and Houston maritime traffic as well monitor the ferry boats.

Yes, Fort Travis is a nice little seaside park, and has rapidly become one of our favorite places here on the Bolivar Peninsula.

U.S. flag with a Texas flag and a Jane Long flag as well as an obelisk and two historical markers.
The road into the park is just to the right of these flags
To learn more, visit: https://www.crystalbeach.com/travis.htm

If you go:

The entrance off the highway is not really well marked, but as you come off the ferry, watch for three flags on the right. It’s the U.S. flag with a Texas flag and a Jane Long flag as well as an obelisk and two historical markers.

Oh, and be sure to take a moment to read the two history plaques that are there. You’ll learn a bit of overall history of the Bolivar Peninsula as well as Jane Long.
gate with a sign
Main gate into the park

The entrance to Ft. Travis is to the right of the flags and you’ll need to bear left for the entrance gate.

By the way....entrance to the park is free.








Old army base sign for fort travis
This sign is just inside the park

earth and cement building for heavy artillary
One of the earthwork gun batteries

flying flock of large white pelicans
Bird watching is good too. A flock of white pelicans flew by.
They winter here on the Gulf Coast
 
large flock of white ibis flying past Bolivar Point light
And we had a flock of white ibis fly through as well

blue heron wading in water in a salt marsh
A blue heron in the salt marsh

Brown sign with white lettering
Jane Long...Mother of Texas is one of her titles.



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hoofin’ It

sailing ship and modern cruise ship in Galveston
We took a day trip into Galveston recently as part of exploring and planning for going to the Tall Ships event…and we decided to go on foot to see if that was a viable option.

So we packed up a lunch, and headed out on a lovely Saturday morning. We chose Saturday for our initial trial as the Galveston ferry terminal bus stop would be served all day long. During the week, it’s active only during commute hours.

ferry boat at a dock
We had a beautiful day for our excursion
We drove down to the ferry dock and parked for the day. Parking, like the ferry, is free, (but do be wise and secure your vehicle and belongings.)

 It’s an easy walk from the lot (where there is a restroom facility) over to the dock. Once the ferry crew finishes loading the cars, they let you walk onto the boat.

After the crossing, they have pedestrians disembark first. Be sure to pay attention to the ferry crew members for where to wait. From the terminal (yes, there are restrooms onboard the ferries and at the terminal in Galveston) it’s a short walk to where the Galveston bus stop is.

gravel road
This unmarked gravel loop is the ferry terminal bus stop
However….it is unmarked and we had to ask several folks where it was. We missed the bus by 5-10 minutes and had to wait for the next bus. (The stop is next door to the Scottish Inn)

Note to self (and anyone reading along): Allow more time for the ferry. Crossing time varies by how many cars they have to load and if they have to adjust course for freighters, tide, weather, etc.

horse and buggy passing historic buildings
They passed us while we waited for the trolley
The bus went to the new terminal building located in the historic downtown area. (About a block from the Strand and across the street from the Railroad Museum [and yes, we still want to visit that museum]) From there, it was just a few blocks to walk down to where the Tall Ships event will be held.

wooden interior and arched windows of a trolley looking out to sea
Riding the trolley along the Seawall
We stopped at the Texas Seaport Museum (where the Elissa is docked) and gleaned some more info about the Tall Ships event, and then wandered about the waterfront for a bit. We found a nice section of open space with park benches and enjoyed the waterfront view while we ate our picnic lunch. Then we wandered the Strand a bit, did some window shopping, and then decided to ride the trolley before heading back home.

We rode the trolley system’s full route. The historic downtown loop, which goes out to the Seawall, and then transferred to the Sewall loop, which goes up through Moody Gardens. It was a nice way to see a lot of Galveston. It was also very reasonable. You can easily transfer between the two routes, and it only costs $1.

We returned to the bus terminal via the trolley and waited for the bus out to the ferry terminal.

At the new bus terminal. Waiting area is upstairs.
Now here’s something to be aware of…. if you do this on a Saturday, all 4 of Galveston’s bus routes are morphed into one very long bus route. So, no matter what number bus you board, you are in for a very long ride from downtown out to the ferry, and you do see a lot of Galveston! For the most part, all of the drivers, and many of the passengers, are friendly and helpful and even main bus fare is only $1.

rows of cars and trucks waiting to board the ferry boat
These folks have quite the wait
The downside, it was hard to get initial information about the bus and trolley service...the website was not user friendly, and going on a Saturday, no one was at the info desk at the new bus terminal. There weren't even any schedules available to pick up.

But despite that challenge, we were very glad we did do this as foot passengers…the ferry lines were very long getting back to the peninsula! Made the mild inconvenience of using mass transit worth it.

view from upper deck looking down at vehicles on the ferry  as it moves across the water
A great view from the upper deck!
Galveston in the distance.
We plan on doing another “dry run”. This time, on a weekday. Our tickets for Tall Ships Galveston are for Friday. Mainly to get a feel for how that weekday schedule flows. We don't want to miss that last bus out to the terminal!

And we’ll definitely go as walk-on passengers for the event instead of driving Sarge over. We’d rather splurge and eat out than pay for the festival parking rates! (and we know that Friday traffic on the ferry will be heavy)

Admittedly, all that trolley and bus riding did make for a very long day and we were glad to get home!

After all, home is where we park it. 😉

To learn more about Tall Ships Galveston, visit:
www.galvestonhistory.org/events/tall-ships-galveston-2

Monday, March 19, 2018

RV Mod-Showerhead

inside an rv showere
RV Mod-A Showerhead
As you may know, our Miss Emmy is 20 years old now. (read Meet Miss Emmy to learn a little more)

And, as you can imagine, some of her fittings and gear are original, and no longer made.

And believe it or not, some of it is still made and placed into brand new RVs today.

Like the basic, all purpose, in almost every single coach and trailer ever made one size fits all showerhead. Probably the main reason some folks (like me) dislike taking a shower in their RV.

older shower head on a table
Old basic, one size fits all shower head
Poor water pressure and temperature control.

Really poor water pressure.

It’s one of the first modifications we made to Miss Emmy once we went full-time. We upgraded the shower head.

It was actually quite simple to do as we didn’t have to replace the entire fixture. It’s only the showerhead and hose that are new.

new shower head still in boxWe went with the basic Oxygenics showerhead that has an inline shut off valve. That’s key for rving. Helps you save on water usage and grey (waste water) tank space. It’s designed to “boost” the water pressure in the shower head itself. RV’s operate with a lower water pressure than houses do.

TIP: Use a water pressure regulator whenever you connect your rig to a campground city water connection.

All we had to do was unscrew the old hose and remove the shower wand bracket.

Then screw on the new hose and mount the new bracket.

Voila! New shower experience, and no more treks to the public showers.

Here's a handy link to the unit we purchased and installed:


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Friday, March 16, 2018

Texas City Museum

building with large white ship anchor in front of entry
Texas City Museum
We took a day and went up to the Texas City Museum. They were having a special Maritime Exhibition Day and we thought it would be fun to see.

And it was. They had a variety of exhibitors from other museums, trade schools and tourism as well as their regular displays, which were great. And it was all very well laid out.

Civil War era ship's boiler and man dressed in civil war union army uniform
Civil War Exhibit, complete with a reenactor
Like all the museums we’ve seen so far in Texas, there’s always something about Texas Independence and the Civil War. In this case, the Civil War exhibit hosted a cannon, rebuilt boiler sections and more from the gunboat U.S.S. Westfield, that was sunk in the area during a battle. They also had a large display about the “Disaster of 1947” in which a freighter caught fire, that spread to another ship and a massive explosion ensued that totally up the town.

Got kids? They have a large, hands on activity room that was very popular when we were there. And yes, we played a little too. Helped "build" a dinosaur.
male and female adults dressed as classic 17th century pirates
Pirates!
This actually looks like a fun "job"

Part of the fun was the exhibitors, including a couple of pirates from Pirates, Legends of the Gulf Coast in Galveston. They were a hit with the kids. And we learned about some of the nature conservation going on in the area as well. A lot of migrating birds come through here, the salt marsh prairies are being restored and the Gulf of Mexico has National Maritime Sanctuary complete with coral reefs? (visit flowergarden.noaa.gov to learn more)

And what we didn’t expect to see (I admit, I didn’t do much homework before going) was a huge model railroad display.

The 2nd floor of the building is home to the Galveston County Model Railroad Club, and is open to the public on Saturdays. There were trains of all sizes and vintages with detailed layouts and some interactive buttons. 


retro movie theater
The Showboat movie theater is now an event center
We really enjoyed our time here. It was one of those delightful gems of a small-town museum that rated a long visit. Glad we packed a lunch!

If you go, admission is very reasonable (not free but very close!) and parking is free at a city lot about a half a block down or you can park in the street.

And don’t miss out on some of the fun, vintage architecture in town. Texas City is working very hard to improve their old downtown, and it shows.

You can learn more about the Texas City Museum at:
 www.texas-city-tx.org/page/rec.museum

model train
One very small section of the model railroads

retro green retail or theater building
I don't know if this was always home to the newspaper,
but it is a pretty cool vintage building

museum exhibit of 1947 explosion disaster
Part of the "Disaster of 1947" exhibit

man looking at working model of rail yard roundhouse
Chris checking out one of the railroad set-ups

large-size model trains
See anyone you know?
This is called "Garden Scale"

Lionel model train sets
What would a model railroad exhibit be without
classic Lionel sets?



Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mail Call

mailing envelopes and amazon packages on an RV sofa
Mail Call
How do we (and other full-time RVers) get our mail when we're traveling all the time?

Well, some folks rely on the kindness of family members to forward packages and mail, but for those of us who are full-timers....that may not always be the best solution.

Some rely on a basic mail forwarding service while they have there own permanent/physical address to use. I know of some snowbirds who do this.

Some will check with the local post office to see if they can pick up mail there via general delivery. (via forwarding or shipments) Handy if you're boondocking or staying in a public campground with no office staff. Just check with that local post office first...some do not offer that service.

And others, like us, work with a company that not only forwards our mail, it also provides us with an official, legal residential street address for additional items like voter and vehicle registration, insurance, etc...

There are a couple of major players is that last category. Escapees (based in Texas and Florida) and America's Mailbox (in South Dakota). Since we're South Dakota residents already, we chose to use America's Mailbox. It made for a very easy transition. I'll talk about getting mail from that aspect.

So, once we joined America's Mailbox, we were assigned a PMB #. We put some funds on deposit with them to forward our mail. When we want it sent (and we pick times for that when we know we'll be stationary for a week or so), we just contact them and they send it out to wherever we are and however we tell them to ship it (i.e. Overnight, regular, etc...) If we're in the Black Hills, like with our upcoming work camping gig, we just let them know in advance when we'll be in to pick it up.

That takes care of our basic postal mail.

Chris got his new keyboard on a very chilly day
while we were in Denton, TX 
Packages are another story. We do a lot with Amazon Prime. (I can't find my chai tea just anywhere ☺), and as you can see from some of our gear reviews, that was the best way for us to get what we needed or wanted.

The beauty of Amazon, we can update the shipping address to our present location. We'll take advantage of that when we're somewhere for  a week or more and stock up on items (like my chai tea), purchase gear that's not available locally, etc... That also means it comes straight to us, without going through mail forwarding service, so no additional shipping costs.

How do we make it work directly for us?

When we check in to a campground for an extended stay (one week or longer), we confirm that it's okay to receive mail there, the correct mailing address to use, and what their procedure is for getting mail to us. Some campgrounds deliver it directly to the rig, others just have it in an area for you to sort through, and some have it behind the counter for you to request, and some will call you to let you know it's arrived.

Once that's all set, we request our mail forwarding and/or place an Amazon order.

Here's where we love the technology that's now available....we can track those packages online. We give the campground office a heads up that we have something coming as a courtesy, and we try to pick it up promptly.

And then we all we have to do it wait. Package comes in, we get it. If it's gear of some kind, you find out about it too.

Oh, and an advantage with the tracking, you figure our pretty quick if something has gone AWOL en route. That happened to us with a small Amazon order...it got lost somewhere in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. We were able to contact Amazon and they sent out a replacement right away.

So, that's basically how we, and many others on the road, do the whole mail thing.


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Friday, March 9, 2018

RV Mod-Attwood 12V Outlet

man working on 12 volt wiring
Updating Miss Emmy
One feature our Miss Emmy is sorely lacking are electrical outlets, especially in the bedroom area. Absolutely nothing by the bed.

Seriously.

No electrical outlet of any kind by the nightstand. What’s someone who uses a CPAP machine to do? Or the person who wants to recharge their phone or Kindle?

 Install one of course.

glass sconce lamp and overhead reading light for a bed
Two of the six light fixtures. We replaced the reading light with
and LED bulb. We were able to "rehome" the old glass fixtures
Well, what Miss Emmy lacks in outlets, she makes up for in lights. There are SIX different 12v light fixtures in the bedroom.

Yes, you read that right. SIX light fixtures.

FOUR of them at the head of the bed. Yes, FOUR. There are two overhead reading lights and two side lights.

And add the two double light RV ceiling fixtures.

wires and junction boxes
Inside the old TV cabinet. The red cord was our temporary fix.
We'll be fixing this at a future date.
Yup, that makes a total of SIX fixtures, and come to think of it, that's EIGHT light bulbs! All of them 12v,  and all of them were incandescent.

Well, with so many 12v fixtures available in one small space, we decided to remove one lighting fixture and convert it to a 12v plug that will allow Chris to run his CPAP machine, even while boondocking.

Now, admittedly there is one 12v plug in the bedroom along with a 120v outlet.

They're just not well placed. They sit at the back of the TV shelf and was for the old, and very dead, CRT TV we removed.

Outlets facing into the closet and away from the bedroom?
Really?
But the outlets don’t even face into the bedroom. They aren’t even in the bedroom. They are actually located inside the closet and face AWAY from where TV location. Go figure.

Our temporary fix was to run a 12v extension cord from that outlet, through the TV shelf space and then over to the nightstand. It took a lot of searching and we finally found this one.

And while this solution worked, 12 feet of cord draped about the bedside was not the best (or safest) solution. The research and planning began.

First was settle on location. We opted to remove the heavy glass side light that was more bug catcher than anything else and kept the reading light.

Our firmly installed outlet. As a friend of ours used to say
"Robust construction!"
On to find the right 12v outlet. Many of the after-market 12v outlets we saw seemed poorly made until we came across this one on Amazon. Attwood specializes in marine and RV fittings and this under-dash mount outlet had excellent reviews, so we ordered it.

Good choice! It’s a solid, well-made unit with excellent fit and finish. The bracket it comes with is very solid and we feel it will hold up very well against the daily use we will give it.

Not super pretty, but it works. Sometimes you have to choose
function over form.
We went with the under-dash mounting as there was insufficient air space in the “mini-closet” sidewall to use an in-dash style mount. And we had no desire to totally tear apart the interior of the “mini-closet” to drop the wires down.

After a little thinking and prowling hardware store aisles, we came up with this install. It may not win a house beautiful award, but it works for us. Someday we’ll come up with a better cosmetic solution, and we left enough slack in the wiring to re-arrange it if the need or desire arises.

Here’s how we did it, but please note:
This is not a step-by-step detailed  “how-to”, but perhaps something we share will help someone out. We are not pros or techs, Chris is just a bit handy with some things. If you are not 100% comfortable with doing a project, please stay safe and use a pro.

1. SAFETY FIRST. Shut off the power
2. Remove and dispose of the old fixture.
3. Made a temporary splice, turned battery power back on and tested the connection
4. Turned power off, undid the temporary splice and mounted the bracket.
(We needed a right-angle drill attachment as there was not a lot of room between the nightstand and the bottom of the closet. This one by Ryobi worked great)
5. Slid faceplate over the new wires, then spliced the new wires into the coach’s 12v wiring
6. Used brown electrical tape to help camouflage the red and black wiring that’s exposed.
7. Attached faceplate to the wall and tacked the wire down with some small clamps.
8. Turned the battery power back on and re-tested the outlet with a variety of devices.

End result?

A good night’s sleep and no risk of getting tangled up in the draped power cord.

It has worked so well, we're repeating the process on my side of the bed. After all, how many bedside lights does a body need?

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Here's the Attwood 12v outlet and Ryobi drill adapter we purchased.


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