Organizing for the Road

Food & Dishes

As during our last trip, we’ve been concentrating on better organization in the Navion, inside and out. Some of the criteria we’ve developed are:

  • Is the item really necessary?
  • How often and when is the item likely to be needed?
  • Can the item be stored in way that makes it easy to access? Can the item’s location minimize kneeling, bending over and long reaches? Can supplies be stored in different containers?
  • Can storage be organized so that heavier items are lower and closer to the vehicle’s center?

The first thing we did was reduce the amount of clothing we take. Since we are going to both cool and warm climates, we began with layers. For example, I bought a couple of pair of casual outdoor pants at Cabela’s last trip that work well for this. We also left at home different colors of the same item (I know, glamping).

We also expanded the tools that work with our Ryobi 18V system. I added a drill to go with the two types of fans that help even when we’re connected to shore power.

All of the gear we will use in Arizona, and Navion equipment we might need went into the compartment underneath the slide, which requires a kneeler to access even when the slide is in. We have four watertight clear plastic bins that work exceptionally well for this. Before we left, I replaced the lifters on three compartments that didn’t open as high as they should.

Most things in boxes now go into plastic zip bags. The pod coffee maker went onto a small table to get it out of the way when using our small cooking area. We now use wooden trays at mealtime instead of the factory dining table (so much less bother, and they save our backs, too.)

Not to be last, but I now use some small carry-alls from Cabela’s to separately store the hand tools, electrical tools, and fasteners/adhesives. The bags expand and contract as necessary and squish into their spaces.

On the horizon are more opportunities to organize. I’ve never met a camp store I didn’t like!


Quiet, at last

Reading in the woods

From the banks of the Columbia to Curlew Lake, Chewelah, Missoula, and (finally) Placid Lake SP, Montana. Good road and great weather.

Along the top of Washington and Idaho we stopped to see sister Sally, and Terri (and Jim), the breeder of Jamie and Peaches. Sally brought us a most excellent lunch while we moochdocked near the city park.

Missoula has great vibes, despite the folks camping next to us at the KOA. The canines enjoyed the dog parks and we relaxed a bit. On our way out of town we stopped at Cabela’s for a wee bit of clothes and gear. We also stocked up on dark roast pods at City Brew.

We camped at Placid Lake last year and decided on four days this time. Large sites, quiet, the lake, and dog swimming. Also just one or two bars of mobile. Life is good.

Day 2 – Daroga State Park

A 5 Star Park

After a stop at the Sprinter shop in Lynnwood for some needed scheduled maintenance, we detoured around the fire on US 2 and are camped in one of the nicest state parks we’ve ever seen. Wide sites, quiet and scenic.

We did some rearranging of the canine supplies after breakfast and a nice mile stroll to check out the beach. Peaches was really on point as we came closer to the water.

On the Road Again

We departed home yesterday, connecting with the PT-Coupeville boat and onboard in fifteen minutes! The Ferry Princess was shining on us.

We stopped in Burlington for a quartermaster task, then found a nice RV park in Bothell. Pull-through amongst the primarily Class A’s and fifth wheels. Wonderful place to stay while in Seattle.

Coupeville Ferry

We’re now waiting for some maintenance at the Sprinter service shop in Lynnwood, then over Snoqualmie Pass to Ellensburg for tonight. My RLS requires serious task balancing, so we’re taking it easy this trip. Our Tollers, Jamie and Peaches, have fallen right into their travel mode and are so well behaved.