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Old 01-07-2014, 05:29 AM   #155
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The company that installed the new roof unit two weeks ago came back out this morning and reset the jump switches on Lucy's roof unit. The furnace function immediately came back on line. We got it going just in time as it is going to be in the 20's tonight in the Florida Panhandle.

SuEllyn spent the day installing rubber flooring in Lucy. She has already built and installed the work bench/counter top over the stove burners.

Hopefully, New Lucy will not deal us any more unpleasant surprises.

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Glad you got the furnace functioning again. The heat pump is way too loud for me..
Just curious, could you post a pic or two, or a link to the rubber flooring, and work bench counter top over the burners?
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:59 PM   #156
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SuEllyn spent the day installing rubber flooring in Lucy. She has already built and installed the work bench/counter top over the stove burners.
Glad about the furnace.

Yeh, I want to see photos too. The idea for the cabinet we installed in our trailer came from SuEllyn, so these changes must be good too.

I thought of rubber flooring, but it is hard to find around here. Great for your feet.

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Well, New Lucy's gas furnace worked flawlessly throughout the recent cold snap. We had two nights of hard freeze, and down to 18 degrees on Tuesday. I realize that doesn't sound too bad to most of you. It's a big deal in the Florida Panhandle. On the coast here, we have not had any freezing temperatures in several years. We have never winterized our Airstream and count on our gas furnace when the temps drop below heat pump range.

We are continuing to get New Lucy fitted for heavy duty traveling. SuEllyn has designed and built a work surface to cover Lucy's stove burners. SuEllyn has also been installing rubber flooring. We had this in Old Lucy, and we really liked it.

Here are a few pictures of SuEllyn's latest projects.

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Brian,

Thanks for the pictures. The floor looks great. We are looking at the 23FB as well as the 25 and appreciate your thread. Here are a couple of questions:

Where will you store the work surface when using the stove top and when traveling? I made something similar for our Bambi to extend the non-existent work space and it has served us well.

Does water seep under the tiles when mopping?

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Old 01-10-2014, 01:39 PM   #159
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Brian,

Thanks for the pictures. The floor looks great. We are looking at the 23FB as well as the 25 and appreciate your thread. Here are a couple of questions:

Where will you store the work surface when using the stove top and when traveling? I made something similar for our Bambi to extend the non-existent work space and it has served us well.

Does water seep under the tiles when mopping?

Thanks.

Caryl
Hi Caryl,

As to your first question about storing the work surface while the stove burners are in use, we don't think that this will present a problem. During the eight years (1,350 nights/120,000 miles) that we had our 25FB, we used the stove top twice. Both times they were used at home as extra burners during holiday gatherings. We are microwave people. We have two microwaves at home so that we can eat together.

We have towed Lucy about 1,000 miles since SuEllyn installed the work surface. We have left it in place during travel, and it has not presented a problem.

We had the rubber flooring in Old Lucy for about seven years. We did most of our floor cleaning with Windex and a paper towel. Dirt does have a way of getting under the rubber floor at the edges. We simply lift the edge and hit it with the crevice tool on our camp vacuum.

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Hey Moosetags I thought you might be heading further south. I have a Holmes space heater I was willing to give you! BTW the the Voyager Digital Wireless rear view camera (Model WVOS511) is great. You will like it.
The Voyager wireless rear view camera is great. I have quit mounting the extended mirrors on the Suburban. When it's raining, the lens get wet, and the image on the screen is not real good.

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Thanks for the photos. Since you don't use the cooktop, the work area makes perfect sense. I have seen that style of rubber floor and it just wasn't the style we wanted, but it is very practical. I don't think we found any stores in western Colorado that had any rubber floor samples, and so we didn't explore it further.

But, when you are boondocking, do you hook up a generator to zap the food?

Glad to hear the furnace is healthy and you haven't been frozen. And it is good to know a rear camera can work; the one on our new FJ Cruiser is awful. The picture looks like a tennis court (otherwise incomprehensible reference lines on the screen) with vague outlines of something, rain, snow or clear. I couldn't believe Toyota would put out such a poor product; glad I can use mirrors.

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We used that same type of rubber flooring in Old Lucy. It adds some insulation and makes it a lot easier to kneel on the floor to get stuff out of floor level storage areas.

We do carry two Honda 2000 gen sets with us, but most of our real boondocking is done in the Outfitter pop-up truck camper which has an inverter of sufficient wattage to run the microwave.

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Glad you got the furnace functioning again. The heat pump is way too loud for me..
Just curious, could you post a pic or two, or a link to the rubber flooring, and work bench counter top over the burners?
Thanks
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The rubber floor tiles that we are using are made by Norsk. We got them on-line from Sears.com. A six pack of 2'x2' interlocking tiles goes for $20. We bought 4 packs to do the whole trailer. We have also put this type of flooring on the board under Lucy mattress.

The work bench/counter top is made from 1x3 hardwood lumber, stood on end in a "U" shape that surrounds the stove top on both sides and the back. The top is a piece of 3/4" finish plywood that measures 32" wide by 23" deep. The 1x3 base is actually 2.5" tall which is just right to keep the bottom of the workbench surface from contacting the stainless burner cover. There was room for piece of rubber flooring between the plywood and the burner cover. We also ran a piece of Velcro loop on the back and right side of the counter top to keep it from scratch the wall of the trailer.

The surface of the workbench is covered with an Alvin brand self-healing cutting mat cut to size. We decided on this surface because it is very tough. As this work surface also serves as our Moose Tags packing area, it needs to be able to stand up to abuse. It may not be as chic as a matching laminate top, but it works well for us.

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Given your style of travel, it is very chic, and practical.

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Given your style of travel, it is very chic, and practical.

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Thank you, Gene. We like it and it works for us.

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The flooring in new Lucy is done and looks great. We did have to cut about an inch and a half off the bottom of the bathroom door to provide clearance for the new flooring.

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This morning, we headed out in New Lucy. For the first time, she is 100%. The 320 mile trip to Jacksonville went well. On this trip we are towing with the Suburban. We haven't weighed Lucy yet, but Olivia (the Suburban) can tell that she is quite a bit lighter than her predecessor 25FB. There is another difference that is more significant than I thought it would be. The six inch difference in width is very noticeable.

Here are a couple of pictures of Lucy and Olivia on today's adventure.

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