Organizing inside the Runaway camper

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You know how it is.  You leave for a trip packed neatly, with everything in its place.  Clothes are folded, toiletries are zipped in their TSA-approved pouch, chargers and cords are neatly coiled in the side compartment of your bag.  Yet somewhere around the middle of the trip your belongings have exploded in a Darwin-esque bang and your room/camper/car looks like a toddler had a very bad day.  What to do?

Here are a few inexpensive solutions I found for organizing inside our Runaway Navigator.

His and Her’s “dressers.”  For $10.00 each at Wal-mart (I shop a lot at Wal-mart, don’t I?) we each have two drawers for clean clothes and one for cramming the dirties.  This minimizes the morning “I-really-have-to-pee-but-I-can’t-find-my-bra ” struggle that I had in the first state campground we parked at.

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In the above picture you can also see that we added a small TV to the camper.  It has a built-in DVD player for those evenings when your camping trip is interrupted by an ark-worthy weather event.  We attached it to the camper wall with a swing arm that slides into a bracket, so that it can easily be taken down when we are driving to minimize stress on the screws and wood.  So far, this is the only thing I haven’t been able to solve with Command Strips or suction cups.

 

Speaking of suction cups, this is the perfect replacement for the all-important nightstand:

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I found it in the bathroom section of Target.  You can barely see the orange foam earplugs in the bottom right.  Those are a must if your campground neighbors unload more than a single case of Miller Lite.  Just sayin.

 

Last, but not least, I found a couple of cute (and removable, if need be) decals at my local Dollar Tree.  I will probably pick up a couple more, we like them so much.  They just add a bit more personality to the interior.

 

Come back in a bit and I’ll share my Chuck Box aka Camp Kitchen with you!

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Inside Our Runaway Navigator

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Now that you’re familiar with our Runaway Navigator, I’d like to share a few things we’ve done inside to make it a bit more “homey” and personal.

I’ll start with the windows.  They are nicely tinted, but we wanted the added privacy of curtains.  However, the windows are not a standard household size, and I don’t sew.  Let me repeat:  I do not sew.  I can sew on a button if you don’t look at the back when I’m done, but that’s my limit.  Fortunately, I stumbled across the perfect solution in our local Wal-mart recently whilst searching for my wayward teenager, who had become hopelessly lost in electronics.

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This three-piece set is perfect.  The two bottom curtains are exactly the right length for the camper windows.  If we ever decide to switch from curtains to RV mini blinds, the Valance will work perfectly with them.  So three sets later, and snap!  Done.

 

Now to hang them.  While the walls of the camper are 3/4″ plywood, we still wanted to minimize the number of holes we made.  My favorite answer to almost everything: Command Strips!  I LOVE Command Strips.  Those suckers would have saved me many fights with mom during my poster-hanging teenage years, but I digress.

 

And the finished product:

Excuse the Tweety Bird comforter.  It was an upcycle from my grown daughter’s bedroom set.  By the way, a twin-sized comforter is perfect for the futon-style bed we bought with the camper.  And that mattress is very, very comfortable.  Even folded out, it’s super thick.

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That’s it for the curtains and bedding.  In my next post I’ll share a few finds that made the camper even more comfy and organized.

Runaway Navigator Tour

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Ok, this is just a quick walk-around of our new Runaway Navigator camper.  This model is 4X8 feet, and is actually far roomier inside that it looks from the outside.

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The price may be subject to change, so I’ll let you check here for a quote.  But the following features come standard on your Navigator:

  • Tubular Steel Frame Construction
  • 2000 lb. Rated Dexter RV Axle w/EasyLube Hubs
  • Dual Folding stabilizer Jacks
  • Wheeled Front Jack
  • 13″ White Spoke Wheels & Tires
  • Poly laminate undercoated floor
  • Runaways Triple-Seal Cabin Construction provides maximum weather resistance
  • 30″ x 20″ Tinted Safety Glass Windows (two – one on each side)
    • Windows slide open
    • Windows lock
    • Windows have sliding screens included
  • 22″x42″ RV Locking Entry Door w/Keys (Deadbolt lock)
  • 3/4″ Birch Finish  plywood wall construction
  • High Quality Easy to Clean Vinyl Flooring
  • Charcoal Gray Headliner
  • 110v Power Strip w/Standard Connection
  • 10″ Deep Storage Shelf
  • Aluminum Exterior w/ Baked Enamel Finish
  • Rot-proof PVC Exterior Trim
  • 2″ Ball
  • Standard 4-Prong Trailer Light Connection
  • Overall Dimensions 11’4″L x 65″H x 66″W
  • Interior: 46.5″W x 94.5″L x 42-46″H
  • Weight: 687 lb. (varies slightly according to options)
  • 5,000 btu A/C *
  • Marine-grade A/C cover

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*Hubby and I love that the A/C is a standard window unit.  If anything breaks, it’s $99.00 at any Wal-Mart or Home Depot to replace, as opposed to a far more expensive (and harder to find) RV A/C unit.  And in a 4X8 camper, you will NOT be hot with this little unit.  It cranks out ice cubes.

 

Some options we chose to add to our Navigator were:

  • 46″ x 72″ Foam Flip Sofa (Think futon-style couch/bed)
  • Roof Rack (Which will accommodate all four of our kayaks!!)
  • 30″ x 20″ Rear Window (For a total of three windows…I love the light and the breeze!)
  • Through-the-Wall TV Coax Connector (Because sometimes it rains.  Hard.We feel that Runaway is super reasonable with their pricing for their products, including the add-ons.  Again, I’m not listing prices here since they may fluctuate, but check out their site for a quote.  You will be shocked!

 

Come back soon and see how we are setting up the inside of the camper.  We also need name suggestions for her (him?).

 

 

Camp Kitchen aka Chuck Box

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Runaway Camper offers the option of installing a camp kitchen in the back-end of your camper.  Hubby and I didn’t want to give up the interior space for that, so we made use of the rear trailer hitch (standard with the Navigator) and set up our own camp kitchen, aka chuck box.

First we bought an aluminum cargo rack to hold the entire shebang.  For the box itself, I chose a Rubbermaid Action Packer.  While far from the least expensive option, the reviews on the Action Packer are so awesome that I’m leaving it to my unborn grandchildren in my will.  A couple of reviewers were soldiers, and those folks know how to rate a piece of gear.

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The tote is wrapped in a waterproof Ohuhu cargo bag, to protect it from exploded opossum parts and other gnarly road yuck.

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Our tote is the largest Action Packer we could find.  At 48 gallons, it has ample room for my Coleman propane camp stove, dish pan, dishes, coffee press (a MUST) and any shelf-stable food supplies we need for our trip.  I can even set up the stove and cook on top of the tote if there is no picnic table available.  I plan to get a folding table also, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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IMPORTANT!!  This set up is NOT bear proof!  If you are camping in areas where bears are present, make sure you properly store any food items (or anything scented at all) in an approved bear canister, or hang it AWAY from your campsite at the recommended height.  Please research camping in bear country and plan accordingly.  We backpacked in Southeast Alaska for our honeymoon and developed a healthy appreciation for the beauty and power of these creatures.  You are blessed to see them, but you do not want to rub elbows with one.

Thinking About Running Away?

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I know you’ve been there.  It’s a Friday morning.  The sun is shining, the air is crisp, and the mountains are calling.  Or maybe it’s the beach calling.  Or your cousin Jennifer…but SOMETHING is calling, and it isn’t your laundry.  Face it:  you want to run away.

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Well, my hubby and I recently splurged on a toy that is going to make those weekend runaways much more likely to happen.  We are the proud new owners of a Runaway Navigator camper!

Runaway Campers aren’t your giant pain-in-the-butt monstrosities that require a diesel F-350 and a trucker’s mouth to haul.  Weighing in at only 700 pounds empty, the Navigator rides along happily behind my Subaru Crosstrek (which I adore, but that’s a post for another day).

Runaway campers are manufactured by a small, privately-owned company in Northern Florida.  They even delivered our Navigator to our driveway in North Georgia for a very reasonable $200.00.

Stay tuned, and I’ll give you a tour of our new Runaway Navigator!