Recap we purchased our 2019 Viking at the Tampa Fall RV show in November 2018 on a very hot fall day. Since that purchase we have done upgrade after upgrade. Part I of this blog talks all about the outside, Part II will cover all of the inside.
Let me start at the door, with the door, besides the electric door lock, we changed out the window, we went from a smoked glass to one with a blind built into, makes it extra dark to sleep and lighter during the day. We also added a screen door handle which makes it easier to close the door. We added flash light holders and of course command hooks for everything from the leash to keys.
We disliked our plastic faucet(s), we changed them to nice faucets with a nice spray nostle. We added a backsplash behind the stove and along the wall. As with most camper counters, space is a premium and everything you put out when larked has to go away, we needed someplace to store our kitchen utensils, therefore, Mike cut a hole in the counter and we dropped a metal utensil holder in the counter -left over from my coffee cart days, (I am not sure if I mentioned it before but I have an amazing husband who can come up with a solution for anything and he can do anything as well) and we never have to worry about them going anywhere while traveling.
This model has a tall cabinet under the kitchen counter which is perfect for the trash can, he added dividers to hold the trash bags, aluminum foil and Ziplock bags.
Moving to under the dinette, we have a dinette with two benches, under the one is empty for storage, I have taken that over for my Stampin Up supplies and any other crafty items I may have, hoping it is enough room but may need a little more, but we will see, however the other bench was screwed shut. Mike unscrewed it and saw that 1/3 of it is used to house the hot water heater and heater duct and the rest is empty so he cut the piece that screwed down and built a barrier around the duct and wala we have more storage.
As most owners of camper’s know the campers come with these awful lights that can cause a sunburn, well we (again when I say we, I really mean Mike) added two reading lights and a low wattage light over the dinette. He also reglued and screwed the back of the dinette becasue the factory glue didn’t keep it together driving down the road.
We picked out fabric and changed the valences to make it more ours.
If you read Part I you may remember the comfy couch, well the only thing that’s under there is the powercord which is accessable to the outside. The couch lays down to make a bed as does the table, but like my Mom said, it may seat 6 but sleeps two, even though when we hit the road we will allow people who may visit us stay in with us. Anyway, under the couch besides the powercord is a 12 volt convereter and fuse panel. Miked moved the couch and added a 400 watt invertor so we can run small 110 chargers, like our laptop while boondocking. After taking the couch out he added storage and an access panel to the front of it and now we have storage for our future Battle Born lithium batteries. He also added another reading light over the couch, for that occassional time that Eris will share the couch with us. Under the refrigerator there was a little storage area of about 3 inches deep, seriously it was only 3 inches but it held our collapsable broom and nothing else, Mike opened that up and now we can fit a ton of stuff under there. Speaking about the refrigerator we added a temperture monitor for both the frig and freezer. Of course we added a magnet board and white board to make it more homey.
Our bathroom sits across from the galley, which we have made a few changes to that as well. One of the first things we did, was add a wall protector, to make sure the door knob doesn’t go through the wall when opening it. Inside we added a backsplash, and of course more command hooks for the towels. We changed out the factory fan/vent for a Fantastic Fan and a rain cover over the top of it. We changed out the showerhead to an Oxygenics. We put stainglass film on the domed ceiling in the shower, changed the shower rod to an expanding type which give us more room in the shower when using it or more in the bathroom when not using it. OMG what are these people thinking when they install these faucets, one cannot get their hands under the faucet without touching the back of the sink and thereby splashing water everywhere, therefore needless to say we changed the faucet to not only one that is nicer but to one that is functional.
On the wall that backups to the bathroom and faces our bed we added a shelf to add some more personal items and what nots. Mike also added lights to each side of the bed and a little shelf for me and he also added USB charges on boths sides of the bed.
We will have more to upgrade such as shelves in the closets, organizer sections under the bed, hang our family photos, but all things that can done slowly but for now we have done enough, it’s time to go camping.
Until next time….