New prices for sewing PVC dog cot slings

I have started traveling full-time and living in a travel trailer. I have my sewing machine with me (feel like I can’t live without it) so I will still have the ability to sew the slings. What won’t have the ability to do is buy the fabric. I am going to be volunteering at remote locations and there aren’t fabric stores right around the corner. If you would like me to sew the slings, you will need to purchase your fabric. I still recommend sturdy fabric like duck canvas but there are fabrics available that would be nearly impossible for me to sew, so … Read more…

Time for RV manufacturers to update their business model

For years RV manufacturers have forced “buy local” on all their customers. The way they enforce it is when it comes to service — if you take your RV to a dealer you didn’t purchase from they make you the lowest priority. You, the consumer, is basically screwed if you don’t get warranty work and repairs done while you’re at home. I think RV manufacturers need to update their thinking to keep up with the changes related to the internet and the growth of full-time RVers. We are no longer a people who purchase campers, trailers, and motor homes and store … Read more…

Finding problems with new travel trailer

I didn’t spend a fortune on a travel trailer so I didn’t expect absolute perfection. I knew they had to keep costs down to keep the price low. I started checking things as soon as I got it, but have still be surprised by some of the problems I’ve had. Tub enclosure I only had it a couple of days when the tub enclosure separated from the wall because it had been forced into place instead of placed properly. I’m still working on this issue. The dealer sent rivets and double stick tape for me to repair it myself. Is it just … Read more…

Counter top extension for travel trailer

When I ordered my trailer I ordered the counter top extension. When the dealer received the trailer there was no extension. Forest River mailed it to me at my campground in Texas, but it was unassembled with no instructions, not even screws. I called the dealer and the service guy mentioned something about shims, said he really didn’t know and suggested taking it to a dealer in Texas. To get into a dealer in summer takes weeks where I would be without my home. Forget it. I wasn’t sure how to install so I posted on the Forest River owner forum … Read more…

Contact form was broken – Sorry!

For all of you who sent questions via the contact form — I apologize. I just realized the form must have been broken by a WordPress update somewhere along the way. I’ve been traveling and had no idea. It makes me sick that I have ignored all these emails — I thought people had just stopped emailing… I am going to work on responding to all the emails so be patient.

Gone Camping

For a while my blog is going to take a completely different slant. Several months ago I made the decision to travel full-time as a volunteer at different parks across the country so all projects at home came to a halt as I prepared the house to sell. The house is sold, the travel trailer ordered, and starting in mid June I will be on the road for (hopefully) the next few years. This is a big change so no telling how I’m going to feel about it until I am deeply into it. I will still be posting to the … Read more…

PVC Dog Cot Giveaway – with a catch TAKEN

Okay, there’s a catch… Let me explain. I am in the middle of massive downsizing and have 2 small and 1 medium sets of slings, corner fittings, and end caps for the legs from the test samples I made. I would love to see these go to good homes where puppies can enjoy them. The color is dark brown in the top and middle cots pictured above. The 2 small sets and medium set have been claimed. Actually, I have the PVC for the sides and legs too, but after checking boxes and shipping it’s cheaper for you to buy the … Read more…

Testing spray paints on resin furniture

I’ve had six good quality resin Adirondack chairs for quite some time. I bought them for my house in Texas that was a soft moss-green with snow-white trim and the original forest green color of the chairs was perfect for the white decks on that house. I also had three forest green tables and one white table. They all held up really well on the west-facing decks that baked in 110 degree Texas summers, but I did freshen up the color on them three years ago with a coat of forest green paint. The problem in 2015 was they were … Read more…

Stop loss bags for clear finish storage

Just a quick post about a product I’m trying — I am not sponsored by these folks are anyone else. I read about StopLossBags in The Family Handyman magazine and wanted to try them since I’ve had to throw away a considerable amount of varnish and polyurethane over the years. Storing polyurethane and varnish is a matter of protecting it from air and these bags look like they will solve that issue. I used a small funnel to store about half a quart of leftover oil-based polyurethane and was able to easily push the product up to the top of the bag forcing … Read more…

Applying polyurethane with a foam brush

Applying polyurethane with a foam brush - The DIY Girl

In retrospect I suspect I have been studiously avoiding any use of varnish or polyurethane for fear of failure. I used polyurethane years ago, but don’t recall it being a total fail. Maybe it’s my constant battle with floating yellow lab hair. I’ve used a variety of hand applied rubbed finishes to get around using a more difficult finish. When I made the large ottoman tray I opted for water based polyurethane to avoid mineral spirits clean up. I watched a video showing how to dilute the finish with 50% water and applying with a cloth and I loved the … Read more…