Wow! Look at all the storage in that motorhomeâ€™s exterior cabinets.â€Â
Thatâ€™s what you think when you see a brand new coach sitting there with the storage compartments empty. And then you start filling them up with all the â€œnecessaryâ€ stuff you have to carry.
Hereâ€™s an inventory of what we have determined is necessary stuff in the outside compartments of our 36-foot motorhome. We didnâ€™t start out with all this stuff. It just gradually grew to meet demand.
The space adjacent to the hookup compartment contains the 30-foot-long, 50-amp shorepower cord that came with our motorhome. For those occasions when 30 feet is not long enough, I have added a 25-foot-long, 30-amp power cord and an adapter to connect the two cords together.Â
Actually, we have two 30-amp cords. So itâ€™s possible for me to reach out 80 feet and tap into an electrical outlet. We also have an adapter that allows me to attach the 30-amp cord directly to our motorhome when only a 30-amp hookup is available. Another adapter allows me to connect a 30-amp cord to a 15-amp outlet. Yet another adapter makes it possible to plug a 30-amp cord into a 50-amp outlet. There is also a 50-foot-long extension cord. Now, I wouldnâ€™t try to connect all those cords together and plug into a 15- or 20-amp outlet, but having an assortment of cords and adapters allows me to cover a variety of situations.
In the same compartment we also have four lengths of sewer hose â€” one 8-footer and three 10-footers. Each has a male connector at one end and a female connector at the other. Another 2-foot length of sewer hose has a female connector at one end and a 90-degree sewer adapter at the other. Most of my sewer hookups are usually within 12 feet of my sewer outlet but I can easily connect all the hoses and reach out as far as 35 feet. If itâ€™s any farther away, Iâ€™ll just have to do without.Â
A 50-foot length of green garden hose is also in this compartment. I have used this on more than one occasion to empty our gray-water holding tank into a non-conventional sewer inlet (a sewer cleanout access, for example). The hose is green so I donâ€™t accidentally use it for fresh water.
Depending upon the distance to the water hookup, I have my choice of either a 10-, 15- or 25-foot length of water hose (or 50 feet if they are joined together). My water filter is next. And finally, 4 feet of water hose that connects the water filter to the motorhomeâ€™s water inlet. The water filter and hoses are equipped with quick-connect fittings. Connecting one to the other is literally a snap. By the way, the fresh-water equipment never comes in contact with the sewer hookup equipment.
Two 15-foot lengths of coaxial antenna cable have proven adequate so far. So has a 20-foot length of telephone extension cord for those rare occasions when a telephone hookup has been available and useful.
A small box contains a circuit analyzer, a box of disposable gloves, a pair of pliers for tightening and loosening hose fittings, a hose-repair kit, water-hose washers, a variety of TV cable connectors, and, of course, a roll of duct tape.
Vicki also converted one exterior compartment into an enormous pantry.Â
The remaining storage compartments contain a short stepladder, two folding chairs, an assortment of leveling boards and a toolbox. There is also a doormat we place on the ground outside our entry door. It allows the dirt to fall through to the ground when I remember to wipe my feet. Plus, thereâ€™s a 3-by-5-foot outdoor mat; we lay this outside our door when the ground is particularly dusty or sandy. It also does duty as a mat to lie on when working on the underside of our motorhome. And, finally, a 50-foot length of air hose lets me tap into our dieselâ€™s air-compressor and add air to the tires. The hose has not been used since I acquired a more convenient 125 psi 120-volt AC air compressor.
Thereâ€™s an RVing rule somewhere that states, â€œthe amount of stuff you carry is directly proportionate to the amount of storage space available.â€ I guess if we had more space we would carry more stuff.
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