AZ, General info, Solar, Travel, Uncategorized

2006 NuWa Hitchhiker II LS For Sale

2006 NuWa Hitchhiker II LS

32.5 utkg (34′)

$16,500 OBO (no trades)

2006 NuWa Hitchhiker II LS

This gorgeous 5th Wheel has only had two owners and has been extremely well maintained. This rig pulls like a dream and is ready for a full timing couple NOW!

Set up in an RV Park so you can see everything works! This rig has been a SMOKE FREE home.

Recently remodeled to reflect a more modern look (more pictures below the info):

•Cabinets and all wood trim painted with Valspar Cabinet Enamel (color swatches are included)

•Walls painted a light neutral grey

•New drapes and hardware

•Flooring replaced in the past two years

•Dark grey covers for furniture that are washable

•Upgraded countertops

•New tires all around in fall of 2018

•200 watts of solar w/200 amp hours of batteries (with lots of space to upgrade and add more)

•10 gallon electric & propane water heater

•Large kitchen & counter space

•Large stand up shower with seat

•Oxygenics shower head

•Washer/dryer hookups

•Porcelain toilet

•46” flat screen tv

•Surround sound/DVD player

•Ducted AC

•Opposing slides in living area (2)

•Bedroom slide (1)

•Queen size bed w/new memory foam mattress

•Large closet in bedroom

•Storage under bed

•Large amounts of storage throughout

•Large storage pass through that is heated

•Heated tanks with following capacity:

•Grey tank capacity: 50

•Black tank capacity: 50

•Fresh water capacity: 70

Located currently in the Show Low, AZ area. Can be seen by appointment only. 2006 Ford F-350 Dually King Ranch edition also available as a package deal for $30,000 total (RV & truck!!)

You can contact me at: boondockorbust @ Gmail.com (no spaces) or my Instagram account: @boondockorbust_shelly

Remodel, Solar, Uncategorized

Our 5th Wheel Renovation

I’m not much of a blogger.  I tend to stick with Instagram and Facebook as my main outlet for social media.  This blog has been neglected and I apologize for that.  But I thought I would share my latest renovation. This rig is also for sale but more on that later.  Please see Facebook Marketplace posting here: For Sale

Those who know me by now, know I like to renovate and remodel! It’s a form of creative release to me and I enjoy it immensely even if it’s a lot of work!

My latest project is our 5th wheel that we purchased in April 2018. I definitely thought outside the box on this one.  It took me longer than usual to get this renovation done.  We lived in it the entire time along with our two cats so that really made it challenging!

A little background. This rig is a 2006 NuWa Hitchhiker II LS. It is 34′ long with three slides. Bathroom sits separately from the bedroom. I think it’s gross to have a shower and sink in the bedroom, personally. This rig seems more like a small apartment.

I will include original photos and after photos. Enjoy!

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Boondocking in Oregon
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Boondocking in Oregon

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General info, Remodel, Solar, Tiny Life, Travel, Uncategorized

Saving Money on a Renovation

As we are on the final leg of our Avion restoration I thought I would share some money saving ideas we used during the process. 

Let me preface this by saying, a full restoration is NOT cheap but it is possible to save some money on some things that would otherwise be expensive or time consuming. 

Here is our list!

  1. Paint: Probably the cheapest way to make a dark RV interior come to life for very little money. I estimate we spent around $275 in paint and supplies.  Of course, the hours I put into painting were crazy but it was worth it IMO. It makes everything so clean and bright!
    Cabinets – before and after
  2. Reusing old hardware:  I admit I wanted new hardware but when I added up all the cabinet doors and drawers I quickly realized the cost was more than we were willing to spend. So for a $4 can of spray paint I saved us over $200! 
    Hardware – before and after
  3. DIY:  This is definitely the big one!  Being handy will save you BIG BUCKS!  Even if you don’t know how to do something, I can guarantee that there is a YouTube video showing you how to do it. If you can follow instructions then you can do it! Also, having friends who are willing to lend their expertise helps too. While we could have built our lounge area ourselves, our friend Doug is a master carpenter and he made it much better than we could have. Knowing your strengths is key! But don’t be afraid of researching how to fix something. Sometimes it is easier than you think!
    The Lounge – even though our friend Doug built it, I did the cushions myself!
  4. Modify:  for example, we had to replace our awning fabric. Since our Avion has curved sides there is a curved arm bracket for the hardware. It’s the original Zip Dee awning hardware. We called Zip Dee and got a quote – $1300 just for the fabric! 😳. So we looked around and found awning fabric on Amazon for $200. We modified the awning fabric on our original hardware and made it work. Now we have an awning for very little money! Think outside the box!! 
    Using rivets to attach a modern awning fabric to a vintage awning hardware
  5. Consider all electric:  the fridge in our RV was no good. We had no choice but to replace it. Again we wanted to save money and by going with an Energy Star all electric fridge we saved almost $1000! Money that will be applied to our solar that will easily run this fridge while boondocking. And if you don’t boondock then an all electric fridge is a simple choice! Also, we have the added benefit of having more fridge space as the electric models don’t have all the gear on the back that the propane fridge does. And it fit in the same cabinet! Amazon for the win again! 
    New “stainless” electric fridge!
  6. Consider whether it’s a “need” or a “want”:  Sometimes the best way to save money is just to not buy something! I know, what a crazy concept, right? But sometimes there are things you can just live without. For example, I really wanted a Precision Temp hot water heater when it was apparent we had to replace ours. But again, it was a $1000+ so we said no to that dream and went with a $380 6 gallon propane one instead. 
    New 6 gallon water heater
  7. I wanted to get new countertops but again, the cost was more than we could bear. So the next best option was to redo existing countertops with an epoxy makeover! I was skeptical at first that they could make our countertops look decent again but I figured for $90 it was cheaper than the alternative. And you know what? They turned out really well! The one kit had enough to be able to do the kitchen, bathroom, desk and shelf behind the lounge! Definitely a money saving win!  And the kit can be used on almost any surface. 
    New “granite” countertops!
  8. Electrical and propane:  sometimes these systems seem daunting but with a little research the problems can be easily solved. Get yourself a test light and learn how to check for blown fuses. The 12 volt system is a pretty basic system and is easy to learn. Now be careful with the 110 system! Unless you know what you’re doing we recommend an electrician. Propane is also fairly simple and with a little working knowledge you can easily repair minor leaks or install a new changeover regulator! Just be careful to follow all safety procedures. If you don’t know what those are then seek a professional. 
  9. Don’t be afraid of hard work! Putting the effort into your remodel yourself will save you a ton of money. Granted, it might take you longer than a professional but you’ll have the satisfaction of having accomplished all this yourself. It’s a great feeling! Obviously, know your limits (especially with electrical or propane) but don’t be afraid of getting dirty! ☺️

In conclusion, our remodel of this vintage rig has been expensive due to having to replace some of the main components but the fact that we were able to do these things ourselves made the cost more bearable. If we had taken this rig to Camping World or some other RV repair place the cost would have been sky high!

And while we are nearly done with all the major stuff we know that down the line we will need to do more repairs. After all, Armani is nearly 40 years old!  ☺️ But we also know if something comes up we have the skill and moxi to be able to fix whatever is necessary.  And it’s a lot cheaper than repairing something in a sticks and bricks!

That leads me to one other thing especially if you are hitting the road for the first time. This life is not magically perfect! The same issues you had in your home WILL happen in an RV. How you deal with those issues is the biggie. The key is having fun and being able to enjoy this beautiful country in the process of tackling these issues. That’s what it’s all about! 

Cheers!!

Shelly & Mark ~ Boondock or Bust