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2003 Bounder: After Move-In

October 30, 2013

The previous post showed photos of the Bounder before we moved in.  We’ve been busy, and have found a place for just about everything.  The outside basement compartments are packed, although there will undoubtedly be much rearranging once our lives settle down a bit.

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It may not all be in the RIGHT place yet, but except for a few odd items, it’s all put away.  I got the rooftop satellite dish raised and pointed in the right direction, so we now have TV again.  We do have the Tailgater, but we wanted to test the rooftop dish.  It may prove to be a lot less trouble to use when we’re on the road.

The two ottomans double as easily accessible storage.  One holds a couple of throws for cold mornings; the other one holds sketchpads and pencils, etc.

The sofa is a jack-knife sofa bed.  When it’s partially lifted, we found carpeted storage space under the seat.  It’s a great place for our TV trays and large art board.

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There are electrical outlets everywhere in this rig.  Sitting on the sofa, I’m able to plug the laptop and the MIFI into an outlet in the overhead by the window.  The small end windows in the slideout provide additional light and allow another easy view of the outside.  The day/night shades allow light and privacy during the day and complete privacy at night.  And, of course, they can be raised completely to allow a clear view.

We’ve already been asked about the stuffed kangaroo sitting on the driver’s chair.  The man who originally envisioned the Bounder was a fan of all things Australian.  The Bounder was named for the kangaroo, because RVers bounced around the country in their rigs.  Apparently, back in the day, one of these stuffed kangaroos came with every Bounder.  Both previous owners have kept this one in the coach, and we’re not going to break that tradition.  It may end up in a closet, but it will stay with the rig.

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The outlet that the microwave is plugged into doesn’t work (hopefully just a breaker or a fuse issue) but with the use of an extension cord, Nell assured that the microwave does work by baking potatoes for dinner.  The fridge works fine, but not the icemaker, so that’s on the list to be dealt with as well.  The propane tank is empty, so we thought we couldn’t have hot water.  Turns out the water heater will operate on electric, and once we found the switch (inside the cabinet below the sink), we were able to have hot water.  The plumbing, including the shower, works fine.

The stove is a standard three-burner, but Nell says the oven is larger than the one we had in the Holiday Rambler.  And it appears that the microwave is also a convection oven.

The built-in spice racks are a nice addition, as is the rack on the wall which holds a thin cookbook, calendar, and notepad.

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Although Nell has already staked out the dinette for laptop activity, it’s going to be a great indoor painting spot.  There are an abundance of windows in the entire front part of the coach.  We ate lunch and dinner at the dinette yesterday with the daytime shades pulled, and felt a tremendous sense of privacy without sacrificing the light from the outside.  There are more electrical outlets under the table.

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The shallow cabinets above and below the mirror serve as good pantry space.  The drawers under the dinette seats hold Tupperware containers, the toaster oven, and paper goods (paper plates, napkins, etc.).  We make extensive use of the wide variety of Command removable Velcro strips and hangers for displaying lightweight artwork and objects on the walls.  We do remember that once we painted the walls in the Holiday Rambler, the Command strips refused to stick to the paint.  The wall covering in this Bounder is very unobtrusive and in good condition, so we’ll leave it alone.  In fact, most of the finishes are in nice condition, the fabrics are not objectionable and, with the exception of the carpet and vinyl flooring some day, we don’t see too many major changes in the near future.

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Nell has gone with simpler décor in the bedroom.  I think the colors really lighten the room up tremendously.  In addition to the wall sconce lamps, there are two small reading lamps on flexible arms that may make reading in bed a lot less of a light disturbance.  The closet has a divider inside, creating a narrow hanging space and a wider one.  Of course, Nell has the wider side , but long coats and jackets do hang in the less accessible space toward the wall.  I like the fact that the closet doesn’t go all the way to the floor.  It makes the closet floor useful for more than just clutter.  On my side (the narrow one next to the drawers), the printer fits nicely with room to spare.  The little cabinet doors next to the night stand provide access to a fair-sized storage space.  In there are a box of Christmas decorations, tubs with art board, and other items.

It’s all a work in progress still, but with everything put away, we were able to relax last night, watch TV, read, and blog without being surrounded by a lot of clutter.

We’re going to like this place.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2013 2:19 pm

    Looks really comfy Ralph.

  2. October 30, 2013 2:26 pm

    Good luck in your new home. Had some friends who had one and they loved it. It is very spacious. Syd

  3. October 30, 2013 8:24 pm

    Glad to hear you found something you like. Hope it works out for you. Take care.

  4. Rita permalink
    November 1, 2013 2:22 am

    Glad you are enjoying the new home. Looks great. Have heard lots of good things about Bounders. If we moved to a Class A, that would be our choice.

    And thanks for the blog postings. When a new arrives in my mailbox, it’s like receiving a letter from an old friend. 🙂

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