Here’s a quick tour of the Ranchito garden, taken during my customary lunchtime inspection stroll. Our vegetable season tends to be on the late side here, with the coastal climate and limited backyard sun, but the upside is that we often still have tomatoes fruiting around Halloween.
Like everything else in the RV/trailer/vanlife world, everyone has their own opinion about what works best for window coverings. Tie-dye bandannas held up with pushpins. Custom sewn $500 etsy drapes. Reflectix wedged in the window frame. Hmm.
In Rocinante v1, I sewed up some screens and blackout curtains that were held in place with velcro. They worked well, but the velcro rips up your carpet headliner when they’re moved around, and they were kind of a pain to store when fully taken down. This time I’m going with the popular “curtains on a string” method, using 550 paracord to hang my DIY bug liner and privacy curtains.
I’m trying to minimize the number of holes I drill through the shell, so I hunted around at the hardware store in search of a cord-holder bracket that could be glued into the headliner. These awesome clamps from the electrical section seemed to fit the bill. They’re low profile, have a nice flat side for gluing, and can hold two separate cords if I want to hang the bug liner and curtains separately.
After deciding where I needed each clip to go, I cut a small hole in the carpet headliner so I could glue the clip directly to the fiberglass. I used this super stinky rubber cement style glue to attach the brackets, then let them cure overnight before installing the paracord.
Next step, curtain creation. Off to the fabric store!
I’ve got about two months until the Teton road trip, so Rocinante is now my top priority project. The master list of improvements continues to grow, which means it’s time to sort out the critical items and get them squared away first. These projects definitely need to be done before we leave:
- Finish the sleeping platform. The outer box is complete but still needs to be strapped to the truck frame. Both drawers need fronts, handles/latches, and carpeting for the bottom of the drawers.
- Shell weatherproofing. Both stargazer windows need to be replaced. Add awning over the back door to redirect drips. Clean up and caulk back door.
- Dim headlight issue. Try replacing the bulbs, move to whole new light assembly if needed.
- Power. New panel is on order, figure out installation once it arrives.
- Radio and GPS. Decide, buy, install. If my phone is the best option for navigation, need a dash mount.
- Shell livability. Add curtains (possibly insulated) and bug netting for the back door.