More Mods

Current Location: Fort Toulouse Campground, Wetumpka, Alabama

We didn’t post yesterday since we got in late from having dinner with John and Rana Krussow, fellow Heartland and Big Country owners. They invited us over to their trailer which is parked in Millbrook, Alabama, and they grilled hamburgers for us. It was a great meal and we had a lot of fun just sitting around talking.

This morning, we were out the door after a leisurely morning and headed up to Camping World just south of Birmingham. We wanted to pick up a trailer ladder-mounted bike rack for our upcoming trip. We also picked up an oak wall table. While there, we took advantage of their free hamburgers and hot dogs they were grilling outside.

Camping World

Camping World

Stuff

Stuff

Noms

Noms

On the way home, we stopped at Lowe’s in Prattville and picked up a Rev-A-Shelf pullout wastebasket. We had measured under our plumbing and figured that a 17″ tall trash can would work under there. The Rev-A-Shelf trash can was a couple inches taller than that. Val found a perfect one that was around 15″ tall and verified it would fit in the drawer using the demo drawer they had set up in the store.

We also stopped at O’Reilley’s Auto Parts and picked up some wax and microfiber cloths to wax the trailer. Malcolm wanted to see if he could buff out some of the scratches we picked up on our wrong way trip through the backroads of Virginia a couple weeks ago.

Once back to the trailer, Val worked on finishing up sorting our daughter’s stuff and getting it packed away in the basement. Just about all of her stuff is now in there. Much of our stuff is now at the house to make room in the basement to haul her stuff out west after the rally.

While Val did the sorting and packing, Malcolm washed the entire trailer, including the tops of the slide outs (but not the roof). Once washed, he waxed the door side of the trailer. That was about as far as he could get before it started threatening rain and it was past dinner time, as well.

Waxing the trailer.

Waxing the trailer.

Bike rack test.

Bike rack test.

During the washing operation, Malcolm also emptied the gray and black tanks and Val assembled the bike rack. We both worked on putting it on the ladder (it just hangs on there so we can pull it off when not in use) and test fitting the bikes on it. Works pretty good. We had to take the bikes back down so Malcolm could put the ladder away in the rear storage compartment.

Once we decided to go to dinner instead of cooking in, Malcolm showered up since he was wringing with sweat (it has been extremely humid). We ate at Wendy’s right up the street and stopped at Lowe’s to pick up some hardware we had forgotten earlier in the day.

Back at the trailer, it was time to install the Rev-A-Shelf pullout wastebasket. Malcolm set about doing that, completing the job fairly quickly (he’s had a fair amount of practice now). We like the way it came out.

Assembly

Assembly

Complete

Complete

By the way, if your Heartland product has the medium honey oak looking cabinetry like ours, the following stain is almost a perfect match for the color. We used it on our stereo shelf mod and since it is an easy wipe on/wipe off stain, we’ve used it to touch up around the trailer when needed. It is available at Lowe’s.

Stain

Stain

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