Home Improvements

Since getting to Texas, our home state, we have taken time to make some improvements to our home. It’s an 07 Jayco Eagle travel trailer so it’s hardly new anymore. It has held up very well considering it’s not your typical fulltimer RVers rig and so far we have no plans to replace it. Some of the “improvements” were really repairs and some were just to improve livability.

Our Shurflo Smart Sensor 5.7 pump gave it up after less than a year in use the other night. After doing some research, I learned this model has been very problematic and is no longer produced. On a good note, Shurflo/Pentair seems to have excellent customer service. I contacted them by email and told them of the problem and soon received a response from Kevin McLean. He gave me an address to send the label only from the old pump and told me he’d replace it with the new 4 GPM model 4048-153-E75. I received it today, only about a week or so after contacting them and it was an easy exact replacement. Anyway, a problem was made as easy and as pleasant as possible by Kevin and Shurflo/Pentair.

We also replaced our queen size mattress with a new Sealy. We had an excellent mattress we used in our bedroom in our house before we sold it. But it was full length and when our bedroom slide came in, the foot of the mattress was pressed so hard against the dresser on the opposite wall, I was afraid it may cause structural issues. I had no idea Sealy makes mattresses in RV sizes without special order until we went shopping. I was expecting long wait for a custom-made mattress and a high price tag. I was pleasantly surprised not to have either. It was money we didn’t want to spend but it came out better than expected.

Our trailer came with the traditional booth setup dining area. It was fine when we were just taking camping trips, but when we moved into the trailer it wasn’t functional anymore. We needed a place for meals that could also function as a work station and have ample storage. Here is what we came up with.

Here it is in mid-construction

Here it is in mid-construction

And completion...

And completion…

And another

And another

We constructed it out of oak and maple that was left over from building cabinets for my parents house about 11 years ago. The middle doors are covered with antique ceiling tins for a unique look. We bought the Formica covering the top and made an oak trim to line the edges of the top. Behind the doors is our trash can on one side(it used to sit out or under the table and was always in the way.). On the other side is an area to keep our fire safe, some extra blankets, and some small hand weights of Sharon’s. The large middle area holds Sharon’s camera equipment and her photo printer. We use a couple of bar stools that we had in storage(we have an 8′ by 8′ storage building at my parents) to sit in front of it. You can still see the outline from the old dinette in the carpet, but I think it looks pretty good for amateurs.







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