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Old 07-28-2015, 04:11 PM   #1
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Hello from Baja

Hi there,
I got my 18ft Fleetwood Pioneer in 2013, same time I joined this forum. Left New Mexico after 20 years. I thought I'd head out around the country and explore. But, had a lot of loose ends to tie up. Basically cleaning up the messes created before, I'll say it, divorce. Not a fun way to spend time in a tiny space. Staying in extended stay camps, I did it. Decided to regroup, rented a house for 6 months, and am ready to get out and really explore.

While I've been off the road, I'd altered the trailer so it would feel more open. With the bed crammed in the rear, walls on both ends, a half bunk and shirt closet closing in 3/4 over the top, you could say it was a bit claustrophobic. Needs a little prettying-up, probably do that with a strip of wallpaper where the bunk was attached.

I'd like to find an alternative to the built-in, lift up and out from a flimsy hinge sorry excuse for a table. I'll be using it as a desk. I'd like something sturdy both to work at and eat on as well. Any suggestions?

The real challenge? How in the world do you figure out alternative power solutions??? I'd love to be able to camp in places that may not have electric to hook up to. There is so much info on alternative power, and I am sitting at the bottom of the learning curve. I have no idea where to start, and the info is so foreign it feels a bit overwhelming. Anyone help with baby steps?

Along the same lines, but different, how do you find places to camp as you go. Maybe that sounds vague. I just don't want to feel limited to making reservations and sticking to a schedule and route. The weather will be a factor of too. How do you research that?

One minor detail. I am a woman traveling alone. 20 years ago that didn't feel like an issue. Now, I want to be more, not really careful, but smart!

Thanks for reading. Glad to be joining in.

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Welcome and good luck on your adventure. If you want to do some reading to learn about solar power for your rig start here.

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welcome back If you have a smart phone you can find apps that help find CC in the area you are traveling. Sa for the table I went to walmart and bought a sturdy folding table that fits the same are that the old table went in. I also use it outside to grill on.

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Wow, thanks for all the welcomes and good wishes. A little encouragement for this newbie goes a long way!
Thanks 530ktm. Handybobsolar certainly writes in a way that keeps my attention. Feels like a promising place to start schooling myself.
I will do some purusing, though I tend to get lost looking for info that way. So, hope you don't mind hearing questions you may have already answered somewhere else.
Again - thanks. Nice to feel at home.
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