Indoor and Outdoor Towel Racks – Camper Mods

I got a little creative today. Two different clothes racks and all made in a little under an hour. Most materials I had around the house and the snap kit I picked up at Home Depot a few months ago. Each rack is pretty easy to construct.

Outdoor Towel Rack

Outdoor towel rack for those times when you don’t want to hang wet stuff inside and the campground doesn’t allow clothes lines.


For the outdoor rack I used a longer dowel and attached straps to the bottom of the bunk. I added a washer so that the screw doesn’t pull through the strap. Make sure the wood screws you use aren’t too long as they may damage the bottom of your mattress. If they do go through a little bit, either nip off the end or make a cover that will protect the mattress. There are also snaps attached to the bottom of the bunk so that the straps can be snapped up out of the way when not used. The dowel will be stored inside the camper in one of the cabinets when not in use.
Indoor towel rack that uses the straps and snaps that hold the door to the ceiling when stored.

Indoor towel rack that uses the straps and snaps that hold the door to the ceiling when stored.

What’s next? I’m not sure, but it would be nice to recover all the cushions!

Isaac Creek Campground -Thanksgiving

We spent Thanksgiving Thursday through Sunday at Isaac Creek Campground in Franklin Alabama.  It’s located along the Alabama River and where Isaac Creek flows into the Alabama.  Reservations were easy and we could pick our spot through Reserve America.  I did a little research and found a campground map online.  I also researched some blogs to see what I could find out about the site.  I found that the sites on Isaac Creek are more private and have wooded areas between each site.  There are also docks for fishing along the creek too.  About 15 docks for 20 sites.  We arrived around 3:30pm after a 2.5 hour drive down from Montgomery Alabama.  Bring your food since this place is really remote, but Finchburg Grocery is about 8 miles away that has pretty much everything (they have bait and camper stuff too) and they open at 5am.
Site 22 From the Creek

There are 60 sites total each with electric (50 amp) and water hookups (water is soft, so if you don’t care for the taste/mouth feel bring your own water).  Sites don’t have sewer, but they do have a dual dump station close by at the park entrance.  Sites are level concrete pads, have picnic tables, lantern holders, grill and fire ring.  Sites 15-35 are premium waterfront sites, 1-6, 42-60 are standard non-waterfront sites.  There are 2 bath houses with restrooms, showers and laundry.  Showers have plenty of hot water, clean floors and are heated.  Nights dropped into the 30’s during our visit and the restrooms were a constant 60 degrees (there was a thermometer on the wall).  Sites also have large 32 gallon trashcans and someone came around on Saturday morning and emptied the trash and put a new trash bag in the can.

Park is very VERY quiet and away from any highway noise.  Boats do go up and down the creek, but it’s a no wake zone so it’s pretty quiet.  Park was full by Friday but it was still very quiet at night.  Only street lights are at the bath houses, so bring lights for making that walk to the potty.  Boy it was REAL dark!

We have Verizon cellphone service and we could only get 1X.  Occasional 3G service, but for the most part only 1X.  Our television did not pick up any channels at all so if you want to watch TV better bring your satellite service with you.

There are three play grounds, basketball court with two hoops, pavilion, large group cook out area, boat launch, fishing dock on the river and trails.  Quiet time is from 10pm to 6am.  Pets must be on a leash.  Due to the nature of the area there are no swimming areas.

We had a great time!  Our site was number 22 on the creek and had it’s own fishing dock.

Here’s a link to more pictures from Isaac Creek Campground:  More Pictures on Photobucket

I was able to take photos of 26 sites so that I could share.  If interested in seeing some of the sites before you visit Isaac Creek Campground my photos can be found here:  Specific Site Photos on Photobucket

Holiday Weekend in the Popup Camper

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Camp Driveway with MsJayne

What do we do on a long holiday weekend and want to save some money? We camp at home!  Plus who wants to go camping when all the campgrounds are overflowing with campers wishing to get one last trip in before summer is over.  We stayed home and I’m planning an even better trip when the temps get cooler and the campgrounds empty out some.

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So what are the positive things about camp driveway?  Here are mine:  1) If you don’t want to use the potty or shower in the popup you can always go use the facilities the camp host provides. 2) If you forget to bring snacks you know the locations of all the local stores.  3) Dominos delivers.  4) If the AC goes out in the camper you can sleep in your own bed and not get in a fight with your spouse because everyone is hot and miserable.  5)  The camp host doesn’t complain because your dog is barking.  6)  The camp host doesn’t complain that your water line is leaking.

Here are some of the cons for camp driveway:  1) There is no guarantee that a neighbor won’t start a lawnmower, weed eater, leaf blower, chainsaw or tractor at 7am on a Saturday.  2)  Realizing its not so quiet outside your home at 2am.  Who are these people out at 2am on a Sunday?  Do their mothers know they are out late?  3)  You may wake up on Saturday with an urge to start mowing the lawn because the neighbor is mowing theirs.  You can’t sleep anyways, so why not?

Over all the long weekend was great.  I got to do a lot of cleaning inside the Popup so that she’s ready for our next campground trip.  Only one night was noisy and our neighbor waited until 8am to start mowing.  Plus the camp host has an awesome entertainment room and didn’t mind us watching television anytime we wanted!  Ready for our next campground trip!

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2003 Coleman Grand Tour Elite

More fun next time!

New Adventures in a Pop-Up Camper

A few weeks ago we (or I should say I – with hubby approval) decided it was time to move from tent camping to something a little more ‘sturdy’. My back just couldn’t take sleeping on an air mattress or crawling in and out of a tent. I found a great deal at a RV dealership about 2 hours drive from home and decided to check it out. Once we saw it I was sold. Now we have our little cabin on wheels that we can tow pretty much anywhere.
Camping at Chewacla State Park - 2003 Coleman Grand Tour Elite Niagara
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With the camper we got all the original equipment and documentation. I doubt there are many miles on the camper or either they were really good at taking care of it for the past 11 years.
Our first trip was to Chewacla State Park and it was awesome! The weekend turned out very warm and it was nice to have air conditioning and a good bed to sleep in. Continue reading