Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Extend-A-Stay. Stealth RVs.

Many of you might be thinking about getting an Extend-A-Stay, so you don't have to move your motor home to get the chassis mounted LP tank filled.
Here is how to do it:

or to add your LP BBQ to it.

This one is for small tanks:
this one is for grills:

No matter what you have, once a year, go through the whole RV and check with soap bubble solution and look for leaks, on the regulator if you see any oily residue replace the regulator it is leaking.

The first time I added an Extend-A-Stay, I wish I had this picture to go by, so I thought this might help you.

Some of you want to know why I am making my cargo trailer into a stealth RV?

You probably didn't know they existed….that is the whole idea.

Stealth Cargo Trailers:
"While space is very limited inside of a converted camper van, the convenience of parking in places where most RV's and campers are not allowed to park is a tremendous benefit. This is called "stealth camping" because many times people who see the vehicle parked at a picnic area or parking lot are not even aware that the vehicle is a camper. "

"One of my Tiny House Living readers, David, posted a link to an article written by Randy Vining that describes his 20 years of living on the road in small mobile spaces. Randy’s current tiny home is a Stealth Cargo Trailer. Randy also has a blog called Mobile Kodgers, which is definitely worth a visit.

Randy has spent more than 7000 nights boondocking (free camping) and his latest creation has made it easier to continue his undetected camping in places like Key West, San Diego, and San Francisco. The total cost of this stealth camping cargo trailer conversion was $7,000. The all-aluminum Featherlite trailer cost him $4,000. The extra money he spent on the base trailer bought him 500 pounds less weight and higher quality construction."


I have read Randy's Mobile Kodgers blog before, but today it has a link to Bayfield Bunch Al's album of "The Slabs".
Wow, an eerie place!


It wasn't raining, and so Jay and I tried to cut a hole in the back door of the cargo trailer for the window.   My long jigsaw blades had mysteriously been lost, stolen or strayed, so we will have to wait until I can get to a store.
So we concentrated on inside jobs, like repairing the trim on a door in the grooming room, and cleaning the air filters.

I was trying to get my printer to work, and got printer ink all over my hands, which will probably be there for the next few days.


Kathy and Robert said...

Super interesting and very creative! K

Judy and Emma said...

Is the reason for the stealth camping for you the money not paid at campgrounds?

Helpful post on the extend a stay. They're great.

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Yup, the extend-a-stay is on Steveio's short list of upcoming projects too. LOL

I went and checked out that site of Randy's. So cool... but he is selling it now. He moved on up to a regular pull behind trailer (better for courting females) and has the stealth cargo trailer parked at Quartzite to sell it. He said he didn't utilize the stealthiness of it as much as he thought he would.

Right now he is out at the Slabs and his last three posts are interesting too.
Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

Anonymous said...

Did Randy Vining wright a book on how to build a stealth cargo trailer?

Please let me know, I can't find a thing!

My email

Thanks, Jeff 2/18/11

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Hi Jeff, thank you for your comment.
I don't think he wrote a book, as it is all in his blog. The link to it is in my post, but here it is again:

It is the 'Tiny Houses' man who wrote books:
about it.
Happy Trails, Penny, TX