Tour of Our Home on Wheels (part 1)

It’s recently occurred to me, as I’ve been checking out other RV blogs, that I’ve never actually given a tour of our camper… In the blogosphere at least! I love our home, and I’m proud of it, so here it goes!

We live on the road full-time in a 2015 Grand Design Momentum 385TH.  We bought it in March from Palm Beach RV in Florida.  We looked for months (at least 6) and went to numerous RV shows in multiple states, visited dealers, looked online and read reviews.  We knew we wanted a 5th wheel. We knew we wanted a toy hauler (that’s what the TH stands for in the name).  And we knew we need at least a 12ft garage to eventually fit a Smart car.

The rest we kind of decided along the way:

  • an island in the kitchen
  • a full size fridge
  • a king size bed
  • a washer/dryer
  • actual closet space
  • a pantry
  • a couch AND a table to eat dinner at
  • a patio
  • nice entry steps that don’t rust
  • automatic leveling jacks
  • a generator

***Notice the order those are listed in: my top priorities first  😉 -I’m writing this post so that’s allowed!

The Momentum 385TH met our wants and needs, and even more. So, we went for it!

She’s good looking’ huh??!

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The morning after we picked her up, at Palm Beach Traveler RV Park, we were ready to take off for the muddy swamp that some call Louisiana!

I’ll start with the basic exterior features, then work my way through the inside.  I’m going to list DIYs and MODs we’ve done as well.  I always find it interesting and helpful to see what other RVers have done, so I’ll share our little tweaks (and issues we’ve had along the way also).

The camper (some people say fifth wheel, some say rig, RV, etc., I just refer to her as a camper) is 43′ long. Here’s the basic layout and numbers:Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 12.34.25 PM

Some of these photos I took from Grand Design’s website, others are my own. You can probably tell the difference!

It came equipped with a Onan 5500 generator in the front that can run everything. We have run it all night long on less than 5 gallons. There are 2 – 30gallon fuel tanks. One that feeds into the generator. And one that has a pump that you can connect to pump fuel into your toys, motorcycle, car, etc. or pump into the generator tank.Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 12.33.18 PM

There are 3 slides, 2 electric awnings (the main awning has LED lights across it), 2 entry doors (with aluminum steps that won’t rust), a patio that folds down in the back with a manual awning over it, frameless tinted windows, 3 air conditioners, heated tanks with an insulated and heated underbelly (which will help like crazy this winter if we get stuck somewhere cold like last year! – Oklahoma City… Frozen water lines… Frozen toilet… New toilet… Not fun…). There are LED lights under the steps and flood lights in the back.  We opted to add a Xzilon coating to the outside, as well as the inside (which guarantees we won’t have to wax it for 5 years).Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 12.28.45 PM

There is a large pass through cubby in the front-ish.  The generator is actually in the very front.  But it’s to the right of the front door.  All the cubby doors slam-latch closed, and most of them have magnetic something or others that hold them open.  The pass through cubby is heated so things, as well as water lines won’t freeze in the winter.

 The camper came with a swing arm for a TV, and we just mounted the TV from our old camper on it.  I like being able to sit outside and watch the race or a game (or occasionally Dr. Phil-Allen’s favorite! Haha! Just kidding…). We used to have to set up the white folding table and run the cord out through the door if we wanted to watch TV outside.  Which wasn’t so bad either, just more work.

Twin Rivers RV Park, Hobe Sound, Florida, May 2013

Twin Rivers RV Park, Hobe Sound, Florida, May 2013

Red Coconut RV Park, Fort Myers Beach, Florida, January 2014

Red Coconut RV Park, Fort Myers Beach, Florida, January 2014

Abe’s RV Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, September 2014

Lake Pines RV Park, Columbus, Georgia, February 2014


DIYs & MODs

  • Allen found some metal hooks and screws at an Ace Hardware (where employees still actually take the time to help you) that we hung up on the ceiling of the cubby for our fishing poles. He mounted them to the metal beams that went across. So far they are working well! It keeps them from getting all tangled and broken when we drive. ***Disclosure: we are NOT avid or even somewhat avid fishermen. We took his kids fishing this summer a couple of times, but we had to buy poles for that, and so we needed somewhere to keep them.Charlie sleeping in the cubby
  • We discovered a puddle in the cubby and found a leak in the water line so we had to fix that a couple of weeks ago. Here’s that scenario: Leaks are the Worst!IMG_1930
  • Currently the leveling system is all wonky and has lost its mind. Here’s that situation: Broken Leveling Jacks. I’ll update when we finally fix it.
  • Allen had a little run-in with a yellow pole in a gas station parking lot. Here’s where we fixed the ladder: A Little Camper FixingIMG_2209

I’m going to give you the tour in parts… If I did it all in one post, it would be ridiculously long! But I will link them all together as I get them written!

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