johnny February 21st, 2009
What do you get when you combine one of Jenn’s favorite games (Railroad Tycoon) and the RV lifestyle? You get a railroad car fitted out for fulltiming! That’s just what we found as we were passing through Jefferson, Texas a couple of weeks ago. The Garden Club has acquired the personal car of Jay Gould, a railroad tycoon, and restored it to something close to it’s original splendor.
The car had four staterooms for passengers, two of which were adjoining with a bathroom, including tub and shower between them. The others all had their own plumbing, even if a bit primitive by modern standards. There was a couch as well as a pullman bed in each of the staterooms. The car would be able to take on water at the same water depots that the train used. We didn’t ask, but I assume the black and gray water would have been simply dumped along the tracks as soon as it was generated.
There were two rooms devoted to cooking with a pass through between them. Based on the layout, I would assume that the car originally had bunks for two servants, but only one of the kitchen cars still had a pullman berth at the ceiling. The icebox had something I think we could all use today, a glass door. How often have you opened the fridge and stared at what was there while deciding what you wanted?
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johnny July 23rd, 2007
For those of you looking into portable air conditioners, I ran across this site:
It looks like I may have found an even better unit for us. At 543 watts, that little Danby unit may actually be able to run at 100% during the day without too much battery buffering if we put 4 or so 160W solar panels on the roof.
5,000 BTU should cool 1250 cubic feet of space. I’m guesstimating 25x7x7 for 1225 cubic feet – and there will be a lot of dead space inside that for storage, bathroom etc that won’t need to be cooled.
Too bad the rest of the day wasn’t as productive. We looked at 8 or 9 RV’s and put 200 miles or so on the pickup. No luck. Time to start planning for next weekend.
johnny July 18th, 2007
I may have found just the thing to keep us cool without killing the budget. It will probably draw more power than we can generate if it’s running at 100%, but I think it has enough btu’s to to be running considerably less than 100% and the overall wattage is low enough that buying an inverter for it won’t kill me.
Amcor Nanomax A12000E
Also, we may have found our next home. We’ve got an appointment to go check it out tomorrow morning. I hope it looks as good in person as it does from the pictures. Also, it would be good if it runs.
johnny July 17th, 2007
So, I’m taking a break from hardcore RV shopping and letting Jenn try to find the dream machine for a day or two. In the meantime, I’m figuring out how to put enough gadgets in the box on wheels to double the start up cost.
We’re trying to avoid longterm costs like running a generator and camp ground fees as much as we can. We figure that a solar installation should pay for itself pretty quickly with campground fees of $30/night in many places. Also, we’d really rather not run a generator constantly both because of the noise and the gasoline costs.
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