This older model Fifth-wheel (a 1990 Wilderness) sat in my parents’ yard for several years, unused.
This first post shows the sad state of “Grace” (I decided that I should give “her” a name that showed promise), and future posts will show the progress that is being made
We set it up at my house so that I could use it for a
• sewing room (too small)
• office (electricity was too unreliable)
• chick nursery (and ducks and geese — it was PERFECT before the rats moved in)
• feed shed for the grains for the feathered friends after the chicks moved outside.
There was a mini-tornado in 2017 or 2018, and the attached awning was torn away like a slip of paper…then gently laid down on the porch and plants…
The only damage (other than the awning tearing away) was a broken citronella plant. It could have been MUCH worse!
Curtains by Miss Kitty
The cats have contributed their own style of decorating…notice the curtains?? Curtains by Miss Kitty…
Rats enjoy Feast in the Camper Feed Room
After I started storing the grains (corn and layer feed) in the camper, the RATS moved in. These are not cute little mice…the ones caught by my cats are usually 4 inches long (body) and THEN the tail is another 3 inches or so. They chewed holes in every bag, and made a royal mess of the feed and the floor. The mess is obvious in this photo of the entrance.
The rats also made a home in the storage area below the couch, and the bed in the upper deck. Recently, I moved the corn and other grains to another location.
A couple of months ago, I bought a bag of potting soil and put it in the camper as well. Since the rats do not have a bag of corn to open oh, they have open the potting soil and spread it all over the floor. Now my plants if I use the soil are going to have a liberal base thing of corn husks!
I pour little piles of fresh corn in the yard near the porch in the evening. The cats are finding it easier to catch the rats that come out to the yard to eat the corn. Previously, the rats would hide from the cats in the storage access areas or the bath and bedroom. Now, if they want to eat, they have to go outside.
Decorating courtesy of Spice Girl #7
One night, I didn’t realize that one of the Spice Girls (my wild, sweet Ameracuna hens) was in the camper when I shut the door. The next morning, EVERYTHING was in the floor…She gave me a good scolding when she flew out the door and went to join her flock.
The PERFECT Nesting Box
Bianca, the Light Brahma, refuses to lay any place other than HER nest box on HER couch. Sometimes the RATS try to pull her fleece blanket nest out the back of the box, but I put it back in place for her to use the next day.
The PUURRRFECT Place to Nap
The cats have always liked the camper, so they still take naps in the kitchen area, when the wasps will allow. They don’t mind the mess made by Spice Girl #7 OR the RATS (they consider it prime hunting ground).
Inspired by Other Camper and RV Renovations
For a while, I considered having the useless thing towed out into the pasture and replacing it with a new model that I could use when the electricity/water was giving problems again…
In my search for the perfect NEW camper, I was inspired by the vintage camper renovations at Parkway Campers. I have decided to reclaim my space and “Fix ‘er UP!!” 🙂