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Sunday, April 21, 2013

I thought maybe it would help to give you an idea of what our truck amenities are since most of you are not any more familiar with the inside of a Big Truck with a sleeper than I was.

We call the truck Betsy and she has her own personality! emoticon
We have an APU (auxiliary power unit) to run a 4.5 cu ft apartment size refrigerator freezer and a microwave. The freezer is very small; there are 2 small shelves and a bin big enough to hold 2 gallons of milk in the refrigerator. One of our space issues is that Max is an iced tea drinker and a lot of our space is taken up by half gallon jugs of home brewed tea.

Some of our trucker friends use a crock pot and I am thinking I might tote ours along this week and give it a try since I came across the strap that holds the lid on while unpacking yesterday. As a long time "from scratch" cook I am not crazy about eating a lot of microwaved food but the alternative is to eat out which is expensive and no more healthy most of the time. I cook most of our meals on board and we usually eat out only once a week. Max carried a small grill in his younger years and it's something we talk about sometimes.

There are little ovens and dutch ovens just for trucks but space being at such a premium I have resisted those. I'm also not too sure about having an "oven" going while we are rolling!

We have a TV and DVD player on board though we seldom take time to watch anything, along with satellite radio and a Rand McNally GPS that occasionally takes us on interesting side tours... emoticon

Any questions? emoticon

Wishing you all the Sparkiest of Sundays!
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  • KELLI9001
    Thanks for the tour! I've never been inside a BIG TRUCK before. If you get up this way, let me know so I can get the real view!
    2382 days ago
    Love crockpot options, they really open up some healthy choices!

    2397 days ago
  • MEEMAH2013
    I would be worried about drinking too much tea but he is male and doesn't think about that like we females do!

    2398 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/21/2013 8:37:38 PM
  • MAWMAW101
    Every time I read your blogs I am again reminded of the first time I read how you are so determined to do this in such a small space on the move, that it just makes me get up and keep going. Thanks for your inspiration!

    2398 days ago
    Very interesting :)
    2398 days ago
    I too always thought people just ate at the truck stops! I am sure eating healthy is a real challenge. And exercise too!
    2398 days ago
    Very interesting read, thank you for sharing!

    2398 days ago
    LOL @ Beth! I wondered if anyone would bring up the bed. We have a twin mattress with another bunk overhead which is where we keep most of our stuff since we have such a "large" refrigerator/freezer. We would like a bigger sleeper with a full bed but we take up the same amount of room at home on a queen size bed. The cooking area is between the seats and the bed so I sit on the bed to use the microwave. I rarely spend time in the sleeper alone, preferring to sit up front with Max and talk while watching the scenery or reading the news or Sparking. emoticon I have about a 3 foot square between the seats and bed. There are overhead shelved bins on either side with food on one side and personal items on the other side. It's kind of a compact RV!

    2398 days ago
    Interesting! I guess I never thought about the eating part of always being on the road! Figured it was like when you're on vacation--you just stop somewhere. But, you're right. that would get old very quickly. Where's the bed? I think that's where I'd spend most of my time!! LOL
    2398 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I bought a small lunch crockpot - saw it recently at target, too - for my husband to bring hot breakfast to work. It's got a screw on lid with a handle . . . but it is quite small. It's a stainless steel crock, not ceramic, so is actually quite light.

    Used it to make overnight oats for myself today - plan to use it that way for my next HM, too!
    2398 days ago
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