Friday, March 29, 2013

PaT the RV

First of all I have to comment on the end of the IU basketball season. Indiana University just had no answer for the Syracuse zone defense and there were too many freshman and sophomore mistakes. IU was never really in the game and it ended a good season which came up just short of being a great season. What remains now is to see how many players return for next year. In my opinion one of the great faults of college basketball is allowing underclassmen to turn pro before they finish their education. This is the fault of professional basketball which unlike professional football has no restraints in offering contracts to underclassmen.

Now on to PaT.  A couple of pictures of the modifications I've made to make the Cruiser a bit more comfortable for travel.

Looking from the back through the hatch you can see the curtains that will cover the back window. The legs of the satellite dish are stowed alongside the platform bed and under the bed is a lawn chair and the tent. This are is also fitted with an inverter that will power the laptop, TV, DirectTV receiver and charger for the cellphone.

Looking through the rear door on the passenger side you can see the platform bed, the head of the satellite dish and the hanging clothes rack. Under the clothes on the floor is a cooler and on the seat will be my suitcase and travel bag. The bungee cord in the upper left corner of the picture is the track for curtains that completely enclose the inside for privacy.

Another view through the hatchback.

And the head pilots position.

That is the makeover and it's ready for a road test beginning Monday when we hit the road in pursuit of the good life. 

30 comments:

  1. You have really made PaT into quite the home on wheels. Looks like you're ready for Monday.

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  2. Sorry about IU. I agree with you about the recruiting. Education doesn't seem very important when you can make the big bucks.

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    1. There are a couple on IU that will probably go pro that would benefit from another year of college.

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  3. Wow.. I didn't know you could do so much with so little. Good job. Glad you posted some pictures. I just couldn't image how you were going to do everything.

    Indiana did have a super season. I had them in the final two. We knew anything might happen this year.

    I, too, think it is terrible that the pros don't leave these young kids alone. I guess money talks.

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    1. Congratulations on Ohio pulling one out last night, I will have to support the Big 10 the rest of the way. Especially since Barkley is showing no respect for the Big 10.

      Cruising in the Cruiser will be the theme this summer.

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  4. Well aren't you clever!! I never would have thought you could make a Cruiser into a mobile motel room LOL! Have a wonderful trip.

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    1. Looks good on paper, we'll see how it works out.

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  5. Thank you so much for posting pictures and letting us get a peek at your new accommodations.

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  6. There may be a head pilot's position, but there is no 'head'! Eek! Guess I'm too old for that!

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    1. Bathrooms are everywhere, as evidenced by your trips through the swamps.

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  7. Nice job!! You used every cubic inch of space with a little left over.

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  8. just a little bit too close!!! Have a happy Easter and be safe.

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  9. Great job! You fit it all and still have room.
    My seats don't go down flat like yours. Or I would have been doing the same thing over the winter.
    Now for all the adventures to come.

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    1. I had a little practice when I outfitted the sleeper in my semi that was home for 12 years.

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  10. Victor Oladipo at IU, graduates this May 2013, in 3 years. Zeller has only 3 semesters to complete to get his Business Degree and 2 of those semesters are required to be on campus. I look for him to come back next year.

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    1. I really believe another year would benefit Zeller and help him polish his game. He's a little weak against the good inside men. I think Victor is ready and with his smarts should have a good career.

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  11. What? No Hot Tub? You really will be living the Bohemian lifestyle... ;c)

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  12. Looks like you've got the bases covered but what about cooking. You never mentioned any sort of stove.

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    1. I never cooked when I was driving truck over the road. Cooler on board for prepared food and restaurants will again become my best friend.

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  13. Hey John, I think you need one of these for PaT, http://www.gizmag.com/hotello-portable-hotel-room/26795/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=ff3b457110-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

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  14. Nice set up in the PT Cruiser. I leave NC on Monday for the far west. I'll be living in my Mercury Grand Marquis, in a fashion similar to your set up. I took out the back and passenger seat, built a bed and I'm ready to roll. I'll watch your blog for tips and solutions to the problems of living in a car.

    Rob

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    1. Hope it works better for you. If I were younger I'm sure I could have made it work.

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