It wasn't too long ago that our cats received a special gift for Christmas. This gift was aimed to take away a lot of the lap snuggling, seat-rotating, in-your-face lovin' that the cats seemed to enjoy most when we were doing things like say, driving. We were looking for a way to give them a safe, cozy place to curl up and enjoy our longer stretches of road travel. Thus, introducing the coolest cat window perch ever, the K&H Manufacturing EZ Mount Window Bed Kitty Sill.
Lets just say...this cat perch is a lifesaver. We mounted it to the passenger side window, which while a bit annoying due to the inability to roll down your window more than an inch or two, it was also the most feasible for the cats. As soon as one (OR ALL) came up to snuggle on the drive, we just plopped them into the perch and voila--instant snoozing. Our one cat Bruce (who was once called Ike before Vanessa let me rename all her cats) loves the perch. He will stretch out and fit himself inside, only to pop his head up when we start slowing down the RV or someone whips out a bag of catnip.
Our most skittish one named Keeks (formerly known as Malahaki) has to be put in manually and coaxed to stay inside. I don't think he likes heights very much...or RVs, or roads, or streets, or humans, or air, or life....
The final cat Waterpaw (Moak) is very fond of the perch. He's usually the one on the dash anyway, so any place that's warm with a window view and zero chance of being bounced around, he's game.
The perch itself suctions to the window and is super strong. Honestly, I doubted the durability at first because two out of the three cats are a bit full-figured, so I thought for sure it would come down crashing. Especially when you look at the bottom-right photo above, Bruce is stretched the heck out.
But nope! No matter who climbs in or out, it stays in place.
If you want to pick up a window cat perch of your own, click on the photo or link below. It fits perfectly on our RV dinette windows, too.
By the way, it should be noted that nobody paid us for this post nor did we receive anything for free. We just love the thing so damn much, it was worth writing about and sharing. If they could make a human perch as cool as this, then we would totally be down.
Attention all RV lovers! There is a new travel magazine that hit the streets this past month, and guess who has an article inside? THE ROAMANS!!!
(applause, fan fare, screaming, bras being thrown on stage)
The travel mag is called Rova Magazine, and it rules. We are not just saying that because we are in it and because the editor Gemma Peckham rules, but we really genuinely love this magazine. It not only provides unique, more modern knowledge and information about being nomads in today's culture, but it also showcases an incredible pictorial, too. Truly, there isn't another magazine like this out there. It doesn't even necessarily cater to only RV travelers, or full-time nomads. But instead, it highlights epic road trips and fosters a sense of wanderlust and creativity for all those who seek to find it.
The concept behind the magazine is as such :
Rova is a magazine about traveling the roads of North America: the insightful stories, the spectacular images, and the best of what this magnificent continent has to offer.
And in case you are wondering what the name stands for, then here ya go:
Not only is the magazine a great resource for those who are traveling full-time, part-time, or just in their imagination, but the online presence too, is strong. You can find interviews with travelers, nuggets of important information about life on the road, and updates on innovations for the nomadic lifestyle. Take a look at the website in entirety here: http://rovamag.com.
The article we contributed to the premiere issue involves making friends on the road and forging friendships without living too long in one place. (Hint: It is totally possible). This was such a great opportunity for us to share what we have learned by living on the road, and hopefully inspiring more people to seek out other options for living if they aren't satisfied with the societal "norm".
If you think this magazine is right up your alley, then you should absolutely subscribe. You can find more information about subscribing here: http://rovamag.com/subscription/.
Who knows, you may just find another article from your favorite small-RV-traveling-gals in there.
Hello, friends. It's been a while. Vanessa and I have been laying low in Austin, Texas for a few weeks, enjoying the temperamental weather. It's been nice to stand still in one of our favorite cities and pretend we're residents.
We are able to just chill for a bit because this past winter we did some pretty huge renovations to Maude, our small RV. As of right now, we don't have anything glaringly outstanding that needs fixing or upgrades or anything of the sort, so we can kinda just kick back and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
One of the bigger projects we aimed to tackle was to reupholster the RV cushions. As you've probably heard us complain in prior posts, we couldn't stand the RV upholestry that came with the RV. If you need me to jog your memory...here goes.
Pretty, huh? We've been trying to get rid of this upholstery for a while, but it just seemed like such a huge undertaking. Until finally we had the time a resources to do it.
We posted an ad on Craigslist looking for someone to help see these suckers. We had the four dinette cushions and a big banquette cushion for what was built in the slide. Five cushions total, meant about 10-11 yards of fabric. We chose a faux ostrich leather that we loved for both aesthetic and pet-friendly reasons. This fabric is dur-a-ble. Cats have been on it, dogs have been on it, no scratches or tears. It's easy to wipe up and clean, no more old fabric. This is what these cushions look like now:
Now, in all honesty, we wished the cushions to have come out a bit more sleek and smooth around the edges. It also doesn't help that our cushion inserts are ten years old and have been a bit warped over time. Sigh, that's another project for another day. Overall, we're pleased with how the cushions came out, because ultimately it has brightened up the space like you wouldn't believe. That's really what we wanted, after all: a more modern space that is bright and beautiful.
On a side note, you can see below our dinette seat we took off our storage door completely and instead screwed in a hinged gate door. We turned that storage area into a little dog cave for Penny, fit with water, a few toys, and a nice slipper bed. She is only in there at night when we are sleeping to avoid her stumbling around in the dark (she is an old lady, after all) and she just loves it. More on that to come, but in the meantime, here she is enjoying the views from the other side...
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