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GSrdr
09-26-2010, 09:33 PM
Newells sure look great inside, especially when they are empty and clutter free. What about when loaded with the stuff of everyday life?

How do you incorporate a computer and monitor without cluttering it up?

What do you do with kitchen works like a toaster, the coffee maker, and does one really need a popcorn maker, etc...?

How did you cut down on all the bottles and extra stuff that collects on the master bath counter?

GSrdr
09-26-2010, 09:40 PM
The most difficult addition to a Newell would have to be the computer, monitor, printer & scanner. Of those, only the scanner could be put away. All those wires. The need for access to the tower and printer.

I am contemplating using a quality HDTV/monitor for computer use. Two birds with one stone. Both uses benefit from a BIG screen.

jwe648
09-26-2010, 10:15 PM
be very carefull .. There is a big difference between HD Monitor/TV & HD TV/ Monitor.. I mistakenly chose the..1080P HD Monitor/TV.....Thanks to Tom.. I was able to make it all work together with my AV system.. And Laptop...

The most difficult addition to a Newell would have to be the computer, monitor, printer & scanner. Of those, only the scanner could be put away. All those wires. The need for access to the tower and printer.

I am contemplating using a quality HDTV/monitor for computer use. Two birds with one stone. Both uses benefit from a BIG screen.

Richard and Rhonda
09-27-2010, 02:26 AM
We use a wicker basket in the bath to catch the loose stuff.

The only thing that stays on the kitchen counter is the coffee pot. The coach won't run without diesel and coffee.

We use a laptop, and keep a small printer in one of the couch drawers if we need a hard copy.

But I think the real key is to carefully analyze what you have to have.

Michael and Georgia might be the best to comment on the fulltime perspective on what you need and what you don't

GSrdr
09-27-2010, 04:34 PM
What would be most interesting to see is how to incorporate a desktop computer into the living area of the coach. I, for example, need the power of a desktop computer to manage the movie editing and Photoshop activities I enjoy playing with. There must be a tidy way to incorporate my MacPro and big monitor in a way my wife could accept. It's not like I can do at home by merely closing the door to my office.

Yes, there are sacrifices to be made in the effort to free myself from sticks & bricks life. Reality though indicates that we will all become more, not less, involved with technology.

I have yet to see a successful inclusion of technology into a fulltime RV design. For the most part, even the TV is incidental to the layout of the interior. Yes, Newell offers a "media room" with the use of a Murphy bed in back.

In the limited space available in the public space of the coach, there must be a way to have an uncluttered and comfortable place to entertain guests, a great place to watch HDTV, and an office-like desk for computer use. All three uses.

chockwald
09-27-2010, 05:03 PM
When one makes the decision to fulltime they immediately begin a decision making process that can last several months, if not several years. Downsizing from a couple of thousand square feet (or more) to a few hundred square feet is more of a mental adjustment than anything else. Every decision made has a trade off. We began that process 2+ years ago when we decided to retire in September of 2011. We have been gradually reducing the amount of stuff we keep in the coach. We have found it is difficult, if not impossible to dedicate any single space to a single purpose. If you want your living space to "feel" as big as possible you have to be willing to assign multiple uses to each living space. Each day as your needs change (need to do work, eat, relax, etc.) a few minutes of rearranging things is required. Things not needed must be stowed away, otherwise your home will become cluttered and less liveable, and, therefore, less enjoyable. We are two and a half years into that process and are finding with each long trip that we need less and less stuff, and, in fact, have found we enjoy our time in our smaller, less cluttered life on the road.

***All that being said, we both have laptop computers, we carry an HP printer with us on our travels, as well as a Visioneer sheet fed scanner which runs off the power of the USB port it plugs into. There is a small fold down table in front of the passenger seat, and this is where Elaine sets up to do her work. We have another rectangular table (came with the coach from the factory) that we have adapted to stand over the dinning table when it is in the down position. I'll take pix later and post them so you can see what I'm talking about. This is where I do my work. This works well for our lifestyle, and we don't consider our choices to be spartan in any sense of the word. The scanner and printer must only be plugged in and we are ready to make money...haha! I also have a HP Netbook which I use for our GPS software while in transit.***

GSrdr
09-27-2010, 05:11 PM
A simplified life need not be a spartan life.

There is a way to integrate the three separate uses into the lounge area of the coach successfully. It is just that I haven't seen it yet. By the time we pull the plug on our sticks & bricks existence, I will find the answer.

prairieschooner
09-27-2010, 05:22 PM
Good luck to you,
I am not the "all knowing" but this project may present numerous obstacles. We lived on our wooden sailboat for over 13 years and even though the vessel was named SPARTAN a Spartan lifestyle was the call.
Our TV is also a Monitor and I have been toying with getting a Tower and using it with a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. I just have found that the Laptop with a small Scanner and the portable Printer (CANNON i70) has been able to do the work needed.
Saying all of this I had another thought, how about using a Bay to house the Electronics? You could most likely then use one of the Television/Monitors???

folivier
09-27-2010, 05:29 PM
But how would you swap floppies?.....Never mind, had a flashback to the good ole days before Winders.

prairieschooner
09-27-2010, 05:31 PM
Floppies? I have flip/flops.

GSrdr
09-27-2010, 05:51 PM
The lounge table could be convertible into a desk with a flip-up table top and the computer tower incorporated into the base. The monitor could be the HDTV. Even better the monitor could pop-up like Newell does with the desk positioned TVs today.

GSrdr
09-27-2010, 06:59 PM
12 volt TV lifts are becoming common.

http://www.e-motionllc.com/TV_LIFTS_s/25.htm

This would work for lifting a monitor.

Below is a link to one idea for an RV computer desk. While insufficient for my needs, it is certainly an option, and includes some good ideas for dealing with peripherals.

http://www.daviscabinets.com/id72.html

GSrdr
09-27-2010, 07:12 PM
The Davis shop guys are clever. The swinging TV and the sliding TV are interesting options.

GSrdr
09-27-2010, 08:42 PM
This option is unacceptable.

chockwald
09-27-2010, 08:48 PM
I love flip flops and slip ons, but haven't used a "floppy" in years..........

prairieschooner
09-28-2010, 03:03 AM
I know, I stepped on a pop top and blew out a flip top but haven't used a flop top.

ps go Jimmy

Brad Townsend
09-29-2010, 12:11 PM
Sounds like you need a trailer!

GSrdr
09-29-2010, 03:03 PM
I have concluded that it will be easy to modify the salon to serve four purposes: 1) A comfortable place to entertain guests; 2) Enjoy a HDTV; 3) Computer work; and, 4) Audiophile stereo.

These are four things I enjoy in my sticks & bricks life, and don't see any reason why they should be given-up when I convert to a fulltime RV life. Especially since each of these uses have been addressed in Newell design in the past.

Here is a photo of coach #1226.

jmacstack
09-29-2010, 03:39 PM
The ironing board idea is hysterical! LOL!

GSrdr
09-29-2010, 04:31 PM
OK, here is Newell Coach #1226 set-up for two uses. Screens deployed and screens put away. The desk screen could as easily be a computer monitor. Wireless keyboard and mouse, tower inside cabinet, and you have no-wire computing. A requirement of my wife.

The link to the 360 degree tour is here: http://host.newspin360.net/newell/1226/

Newell is kind enough to offer four such coach tours.

With some effort, I can have it all. I'll save my audiophile stereo ideas for after I confirm speaker performance in such a small space.

afrench45
09-29-2010, 04:58 PM
GSrdr,
You may try calling Newell direct and talking with service. John Clarke is excellent about solving these kinds of problems and is a very good designer. Give him a call and see if he can help!

GSrdr
09-29-2010, 04:59 PM
This Newell Home Theater transformation requires a double slide & Murphy Bed in the bedroom. Radical? Pretty cool I think. Truly a demonstration of the capacity of Newell to innovate.

Ron and Susan
09-29-2010, 11:23 PM
I use a wireless printer that prints double sided and keep it inside a closet and it is
ready to use at all times. I just have to open the closet to get my copies.

leskorcala@hotmail.com
06-13-2012, 04:18 AM
We are photographers and starting our 5 years Jurney on the road fulltiming & I create small studio in our walk in closet , using 2 24" monitors , full size tower and 6 -3TB storage external drives, Epson full size printer, I tought it will be very hard to find space, but no problem , while driving to loctaions , we just take two monitirs off teh walls ( they hang side by side ) tower is on the floor with good soft base and printer is located under clothes hanger, still looks like closet and office if you look to the side! I process 5000-10.000 photos every other weekend and all the electronics i need i have right in there! along with my pelican hard case where my camera;s gear is.

Les & Cheryl Korcala
Newell 2001 2 slide
Co motion tandem 2 mtbikes, 2 road bikes and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Nissan Xterra 2007

stewart33
10-13-2012, 10:09 PM
If you try and pack your coach in an organized way. You will find you can fit a lot more than you might think.

Make sure to take advantage of every little nook, cupboard and shelf. Make use of the spaces that are there, make a check list and use it.

Remember you won't be able to fit the contents of your house into a Newell coach but look on the bright side, you should be able to fit a lot more then most RVs.