Tennessee People | Friendliest People on the Planet

matt-turner

Tennessee has some of the most beautiful sights in the country, but this guy right here was the most beautiful sight of all! Every time we’ve been in Tennessee, we’ve been impressed by the friendliness of the people, but this guy took the cake!

When we pulled into our camping spot, we noticed a tire was smoking. When Grampa Tom took it off, he was amazed we hadn’t lost it while driving down the road. The bearing was completely gone! We asked around about someone to fix it and were told to go over to Shade Tree Repair, just a couple of miles from the campground we were staying at in Rock Island State Park.

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We drove over and explained our situation. We were amazed that they agreed to come to the campground to look at it. Most mechanics won’t make house calls. Matt Turner, the owner of the shop came and looked it over. In the course of our conversation, we found out that the shop he runs was originally owned by his father. He loves the area and told us where we needed to go to see the sights. He thought it wouldn’t take much to fix and promised to come back that afternoon. I asked how long it would be until he knew what it would cost so I could be sure to have his money ready. He said, “Don’t worry about it, I’ll find you.”

So we spent the afternoon out taking in Tennessee fall beauty. You really have to go there! The pictures just don’t do it justice.

When we got back, Matt was just finishing up. I asked how much we owed him. I figured it would take a big chunk of change. We were at his mercy, but having someone come to the campground to fix the wheel would be worth whatever he decided to charge. His answer? “Nothing.” He refused to take a dime!

What an answer to prayer! I figured it would take most of our reserve money if not more. I was prepared to call relatives and ask them to wire money! I don’t know how this guy makes any money. He spent most of the afternoon working on our trailer! May God Bless him many times over!

Enjoy the pictures!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

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RV Redo – Good-Bye Dinette – Hello Built In Desk!

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We love our little camper, but honestly, the furniture is made for brief sitting in between outside adventures, not living.

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We wound up keeping the couch down as a day bed unless we were expecting lots of company (which RARELY happens). I squeezed through a tiny 9 inch space to sit at the dinette while Grampa Tom  occupied the bed if he was home. I spend a minimum of 2 hours a day on my computer. A bench seat is very hard on your back for that amount of time.

At first, I didn’t complain because I was thinking we’d buy a bigger camper within a year, but then we bought a truck. It’s just not going to happen for a while. My son loves building things and we were planning to stay with him for the winter so I started mulling over ideas and came up with a plan that would reuse the dinette and not cost us a whole lot of money.

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He took down the table and ripped out one of the benches.

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We left the back bench because it is our outside storage box.

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Then he mounted the table over the back bench and created a cabinet we can reach from the inside.

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Then he put board in front of the window to create an L-shaped desk.

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He created a cabinet over the wheel. Now we have more storage space than we had before and it is easier to get to!

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Love seeing the wheels turn in my boy’s eyes! I have crystals in my windows because I love rainbows. When I turned the camera on, there was a rainbow on his cheek, but just as I clicked, he turned a bit and the rainbow was right over his eye!

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He used the cover for the old bench to make some sliding doors on the big cabinet.

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added shelves in the little cabinet,

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and created a swinging cabinet out of some pallet wood and a part of the old bench.

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Then he built me a roll out shelf for my computer!

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Look how much room there is! Several people have wondered about where we will eat. We rarely eat in the camper, and if we do we can use the desk and our TV trays. Spence is going to put a pull strap on the couch so it won’t be so hard to get up and down. If we have company, we’ll have lots of room! I was a little concerned that taking the dinette out would hurt the resale value, but it’s not worth a whole lot anyway. And, like my mom said, it may make this camper just the thing a special someone is looking for.

We still need to find some flooring that matches what we have already, and maybe someday I’ll shell out the bucks for nice matching bedding and blankets, but I can live in this for years now. Grampa Tom? Well, he’s still drooling over new campers. 😉 He still doesn’t have a chair to sit in.

Have you remodeled a camper? What do you think of our changes?

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

27 FT 5th Wheel/Tiny House Floor Plan

The ideal RV continues to evolve. Grampa Tom was telling me he really likes the idea of a slide out now so I went back and did all I could to shorten up the RV.

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Managed to still get all the water on one side. Had to drop some of the counter space and my boot bench but I still managed to get my whirlpool tub in there 🙂 Had to forgo a sink in the bathroom to fit it in there, but we don’t have one now anyway.

The slide out is just 2 foot wide and gives plenty of walking room in the house.

What do you think?

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue