Camp Swankie, LLC
The good life can be yours! The recent fad to spend big bucks for outdoor kitchens and living spaces for sticks & bricks residences has always struck me as odd. Why pay huge amounts of money to regress? You want to go outside – then go outside. Then I realized why as I viewed Camp Swankie, located several miles east of the Enterprise. Camp Swankie is the real thing: a true outdoor kitchen area, with a separate 3-season living area. Seeing this camp made those posh homes seem like they were struggling to get vestigial camping experiences built into them. Actually, I guess Swankie’s screened canopy qualifies as a 4-season room, because it is “location-adjustable”. To be able to comfortably use it in winter or summer, you change altitude.
But these amenities here are not just for show. Today’s exercise was to add insulating curtains to another camper’s passenger van. Passenger vans as living quarters offer plenty of light, but 30-40 degree temperature drops at night play havoc with comfort, especially when there’s no heat source. Cargo vans can be insulated without too much trouble, but passenger vans are a difficult proposition because of all the window glass. All the pre-existing interior trim and panels tend to make insulating impractical. So, a decision was made to attack two main issues: cold air drafts at door gaskets and windows.
Deft shopping at a local thrift store netted two kinds of thick cloth, and Swankie broke out a real sewing machine to do the honors. Thick curtains were made to hang front and rear – one at the rear doors and one separating the driver’s area from the living area. A thinner material was used to fashion permanent curtains along the side windows. More impressively, it was all accomplished in just one day!