June 2, 2021

Third Time's The Charm

First there was Roamin'.  Next there was Raven.  Now we have Ryker!

I agree with everyone, buy your third RV first...  We honestly didn't think we could work with anything other than a travel trailer because of the tools, generator and all of our other equipment/patch materials that go along with the repair work we do on the road.  It was quite the transition from travel trailer to 5th wheel and from super size truck shell to tonneau cover.  It took us more than a week to move and get semi-organized.  We had to buy a new generator and tool boxes that would fit under the tonneau cover. And it also took us until just recently to make the garage into what it is today: an efficient way to store/secure the gear we need to live and work for months at a time away from our shop in Sacramento.

You've seen plenty of exterior photos.  You've even see the floorplan.  It's finally time to show you the interior.

When you first walk up the main steps there is a table on the left side, the kitchen on the right and a four seat couch ahead of you.  Also in front of you is a huge picture window behind the couch.  Four windows on the passenger wall add to the amount of sunshine coming in and the feel of open space.  The views change constantly, either a new rig or a new landscape.  Either way, there is plenty of sunshine in the entire room.

front door on the left, garage door next to the couch

no shortage of windows in Ryker :-)

I spy dog toys

The kitchen has all of the usual appliances.  Ron made a cover for the stove.  We usually put the Instant Pot on it when cooking so the steam is released under the stove vent.  The counter top area is huge.  There is plenty of storage in the kitchen too.

lots of storage

and lots of counter space

If I ever need a little more counter space, I simply put on one or both of the sink covers.  I'm not a huge fan of having the refrigerator on a slide, but this is about the only place it could go.  It's also huge!  It runs on both electric and propane making it perfect for boondocking.

The upstairs bedroom is what sold us on this floorplan.  We have a slide in a slide which makes the floor space at the end of the bed ginormous!  It measure around 48" x 96".  Spacious enough for us all to sleep comfortably.  Of course, Rufus sleeps in his own bed :-)  Another bonus is the giant (running out of adjectives for "big") window :-) 

the fireplace is great on cold nights

slide in a slide :-))
The front closet has washer/dryer hookups but we chose not to include them.  Laundromats are easy to find on our travels and we would much rather have the closet space.  That's where we keep our hamper, laundry supplies and a storage rack with covered totes for our off-season clothes.  Our under bed storage is small and used for odds and ends that we don't use often.  

About the only small thing in Ryker is the bathroom.  But, it does have a larger shower than the previous two rigs.  It also has two doors making it easy to access from the bedroom and the top stair landing.

small but efficient
Our 13' garage area is what makes living and working in Ryker possible.  When we first moved in it was a big, hot mess.  Boxes and tools and stuff all jumbled together.  We managed for awhile but we soon had to take a travel break and make a better material storage solution.  Running most of the length of the driver side garage is our material storage box, scaffolding setup and a ladder.  The passenger side is where we strap in our generator, tool box, air compressor and work table.  Now that we've added bicycles one goes on each side.  When it's all strapped for travel, we still have a walkway so we can get to the back door.

driver side

passenger side

We can't use the HappiJac seats with everything we've added so instead Ron made these cargo racks, one for each side of the rig.  Our small band-saw fits perfectly on the driver's side rack side with room to spare.  The other rack holds welding rod.  Either one can be used as a work bench when needed.  The folding seats that came with Ryker are safely stored at our shop if we ever decide to use them.  We plan to use the upper queen size bed when the grand kids come along with us :-)

Ryker has a loft which is intended as a child's sleeping area.  I was up there once.  That was enough for me...  We use the space for storage.  More tools, Costco size paper goods and (currently) items that we'll be giving back to Alex and Jessica after years of storing it at the shop are what make up it's current contents :-)  We added a hinged door to make accessing the area easier.  

Our garage also includes a half bath.  Although, it's so tiny, you could almost call it a quarter bath... LOL  Perfect for travel days as the slides make it impossible to access the main bathroom.

Lastly on our tour is the back patio/ramp.  We love it!  We use it all the time.  We use it when we load and unload our equipment to/from the truck.  We use it for entertaining.  We use it for relaxing at the end of the day.  

happy hour with Steve, thanks for the photo Debbie :-)
We've made several modifications to Ryker, making it work better for us.  We are happy with our choice of rigs so far.  Here's to a long future between Ryker and Rainier!



  1. It’s the perfect rig for you guys!! Love the back deck!

    1. We think so too :-) We love the deck too but Rufus gets the most use out of it... LOL

  2. Wow! That's a lot of rig, and everything you need to live and work. Looks perfect. Love all the big windows and the back deck - they all make it seem even bigger!

    1. It is a lot, especially when going down the road! We've both gotten the hang of driving the monster. I've even driven it from one campground to the next. Ron is much better at backing though. Because of our height, 13'3", I don't have to crouch down when looking out the windows. The back deck is like our 'bonus room' :-)


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