Jillian

We were considering a tiny house; however, we might just end up buying a mini-bus and converting it to a custom RV.

Why?

Because we planned to travel and aren't interested in pulling a tiny house regularly. I would imagine that it would depend on your situation. If we were planning to be stationary, we would have built a tiny house.

I also like the custom aspect of the travel bus.

I wouldn't count customization as a differing factor but we like the idea. And plenty of people customize their own RVs, myself included. I've gotten ideas from both tiny houses and factory RVs to make my home on wheels exactly what I want.

And that is the biggest difference, home on wheels that is made to go down the road vs home on wheels that is made bypass building restrictions. Of course not all tiny homes are on wheels, but a large part of them are, and that is because of building restrictions.

But, being built out of materials like a foundation house, if you take them down the road there will be a lot to repair when you are done.

Expense is the other difference.

RVs, even custom build at home, will cost you more. Of course they are made to withstand the bumps of the road so they have to be braced differently, and have road gear.

With a home made RV you can expect around 285 square feet to be your maximum living space. And you've already touched on the looks so I'll leave you with this.

Balance or decide which is more important to you, cost of the build or mobility after the build.

Look into "Skoolies" it really is the best of both worlds.

As for the tiny house. The biggest difference is that most RVs are not really built for full-time living.

They are designed & built to be mobile & light.

This impacts how they are insulated, for example, which makes a difference in terms of what you will spend on utilities.

I find the storage to be set up differently, again due to issues of weight, given that RVs are designed to move more often. Plenty of people live in RVs full time, it's doable, and a lot depends on the type of RV.

Because a tiny house is designed for full-time living, the ceilings tend to be higher, and there are other design features that make them feel less cramped, and this last point is really important. Feeling cramped and crowded is not fun.

An RV is designed for people to drive somewhere & spend time outside, a tiny house is designed to be a home.

Even though the dimensions of the trailer camper are roughly the same as the tiny houses (except for the height), the tiny houses feel more spacious.

Jillian

Boiling strings will remove the gunk, but it will also damage the strings so it stops messing with the strings' ability to vibrate freely. Also, if you use nickel strings, say goodbye to using that pot for cooking.

Boiling strings dissolves a lot of the organic gunk that builds up over time.

Arguably, it's a little more thorough in this regard than a good wipedown after playing. However, it does not remove the oxidation and work hardening that come with age and use of strings, and therefore cannot restore your strings to a truly "like new" state.

Some players argue that it extends the life of expensive strings, but in reality it just gives you a short period of slightly brighter tone until you get your fingers all over the strings again.

However, there's a better way to do it: soak your strings in denatured alcohol. Personally, I don't think it's a worthwhile exercise no matter how much the strings cost.

Jillian

The UEV 440 costs $49,999 in case anyone was wondering. I understand you get a LOT for that $$ but our friends just picked up a 35ft RV with dual slideouts for 1/3 of that. To each his own, moving the RV is a bit of work, this could be quick and dirty.

I know this thing is over engineered and can be taken off road, but for the price you could buy a lot bigger travel trailer. You couldn't take off road but if I'm going off road to camp I'll just take a tent.

Jillian

We're thinking about taking a trip to the Mississippi coast.

And I want to try my hand at redfish and some speckled trout.

Problem is, I need a rig.

I can only speak for what has worked for me. I use what I think is the most underrated spinning reel. The Pflueger president for $60 has been holding strong for 4 years now. Not just one but multiple reels.

Before that I tried the shimanos and penns but they just did not hold up like the president. For the money this reel is super smooth and comes with a braid friendly bail which is a plus. The smaller sized ones matched with a light action rod will cast for miles.

As far as rods go, I used Allstars for the longest.

Can't beat them for the price and if you keep the receipt you can exchange a broken one on the spot. I found out about Temple Fork Outfitters from a local forum and haven't looked back. After Gary Loomis sold G. Loomis he got with Rick Pope and helped them design rods.

NO, they are not a G. Loomis, but Gary did help them design the rod and for $100 with a lifetime warranty they are the best deal out there in my opinion. They have every action you want and are super sensitive for the price. When it comes to action that all depends on what you are using. Are you using live bait, soft plastics, hard baits, popping cork, etc.

I prefer a 6'6" medium for a good all around rod.

If you use a 6'6" and 7' a lot will you notice a slight difference and the 6 just fits my needs better. I use a 7' light action to free like Vudu shrimp and it is one of my go to setups. I like the 6'6" because they work better with MirrOlures. If you are on facebook shoot me a message on here we can link up.

Would be happy to meet up and let you try a few of my setups to see what works best for you.

Jillian

For frying, fully filet the fish:

  • Crack 2 eggs and mix with milk using a fork on a plate
  • Mix flour, cajun seasoning, and salt/pepper in a bowl
  • Dunk the filet into the egg/milk mixture from Step 1 (both sides)
  • Move filet from plate to spice bowl in Step 2 (evenly coat both sides)
  • Drop in fryer
  • Allow outside to cook to a golden brown
  • Wait until the filet is floating on the grease in the fryer
  • Remove from fryer, lightly salt, and allow cooling

For sauteing, fully filet the fish:

  • Place fillets into zip-lock bag with your preferred spices. I like to use olive oil, oregano, garlic, and salt/pepper (depending on how fragile the filet is, feel free to skip Steps 2-3)
  • Shake plastic bag to allow spices to get every piece of fish
  • Allow fish to marinate in bag while pan heats ups (if filet is fragile, you can get the same effect by laying the filets out on a plate and sprinkling the spices onto them)
  • Coat a pan with your choice of non-sticky stuff (Pam, olive oil, veg oil, butter, etc)
  • Put pan on med-low heat
  • When the pan is hot enough, empty the zip-lock bag of filets into the pan
  • Make sure to keep them moving so they don't stick!
  • Add oil/butter during cooking
  • Wait until filet is white and flaky
  • Allow fish to cool

For grilling on the half-shell, filet the fish while leaving the skin and scales on:

  • Get a fire going in the grill
  • Season the fish with your preferred spices. I use olive oil, garlic powder, and salt/pepper.
  • Cut some lemon slices
  • When the fire is dying down from initial ignition throw the filets on and close the lid. This will help keep the fire tame and not allow it to burn the filets or cook them unevenly.
  • If you feel your fire is still too hot, move the filets to the side of the grill and cook with indirect heat until the fire calms down
  • When the meat starts turning white, start squeezing the lemons onto the filets
  • Check every now and then to ensure the filets are not cooking too quickly or burning
  • To test to see that the filets are done cooking, get a fork and stab the filet while lightly twisting. If the meat stays together and doesn't break apart, give it more time. If the filet is tearing and looks white and flaky it is ready to remove from the fire.
  • CAUTION: be sure to look all the way down into the filet before removing from the grill. The outside of the fish and cook thoroughly while the inside could still be under-cooked.
  • When the filet is fully cooked, remove from the grill
  • If the fish is not being eaten right away, feel free to cover in foil for a few minutes to retain heat.
  • Allow fish to cool
Jillian

Thinking about getting a rod and reel for bass fishing later this year. The price, ~$200, isn't bad. You can get a pretty good setup with that.

I'm playing on the idea of something off this list for the rod:

  • Dobyns Fury 765, or the 805 Flip/Punch Rod
  • Falcon BuCoo SR 7'9 Heavy
  • iROD Fiber 764
  • Lew's TP-1 Speed Stick IM8 7'6 Heavy
  • Enigma Phenom Black 7'8 Heavy

For reels, There's a lot of good options in that price too. It's not top of the line, but $100 is where they start to have great quality. Check out:

  • Lew's LFS
  • Abu Garcia Revo SX (it's on sale right now for $120 from $150)
  • Daiwa Tatula. Found on Amazon for around $100
  • Daiwa Feugo CT
  • Shimano Citica I (can be found new in box on ebay for $115 ish)