I just bought my 1995 FD Rialta, and have not replaced the stock mattress that comes with it. I was planning on getting a nice tempurpedic mattress, but then I saw the most recent posts on this site and saw the roll up futon with the tea mat, and thought that was a great way to maximize space; I am also a big fan of drinking high quality loose-leaf tea, it's one of my daily rituals.
Tynan, would you be willing to shed some light on how this setup works, what kind of materials you used, and how one might recreate something similar to this setup? And, is the roll-up futon comfortable to sleep in, a worthwhile replacement for a full-time mattress?
I'm trying to evaluate more options before I sink money into a new mattress; I would love having more space to sit indian style and drink tea, especially with a friend or two :)
It really does add a ton of usable space, and is a very pleasant setting for drinking tea every morning.
As a bed, it's really pretty uncomfortable. I had trouble sleeping the first couple nights. Now I'm used to it and I sleep just fine, but it's nowhere near as comfortable as a bed. I actually like this, because I felt like my bed was a bit too luxurious, and I want to train myself to sleep on any surface. In a couple months I may try sleeping on the tatamis with no futon.
This is the only tatami that's light enough for the RV, and only that store sells them. I bought this futon with the Organic cotton option. It's equivalent to the lightest non-organic one they have. If you don't care about organic (I mainly care because I don't want pesticides and flame retardants in my bed), you could get a thicker one.
Before I had the futon, I was temporarily using this. Its springiness makes it harder to roll up in the morning, but it was thinner and slightly more comfortable. Not authentic in any way, though. If you go that route, this 3" one might be a perfect level of comfort.
To set this whole thing up, just throw away the mattress and cut down the tatamis to size. You don't have to be super accurate because they do squish a little bit. The process of cutting them is a huge messy disaster, especially trying to seal them back up afterwards. I did the whole thing with my pocketknife, which was not the best choice. When you do it, cut the last couple inches off first to practice, so that you'll understand what you're getting into before making the final cut. It will take you a couple hours.
Last, to get a tea table, search ebay for Gong fu and get the biggest one you can find. It's Chinese, not Japanese, but it's a really great design and very practical. I got lucky and found an old one with inlaid brass and copper.
If I didn't cover everything, feel free to ask questions..
For new readers to the site, or old readers who haven't been paying attention, I live in my small RV. I bought my first RV in 2007, and except for short term travel rentals, I haven't lived in a house or apartment or any other non-wheeled dwelling since then. This sounds rather extreme, but I honestly don't feel like I live in a car.
When I'm parked my RV feels like a small house, complete with all of the comforts of a stationary home. Of course, these niceties haven't come easily-- I've spent hundreds of hours working on my RV, coming up with new ideas and implementing them in the home depot parking lot. Because I actually live in this thing and the improvement process is ongoing, it's never possible to say that I'm done. That said-- I can't really imagine too much more that I can do to this thing. I only have one or two big ideas left, and no immediate plans to implement them.
Here's what's new this round:
1. Painted everything. For a long time I've been hesitant to paint the RV, because I worried that the paint wouldn't stick to the disgusting fake-wood walls. Luckily an all purpose primer did the job. My RV is only 20' long, but it took me fifteen hours to mask the whole interior, prime everything, and then layer on two coats of paint. It was the first time I'd ever painted anything, and most of the time was spent dealing with all of the weird little angles and protrusions. As I mention in the video, I was hoping to get a grey color, but somehow ended up with blue. I'm not entirely sure how that happened, but I do remember saying, "I'm sick of picking colors... let's do this one."
Sushi and I haven't clicked yet. See the thing I like about sushi is the whole thing that it's Japanese not that it's nice. I love Japan and I really want to love sushi.
I had sushi only once and it was in this new sushi place near where I live. I went with my girlfriend and she had sushi before so she was telling what's nice and what's not. I looked at the menu and most of the sushi on the menu was tuna. I don't about other places as I said this was my first time eating sushi but on this menu there was loads of tuna. Well I don't like tuna but I said I'll give it go and try it.
I took the first roll, we got the rainbow rolls. I nearly got sick. I took the tissue when my girlfriend wasn't looking and put the half chewed sushi roll in the tissue. It was not nice at all. But the good thing about that experience in the sushi place was that I got green tea. And me I never had green tea didn't even know what it taste like. I took my first sip and I fell in love with green tea. It was just amazing. After that day I would drink green tea everyday and still today I drink green tea. It's one of my favourite drinks.
But I'm not giving up on sushi I will love it. I want to love it.