Once we got the skin on it was time to install the windows and vents.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
August and hot weather finally arrived. We had a predicted forecast for 85 - 95 degree days for a full week, occuring in between camping events, so I managed to wrangle the husband from his project for a few days to help me. We set took the metal out of their boxes and assessed the situation - since I went with mill finish Hemet Valley RV sent me metal that was 36" wide, which ment I didn't have a full run of staples holding it down along the wall, but this trailer has lots of openings to staple around. We held it up and marked the openings, cut the opening out and installed each piece. Turned out pretty good over all. But I will not use a double mesa sheet for the roof of a trailer ever again. The ridges and seams make it really difficult to get a good seal around the perimeter. I did run putty tape under the fold over up the sides, as well as under the awning and drip rails. We used 4 straps over the roof to cinch the metal down while we folded the edges over & stapled it down. We used many tools to cut and trim the aluminum - scored it with a utility knife, used a pneumatic shear, hand shears, a pneumatic saw, a nibbler, & a router. Depended on the opening we had to cut.
I did put the cargo doors in upside down, and will put chains on to hold the doors up when open. I also purchased brows from Vintage Trailer Supply & painted them black and installed them over the doors.
Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted anything since last year when I got the inside to the point I couldn't move forward because it got too cold for me to work outside & so I had to wait until the weather warmed back up. Some of it I couldn't do until I got the skin on. And to put the skin on I needed hot, hot weather which we didn't get until August of 2020.
And after a trip to Hawaii in January, Covid-19 in February, Quilt Camp in March, I was busy with other stuff until April. Once Spring became a thing, I set up my popup tent with screened sides and set my tables up inside to work on.
This trailer has 7 windows, three roof vents, a vent for a fan and one for the range hood. It also has an electrical and two water inlets. I went through each window and took it apart, removing the glue and silicone that were holding the jalousie windows in place (broke a few getting them out), replacing cracked and broken windows.
I did spend most of the spring (from April) cleaning up, acid bathing, polishing, and re gasketing all of the windows, the rock guard and the cargo doors. Vintage trailer gaskets had everything I needed to reseal all of the windows.
I also painted the cargo doors, and vent covers black, so the trailer will primarialiary silver and black outside.
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Underside of sink cover with fabric Modge Podged on.
Sink has been repaired and installed. You can't even tell where the chip in the corner was, unless to feel for it. So happy with the results.
Monday, November 25, 2019
The refrigerator cabinet is the first cabinet I put trim around and it looks pretty good. I think I'm going to paint the door to match the range and range hood.
For some strange reason the new birch paneling started to delaminate around my kitchenette (first photo). It was especially bad around the drawer units, so I had to come up with a solution to cover it. The space between the drawers was larger than the trim I had that I was using around the fridge and doors, so I decided to use some screen door trim that I was also using as trim over the seams. Since I had to use two pieces to cover the space I filled the groove between with some pencil molding I'd purchased for another project.
|Laminated toilet top without hole cut out.|
|Toilet box with lid that lifts up for removal of bucket contents.|
|Sink cabinet frame unfaced.|
I left off just before I finished wiring and insulating the rest of the trailer - I had started the project using 1.5" foam insulation and had enough to finish the project. But then I got a great deal on 6 rolls of fiberglass batting at $5 a roll - enough to finish the project. It was much easier and quicker than to cut out more foam insulation so that's what I did.
|CURB SIDE - FRONT|
|CURB SIDE BACK|
Hubby finally came out ( about 20 days later after the wrap was on) and looked over my wiring progress and had me change a few things I had wired wrong and checked each circuit of the 12 Volt and 120 Volt systems. Everything works as it should. Almost all lights are 12 volt and all outlets are 120 volts.
The one light that is 120 volt is the propane light fixture I converted using a Designer Clip light with a tiny base. The clip fits into the hole the mantle would have gone into and the wire is run through the pipe. Hubby did a little welding on the base to close the holes where the propane pipe came in and where the on off switch was located. Then we drilled a smaller hole and put in a pull chain to turn it on and off. When he was done welding I repainted it Bright Brass to match the rest of my hardware.