Friday, September 18, 2020

Post # 40 - Windows, Vents & Rails installed.

 Once we got the skin on it was time to install the windows and vents.  

A bit dirty - but this is the new Refrigerator vent cap.
Front windows installed (for some reason I never realized that one is plexiglass before I installed it.  Will have to take out in place and replace with glass.
Street side windows and outlet covers installed.

Rear window, tail lights, license plate light, city water inlet, fan and range vent covers installed. 
Upper side fridge vent installed with screen behind to keep the bugs out. 

Curb side windows installed, as well as cargo door & brow. 

The Awning rail is installed as well as the drip rail on both sides of the trailer.  Because I could,  I put an Awning rail on the street side too.  There have been a few times I I've camped where there was no space to put the awning out on the curb side, but had room on the street side for an awning.  And when camping with a friend I could cover their spot as well... 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Post # 39 - Skin Install

 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. 

Street side

Strapping down the roof wrap

Front panel installed - window cut out.

Street side - tank water inlet - electrical inlet, and cargo door set in place. 

Bottom street panel cut out before installation.

Curbside metal all installed with all openings cut out from behind.

Curbside metal all installed with all openings cut out and cargo door installed from front.

POST #38 - 9/2020 - Windows, cargo doors, and vent covers.

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

Post # 37 Toilet seat, sink cover.

It turned cold this weekend (18 degrees) so I stayed inside and did a little crafting on a few of the items for the trailer.  I'd purchased a wooden toilet seat and had decided to do a little pyrotechnic wood burning design on it.  I choose two floating Mallards and used a bit of paint.  I'm pretty pleased with the results.

The other thing  I did was Modge Podge some fabric to the back side of the sink cover I made from the counter cutout.  Once dry I sprayed with a clear overcoat.

Underside of sink cover with fabric Modge Podged on.

 Top side with Jade boomerang Wilsonart Formica. 

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.

I chose to add a kick plate to the side of the fridge cabinet when I found this textured aluminum at Home Depot. I used some bright brass screws to attach it to the cabinet. Hopefully it will keep the cabinet from getting too marred up.

I still have a few more strips of trim to shellac and install but I ran out of trim.  Will have to purchase a bit more next week. 

Monday, November 25, 2019

Post # 36 * November - Trimming doors, fridge, and cabinets

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.

Delamination on cabinet

Screen door and pencil trims. 

Drawer unit trimmed.
Trim around all openings in kitchenette.

I'd always planned on putting cedar in the closet from day one.  I've found it easier to use if I cut off the tongue and groove edges and just glue it to the framework of the closet (held with 22 gauge pin nails).

Cedar T&G boards in the closet.

$5.00 Shelf in the closet & closet rod with the light.

I put quarter round moulding around the bottom edges of the cabinets that I didn't have gimp on to give it a finished look. For not having any training in woodworking, I think I've done a pretty good job. I still have to do a little touch up on some of the paint around the inner edges but every thing is looking the way I want it to. 

Trim around the lower cabinets in potty room. 

Trim around the closet and bathroom doors.

Trim around entrance door. 

Trim on inside potty room door.

 Lots of clamps and pin nails...

Post # 35 - Oct. into Nov. - Plumbing and Bathroom Cabinets.

After the electrical was done I turned to the kitchen and bathroom plumbing with pex pipe, fittings, and copper pipe for the water heater pressure relief valve. Then I started on the bathroom cabinets - one to hide the plumbing of the sink, the run to the kitchen, and one for the potty box to hide the bucket I intend to use with wag bags. 

Laminated toilet top without hole cut out. 

Toilet box with lid that lifts up for removal of bucket contents.
Sink cabinet frame unfaced. 

Water heater under kitchen sink - 4 gallons.

I also made a cover for the pump that is located in the bottom of the closet and a framed box cubby hole for the hole in the side of the closet. 

Hole in side of closet (where I originally was going to put the Converter - oops)

Bathroom cabinet door, cubby box, pump cover.

Finished cubby box.

View inside closet.

Post # 34 - September - Insulation, Wrap, Wiring

I can't believe I haven't posted anything since August, but I have been busy working on the trailer. So I will do 3 posts covering September, October, and November. 

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.



Once the insulation was done I wrapped the trailer with EverBuilt house wrap/Floor underlayment, taping all seams, but leaving an opening in the door so I could work inside.

The wiring project got done before I put the wrap on, so I could have lights to work by. The first photo is of the Ground buss bar at the back of the cabinet partially wired.  I made a frame to hold the Intellipower converter mounted under a shelf in the lower half of the closet.  Then realized I needed to have easy access to the back where all the wiring is so I cut it and put a piano hinge on it so I can flip it open.   I still ended up trimming the sides so I could open it when I put cedar on the walls.

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.