Monday, October 8, 2018

Post # 17 - Floor to ceiling frames & priming - leveling floor.

This week was hard to get motivated to do more work on the trailer because it has been so cold outside in the mornings, but I bundled up and faced the cold.

I sanded all the remaining paneling off the fronts and sides & due to rot I had to remove and replace some of the wood in almost every cabinet in spots. Plus I added some extra support in the sides of the closets so I can hang a few things up without worrying about backing that was only 1/8" thick.  I think I figured out how the kitchen cabinet drawers were originally built - I think what I did will work fine once I get the drawers built.

I also built a framework for the converter/fuse box so I can just slide it in and attach it to the frame.

But this week I did meet my goals to have all the cabinets framework ready to put the paneling on, primed the plywood floor and got the leveling compound on to smooth it out (hubby helped a bit - that bag of stuff was heavy) in anticipation of the Marmoleum flooring.  After I take a week off waiting for the weather to warm back up again, I plan on installing the Marmoleum flooring, putting the paneling on the inside walls, & cabinets, reinstalling the wheel wells, putting up the sides and attaching the cabinets. If it all works out I'm hopeful I can start the wrap by November.  We shall see how much I actually get done.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Post #16 - Shellac and cabinet frames

Finally able to get back to work on the trailer after a summer of camping and work.

I just finished putting 4 - 5 coats of Amber Shellac, and 1-2 coats of Clear on my 16 sheets of my birch plywood.  I sanded after 3 coats with 220 grit sandpaper, applied another coat and then sanded again with 320 grit.  I put two coats of clear on most of the sheets which I will sand again and apply another clear coat after installation. I ended up with 4-5 sheets that turned out lighter than the others so they will be used on cabinetry and in hidden spaces.

After I got to this point I started rebuilding the framework of the bench seats and upper cabinets.  I rebuilt the seat front framework because I wanted it stronger that it was, and on the upper cabinets I am reusing as much of the original wood as possible - just replacing the sections with rot or rusted out nails.

That's it for now... till next time.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Post #15 - Curbside framework

I spent a couple of days working on the curbside framework, sanding the remnants of the old paneling off of the inside, filling holes, and pulling the rest of the staples and pin nails out before hand.  I then flipped it over and filled the screw holes with match sticks and a few toothpicks, Sanded, pulled the rest of the staples, & pin nails.  I then spent a few days cutting and placing the insulation in. My plan for wiring:  melting holes through the insulation with a long metal rod, or the insulation cutter. Works great, I just feed the wire through and place the insulation back in place. You may notice a difference in  a few photos -  I forgot to flip the insulation over so the foil was inside, so I had to recut a few pieces. I made sure my vents would still fit in their spaces, and removed the silicone from around the large vent they'd put on to prevent leaks. This vent needs a new gasket around it, and new lock.   Now I'm going to be schellacing the birch plywood with Amber Shellac - using the French Polish method.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Post # 14 - Streetside and Curbside framework

I've spent the past two weeks or so pulling staples, nails and screws out of the framework for the streetside and curbsides.  I've also removed the most rotten wood and replaced it with new, and reinforced where the wood was questionable in a few spots. My foam cutter came from Amazon so I insulated the streetside - when I can find the time I will do the same thing for the curbside framework. (Camping season has arrived).  The outside curved edges were replaced with 1/4" X 1.5" strips, glued and stapled to make it 1.5" thick (or as close to it as I could get it).  I'm glad I had lots of clamps, but still think I could have used a few more of the screw to tighten type (see the last photo). Lots of photos of the black rot in the perimeter framework.

In the background of this photo
is the interior of the streetside framework, already cleaned up, repaired, & insulated, with wires for the lights run through the insulation and framework. 

Clamping the new curbing over the curve in the front.  Did the same thing for the back end.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Post #13 Gluing and Stapling Floor Frame

We spent a few days cutting down the 3 sheets of plywood to match the floor framework and positioning it into place.  Then I propped it up and glued and stapled it down. I also added a few 2 1/2 inch screws to a few spots for added strength.  Once that was done we made sure the whole thing was in place on the frame and used T-Nuts and bolts to attach it to the metal frame around the edges, and added a row down the middle.  It should never fall off the frame.

I also did a little wiring to the junction box, The breaks, and breakaway switch, and 7 pin connector are ready to be used.  All I have to do is add the trailer wiring when it's ready to go. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Post #12 - Wheel wells & battery box

Thursday May 3rd, I cleaned up the wheel wells, straightened the edges and flattened the nail holes.  I plan on spraying undercoating on the inside to help protect them from rocks and other debris.  I've ordered new wheels from Vintage Trailer Supply and they should be here next week.

I also cleaned up the edges of all the windows a little - most of the butyl tape residue is gone... I do need to replace 3-4 cracked window panes when I get back to working on them. 

Joe spent the day creating a new battery box for the front of the trailer. cutting and welding it together.  It's going to look sharp and protect the battery, junction box, and breakaway switch battery & box. 

I'll post photos when they are all done.
Here are a few photos of the battery box Joe made for the trailer this past weekend, after paint.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Post # 11 - Bearings and floor insulation

These past few days have been spent re-greasing the bearings, replacing what needed to be replaced (seals, bearings, z rings), fixing what needed to be fixed and reinstalling into the hubs. Glad I have a multi talented husband that is willing to do that for me.

I ordered a styrofoam cutter from Amazon and it came today, so I cut all the 1.5" foam for the floor insulation and got it installed.  Worked out wonderfully - wished I'd gotten the cutter years ago... I just can't seem to get a knife to cut smoothly and I always leave little pebbles of styrofoam everywhere when I use one.  Melting it is way less messy - I love it.

I also spent a little time pulling the old butyl tape from my window edges, and checked over my range hood. I've got 3 broken jalousie windows I'll need to replace eventually, and many seals to replace. So much to do - never enough time.

Joe's building my battery box - photos later.  Along with the battery, I plan on putting my breakaway battery box in it as well as my junction box for the trailer wiring.

Post #10 - Subfloor and Frame

Spring has finally come and with it warm weather - it got close to 70 degrees here yesterday. Yay!!

My breakaway switch came this week as well as my junction box for the wiring.  We received the bearings, but the seals were not the right ones - I will have to call etrailer and see if they have items not on their website.

Last week I spray painted the underside and edges of the "belly pan" (5/8" plywood) with 2 coats of undercoating using about 9 cans. Then I flipped it over and covered the seams with 5" of aluminum flashing to tie them together, and covered it with 6" self-adhered flashing. It shouldn't leak

Once that was done I layed out the framework for the floor that I'd cut and marked a few weeks ago.  It got glued, stapled, nailed and screwed together - nice and strong.  Some would probably say I did too much, but more is sometimes better in my opinion.   Next week I'll be tackling the insulation between the studs, and putting on the plywood for the floor.  I'll be using this for a platform to work on the cabinets and framework for the sides. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Post #9 - More Chassis work

Update on the Chassis work we've been doing this past week.  Joe created hangers for the black pipe I'm using for the Propane lines alongside the trailer, and welded them to the curb side of the chassis. Joe got the safety chains and new spring mounts welded on to the frame and the springs attached to the axle.  I wired the new brakes, and I'm waiting for the junction box I ordered to arrive to finish that part of the wiring process.  I also purchased a breakaway switch from e-trailer and will get that attached too after it arrives. We finally found the number on the bearings and race/cup so we've gotten those ordered too.
We got the area on the tongue for the battery, and propane tanks prepped & they have been installed and painted.  Then I primed, painted and mounted the step, plus primed & painted the  chassis too, so it's ready to go.  Once we get the new bearings, breakaway switch and junction box in next week and installed, I can go back to prepping the framework for the floor and side walls, etc.  Here are a few photos.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Post #8 Frames - metal & wood.

So the past week has been spent putzing with the chassis frame, planning on how to rebuild the subfloor(belly pan) and under floor framework, & repairing the street side framework. We've been waiting for new brakes, springs and other parts to arrive from Amazon and Etrailer before we tackle any more welding projects (Pick them up tomorrow).  I've included a few photos of the aluminum belly pan - one showing the birth date of the trailer, and the other showing a huge rip.

For the subfloor/belly pan we decided to use 1/2" plywood and to add 3" to the width for added stability and waterproofing. . That way the framework for the side walls will rest upon it when they get attached to the floor framework. The floor framework is all cut out to the same dimensions as the original plus a few extra supports every two feet. I numbered them in sequence and set them aside for later, as I'm not quite ready to assemble it.  It is too cold and damp to paint the metal frame, or use undercoating on anything right now.

I used the subfloor to lay out the street side framework (skin side out) to start repairing  and replacing the rotten edges and split parts of the frame. Plus I took the opportunity to add supports. I reconfigured the electrical inlet area, and under the bathroom window where I plan on putting a tiny sink. I also added some extra support over the large window in the front because I may be adding a bunk bed or shelf support to that area.  I managed to get two curbing strips glued together, bent and attached to the front but, it's really too cold here to glue stuff together yet, so the rest of the curbing strips will have to wait until it hits 55 degrees.  I still have lots of work to do on the other side too, which needs to be sanded, the old paneling remnants taken off, and remove more pin nails & staples.

The top photo shows what Joe did today - which is to say he removed the old breaks, springs and axle so we could be ready when the new ones arrive tomorrow.

One step forward at a time...and occasionally a few steps back .