Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Trailer We Made into a Camper w/ Solar..

Thunderstorms were forecast for today. Jay and his mother went to their appointment, and Ray worked on the sanding and poly-ing of the oak parts for the Little Van, and the Class B.

I picked up a neighbor's poodle to be groomed. First, I had to put Emma, the cat boarder somewhere, as she has had the run of the grooming room as her domain. I put her in a big cage with her box, food and water, and she didn't like that one bit. But when that big white poodle ( no, not as big as Fillmore, the RV-Dreams mascot), came in the grooming room, she knew that I had done it for her own good, and she settled down. She was fascinated watching the dog being groomed, and I wonder if she thought that I was going to do that to her !

These are some before and after pictures of a trailer we worked on in 2006. We set it up with solar panels, as it was going to a place with no electricity. I took the "before" picture of the inside, after we had installed the big water tank up front, and some other improvements. We made two tables that mounted on the wall inside, and there were also two places that they could be mounted on the outside. The tables made the bed, too. The fiberglass benches are 9' long, and had storage below.

We put in new radius corner windows on the sides, and made the back door with an opening window for ventilation. Drip caps over all the windows. We added an awning type window on the front, for more cross air, even when it is raining. We put awning rail across the back at the top. All the matching light switches are on the walls, not on the lights. The switches for the water pump and porch light were illuminated when "on". There is a closet in each of the four corners, and we made wooden doors for them, and in the front ones we put big plastic bin/shelves. We put those metal closet shelves all along the sides. It has plenty of storage.

The sink and countertop are one piece fiberglass, and the propane stove is removable and stored in that little drop down, right under the counter on the right. That way it could be used outside, too. We installed a stove vent-a hood with a solar fan, and built a cupboard over the vent-a-hood with a flue pipe for venting through the roof, inside it. We made drawers for under the sink, and a long storage area below the sink and ice box. That is a Coleman ice-box, as there wasn't going to be any electricity. It is covered with the same pattern vinyl as the kitchen backsplash, and inside of the door, and it all matched the cushions and forest green drapes that covered the cream cellular blinds. The floor is cushioned woodgrain vinyl.

We made the storage box on the front for all those things that you don't want inside, like little propane bottles, hoses, muddy boots, etc. That is a solid wood step going across the back, done with spar varnish. All new stop/tail lights. A black accent stripe around the whole trailer, to match the black framed windows and door. It had orginally been a "rain-out shack" at an oilfield in NM, and we made it into a really comfy camper. It is a sturdy, double hulled molded fiberglass trailer, and there is no way that it can have a roof leak.

My youngest son just stopped by, so this is a great day.


Anonymous said...

Penny I guess you sale these units after you fix them up. Must be some good money in this??? I know it looks like alot of work!


LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Hi Speedy, Very often I am just making drapes and doing PFD (Prepare For Delivery) on them for other people, who have them for sale. Sometimes they just want stuff done to their RV's. Once in a while, I will buy one, and then I find that I like my old one better, so I sell it. My late DH and I collected vintage RV's, and I still have some of them hanging around, waiting to be spruced up and sold.
Happy Trails, Penny