I have been paralyzed with a decision as to whether I will keep the original walls that I put up in a rush before my summer trip. I don’t like the old laminate board, but they are up and functional. In talking it through with several friends and family, I realized that you don’t really see much of the walls once the rest of the interior is in and the cost and time of redoing it felt overwhelming. So I decided to leave them installed, but I may paint (white board paint?) or cover some of them. With the bathroom and twin bed essentially done, Rosie wants her office, kitchen, and dinette built. I decided to work on the office next, given that I was working my way from back to front.
Airstream Office Plan (Google Sketchup)
The office is going in along the curb side in-between the bathroom and frig area where the other twin bed would’ve been. I want it to have a work surface, shelves for storage bins, heater, standing desk, and wall-mounted monitor on a swivel. I also wanted to do it in a way that I could convert the shelf area into a bed as needed (not asking much). I came across these Kee Klamp fittings and aluminum pipe while looking for building material options. I redid the measurements (Thanks Jo!) and used the Sketchup I had made of Rosie last winter to design the area and flesh out the materials list to determine cost and make an order. Here’s a jpg of the current draft from SketchUp for the office. The gate-like structure on the lower left (fore) has an LP catalytic heater on it that can be swung out to point to other areas of the trailer and offer support to a bed conversion. The monitor and laptop tray would also swing on the vertical pipe. I can also add shelves on the right wall (aft) connected to the vertical pipe. I can store a board under the other twin mattress that could be placed on the shelves and a thin mattress could be rolled out on it for a high bed.
If I go through with this plan, I’ll post a link to the project space on their website. Feedback welcome.
Corey and I went on a working visit to see my lil’bro and his partner’s new B&B in Ogunquit, ME. Wayne (big’bro) also joined us for a night. Carol, Marc, and mom were there earlier this summer. The Dragonfly Guest House is a real treasure and Charles and David are wonderful hosts. We worked hard and ate well. Charles is such a good cook.
I didn’t spend much time at the trailer, but here’s Rosie at Dixon’s campground. Very nice place!
Left May 28th, returned July 10th. Came home in the middle for a bit. Started the trip with Nathan and Johanna at Alumapalooza, ended with Corey and Noah at Hinckley reservoir in the Dax. What a wonderful time visiting with great friends in MN. Towing Ms Rosie and camping all along the way…
Corey and Noah slept in the trailer first (last summer), but Nathan and Johanna were the first to take a road trip with me to Alumapalooza. This picture is courtesy of the APZ photographer, Alison Turner. I just LOVE it.
I cut out a new counter from plywood and covered it with left over marmoleum (plan to do this for the kitchenette counter as well). It’s camouflaged sitting on the stool over the floor.
Nathan sent me a suggestion for a 12volt cooler since I could not afford the $11oo frig replacement. I installed the overcounter cabinet (thanks for the extra set of hands Craig), the new counter, and then cut another similar piece and made a shelf to have the cooler off the floor and create more storage space.
You can sit on the temporary futon (future dinette) and have a cold drink on Rosie.
I killed a deer taking my original frig to be serviced by Jeff’s RV in Waverly. Then I found out my frig was not salvagable. I was shook up from hitting the deer, damaging my truck, and finding out the frig I had been keeping safe for several years was trash, but I must say that Jeff was very kind and helpful. I would recommend him based on this experience. I sadly recycled the frig at the Tompkins Solid Waste center. The truck won’t be done until end of next week, so I won’t leave for MN until then.