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Wall up!

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Converter hole cut and installed (needs to be wired still). Plumbing connected in the back, moving forward.



The never-ending saga of the shower seat

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

[This post is for you Nick, I owe you dinner/drinks] I applied 5 coats of Plasti-mend with a layer of webbing.  It’s sanded and probably as good as it’s gonna get, which is not even close to an even finish, but there are no cracks!  I’ll paint it next week with similar paint as the other pieces (can’t find the Tubby USA site).  A couple of things I learned:

  • I think the product needed to be thinned, it was more like taffy.  You can order the thinner at the same site.
  • I sanded off the my failed fiberglass repair on the front surface, but left the repair in the back since it was holding it together.  Since this stuff chemically melds with the ABS plastic, the surface warped in funny ways where the fiberglass was still on in back.  Part of the reason I can’t sand it as even as I would like.

With some paint, it will be fine until I can find a new one.


Shitake on the floor

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Thanks to Endwell Rug for the quality service and the installers, Bill and Jamie for getting the Forbo Marmoleum cut, glued, and seam sealed. They did a GREAT job and it looks fantastic. Rosie was a big hit sitting in the Endwell Rug parking lot. It was also fun having her at mom’s in West Corners. Thanks to the neighbors for letting her sit in front of their house (missed photo op, next time…).  I suspect she will occupy that spot many times to come.  Thanks mom for helping to make it happen!

Taken with camera, colors more accurate than ones below…



Phone shots…  nice cut job!



Marmoleum is cut…

Friday, May 4th, 2012


Waiting for installer

Friday, May 4th, 2012

At Endwell Rug …


Say goodbye to my beautiful subfloor.

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

The marmoleum will be installed this weekend. I hate covering up Frank’s handiwork, just like I hated covering up my reflective insulation, but I’m excited to move into the next phase. Next post will be of the new floor.



Tick tock, status update

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Only one piece of inner skin left to install, the long ceiling piece.  I’m waiting for my antenna to come before I put it up.  I had the floor measured for Marmoleum sheeting.  I’m going with Shitake and hoping it doesn’t take too long to get into the store (Endwell Rugs).

The bumper frame now has a hole drilled in it and a fresh water connection run into the trailer.  Thanks to Marc for sharing his more powerful drill to get through the steel (I will return it soon).



I dry fit the bathroom fixtures to help fine-tune the Pex layout.  Since I can’t find a new/used shower seat, I’m going to try “Plasti-mend” on the cracks — thanks to my buddy Nick for pointing this product out to me.  First I need to sand off the fiberglass, filler, and paint from the failed repair.

In addition to getting the bathroom roughed out, I’d like to have some “room” walls and get the roadside twin bed in before I head out to Alumapalooza.  The other areas (office, kitchen, dinette) will get attn later in the summer.


You can check out my Pinterest boards related to technology for Rosie and other wish list items.

She’s not a work of art like so many are, nor a classic vintage restoration. I think of her as a recycle project and the best therapy I could buy.

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