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Old 09-23-2008, 08:41 PM   #15
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Donna, I think she painted her's, so she doesn't have the leather look. But I think it would be really easy to repair. Easier to repair and wipe down than clean carpet or rat fur.
oooh. But still an all over coating would keep the edges from curling. Wouldn't it? I've followed several re-carpet. re-ensolite, re-ratfur installations on this forum. It's the last thing I'd tackle. I'd be afraid of getting it half-done and losing effort/interest. Or it wouldn't turn out the way I envisioned and I'd be disappointed for all the effort. But THAT'S JUST ME. Of course, I've also camped in a stinkly greasy old Army tent... the kind with a pole in the middle and had a GREAT time. So maybe I'm just willing to put up with less than looking new stuff. As long as it's clean and safe to tug... go camping!
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:43 PM   #16
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Donna your probabaly right about tackleing the project. I know I wanted to sooooooo Bad on the first Casita. Just cause of the ugly pugly factor. But yes, if she likes the treatment she did, (only cause I have done the same treatment and fixed others attempt at it) I would probabaly go for a repair versus a whole new project. Lazy Daisy come out in me! plus I love this technique. It's is so easy and has a great finished look to it. I love the idea she did with the luggage tags, to me it gives it character. I like fun and funky stuff. Robin
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:39 AM   #17
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Stacy,
In a Casita, the carpet has a 7/16" layer of flexible fairly dense foam insulation behind it. Without some form of insulation besides the carpet, I suspect condensation problems would raise their ugly head. Even if you used some type of headliner material, insulation would still be a wise move.

In our Casita we discovered another wonderful benefit to insulation! Outside noises are no longer intrusive. The other obvious benefit is the trailer heats and cools easily.

The "candy store" choices just become more and more complicated don't they?

If you have the luxury, talking to an experienced upholsterer would probably help get you started. I have seen some unbelievable upholstery in Hot Rods which might inspire your talents and generate some fresh ideas. Of course, you might also just risk further confusion.

Please keep us part of the process,
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:21 AM   #18
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For those that are curious, this is what it looks like finished (sorry, I just took a pic quickly this morning and lighting was not the best). We put up the bubble insulation, put the brown paper bag (crinkled to hide the bubble look of the insulation), then painted it, and I did a sponge glaze on it to further hide the bubble stuff under it. This is what it looks like finished:



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Old 09-24-2008, 11:18 PM   #19
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Thanks Stacy, I haven't seen it painted before. As I said I have only done it to get the leather or suede look. Fun! Would love to see more pic's of it when you get the time. So have you decided what to do? Keep us informed, and post pic's if you tackle the project. Robin
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:54 PM   #20
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I'm refurbishing my 1983 13' Casita Patriot and would like to better insulate and recover the interior. The brown paper bag method looks interesting but I want to look at other options. Carpet and vinyl seems difficult... What other interior covering options are out there?
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Old 01-02-2009, 02:25 PM   #21
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For those with carpet interior, is it JUST carpet, no insulation under it? Would any kind of carpet do, or is shag the best option for insulative properties? It seems like carpet would be the easiest to hide the seams on, but I'm not sure I'm thrilled with the idea of shag. How hard is the carpet to keep clean?
We are currently installing carpet. Luckily we do not have to do the ceiling but the walls do go high enough that we are dealing with the curved/rounded corners. Shag over bad walls is a great solution plus it is the hottest new floor covering used right now. Now that awful shag in the 60/70s. We got a low/pile shag and are using contact cement. Putting it on both surfaces after we have cut and fit the carpet to the area we are working on. We used on long piece from the kitchen area, under the window to the door and it looks great. The curved areas in the corner top have to be done in smaller pieces. There is a nap to the carpet so make sure your pieces go in the same direction or it shows. Also when you are butting the seams pull back all the little shags on both edges so they dont get caught in the glue. So far so good but we are not done yet. Just some ideas to add to other suggestions and I don't know if we would tackle the ceiling or not. Good luck
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Old 01-02-2009, 04:19 PM   #22
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What other interior covering options are out there?
Scamp's "rat fur." It's actually a marine-grade headliner material. Kinda stretchy too.
Comes in blue/gray and tan. Blue-gray on the first page, the tan is on the second page of the Scamp parts page: Scamp Trailers Carpet & Fabrics One point in favor of using something that's already being used successfully... is these are mold/mildew resistant, if that's a concern for you.
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:56 PM   #23
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There's also ensolite. It's what was originally on Bolers, Trilliums, and earlier Scamps. It's usually a black, closed cell foam, and is paintable (think about the texture of those blue camping pads). In the original trailers it had a white, vinyl covering bonded to the interior side, but I have not been able to find a source for that. I did have a company send me samples of three different "squishiness" levels of ensolite that is a bit thicker than what came on the Bolers, etc. I think the original was 3/16" - I had them send me.... I think it was 3/8". Figured might as well give up a wee bit of space for better insulation (I had at one point looked at a trailer that had bad walls.)

I've seen a linked web page wherein a couple renovated a Boler and did install new black ensolite and then paint it.

I like the ensolite for the brightness and wipe-down-ability.

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Old 01-23-2009, 08:42 AM   #24
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Raya, funny you mention Ensolite. We found those blue camping pads on sale and tried to stick them in our trailer. Very difficult.

I was considering doing almost exactly what Stacy has done with her walls, but now that she says it's peeling I'm thinking it might not be the best solution...

We have a complicated wall situation. We put in "silver bubble wrap" insulation and foam board on top of that. I would love any suggestions!

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http://thistinyhouse.com/2009/a-preview-in...-my-tiny-house/

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Old 01-23-2009, 08:57 AM   #25
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Hi Hillary!

I don't have time to search for it right at the moment, but the renovation I mentioned earlier would probably be a good resource (checking out the photo and then perhaps contacting the people). A couple stripped a Boler to the bare fiberglass and renovated it, along the way purchasing new Ensolite (from the same company that sent me samples, I believe) and installing it. There were a lot of photos. And if they could get it to stick to the curvy walls of a Boler, well...

For clues, I think the woman's name was Jenny, and the Boler started out that olive green and white and eneded up with a red, Durabak paint job on the outside, with a red light on top (she and her husband are firefighters). It was in Washington State. Heck, maybe Donna will have a link here by the time you next check in

There was another Boler that ended up with the same red Durabak on the outside that was in Minnesota - that fellow had auto people install "trunk carpet" on his walls, IIRC.

I've been enjoying your blog.

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Old 01-29-2009, 09:10 AM   #26
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Thanks Raya! Glad you like the blog.

Is this the thread you were referring to?
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...howtopic=30915

That's quite a project! I'm very impressed!

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Old 01-29-2009, 09:42 AM   #27
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http://www.lizardskin.com/pages/videos.php

Hope this works....It`s my first attempt at posting a link
Looks like a great idea
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:17 PM   #28
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For clues, I think the woman's name was Jenny, and the Boler started out that olive green and white and eneded up with a red, Durabak paint job on the outside, with a red light on top (she and her husband are firefighters). It was in Washington State. Heck, maybe Donna will have a link here by the time you next check in
You mean this one: crazy question..., about roll on truck bed liner...
then there's this one: Total Boler Restoration
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