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Old 07-14-2015, 07:31 PM   #183
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The Floor - Ok...its time to get to work on the floor. We had some leftover laminate flooring from the remodel of our basement, and this seemed like a great place to use it.

We started at the back of the trailer and worked our way forward....that way, if we had to use a "short piece" we could use it under the cabinet at the front and it wouldn't be visible.

Now when we extended the bed, we also extended the floor and decided to use it for storage as well as a chase to run wires from one side of the trailer to the other. Originally, we thought we were going to use a piano hinge...but that didn't work out as well as we hoped...the hinge stuck up too far and the screws just happened to go in where the foam that is attached to the back of the flooring is...so they weren't gripping anything. So, we opted to just go ahead and leave the lid loose. The whole "KISS" principle applies here...

The Battery - Now that everything was all wired up, it was time to install the battery. We picked up the battery and the box at the local auto parts store... We secured the battery box to the trailer using 1/4" bolts and then drilled four small drain holes in the bottom of the box.

We then took the wires for the trailer lights and the brake wire, put them in a harness to protect them from the elements and then attached that to the inside of the trailer tongue using cable clamps.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:38 PM   #184
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Let There Be Light....

Of course, once we had power, it was time to test out the lights! In the first pic, you can see how much light comes from the three puck lights over the stove and sink. The next photo shows the three puck lights over the front counter. The third pic shows them both...That's a lot of light!

Turning the camera rearward, you can see the puck lights we installed over the dinette...one on each side and one in the middle back. In one of the pics you can see one of the directional lights that are positioned in the corners of the dinette. They are not glaringly bright...but put out enough light to read by.

The next two are of the porch light...off and on...that little guy is bright!

The next two shots are of the "night light" that we installed to throw some light on the floor inside the door...the first one is with the garage lights on, the second one is with the garage lights off. That little fella throws a lot of light, too! In these shots you can see the completed floor with the threshold installed.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:39 PM   #185
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And that's where we called it for today. We still have a small punch list of things to take care of...like grouting the backsplash and installing some trim around the top and bottom of it...

We also have to get the 110v system up and running... We got the power cord and the 30 amp plug that will go with our port...but we'll have to do a little work to get them all wired up... Once that's done, we should be able to test out the AC, microwave and the fridge!

We also have to fill the water tank and give the water system a test for leaks. There shouldn't be any, but you never know....

One more good weekend and we'll be ready to rock and roll...and just in time, too!
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:41 PM   #186
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I cannot wait to see the final product! It is really becoming a cosy camper!

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Thanks, Cindy! We're really trying to make it nice. It's not "perfect," but it will serve it's purpose! And it's about the journey not the destination, right? If that's the case, this has been a very rewarding journey!
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:54 PM   #187
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Wow just wow. It is amazing to see how far you come with your Scamp: The Haunted Mansion! Some day my new-to-me Scamp wants to get its own makeover. You're giving me lots of ideas. Thanks for all the pictures. I love them.
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:18 PM   #188
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Alice [althygrae] - Thanks. It is amazing to see the total transformation of the thing.... And I'm glad I've given you ideas..I got them all from all the amazing folks here on the forum!

Glad you liked the pics. I'll have a few more this weekend when I get to finishing it off... Stay tuned!
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:37 PM   #189
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I have loved watching this progression of work on your camper, wow. The design is spectacular! Tasteful and has come together well. Thank you so much for sharing!
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:30 AM   #190
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Thanks, Diane!
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:37 AM   #191
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We are definitely beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel...which is a good thing, since the Mansion's maiden voyage with us is just a few days away! Add to that the fact that the principal of Pickens Tech (where we had the welding on the frame done and the shell painted) wants to see it - as do my coworkers - before we go, to I've to take it on tour on Monday!

The work on the cabinets is finally nearing an end -- we had to sand the drawer front down -- it felt a little rough.... And we cut and painted the last cabinet door -- the one on the side of the front pantry/closet space.

We then turned out attention to the backsplash. It was time to do the grouting. We used a flexible grout that came in a tube and was applied with a caulking gun. We applied it directly to the tile and worked it into the cracks using a plastic putty knife and a grout float. Clean up was fairly easy...a wet sponge and paper towel cleaned up the excess grout nicely. We had to wipe down the tile several times to get it clean, but it looks great now.

While the grout dried, we tackled the wiring mess inside all the cupboards.... Instead of having individual wires dangling about, we wrapped them in a black plastic loom and secured the bundle with wire clamps.

Once we got all the wires bundled up, we went after the trash bag holder inside the kitchen cabinet door.... This was a great find at the Container Store. However, it's really designed for a little big larger door...and the lower rail of the top portion of the holder needed to be bent inward so the rack would clear the cupboard door frame. It just BARELY fits...we may have to bend it a bit more...but for now, this will do. The bends don't affect the function of the frame, but it will prevent us from using the lid that came with it. The holder will also double as a stop for the wire basket shelves under the counter.

Once the paint on the drawer face was dry, we attached it to the drawer and attached the handle. To keep the drawer from sliding out during transit, we added a baby latch to the center of the drawer.
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:43 AM   #192
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We also installed the side door on the front pantry/closet. This door will make it easy to access larger pots/crock pots, and/or coffee pot. Although the photo doesn't show it, the door does have a handle just like all the rest!

Our next project was to get the propane bottle connected so we could test the system and make sure there weren't any leaks. We had purchased the tank tie downs from Scamp months ago.... The trick was the regulator...it was already attached to a metal plate and it clearly states on the regulator itself that it had to be mounted vertically since the vent on it needed to be pointed downward (the vent is located between the black knob in the center of the regulator and the brass fitting at the right. The solution we came up with was to go ahead and mount it to the bracket itself. Why? Frankly, we didn't want to drill any more holes into the shell of the trailer, and there really wasn't any other place do mount it vertically.

But while that solved that problem, we still had another...we didn't have the hose that would connect the bulkhead fitting with the regulator... So we paid a visit to the local Camping World and picked up a hose, but we also needed to stop by Home Depot to get a few brass fittings to get all the various pieces to play nice and work together. Within minutes of getting home, the regulator was installed and the bottle was secured in position.

We also installed a cutoff switch for the battery (you can see it on the side of the battery box in the photo below)...and we wrapped the wires that connect to the battery in a plastic loom. Using the plastic loom made a big difference in how clean things looked on the tongue.

Next up was the trim on the floor. We opted to go with a pre-finished quarter round...it saved a LOT of time and it looks great on the floor. For the edge of the step/storage box, we used a silver-colored stair nosing strip - it goes well with the threshold and the other metal accents we have.
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:50 AM   #193
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We also installed the trim around the counter edge both top and bottom -- and since we wanted to make sure it was secure, we used the same screw idea we had from the edge piece on the counter....it turned out looking great, it's secure, AND it matches what we did on the counter edge molding! I didn't get any pics tonight, but I will update this post tomorrow when I can get some....

Finally we're starting to get to the finishing touches. It was time to install the curtains. Using bits and pieces from curtain rod brackets which we got from IKEA, we were able to use the cafe rods we already had.... So Myka brought out her creations and I installed them!

Once installed, Myka showed how the tiebacks she made work. They are made from excess cushion fabric and sewn onto the curtains...They stay in place thanks to a couple small pieces of velcro.

Well, of course, once we had curtains, we HAD to see what the cushions looked like, right? You betcha we did! And here it is...in almost all it's glory! Myka even brought out the Rest In Peace accent pillows we got the last time we were at Disney.... Of course, Myka had to give it a "test"...Nice and comfy!!!

So before we buttoned it up for the night, I took a couple of photos of the front of the trailer....I really love how all the colors go so well together inside!
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:54 AM   #194
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We're now about 48 hours from our maiden voyage with the Mansion... It's hard to imagine that after so long we're almost done with the renovation/restoration!

We finally got our package from Rockler woodworking, so the first task today was to tackle the table. We located the center of the dinette floor and secured the base cone.

Next was the top itself. We decided that the table was actually too big and opted to cut off about 8" - what that means for us is that we'd need to keep the piece we cut off to fill the gap under the cushions when we turn the dinette into the bed. No problem. We got the table top we'd laminated weeks ago up on the saw, and sliced off a good 8". We then taped the corners and using the second cone which attaches to the bottom side of the table, we traced a round corner. Then, using a jigsaw, we cut the corners.

Then, using the new router bit, we cut a 1/16" slot all the way around the table and then inserted the vinyl T-molding. A good whack or two with the rubber mallet and the trim molding went in.

We used a utility blade and carefully trimmed off the excess (the table is not quite 3/4" thick...imagine that)....
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:58 AM   #195
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We then flipped the table over and found the center. We then shifted the cone rearward (so that we could have a few more options to get in and out of the dinette by swiveling the table) and secured it.

We then worked over the extra 8" piece by rounding the corners, routing the 1/16" groove, and then secured the molding, trimming it to be smooth, too. It really made a difference -- it looks so professional!

Naturally, we had to see it installed.... You can see the 8" piece at the front of the dinette. In all reality, that piece will probably be at the back of the dinette when it's made into a bed...not that it matters....

We then moved on to a series of minor tasks. First, we got the microwave shelf in and installed the microwave. It's secured to the shelf with a ratcheting tie-down strap that holds it tightly to the shelf. It ain't going anywhere.

Then it was on to connect the 7-pin connector to the front of the trailer. Once we had it all wired, we connected it to the Pilot and tested the lights. Here's a couple of shots of the tail and marker lights during the test.
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:03 AM   #196
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Now there's not much I was dreading on the trailer as much as the rock shield - for a couple of reasons -- 1) I really dislike drilling holes into the shell I worked so hard to seal up! and 2) It makes me nervous when you only have ONE shot at something - I mean, once the holes were drilled, the holes were drilled and there aint no going back!

But we forged ahead and marked the location of the top hooks for the rock shield using masking tape. Once we had the locations marked, I carefully took the drill and set off down the path of drilling holes in the Mansion's shell.

Using the rivets Scamp sent with the hardware, we put butyl tape behind the bracket and installed the top hooks.

We then got the rock shield...the one we adorned with our graphics...and repeated the process with the tape (marking the holes for the brackets which attach to the hooks above the window) and we drilled them too. Again, we used the Scamp-supplied rivets to attach them.

Once those were on, we tried a test fit on the front of the trailer.
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