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Old 04-30-2015, 07:45 AM   #99
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This is going to be a beauty - I would love to see it with my own eyes. Before our next trip to Denver I'll send you a PM, if you don't mind.
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:20 PM   #100
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Paul - Sure. Right now it may look great, but the inside is still a bit of a mess. Hopefully not for long though!
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:25 PM   #101
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Now that the paint is going on, we’ve had people ask us what the inside is going to look like. Well, if we were completely true to the Haunted Mansion, we’d have wall to wall creeps and hot and cold running chills!

But seriously, with as spiffy of an outside as we’ll have, we’ll need to make sure the inside is just as cool. So with that in mind, here’s a general gist of what we intend to do:

First, the walls will be covered with Reflectix. That seems to be the prevailing hands-down choice for “insulation” (or as much as one can put in a fiberglass trailer!). Then, on top of that, we’ll place headliner fabric — we opted for this instead of the rat fur since we didn’t like it’s texture — too itchy/scratchy. The headliner material is much softer… The fabric is a desert tan as shown in the picture below.

Now we’re not going to get too crazy with the colors — too much black and purple on the inside and the trailer would have a very cramped feel to it. That’s why we’re opting to paint the cabinets an almond color (even over using with a natural wood) so that there would be some lightness to the interior. And that’s fine. It’s within the realm of possibility given the palette of the Mansion.

The floor will be an oak laminate — leftovers from our basement remodel — we’ve got plenty, so why not? It looks great, it’s easy to clean, and if we have to replace it, well, it didn’t cost us anything….

So, that all said, the interior is pretty plain. Very neutral. That opened up a lot of options for accessorizing!

The first “accessorizing” will be the cushions. As I think we’ve posted before, the cushions will be covered in this material – a nice black and purple color. Myka went for it like a bee to pollen when she saw it on the rack at the cloth store. There were no doubts in her mind when she pulled the bolt off the rack!

As for the curtains, we’re still not sure yet. We’ve talked about blinds and curtains – maybe a mix of both, but we haven’t come to any conclusions. We will have some sort of window covering, that’s for sure. We’ve kicked around the possibility of going with something that’s the green from the palette…but again, nothing has been decided.

Now, as to the rest….

Now every camper needs a few basic necessities, right? Like pillows and blankets? Well, why not get official Haunted Mansion ones? So we did. They boast the Haunted Mansion wallpaper print and remind us that when we are in the Mansion, we are to rest in peace.

We picked those up at a store called Memento Mori, a shop in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom dedicated to all things Haunted Mansion-esque. Of course, we couldn’t pass up going into THAT store, now could we?

Well, after a shopping spree, we came away with these wonderful accessories to help flesh out the Mansion’s interior (as well as a couple of t-shirts, a neck tie and other assorted non-trailer-related goodies!).

1. These are double-sided place mats. One side is the Haunted Mansion wallpaper, the other is of the Happy Haunts, including the Hitchhiking Ghosts.
2. An official deck of Haunted Mansion playing cards — for a rainy day when we’re forced to rest in peace!
3. A “Welcome Foolish Mortal” metal sign. We’re not sure what to do with this exactly (maybe as a welcome sign while we’re parked?)…but it was simply too good to pass up!
4. A set of four stoneware coasters, each bearing the verbiage from one of the silly tombstones outside the Haunted Mansion.
5. A Ghost Host apron designed in the same style and color as the Haunted Mansion cast member uniforms. Gotta be neat and tidy in the Mansion, right?
6. A set of Haunted Mansion dish towels – one of which is the wallpaper again, the other features the famed Madame Leota — the floating fortune teller.
7. A blank Haunted Mansion journal for us to document all of our travels and the wonderful people we’ll get to meet!

Oh…there IS one more thing. When we recently visited Disney World, we took a tour of the Fort Wilderness Campground (which looks VERY nice by the way!), and we had a brief pitstop at one of their “outposts” (camp stores). While in there, Myka fell in love with this strand of lights…so when the opportunity comes for us to actually have an awning, we will be able to put up a string of lights that look like our little Mansion. Maybe when we head down there this summer?
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:11 AM   #102
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Really enjoying your pix and your work. Looking very good and can't wait to see more pix. I can only imagine the hard work you've put into it. We just started a few weeks back on ours and sometimes it hits the pit of my stomach when we find more that needs doing to it. I'm past ready to go camping in it. :-)
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:31 AM   #103
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Really enjoying your pix and your work. Looking very good and can't wait to see more pix. I can only imagine the hard work you've put into it. We just started a few weeks back on ours and sometimes it hits the pit of my stomach when we find more that needs doing to it. I'm past ready to go camping in it. :-)
Oh I am there with you! The brief visit we made to Ft. Wilderness really gave us a bad case of camping fever!
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:05 PM   #104
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While we wait for the paint to be finished on the trailer, we have a few minor projects we can work on. The main one is the rock shield. The Mansion didn't come with one when we bought it, so we thought about ordering one or making one from scratch.

After kicking the idea back and forth and getting some input from the folks on the forum, we decided to bite the bullet and just order one directly from Scamp. We ordered ours without the official Scamp graphic, which took some off the price. We also didn't order the hardware -- we had already ordered that way back when we were thinking of making one from scratch, so that also saved some money.

We removed the edge trim around the shield so it could be painted the dark purple that we used on the bottom half of the trailer. That way it could contrast the gold color that would be on the top.

Since we are theming the trailer, we decided on an appropriate graphic to go on the newly-painted rock shield. The plan was to have the graphic cut from white vinyl. We developed the graphic on the computer then took it to the Technology Student Association chapter at Cherokee Trail High School -- they have a laser vinyl cutter that can do some AMAZING things! One of their advisors, Mr. Paul Clinton, worked a little magic and viola! Within a couple of days, we had a great graphic to apply to the shield.

Granted, in the first photo (taken from the end short end of the graphic) you really can't see the cuts made by the laser, but they are there! Overall, the rock shield is 20" x 44" and the graphic will fill a good chunk of it.

Since the graphic is fairly large, we had to cut it apart so we could more easily apply the various pieces.

Paul told us to remove the waste vinyl from the graphic first, to make it easier to apply. So we started by cutting the large pieces of the graphic apart and then trimmed close to each of the images. Now things are starting to look like something... To paraphrase the Ghost Host of the Haunted Mansion, "The happy haunts have received our sympathetic vibrations and are beginning to materialize...."

If you guessed that the graphic has something to do with the famous Hitchhiking Ghosts -- you're absolutely right! And that's where the title of this post comes from.

For those of you who don't know...the Hitchhiking Ghosts are the trio of ghosts located near the end of the Haunted Mansion ride where the ridecars (aka Doombuggies) pass by some special mirrors that reveal that riders have gained one of three additional passengers...

Well, we have a Doombuggy... (our Honda Pilot) and no one can visit the Mansion without being visited by the ghostly trio...so we couldn't pass up an opportunity to put them somewhere in our Mansion! And, as we discovered, they have names...the first one is Phineas, the Traveler. We started with him...

Working with the vinyl was tricky and kind of a pain. It stretches pretty easily and the adhesive will grab onto anything, including itself...but using an X-acto blade and a whole lot of patience, we finally got Phineas on the rock shield.

Next up was Ezra, the Skeleton. He was a little easier to apply since he didn't have as many small pieces as Phineas did.

And that took up the bulk of an evening. In the photos, you can see Myka checking out the work on the rock shield so far. Looks like she's pleased!

So Saturday rolled around and we decided to tackle the third ghost, Gus, the Prisoner. He looked like quite the challenge, but the hardest part was keeping the waste vinyl from sticking to Gus! All said, he went on fairly easily.

Oh, but we aren't done....
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:10 PM   #105
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The rock shield was really looking great, but that's not the entire graphic! There is still one more piece! A little "branding," as it were. We created a straight light across the top of the shield above the ghosts and then, slowly, one at a time....letters started to appear....

Once the graphic was done, we reinstalled the trim piece that came with the rock shield from Scamp.

All said, we are VERY happy with the new rock shield and welcome Phineas, Ezra and Gus to the Haunted Mansion. Rumor has it that the Mansion has 999 Happy Haunts, but there is room for a thousand....any volunteers?
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Old 05-16-2015, 11:34 PM   #106
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Oh I am there with you! The brief visit we made to Ft. Wilderness really gave us a bad case of camping fever!


LOL I can't wait to take ours out. I just wish hubby would hurry up and start working on the hubs and getting the tires etc. so it can just roll! LOL sooooo much left to do and everything else taking our money at the moment.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:24 AM   #107
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Yesterday, I got to spend the day with the guys from Pickens Technical College painting the top half of the Mansion....now that school is over for the the year, the instructors, Anthony Larson and Chris Underwood took over and painted the top half. The cool part about it was they invited me to come be part of the experience!

When last we left, a student had painted a sealer on the top half of the trailer – but he was a little heavy handed with the spray gun and ended up having several runs. Ooops. Well, that’s to be expected; after all, he’s still learning. So before the end of the semester, Anthony had the students sand down the top half again to get rid of the runs and prep the top for another coat of sealer.

When I arrived, the guys had moved the trailer into a smaller paint booth – and had given the trailer a final initial sanding, wiped it down with a tack cloth, and were remasking it.

I asked if there was anything I could do…and evidently that was the magic phrase because the next thing I knew I was helping to mask the windows! Before we got the last window (the forward one on the driver’s side) I snapped a couple of pics on the inside to show the masking and how it’s applied. They covered every hole in the trailer — even the holes for the drip guard and the hinges. Apparently, in the painting process, the dust inside the trailer could be sucked out through them and end up in the paint. We wouldn’t want that now, would we?

Once the trailer was masked, Chris went over the surface ever-so-lightly with a tack cloth to remove any dust that remained.

Meanwhile, Anthony was in the prep room getting the first of the three spray guns ready. I learned that they use three different guns because each has different characteristics — some are better for applying sealer, some are better for paint, and some are better for clear coating.

Once the gun was ready, it was time to prepare the sealer. It was truly a lesson in chemistry. The paint is a complex mixture. In the photos below, you can see Anthony adding the various components to the mixing bucket which is sitting on a scale connected to a computer. The computer monitors the amount of component added to the mixture and let’s you know when you have just the right amount.

I learned that the sealer that was applied to the bottom was not called a “marking” coat, but a “guide coat” – a paint of a contrasting color to the primer that makes it easier to see where the paint has been applied. The guys explained that under a dark color, such as the aubergine, you want a dark color under the paint; for lighter colors, you’d want a ligher color. Since the top half of the trailer is gold, they used gray.

Anthony explained that the primer coat actually acts as a filler — filling in the small scratches left behind by the fine grit sandpaper used in the final sanding of the surface. The sealer then makes a uniform surface upon which to apply paint.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:28 AM   #108
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Once the sealer was mixed, we took it into the paint booth for application. Due to the Mansion’s size, Chris was the only one tall enough with enough arm length to reach the center of the top of the trailer. So the deal was that Chris would do the top and Anthony would do the rest. In the photos below, you can see how even Chris had to stretch to reach the middle of the roof.

If you look really closely at the picture of the roof, you can barely see the patch the previous owners put in at the very left side of the pic. I think we did a really good job cleaning it up and sanding it smooth…very pleased with the way this turned out.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:35 AM   #109
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Now while the sealer dried, the basecoat color was prepped. In the photos below, you can see the gold that Chris had already prepared. In the mixing bucket it doesn’t look like the nice pretty gold Myka picked out — it’s all muddy and doesn’t look like it’s mixed well, but the guys assured me that’s the way it’s supposed to look. They explained that this paint is waterborne which is a much more environmentally friendly product than the old solvent-based paints and sealers, and, as I soon found out, has a unique drying method!

Back in the booth, the tack cloths were out again for another wipedown to remove any overspray dust. Chris explained that the right way to use the tack cloth was not by just taking and wiping it flat against the surface, like a paper towel on a kitchen counter, but rather by bunching it up. He explained that what that does is provide more surface area to pick up the dust. Good to know! He also said that you put very little pressure on the cloth – the tack cloth has a wax base and if they pushed too hard, they’d leave a wax residue behind which would prevent the paint from properly adhering to the trailer.

Now came the big moment — the application of the color. Once in the booth, Anthony prepped the second paint gun – which is a pretty amazing tool. They even let me hold it for a pic!
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Old 05-23-2015, 10:19 AM   #111
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I will post more pics later on. Off to Comic Con today!
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That is going to be so nice! Looking good already!
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