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Old 06-05-2016, 01:02 PM   #15
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June 5, galley has been done for a couple of days. We gave up on the wrought iron uprights and went with scalloped 5/8" marine ply scraps. The only thing left is to hang the lower doors and install a curtain in the upper base.

Trailer is wired, with extra wire laid behind things for later renovations should we or others decide to add things.

Now we're working on the Putin. (The "bathroom" without a bath, the "toilet" without a toilet, just a porta-potty, the "loo" outside of England, the "closet" that will definitely be used as a potty area...)

Man, was it tight in there for either of us! So we're opening it up some. Always planned on a curtain instead of the door, so that'll help.

Our Putin walls were countersunk into the flooring 1/4"! We couldn't figure out why the old panels were now all too tall! I thought the ceiling had sagged, but he swore that wasn't it. And even using his two panels and a pole method he couldn't get it to budge upward--not without breaking something, so he checked closer and we thought and thought. Finally realized the floor had been scribed and the panels had been set into a groove. So we shortened our templates by 1/4" and voila. That's all it took.

We're rebuilding the Putin walls the same way we did the closet. 1/2" ply, faired, sanded, primed, and "basket-woven" --a hand-painted effect to help hide irregularities and dings for the one main upright between Putin and the settee area, the 1/4" Home Depot ply for the other side and back,, and a white 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" frame at the front.

I call it, "Rebuilding, one toothpick at a time."

Was looking at my calendar today for the summer and fall NOG "near" us--the NOG (North Oregon Gathering) is exactly ONE YEAR from the day we went and bought this eternal project.

These things were designed and assembled like incredibly clever jigsaw puzzles. Each piece has an exact place, and we CAN change them around, but we need to be careful about where the next piece will fit!

It is exciting.

We'd have been lost at many points without your advice and encouragement. You, and many others here on FGRV.

Thanks to everyone who has helped!

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Old 06-05-2016, 01:12 PM   #16
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More progress: galley area is nearly finished. Sealing the countertop now, and tomorrow we'll work on and, I hope, install wooden supports for the sides and upper cabinet. Originally it looked like only 1/4" paneling was used as a support. We're using scraps of the 5/8" marine ply for now. Will use angle iron at the top to capture the full bottom corner of the upper cabinets.

The 11.97 a sheet pre-sanded plywood is working great. We reverse-stained it (that is, we went over it with white stain) and wiped it back, then sealed it with Ace clear sealer, one coat...it gently curves along the wall shape and is very neutral and attractive.

We got the original doors for the galley cleaned up and repainted; we have new silver hardware. Paul got the galley all wired, both 12V and 110. Been looking at both the 12V and 110 little fridges...maybe one of these days.

We cleaned up the original light fixtures...one of them is fairly sad so we've set it aside. We'll install only five for now. They look a lot better without all the glopped paint form the PO and the dark plastic wood-look tape around the outer edges. All white now, and quite nice.

We used aluminum pegboard for venting; the cabinet is 20" deep, 40" wide.
We used 1/2" ply on the left and right sides, and screwed into the floor, it feels quite solid. We'll put a handle on the door-side end for my own personal stability going in and out...and I'll use it as a towel bar as well.

Hope you're' doing well! Every day I think we both get slower at this...I think we areREALLY going to need a nice trailer vacation when we finish redoing it!
I would recommend using aluminum angle instead of angle iron. It will be more than adequate in strength but it will save on weight and it won't rust. It is also much easier to drill holes into it. You can buy aluminum angle at most hardware stores including Home Depot and Lowes. the 6061 T-6 is of structural strength.

If you get out towards Ballard and Shilshole give me a shout out and we can have coffee.
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Old 06-06-2016, 09:36 AM   #17
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Hi, Karin,

Yes, we're using angle aluminum...I didn't realize I was using the term "angle iron" the way I'd use the term "kleenex" -- as a generic term for right-angle metal bracing, rather than specifically meaning "iron" or "Kleenex brand tissues."

Good point for anyone out there; aluminum is plenty strong, and doesn't rust. Paul always gives it a kind of "buff" before installing, so it's nice and clean looking. (Some of it is recycled/repurposed.)

You have a couple of great little campers!

And please, let us know if you're coming up to Renton Highlands!

Kathleen (Kai in Seattle=Kathleen near Renton)
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We're having trouble finding a 2nd pair of brake lights so we may just move our current ones UP to make them more visible. Ideas?

If we do that, how high should we move them, do you think? Above or just below the belly band? We want to be visible!
Is there room to move them up? If so that would be a good solution since you don't have to go out and buy more stuff. Always nice not to have to spend extra money since there will be other uses for it.
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I think they could have been moved up, but Paul opted for a single extra brake light in the center below the window. It's like the 3rd brake lights in other vehicles. It works with the brakes, but may flash when the right turn signal is flashing. We debated if that was issue enough to do more than the search we did for the parts that would fix it, and decided a flashing light is more noticeable than a steady one, and decided to leave it.

This would be more maddening that it has been if we were "restoring" it instead of "making it our own" and altering things to use what we have and what we can readily find (and afford).

I agree, it's nicer to reuse what you already have! We finally used the old interior lights, cleaning them up, repairing them, and today ordering some LED bulbs to replace the quite hot and power draining 12V.

Paul managed to get the ceiling fan working on all controls, and it helps. If it's this hot when camping, though, all my beautiful wickedness will simply melt.
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