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Trailer Name "Purrfect" - Fiber Stream
Year 1979
Make Fiber Stream
Model 16
Length 16'
Packages A/C, 3way fridge, Black and Grey H2O tanks, Bathroom with toilet and shower, 2 way H20 heater
History We bought the trailer 3/09 as a "use it now, fix it up later" RV. The fix up was required sooner rather than later due to a leaking water heater.

The egg is about 13' of living space. A FTOC (floor to ceiling) closet is next to a bathroom with toilet and shower. You can keep the toilet dry while using the shower. The head-room is over 6'2". The galley is mid-trailer and the two bunks in the forward end can either be used separately or configured as a King or Double bed. Overhead cabinets and under-bunk bins give plenty of storage in addition to the kitchen cupboards.

The interior is now brand new and we have gone on several trips, the longest was 5000 miles. Have spent 5 weeks in it on one trip and still like it.
Interior
Rewired Trailer and installed Microwave over refrigerator.

Previous owner replaced entry cabinet. Very functional. Older Ikea?

Added two 12v outlets.

Installed auto fan in refrigerator vent.

Replaced hinged upper cabinet doors with sliding doors.

Exterior
Previous owner lengthened frame to add a Scooter Carrier. We use it to carry bicycles, our chock/jack/hose box and other cargo.

Flipped axle for better clearance.

Strengthened frame by sistering 1x2 box tubing to frame, welded and bolted.

Changed back bumper to store sewer hoses, antennas, fishing rods, etc. Added spare tire holder.

Customization
Made extra mattress and cushions so that we could have a full time Double Bed and a Dinette. It is great not to have to take down and make up the bed every day

Insulated with 1/4" foam on walls and 1/2" foam on ceiling. All cabinets and cupboards are insulated with reflectix (foil bubble insulation) and, where visible, skinned with paneling.

Added a silverware drawer and cutting board.

Made and installed LED kitchen light fixtures

Renovations
Replaced water heater.

Rebuilt all cabinets - overhead and refrigerator. Upper cabinet doors replaced with sliders - Had to make the three door track.

Rebuilt kitchen cabinet front and added new counter top with back splash.

Rebuilt both bunk frames. Added sliding doors to starboard bunk for access.

Rebuilt arched bulkhead and made new folding table.

Found, reconditioned and installed original Travel-R-Duette range/heater.

Replaced 50% of sub floor, reinforced with fiberglass. replaced all hold down bolts. Leveled sub-floor with stringers and installed new laminate flooring.

Pulled shower pan, repaired pan support and re-glassed sub-floor. Painted and reinstalled shower pan.

Repainted interior ceilings, walls and partitions.

Most screws and bolts replaced with stainless steel.

Replaced old orange tweed cushions with blue denim (Thank you Victor Benz!)

Other Information
I kept the original footprint for the interior. Just replaced most of the old with new materials, using the old as templates. I used white instead of wood grained finish to lighten the interior. We wanted a light, colorful, whimsical yet tasteful look. LOL
The only original materials/structure left in the interior are the closet/bathroom partitions and doors and about 50% of the sub-floor.

This is still recognizable as a second generation Fiber Stream (thank you Frederick Simson!) with some upgrades.

The name (Purrfect) was inspired by our 15 year old cat (Amelia AirCat). She has made all of our long trips and loves her little house.

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