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Old 05-01-2015, 10:09 PM   #113
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Looks great, Ben! I used plywood under my shower pan. I wish I had put some insulation like Prodex or Refletix on top of the plywood to fill any voids. Here are a couple of pix of what went on under my shower pan:
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Old 05-16-2015, 12:19 PM   #114
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Looks great, Ben! I used plywood under my shower pan. I wish I had put some insulation like Prodex or Refletix on top of the plywood to fill any voids. Here are a couple of pix of what went on under my shower pan:
Thanks for the pictures, Becky. I have been cutting and stacking some scrap plywood to give some support. The shower pan is such a strange shape for drainage! Hard to match the contours. Is it important to get it all supported, or just generally?

Also- did you reuse the original PVC fitting for under the shower tub that the metal drain screws into? Is it necessary to put that in before the pan goes down, or can it be done from underneath later? I am going out to play "shims" some more.

Thanks for all your help! Ben
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:43 PM   #115
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Finally got to take the Bambi out again!

A few weeks ago we went, as a family (along with no one else for the first time in a long time...), to Knoebels campground. It was the first trip of the season and I was happy to have gotten the 30 AMP electric inlet installed and most of the interior outlets working before the trip.

We had a blast especially since when we arrived on Saturday evening the campground was packed, but after an early morning rain, the place cleared to a ghost town on Sunday morning! The amusement park lines on Sunday were a treat as well. We stayed until Monday after pillaging a gazillion sites for leftover firewood. We could not believe what people left there. Lynn and I even enjoyed watching that wood burn after the girls were safely down in their bunk beds Sunday night- a much needed relaxation for both of us.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:55 PM   #116
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Still at it...

Projects of late have included 30 AMP inlet installation, installation of a new bumper, making a spare tire rack, working on the 12 volt wiring/brakes/12 volt aux feed from tow vehicle, building new cabinet doors (poplar frames with wainscot inserts and original Bambi hardware), and AC install. Busy, busy. We leave for Chatanooga on 7/5 and I want to have all 12 volt working, all 120 volt working, and the ability to put things in cabinets and leaving them there for the trip instead of camping out of so many boxes. I am on my way to making my goals!!
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Old 04-03-2016, 01:57 PM   #117
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Where did we leave off?

I have made much progress on the old girl, but have paid little attention to documenting the progress. Since I last posted I rebuilt the rock guard, added upper cabinet doors utilizing the original hardware, and we took a nice family vacation to Chatanooga last Summer.

I also spent time last Fall building the cabinets for the center-rear of the trailer. Over the Winter I painted them. One is a facade to hide the AC unit and also holds some thin but long IKEA slide out drawers, and the upper cabinet where the original fold-down mirror used to reside is for pillows and perhaps some light but bulky items. We won' really know until we take it camping how/where everything will live.

Happily looking forward to our first outing of the season near the end of May. I am hoping to have the kitchen cabinet and all of the boomerang counter tops in place by then. Once that is finished, we will lay the laminate flooring and then pay attention to the LP and plumbing systems before final polishing.

It is just nice this Spring to know we can easily take the trailer camping and that we will be comfortable in it as final projects are under way.
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Old 04-04-2016, 08:46 PM   #118
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Wow! You have gotten a lot done! I must have missed your last post too...a/c looks a little familiar....ours really works nicely & is so much quieter than our rooftop a/c on our other trailer. Enjoy planning your vacation! Trailer looks great!
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:36 PM   #119
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Wow! You have gotten a lot done! I must have missed your last post too...a/c looks a little familiar....ours really works nicely & is so much quieter than our rooftop a/c on our other trailer. Enjoy planning your vacation! Trailer looks great!
Thanks, Becky! We are looking forward to our first trip this summer in late May. The girls are super excited! We are looking forward to having more permanent storage and not having to use duffel bags for all of our stuff.

The AC we are using is just one of the stand-alone room units. It worked very well for us last summer. I wanted to build a nice facade for it to hide it a bit and tie everything together. I am ready to cut the MDF for the counter top and get the formica installed at school. I will be ordering some edge trim from VTS soon to finish things off. This will be our first taste of how the finished counter designs will look and we are excited to see it all come together!!
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:55 PM   #120
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We made Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine!

Since our last post our trailer got published in Vintage Camper Trailers magazine...attached are some "glam" photos we took of our work-in-progress (that did not get printed) for the magazine.

Also, a shot of the Bambi with our "new" 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan/tow vehicle on a test run the other night. Things look nice and level.

Finally, a shot of our in-progress countertops, finally with vintage aqua boomerang laminate glued on. This project is being completed by the students in the cabinet shop at school...with nearly no mishaps (excepting the fact that I had the laminate rolled up too long, it has a permanent bow and curve to it, is resistant to relaxing to make the job easier, and a student broke one needed piece in half...but, hey...)

We are heading out for our first camping trip (and long tow) of the season on Saturday...can't wait!!
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Old 05-20-2016, 05:07 PM   #121
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Looking great, love the chearful colors and bunks.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:56 PM   #122
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I saw your article, Ben. It took me a moment to realize that I know a celebrity!! Congratulations on the article....that's pretty cool!! Hope you enjoy your camping this summer
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Old 05-12-2017, 09:11 PM   #123
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Back at it...

I am trying to get a bunch of systems up and running for our upcoming Florida/Disney trip. Included are gray tank installation/gray tank plumbing/LP lines to fridge and stove/interior mods for the girls' bunk beds/stabilizer jacks/and toilet install.

In testing the black tank tonight, it leaks. So toilet install will likely not be in the cards unless I can figure out a way to seal it. It seems to be leaking around one or two screws threaded into the original brass casting in the bottom of the tank. Ugh!

As you can see, Cora has been my little helper!
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