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Old 08-01-2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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New Modern Interior Renovation with Pics

Hi All,

We just completed the majority of the interior renovations to our 1974 Tradewind.

Here are some of the highlights...
Completely updated layout
240v throughout for power (we're in Australia) - including uninterruptible power supply (we get a lot of trees falling over power lines up here in the hills).
12v lighting including LED strip lights recessed behind a panel in the ceiling.
Bamboo floor
Bar fridge
All new upholstery
2-pak high gloss desk
(Replica) Eames soft cushion executive chair.
Dinette that converts into a kids bed
Couch that converts into a double bed (retained and modified from original)

And, pictures because I know how much you guys love pictures...
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:47 PM   #2
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Wow....really LOVE it....super clean and fresh looking! Enjoy
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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Very nice, very nice. I especially like the ceiling panel shown in the fourth of five pictures. What is the "depth" of that panel, both from the ceiling and in terms of headroom. Quite clever for a sunny climate!

Thanks for the views, it is a very attractive trailer as you have configured and decorated it.

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Old 08-01-2012, 06:56 PM   #4
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Thanks.

I forgot to mention, it is permanently sited for use as a design studio and goes accommodation.

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Old 08-01-2012, 07:15 PM   #5
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REDNAX,

I'd have to measure it (I'm away from the house right now) but I'd say it sits down off the roof about 3 or 4 inches - maybe a little more.

That means it really isn't any lower than the original (and in my opinion quite ugly) plastic light fittings / vent grills. The intrusion is virtually unnoticeable - It certainly doesn't feel like the ceiling has been pulled down or anything. I really wanted to get rid of those vent covers and this was the best way I could think of.

The vents are all still operational and as you can see in the pic, lighting is provided by an LED strip that runs in a channel recessed around the upper side of the panel. They are dimmable (actually full RGB color adjustable) via an infrared remote. I have them wired into the main switch by the door.

The panel is stepped off the ceiling on batons that run port - starboard which were fixed through the interior skin into the ribs.

I was slightly worried about the possibility of water leakage onto the panel should somebody leave a vent open in a rainstorm so I have routed electronics on top of the panel away from the vents. I've also applied 5 coats of marine varnish to the top of the MDF panel which should keep it dry until I can clean up if the unfortunate does occur.

I'll take some closer pics of that stupid you like.

Thanks for the comments.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:39 PM   #6
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"I'll take some closer pics of that stupid you like."

Should read...

"I'll take some closer pics of that SETUP IF you like."

Dunno where that came from!

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Old 08-01-2012, 08:22 PM   #7
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Funny, funny. Thanks for the description and of the understanding that went into it. I, too, dislike the overhead lighting in my trailer[s] and keep an eye out for what others have done. I've bookmarked your post, for, even with a longer trailer (32 at present, 35 a possiblity) the hot Texas sun makes the use of vents in summer a non-starter. But the indirect light through a smoked double-paned vent cover is on the list . . and further diffused by that panel could be a touch of elegance.

Your "solution" to two problems in one (and description of work) is, again, very well done. Thank you.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:18 PM   #8
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Very cool contemporization of the space Matt. Congrats mate.

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Old 08-01-2012, 10:28 PM   #9
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Very nice. What's that Ram-thing-a-ma-jig in the bar area? Where do I get one?
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Really like the ceiling work you did as well. Good job and a unique spin. Kudos.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:11 AM   #11
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On the ceiling panel

REDNAX,

I just did some measuring up.

The ceiling panel only drops 2.5 inches down into the space at the highest point to the button of the panel (considering the ceiling behind it is curved). Measuring from the floor back up, you'd have to be 6 foot 4 inches before needing to duck.

Attached are some pix so you can see how it's done.

Also attached for bganso is a better shot of the plastic rams head barometer. I picked this up in a local thrift store for 20 bucks. It's such a fantastic piece of pitch Americana. You can sometimes find them on ebay. (i.e. VINTAGE PLASTIC MOUNT RAM'S HEAD BAROMETER THERMOMETER 1970'S MADE IN FRANCE | eBay). There is a deer head barometer made by the same company which is more popular.

Just search for "deer head barometer" or "ram head barometer"

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Thank you!! I much appreciate the bit of time taken on behalf of my questions. This modification is very much to my liking, and I have it now in the "future" folder (for the next trailer).
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Very Nice Work !

thanks for sharing the photos.
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Very nice indeed! I especially like the attention to detail with the electrical.
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