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Title: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on November 23, 2016, 11:30:58 AM
So I have been wanting to do a trailer renovation project for a long time and I recently bought a 1997 Aerolite 21'. From what I've determined it's got good structure, no serious problems, and all the interior systems work. It's just....really ugly. This is my first project of this type ever. I'd love to get some advice on my plans and order of renovations that I'm planning. I've attached some pictures as well.

So here's what I'm planning...

1. The seating area is too large for me and I would rather have a small work area and more room. I plan to take out the back and right portion of the U seat. The left portion contains a heaty air thingy (technical term) so will have to stay. I want to craft a desk/table that folds/hinges from that center area. The cushions will be re-upholstered as well.
2. Repaint the walls and cabinets (sand the cabinets, prime and paint the walls)
3. Re-tile the floor with vinyl (tear up the tile or vinyl over it? Not sure yet.)

And here's what I want to consider doing but am unsure of...

1. I want to take out the top bunk and replace it with....not sure. It's only ever going to be used by me and I will be sleeping on the bottom bunk. I am thinking maybe some sort of fabric wall organizer where I can keep bedtime stuff?
2. I really hate the bathroom, but from what I'm reading on here fiberglass tubs are a real pain and I have to know what I'm doing. I may hire help for this portion. I think I could do the sink/vanity myself.
3. I am thinking about taking out the medium fridge and replacing with a mini fridge. This would give me more space for kitchen items - spice rack, pans, etc.
4. I need to think up a cabinet solution so everything can be more organized inside. Maybe shelves that slide out? Not sure yet. 

Right now my first priority is to gut the parts I'm getting rid of, take out the curtains, and give everything a good scrub. Then paint the walls, then the cabinets.

I'd love some feedback from more experienced people who can let me know if I'm on the right track or if there's anything I've overlooked. Thanks!
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: SeilerBird on November 23, 2016, 11:58:07 AM
Do you have any experience at RVing? If not you might want to rent a 21 foot RV and go RVing for a week. A 21 footer is extremely small and I worry that after all that time and money that you might not be happy with such a small RV.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on November 23, 2016, 12:21:24 PM
Specifically RVing, no, but I've lived in small conditions before so I have a sense of what it can be like. Smallest I've ever lived was on ship in the same room as 74 other women (9 months), second smallest was the back half of a shipping container (1 year).

I picked a small trailer because it's a beginner project before I decide to screw up something larger and significantly more expensive. Worst case scenario is I hate it and sell it to some hipster in Portland who wants to full time in their parents backyard. Best case scenario is I do a decent job and full time in MY parent's backyard. :D



Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Liz66 on November 30, 2016, 06:36:56 AM
Ha ha ha...Love the way you think.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on December 19, 2016, 05:44:13 PM
Update!:

So here's the first video of the initial beginnings of my trailer project. I've started on the dining area first and so far it's going....okay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NZ5xqgzeiU&t=3s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NZ5xqgzeiU&t=3s)
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: RedandSilver on December 19, 2016, 06:16:05 PM
Thanks for the images and the video.  Looks like your well on your way.

I guess some advice for you will require you to tell us a little more.

Are you planning on ONLY using it in your parents backyard?  Never going to roll down the road or take a vacation in it?
Because if you are ONLY going to use it at your parents then IF you needed anything you could go inside and get it - like more food
because you mentioned a smaller fridge.  But IF you were at a campground it might be different.
Do your parents have a dump station for you to use?

Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on December 22, 2016, 08:34:26 PM
Thanks for the images and the video.  Looks like your well on your way.

I guess some advice for you will require you to tell us a little more.

Are you planning on ONLY using it in your parents backyard?  Never going to roll down the road or take a vacation in it?
Because if you are ONLY going to use it at your parents then IF you needed anything you could go inside and get it - like more food
because you mentioned a smaller fridge.  But IF you were at a campground it might be different.
Do your parents have a dump station for you to use?

Thanks for replying!

I'm not actually planning to park it in my parent's back yard. I plan to travel around a little bit - from Vegas to LA and then eventually to Austin. My goal is to be seaworthy by April. They do not have a dump site but I was just planning on never pooping.

Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: SeilerBird on December 22, 2016, 08:46:59 PM
Update!:

So here's the first video of the initial beginnings of my trailer project. I've started on the dining area first and so far it's going....okay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NZ5xqgzeiU&t=3s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NZ5xqgzeiU&t=3s)
Really cool video, thanks for posting. I love the line: "One veteran, one trailer, and what I think are a bunch of tools." You will be on a first name basis with those tools real soon. ;D
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on December 22, 2016, 09:34:57 PM
So! I've hit a snag! Hopefully the damage isn't a serious setback but I'm worried it might be and I'd like to get some advice.

So last night we went to check out the trailer and suddenly there was a soft spot in the flooring where there definitely was NOT before. It bows a little under my weight. A little of the vinyl flooring was peeling there and we checked underneath...

The wood underneath the flooring was completely soaked throughout the entire trailer. The vinyl just came up like a wet paper bag. We ended up tearing up the flooring and the wood was dark and wet the entire trailer from front to back. We set up a heater, fan, and dehumidifier and it mostly dried out overnight but one of the corners has warped and peeled up.

We're baffled. We're completely clueless how it could have gotten so wet. We've had rain and no water came in - no puddling, nothing. We had some water come through the top vent when it wasn't closed fully but that was very minimal and couldn't have possibly soaked everything. All of the water was drained weeks ago and nothing is leaking or cracked.

The only thing we can think of is some sort of weird...condensation thing? It was very low temperatures and snow but the past two days have been above freezing.

Does anyone have any idea what the heck happened? I'd hate to do a total floor rebuild so we're wanting to just reinforce it and add more support. Photos below.


Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: NY_Dutch on December 23, 2016, 08:48:18 AM
Has the roof been carefully checked for possible leaks? It's not uncommon for a roof edge seam leak to allow water to run down through the inside of the walls. Leaking window frame seals can also be a source of water intrusion inside the walls. Regardless of the source, water inside the walls is very bad news in a wood framed trailer. Unfortunately, the soft floor may be least of the problems.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on December 23, 2016, 02:46:40 PM
We will have to check that again, then. We didn't see any water coming in on the inside of the trailer - how would we check if it's leaking down in between the walls?

Right now my next step is to finish drying the floor and then probably put down some mold-b-gone stuff and continue demo.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: NY_Dutch on December 23, 2016, 04:00:53 PM
A careful inspection of the roofing material and the caulking at the seams should show any potential areas that could leak. You may be able to get an idea of the wall conditions by pulling out outlets, checking the openings behind wall mounted fixtures, and just pressing the paneling, feeling soft spots that indicate the paneling has separated from the framing and insulation where the adhesive has failed. Check the walls both inside and outside. Wood frame rot is not something you want to discover later on after the interior is finished.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on December 30, 2016, 09:39:48 PM
Update!:

So the flooring is dried out now and we're still not sure what caused it but we've been discussing our options for repairs. In the mean time, we weren't sure how long the floor had been wet for and a concern of ours was if we had developed any sort of mold. I picked up a test kit at Home Depot and did an air quality test. According to the directions we do not have mold - which is great! I had almost resigned myself to living in a wet, mold-infested trailer for the rest of my life.

The second episode in my web series is also finished and demonstrates the process:

https://youtu.be/NT2hq2eZnq8

Edit: Corrected video link.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on December 30, 2016, 09:40:31 PM
A careful inspection of the roofing material and the caulking at the seams should show any potential areas that could leak. You may be able to get an idea of the wall conditions by pulling out outlets, checking the openings behind wall mounted fixtures, and just pressing the paneling, feeling soft spots that indicate the paneling has separated from the framing and insulation where the adhesive has failed. Check the walls both inside and outside. Wood frame rot is not something you want to discover later on after the interior is finished.

I'll definitely take a closer look at everything, including the walls and everything else. Thanks for the advice!
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on January 15, 2017, 12:56:08 PM
Update: There are two new videos up.

This one is just me painting some cabinets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE50iJb7XNQ

This one covers the work we did to re-enforce the floor by building a metal frame underneath the structure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dho6dpD91lI

BONUS: We found the cause of the leak! The water heater tank burst because it had not been emptied prior to winter. This means a new water heater, unfortunately, but it's good news that we found out what was causing all the water.

We're planning on adding more braces underneath the floor. Unfortunately the weather here has turned sour and trailer work has been very unpleasant. We won't be able to make any progress until it warms up or the weather improves.

In the mean time, I've been stuck inside making curtains! My original design was a roman shade pully-system. However, that method isn't going to work for some of the longer curtains so I switched to hacking some roller shades. I'm planning on doing a video tutorial of these later on. So far I have two. Pictures enclosed!

Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: RedandSilver on January 15, 2017, 01:25:25 PM
I'm glad you found the leak and are fixing it up.

The first time I winterized my MH I didn't drain the fresh water tank.
I blew everything out and and thought I was done.  Then I removed the water lines to and from
the water pump and they kept draining and draining and draining - that meant there was water somewhere.
Then I found the valve for the fresh water tank and it drained for another 15 minutes or so. So then I had to
start the process all over again and re-blow everything out again.  At least it was still November so no hard freezes yet.

Oh well - I'm sure you (and me) won't do that again.  Almost everything gets easier the second or third time around.

Your shade are look good - the only thing I might suggest is using kite string (white) instead of what you have now.
The string comes in different sizes and for that size shade you could use a pretty small kite string to do the job.  JMO.

Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on January 15, 2017, 04:34:20 PM
I'm glad you found the leak and are fixing it up.

The first time I winterized my MH I didn't drain the fresh water tank.
I blew everything out and and thought I was done.  Then I removed the water lines to and from
the water pump and they kept draining and draining and draining - that meant there was water somewhere.
Then I found the valve for the fresh water tank and it drained for another 15 minutes or so. So then I had to
start the process all over again and re-blow everything out again.  At least it was still November so no hard freezes yet.

Oh well - I'm sure you (and me) won't do that again.  Almost everything gets easier the second or third time around.

Your shade are look good - the only thing I might suggest is using kite string (white) instead of what you have now.
The string comes in different sizes and for that size shade you could use a pretty small kite string to do the job.  JMO.

Keep up the good work.

Thanks! I'm actually abandoning the string pull method and using the string-less roller shades. It would have been a pain in the butt to string a 60 inch curtain.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: 2kGeorgieBoy on January 16, 2017, 03:24:31 PM
Although you didn't mention it, have you done an inspection of the underpinnings: the axle, springs, wheel bearings, brakes, wheel rims and tires, frame, and tongue/hitch? If not, I would recommend you do this before you go any further. Problems here can run into money quickly. This trailer is 20 years old and lack of maintenance over the years could create problems. Better to find out now rather than later.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on March 05, 2017, 07:20:25 PM
Although you didn't mention it, have you done an inspection of the underpinnings: the axle, springs, wheel bearings, brakes, wheel rims and tires, frame, and tongue/hitch? If not, I would recommend you do this before you go any further. Problems here can run into money quickly. This trailer is 20 years old and lack of maintenance over the years could create problems. Better to find out now rather than later.

Everything's been checked over once and it got here okay, but I can always do another inspection tomorrow. Is there anything specific you suggest I should look for?
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on March 05, 2017, 07:31:40 PM
Update:

So it's been both a few slow and exhausting weeks. The weather was really bad for a while with a lot of snow and below freezing temperature which made working on the undercarriage and floor difficult. But I've made good progress this week so here's a few updates:

We're almost done replacing the floor with 1/2 treated plywood. This has involved taking up all the old flooring to the foam which is a pain in the butt because it just crumbled into pieces. We only have to finish the bathroom square tomorrow and the floor will be sturdy AF.

Basically what we do is take up the old flooring, measure, cut the plywood, glue it down and then weigh everything down with ammunition (because we're in the Midwest, of course) until the glue is dry.

Other than that:

In the bathroom we discovered mushy wall behind the medicine cabinet and along the edge. You will see in the photo that our solution to this was to jab it full of holes and fill them holes with lots and lots of glue. Pretty much 90% of my trailer is glue now. It worked though and the wall is solid.

We've torn out the vanity and while waiting to be able to work on the floor I've got most surfaces in the trailer prepped for painting.

Also, the ceiling above the shower is very soft and we're not sure of the solution to that yet. We will probably just end up filling it with glue.

I've got a TON of work left and feeling a bit nervous about being able to complete it all but I'm just going to keep pushing forward. No new videos yet but an update coming soon.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Fyrediver on March 05, 2017, 09:14:36 PM
Nicely done! 
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: DearMissMermaid on March 07, 2017, 08:22:02 PM
The U shape dinette can be a cozy fun couch and table area. But I can see that huge table is a pain in the elbow.

It's probably there to convert the dinette to a big bed.

Dump the table.

There is an RV type table that folds up to make a coffee table or work table or magazine rack. Rather cool idea.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0053J5E90/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1C6T90UH01EMT&coliid=IGRS7O98J450P&linkCode=ll1&tag=recreationalvehicles-20&linkId=4eb7af14f6e903ad3fd2da83f12b70e7

Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on March 08, 2017, 05:38:38 PM
Here's a quick update of what I've been working on today, refinishing the tub:

Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on March 13, 2017, 06:29:10 PM
New video in which I talk about the new floor and some other updates:

https://youtu.be/kbJuuCuLnm4

I'm finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Massmerch on March 13, 2017, 07:05:21 PM
You're doing a great job and have a great attitude!  And having Papa there to help is a big plus.  Keep at it, you'll be able to enjoy it soon.  Happy trails!   :D ;)
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Gods Country on March 13, 2017, 07:31:05 PM
Your TT is almost identical to mine, just a different name.

Not surprisingly had many of the same issues.

http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php/topic,94759.0.html


Keep plugging away!
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on March 20, 2017, 07:53:46 PM
Update:

Here's the full video for refinishing the tub:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6OSzM7a_Q0

Here what else is going on:

1. I refinished a shelf today, that will be a nice video. Also shelf paper is a pain in the ass.

2. So back when we first began I decided that I wanted to remove that....headboard area thing to make more space. What better idea to do this than just by cutting things apart willy nilly? Well, it turns out the middle of that headboard houses my propane tanks. Then we had to deal with the floor.

Now we're back on the headboard and are converting it into a long shelf with a hinge desk. What to do with that gross area on the left? Convert it into an under-desk shelf and hide everything gross looking beneath it. Problem solved. We placed brackets to rest the shelf on and slid some nice board in place that will match the rest of the desk.

The desk is what I'm looking forward to completing the most.

Note: I guess pictures aren't uploading now so I'll include some of the cubby/headboard area later.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on March 25, 2017, 06:03:08 PM
Guess who has two thumbs and a damaged roof?

This girl!

So our tarp came off in the weather and when I went into the trailer this evening the tub was full of water - obviously from a leak above. We've been avoiding the ceiling for a while but had to acknowledge it today. We've got some bad water damage and a leak so we're going to need extra time to fix it.

Greeeeat.

Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on March 25, 2017, 06:04:29 PM
And here's the pictures of the cubby area from the post before:

Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Gods Country on March 25, 2017, 06:26:55 PM
Ugh......not really surprised based on the damage you found in the walls.

You have a great attitude and support.  You will get there.

One step at a time.

Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: RedandSilver on March 25, 2017, 06:41:22 PM
Hey Kat, I hope you got a really really good deal (low price) on this project TT you are working on.

Well, I guess at least your learning a lot about this TT and will know how to fix anything that goes wrong from here on out,
since it seems you could of stripped it to the studs and started from scratch.  :'(

Well at least it's Spring according to the calendar - so warm weather shouldn't be to far away for any of us.
And I assume that for you and most of us that warm weather is much nicer to work in than freezing cold or ever rainy weather.

Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on March 25, 2017, 07:02:52 PM
Hey Kat, I hope you got a really really good deal (low price) on this project TT you are working on.

Well, I guess at least your learning a lot about this TT and will know how to fix anything that goes wrong from here on out,
since it seems you could of stripped it to the studs and started from scratch.  :'(

Well at least it's Spring according to the calendar - so warm weather shouldn't be to far away for any of us.
And I assume that for you and most of us that warm weather is much nicer to work in than freezing cold or ever rainy weather.

Keep up the good work.

I....think I got a good deal? The asking price was $4000 and when I offered $3800 he took it immediately so I guess I should have bid lower.

I'm not really that bitter about the price. Everything around here was a lot higher priced or completely junked. I think at the end of the day about $5000 will have gone into it total after all the repairs. We did encounter a lot of problems with this, though. But I'm happy with the project overall and the time I get to spend with my Dad, so it's okay. :)
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Fyrediver on April 24, 2017, 08:25:41 PM
Very inspirational! 

Now that the tub's been sitting a bit are you still happy with the refinish?  Any suggestions?  We have an older travel trailer that has a dingy tub.  That refinish may just brighten up the room a bit. 

I'll definitely start my projects a little smaller than yours!
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on April 24, 2017, 09:15:04 PM
Alright!

So some good progress: We've finished converting the dinette area into a desk/working area. I'm super happy with it.

Here's a video documenting the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LdsEQZCjv8&t=119s

And below is the before and after photo of the area.

I've ordered supplies to fix the roof and those should be arriving soon!
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on April 24, 2017, 09:16:55 PM
Very inspirational! 

Now that the tub's been sitting a bit are you still happy with the refinish?  Any suggestions?  We have an older travel trailer that has a dingy tub.  That refinish may just brighten up the room a bit. 

I'll definitely start my projects a little smaller than yours!

Well this WAS supposed to be a smaller project. I guess the universe had other ideas.

I'm happy with the tub still but I also haven't used it and it's been hard to protect from the ceiling above it falling apart. So, we'll see! The kit was affordable and easy to use - much cheaper than replacing the tub entirely so if you're just looking for something fresher I think it would work. :)
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: 73Camper on April 29, 2017, 04:48:59 PM
Looks like you have a great base to work with. Good luck!
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on May 12, 2017, 05:59:52 PM
Alright! Things are....sort of moving along. Here's a new video in which I remodel the kitchen cabinets and buy an adorable microwave:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab5yMF9RZMQ

Attached are some before/after photos of the kitchen area.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: RedandSilver on May 12, 2017, 07:49:45 PM
Looking Good.

I like that you brightened up the area.

Keep up the pace and soon you will be ready to roll.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on May 13, 2017, 07:40:54 PM
Looking Good.

I like that you brightened up the area.

Keep up the pace and soon you will be ready to roll.

Thanks! I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Another update already! In this video I refinished the countertop with Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating and like 50 hairs from my head (hairs not an intentional part of the design).

https://youtu.be/wJcGc8c3nnU
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Gods Country on May 13, 2017, 08:00:34 PM
Did you fix the roof yet?

It's nice to see how you are putting a clean woman's touch (for the lack of a better term) on the trailer.

You go girl!   ;D
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on May 16, 2017, 11:54:15 AM
Don't bring up the roof!!! lol

We've actually been working on it for the past few days. We've just got to cover the roof with rubber sealant and then the roof is fixed, but we still have to undo allll the damage done in the bathroom.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: alan6051964 on May 16, 2017, 01:51:10 PM
Very nice work !. looks great !!. I feel for ya on the roof :-(, that is some long , hard work. if your bathroom walls are bad ?, more than likely, the roof decking is bad as well, and just putting rubber sealant on it is just a band aid. your call, but me ?, I would deff be inspecting/replacing what ever is wrong with the roof if it needs it ?. keep up the good work !.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: kwbush on May 16, 2017, 05:26:12 PM
1st... Thank you for your service!
2nd... Nice job on the reconstruction! For a long time I've entertained the thought of reconstructing an older TT but haven't yet found that perfect unit to restore.
3rd... viewed all 9 of your youtube postings and I am really interested in the finished product... keep it up!

Keith
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on May 25, 2017, 11:16:42 PM
1st... Thank you for your service!
2nd... Nice job on the reconstruction! For a long time I've entertained the thought of reconstructing an older TT but haven't yet found that perfect unit to restore.
3rd... viewed all 9 of your youtube postings and I am really interested in the finished product... keep it up!

Keith

Thanks! Hopefully you'll stick around to the end. :)
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on May 25, 2017, 11:20:25 PM
So this last week has been insane. I was trying to leave last Monday and we spent a week busting our butts to get the trailer done - but by midnight on Sunday the toilet was leaking everywhere and the bathroom door still wasn't on so me and Papa H unfortunately called it quits. So he's out of town and I'm hoping to get on the road next week.

Everything has been going wrong - non-stop rain, mystery leaks in the kitchen, the ceiling falling down in the bathroom - it's just been awful. I am SO ready for this to be over.

Here's a new video on how we fixed the roof. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDmczfQUoKk
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Gods Country on May 26, 2017, 07:30:55 AM
Not exactly sure where you are heading off too, but you may want to keep it close to home for a short trip or two so you can iron out any issues that may arise after hauling it down the road.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on May 26, 2017, 09:14:50 PM
Ugh this bathroom. I'm sick of looking at it. Before and afters attached, here's the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejPaCGVzyTY
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: RedandSilver on May 28, 2017, 09:27:20 PM
Looks good.

Any idea when you will be road ready?
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on May 28, 2017, 11:52:00 PM
Looks good.

Any idea when you will be road ready?

Soon! Maybe day after tomorrow? We've only got a few things to finish - the curtains, and a few odds and ends. We'll hopefully be finishing up everything tomorrow and I can move all my stuff in!

We finished the flooring which I think has been my favorite part of doing the trailer so far because I mostly just laid around on the floor while doing it. Here's the video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV44tLR1fu4
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: SkateBoard on May 29, 2017, 01:18:43 AM
I got the same flooring as you except Haley Oak. Kind of miffed because I bought a compressor and brad nailer and haven't been able to use it yet!!! I'm still on the fence to get just a cook top like yours or one with an oven. At the start I was thinking there's no way she's going to end up with anything nice and still a piece of junk. Nice job. Your dad will probably spend the next 6 months in his easy chair.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on May 29, 2017, 06:27:16 PM
I got the same flooring as you except Haley Oak. Kind of pissed because I bought a compressor and brad nailer and haven't been able to use it yet!!! I'm still on the fence to get just a cook top like yours or one with an oven. At the start I was thinking there's no way she's going to end up with anything nice and still a piece of shit. Nice job. Your dad will probably spend the next 6 months in his easy chair.

We were talking about adding a hitch to the back of the trailer that he could just sit on and get pulled around the country to make various repairs but I don't think that's going to work.

Things are going well today. Did I mention I dropped my tape measure in the poophole and had to fish it out? That was great.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: SkateBoard on May 29, 2017, 06:30:09 PM
Poopie girl
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on June 02, 2017, 09:00:35 PM
You guys...We're so close to done!

Two new videos: This one explains how we converted two areas into drawer storage. The first used to be the storage under the dinette seating that you had to lift up to access. Forget that! It's a drawer now. The second was a low cabinet over by the bed so I can reach into the depths of the trailer in the middle of the night. Nope! Drawer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL_TbRf-iqw

Then here is a video about what I did for window treatments. We made two curtain valances that I installed hacked roller shades in that I sewed my own curtains for.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmTjSJk3GLw

I'm at the point where I'm moving my things in and deciding, hmmm...do I really need this third purse? Yes I do! I'm planning on leaving this Sunday, and I'm kind of nervous about it.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on June 02, 2017, 09:16:26 PM
Also, I have been informed that while fixing the roof I did not use butyl tape correctly.

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hate to break the bad news but that is not the proper use of butyl tape.  the tape is supposed to go under the trim ring of the fan,  then the fan is screwed down,  then you trim the excess tape so that it's flush with the trim ring.  then if you want you can apply a self leveling lap sealant.

If this is true: my bad! But it's way too late to....un-butyl tape the trailer. I added a note onto my video for other seeking advice to do additional research before you go tape crazy like we did.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on June 17, 2017, 06:36:29 PM
Hey everybody.....

WE'RE DONE!!!

I've been on the road for just a little while now. Cheyenne, Denver, Salt Lake City, now Reno. I've had a few setbacks but overall I'm glad this son of a bitch is done. I'm sick of looking at it but now I have to live in it! Here's the final before/after photos and a few extras for all of you who have been following this.

I'll be doing another final video, but other than that, thanks for staying tuned! If you like you can watch me on Instagram @tammyhineline if you want to follow me down to Los Angeles and then back to Virginia.

Here are some notes:

1. If you want to eat chocolate, probably don't make your couch cushions white.
2. My cat has decided that she wants to sleep in the closet all day and then crawl all over me all night.
3. Wow this is a small bed. (I am 5'10)



Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Gods Country on June 17, 2017, 06:53:43 PM
Wow that really looks great.  Awesome space utilization.

Enjoy your wanders.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Fyrediver on June 17, 2017, 08:36:54 PM
That's awesome!  Congratulations!
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: alan6051964 on June 17, 2017, 08:38:06 PM
outstanding !!!. very nice work that you and your dad has done !!!, hats off to ya'll ! :-).
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: luvabargain on June 20, 2017, 04:33:52 PM
You have done a beautiful job!  You should be proud of yourself.  I have watched your videos for several months and am so glad you were able to get moving on this and get it done despite setbacks and weather constrictions. 
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Katammers on July 22, 2017, 01:43:51 AM
Thanks everyone for hanging out with me so far.

Now, I need your help:

I have flies. I don't know where they're coming from. I haven't had this problem until I parked in my month-long spot in LA. I'm getting flies every day - I'm talking 9 or 10 large house flies.

At first I thought they were coming up through the sewer and gray tanks but I don't know how. I stuffed a sock in the bathtub drain and I thought it helped but today....flies.

I open the door once or twice a day to leave and come home. No windows are open. I don't keep trash in the trailer and I scoop the litter box regularly.

Has anyone had this problem? How are these bastards GETTING IN!?

Somebody help meeeee.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: SkateBoard on July 22, 2017, 01:47:58 AM
Since your project is finished they can't use the saying

No flies on her. Get back to work slacker
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: RedandSilver on July 23, 2017, 08:05:45 AM
Thanks everyone for hanging out with me so far.

Now, I need your help:

I have flies. I don't know where they're coming from. I haven't had this problem until I parked in my month-long spot in LA. I'm getting flies every day - I'm talking 9 or 10 large house flies.

At first I thought they were coming up through the sewer and gray tanks but I don't know how. I stuffed a sock in the bathtub drain and I thought it helped but today....flies.

I open the door once or twice a day to leave and come home. No windows are open. I don't keep trash in the trailer and I scoop the litter box regularly.

Has anyone had this problem? How are these bastards GETTING IN!?

Somebody help meeeee.

Keep your gray and black tanks closed.  Open the gray tank every few days or so and then close it again. Black tank open maybe once a week or two followed by the gray tank again.  Then close them both again, and repeat cycle as needed.

Fly paper in a corner (so you don't walk into it) might help reduce them buzzing around.  Don't leave it up while traveling if there is any
possibility that it could swing far enough to touch something and stick to it.

When you leave - is it locked up tighter than a drum?  No windows or vents open?  A/C unit?

Sometimes it's not your trash that attracts them but a neighbor a door or three away.

I would look under your unit to make sure there were no openings for them to get in.

I suppose as a last resort you could move the trailer for a few days and see if the problem goes away.  If it does that should
mean that it's where you are staying that has the problem - if they are still around it's more likely there getting in some opening.

Hope that helps and you get those buggers out of your living space.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Lou Schneider on July 23, 2017, 08:19:20 AM
Also look at the tank vent pipe openings up on the roof.  Underneath the caps, is the roof sealed flush against the vent pipe or are there gaps for insects to enter?
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: Gods Country on July 23, 2017, 08:25:09 AM
Have you checked your vents?  The visible vent is just a shroud with a smaller pvc or abs pipe under it.  The holes that are cut in for the pipes are often crudely cut and leave plenty of room for insects to find a way in.  Also check your fridge vent. The mesh is pretty large from what I recall.  They could be getting in there and finding a way in.
Title: Re: New Remodel Start to Finish - Total Beginner!
Post by: ConductorX on October 04, 2017, 01:55:05 PM
Good job on your camper!

Thanks for your service!

I am interested in the tub treatment our shower stall is badly yellowed and the MH doesn't have that many miles on it.

"CX"