November 27, 2012

During our slow period (ie the dog days of summer) we started overhauling a vintage camping trailer. Catch up on the entire saga here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here (in that order).

 Before we dive into bench and bed building, I thought it might be helpful to give you a diagram of the trailer so you can follow along.

The black bar at the bottom of this very not to scale diagram is the door. When you enter the trailer, the couch/bed is on the right. It’s pretty small, only pulling out to a twin size bed. (These are going to be some cooozy nights.) Straight ahead is the kitchenette (not yet rebuilt). If you take step in you’ll see the table and benches. These also fold down into a second sleeping area, but for simplicity we’ll call these benches. Got it? Great.

Bench/bed building is not the most galmorous or the most complicated. First cut some wood, being careful to account for the curve in the front and back of the trailer.

Next: Paint!

Then install. Aaron started by dry fitting the systems that will live under the bed. From left to right, that’s water, battery/12V power, and HVAC.

The HVAC is actually a model that’s meant to hang out outside. So it needed an easy escape hatch.

The bases for the benches also went in. These will mostly be used for storage, especially the bench on the left which includes an exterior hatch.

Like I said, not the most glamorous project, but it’s nice to see another piece go back into the trailer.

We made some significant exterior progress (maybe you saw a peek on Facebook), more on that soon!

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