Building The Walls
Using the old walls as a template, we began laying out the new walls. We decided to make the new trailer about 3" taller than the old once, since I'm 6'3" tall. This was pretty straightforward *EXCEPT* for the curvature at the back of the trailer. The front of the trailer was easy, because we simply elongated a vertical piece. But the back of the trailer didn't have a vertical surface, so we had to elongate the curvature.
Here I've fastened the original lumber to a new 2" x 8" piece of lumber. In this picture, I've separated the last joint a little to account for the taller trailer. This is how I "stretched" the curvature on the back of the trailer.
|Old trailer framing screwed onto a new 2" x 8" board.|
All Hail Larry!
Here I am cutting out the curved frame pieces using a technique I picked up from Larry at cannnedhamtrailers.com If you have not visited his website; I highly recommend it. Larry makes a living restoring vintage trailers. His work is amazing...and it's really because of his website that I decided to take the leap on this project. He has all sorts of instructional videos, and also photos of trailers he has restored. Also; he has a YouTube channel you can subscribe to.
Final note about Larry: Larry runs his website from donations that folks make. I've donated myself...and I strongly suggest that if you find something useful (I guarantee...you will), then make a small donation to help Larry out. I've emailed him a few times for advice and he's gotten right back to me. A real saint-of-a-guy. THANKS LARRY!
|Cutting the rounded framing of the trailer.|
Walls Taking Shape
|Here's the first wall, lying on the floor of my improvised workshop.|
|In this photo, the panels have been attached to the wall's primary members. I spent some time on this step making sure everything was plumb, square...and otherwise copacetic.|
|Close-up of the front of the wall. This is the exterior|
Street-Side Wall Framing
I forgot to mention; I tackled the street-side wall first because it was by far the most complicated. We are adding things that the original camper did not have, and also moving a window so that it lines up better with new location of kitchen sink.
This wall will have the following openings:
1. Dinnete window
2. Kitchen window
3. Shore Power
4. City Water
5. Water tank inlet
6. Hot water heater vent/opening
7. Side-wall fan (located adjacent the gas stovetop)
8. Lower fridge vent
9. Upper fridge vent
10. Bathroom window
|Nearly complete framing (this photo is a panorama...sorry about the herky-jerkyness).|
|Here's the inside of the wall, with the first few holes cut out.|
|Close up of rear/upper framing of the wall. I got pretty decent using my skill saw to cut these out...thanks to Larry!|
My Little Helper
I can't forget to mention my most-important helper...my daughter Isabella. Here she is pictured making a drawing of what she thinks the camper will end up looking like...