I love how you have used birch (or at least I think it's birch), even though that wasn't original to the trailer. It looks just fantastic!
I really wrestled with how I should rebuild the camper (original or the best for us) my wife and I decided to do it our way. We really did not like the color of the original paneling and the overhead cabinet that was next to the door was a real hazard when getting into the trailer. We sold our bigger modern trailer when the last of the kids went off to college and decided to buy a smaller camper. After looking at new smaller campers at ridiculous prices we looked at vintage campers and we were hooked. We do plan to have the Shasta look original from the outside with the exception of an outside shower hookup and the exhaust for our on-demand hot water heater. Thanks to flyinghamlet for the compliment and for the purists out there I promise this will be the only Shasta that I will adulterate.
Finished the 2 sides of insulation and tape. The black tape around the perimeter is gorilla tape, I am hoping that the gorilla tape helps seal around the staples when they puncher the tape. The tyvek tape is great for finishing up the insulation, it sticks to bare wood very well. I am still trying to figure out how to deal with the bottom front framing to get a good seal with the skin.
I installed the street side skin. I ran a heavy bead ( 1/2" x 1/2" ) of blackjack roof tar along the side at the the bottom edge of the framing to seal the skin. I will get under the camper to seal everything else once all the skin is back on. I also installed backing blocks for all fitting and fastening points that go thru the skin.
I finished the running light wiring ,installed the sheet metal on the roof, and installed the running light bases this weekend. I will be installing the tail light wiring, the rest of the sheet metal, and the windows this week.
Post by offspringin on Sept 20, 2011 8:33:45 GMT -5
still looking great man. i envy your indoor work space, yours is looking great. i picked up some bullseye this weekend. aside from seeing your results it had good reviews online as well. we like you did some redesigning of the interior to fit our needs better adding outlets/lights in better places etc etc. I still dont understand what the outlet in the middle of the ceiling was for, anything plugged into that would smack you in the head. my only guess is maybe it was for the upper bunk folks? weird location
If you can't fix it with a hammer you have an electrical problem.
Finally got the Shasta water tight and brought it home from the shop. Next will be the interior finishing ( cabinet doors, seating, light fixtures, plumbing, etc. ) I will try to get the cabinets finished up this week. I'm sure the pace of the restoration will be slowing down now that I will be working in the driveway.
Total time on task to this point 180 hours Shasta purchase price $1000.00 Cost for all materials, fixtures, appliances, etc. $2500.00
The Trailer is about 13 ft long with the tongue. The material for the ceiling is 1/4 Luan plywood with 2 coats of mildew resistant bathroom paint. There is a toilet inside and I will be adding pictures of the interior soon. Thanks for the compliment.
Last Edit: Oct 9, 2011 21:09:53 GMT -5 by tomamara
Hmmm...where is Tom? I need to see the end of this rebuild. This is truly fantastic.
Hi Gang, I'm back. Its been a while since I have posted and I apologize for that. Winter is over and I am back on track. I have built the cabinet doors this week and I will be posting pictures in the next couple of days.
I`d love to see his interior finished too. Curious where the toilet is. This is a really super nice restore?
Hi Bo and Susan,
Thanks for the compliment. I will be working on the toilet later this week. The toilet will be in the small area at the front left corner of the camper. I bought a portable holding tank that is normally used to empty holding tanks on bigger campers. It has wheels to transport it to the waste dump areas of camp grounds without having to move your camper. I will be using it as a holding tank under the Shasta. It will be rolled under the camper and hooked up. When we are done camping the tank will disconnected and towed over to the waste dump area and emptied. Once emptied it is stored in the camper for traveling. Its not the best setup, but the shasta has no room under it for a holding tank. This setup gives us an 18 gal. holding tank which should meet our needs.
Last Edit: May 5, 2012 10:44:18 GMT -5 by tomamara
That's what we use for our gray water. We have it hooked to the sink and the shower, and it just fits under the Compact. It's pretty convenient, and we do like the wheels. If you're a careful camper, you won't fill it, even after a couple days. You've done beautiful work, we can't wait to see more pictures!
We plan on using a tote also, but only for our kitchen sink. We changed the floorplan in our 72 Compact, removing the closet in favor of a front dinette. Our porta-potty slides out from under the dinette bench, closest to the door.
Waiting patiently for more interior pictures............