Post by universalexports on Dec 9, 2012 18:48:46 GMT -5
well, I got my LED lights up and now I am starting on putting up FRP panels, I will have Birch cabinets, shelves etc, but FRP walls and ceiling.
I got the 1st panel up today using Gorilla glue and screws with caps, this in not for everyone, but I like it, and the Wife is dead set against birch paneling, she says that makes them look old and junky??? she likes the modern look, as do I, but with some vintage mixed in.
Did that unit have cabinets over the sides, above the dinette seat backs? I was looking at that one on eBay and noticed it had, but had not seen them before. The white on the ceiling is going to really brighten it up a lot, and the LED's should work all the better for ya!
Post by universalexports on Dec 9, 2012 21:37:07 GMT -5
I have never seen one with cabinets over the windows, I just looked at it,, weird. and the wood doesnt seem to match perfectly, usually their is just a Shasta magazine rack on the street side, but that is it.
Honetly I saw you post the idea before and thought UGHH, that will ruin a great resto, BUT it really looks nice. I'm still wondering how it will look with white walls but we will see. I'm a big fan of the birch, but it looks good. Keep up the good work.
I can't remeber who it was but someone converted their gas lamp to electric. Is that the gas line for the lamp in the front, middle of the cabinet? You may want to really study the surface burn charachteristics if you are putting the gas lamp back in. And yes I know wood burns also.... I'm just thinking melting point, stuff stain or sag.
Your work is impeccable, universal, and you're doing some other fun things with the trailer, so why not do white? Plenty of people paint theirs, and your resto isn't for anyone else but you and your family. We suspect there are fewer and fewer absolute purists out there. Hamlet looks original unless you know the original layout, but that is the way we wanted it. Your trailer will look awesome. And that gas lamp can come in really handy if you want to crank up the temp in the trailer a couple degrees!
Post by universalexports on Dec 16, 2012 17:42:59 GMT -5
well more progress today.
I transitioned from the pebble FRP to smooth Luan, which is what I will use on the walls.
everything seems to fit and be working, (lot of measuring) I know it looks like a lot of white right now, but a birch dresser with built in AC will be under the rear window, and bunk beds of the curb side, so once I get the birch counter, shelves etc built in a lot of the walls will not even be seen.
Post by universalexports on Jan 19, 2013 18:24:26 GMT -5
small update, I got one more piece on the the side wall, I made a template out of cardstock paper from wallmart, it is as thick as a business card worked great and the paper only cost $3.75 I still have to glue and screw it in place.
I really like what you've done so far. I purchased a fair condition 72 Stratoflyte a few months back with the intention of restoring it this spring and summer. Last weekend I went out to check on it as the snow melted and found some new major leakage and will probably end up gutting it. I think I will go with your idea. Nice job.
It very much appeals to the neat freak, germaphobe in me. Clean, bright, whats not to love? It will always look bright and happy in there. I hate campers you see on Cl for sale with dark interiors and even darker windows. I think in the long run should hold up great and would NEVER stain from a leak again! LOL, jezz, if it did ever leak in like 50 years or so, by the time you noticed, it wouldn't have any wall ribs left at all! I like it!
Post by harrison429 on Feb 11, 2013 7:12:30 GMT -5
It takes all kinds and that's why it so much fun to see what everyone else is doing. It definitely looks bright and clean.
I think it's interesting how so many people are trying to brighten their trailers up when even with my birch interiors I'm looking for lower wattage bulbs as the light seems so bright inside! I even switched a few of my bulbs to 7 watt night light bulbs! I guess I'm a cave dweller at heart...now where are my sunglasses, this post is bright!
I have long been suspecting that those who love "original" are pretty much traditionalists by nature. I bought my first Shasta with the idea to do it up really "fun " then I found this great forum of support only to run smack dab into this "original" theme, and felt a lot of pressure to preserve it as it was. Now here's the thing: I could live in a tree house rather than a stately brick home and no one would care, but mess with a Shasta and you'll feel more pressure than a 7th grader in a new school wearing uncool shoes. Just sayin'.
Post by universalexports on Feb 11, 2013 12:20:01 GMT -5
the ceiling is FRP (Feber reinforced panel) plastic panel usually for bathrooms and showers etc, it is all plastic, the walls are Luan, a 1/8 inch thick piece of wood with a smooth fiberglass surface or somehting glued to it, the stuff dry erase boards are made of I think, thats what it looks and feels like.
Post by paigenmarc on Feb 12, 2013 20:12:48 GMT -5
Lopo, you're funny. I'm still of the opinion that you should do what you want to your own trailer. I like the birch, and I like the painted interior. I want one of each! I want to foo foo up the painted one since the birch one is a cowboy theme.