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Rallies and Raindrops

Rallies and Raindrops

Once again, I’m overdue for a post.  I think I got a little burned out after taking Junebug to her first vintage camper rally.  As much as I love my beautiful camper, I needed to take a break and focus on other things for a few weeks.  I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to have full days on the weekend with nothing to do.  Even though working on Junebug was fun for me, it was also very tiring (as any obsession can be I guess), so I hardly relaxed at all for a whole nine months.  I have been sitting around all morning in my pajamas, drinking coffee, talking to my mom on the phone, and browsing the internet.  Sometimes you just need to have a lazy day. smile

The weekend of October 11-12, Junebug, Baxter, and I went to our first vintage camper rally at the Leisure RV Resort near Fentress, Texas.  It was being held by the Texas Vintage Trailer Club.  I like the Texas Vintage Trailer Club because there are no dues or rules, you just “like” their page on Facebook and you’re in.   I wasn’t sure what to expect out of a vintage camper rally.  I didn’t know if there would be people my age there or if it would be mostly older couples and retirees who enjoy camping in vintage trailers.

I took Friday, October 10th off work so that I could finish packing that morning and get on the road early, in order to avoid the horrendous Friday Houston traffic.  I’m so glad I did that because we made it out of town without any trouble.  The drive should have been about 2 1/2 hours driving west down I-10, however it took me a little over 3 hours because I didn’t want to drive over 65 mph.  I decided that it was really not safe to go any faster than that with the trailer.   It’s interesting to be on the interstate and have every single car and 18 wheeler pass you, going much faster.  It’s a very different experience than what I’m used to driving down the highway (I may or may not have a lead foot wink).

Once we arrived at the Leisure Resort, I was immediately annoyed because someone was blocking the entrance with their oversized, newer RV.  I just don’t like the newer RVs, they are excessively large and ugly (in my opinion).  They have no character at all.  I had to park behind this monstrosity for about 10 minutes until he moved so that little Junebug could make her way to her spot for the weekend.  After checking in, a nice gentleman on a golf cart escorted us to our spot and then he helped guide me so I could back her up properly.  It took a little while, but it was much easier with someone standing behind me and telling me which way to turn.  I think maybe with a little more practice, I could get the hang of backing the trailer in and won’t need to use my castor wheel every time.

I realized very quickly after parking that my neighbors were Marc and Paige, a couple who I recognized from Vintage Trailer Talk, the forum that I frequented when looking for advice.  I was excited to at least recognize some names even though we’d never met, it made me feel a little less alone there.  They were very nice and excited to see Junebug.  Their trailer, Sparky, was also super cute and it was fun to see it in person after seeing the pictures online.

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This is Sparky, a 1957 Siesta, owned by Marc and Paige who are also from the Houston area.  You can see Junebug in the background. 

After getting everything all set up and plugged in, I went for a walk around the grounds to check out the other trailers that were there.  It was so exciting to see so many trailers in one place!  I had died and gone to vintage trailer heaven.biggrin

I noticed that most of the other attendees were indeed a bit older than me and mostly couples.  That was ok though, the age difference wasn’t really an issue, especially when we have the love of vintage trailers in common!

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Pretty neat to see all the vintage campers lined up! (one of these is not like the others unfortunately)

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Junebug is in her element. You don’t even notice the little blemish on her from when I messed up the skin on this side.

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Baxter loves camping. Junebug was looking so shiny next to all of the other campers. Everyone just assumed I spent hours polishing her. haha

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I took Baxter down to the river right next to our campsite. It was such a beautiful location! I will definitely camp here again in the future.

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I found a cute solution for the lighting in the closet/bathroom.

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Junebug was positively glowing at night.

Friday night, the hosts of the event cooked a big pot of taco soup (yummy) and we all ate together under the pavilion.  It was a little awkward at first because I didn’t know anyone and wasn’t sure who to sit with.  I ended up sitting with a really nice, elderly couple who were retired English teachers.  After dinner, I ended up joining a big group sitting in a circle around a campfire and just visited for a while before retiring to my camper for the night.

I slept really well that first night, but I woke up super early the next morning from excitement I guess.  Shortly after taking Baxter for a walk around the campground, it started raining.  And it rained and rained and rained.  It didn’t stop for about three hours.  I just sat inside Junebug and listened to the pitter patter of the raindrops on the aluminum roof.  I couldn’t really relax the whole time because I kept thinking she was going to leak somewhere.  This was the first time she really got soaked for a long duration.  A little after noon, the rain stopped and the temperature had dropped about 15 degrees.  Good thing I brought some pants and a jacket!  Everything was soaked, and the ground was muddy.  That night, we were having an open house for the public and other rally attendees to tour the trailers.  We were also have a potluck dinner, and I hadn’t planned ahead and didn’t have anything to bring.  I had to make a trip into San Marcos to the local Wal-Mart “cringe”.  I picked up an additional rug and towel as well as some random foods that didn’t need to be cooked so I wouldn’t show up empty handed.

The open house went really well, and I think around 50 -100 people came by and toured Junebug.  It was so fun to show her off and get compliments on my handiwork from total strangers.  A few guys literally couldn’t believe I did all the work myself and kept asking if I had some help from a boyfriend or husband.  I could have been offended, but I just laughed.  I’m surprised that in this day and age, some people are still so sexist!  A woman can do just as much as a man, gender really has nothing to do with the ability to fix things!  I decided that for my next rally, I’m going to get some little business cards printed with my blog address so that I can hand them out.  I think some of the people who came to look would have liked to check out my blog but didn’t have any way to write down the address.

There were some interesting characters at the rally. There was an uncomfortable moment when I got grilled by a guy about the oil and gas business since I worked for a large oil company.  I told him that he couldn’t criticize my industry while he was driving around a suburban and towing a big Airstream, and I think he realized he was being a little bit of a hypocrite and changed the subject to football.  haha

My neighbor on the other side was a really nice girl named Heather.  Heather came to the rally with her three year old son, Max.  I was happy to see another girl there kind of by herself (at least not with another adult).  And she also has a blog!  http://www.adventuresinglamping.com  We agreed to let each other know if and when we were going to another rally since she just lives in San Antonio, so not far from me.

One other notable event was that I plugged my hair dryer into the camper outlet, and it worked like a charm with no electrical issues whatsoever!  (The guys at RV Masters had told me not to do this.)  I think having the camper plugged into the 30 amp power source made a difference.  I plugged the hair dryer into the exterior outlet on Junebug since it was on its own 15 amp breaker, just to be safe.

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All dressed up and ready for the open house on Saturday night.

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I loved this woman’s Native American metal light hanging on the side, I thought it was a quirky touch and went well with her theme.

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Baxter loves to sit on the bed inside Junebug because the height is just right for him to look out the window and see passers by.

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Cool tow vehicle!

I didn’t want to post all of the photos I took at the rally on this blog post since there were so many, so if you’d like to see photos of all of the cute campers at the rally, please click on the link below to the official Facebook photo album.  The album is public, so you should be able to view them.

Fentress 2014 Fall Rally – Facebook Photo Album

When I was packing up to leave, it started raining again, of course.  Everything got all muddy, which was annoying.  When I got home, Junebug was covered in dirt, so I quickly gave her a shower and dried her off before putting the cover on her again.  At that point, she didn’t appear to have any leaks inside.

Fast forward three weeks….

I got inside Junebug last weekend to check things out and get her ready in case I decided to take her to the Texas Renaissance Festival for a night.  Much to my dismay, I saw a bit of water damage along the edge of the back wall on one side.  cry

This was my worst nightmare come true!  I don’t know if it was from the rain or from the shower I gave her when we got home, but clearly some water had seeped in and caused some black discoloration along the corner.  ugh

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I can see where the water came in on the outside, so I think I’m going to go around the outer edges with some additional Sikaflex since I only sealed underneath the j-rail previously because some of my seams were exposed after folding the roof over a little too far.  I think what happened was that the water seeped in through the top of the seam and because I had sealed the underside of the seam with the Sikaflex, it just sat there and slowly seeped in through the cracks in the metal.  I also think I may have drilled a hole in the skin through the j-rail for one of the screws that was going to hold the wing, then drilled another in a different spot to straighten it out and forgot to seal the first hole.  oops  I need to pick up some more Sikaflex before I tackle this repair, and I just haven’t felt like doing it yet. I will have to fix this before I take Junebug to my grandma’s house for Thanksgiving.   Overall the damage wasn’t that bad and could have been much worse.  It was still really disappointing to find that Junebug had a chink in her armor after I had worked so hard.  Hopefully when I seal her up this time, she won’t leak again.  I wish I lived in a drier climate!

I think it’s time to close and get outside to enjoy the beautiful, cool weather!  It’s starting to feel like fall, my favorite time of year.  I will write another update after I complete the resealing of Junebug’s seams.  Until next time!

Maiden Voyage

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Maiden Voyage

Last weekend, I took Junebug on her maiden voyage to Austin.  I was going for a friend’s baby shower, and my friend, James, who lives in Austin offered to let me park the camper in his driveway for the weekend.  I figured this would be a safe test run environment, just in case I got there and my electricity didn’t work or some other disaster happened.   My friend, Jennifer, rode with me to Austin.   I was super nervous as we set out on the highway.  After all this time and money that I’ve now invested in Junebug, I didn’t want anything bad to happen!  I realized shortly after we left Houston that I hadn’t increased the insurance coverage on the camper since I bought it.  I called my insurance company while driving and added $10K more coverage, just in case!  Luckily, I didn’t need it this time, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

IMG_2547I noticed Junebug was swaying from side to side a bit when a big truck passed or a gust of wind hit us.  I was pretty sure the new bumper and off center spare tire attached to it were partly to blame because she didn’t do that when I first drove her home from New Mexico.  Even still, we made it to Austin in one piece and I parked her (with some difficulty) in James’ driveway.  Unfortunately, James has a gravel driveway with a slight incline and then a steep drop off  behind it that leads to his beautiful backyard with a little stream and waterfall.  The last thing I wanted was for Junebug to become some yard art suspended over his waterfall.   eek  I usually have no trouble rolling Junebug into my own paved driveway using the castor wheel attached to the jack.  Unfortunately, due to the slight incline and gravel in James’ driveway, it took Jennifer pushing and me pulling just to get her turned around.  After turning her around so that the front door faced the house, I gave up and decided she was good where she was.  She was tilting a bit to one side, so I felt like I was in the fun house when I stepped inside. haha

Filled with anxiety, I went to plug her in for the first time since getting off the highway.  Much to my relief, everything worked!  I touched all of the metal with the voltage meter before touching it with my hand, just in case something had come loose.  Luckily, that was not the case.  I even plugged in the fridge, and it works great too! biggrin

I hung the little camper lights that a friend from work gave me.  They look so cute hanging on Junebug at night and during the day!

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These are the cute little hand towels that my coworker Alyssa gave me for a “camper warming” gift. I love them!

Saturday morning, I plugged in the cappuccino machine to make my first cup of coffee in Junebug.  Since I wasn’t plugged into a 30 amp outlet (I was using my adaptor and plugging into a normal household outlet), I decided it was best to unplug the fridge while running the coffee maker, just in case.   The coffee came out great and no electrical issues!

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Camping in style with a cappuccino. My mom gave me the cute little mug.

I finally got all the letters in the mail to spell Junebug, so they got to go with me on the maiden voyage.  So cute!  I got those as well as several other camper-themed items from www.naturallife.com.  They have the cutest camper stuff!

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After a fun-filled weekend, it was time to head home.  On the way home, I got stuck behind a huge semi hauling some big piece of equipment.  I tried to pass, but Junebug started swaying so much from the wind displacement that I freaked out and had to slow way down.  We then decided to stop at Buc-ee’s for gas, and I removed the spare tire from the bumper and put it inside my car.  I noticed this helped quite a bit the rest of the trip.  I got a few honks and a few guys who stopped by while we were at the gas station, wanting a look inside.  Junebug is quite the head-turner!

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This weekend, I decided to go back to Master Hitch and get a sway bar installed on the hitch.  I will probably still travel with the spare tire inside the camper instead of on the bumper,  but I wanted the sway bar for added protection when trucks are passing.  It really makes a difference, and only cost $100 with installation!  Totally worth the money in my opinion.

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This is a sway bar. It attaches to two different balls, one that is bolted to the side of the hitch, and another little ball that is welded onto the side of the main ball that the hitch is locked into. It creates tension between the car and the hitch, keeping it from swaying side to side as much.

My first vintage camper rally is next weekend, so this weekend I wanted to build my new screen door so that I would have it for the rally.  It took me a few days because I could only work on it a little at a time.  I just finished and installed it this evening and I’m very pleased with the result!

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I picked up the birch a few weeks ago from Houston Hardwoods, but unfortunately it was too wide (I had gotten 1″x4″). I took it back this weekend and they cut it for me so that I had thinner pieces. It worked much better this size.

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Frame is all ready to go. I used 3″ screws to hold it together.

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I put several coats of amber shellac on it Friday and Saturday. Today, I started installing the screen. I used tinted aluminum screen material.

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I folded the aluminum screen over once at the edges and then used my crown stapler to attach it to the frame. I tried to get it as tight as I could.

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One half done!

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To cover the staples, I cut 1/2″ strips of birch paneling and nailed them down using twist nails.

 

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Next, I cut two identical pieces of birch paneling to be sandwiched together to fill in the center of the door.

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I used a couple of trim pieces to finish off the center of the door.  It will be cut in half with hinges so that half of it opens to make room for the door handle when both doors are open or closed.

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You can see the little hinges I installed on the interior so that the center of the door opens to the side.

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Here’s the front! I used the same drawer pull that I used on the interior drawer for the handle. I think it turned out pretty nice!

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All ready for the rally!

I’m getting excited for the rally next weekend!  I still have a lot of work to get done this week, but hopefully I’ll be able to get everything done and relax this weekend.

Party Time!

Party Time!

I’m a little overdue for this post, sorry!  I had my unveiling party last Friday, and I think it was a huge success!  The next day, I ran a 5K (Wicked Wine Run, 5K and then wine tasting at the end haha) and then on Sunday, I rested.  I had a pretty busy week at work, so I am just now getting around to writing an update on here about the festivities.  I will start by sharing some photos of Junebug after I got her all ready for the party.  I was very pleased with how she turned out, even though I still have a few more things to complete (screen door, baggage door, trim around bottom edge of exterior).  The day of the party, I hopped out of bed at 6am, eager to finish making all of the preparations.  I think that’s the first time in my adult life that I’ve ever gotten up that early on my own for something non-work related.  haha

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View of the tongue with my custom painted tank. I still need to take it to a propane place to see if they’ll actually service this tank. If not, I guess I’ll have to resort to getting a new one. Fingers crossed they’ll accept this one since I put so much work into it!

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I think she looks quite pretty with my roses in the foreground. 🙂

 

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Another view.

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She had to have these little twinkle lights.

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Street side. The new 30 amp stainless inlet looks pretty good here I think.

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The wind chime hanging on the door was a gift from a coworker that she picked up in Alaska. My coworkers have been so supportive throughout this project!

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Little measuring spoon set that a coworker gave me. They have owls on them!

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A little more decor for the kitchen.

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I added some magnets to the fridge and a larger magnet on the stove. Of course, it has an owl on it. 🙂

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I think the starburst patterns on the benches turned out pretty cool.

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The framed hipster owl. I also have a couple of fun books on glamping and trailer history.

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A better view of the bed and benches. So cozy!

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Little bathroom complete with vintage trailer reading material (not that I’ll be spending a lot of time in here). haha

I had about 40 people show up for the party, and it was a great time!  Everyone was very excited to see the finished product.  I asked everyone to dress up in 1950s/60s outfits to get in the mood.  I ordered my dress, shoes, and petticoat from www.pinupgirlclothing.com.  I love that site!  They have the cutest pin up clothes, and the quality is great.

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My best friend, Jennifer, and I all dressed up for the party!

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My coworker, Natalie, and her husband, Kevin.

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This is my friend and stylist, Josafatt. He did my hair! I wish I could do it this way every day, it was so fun!

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Jennifer and her boyfriend, Ayk.

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Everyone is gathered around for the big unveiling!

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I had the tarp over Junebug so that I wouldn’t spoil the surprise.

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And here she is!!

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I’m about to open the door to let everyone take a peek inside!

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My friend, Thomas, spared no expense and brought multiple bottles of Veuve Clicquot to celebrate the big event!

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Cheers!! I’m overjoyed to be done (almost) with this big project!!

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I tried to give a speech here but it wasn’t the best since I didn’t prepare ahead of time, oh well, hoepfully no one cared. haha

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Here I am about to christen Junebug. I didn’t want to waste any Veuve Clicquot, so I used a bottle of beer instead. 🙂 To be safe, I wore my cut resistant gloves donated to me by my neighbor, Jarred.

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Baxter loves a good party!

I was supposed to go to the TCT vintage camper rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana this weekend.  Unfortunately, I am having problems with my tail lights and I decided I couldn’t go.  I didn’t wire them myself, I had Oscar do that, and now they don’t work properly.  confused  The weird part is that they work fine when they’re plugged into Oscar’s Ford Explorer.  For some reason, they don’t work right when connected to my VW Tiguan.  I’m sure it’s some kind of compatibility issue, but I don’t know how to fix it.  I’m taking Junebug to the place that installed my wiring and hitch on the Tiguan either tomorrow or Saturday morning, depending on the weather.  I even ordered new tail lights from www.vintagetrailersupply.com and that didn’t fix the problem.

My plan for the weekend is to hopefully get the tail lights fixed, then finish building the new screen door.  I also borrowed a soldering iron from my friend Casey’s boyfriend, so that I could solder all of the wire connections together in the camper.  I am still a little nervous they might come loose while I’m towing the camper somewhere and then become hazardous when I’m camping due to exposed wires.  I thought if I really wanted to be on the safe side, I could solder the wires together and melt some shrink wrap over them to ensure they don’t come apart.

I am planning to go to Austin next weekend for a baby sprinkle, so I’m thinking I may take Junebug there for the first big trip since the restoration.  We’ll see, it all depends on the tail lights!  Either way, I’m definitely taking her to her first vintage camper rally the weekend of October 10-11 to join the Texas Vintage Trailer Club’s rally in Fentress, TX.  Can’t wait!

 

 

 

 

The Home Stretch, Part 3

The Home Stretch, Part 3

I had a rough weekend.  I didn’t even want to write a post yesterday because I was so frustrated, I just had to get away from it all.  I tried for a good part of Saturday to get the electrical system to work, and I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere.  I didn’t want to get too far off track even though I couldn’t get the electrical system to work, so I still managed to cross a few other things off my list.

I had to run a few errands first.  I needed to pick up some Dicor lap leveling sealant to go around the seams on the Fantastic Vent on the roof.  Even though I sealed it first with putty tape, you still have to go over the top of that with the Dicor sealant to ensure it’s water tight.  I also had some seams that were exposed because my j-rail wasn’t covering them all the way so I got some Sikaflex sealant to cover those.  I don’t think it’s technically the way you’re supposed to do it, but I wanted the added protection since there were some areas exposed.  I got it in grey, so it doesn’t look too bad.  I still need to trim it in a few places where it got a little goopy.

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Here’s a pic before adding the Dicor. It’s just got the putty tape between the vent and the roof.

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I made this barrier to go around the vent because I wasn’t sure how much the sealant was going to spread and I didn’t want it going all over the place.

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Turns out I didn’t need the barrier. Oh well, better safe than sorry!

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Here’s a pic of the Sikaflex sealant I applied in the cracks of the j-rail. The top of the j-rail had a better seal because it was completely covering the seams. It was just on this side in some places where I had folded the roof over too far. I think I’ll trim it a little but it doesn’t look too bad.

It poured down rain today and I let Junebug get rained on for the first time in a long time.  I guess I figured I needed to test her seals out to see if anything leaked.  From what I could tell, everything stayed bone dry, so that was awesome!

I decided yesterday that maybe I wanted to put the old light fixtures back in the camper instead of the new crappy ones I bought.  I needed to clean up one of them because it had gotten rusty, probably due to getting wet because it was the one above the kitchenette.  While I was messing with the rusty fixture, the neutral wire broke off of the light socket.  ugh  Rather than throw out this fixture, which I still think is better than the new one, I decided to buy a new light socket and install it in the old fixture.  It worked great!

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Both old fixtures. The one on the right is rusted because it had been in the kitchen.

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One of the fixtures now has a new light socket.

I thought maybe my ground wire wasn’t getting a good connection with the frame of the camper, so I removed it and used my wire brush attachment for my drill to scrape off all of the paint from the frame.  I then reattached the ground to the frame and it didn’t help.  I decided to give up on the electrical after that and try again on Sunday.

Today, the first thing I did was go to Home Depot to buy a multimeter so I could start testing every connection of the electrical system to find the problem.  I didn’t want a really expensive one since this was probably the only time I would use it.  I ended up getting a Klein http://www.homedepot.com/p/Klein-Tools-Electrical-Analog-Multimeter-Test-Kit-69149/204367271.

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When I got home, I first tested the outlet in the garage that I was plugging the camper into.  It tested 120v which was the right voltage.  Then I went inside the camper and turned off both breakers inside the breaker box and tested the main power coming into the breaker box.  It also tested 120v, so I knew it wasn’t the power inlet or the cord I was using.  Since I have two circuits in the camper, one for the exterior plug and one for all of the interior wiring, I turned just the exterior plug breaker on first.  It was simpler since it’s only one plug for the entire circuit.  I did this on purpose because the AC will plug into this and it draws more power than anything else I will be using.  I tested the exterior plug and it worked great, showing 120v.  Next, I turned off that breaker and turned on the second breaker that powers the circuit for three outlets and two lights inside the camper.  I knew the problem was somewhere along this circuit.  I slowly went through the connections, one at a time, disconnecting the wires further down the circuit so I could isolate each one.  About halfway through, my stupid multimeter broke!!   At first I thought the outlet wasn’t working correctly, then I realized it was just the multimeter.  ugh.  I decided it was time for a lunch break so I could try to destress.  After that, I went back to Home Depot and returned the Klein multimeter and bought an even cheaper one made by Commercial Electric.  It worked just fine to finish the job.
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After disconnecting and reconnecting everything, the lights worked!!  I still don’t know exactly where the problem was.  It could have been the cheap fixtures I had in the camper before.  Or, it could have been a loose connection somewhere that I fixed when I reconnected everything.   Either way, I was just so relieved that it finally worked!!

After that, I knew I still needed to do a few more things.  I wanted to make a new garnish to go around the Fantastic Vent on the interior because I had done a crappy job trimming the plastic garnish that it came with.  I think my new custom garnish turned out much nicer than the plastic one anyway!

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I bought some nice birch wood for the screen door on Saturday, but I just didn’t have enough time to build it thanks to the stupid electric issues.  Oh well, I can always get to that later.

I also wanted to polish the wings today and install those, but I didn’t have time before dark.  Instead, I added a few more decorative items inside and then sat on the bed and had a glass of wine to celebrate.

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These owl glasses are actually from the 1960s, I picked them up at a vintage shop and love them!

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Owl never lose my keys again with this handy hook. 🙂

 

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This came on the vintage camper mug that my mom gave me for Christmas. I thought it was cute too so I saved it so that it could have a permanent home inside Junebug.

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I got this little sign when I was living in France. Since this is the bathroom (well…port-o-potty for nighttime emergencies only), I thought it was a cute little addition.

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I added some purple star twinkle lights above the bed. It’s so cozy now! I can’t wait to spend the night in it.

Only a few more days until my big reveal party!!  After that, I will post more pictures of the entire exterior and interior.  I can’t wait to show off all of my hard work! biggrin

 

The Home Stretch, Part 2

I had a pretty productive day!  Unfortunately, I also discovered today that my stupid light fixtures inside the camper still don’t work!  I don’t know what is the problem this time.  There seems to be power going to them and the outlets on the same circuit work when I plug in the main power inlet, so who knows.  I called the guy from RV Masters, and he’s going to come by tomorrow to have a look at them.  He’d better fix it!

The first thing I did today was paint the wheels.   The thing I hate about painting is all of the preparation that it takes.  It took me much longer to prep the area for painting than it did to do the actual painting.  Oh well, in the end, it was worth it!  I think they look pretty.  smile

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First, I had to clean the wheels with degreaser.

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All clean!

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Taped off and ready for paint (this part took a while)

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After a coat of primer

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Three coats of purple

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Street side after 3 coats of purple

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All done!

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You can see my reflection in the baby moon hubcap 🙂

While I was in the process of painting the wheels, I finished painting the closet too.

Later, after the paint was dry, I installed the vinyl wall map of the US on the closet wall.  I think it looks pretty cool!

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I also finished moving the exterior outlet and patching the previous hole.  I added some flexible duct work to lead to the vent for the AC on the interior of the camper.  I still haven’t added a vent cover, I’m not sure if I will, or if I’ll just attach another piece of duct work when I’m inside the camper to make the air flow upward toward the bed area.

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I added another piece of paneling in front of the AC duct to cover it when it’s not in use. I can remove that piece to reveal another piece of paneling with a hole in it so that the air can flow out from the AC duct when I’m using it.

After finishing those things, I finished securing the drawer under the bed and added some support to the beams that hold up the bed cushions.  I also hung some pictures and installed the closet door.  I don’t want to show a picture of the entire interior until after my big reveal party next weekend, but I’ll share one of the street side, just to give you an idea.  biggrin

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So, if I look at my list again, here’s what I still have left for this weekend:

  • Install interior crown around Fantastic Vent (I think I may make one instead of using the plastic one it came with)
  • Install two emblems (Trailer Coach Association & small Shasta emblem)
  • Seal cracks and staples on exterior as well as vent on roof with sealant (need to pick this up from RV Masters)
  • Polish WINGS and reinstall (This will be my favorite part!)

If there’s time:

  • Build new screen door (forgot this in my last post)
  • Install baggage door
  • Install trim around bottom edge of exterior

I’m getting so close!!

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The Home Stretch

The Home Stretch

This is my last weekend to prepare Junebug for the big reveal party taking place next Friday, September 12th.  I have already received quite a few RSVPs because everyone is excited to see the finished product!   Luckily today is my Friday off, so I have three days to work on everything which should be plenty of time.

Last Tuesday, I had an electrician from RV Masters come out to take a look at my wiring job.  The only problem left was that the ground wire inside of the fixture above the bed had broken off (it was a really cheap fixture).  Once he added a new ground, everything worked perfectly!  I knew that was probably what was causing the fixture to be electrified, but I had gotten so frustrated last weekend, that I decided I had better just get an electrician out here either way, just to double check my work.   He said that everything else looked good, so I was excited that I passed the test!  smile

After he was finished checking my interior wiring, he wanted to take a look at my taillights.  I am still having trouble with them, the side running lights and license plate light don’t work when hooked up to my VW.  He said some mean things about the two guys who had messed with the wiring both on my car and on my camper.  All of these guys I’ve worked with think they are better than everyone else who works on trailers!  I guess they are all competitors so they can’t like each other.  haha   He initially thought it was how my VW was wired.  We checked it and that wasn’t the case.  He then determined it was Junebug due to a grounding issue.  He inspected the taillights because the side running lights were brand new.  He thought the taillights were too old and weren’t getting a good ground or a good connection with the bulbs.  So…I had to order new taillights.  Luckily, www.vintagetrailersupply.com has reproduction taillights that are exactly like the ones I have so the look with be the same.  The bad part is that they cost $120 with shipping.  ugh  They are supposed to arrive on Tuesday, and I’m going to try to install them myself first and see if that fixes the problem.  If it doesn’t, then I’m going to have to rewire the taillights to ensure they are getting a better ground connection.  Fingers crossed I can fish the wires out from behind the skin, insulation, and wood where I wedged them before so that they wouldn’t be compromised!

So, back to what I need to do this weekend.  I figured it would help me to make a list of everything to help me plan.

  • Move exterior plug to a better location and add j-box under the fridge to connect it to the interior wiring so that no wires are exposed to the elements.  Patch other hole in floor.
  • Secure drawer under bed to frame and add two small pieces of wood to support middle of bed
  • Finish painting closet and install closet door
  • Install interior crown around Fantastic Vent
  • Paint wheels
  • Install two emblems (Trailer Coach Association & small Shasta emblem)
  • Finish installing vent for AC to go on cabinet face – Still haven’t figured out the best way to do this
  • Seal cracks and staples on exterior as well as vent on roof with sealant (need to pick this up from RV Masters)
  • Finish adding all decorative items (bedding, pictures, little items for kitchen, etc)
  • Polish WINGS and reinstall (This will be my favorite part!)

If I have time: (if not, I can always do these things sometime after the party because Junebug looks ok without them for now)

  • Install baggage door
  • Install trim around bottom edge of exterior

Other things to do (non-camper related) to prepare for party: (If I run out of time this weekend, I might do these things during the week or next Friday before the party since it’s in the evening)

  • Major yard clean up in the backyard
  • Major house cleaning (my house and yard have been neglected for a while)
  • Replace fountain pump in fountain on back porch (old one broke)

 

Ok, I guess I’d better quit writing and get to work!  Lots of things still to do, but I think it’s manageable.   I’ll write another update tonight.

I’ll leave you with this original ad from the early 1960s for the Shasta Compact.

Original Shasta Compact ad

 

Kodachrome


When I was in high school, we used to listen to Simon and Garfunkel almost daily.  My friends and I loved their song Kodachrome the most and would sing along to it all the time.  I don’t know why, maybe because they sing about high school or maybe just because it’s a happy song.  Either way, the song brings back happy memories.  I’m listening to the song now as I write this, and it has a slightly different meaning to me.  He sings about how Kodachrome makes every day look like a sunny day.  I can only assume he means the film, which they discontinued in 2010.  It makes me think of Facebook and how people usually tend to post only the best and happiest photos.  I guess Facebook is my generation’s Kodachrome. haha

The reason I chose to title this post Kodachrome was because I discovered the beauty of chrome spray paint today..and I will be posting photos, so it seemed fitting.  biggrin

 

I wanted to paint the spare tire today as well as the hitch and bumper.  While I was at it, I also painted the propane tank.  I think it turned out pretty cool!

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First, I went to AutoZone and got the spray paint. I bought some primer as well as the chrome and purple paint for the wheel.

 

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Next, I cleaned the spare tire with degreaser. It’s an old tire, so hopefully I won’t need to use it. I will likely get new tires for the trailer at some point, and then I can put one of those on the spare tire mount.

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I taped off the tire so it wouldn’t get paint on it.

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After primer

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Purple!

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Mounted again and I also painted the bumper with the chrome paint.

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This is the piece that fits over the front of the spare tire to hold it onto the bumper.

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After two coats of purple. I also painted the nuts. 🙂

 

And now to the front of the camper.


 

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After painting the hitch with primer, I noticed some numbers on the side. This must be my VIN!

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Primed the propane tank too

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Hitch is primed

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After one coat of chrome paint

 

I wanted to do a similar design on the propane tank as my camper will have (once I get it painted).

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I taped off the stripe and coated the top half with chrome.

 

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Getting ready to paint on the purple.

 

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Both colors are on and waiting for them to dry so I can pull off the tape.

 

 

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Finished product! I think the stripe is a little too fat but that was the only size painter’s tape I had so oh well.

I also painted a few other details that needed to be installed.

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This is the door catch so the front door can be propped open.

 

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This is the Shasta emblem that I paid a lot for. I just had to have it!

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Not quite the same as getting it rechromed, but it looks pretty good and a lot cheaper too!

Next, I set out to install my new Fantastic Vent.  It proved to be a difficult task (what a surprise), because I had inserted some additional framing pieces underneath the skin to make it sit a little higher (to help the water run off) and they were making the hole too small for the vent.  I couldn’t just take them out because they were all attached to make a square.  So…I had to get out my oscillating tool and saw away at the sides until I got it to be big enough for the fan to fit inside.  It took a while, but at least I finally got it installed!

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Hole from the interior.

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After trimming away at the edges and cutting out the hole in the skin.

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And it’s finally in!

I still need to seal it again with Dicor lap-leveling sealant. http://www.amazon.com/Pack-Dicor-Self-leveling-Lap-Sealant/dp/B00H554R98/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1409626405&sr=8-2&keywords=dicor+lap+sealant   I don’t have any, so I need to pick some up at the RV shop.  I’m keeping the cover on Junebug now anyway so I’m not in a rush to finish sealing it just yet.

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Here it is from the inside. I still need to add the frame piece to cover up the edges and tuck the wires in.

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The interior frame piece that fits around the hole for the fan sticks up too high, so I needed to trim it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a good tool for this and ended up using my tin snips. It made the edges all jagged. I haven’t installed it yet because I want to see if I can smooth the edges first.

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I had to order a 12v to 115v converter so that I could power my Fantastic Vent since I don’t have 12v set up in my camper at the moment. Luckily, this part went better than my overall electrical wiring experience, and it worked the first time!

The fan works great, and I can’t wait to use it when I’m camping and don’t need the AC.

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My newly painted hitch and propane tank look pretty snazzy. 🙂

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Here’s a pic with the vent hood open. It’s translucent, so it adds a little light in the camper even when closed.

 

I installed the Shasta emblem and I think it looks really cool!  I was worried maybe you couldn’t see it very well since it’s silver and the skin is silver.  I think it still shows up just fine though.  I think I’m on the right track to finish on time now!   The electrician is coming tomorrow to make sure my wiring is done well, and then I’m on the home stretch!  smile  Have a good week and I’ll be back next weekend!

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