What is the ice box made of?

Decided to keep the ice box original. Too many are being taken out of these old campers and destroyed. The little fridges that fit are just too small to hold anything worth keeping cool. I like portable coolers, or the marine fridges (but this camper is too simple for something so sophisticated). This camper was made with simplicity in mind, so I will use the ice box from time to time with ice in it, or use it as a cupboard to hold food.

removed ice box from kitchen cabinet and removed door. notice mold on cardboard exterior

They used staples to attach EVERYTHING-Face frame off.
icebox is encased with corrugated cardboard, then fiberglass insulation, and finally the metal interior box.
Yuck – a little mold in the upper corner of the picture
outter box dimensions
Lower half of ice box. the drainage hole needs to be connected to down pipe from upper shelve used to hold ice block. Also need to repaint white walls – I think previous owner tried to repaint with that yellow color flat house paint.
Sanded as best as I could. Top of box is painted. Notice the interior metal box is very simply made with seams that are crimped and in the corners are sealed with calk.
Finished painting inside. Notice upper area is not painted where the ice goes. The ice block is placed on that shelf and the water would loosen the paint. The ice melts and drains down the tube in the back and out the hole in the bottom(which I have to connect so there isn’t a puddle of water). Food in the ice box is stored at the bottom where the wire shelf and white bottom are located. (that’s just an FYI for the newer kids)
Instead of the fiberglass insulation, I’m replacing it with rigid insulation from Home Depot. It has an R value of about 5. Added bonus that it will help with stability. Rounding the corners with aluminum foil tape (used in HVAC ducting work).
Finally, putting on new cardboard. Using brown packing tape around all corners. This really gives it a nice finish. After sanding and air brushing that ugly brown on the door and frame pieces, they will get reattached.
Viola! I think the paint came out okay. I don’t have any special equipment to get a smooth finish, but I think it will look fine in this little bitty Shasta.
The finished interior with face frame on. I replaced the foam seal around the door with weather seal I found in the Home Depot insulation isle (BIG mistake). Its almost like double stick tape!
Close up of foam that seals the edges of the door. Gotta figure out how to make it not seal so well!!

Maiden Camping Voyage!!!

Today is the day we head to Fallen Leaf Campground in South Lake Tahoe to meet up with about 23 other families from our son’s school for the Holiday weekend.

I know we’re not quite ready yet, no brakes on the trailer, awning isn’t tested yet, and don’t have the darned giant bubble recipe made up (thanks Peg)!  But damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!!

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Pretty uneventful trip to the campgrounds.  I think everyone is staying home because of the fire in Yosemite.  That makes it perfect in Tahoe…less crowds!  And the smoke is worse back home than it is here!

Several people stop to ask about our camper and I get to show it off a bit.  After setting up camp, Mike and I put the awning up for the first time, and IT FITS!  YEA!  And all my worries about the door not going to be able to open without lifting the awning….no worries!!

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After a couple days of relaxing and playing in the lake, the maiden voyage comes to an end.

Bike ride to Angora Lake

Angora Lake

Angora Lake

 

 

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Now to get the brakes hooked up…

Inside coming along nice!

Vicki just sent a picture of Joe’s progress. They received the fridge and microwave last week, and I brought in the little heater Vicki found on e-bay and I bought.  They have it over the new wave heater to hide it.  Decided to modernize it to make it comfy (and SAFE) to camp in.  This baby has to last another 67 years!  So a few more drawers, and doors, and some upholstery and THEN I get to take it for a spin….

Where too first?  Backyard camping?  Walmart?O_Dell_-_Fridge_In-942x1236

Lights for the inside

Well, tried for months to find the right lights to go inside.  E-bay-nope, Ruby Lane-nope, craigslist-nope, antique stores-nope, etsy-nope.  Either they had the wrong shape, wrong color, or only one available.

Finally found something and ordered four,

O_Dell_-_Light-937x1225And here they are, mounted to the wall with a switch attached!

I think they look perfect!

New Emblem

So there really isn’t an official camper manufacture design for the Curtis Wright Model 2 camper, so from the original advertisement on Tin Can Tourist, this label was born.  Gotta hand it to Dane B. Kustoms out of Crockett, CA, they really know how to design with paint, I think it turned out VERY nice!  (please excuse the funky photo…not really sure how to get a good picture of the stripe on the “mirror” surface…without showing everything next to the camper…HA!!).2013-05-06 13.20.43

Update for today

Ya, I’m making two entries for this.  I was there at Sierra Trailer Restoration picking up the vintage plates to go to the DMV and had to visit with the little camper and see what Joe was up to.  So here are some pictures!

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Joe tells me that he still needs to make the leg for the table.  Notice how nice the metal trim looks around the seating and table and counter!!!

This next pic shows the original sink and original water spout which Joe tells me about painstakingly polishing the brass, only to find out that it won’t let the water through very well.  Oh well, it LOOKS good! hahahaha!  Back splash has a pattern to it that doesn’t show in the pic but looks fabulous!!

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Joe and I are taking a break.

Joe and I are taking a break.

 

Hmmmm, what to do about the new heater...

Hmmmm, what to do about the new heater…

 

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Look how nice the above cabinets look.  LOVE the way Joe followed the ceiling with the curve!

Okay, now I just need to bring back the license plate and original hinges I found while cleaning out the garage to get ready for all of mom’s furniture which had to be moved because I moved her to a care facility and needed to clean out her apartment.  Life keeps getting in the way of me having FUN!!  (oh wait…this IS fun…)

Trying to get the Year of Manufacture Plate!

I always heard what a pain it was to get the “YOM” plate, but now I know….it’s all TRUE!!  On February 25th when I went to the DMV and got the new registration and plates, I mentioned I’d like to have my year of manufacture plates put on the camper.  The lady gave me a new form (imagine that!) to fill out and told me to take a picture of the plate and send it in with the form to an address she put at the bottom of the paper.  On February 27th, I sent it all in and kept copies.

Fast forward to today and I still don’t have word on my request to use my vintage plates.  So I called, and an hour later was told they don’t have my request!  Two months waisted!  So I went down to the Folsom DMV (again), and waited an hour (again), and was told I did it wrong (again!).  I have to bring the plates in to the DMV office with the forms and more money!  GRRRRR!

So a quick trip (HA!) to Nevada City to grab the old plates off the camper and off to the Roseville DMV (I was told it was less waiting there).  And a chat with Eddie and yes, I let him touch the vintage plates and take more pictures of them and measure them and write all about them on the form…and another $45.  And he told me, okay!  Now we’ll see if downtown gets the request and I’ll have some sort of tracking record (and yes, I got copies)!

Thanks Eddie!

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Progress!

Got busy with care for mom and haven’t been able to get to see the little camper, but Pete is keeping me posted with pictures!  Here are the latest:

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cozy dining

Master bedroomStill looking for an ice box, or fridge….

Heater, and wall sconces….hmmmm

 

 

Flooring is installed

Even with the flurry of trailers coming in to be restored progress continues on our little one. The flooring has been installed and the walls are finished.  Gotta wait a couple days for the floor to set up and then back at it!  Happy Easter!

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Master Bedroom

Quick run to drop off samples

Made a quick run to drop off the flooring and countertop samples back to Pete. Look what was in the drive!

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That one on the right is the one that was found in a barn and featured on the “American Pickers” episode.  It rolled in yesterday for a complete rehab.

And this little one is owned by “the Ranger”.

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Check out his website on his art work!  http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ranger-of-the-lost-art-wpa-nat-82375

I LOVE this place!!!

Planning out some Art for the walls

Of Course my little camper needs some art for the walls.  How about a little picture?  Took an afternoon to embroider and a quick trip to the thrift store for a frame.  Fits perfect!  Hope to find just the right spot in the trailer…  What do ya think?photo-15

For those of you who might like to know, I used three strands cotton embroidery floss on white linen and then dyed in onion skin bath.  Left corners were left in onion skin bath  for a little longer so that it gave it an old and damaged appearance to it.

Now on to Jerry’s tied flies!

Working on registration

Today I contacted a “Vehicle Verifier”.  She was recommended to me by a new friend from Vintage Trailer Restoration on Facebook.

I’ve already been to the DMV and showed them all my paperwork.  They said I need to have the vehicle vin number verified so, “Bring it in.”  they said.  If they only knew what condition it was in!  So I told them, “no can do” and they suggested the Vehicle Verifier.  I didn’t even know there was such a job…  I’m learning so much from this adventure.

So Donna is on standby and when I get the okay from Pete, she’s going over to take a look and verify that it is what it’s supposed to be…or something like that.

Just waiting and dreaming of having my little camper DONE!