I'm pretty sure no project is ever done, you just give up one day and start working on something else. We've got a ways before that happens here though, so I spent the day adding all the necessary bits and pieces to make this hovel a home. From a slab of 2 1/4 inch thick salvage fir I formed the curb for the shower pan, sealed it with epoxy , screwed it down, and siliconed the seams. Holes still need to be filled.
I wired this outlet directly to the side of the breaker box (next to the bed), so my iphone would never be more than arms length away while charging (god forbid!).
I finally got the hinges on the secret door built into the lower counter shelves that gives access to the box that will be home to the off-grid battery bank, four Trojan L-16's, giving this thing more amp-hours than just about anything on the road!
I found these nickel-plated antique hinges at the Rebuilding Center in Portland. With some alcohol and the sacrifice of my personal toothbrush they cleaned up nicely!
In keeping with reusing as much of the original trailer as possible, I moved this folding table from it's former location in the front of the trailer to the side. A little long and a little spindly looking at 3/4 inch thick, I cut it shorter and gave it a facelift with some thick edging to make things look a little meatier, adding a live edge from an old log that had barnacles living on it from when it was floating in the ocean, just to keep things interesting.
Finally the sink, which I've shown but not talked about yet. The tiny sinks they normally put in RV's are basically useless, so I knew from the beginning that I wanted a full size sink, and must have changed my mind 10 times before making the commitment. Of three salvaged sinks I found this one won out, but with the small issue that the bottom of the basins are looking a bit worn. Thinking that I might get it re-enameled, a quick inquiry as to the price of that service quickly put the kaibosh on a professional resurfacing, so I hemmed and hawed, and even considered a new sink. Finally I just decided hell with it, it's an old trailer, why not use an old sink? It works fine. I also learned how to put in a new drain basket (the whole thing at the bottom of the sink) which is fairly straightforward but nothing I'd done before. You can find a video for how to do just about anything on youtube these days!
Jenny Vallimont is a sustainability expert and community impact leader with a Charlotte based real estate developer. Her passion is travel.