Monday, July 14, 2014

I REALLY hated not having a screen door.  This door has a small screen in it, but if you open the windows, you obviously have to have the entire door shut at all times.  I found it to be far more of  a bother than most doors that come with a separate screen door and the opportunity to leave the door latched open/secured to the trailer while in use. 
We COULD have made a wooden screen door that would have worked.  However, since it appears that most older motor homes (what we got our screen door off of) and older trailers have a pretty standard size screen door, it fit perfectly. 
Due to the way the original door is installed, the screen door must be installed to open IN instead of out.  It folds back towards the inside cupboard/sink area open.  When not using it, we open the sliding door on the screen door, grab the doorhandle and shut the door. 
It works wonderful and is one of my favorite additions to the trailer. 

"Electric conveniences"

It's been a while.  In the meantime one of the biggest changes we've made is to continue with the idea of making this trailer more convenient for camping "non-rustic".  (We have the Shasta Compact for rustic camping)

We removed the gas stove and used the area to install a microwave.  We also purchased a new Coleman gas stove with grill/griddle and lock it in place with a simple bungie cord while traveling.  The gas line has been capped off so we can still use the gas light if needed and of course we also still have 12 volt/converter availability. 

This has made our trailer very convenient when camping anywhere where electric is available;)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

No leaks

Went out today after a drenching rain last night.  No more leak!

I'm hopeful this roof material will last for years, or until we decide to replace it with new aluminum.  However, we are at the very least happy to see that our trailer is no longer in danger of damage for the foreseeable future.

Monday, May 21, 2012

finished roof

The PVC roof has been applied and the roof should be leak free now since the bad seam in the aluminum is now covered.   You see the metal edge on the top which is where it starts.  It ends on the back side about the same place.  We didn't want it to be visible from the ground.

This job was a big one, taking down the vent again, glueing down the roof material, cleaning up all the old edges and trim, applying new sealant to everything... tooks several days.  Though it isn't a "pretty" look, its white like the aluminum and water tight.  Water tight is something this trailer hasn't likely seen in at least a decade.  If this stops the leaking and we believe it will, we can live with the pvc on the roof.  We'll keep it for as long as it does the job.  When it doesn't, we'll invest in a new sheet of aluminum plus new edging.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hard to believe, but we've been back at working on the Gem.  After all that work, we found out we had a leak that was threatening to destroy all the work we had put into the trailer.  We first noticed a bit of damage inside at the same exact place where most of the interior water damage had been before restoration.  There is a damaged spot on the roof where a tree landed.  Though we thought we had repaired it, it wasn't enough

We are now taking a piece of pvc roof, glueing it down over the damaged area (this included pulling up the vent and side trim) and triming it off.  Short of replacing the aluminum (which would have been the best choice), we went with what we had.  This however should take care of the leak for good and last a long time. 

Monday, July 25, 2011


Our new fridge I picked up on Craigslist for $25.  We tried our best to keep the original icebox, but it did a lousy job.  Thin plastic with no built in insulation....a cooler worked better.  I just watched until I found a fridge no larger than 19".  Still, we did have to do some adjusting to get it to fit in the old icebox area.  We have room in the back for ventilation, will trim out the front which will include a vent cover over the top front to still allow air flow from there also. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011