Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Bedding

Decided on brown (what else:).... and something that would be warm on a cold night. Decided we also needed a "Bugg" above the bed.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Matching Jack Stands

Jack stands painted to match the Gem:)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Finished interior

Pretty much done! Due to the fact that the seats have no back rests, we felt the fabric on the back side of the bed would make for a good backrest if one felt the need. I've also purchased the long "body pillows" in a brown micro-swede if we find we need something more.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sink cover correction

I spoke with Herman Schiebout Jr. this evening. Turns out the sink cover was not standard, it was after market, added by a previous owner.
Still, a great idea and one we'll keep.

Sink Cover

This sink cover proved to be quite an undertaking. I really wanted to reconstruct it since we tried to keep to the original plan as closely as possible. (You can see the original formica on the underneath side of the top)

Since the formica was damaged during removal, and to match it up with the now existing laminate, we re-skinned it with new laminate. Not perfection, but it looks pretty good. I thought it was a neat idea to give a bit more counterspace when the sink wasn't being used. This is one more original item in this "deluxe" model Bugg that I have yet to see in any other one.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


We've been working on getting the plumbing setup for the faucet to take a hose from an outside source. Since we won't have a water holding tank inside, it should be a pretty simple plumb setup to get water to the sink.

Speaking of the sink, we've also been working on the cover for it. This "Deluxe Model Bugg" came with a built in cover for the sink when it is not in use. I've not seen one of these on any other Buggs before. Trying to salvage it and recover it with our new laminate has proven to be a bit of a challenge.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Curtains, lamp and fabric

Fabric attached to back of bed. Curtains are up. The original lamp that hung on the side of the cupboard was damaged. This one free and like new. It will work just fine.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Before and After

Finishing up

We are finally getting near the end. It's been a long couple of years. The Murphy bed went in today and cleared the curve in the back! We will still add brown fabric where the old paneling is and then attach the table that swings up when the bed is upright.

We have also lost a couple of inches in height as we have pretty much rebuilt this trailer from scratch. With all the damage to both the wood and aluminum, it's no wonder. Things will still work though.... and that's the main thing. Coming from a teardrop background, a couple of inches isn't anything we can't live without. Under most circumstances, this trailer would have likely been chalked up to being a parts trailer, too far gone to bother with repairing, so I guess we can look at all the work as another vintage trailer saved.

The trim gave us a bit of trouble in curved areas causing us to sink black screws in clear view. We will cover them with a neutral color of paint? that more matches the wood.

The bunk bed holders are in place above each window.

The stove still needs to be seated and attached to gas. The sink has a built-in "lid" that acts as more counter space when it is covering the sink. Still some plumbing to do. We will not store water inside in a permanent setup... we will however have a sink attached to plumbing should we have access to a outside hose.

In time we will add a cargo door and have an airconditioner in the bottom of the closet that can slide out when in use. We will use the rest the closet to store food and kitchen stuffs.
Still have a bumper to put on the back...... etc.

Curtains.... small details.... nearly done!

More photos

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Moving along

Finally. All the birch is in. Cupboards are in. Things are really starting to move along now.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sneak peek at birch cupboards

Out with the old and in with the new. We are replacing all old paneling with new birch, covered in polyurthene. First photo shows new cupboard with all original hardware in place (including the cool 12v light). 2nd photo shows before. This cabinet had a lot of water damage inside.
The kitchen area and benches are all being done the same way.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

First two photos. Poly on birch. You also see side by side shot of birch before and after poley.
The last photo, Golden Oak on left, Pecan on right. Yuck on both.

Interior color

I have been struggling with what to do for color on the birch inside. I first tried a Watco Danish in a Golden Oak... too yellow. I also tried a Minwax Pecan. "Too boring brown".

Finally, after stating to different folks how I would like to keep it light, several folks, including a carpenter recommended just plain ole straight polyurathane. I went with a gloss, hoping after several coats, I can get it to shine.

I'm very happy with the color. Not sure you can see in these photos what the true look is with just one coat of straight poly over birch, but it darkens it up nicely, not too much... and pulls out the grain. I think this will be just what I was looking for after a couple of coats.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Insulation, Etc.

It's a long while since I last posted, but we have been progressing slowly. Work is being done on the side getting the kitchen area, bench work done, etc. Everything is being re-worked/covered in birch plywood. I haven't decided yet if we will just clear over the birch or go with a bit of color, such a honey oak color.

One of the most important features in the renovation for me was to make sure we had a nicely insulated trailer. The Bugg had NO insulation originally. I have never had a vintage trailer that is insulated well with modern insulation, so I'm really looking forward to what a difference it will make in both sound quality inside and of course for keeping the heat and cold out.
Things should really go back together more quickly now that we have been working on all the small detail work. We have also wired in a 12v converter, along with regular power.