Once I had the basic design, it was time to update and personalize it.
The first thing I did was extend the length from 10' to 12'. The main reasons were to allow an increase in cabinet storage space and to allow sufficient room for a 54" wide (Full-size) mattress. I also added a propane tank and three burner stove, a 12V/120V refrigerator, underfloor water tank, and 120V shore power. Yes, it's starting to sound like it'll be an RV... though so far I've resisted designing pullouts for it.
Over the next six months I changed the floor plan at least 12 times, with each change necessitating at least a partial re-do of the cabinet widths, the frame crossmembers, and/or any number of major and minor features. Once I was comfortable with the layout, I met with Ed the Welder, handed over the chassis drawings, and went home to wait...
Getting the chassis built took a long time... as I went along, there were a number of things that changed either before I started them or soon after. Fortunately, there was nothing that had to be completely undone.
To see each step in detail, click here. This is the finished chassis:
The Walls and the Front Half of the Roof
Between travel and weather delays, it took only three months to build the first wall... and then I noticed a
flat spot in the rear curve :(
Both walls are now up and secure. The front panel and the roof up to the hatch will get underway as soon as
I recover just a bit more from my three-disc anterior cervical fusion surgery (click here for the "After" x-ray)...
Click here for details on building the walls, the front, and the roof (the stationary part of the top).
The (Dreaded) Rear Hatch
The bane of every teardrop builder... his/her first rear hatch. I think (hope) the anticipation is worse than the reality—as it is in so many other areas ;)
I have all the tools (I think) and've never before done finish carpentry, so this will be another learning experience... the only question remaining is—"Does the Marmoleum flooring run under the cabinets or up to?"
Eco-friendly Marmoleum—"Donkey Island" for the floors and "Rembrandt Palette" for the tops of the cabinets...
Electrical—Pre-wiring the Interior
Gotta get the walls built before I can wire anything...
Once the walls are up and the hatch is on, I'll be able to start prettying it up inside...