Don't get us wrong. The COVID-19 pandemic is serious stuff and we recognize it is something that no one expected or wanted. With our state's shelter-in-place edict, we cannot go out or do anything. So this is an opportunity to make some significant progress on the camper on a weekly basis. We didn't mention it up to this point, but all of this work is being done at the storage facility where our camper is parked. We live in a townhome and don't have the space or ability to keep the camper on our property and work on it when we want to. But that is not stopping us.
We spend the months of March and April removing walls, fixtures, seats/benches, and the toilet/shower area to make way for new insulation, wall panels, and ceiling panels.
Plus, we are able to make some improvement to the exterior and functionality of the camper with new marker and tail lights.
None of the existing exterior marker lights work. Surprising, I know. We find some great vintage-style teardrop lights and install them in 10 locations around the outside of the camper. They're LED and self-grounding on the exterior skin of the camper, which makes it extremely easy.
These marker lights were purchased on Amazon in both amber and red options. You can also find them a vintagetrailersupply.com, when they are in stock.
In addition to the new marker lights, we find some new LED tail lights to replace the previous lights. Anticipating a theme, we guessed correctly those previous tail lights don't work, either. The new versions are not exactly vintage camper style lights, but they fit the space perfectly and cover the gaping hole that was behind the previous lights.
We opted for the chrome version at Amazon.
Let the destruction begin. This exposed wall is the rear dining area on the passenger side. We need to replace a couple of water-damaged support pieces and continue to remove unnecessary finishing nails. No consequential structural damage, though.
Here's the rear wall with the bench and toilet/shower area removed. The removal of the toilet was ... fun. You can see the large hole from the sewage pipe exit through the floor of the camper at the lower right. This will be covered and sealed.
We actually get to keep one of the ceiling panels in place above the kitchen area! Minor victories are well-accepted at this stage. The rear ceiling panel and curved areas of the rear wall are removed and awaiting new insulation and panels.
And we have new insulation! We opt for foam panels instead of fiberglass batts. Much easier to deal with and install, for sure.
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