Wow!! I can’t believe how much we got done in only 6 weeks!! We’re now on the road so I’m summarizing weeks 4-6 in one post! They flew by as we pushed hard to get everything we wanted done so we could get on the road and get all the way to San Francisco for Halloween!
My dad worked hard on our plumbing to replace pipes that were old, add a bunch of new valves and drains so that we can easily drain our system if we know we’re going to be in an area where it might get so cold at night that the pipes would freeze if water was left in them.
New pipes for incoming water mixed with old plumbing in the bathroom where the water inlet and drains start and finish.
New floor around the toilet and above the black water tank which along with the black water plumbing was still in good shape.
He installed our new fresh water tank under one of the twin beds and secured it with wood to the floor and walls of the bed so it wouldn’t slide around while we are driving. The new water pump was installed after this picture was taken right in front of the tank, which is used for pumping water from the tank to our sinks and toilet when we’re not hooked up to a pressurized hose in a campground. This means we can go off grid temporarily! It was a huge job and we’re so grateful to him for his help and knowledge!
The girls and I came back to New Brunswick while my husband Trevor was still working on a movie set. (He’s an audio engineer.) We all worked with my dad to get the cabinet that Trev and his dad built installed in the kitchen, build a new cabinet on the other side around the fridge and install the bed/couch Trev and I will sleep in.
We transported this cabinet all the way from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick and installed it to the floor and both walls (although there wasn’t a lot of support in the outside wall) with two inch wood screws. My dad and I then installed the original sink back in to the new cabinet (it just barely fit!) and added on the new taps and new stove.
The stove was screwed in as well but not until we had the propane hooked up in case the propane installer needed access to the back. We left the divider walls between the girls’ bedroom and the kitchen as we just didn’t have time to cut new ones and they were in decent shape. We reinforced them with wood screws to the floor and bed frames.
Then we had to cut a wall template out of 3/4 plywood. (We purchased construction grade, one good side wood.) We did this by tracing the divider wall to the left on to cardboard. It worked pretty well and we only had to make a few adjustments after the plywood was cut.
We built in a cabinet to fit around the fridge and then after this photo was taken added more cabinet space to the left of the fridge and blocked off the vent to the roof at the back of the fridge as you have to have a roof and floor vent behind your fridge for safety. (All of this was done in the final week.)
THE FINAL WEEK
Trev, the girls, my dad and I all worked non-stop to finish up the most important jobs we wanted done before getting on the road. We painted even more wood, walls & trim white to make everything look new and clean, went to Saint John to have a professional install our propane hook-ups on our stove, hot water heater and fridge and installed a new waterproof click lock floor. I love the colours of our new floor!
We installed an IKEA convertible bed that pulls out from a single bed to a double or queen for the master bedroom at one end of the Airstream. During the day we have it set up like a couch for sitting/company and at night we slide a foam couch cushion down at the back which is the same height as the single mattress on the bed. This turns it into a double bed for Trevor and I. I have to admit after a few weeks on the road, it’s not that comfortable. We might actually buy a double mattress and keep it out all the time just for comfort’s sake for the rest of this trip. On a shorter trip it would work fine.
I love the new kitchen set up with additional counter space. We made this counter out of the stove and sink cutouts from the other counter top. I have plans to add pull out drawers to the shelving below and a microwave to the spot where our food is but for now it suits us just fine!
In behind the counter space on this side is the perfect spot for my Epicure spices, candles & more! It’s secure so nothing moves around during driving.
And our bedroom! It looks pretty messy here but you get the picture. The white curtains, my pillows I made, our nice duvet and the couch/bed work very nice in this space. Also note the original stereo speakers Trev was able to save on the left and right!
We love our renovated Airstream so much even though there’s still a LOT of work we would like to do both on the road and in the future. I’d love to be able to continue to renovate the bathroom some day with butcher block wood counters, a new sink and shower but for now I’m happy that we’re able to get on the road only a couple of weeks behind my original planned departure date.
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