Hello my friends. Welcome back.
If you’re new to the blog, I’m in the process of trying to finish five weekend’s worth of work in three weekends on a TTT, (Tiny Travel Trailer), that I’ve built from the ground up and have been painstakingly laboring over for the last fifteen weeks. Nineteen days left til Nosty’s Nook’s maiden voyage and shakedown cruise. Am I sweating the deadline? Nah! Sometimes, being blissfully ignorant has its’ benefits.
First off, I’d like to take a minute to thank all of you who have been stopping by to watch Nosty’s Nook progress and evolve over the last fifteen weeks. Until this week, I hadn’t looked at the statistics regarding the number of people who read the blog every week. Now that I have, I’m suffering from a severe case of stage fright as I write this week’s blog. *laughing* Wow!! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. And thanks for the emails. I love reading and laughing along with you over some of the great many tips, ideas and anecdotes a lot of you have sent since the build began. I only hope that the blog has given you as much pleasure as your interest and emails have given me.
One of the most common questions I’m asked is: “Are you really going to sleep in that…..what-cha-call-it?” The answer, of course, is a resounding “You bet-cha, by golly!” Hopefully this week will bring a little more order to the interior of Nosty’s Nook, (alias Das Nook), and you’ll be better able to see how much room there is inside. Just to give you an idea, the bed, when it’s finished, will have a custom memory foam mattress that’s just shy of a queen-sized mattress. Other than that, almost all other activities will have to be conducted out of doors. Hey, that’s what camping’s all about: being outside and enjoying nature at it’s finest. A TTT is, by design, a warm/cool, dry place to sleep after a long day of enjoying the outdoors. For the sake of argument, it’s a hard-sided tent with a glandular condition.
I also need to mention that I made a slight, ($1000 to be exact), error last week when I stated that I was just over the $3000 mark. In reality, I was just over the $2000 mark, (darn dyslexia). Imagine my surprise when I realized that I went too far with the “auto sum” function in Excel! If only it had been actual cash I’d budgeted and tucked aside for the build instead of that ever popular hypothetical cash. The real stuff spends so much easier.
(Friday) Well, the weekend got off to a lousy start. According to the weather-folks, this weekend was supposed to be sunny and cool. Imagine my chagrin when I woke up to rain. We all know that the weather forecasters are always 100% on the mark. I’d take a prediction from a little old lady with arthritis before I’d believe a forecast from a $6 million Doppler radar. Anyway, being the self-professed genius and multi-tasker that I am, I ran to the Home Depot for supplies while the rain was at its’ worst, then got home during just enough of a lull in the deluge to get the table saw out, cut a bevel on the door moldings, and move them inside to prime and, hopefully, paint in my dry dining room/paint booth. I’ll be routing a round-over, (try and say that three times fast), in the outside lip of the door moldings so painting the entire molding isn’t possible, but I was able to get primer and paint on the back side so I can get them cut to size and in place on the doors; then prime and paint the finished trim once it’s routed and finished.
(Saturday) Ah, a much better day today. It was colder than a well-digger’s buttocks in the Klondike, but with the heater going inside Das Nook, keeping everything ever so toasty, the last coat of primer went on the inside walls and the ceiling is painted. Whoo Hoo! I also managed to get the outside door moldings installed. Tomorrow they’ll need to be routed, sanded and painted. If my luck holds out, I’ll be finishing the door moldings, getting the interior paint rolled on and building the cross supports for the bed. If I manage to get all that done, I’ll be one happy fat boy going into next weekend. Of course, I’ll be relegated to meal prep on the picnic table and keeping myself hygienically acceptable in the campground’s bath house over the Thanksgiving weekend trip, but I’ll be sleeping in all the comforts of home. I’ll take advantage of the odd, temperate weekend between now and spring to finish the galley and have Nosty’s Nook as close to finished as a TTT ever gets when the weather that brings people to South Carolina returns again next year. I can’t wait for spring camping.
(Sunday) A much better day today. Unfortunately, I may be going to work in a wheel chair tomorrow, but I got a lot done. It’s hard to paint an area that you can’t stand up in. *laughing* I tricked myself, (like it’s hard to trick a simpleton), by neglecting to set my clocks back until I got up this morning. Therefore, when the clock annoyed the daylights out of me at 8AM, it was actually only 7 which gave me an extra hour today. Unfortunately, when I walked out of the house it was only 35 degrees. I’d left the heater on in the camper overnight to help yesterday’s paint coat dry, so I slid in quickly and started on the green.
The first coat seems to have covered very well, (Glidden Evermore), so there shouldn’t be much more than a little touch up on the green and a whole lot of touch up on the ceiling paint where the green “accents” were added. Ok, so I’m no Picasso.
I also managed to get the remainder of the bed frames completed and installed. I’ll be putting additional insulation on the floor between the bed frames to thwart the ground frost from coming in from underneath. In the front area, between the bed frame and the front wall a fresh water tank will eventually be installed and the plumbing to the galley will run under the trailer.
Here’s the whole bed frame bolted in. Next weekend I’ll be sliding in some half-inch plywood for a bed deck. Eventually I’ll be hinging the plywood for access to the considerable storage I’ll have underneath. For now, I’m just going to cut the plywood to fit and temporarily screw it down. I’ve only got two weekends left to get Das Nook camp-able, so I’m cutting a few minor corners to insure I’ll be sleeping on a bed and not in the truck. There are those naysayers amid my inner circle who have wagered that I wouldn’t make it. I thumb my nose in your general direction ye disbelievers! *laughing* HA! I laugh at your challenge. It won’t be me playing golf in a dress this year! OK, so I might, but only because I look so good in that gold lame’ sundress with the little purple lilac branches on it and my gold suede golf shoes.
And, last but not least. I finished the door molding by routing the outer edge today. The outside faces aren’t primed or painted yet because I had to sand everything, (daylight savings time stinks!), so that’ll be first on the list next weekend. You can’t see it, but there’s a 15-degree bevel on the inside of the door moldings for the rain to run off. I’ll run a bead of caulk along the inside and, hopefully, the rain and road splash will just run off. There will also be a small lip over the top of the door to keep the rain from coming in through the top. I’ll be installing a weatherstripping along the inside of the door frame to cut out drafts, but the stuff I bought is too thick. The doors wouldn’t close properly. Another trip to Home Depot this week. They know me by name in there. I just wish they’d offer frequent flier miles!
I found two door locksets, (black), that were ridiculously expensive because they come with what’s called, in smarmier circles than mine, a “smart lock” system. It’s a good thing they didn’t make me take an IQ test before I bought them or they would have refused to sell them to me. Not something I needed, but hey, they were the only black lock sets available. I also found a garage/shed door T handle for the front box, but they only come in silver. Thank God for Rustoleum. I’m going to take a crack at painting it next weekend and we’ll see how that flies.
And here’s an overall view of where Nosty’s Nook stands now.
I’m still confident that I’ll be sleeping snugly in Das Nook over the Thanksgiving weekend. It has come down to the wire, but we’re almost home. It’s the auxiliary things that I have left to do, aside from the camper work, that have me biting my nails. I still need to test and insure my Coleman stove and lanterns are functioning, gather the other various and sundry camping items from within the bowels of my cave and finish cutting the felled tree in the back yard to insure I have sufficient firewood for the entire weekend. I just know it’s going to be one cold weekend. I’m a firm believer in Murphy’s Law. Sadly, I think Murphy wrote it with me in mind. I truly was, born bent over.
Again, and as always, my most heartfelt thank you to all of you who have written with questions, anecdotes and words of encouragement. It is greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And don’t forget to stop by the Teardrop and Tiny Travel Trailer website for a look at some amazing little campers built by some pretty amazing folks.
And to LN from The Aisle of Nekked, you are a pip! Welcome to the insanity!
Until next week, I wish you peace, love, fair winds and much happiness.
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