She has not changed much on the outside. Although thoughts of her name painted somewhere comes to mind. Plus I do have an idea for all of that white space that will have to wait til next winter. But for now, lets take a look at the changes I did make!
Well More than enough for me. My Guitar, Mandolin, and Dulcimer are all underneath the bed. Along with a bucket for my soups, though that may go back into the van. I even have a tub for my summer clothes. The van is now my primary storage place.
I have taken out the old bed entirely. The board was made of Plywood and Particle board. Both are items I should not be around for any length of time because of the glue that they use. I made the new bed 16 inches narrower and just over a foot lower. It is made out of 1 by 4 pine boards. It has made a huge difference for me as far as livability goes. The builder had it designed that way for specific uses, like weekend camping trips. For me this is going to work much better, since I will be living in it! I could not get to most of the storage space the way it was, but now I am utilizing most of what I have. The bed was so high it was hard for this ole gal to get into, so lowering it also improved the trailer by leaps and bounds.
Taking out the old bed took a couple of days of hard work! It was in there to stay. Until I came along. Fortunately, I was able to reuse many of the 2 by 2’s and especially the ones with the special holes the builder had for screwing them into the floor. Here are some pics of the old bed coming out.
Here is where I started to work on the new bed. It was looking really big once I took out the old bed!
Visualizing the bed. Those 2 x 2’s are just sitting on the framework around the edges of the trailer.
I have the legs setting on the floor where the beams run under the trailer. The builder said to use them or lay some 2 by 4’s if I was going to have the legs go any where else. Help to distribute the weight.
I am sure you know it was not quite that easy. But it was getting dark and I so wanted to lie down on my new bed I just did not stop to take pictures! Shame on me!
That night we threw the blankets and the little feather mattress we had on that big beautiful bed and slept the sleep of the victorious!
After sleeping on a board 18 inches wide… Wait. Didn’t I tell you about that part? No? Oh Boy what a story that is! We had already moved into the trailer the way it was, thinking we could make it work. We couldn’t. The bed was too high and it was just too much to bear having all of that space under the bed going to waste. I could not reach anything under it without laying down on the floor and scooching (is that a word) my way back under neath it. Not the best way to utilize that space trust me! Plus I had already given my cot to my son for his truck. So there was no bed in the van. But I did have this board that was 6 feet long and 18 inches wide that had come out of the trailer. I had the old milk crates that I had taken off of the roof of the van. I put them inside the van and laid that board on top of them.
I think it was four or five nights total that we laid on that skinny little bed. Oh My! It felt like a very long time! Sure did make us appreciate that nice 3 foot wide bed when we finally got to lay down in it!
Next I cut down the mattresses. Yup there are two. The top one is a little softer for comfort and the bottom one is a heavy foam so you don’t reach through to the wood. I do like the way they builder had this little trailer set up in so many ways. Just had to make some adjustments!
So. Can I brag just a little? I had to show you this since no one will see it once the shelves go in.
Cut down the mattress and wrap it in a sheet? Voila!
I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was about this!
BUT! The Acid test is about to happen. Will SHE approve?
She sniffed it all over once and laid down! Macha is as grateful as I am to NOT be on that 18″ wide board in the van. It certainly made us happy to be sleeping here instead!
Did I mention how happy I was to be in our new bed? So happy that every night as I lay down I am still thanking the good Lord all over again for such a lovely bed!
Now! We have a place to sleep, so, what about a shelf or two?
A shelf will do two things. Give me more flat space to fill up and protect all of my electrical wiring. You can see my positive and negative strips up against the wall and I have moved my two DC Outlets and the 110 outlet so they will be under the shelf as well. That will keep me from accidentally pulling any wires loose. Okay, Okay, Fine. It will keep me from pulling any MORE wires loose. That has happened too many times!
In this photo you can see I already have some of the boards in place. The cool thing is none of these boards are screwed in place. They are just sitting there on the 1 x 2’s that I made into a little tray. That way I can easily get to the the DC strips that are underneath this shelf and add wiring for my lights later.
It sure didn’t take me long to put something on it! No flat place is safe in any home I live in! LOL
Here you can see the trays I made to let the boards have someplace to sit. On this side they may end up screwed in place since I want to add a special shelf on top of this one. But that is down the road.
Well it is a lot when you are doing it with a hand saw! Shelf number two is done! Thank goodness I had a borrowed screw gun. I don’t know what I would have done without that!
This one is not quite as finished as I would like but it will work until I can do the finishing pieces on it. It won’t look quite so rough then.
It will just sit on top of the shelf. But I will be adding barrel bolts to keep it from wandering. I got some fancy flattened ones. You can see one of them here.
I have one in the back as well so it wont come off when we are going down the road.
The back barrel bolt fits into the front slot when it is in this position to give it a little stability. With the bed as a seat it does work. Tried it out. But I came up with a better notion for the short term. Show ya later. Have I said that before? Well! Later has finally arrived!
Here my computer is sitting on a board that is fastened to the shelf with a C Clamp.
I can slide the computer out to sit in front of me when I am sitting on the bed and as long as the C Clamp is not too tight I can swing the board in and out as I need too! That shelf is heavy enough that it holds my computer in place. I don’t want to lean on the board though.
Eventually, I plan on setting up a rectangular Lazy Susan on the other side. Using this same concept. Except the board will fold out and I will be able to use it from the bed or from my seat.
I have added another cushion to the seat. I had them still, so why not use them! The other one has been cut down a bit and is under my guitar to cushion it as we travel. By the way, if you are thinking that shelf looks crowded you are right! I have already put some of it back in the van. Trying to organize the van has been challenging. But it is coming along. Things have been going back and forth, but I am getting a handle on it. I think!
This is the original seat and still hides my privy. I am hoping to come up with a creative way to hinge these doors or at least the top one. So I don’t have to take it apart and put it back together every time. Still thinking on that one.
So that is it for now! My beautiful trailer is so usable now!
I have a beautiful home! With my van as a great storage place it is all working well together. My kitchen is still outside. With most of my food and kitchen accessories in the van.
I am so blessed!