This was an exciting project to get in to. The original 1976 Bendix Corsair travel trailer was in its final days regarding the interior conditions.
The floor was so rotten that I could make snow balls with the wood, the tank for the toilet had a huge crack in it, the roof was sagging a good two inches and the smell of mold and moisture was disgusting.
With only three months time allotted to me by the landlord, I dove in right away! I knew that the materials would all be replaced from the beginning. There were no plans on how I was going to do the new layout.
There were a good 80 hours involved in just the demolition. 1450 lbs of materials were removed, including the old fridge, flooring, walls, cabinets and insulation.
The planning started after the trailer was completely gutted and the stove, sink, siding, frame and windows being the only original parts left.
I ordered forty 2x4x16′, a box of construction screws and a stack of insulation. This kept me busy for another 80 or so hours. The floor, roof, bathroom wall and cabinet were now roughed in.
The sheets for the walls are 1/8″ Baltic Birch. Using construction adhesive and staples, I was able to get the curves that give the trailer that unique design on the interior.
Because the walls were strapped to give extra support and strength, I needed to come up with a window casing that fit screens to keep the bugs out. Mahogany was used for the casings.
The trim, breakfast bar table and counter top are made from Cherry hardwood.
The cabinet doors, storage doors, washroom door and some accent walls were made with pine. However, this wasn’t the average pine. It had grown in an area with a lot of minerals and that’s what gave some pieces that blueish/grey pattern. This is what led to painting an accent wall teal.
White is always a good choice for ceilings and the trailer is no different, even though the ceiling comes down in the front. The grey gives a nice comfort to the space while not being too bold.
In total I have over 300 hours and a total of three months in this build.
I have learned a lot from this project and look forward to doing more in the future!
Thank you for all of the support ❤️