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Oh, Hi!

Yeah, it’s been awhile, huh?
A lot of things in our life changed – and quite rapidly.
First, I sold the trailer for tuition. I know, I know… I cried to see it go, but it served its purpose for our family for a long time, we had great memories, and I made a great profit off of it, which facilitated our other big changes… graduation, and moving home to Washington!!
We loved our time in Utah, but Washington is home – and it was time. We now live in a beautiful home a block from the beach, I work full time at my dream job, and so does hubby! We run a small parrot rescue, the kids are growing way way too fast… Life’s good, but something was missing…
Ah, ANOTHER CAMPER!!

Brians’ face, when I suggested it, was classic. Seriously, lady? Again? But in typical Brian fashion, he relented to my adorable pleading.

murderbego

Without further ado, I present… THE MURDERBEGO! Seriously. That’s its’ nickname. For now, anyways. This poor thing has seen some things. This trailer is 40 years old, but this is not “40 is the new 20”, this is “40 is the new meth-house with mold”. The 1977 22′ murderbego! And I got it for $100! SCORE!

Never mind that she’s a little rough around the edges, all she needs is a complete and total overhaul! EASY! (not really that easy) Someone attempted some “fixes” back in the 90’s… but lets just say they were less than successful.

Step one: acquire amazing eyewear, gloves, and facemasks
Step two: tear shit up.
Step three: build shit back up
Step four: ADVENTURE!

So, once again here I am to document the process. We are not your typical trailer renovation experts. We’re not experts at all. We have experts in our family, we have google, and we have youtube… does that count? More than anything, we have complete flexibility and control. We can make the trailer exactly what we need it to be, and ditch all of the features we don’t and wont use.

I will have so so so much more to share later, but in the meantime, hello again, and wish me luck!

*Shameface* and Road Trip Food

 

A little update: we raised $914 for the TEARS foundation at our Rummage sale. We have raised $750 in advertising dollars, as 50% of advertising sales from Amer Sports, Grounds For Coffee, and Tona Sushi went to the cause. Coming up after the rummage we have the benefit concert, on May 25th- admission is 7 dollars and we have AMAZING bands lined up to play, amazing raffle prizes, and we will have the most fun ever- you really must come if you are in Northern Utah.

So, back to the trailer. It is so so close to done. Brian is hooking up the sink tomorrow, and we are putting up a bunk above the bed to hold blankets and sleeping bags. Below the bed I’m storing my 10×10 pop up tent (for craft shows), two 6′ tables, our portable grill and propane stove, folding chairs, a large tarp, an emergency road kit, a spare tire and jack, fire extinguisher and by the time we leave likely much more.

Under the benches nothing is stored yet, I’m thinking they will be a nice place to store clothing, shoes, and so on. There will also be more room to store food in the cabinet above the benches, and the cabinet to the side of the bed will soon have shelves or hooks for hanging our clothing in as well, and a door.

Now just a little post on road trip food.Thing is, we do not have a lot of cash to spare, nor do we want to feel sick or have the kids feel sick eating nothing but fast food the whole way.

So whats the plan? Prep Package and Placate!

Package:
Children are visual. My kids could be handed a plastic baggie of skittles and be excited, but hand them their own bag and they are THRILLED. Home-made granola bars are so much less cool than granola bars in fancy wrapping. We’re going to individually package and contain small packs of treats, to give to the kids like gifts. Its so so easy to do and really fun as well. Here are some examples:
Cute as a Button Display, via Bakerella http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakerella/4319920050/
Made with love bag toppers, via Stay-at-Home Artist: http://www.stayathomeartist.com/2011/01/made-with-love-baggie-tags-printable.html
Arent those cute? My kids will respond to those with absolute joy- and it will save us from buying them a treat at every single stop. We will package small portions of candies, granola bars, rice crispy treats, sunflower seeds, crackers, and so on. I also plan on making custom wrappers for water bottles, to make them a touch more special for the kids.

Placate:
If the children insist (and we’re too tired to resist) we can give them change to get treats and toys from little .25c vending machines, they get a treat and we are happy to not overspend at each stop! Being prepared with snacks, food, drinks, and small toys will avoid the over-spending that can happen on a road trip.

I will update tomorrow with pictures, we’re just doing finishing touches now- but I’ll leave you with these, from our mini road trip to the Holi festival last month. 

A little pic in the IKEA parking lot before we headed south

Mikaela, keeping hydrated!

Well… darn

So, my laptop took a bit of a… to put it lightly… nosedive… and I lost alot of photos, but here are some updates:

#1. The maps have gone up the wall and around the ceiling, they end above the bed where a storage bunk will be added.

#2. The closet has been built over the wheel well, for shelving and hanging shirts.

(pic was lost with laptop crash… more coming soon….)

#3. The cushions are re-covered (sorry, another lost pic), the table installed but I will be making a new one, I dont like this one as much as I thought I would.

#4. The Bed frame is put in

(again……)

#5. The kitchen has been put in, it will have a skirt under the sink, hiding the 5 gallon “clean” and “grey” water bottles. I refinished the sink. I painted the countertop a faux marble/granite.

 

So yeah, more pics coming soon… I’ll take some tomorrow in the light. Its so so much further than this.

In fact, all thats left is curtains, buying a mattress for the bed, framing out the window, building the extra shelf above the bed, making a door for the closet, putting in new flooring, and cutting a new table- which may sound like alot but its not!

One more thing…

The trailer will be making its first BIG trip in June. My friend Mikaela an I will be driving up to Washington to participate in the 2012 TEARS Foundation Rock & Walk. Read more about our trip here: http://silverfirsfarm.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/the-tears-foundation-project/

To prepare, we’re going to:

  1. put new bearings on the trailer, grab a spare as well, and practice changing a tire on the bad boy.
  2. teach Mikki to drive, and get her a license!! She may not pull the trailer but in case of emergencies she needs to know how.
  3. stock the trailer with safety triangles, flares, fire extinguisher, extra cans of propane, flashlights, batteries….

and probably more I havent thought of, right?

Progress….

The weather hasnt been the best for awhile, so we took a little break from the trailer- but this past weekend alot of important work was slammed out, making it possible for me to start working on the interior decor.

We built the bed frame, a piano hinge is on the back, allowing us access to precious storage space below. We are going to insulate under there as well, as soon as all the junk is cleaned off the top (one thing at a time…) and it fits a queen bed. We may build storage shelves above the bed, instead of a bunk, as well.

The kitchen area is untouched, I havent decided yet how I would like it to look- but I am close to a decision. I think.

The bench we had to knock out has been rebuilt, and I finally settled on a color scheme… inspired by the ’60s we’re going for a bright poppy orange and (aqua) blue color scheme. The bed base, cabinets, and benches are all orange- it pops so nicely against the maps! The fabric will be blue and maybe some blue an orange print if I can find one I like. I found some 1960’s green drinking glasses I’m excited to bring in, and I’ll just have pops of color everywhere!

The table hasnt been re-cut yet, I’m still pondering what kind of system I’d like to use on it… folding legs? A post? We’ll see….

The cushions for the bench/table are being re-covered today or tomorrow, it really depends on my kids – sewing with them over my shoulder is basically impossible.

We havent decided what to build next to the bed on the other side yet, but I am leaning towards a shallow closet with a door that we can store shoes, toiletries, and that type of stuff in. I have to draw a few examples so we can stare at them, bicker over them a bit, and decide which one we want to go with (aka which one hubby prefers to build)… thats pretty much how we do things around here.

One last thing: That “buddy” spaceheater? AWESOME! Its indoor safe and has safety shut offs, but they suggest leaving a window cracked just in case. Even with a window cracked the space heater warmed my whole trailer in about 20 minutes, and then set to low, kept it warm in our 25* weather! I bumped into it and it shut off, as designed, but I’m also able to move it without it going out every time- so it has just the right amount of control in that regard. I’m really pleased with it, and it will allow us to camp earlier and later in the season. I’m not sure its enough to want to camp in cold weather like this, after all this trailer doesnt have a bathroom so thats one icy trip outside to potty… but its a great comfort knowing its there!

Snow

Nothing being done currently… we’ve been busy beavers preparing for the winter, however we’ll be getting started on the interior again soon. We’re 100% wired up, 100% painted and cleaned up, and ready for some new guts!

Maps!

Well, I’m not 100% satisfied with it, but its almost done! I might go back and layer some more maps over the top, add little interesting things on… but the basics are finished! It looks like wallpaper to me which is fun, and I love the colors!

Just a tip: you dont need to buy expensive modge podge for this. Simple “school glue” or “elmers” which you can usually find for around .50c a bottle on sale, mixed 50/50 with water: decoupage medium! I swear it works just as well, it takes a bit longer to dry but its much more forgiving and has a nice sheen without being shiny. I just did a nice layer on the wood, layed down my maps being careful not to get air bubbles (but I did let it wrinkle which I kinda love!) and then do a nice thin coat over the top to seal it.

I got the maps at a local map/school supply store for $4.00 each, I used 4 total for a total project cost of under $20.

Three bottles of glue: $1.50, maps $16.00, paintbrush $1.00

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