I started my new home away from home. Talking advantage of the warm weather a week ago I bought nearly 50 Western Red Cedar 1 x 6 Tongue and Groove boards. Then I applied Thompson water seal while still loose. It took up all of one side of the garage floor plus the trailer bed. I applied it with a garden sprayer set to a fine mist. That worked great and was super fast. As the water seal takes 48 hours to permeate with temps above 50 and no water intrusion, the boards on the trailer were covered. IMG_1885.JPG 105.94KB 15 downloads IMG_1886.JPG 102.97KB 10 downloads.
BTW with my back and legs it took all summer to get my 23 year old dual axle 7,000 lb car trailer up to a safe operating condition. (new AXLE, Brakes, Wiring, Brake Controller, New Bearings, spindle resurfacing on old axle etc.) Man am I lucky to have such a great grandson that doesn't mind turning a wrench or getting dirty. At 14 I am very proud to say I spent a summer working alongside a great young man.
Impatient to check my plans and ensure the height was correct, I temporarily raised the walls (see below) on almost completely overhauled trailer. The trailer is 100% complete now with new tires and new sprayed on truck bed liner on the metal. Oh yeah I to time to cleaned up the old rims and add some wrinkle paint to them from Rust Oleum
People are asking what the weight will be.
- Lets start with the trailer. With the new tire the dry weight is 1850 lb's weighed one week ago on certified scales. Yes it was detached from the Suburban.
- Using the Menards online shipping weights for each piece my best estimate right now for the Vardo Cabin Shell with a green steel roof will be 1120 lbs. Since I have an accurate tear weight of an empty trailer Ill go back to the scales and see how close I am. My goal is to make a Vardo cabin shell with a permanent bed and mattress installed , enclosed restroom, heater/propane tanks, and cooking accessories to be less than 3500 lb's Yes this season will be a bare bones Vardo. My wife indicated she would like to camp with me. So next spring and summer she will design the interior, At 6'6" tall and at 12' x 8' feet I think she can really turn this into home.
-Cedar is light and that is one reason I chose it. It is about 1/3 less weight than pine. a 12' Cedar weighs 6.7 lbs and Pine weighs almost 10 lb's. Also Cedar is naturally rot and insect resistant. Not to mention its natural good looks. Okay I lucked out, Menards had it on sale a month ago for $5.50 a board cheaper then regular price. That was a favorite too!!
No insulation if I have my way. I like the wood exposure to much. As you know I have spent many a winter at sub zero in a canvas tent. If I can survive an uninsulated canvas tent 1/2 inch of wood should be just fine.
Hey any comments or questions...please don't hesitate. It will help during the actual build which by the way starts tomorrow. And with the assistance of my grandson should be 3/4 complete by sunset Sunday!