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Salty's floor goes in!

>> Monday, June 23, 2014







 Insulation and the plywood floor installed this weekend. Exciting!

Don's continued work on the trailer frame.
July 3, frame goes on the trailer chasis for good.
July 4, Holiday (unheard of, right? but Don is taking the day off)
July 5 & 6, The roof and siding will be going on.

Mary Ann's inside trailer work-
- counter top(s) were ordered and will arrive here tomorrow.
- upholstering the bunk mattresses.
- final decisions about curtains.
- picking out cabinet pulls












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Salty update

>> Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A very big THANK YOU goes out to Jeff Bartlett. He spent his weekend replacing the Tongue on Salty's chassis.
 This week new tires, electric brakes, new bushings in the suspension . Then paint . Chassis will be done and ready for the frame to go back on.













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Salty: Center section of trailer

>> Saturday, April 12, 2014

Middle section of frame is complete and the reclaimed windows has been mounted temporarily to re-review the fit. Looking good. 
Looking forward to Easter weekend, when the frame fit is rechecked with the trailer. 
We continue to check and recheck.



 

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Salty: Demonlition Day

>> Saturday, April 5, 2014


This is the weekend that old Salty will be demolished to make place for the new Salty. Don, Erik and Justin removed the vintage louvered windows, front visor and hatch panels to be repurposed into the new Salty.


 During the demolition much of the wood frame was well rotted.
Old Salty, left unattended, could have collapsed on it's own.




One more picture of the final bare frame.

Easter weekend, frame fitting.

 

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Salty's personal surfboard

>> Friday, February 21, 2014


The gorgeous 4ft.  couch table arrived today. 
Dana Surfboards made it for us.
Table mounts on the underside, and when not in use, will be decoratively secured on the wall



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Salty, Welding Begins

>> Saturday, February 1, 2014

Opening the door and walking into the trailer greeted you with the waft of decay. 
The wood frame was rotted and about 75% of the framework was not connected.  Our new frame is out of aluminum steel tubing.

Week 1, Don got to work building/welding the front third of his trailer

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Salty Kitchen

>> Monday, January 27, 2014

 Kitchen design this week. Our preferred work flow is to maximize counter top and to continue the organized efficiency theme.
We are re-purposing the stainless steel sink from the original Salty. 
The stove and oven were cute but toast.
 The last few years we have rented trailers in San Diego for a family reunion vacation and our last and newest trailer was equipped with a microwave/convection oven. 
The advantage to a combo like that is that the cooking/baking does not heat up the trailer.
We are going to mount it low, where the former oven was located.
 
Experience also says that a 3 burner stove top is rarely used (especially with the microwave availability). A portable conduction burner will suffice.  We preferred it due to the built in safety feature, when the pan is removed the burner automatically shuts off. Burner settings are either Hi Med, Low or the exact temperature (such as 110 degrees). You choose. 
When not in use, it is stored.
DUXTOP 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 8100MC   Took the stove out of the trailer and using portable safe conduction burner


Experience also says that a 3 burner stove top is never used (especially with the microwave availability). A portable conduction burner will suffice.  We preferred it due to the built in safety feature, when the pan is removed the burner automatically shuts off.

My favorite part of the kitchen design was cabinetry, the efficiency challenge. Knowing the appliances above, I used the 3D kitchen planner on the IKEA.com website. IKEA cabinets can be  small and efficient.
We only purchased drawers and doors to keep the weight in the trailer down. The cabinet framework is part of the trailer frame design.

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Salty Board Meeting #1

>> Sunday, January 19, 2014




We attended the WBAY RV & Camping Show  at Shopko Hall to get ideas for design.
We learned we can order the new outside siding in 24" heights. 
I was impressed with efficiency bathroom: a little corner sink installed in the shower, similar to sailboats.We put it in our plan.

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We didn't intend to do this!

>> Monday, January 6, 2014

In August 2013, sight unseen, we bought a 1978 20 foot Prowler Travel Trailer listed on Craigslist for $500. Our intent: to freshen it up with a little white paint, new tires and new fabric. It would become our beach home every summer.

Don brought home what he called "the tenement on wheels", parked it in the driveway and quickly  painted the outside to appease the neighbors.

Several weeks later, we tore into it, removed 1000 lbs of interior and made a sizable deposit at the city dump. When we bought the trailer, we didn't mean to do this.

In 2014, we will spend six months (February to July) creating our Ultimate Beach Trailer on the chassis of the 1978 Prowler.

P.S. The trailer now answers to the name of "Salty".
  
BEFORE PICTURES:









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