Carole's Homecoming & Demo: Part 1
Day 1: This weekend was HUGE! After making a ton of phone calls we finally found someone up for the task of bringing her home. We were scheduled to pick her up on Saturday. With a few VERY minor mishaps with loading she was all loaded up quickly
We had some really great tow people from Rodgers & Sons and they did such a fantastic job. We made it over 65 miles, on some pretty rough country roads. We only lost some of the aluminum from the bottom which was loose, but we were able to strap it back up enough to get it off the flat bed.
Once we got her home we let her rest for the day but I was VERY eager to get started cleaning her up.
Day 2: I woke up and wanted to head over to my inlaws house where i'm keeping the camper while we fix her up. I said to my wife Amber "Lets at least head over there and see if we can just clean out all the trash and maybe take the one cabinet out" Little did I know my father in law was already working when I got over there.
My Mother in law, father in law and myself are all pretty handy but when it come to removing things like the old furnace and water heater, thats a little bit out of my league. However my father in law knows how to do it all. We looked at each other and said where do we even start. So first I took all the trash out of the trailer while he started working on taking the old water tank out.
Then we started taking out the cabinets and plumbing this went ALOT smoother and quicker than I thought. I was very nervous to damage the walls in the demo because we plan to save these, But there was very minimal damage. The floor however will need to be completely replaced. We had hoped to patch it but we want the trailer to be around for a long long time so we decided to replace the whole sub floor.
I began some tedious work of scraping the old tiles on the floor. Im not going to lie this job sucks haha! I also demo'd the shelving behind me and there was some very minimal damage to the walls behind the shelving in the front. For a few hours we just slowly but surely worked through the demo piece by piece. Then all the sudden the majority of the camper was gutted! I was so EXCITED!
Then my Mother in law joined in the fun. She wanted to tackle the bathroom area. This was going to be a pain in the butt because it was all one piece the tub sink and toilet area and it was riveted to the shell. We started removing the plumbing and had intentions on trying to save the tub area for someone who would want to restore one to its original state however it was too far gone. There were many many cracks in the shell of the tub and it was very brittle. We also wanted to save the kitchen area but it was in the same state. We did however save as many fixtures as we could as well as the kitchen sink. I plan to use the old soap holder to display my business cards when the shop is up and rolling.
With a lot of sawing and muscle we got the beast of the tub out of there. In this back half is where the majority of the floor damage is so we will be working on ripping out the current sub floor next!
My daughters (6 years old &4 years old ) said "WHOA, Grandma is a beast!" hahaha. Yes, girls she really is a bad ass grandma! haha!
I am so happy of what we got done on just day two and I really cant wait to get to work rebuilding her!
Until next time friends! I will be doing my best to document as much of the renovation as I can :)