Sunday, January 27, 2008

Floor Wood

I got the wood for the floor. I thought that getting it home would be difficult because the pieces are so big. But that part was actually easy. The hard part was dealing with the idiots working at Home Depot and Lowes. I went in Home Depot first and asked for CDX 1/2 plywood. The guy in the lumber department was so over the top rude that I just left the store. Then I went to Lowes. The guy in there wasn't rude but he couldn't give me what I wanted either. He had no idea what I was talking about and said that they don't use the term CDX for their plywood. I ended up with something 1/2 inch but I don't know what kind of plywood it is.

Saturday, January 26, 2008


My flyball team threw me a surprise Trailer/Birthday party today. They got me a ton of pink and green stuff to go inside my trailer. It is all so pretty. I can't wait to see it inside the Powder Puff.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Now, That's Ironic

This morning I loaded up my truck with all of the aluminum from the camper I tore apart and headed off to a place that buys scrap metal. The place is located in a very shady part of town so I was fairly nervous about going there. As expected, the clientele were far from classy. There were no signs telling me what the procedure was so I was circling the building clearly looking confused. A homeless man appeared out of nowhere and told me what to do. He also asked me if I would kindly bring in his bag of cans with me because they only allow people with vehicles to drop items off. Fearing that I might set off some type of psychotic episode if I said no, I agreed to take his cans. After weighing my aluminum and the cans, they gave me a ticket which I took to a window and was given $54.20. A dollar, twenty of that was the cans. So I got back exactly $3 more than what I originally paid for the trailer. My excitement about the money was short-lived because then I realized that I still had to face the homeless man waiting outside. I showed him my receipt and gave him $2 which I thought he would be happy with but instead he started ranting about how he should have gotten more money and claiming that my aluminum actually belonged to him. I just smiled and laughed and quickly got in my truck and sped away.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Floor Is Gone

It took almost as long to remove just the floor as it did to demolish in entire camper. The screws were so rusted that they could not be taken out. So the floor had to be sawed into pieces and pried off with a crowbar.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

I Have Obtained A Tag!

Well, the dealer came through but as it turns out, he's actually not a used car dealer (oh, more misinformation).
The name of his establishment is Bellview Auto Salvage. So I figured it might be interesting to pick up the tag in person especially since he mentioned having a large selection of dead RVs. I was mainly hoping to score some windows as I have priced them new at $100 each.
After a survey of the "merchandise" we located some spectacular finds, 2 side windows and a possible window for the door. Of course once you have found an item you want, it's strictly self serve so we came prepared with the necessary equipment.
Today's grand total was a whopping $18 and here's what we left with:

Friday, January 4, 2008

Mind Numbing Stupidity

Yesterday, I decided that I had better get my camper registered before I go any further with the construction. When I picked up the camper, I was told that the title had been lost but that registering it without a title wouldn't be a problem. I was suspicious of this information but I thought that it was possible that campers could be different than cars when it comes to tags and registration...........wrong. As it turns out, any vehicle weighing 2000 lbs or more is required to have a title in order to register it. So I called the woman I bought it from and told her about the problem. She said her husband purchased the camper from a used car lot and was only given a receipt and not a title. Who on earth would shell out $350 for a vehicle on a car lot and not get a TITLE?! Then I called the used car lot. The guy pretended to have no knowledge of this camper and insisted that he never would have sold something without a title. Then he oddly offered to do whatever he could to help me get it registered. I found it very strange that he would go out of his way to help with something that supposedly had nothing to do with him. It's clear to me that he realized that I was a little smarter than the idiot he sold the camper to in the first place and he wanted to make sure that he made me go away. What was he thinking when he sold the camper without a title? Did he really think that wasn't going to come back and bite him? Anyway, he told me that he would get it registered in my name as a utility trailer under 2000 lbs. That way, I do not need a title. So now, my project is pretty much on hold until this gets cleared up........AUGH!

Oh, and one other thing, as I was looking for the VIN on the camper, I discovered that this thing is not a 1989. It is a 1979! Not that it matters for my purposes but it's hard to believe that the woman I bought it from couldn't even tell me what year it was.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Cardboard Floor Plan

Today, we used cardboard and pvc to lay out the floor plan. This floor plan is much different than the one we did on paper before I got the trailer. The first floor plan had bunk beds but I liked the layout of this camper better so we are going to rebuild it the way it was with a few modifications for the dogs.