There comes a moment in every long project where you panic a
little lot and question whether you did everything correctly up to that point. With an Airstream renovation, that moment occurs precisely when you start reinstalling the walls that you will never be able to remove again.
We planned our electrical system to the best of our somewhat experienced abilities plus some help from family members well versed in household electrical systems, but as we began riveting those very permanent–looking walls back into place, there was that moment of self-doubt: what did we forget to do that will haunt us later?
Nevertheless, reinstalling walls has been one of the most instantly gratifying parts of this project so far. After a bit of frustration while wrestling with awkward 20-foot-long sheets of aluminum, quite a bit of blood lost (aluminum is sharp!) and some invigorating hand-strengthening workouts with a rivet gun, we have a trailer that has suddenly transformed into looking almost livable! A few coats of primer and paint on those walls and she’ll look like new.
We also took some time to install our two new FanTastic Vents, which are combination ceiling fans and exhaust fans, and feature rain-sensing, automatic opening and closing exterior covers. We were able to hook them up to two small 6V batteries after installing them to test them out, and they move quite a lot of air! Really looking forward to having the dual fans and cutting down on the time we need to use our air conditioner. One fan will be directly over our bed, and the other in our living room/kitchen area, so we should be able to do a combo of exhaust and intake, and promote airflow.
Just a few more wall panels and a couple hundred rivets to go and we’ll have a trailer that no longer resembles the inside of a space shuttle! Four weeks until lift-off – eek!