No new work to report, but I wanted to check in and let everyone know that I'm not giving up on this project. As I said before, I'm changing the interior to accommodate an extra full-time passenger, so the bedroom and garage will be changed and necessitate abandonment of the drive-in garage space.
Where the bed is now will be opened up and the back wall pushed all the way to the door jamb of the rear door. The rear door will open into the garage/storage and there will be plenty of space in there with the tall ceilings and about 48 square feet of floorspace.
The "new" bedroom will have twin-size bunk beds on the passenger side and a wardrobe/entertainment center on the driver side. We'll sit on the lower bunk to watch TV across the room.
I'm going to leave a little open space aft of the wardrobe to possibly install a door and toilet room that occupies space in the garage. Having the toilet there would be good for two reasons: It's as far to the rear as possible to isolate ... uh ... odors, and if I wanted to install a flush toilet it's over a section of floor with nothing underneath, so I could mount a black tank right under the toilet. If I wanted to install a composting toilet, I would have easy access to a hatch from the garage area so I could swap out the composting tank/bucket without ever having to carry it through the living area. Or I could just throw a porta-potty in there and be done with it.
When my fingers are working again, I'll be able to model all this in SketchUp (much easier when you can control a 3-button mouse) and I'll share those renders here.
Speaking of fingers, I met with an orthopedic surgeon last week and he's going to start working on my locked or stiff joints so I can regain a decent standard of living again. My right elbow is going to be the first surgery, then the left. Fingers after that. The elbows are the most important because right now I can't even scratch an itch on my face or brush my own teeth. With at least one elbow working I should be able to do almost everything that I now need help with.
I spent a few hours today catching up on most of the threads I've missed and now I'm all pumped up to get back to work. I'm going to try to heal extra quick so I can get to it before next winter.