This week's project was to get the shower trimmed out. I had picked up a nice molded 3 piece shower surround that was designed to work with my existing shower base but unfortunately it wouldn't fit. I ended up using FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) panels instead. It was way more work custom fitting the panels but at least I saved a hundred bucks over the molded panels.
After spending two days fitting the plywood shower walls and FRP panels I've decided that CARDBOARD is the essential bus conversion tool. Even after carefully making my cardboard templates I had to trim the panels over and over to get a good fit (I cut it 5 times and it's STILL too short - LOL). Another problem I ran into is the slope of the roof. I'd scrounged a nice shower curtain rod but the right side of the stall ceiling is about 6 inches lower than the left side so I would have had to put the curtain rod at eye level. Not too cool. Finally I put in some J hooks to hang the shower curtain.
I also got the porta-potti base built and used some of the left over FRP to make a panel to cover the utility chase behind it. The mattress in the picture was originally purchased to be cut up for dinette cushions. We're going to try it out this weekend and if it's comfortable enough we'll keep it intact.
The entrance is now trimmed out. I had put down some red rosin paper and a door mat to protect the linoleum while I was bopping in and out and when I pulled it all out to give Roachie a good cleaning I found that the lino had discolored where the paper and rugs had been. This really bummed me out until I looked online and found that the discoloration will go away once exposed to sunlight. I REALLY didn't want to replace that flooring. The Anderson storm door is working out well but I noticed that the lock mechanism was rattling a lot as we bounced down the road. Today I pulled it out to see if I could quiet it down a bit and found that someone
had left some screws loose. I can't figuire it out since I'm the only one who'se worked on the thing and I don't make such mistakes.
We have another camping trip planned for this weekend. Will Roachie finally have his shakedown run? Stay tuned.