Do you remember this post? Well the idea must have sprouted for a while in my mind because just after its publication I decided to repair an old caravan. Yep. Yep.
My caravan, I called it Josephine. Josephine, she is a little older (1968), but she is funny with her rounded angles. Josephine is German, although she prefers to believe that she is American. My father picked it up when a friend of his wanted to get rid of it. Because Josephine has a very big defect: she is puffed by moisture in the four corners.
This is the first time in my life that I have begun such an important project. A project that will take time and energy. Because the problem is that there is everything to redo! Over time, his former owner tinkered here and there but nothing was done right. Fortunately the metal frame is in good condition. But the floor and therefore the corners are to be replaced. The glass wool insulation has to be changed. Electricity, water and gas are to be remade. The furniture was broken (oops!). Two of the windows have to be changed.
The advantage is that everything is possible! I can redo the layout as I want, redo the decoration, think ecology-saving energy. Everything is wood, so it does not cost much and I can do it myself or almost. My dad is here to advise me.
I have already spent half of the week on it. All exterior seals and trim have been removed to disassemble the aluminum panels. The insulation has been removed. The furniture was dismantled / broken (they were screwed from the outside, sometimes nailed and in any case in poor condition). Before starting to rebuild, it is still necessary that the “walls” are disassembled to lay them flat, work on them and also to change the floor.
I must admit to having asked myself “But what am I doing in this galley ?!” when we started to disassemble, but once we saw what we had to deal with and we could establish a plan of attack the motivation came back. And then when I have a little slack in the evening when returning from this mess, I will take a tour on my pinterest table dedicated to Josephine
I do not really know what pushed me into this project, but I feel like it’s what I needed. Not to mention being able to travel by pulling my little house. In the meantime, I have something to do for the rest of the summer!
Have you already started a “big” project? A project that was important to you without being able to explain why?