I realize it’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me. Charlie’s been bogged down in the details of time consuming things like painting window trim. Items like these don’t lend themselves to entertaining blog posts!
It’s just a matter of grinding away until the job gets done. Charlie’s finding out the interior of the Tiny House RV (THRV) takes MUCH longer than the exterior!
The last time you heard from me, Charlie had just blown insulation throughout the (THRV).
Charlie then framed the interior walls after cleaning off excess insulation from the framing.
He nailed and glued 1/8” wood utility board on the framing for all the walls except the wall that forms the back of the master bedroom loft closet which faces the living area.
He nailed white bead board on the framing for that wall. You can see both types of wall finishes in this photo.
Plumbing and gas lines are complete. To make sure the job was done correctly, Charlie hired a plumber to install the plumbing and gas lines. All these lines are run outside of the walls for easy maintenance.
Charlie’s also been busy on the exterior, installing twelve 280-watt solar panels on the flat roof. He then wired them together and ran the wires to the controller which feeds the 8 batteries.
These store 20 kW of power to provide electricity whenever full sunlight isn’t available. The system will pump out 3 kW per hour, assuming full sunlight.
We’re not getting the maximum amount of kilowatts since the build site is in partial shade but we still have enough to run the air conditioner, refrigerator and small power tools. All of these items consume 4-5kW per day total.
The solar system is extremely complicated, so much so that, at the risk of boring you to death, I could easily write a blog post just about that. I will soon make up a .pdf document about it and post that to the site for those who want the details.
Charlie’s discovered the portable air conditioner, which draws 1,000 watts/hour, doesn’t pull much moisture out of the air. He’s had to buy a dehumidifier to solve that problem temporarily. My personal experience is that it’s still hot and muggy inside the THRV. In this photo you can see the air conditioner installed in my loft area.
He’s going to replace the air conditioner with a split unit system which will be a lot more efficient. It will need less than 500 watts per hour and won’t be running constantly like the current unit. It also won’t require a dehumidifier.
Glad we learned this lesson now rather than after the interior is completed and we’re trying to live in it!
Once the walls were installed, Charlie had to fill in any cracks, sand the filler and the boards, and paint the walls. He also painted the previously installed headboard for our bed.
Charlie painted and installed all the baseboard and window trim pieces – a huge job that took a couple of weeks. The window trim pieces are all mitered, which accounted for quite a bit of time, and the painting took even more time.
Charlie also laid laminate flooring everywhere except in the living area. This area will be done in engineered hardwood for extra strength since it’s raised 2 feet to allow for storage underneath.
Next Charlie installed the shower for the bathroom as well as the vanity. We still need to purchase a composting toilet.
After that Charlie turned his attention to the kitchen. With help from friends, he installed all the full-size appliances: dishwasher, gas stove, and refrigerator. To get the refrigerator in, they had to cut a little of the floor out since it was too large to make the angle going into its space otherwise.
He then installed all the kitchen cabinets and farmhouse sink. After he installed the sink, he put in the water filtration system for drinking water.
Charlie now glued and caulked the Styrofoam ceiling tiles that he’d previously painted. These are installed throughout the THRV.
My loft area is complete except for the crown molding which still needs to be installed in several areas of the THRV.
The interior is starting to look like a home. And the more it looks like a home, the more excited I’m getting about living in it.
But first I need to sell stuff. This is proving harder than I’d thought, especially for those few items that have some value to them as well as those that have a value too small for the Swip Swap sites but too large to donate them.
I feel another blog post coming on just about selling stuff. Stay tuned!
You can see full-size photos of the interior on our website here: http://tinyhouservadventure.com/index.php/interior-progress/