February 2013 Blog Posts (19)

More progress on my custom van

Yesterday worked out well I got the plywood in covering the bed area and finished up the ceiling panels plus added both partitions and finished up paneling one wall in the bed area. Hopefully I can finish up the opposite wall today.

Added by Nick Thegreek on February 27, 2013 at 6:02am — No Comments

Cabinet for my custom van project

I said I would share some pix of the cabinet I made for my custom van project. The trim work is all rough strips of wood used to get walls ready for paneling I think they are called "Fairing strips"n and luan panels 

Each piece was Burnt with a propane torch then stained and sanded and then assembled,

I also cut a piece of Plexiglas for the top to protect it from moisture from sweaty canned drinks-etc.

I love the look of old distressed wood ad this fits nicely with the…


Added by Nick Thegreek on February 26, 2013 at 6:04am — No Comments

Still at it on my Dodge custom van

 Okay finally got the foil backed foam core insulation in the ceiling-it was rough going when the temperature was in the low 20's and it was sleeting. Had to take a few breaks to get my hands warm.

Found a novel idea for my doors that go in front of the bed partition ! I had a set of cast aluminum wall sconces that looked like old wrought iron. I gut of the stem that holds the candle holder- ground down the tabs on the back and center drilled them. I will find a pair of brass or…


Added by Nick Thegreek on February 24, 2013 at 6:23am — 1 Comment

Just wondering if there are any RV's with the toilet inside the shower?  It seems like the shower could be larger if they were combined and used as a shower chair.

Just wondering if there are any RV's with the toilet inside the shower?  It seems like the shower could be larger if they were combined and used as a shower chair.


Added by Tina Christensen on February 23, 2013 at 2:50am — 5 Comments

Fishing and RVing

How do I get a fishing license for any state that I am traveling in with my RV, just in case I get the itch.

Added by Lee Hatfield on February 20, 2013 at 11:13pm — 3 Comments

Attention to details....

 I may have mentioned that I was building a storage box/ center console for my Van project. I happened along this old wooden toy box that was the perfect size to fit between my seats. The box itself was trash and pretty beat up with gobbs of hot melt glue in all of the joints because it was falling apart.

I took the box apart and scraped and sanded the glue off of it. Stripped the shelac- sanded it then took my propane torch to it to bring up the grain in the wood then put it all back…


Added by Nick Thegreek on February 13, 2013 at 3:17pm — No Comments


   I Have my 1974 Dodge Travco up for sale. I had it appraised, and I was Suprised. I am willing to let go of it for $16,500. If anyone is Interested email me @ oldiron75@yahoo.com   I will then send you my phone # and more pics.  Thanks Mike and Heather Brancich

Added by Mike and Heather Brancich on February 12, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Tennessee Part 6

Well.... we survived our harrowing experience of the 82 scenic drive, from here is should be all down hill or maybe I should say down mountain.

Our next route is Rt. 60. I wanted to escape heading northeast because of the pending snow so decided 60 west to 23 north through Kentucky and Ohio would be safer. Kentucky? Yes, I wanted to take the long cut…


Added by carey masci on February 11, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

More work on the custom van

After a point you have to start designing the interior. These wall partitions will provide some privacy as well as aesthetics to the inside of the van.

Started by making cardboard templates of the wall curvature then cut the OSB . Did a trial fit to make sure they will line up correctly and shimmed as needed. Did the right side the same way. Oddly you would think that the shape pf the wall would be the same but they are not!

This is the left side partition it goes from the roof…


Added by Nick Thegreek on February 10, 2013 at 5:24am — 2 Comments

Tennessee Part 5

Hey Gang
I just noticed I skipped part 2, well if you are following along I can either post part 2 here or just find it on my blog.

Hope everyone is well,


Added by carey masci on February 8, 2013 at 5:47pm — No Comments

More of the Custom Dodge van

I have been working on the doors that will go over the front of the bed partition. I used 1/4 inch OSB and then cut and pieced 1/8 inch hardwood pieces with the grain going at right angles then used tiny brass nails in the corners for an accent. Got them stained and sealed with gloss varnish. Also added a second coat of varnish to my homemade cup holder too. Still have to trim the edges of the doors-add hardware and hinges. I also burnt the wood a bit to bring up the grain for…


Added by Nick Thegreek on February 6, 2013 at 4:37pm — No Comments

continuing on with my Tennessee trip

Hey Gang
Back from my Tennessee trip but will still post what I wrote on my blog.


Added by carey masci on February 5, 2013 at 4:39am — No Comments

Our new best friend!

My wife Judy and I have been living fulltime in our '83 Southwind for about a year and a half now. Overall everything has been better than we expected, with the exception of one thing. Showers! We understood going in that sacrifices must be made with a 6 gallon water heater, we got really good with "Navy Showers". We adapted to washing dishes a little at a time, to the point that hot water became our biggest luxury.

   We have talked about how we could rectify this situation. Should…


Added by Doug and Judy Dombrowski on February 4, 2013 at 9:46pm — 6 Comments

1964 17 foot Silver streak (bad floor) How do I replace the complete floor!

I found a silver streak trailer that has a dry rotted floor. I can buy it reasonable but my concern is replacing the floor without taking every rivit out of every panel to get to it. Interior is great, walls are good, anyone know of a good easy way to repair this problem! Silver streak is a cousin of air stream. Thanks Wade! 

Added by Wade and Lisa Long on February 3, 2013 at 10:40am — No Comments

More pix of my Dodge Van project

Today worked on the bed area. running wires and hanging electrical box. Notice the storage space under the rear of the bed area for the spare tire -etc.Once done I will be able to hook up to shore power for things like the fridge and TV-etc.…


Added by Nick Thegreek on February 2, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

My custom Dodge van Project

 Wow what a cold day here yesterday but finally got the walls covered in OSB Plywood. Got the front and middle bed partitions in too. Had to use a jack to bend the plywood into shape so I could drill and screw them into place. Hands got so numb that I could not pick up a screw! This has to be a labor of love. No sane person would be doing this on such a cold and windy day

Added by Nick Thegreek on February 2, 2013 at 7:55am — No Comments

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