Sorry for the lack of post in almost two months here’s my best attempt at summing up our progress since then.. If you aren’t much for reading, feel free just to skim the pictures, doesn’t hurt my feelings.. (I like pictures too)
First we finished running all of the interior ABS drain pipes for the kitchen sink, dishwasher, washer/dryer, bathroom sink, and shower, along with the necessary vent pipes for the tanks. One challenge we faced was getting a P-trap in between the shower pan and the grey tank. Due to the placement of our tank almost directly below the shower, we didn’t really have any room to go down into the subfloor and then back up, but fortunately, after research, we discovered a straight pipe P-trap that basically consists of a vinyl sock stretched horizontally taut at the exit end. This allows water to go through one way, but prevents backflow/bad fumes from coming back the other way
After that we moved on to the Pex pressurized lines, at which point we swapped out our old gravity feed inlet for a new dual inlet that has both a gravity feed and a city water inlet. Got our water pump from a local RV shop and threw a switch in there between it and the power (Why wouldn’t there be a built in switch?)
Once the plumbing was roughed in, we finished boxing in the bathroom walls with the exception of the one that will have the shower stuff run through it. We used 1/2″ wide U-channel attached to the floor and ceiling to anchor the 1/2″ plywood to, and sandwiched between the 2 1/2″ sheets – 2×4 studs for the center walls and the shower wall that will be tiled.
Right around the time we got those walls in, Irma was headed through, so rather than risk it, we headed northwest and stopped in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for a few days while Irma passed through Florida. It was cool to sleep in the Pickle for the first time and we even brought the cats along (they weren’t too impressed, and decided the underbed portion was the about the best part of the floorplan).
Once we got back, we tackled the fridge, which ended up being a much larger job than I’d anticipated as we had overlooked running the DC line and thus had to route a new line through the walls. It still kind of blows my mind that the fridge requires AC, DC, and propane.. RV refrigerators still seem like something out of a sci-fi movie to me, they heat chemicals and the reaction cools the inner temperature? Who came up with this!? but I guess it’ll be worth it if we ever find ourselves in a place without power and need food not to spoil.
From there, we built out the drawers and structure of our small desktop that will be a continuation of the kitchen counter, with a spot for my desktop on the left (with some extra vent space, cuz computers gotta breath yo) and Jamie’s various desk shtuff in what will be drawers on the right. While I was chopping away at wood Jamie was giving everything a good paint over with no concern for the subfloor which will be covered in vinyl planks at some point anyway.
And the last and current step we’re on is prepping for tile in the bathroom. I know that sounds like a crazy idea, tile? in a trailer? but it can be done, and done well at that, Hofman Architecture has been a big influence on the style we’re going for, here’s one of their tiled bathrooms: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVsm7lRF3PI/?taken-by=hofarc I managed to knick my toe pretty good with the cardboard cutter while trimming this kerdi-board maybe flip-flops weren’t the best choice of shoes..
Anywho, there you have it. The Current State of the Pickle, if you’ve got any questions, or just want to tell us what we’re doing wrong, give us a holler!