Bedroom: Walls, Windows And The Roof
One of the great things about having a new dog in the family is watching him figure stuff out. We recently got Tyki a new bed. He's refused to get in it for about a week until I finally pulled it out into the living room and coaxed him in it. Then he realized that he LOVES the thing!
He spent some time figuring out how he likes to lay in it. So he sat in it on his butt and leaned back. Kept leaning lean back. And back...until the bed was standing on it's back edge and his back was almost touching the floor.
What a goofball!
Back to RVs: A couple of weeks ago we tore out two partial walls that were installed in the bedroom to separate the bedroom from the shower and the bathroom sink.
In the place of the walls we took out we added narrower studs, mainly so it could hold the insulation in.
Then a hole was cut into the ceiling above the shower so that we can install a vent there later. A vent is necessary above the shower to suck out all the moisture. Especially since the bedroom is going to vapor-proofed and tightly sealed.
Once on the road, the bedroom will be our safe place - meaning that if the weather gets too hot or too cold the bedroom is where we will escape to. The RV can potentially get really hot in the summer (depending on where we are) and the A/C window unit will only be installed in the bedroom. In the winter the RV may get really, really cold. We'll have a small portable heater that we'll move around the RV with us, but we need to make sure we can keep the bedroom warm overnight in the winter, and cool in the summer. To make this happen as efficiently as possible we decided that meant we would have to extra insulate the bedroom. Instead of having one layer of 1.5 inch thick insulation of the mineral wool like the rest of the RV will have, the bedroom will have one layer of 1.5 inch thick insulation and one layer of 2 inch thick insulation. And on top of that we needed a good insulating door that separates the bedroom from the rest of the RV (living room and kitchen).
The RV walls are built out of 1" x 2" which means only insulation that is 1.5 inches thick will fit in that space. In order to be able to add the second layer of 2 inch thick insulation we will have to extend the depth of the bedroom walls from the inside by 2 inches.
Awhile back after we tore the bedroom down Jerud and I discussed how we wanted the rebuilt bedroom to look. Since we would be starting from scratch we could add in almost anything we wanted. The one addition we decided to make was to add a window above the bed. Here is what the original bedroom looked like.
Buying a brand new RV window would be really expensive so we looked for a used window. Our window specs were: 18" height, 30 - 48" width, 1 7/8" thick, double pane, stationary/fixed, radius window and comes with a rock guard. (The window needed to have a rock guard on it because it would be located in the very front of the RV.) Ideally we wanted to find one locally so we wouldn't have to pay for shipping but we don't have any RV salvage yards in the area and all the places I called didn't have what I was looking for. So I went online and searched for RV salvage yards and used parts company. I called a lot of places and either they didn't pick up, had a disconnected number, or didn't have what I was looking for. I got a couple of hits, one of the places I called, RV Glasparts out in OR, found a used window but it was going to cost us $273 for a single pane and $368 for a dual pane for an 18" x 30" window - not including shipping! YIKES! But Doug at RV Glasparts was very helpful, easy to get a hold of and was able to exchange emails with me (which makes things easier).
We ended up buying the perfect window from Michael at RV Doctor George out in CA. Michael was awesome! I spoke to him over the phone, told him what I was looking for and then he went and found two potential windows, took 11 photos some with the measuring tape in them to show me size and photos showing all angles of the windows and rock guard, and then emailed me the photos! I was impressed with the customer service. One of the windows Michael found was too large (23" x 49") but the other window (and the one he also said was better) was 23" x 37" and the size we wanted...and it has a rock guard!
The price was $4 an inch for radius windows. So the window we wanted was $150. The kick in the stomach was the shipping price - $91.66! It's a large item and it's coming from across the country. We bit the bullet and bought the window (total cost $241.66).
It window arrived in about 9 days. It came with a thank you note, roll of complimentary putty tape, a notepad, and a hot pink fly swatter (which I got a kick out of!).
It took us a couple of tries, but we eventually got the window frame built (we were having a hard time for some reason - lack of sleep was a big one).
With the window done we finished up the roof to call it a night/week/stage. And moved onto securing a section of the rafters.