So my wife has had a life long dream of owning her own book store. I embraced her passion and took it on as my own. Now the difficult part of this is I am not an avid reader of books. Where does this leave me? A supportive husband with a shared passion. Over the course of time we slowly planned and dreamed about what we would like our bookstore to be comprised of: a rustic yet modern appeal, homey but not like your grandmother's house. somewhere you could go and feel like you are outside yet still secluded in your own world. We gathered all these thoughts but didn't really have a sure plan.
An opportunity came to us to purchase an RV my grandmother had recently acquired. Suddenly it clicked. To achieve everything we wanted we could simply put our ideas for our bookstore into this mobile vehicle. Knowing nothing about RVs, and on an impulse, we got a small loan and bought the 1979 Chrysler Beast. 31 feet long and a lovely fading cream and green in color, this vehicle was at its prime.
After its purchase we parked it at my parents house. At the time we had a basic idea of what we wanted to do with it and how its layout will look like. We still do but nothing is set in stone. And that is the whole thrill of it and probably some of the reason this project is taking longer than expected.
To start, we just started ripping out everything we could see because its all green carpet and pink curtains and dark brown cabinets..its an 80's mess. I wish now I would have slowed down a bit on my end of the demo. I would have taken into account some of the original aspects I now would have liked to keep. (Though when we are finished, I will have added a flare of its time to commemorate its soul)
We haven't yet decided to keep a bathroom in it yet, so I haven't taken out the toilet, and we haven't removed the cockpit. We started by tearing out the larger items like the cabinets and other storage areas, beds, tables, a few walls. Once the larger of the items were out we had a giant pile of old appliances and torn up particle board and glass. Luckily a lot of this we could burn, so we gradually added this to a burn pile, that luckily was nearby. Unfortunately everything but the refrigerator and the floor heaters were not salvageable so dad and I took it to the local dump and got rid of it. Now after we were finished getting everything big out we focused on tearing up the carpet (and the thousands of staples that came with tearing it up) It has been my least favorite aspect of all this so far.
We were hoping to salvage more out of the demolition than we did, but hopefully we can make up for that by using re-purposed wood and other materials from local sources. I also had the idea to run this RV off the grid using solar, so I tore out a lot of the old rotting wiring from the outdated fixtures and other devices that are to be replaced.
Now is the start of a new year and spring is right around the corner. The RV stands as a bare empty canvas awaiting a makeover. But I can't start constructing our dream just yet, there is so much to do! I have watched countless hours watching conversions of RVs. Whether it's a food truck, or people living off the grid in their camper or cabin, and solar set ups. I am not an expert yet on any of this, but soon I will have the know how on all of this.
To Be Continued: The Next Phase