This kind of vacuums! I (unexpectedly) have the day off and there isn’t much I can do with the camper! I could make the trailer models…but I’d much rather work on the real thing! I really wish I had the materials to start the floor 😦
I suppose I could cut out the windows. I planned on three of them being 6″x12″, and the other four being 6″x6″. After sitting in it yesterday I’m toying with the idea of making them all 6″x12″, or at least all but the two in the bathroom. I’m going to use plexiglass, and have it on the outside of the walls, overlapping the window holes, with weather stripping and velcro, to keep it shut. They’ll probably be hinged on the bottom so they open by folding out and down, and have some velcro to keep them from flapping in the wind. The inside will be screened, so as to keep the vampire bugs out and keep my Kitter in (when camping in the back yard…I’d love to take the bugger for real camping, but I’m afraid of him getting lost or eaten)
You see, my first real trip with this will be to a site on the Erie Canal, about 28 miles from home. I’ve camped at several sites out there, and spent a few nights very close to the fire with my substantially large hunting knives readily on hand. The first time that happened, I was cooking fish over the fire at night, as I had caught them late, when I kept hearing what sounded like a woman screaming, and rather close, prolly within a couple hundred feet. That was the only time I’ve heard that, but I know of two possibilities for the source. A bobcat or mountain lion. While I haven’t heard of bobcats attacking humans, if it was rabid, they’re large enough to mess a person up very badly. And while the D.E.C. claims there aren’t any mountain lions in this state, I know of several people who have seen them and of one person who caught one on his trail camera. Plus I read online a few months ago that somebody found suspected lion scat and had it dna tested, and it was positive.
On another night I kept hearing something around the area, only to find fresh coyote tracks through my site in the morning. At my favorite spot, very secluded, where there’s no chance of me getting the bicycle camper to because of the steep terrain, I was having a fire late at night, when I heard something running directly toward me and the fire! Where I was was surrounded by high weeds and trees, so I drew my pointy and stood up with a flashlight. Guess what it was? It was a buck! He couldn’t see the fire but the glow from it, I don’t know why he would run toward that, but what am I, the buck whisperer?!? As soon as the flashlight was in his face he froze, then ran in a different direction. Have often wondered if he would’ve trampled me had I not stood up.
So no Kitter camping!
There will be small awnings over the windows, so when it rains on hot days I can keep dry and still get a breeze. After setting the camper up yesterday, I’ve decided to go with an idea I’ve been toying with for about a week now. 3′ long pvc pipes set into the floor on the inside of the camper, to make setting the walls up easier, especially in windy conditions. The walls will velcro to the poles. Another reason for this is for structural integrity.
All the wall panels are 18″ high and 36″ long. It consists of a bottom wall and a wall set on top of it. The top wall is very strong, because of the shape of the roof. The bottom wall is feeble, so the pvc poles will fix that. Also, I plan on having the walls and roof sections fixed together with the plastic clasps that you find on backpacks and those fruity fanny packs (remember that awful fad?).