Long time, no see! Holidays are such a super busy time for Eclectic Dawn Arts! I painted more purses, tribal bowls and pretty wine glasses, did some commission work, and customers kept my etsy shop hopping!** John and I both got the crud before Christmas, and my back was in “owie” mode for months (I even had to stop teaching bellydance), but we SURVIVED 2014’s experiences, and we know 2015 will be a great year! Now, to the camper news: what have we accomplished since my last post?
The wheels are painted shiny to match the camper, hip new whitewalls were installed, brake magnets were replaced, bearings repacked, new brake wiring installed with breakaway switch, window trim was cleaned and installed, windows were fixed and cleaned, most of the wiring is now installed, subfloor is stapled in, and I finished a fun pinstriping project on the door window! That’s our “Tiki Johnny” mascot below! The whole camper is looking quite SHINY!
Little touches MATTER. There were some rough spots around the running lights, and we didn’t want to patch or replace the original skin, so I thought about a shape to put behind the lights…an atomic starburst would have been killer, but there just isn’t enough room, so we settled on diamonds. John had some metal diamonds cut to accent the running lights, and they look rather spiffy! (You can see them in the photo above.) The diamonds give the same sort of atomic era feel without being “busy” or fussy.
Some of the smaller projects we’ve completed for the camper more recently: our hospitality flag, the “Aquatomic Lounge” window vinyl (cut and applied), and our pinstriped mascot, “TikiJohnny” (on the door window). We also mapped out where to install new lights, outlets, and switches that will work for our needs. We needed a map because the wiring has to be installed before the walls go up. We’ll use the same routing for the interior 110 and exterior running lights. We’re adding interior 12 volt system and a 30 amp converter so all the new interior LEDs can run off the batter or off of “shore power”.
We’re installing 12V LED lights throughout because they last longer and take miniscule amounts of power. Lights and switches have been purchased, and we “just” need to install, stain, and varnish the walls, then it’s on to the floors, cabinetry install, and lighting. It feel great to be past the tedious “I’m not seeing much progress” stage. We’re now into the more visible work, so it feels like progress is being made! Can we shoot for the end of June? That’ll be pushing it, but a girl can dream.
Well, campers, that’s the Aquatomic blast for now!
Travel safely and please be kind.
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