Revamping and Recycling..
Airstream dinette before removal
We spent the day taking out the old.. dinette table and chairs, the pull out table that was in front of the couch, light fixtures, the carpet on the wall, the bathroom wall and the bathroom sink and cabinet. Spent time labeling all the parts and keeping things together. We are replacing the dinette with a small desk made from kirei. The goal is to give removed items news homes with fellow RVers.
In the picture of the dinette removed you can see the outline of where the left dinette chair used to be (right over the wheel). We will take up the carpet floor and replace it with an earthy color cork flooring as well as pull off the carpet from the wall. The area above the wheel well and under the window will become more storage with cabinets that frame the window.
Dinette removed – wheel well exsposed
Right dinette chair removed
In the third picture, you can see the outline of the right dinette chair. A desk/ table is going to go along the wall from the right corner of the 1st window to the left corner of the 2nd window.
In the bathroom, we removed the wall between the toilet and the sink/cabinet. We also took out the sink and cabinet so all you see in the pic is the plumbing. The composting toilet we are putting in is about the same size as the existing RV toilet but does not need to be connected to a water supply. Once we clean out behind the bathroom sink and repair the water damage on the floor we will put the existing cabinet back with the addition of eco veneer. We will not put the bathroom door back in though – it was way too cramped in there.
Old shower door, toilet and room divider before removal
Bathroom divider and bathroom cabinets removed – cabinets will go back in
Ceiling foam and lights coming out
Original enclosed toilet and shower. Your knees hit the door when you sit on the toilet – no good.
You are probably wondering what we will do with the parts we remove. We did not recycle the floor and wall carpet. We feel that it is unhealthy, dirty and not in salvageable condition. Everything else that we removed will go on to live in another RV down the road. The dinette and table, side table, RV toilet, mattress, bathroom door, etc. is currently in our garage but we are looking to get it into the hands of other RVers who can use it. We are keeping all the cabinets (putting an eco veneer on them) and appliances.
Our main focus is to live in an Airstream that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also healthy for us. We are chemically sensitive and are taking steps to ensure that our home on wheels is a healthy one. We feel that the RV industry needs to step up to the challenge and start making healthy RV’s from non-toxic, healthy and beautiful materials. While weight and price is always an issue for an RV, more can be done to ensure that the materials that go into them are healthy and non-toxic.