There has been a whole lot of work getting done on the Bookmobile Tiny Home, but not much that is interesting to show you. The water lines have been run. The stove has been fastened in place. The exhausts for the toilet and on-demand water heater have been figured out-at a great cost of patience and home-brewed beer. But today, Caryn and the Piper are designing, on-the-fly, a built in futon for the bed.
First, I have to tell you a little story about Caryn and one of her friends, a local dairy farmer. Caryn mentioned to this young man, that the generator that came with the Bookmobile was not working. I think he took it as a personal challenge. Next thing you know, the two of them are laying on their backs, under the behemoth. The young gentleman says to Caryn: “Do you see that? This connection looks loose”. The Piper (he’s hard of hearing, and turns his hearing aid off while using power tools) bellows: “Should I try to start it?!” Well he did. And Caryn was lying on her back directly under the exhaust of the generator. There was a concussive sound and a yelp. Caryn emerges from under the bus-covered from chin to waist in the blackest, the oiliest, the smelliest coating. But, being the daughter of two crazy people, she has a huge smile on her face: “The generator works!” The Piper says this miracle is do to FBT-Farm Boy Technology.
Back to building the futon. Caryn created a space on the driver’s side of the Bookmobile over the wheel well, by removing most of two sets of library shelves. The plan is to fasten a series of slats on top of the wheel well, fastened to a support board that will allow Caryn to pull the support out and lay the futon flat. This will result in a comfy double sized bed. The slats are being ripped from some of the shelves that were removed. The support is the door off of a coat closet in its original life.
We hope that we are on the back stretch now. Real hot water and a functioning stove and fridge are in the not too distant future. Stay tuned to the Bookmobile Tiny Home.