dew drop inn kitchen facelift part 001…

so i’ve been over at my friend tuck’s a lot lately, working on my kitchen trailer, and his utility trailer.

a bit of history…
so once upon a time i had a little beat up holiday rambler travel trailer… typical stick and staple, water damage in a few spots, etc.

in the sca i run a small eatery by the name of the dew drop inn… (what else would you call my bar? 🙂

aerial shot…

we do burgers, fries, espresso, sno kones, gyros, chicken nuggets, and whatever else i have a craving for…

anyway, unloading that 600 lb grill out of the small trailer every event was going to be the death of someone (probably me) so i spent about a year trying to come up with a better solution…

the solution was a trailer that unfolds into a kitchen, and fits under the pavilion in the pictures above…

i seem to be missing the original build pics, but i found a few…

this is the above mentioned rv trailer, stripped to the frame, the fold out wings installed, and i’m working on mounting the aforementioned grill… (the original cart is right behind it)

i also designed it to be easy to clean out and so on, so nothing is braced directly to the floor…

and since this never leaves the trailer, i had to account for some wierd loading and so on, which is why it sits in deep pockets built into the frame… (notice the wheel wells aren’t finished yet)

here’s a picture of it being packed up for it’s debut event (notice the back wall has not been completed yet)

of course, i built myself a few accessories to go with it…

anyway, within about 3 weeks we realized that we hadn’t painted the trailer properly, or the paint was the wrong stuff, or something… not sure exactly, but it was coming off…

but of course, we’re mid season, there’s no way to fix it, don’t have the time or the place to do it in…

fast forward to last week, when my buddy tuck says we can do it at his place since i’m working on his trailer over there anyway…

so after a few hours of unloading, setting down the wings, the jack legs, etc…

and so on, we broke out the industrial simple green, and washed the trailer…

as you can see, it’s a mess. large patches of rust from standing water, and a thick coating of grease from a grease spill (deep fryer drain valve wasn’t closed) and all sorts of other unhappiness…

so we let it soak for a while…
then we got serious…

very very serious…

(fayd has a “wow that’s going to be a pain to clean off” look doesn’t he?)

of course, tuck had us set up with all we needed to kick out the jams…

including a pretty dj 🙂

then we started the strip show…


(yes, we let naomi play with razor blades)

and with the help of our super epic (but biodegradable) degreaser, a couple angle grinders, a pressure washer and a lot of elbow grease, it starts to come clean…

this is under the grill…

facing the rear: (keep in mind we never had a chance to paint that rear wall)

and the front where the stove, the small grill, and both deep fryers live…

almost done…

customer side…

and while we were waiting for things to soak, chris and i built a freezer cart…

the casters came off giant sun servers, so they were probably a million each originally, and came with a free mainframe… (same ones as are under the sink cart… i retask a lot of stuff) 🙂

so, considering what happened with the “recommended” paint last time i painted this trailer, i decided to take matters into my own hands…

rustoleum “9100” 2 part industrial direct to metal epoxy mastic.
this is the stuff you paint battleships with, so i figure it might, just might, hold up to my little inn.

customer side, wheel well deck piece removed…

same side, different angle…

back of the kitchen, wheel well deck piece removed…

center of the kitchen, facing the front of the trailer (customers would be to the left, that’s the grill mount on the upper right)

front of the trailer. the deep fryers go in the gap in the right hand rail…

random angles…

this paint takes forever to dry, and it’s the stickiest substance i have ever seen when it’s been mixed for 2 hours or so. looks promising, but the bugs couldn’t stay away from it…

special thanks to fayd, nami, naomi, kera, chris, tuck, nez, argyle, jamie, and of course, riley, who, being “top dog” just had to supervise (and like any supervisor, he’s looking the wrong way) 🙂

till next time,
-stone

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