This is the trailer in its original condition.
Some construction pictures.
After the wagon's first season I realized that the roof bows needed to be a little stronger, so I got some 1/2 inch flexible PVC pipe and slid the pieces inside the original bows to stiffen them. I also took extra pieces of the curtain rods I used to make the horizontal poles to make cross-bracing. (Sorry, I don't have a good picture of that right now.)
I also came up with the idea to open up the side of the wagon - shade and shelter outside, and extra ventilation inside. If there is any sort of wind the whole roof wants to take off, so we have to close it up if we leave the camp. I'm still working on that. The wooden supports can stay up when the canvas is closed up and make a convenient place to hang wet towels, although our friends sometimes refer to them as our gallows.
You can see that I had started on the decorative painting, but the name, Der Wohnwagen aka Наша Дача (Nasha Dacha, our summer home), is as far as I got.
After three camping seasons, I decided to do some major remodeling on the Wohnwagen in 2008. We had gotten tired of having to reassemble/disassemble the back 4ft section every time we moved the Wagen. And the whole thing was showing some wear and tear as the weaker connections sagged.
So I used 2x8 lumber to make joists to support the back 4ft section so it can be left permanently in place, which also required shifting the axle back to maintain the proper balance of the trailer. I added a skeleton of 2x4 framing to stiffen up the rest of the structure for better highway travel. I also lowered the sides a few inches to be even with the front and back, and therefore better supported and more aerodynamic (hopefully).
And to finish it off, I made a rigid cover for traveling.
I'll have to re-do the painting now.
The end bows still sag too much when the weather get hot, even with the nested PVC pipes, so in 2009 I made a 2x4 A-frames to support each end. That year I also installed shelving to help organize our things.
In 2010, I replaced the old futon bed with a built-in bed which can be converted into a U-shaped bench (once I make new cushions to replace the futon mattress), and is easier to store things under.
Rigging the camp kitchen to sit better on the tongue.
Decorative painting - heraldic devices, names, etc. Perhaps even including the canvas, like in the Luttrell Psalter... or perhaps not - issues of fading, loss of "breathability"...
A built-in propane refrigerater?