Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cheap Digs When the Money's Short


No, not the trailer. I mean the homemade slide in topper on the pickup.

There was a time (right after a divorce) that I didn't have a place to live. Staying in a motel was costing me $500 a month back in the 80's. After a couple months this became a financial burden.

I had a cheap homemade topper on my pickup and at the end of February 1988 I moved into something that looked much like this one I have on my current truck.

This was winter in Northern Minnesota. The topper was insulated with 1" pink styrofoam panels. No windows, but I had a small portable electric heater for warmth. It was sitting on concrete blocks along the side of a friendly driveway with an extension cord running to the house. By slipping the owner a few bucks a month I was snug as a bug in a rug.

It amounted to a sleeping room as I was able to shower at work. Sometimes you've just got to do what you've got to do to get by. Click on the link and see how you to can build your own cheap quarters and survive when the cards all fall the wrong way.
Building A Slide-In Topper
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Friday, August 28, 2009

Making a Mattress Cover


The finishing touches to the bed are done. I made a cozy mattress cover to dress up the bed/sofa. Click on the link to see how I did it.
Make Your Own Mattress Cover
 Photo by: Curtis Carper