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We bought our Camper/Trailer on Saturday, April 2, 2011

It’s been slow going…but now 4 (now 5) years later, I’m happy to say we are in FULL BLOWN REBUILD MODE!

Won’t you come along and see how we do it.

I hope more than anything…we get to camp soon!

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Exterior Views- Sharpie Scripture~

I don't have any new progress to show... so while we are having some down time on the trailer I thought I'd show you some random EXTERIOR shots. These are all before we started doing any work on it. 
Except for the last one. 

This is the front. The windows are in tact. One glass pane has been replaced... they are jalousy type windows and they work.  (they crank out)  There is supposed to be a cover that goes over this window; you can sort of see an outline and the hinges. That will have to be replaced. 
 That is NOT an A/C on top.  It is a vent fan with a HUGE cover over the top.  That will be replaced also. 

The RS (roadside) has many vents. We're still trying to determine which vent went to what appliance or holding compartment.  Since we're pretty sure our camper had a Potty inside... We think the lower front vent was for the holding tank  (black water ???) Since it has a hinge and locknut for opening and closing. The other two vents we think are for ventilation for the Refrigerator and Cook stove. 
 The tires are good. Yay! 

 We have to replace the wind up 'jack' on the front. As ours is WOUND UP...and won't go down. And we have no bottles.  I'm searching Craigslist for these ... I saw one for free with a grill last week ; about 1 hr away... we didn't go and get it. 

*** I have 7 sets of windows to make curtains for. I can't wait to get to that part !(the decorating part) I'm tempted to start now... but there is just so much else; and we really haven't discussed color- etc. 
I'd like something with a vintage/retro vibe. Colorful and Fun! 
I'd kind of like to see how the outside paint turns out before I pick fabric and all. 

 In these pictures (the one above and the one below) you can see the sides and the paint pattern.  Where the dark blue is... the metal has a diamond quilted pattern ( I don't know if that is a makers trade mark OR just the style for that era of trailer making)  But... I've seen some pictures and I think the piece at the bottom -below the front windows may have been the same and painted the same... I've see that pattern on another trailer... (though it wasn't the same shape as ours)  
Also... We have the original door jam with screen door hinges... but I think that will all have to be replaced. 
Right now we have the cargo door ...seen below ...off the trailer and are waiting to cut the hole for that and re-attach the tail lights; which are needing to be replaced. 

The rear window is completely (well there is one) paneless. The jalousy mechanism works... but most of the glass is gone.  Honey is tweaking that door and it's trim work and we've got a replacement locking handle for it too. 
I've taken it upon myself to incorporate a little prayer and truth into this little trailer.  I hope to wash it in the word.  Where ever possible when we are re doing a space... I use my handy dandy Sharpie marker and write a little scripture on the wall. Then it is covered up with the siding. This is the side panel next to the door. I also wrote Ephesians 2:8  on the front wall before it was covered but didn't get a shot of it. 

Maybe one day if this trailer ever has to be 'remodeled' someone will find it and they'll get a blessing out of it too! 

***As always-- if by viewing these photos you know anything at all about the make , year and model of our little trailer please leave me a comment below or email me (use the contact me link in the sidebar). 


  1. I love that you're sharing the your journey of restoring the little Tin Can to it's former glory. I think it should be painted turquoise and white.

  2. Like Granny, I am so glad we are in on the beginning of this journey with you and I think the verse idea is awesome...who knows what the world will be like, if ever that trailer will be redone... I will keep an eye out for cool material, sometimes I see whole bolts for 10., if I do I will call you.


  3. Yay another restorer!! I love your idea of putting scripture under the paneling and I think I'm going to borrow that idea for my Forester.

    As for the decorating, I'm sure the camper will tell you what it wants to be. Took me a night of camping in my LoFlyte before I decided to do it in vintage Girl Scouts. Then I bought the little one who I believe wants to be an English cottage *lol*

    Have fun with it! :)

  4. Corn:

    I've been tempted to do this same thing. We will be watching your progress with interest. (There is nothing better to be washed in, but the Word)


  5. Ya what color I am interested in seeing how you decoate it also. That would be the fun part

    That seems to the the rage now , old vintage trailers restored.

    I read where people going to Marburger Texas flea markets are doing the restoring of trailers

  6. I restored a couple of cars and a motorhome a few years back. It was a lot of work and very expensive. Restoring is fun and can be a good hobby but my restoring days are over. Keep up the good work and have fun :-)


  7. Yes, a kindred spirit! I will be following your progress as I attempt to make some on my end. I have no desire to restore to original. I just want to make it look like none other. :) I have gone back and forth and am finally zeroing on my design. At least I think I am!

  8. So much fun to redo a camper! We had one we worked on for awhile and I was having fun. My husband... not so much :)
    If you open the solar light you see it is just a rechargeable AA battery. You can put in any battery and let in charge in the daytime.

    I dehydrated some banana chips and have done celery and herbs. I am trying to learn to can but have only water bath canned so far. I have bakery icing buckets of sugar, rice, and a lot of canned items, packages of noodles, oats, tea, coffee, peanut butter, etc. I buy a lot on sale with coupons, but have been buying a lot more at Sams in bulk to fill in what I was missing.

    Many blessings!


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