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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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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Our Rotten Trailer-

On Saturday morning we bought our trailer and went back to get it and TOWED IT HOME. Saturday afternoon- we had a birthday party to attend and after that we came home and tore into IT. We were very eager-- can you tell? 
We found a couple of areas that need some quick attention.

 We've been hard at work everyday but Monday-- since we brought the trailer home. 
Currently, I have a bunch of pictures to download, resize and delete...hehehe! AND then get them posted.
So I'll get right to them. 

This is the TEAR OUT of the front and front Curbside Windows. 
 Front window opening. Inside paneling and make-shift shelving removed. 
 The framing and studs in this trailer are mainly 2x2's and a few 2 x 4's sometimes scabbed together to make 2x6's ... 
The above photo is very rotted 2x2 running along under the window opening, with a 2x4 and a very rotted piece of 1/4 inch plywood.
 This is from inside the trailer looking back at the door jam and window-- all very rotted; especially that front CS (curbside) corner stud.  
Close up of door jam and wall panel under that front side window... that is yellow insulation (not mold) stuck to the ply wood. 
 At first this appears to be water damage only.  You can see where the paneling has gotten wet. We've determined the roof to be in fairly good shape...except around the overhead vent fan. We think this is water spray from the road--- and CARPENTER ANTS! 
 At this point we've pulled a big sheet of aluminum skin off the outside and have assessed our damage and pulled rotten debris from the walls and studs. This is all of the stud that was left hanging -- like a rotten tooth. 
 There is no corner support here. So we had to use a 2x4 and some plywood shims to support the ceiling (that is the board you see coming down to the right in the picture.  It held the ceiling up and helped to sturdy the trailer--- as our days have been pretty windy so far in April. 

All of this came out and was rebuilt. 

We were able to get the trailer wall built and pieced back together Sunday and Tuesday. 
More of that to come. 

Grace and Peace


  1. Oh my gosh! It's a wonder you were able to pull it home in that condition. I'm following along to see the amazing transformation you'll be doing to your little Tin Can.

    1. This Pat @ corninmycoffee-pot
      I'm going through some old posts on the camper blog...and think I might be able to reply to you via comments.
      It's been a long time dear since we've chatted. I hope you and your hubby are doing well. We've lost touch over these blogging years.
      let me know if you get this... I'd love to catch up with you

  2. Can't wait to see your next step. We also bought a vitage camper last fall and will start a major project soon. Ours is a 1961 Avion. I have been trying to get a terrible smell out of it and not really winning the fight. Any suggestions?

    1. I just saw this comment and have no way of contacting you. I hope you get an email reply from this comment post...
      There are several methods for getting smells out of things. This one worked for me on a rug I acquired through FREE CYCLE...
      I layed newspaper all around on the rug. Try laying newspaper everywhere there is a surface...and inside cabinets, on and under the cushions...anywhere you can get the newspaper to go.
      The paper absorbs the odor... and then just toss it out!
      It worked for my rug...and I remember as a child, my Granny lined her kitchen trash with newspaper or brown paper sack. She said it helped to eliminate odors.
      Also... baking soda or charcoal will absorb too.
      If you get this... please let me know.
      I'd love to hear about your camper progress after 3 years!
      and maybe a link if you have one. Thank you!


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