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Old 07-29-2011, 09:54 AM   #1
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At some point I thought I had put some pictures up, but don't know where they went. These are only a couple of shots. I have others I will put up later to ask questions about. But in any case this is my teeny tiny trailer that needs big work but I already love it!
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:58 AM   #2
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Sweet! Looking forward to seeing the pictures as you progress.
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:21 PM   #3
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Cute as a button!

Have fun with the restoration, and especially with the camping in it.

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And please please please tell us you're not going to paint those beautiful birch cabinets !
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I may have to paint the lower kitchen cabinets simply because they are not original and they are raw and unstained plywood that the previous owners put in but I will probably leave upper ones alone.
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That's too bad!

But on the other hand, there're sure a lot of beautiful paint colors to choose from...
that'll be fun, too
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I may have to paint the lower kitchen cabinets simply because they are not original and they are raw and unstained plywood that the previous owners put in but I will probably leave upper ones alone.
See if your local lumberyard can order you a birch "door skin", so that you can cover those lower doors to match your uppers (not difficult; contact cement on both sides, a little care and a roller). One of the beauties of these older trailers is the fabulous original wood work.
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Good plan!
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Love it! Looks a lot like my tee tiny camper!
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Question Hope I don't open a can of worms with this question

While I truly understand the need to eventually get down to real business and rebuild this baby, how bad would it be to simply deal with the most glaring cosmetic issues right now and just enjoy a few brief outings? I mean budget is going to be a major issue always, so I know I'm only putting off the inevitable, but if I just want to replace the indoor siding and ceiling liner could I just do that for now or will I end up spending the same money twice when I tear it down to the frame later in its life? And for that matter, how hard or easy will it be to do the walls and ceiling and how much should I expect to spend, remembering that this is only a little 10' Kit trailer so it's not much in square footage.

As for the exterior, the paint job is bad and flaking (and obviously patched in places where the whites don't exactly match) and there is caulk on top of caulk all over the place. What's the best way to tackle cleaning it up and repainting it? (I don't even know what's under the paint - do you think it could just be stripped to original metal/vinyl or something?)

Again, I'm sure my rookie-ness and female-ness is glaringly obvious right now! Trying to find a shortcut to some happy moments before the drama and trauma of the restoration process makes me curse myself for jumping into this.
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While I truly understand the need to eventually get down to real business and rebuild this baby, how bad would it be to simply deal with the most glaring cosmetic issues right now and just enjoy a few brief outings?
Are you kidding?
Look at these kids!


Do they look like they care about perfection?

They're having a blast, and that's why you bought this trailer.
Get the trailer clean, safe, functional, and roadworthy and GO.
Save the cosmetic problems for after school starts again-we'll all be here with all sorts of advice.
But for now, concentrate on giving the kids subject matter for their "what I did last summer" essays!

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Thanks Francesca! Kinda how I was looking at it! We cleaned it out, shop vac'd it, sprayed and wiped all surfaces and removed old shelf paper. Shook out and fabreezed the cushions and left them in the sunshine for a bit. It's doable right now and the rest will come in baby steps as time and money permit. Now to get the hitch on my vehicle and away we will go!
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I am retired now and can say I spent my life making memories, not money. And I am much richer for it. You get that trailer safe and clean and go for it. All those other details will work themselves out when time and money allows. Make the memories while you can..........ronspradley
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I spent my life making memories, not money. And I am much richer for it. Make the memories while you can.
Best quote EVER!

And congrats on the trailer Maggie. We're pretty much in the same boat as you - we just got an old 71 Scamper motorhome and at some point in the future it will need a small section of the floor repaired and the bunk floor is soft in one corner, but right now it is usable and we are using it and making memories!

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Best quote EVER!

And congrats on the trailer Maggie. We're pretty much in the same boat as you - we just got an old 71 Scamper motorhome and at some point in the future it will need a small section of the floor repaired and the bunk floor is soft in one corner, but right now it is usable and we are using it and making memories!

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This one post, defines BETTER and gives a more CORRECT description of what RV'ing is all about than ANY definition I have ever read. Thanks for reminding us of why we love this thing called RV'ing. Recently my sister-in-law had a relative pass away on her husbands side of the family; The couple had been 5'ers for years, and when he passed, she started recollecting on all the places they had been and the people they had met, and the things they had seen together for 30+ years on the road. You can't buy that anywhere folks; either you collect them up, or you later wish you had. GO AHEAD, MAKE A MEMORY TODAY........
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