Wednesday, September 22, 2010


There won't be any posts for a week or so while we take a planned family vacation to DisneyWorld (too bad we hadn't bought the trailer before we booked!), but there will be a lot of activity in the following two weeks as we get her ready for a test camp.

Monday, September 20, 2010

She ain't heavy...

That can't be right. Just took her out to get weighed today and she clocked in at 1,300# completely empty. And I mean completely - we removed anything that wasn't nailed down. NY says anything over 1,000# has to have trailer brakes, so now I'm nervous. I guess I'll find out the first week of October.

On a lighter note, I received another 2 purchase offers today at the weigh station ... and a sale offer of a 68 Ford pickup :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Canopy and Poles ... check!

New finds ... the canopy cleaned up nicely. There are still a couple of stains on the underside, but I think I'll take a magic eraser to those and they'll be done.

Dan found the poles, too. They were inside the rear bumper - he worked off the cap and three rusty but complete poles came out.

Good stuff :)

Today I pulled the upper bunk and started fabricating a new one from some bifold doors. Seems to be going pretty well so far ... here's a shot of the canopy poles. Behind them you can see pieces of the upper bunk, removed for measuring replacements. The original bunk will be tossed ... not sure if the pee stains on them are human or mouse and don't really want to find out.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Some Inside Pictures

Not many, but some. Today it was raining cats & dogs for a while, so I went out to check on her. Flashlight and all, no leaks that I could find. Dry as toast :)

Somebody painted most of the inside yellow to match the stove ... and I found ball pit balls, chalk, and plastic toys. I'm thinking this was a kids' play house for a bit.

The bunk is missing a 16" wide section, so it is only wide enough for one person right now. I'm going to replace the missing section with a bi-fold door on piano hinges. Quick, easy, and strong ... thanks to folks at T&TTT forums for the idea (you guys are awesome)!

Home Sweet Home

She's home and waiting to be cleaned out. Dunno WHY people have to put stickers on things - there's a big patch of adhesive on the front, next to the kitchen window. Struck at it a couple of times now with rubbing alcohol, but it's slow going.

I'm also confused why she has two Shasta logos up top. The lower one looks right; the one on the edge of the roof looks like the 70's logo for Shasta ... that'll have to be removed.

She looks to be well-cared-for until the previous owner. He left her out in a field for a year and she's full of mouse droppings and musty smell.

The exterior lights don't work, so there's a set of temporaries clamped to the bumper (came with the trailer). There's also an extra vent cut into the roof over the icebox and a big patch of sticker residue on the side. The ladder sits there while I rub at it.

But the wings are intact and there's no leaking inside, so this one's a keeper :)

Following me home...

Brought her home on Monday. She towed beautifully ... at one point I glanced in the rear-view mirror and did a double-take, thinking "who's following me THAT close???" I had completely forgotten she was back there!

Near Albany, I woke up from a brief nap to find a very excited gentleman and his wife asking questions about her. It was nice talking to someone who appreciates the old trailers ... and after talking for a while, he offered me $1,000 cash if I'd sell her right there. As tempting as that instant profit is, I couldn't do it and he understood. They wished me luck with the cleanup & restore.

After 21 hours of driving, it was nice to get home.