We really want to go camping, but our trailer still has a long way to go.
So in order to inspire us to work on it faster I have made us a reservation at Yellowstone in August.
We bought a 1957 Honorbuilt Romer Trailer
And by August, it's going to be as cute as can be!
But we really have our work cut out for us.
It has been fun, and exhausting!
But it will be worth it in the end I think.
I anticipate many a happy camping trip with a bright eyed well rested mom (me).
Well rested because I don't have to sleep on a crappy air mattress staring at the top of the tent just waiting, (and shivering) and waiting, and WAITING for the sun to rise so I can get up.
Am I the only mom who dreads camping for this reason? Don't leave me hangin here ladies!
And I will also be happy because I get to camp in cuteness - meaning the cute trailer, not myself (hehe).
I don't bring make-up or cute clothes when I camp, so I am definitely not the cute one.
Cut off sweats, a bandana over my hair and dirt under my nails.
Have I scared you all away from wanting to camp with me?
And bonus! It is much less expensive to go vintage so maybe we can actually afford to go camping.
We tore out the carpet (5 layers) to reveal cool vintage linoleum floors.... and a sheet of plywood???
The plywood extends all the way under that bench.
We don't want to tear out the bench at this time and reveal all of the surprises we
may find in doing that, (yuck) so, we will have to work with the plywood.
We tore out the ceiling pannel that had a lot of water damage, reframed it and got a new skylight.
No luck. So we went with the cheap option and we will have to paint the whole inside.
It is really a shame because the rest of the paneling on the ceiling is in pretty good shape.
But the paneling on the walls is not.
A lot of is just being held together by paint. The wood is really old and brittle.
And parts of it have already been replaced with various mis-matched panels anyway.
You really can't imagine how gross 60 years of dust, spider webs and dry rot can be.
We just cannot replace the paneling right now.
It has to be done.
All of you awesome trailer restoration pro's are shaking your head at me.
And I would love to tear this trailer down to it's bones and start from scratch, but we have a budget.
And a time frame (I would like to be able to actually go camping in it! *wink*).
The whole point of getting an older trailer was not to spend a lot of money.
So we need to go the affordable and time-saving route for now but maybe down the road we can
fix things up with more attention to the awesome vintage details.
The hubs tore into the cabinets and found out why they were leaning.
The very old piece of wood that the oven was resting on had snapped in half.
He also found out that someone had fixed the sink by duct-taping a water bottle to the drain and to the drain hose. Gotta love duct tape!
The wood holding up the oven snapping in two was kind of a big deal.
This caused the surprisingly heavy oven to fall backwards, which bowed the wall of the trailer and made the cabinets crooked. Which was bad because the icebox would not close without a great deal of coercion.
So operation oven stabilization took place.
We will have to replace the sides of the cabinets because the original sides will no longer fit,
but at least I can shut the ice box now!
Yay for small victories!
The ice box needed some insulation.
The original insulation was made of an unrecognizable substance...
The hubs thinks it was probably asbestos. YIKES!
We put on some gloves and masks and prepared to wrestle with it, but it just lifted right out easy-peasy.
I picked up a sheet of 1/2 inch styrofoam insulation to wrap the fridge in because
I wanted to be able to really layer it up.
I put between 2 and 5 layers of styrofoam insulation around the icebox.
5 layers on the side next to the oven and 2-4 layers everywhere else I could reach.
Hopefully that will help keep our food cool.
Things are coming along, I've made a list of something to get done on this every day.
The kids have been great about helping me.
The hubs has been needed elsewhere
(our washing machine broke and some of our front sprinklers too.)
so he hasn't been helping as much as he would like too.
But he won't get a break for much longer because he is in charge of the outside.
He's an airplane sheet metal mechanic so fixing up the outside of this baby should be right up his alley.
August is only a month away!
How to instructions - The Complete Vintage Travel Trailer Restoration Website.
Supplies - Lowe's and our local Camper Repair Shop
More supplies - Vintage Trailer Supply