Poor Daisy....I had her fully restored, by the amazing Brian Morrow, of Bonney Lake, WA only to have a VERY large tree branch hit her roof and then bounce off, landing on the propane tank. You can see pics on my blog.....
(also some fun old family pics of the trailer we had growing up...can someone tell me what the make of the trailer is? can't believe my dad sold it for $100!! actually, yes I can...)
Post by Gone Kayaking on Jul 1, 2012 11:55:50 GMT -5
wow, that is truly a freak! When you said bent the frame, I thought for a minute you meant the under frame...at least you got her towable. As for the family pics...have you tried taking a magnifying glass to the pictures...looks like a logo on the front of the trailer above the window on one of them. We had a rambler wagon (2 actually) with the push button gears, first car I ever drove.
1956 Shasta 1500
Can't wait to go campin'
That's a horrible setback after all the beautiful work you've done. She's bruised ,but with care can be restored . I have seen pictures where it was the tree ,and not the branch.Best of luck to you with Daisy
Thanks everyone! Nice to be around people that get it...I'm sure my friends think I'm a little nuts. Well, I am but I love my Shasta!! I can't even use my brand new awning that Kristi made for me because the awning rail is crunched.
Off to find a magnifying glass for that photo! : ) Thank you!!
Cards, flowers and wine are much appreciated... ; ) Sharon xo
We feel your pain as if it were our own. That's so sad . Ours is not nearly as nice as yours but it would still be a shame for something to happen to it. We had a hail storm come through yesterday (maybe between standard marble and shooter marble sized). Our trailers roof already has some damage to the roof (either hail or acorns/pine cones etc) but of course we dont want anymore. She was parked happily under the carport watching the storm roll through. I got to thinking though, the carport is within reach of 2-3 big oak trees... wondering if they were to drop a branch if it would be enough to crash through the carport or if it would just block it from reaching the trailer....
As far as your smashed J-rail that holds the awning. Is your intention to salvage the existing rail when this is fixed or put on a new rail? If your going to put on a new rail there is no reason you cant pry the awning track back open and use it as is. Its only aluminum and very malleable. Ours was smashed a little, i was able to gently pry it open, then i discovered that the opening is the exact width of a standard flat file. I ran the file through the place i worked it back open and made it all smooth again. Awning slides in like its brand new.
You should get one of those band-aid decals in the meantime....
If you can't fix it with a hammer you have an electrical problem.
Hamlet - Not a crass question at all! We have insurance, under our home owners, but not directly on the trailer. They will only cover $1500 max. (Our deductible is $1K) The problem (i'm hearing) is that insurance companies really don't know how to value the vintage trailers. Labor will be $3-4K and parts $1K. I've already put so much into her..... The frame - the wood - in front, is crunched so the roof and sides must come up and the wood replaced (already replaced because it was rotted out)...sigh.... Some day, I will fix her. I just hope I do it for ME and not because I'm selling her. In the meantime, I'll camp whenever I can....
Howard - SO sorry you know the pain.... Those darn Maple trees are notorious for falling..now I know....)
Thank you Ron, Bo and Susan!!! :0)
Offspringin-At least Oaks are sturdy and stand up through storms..unlike a maple. But it is a risk for sure.... : / I will try and pry the J-rail...thank you for that! And I love the decal!! That's hilarious. I'm getting one.