So, My boyfriend started looking for small travel trailers. Of course, I got curious. Suddenly, we were both looking. I found this beauty in NY but we live in CT. We drove 3 hrs to see her, and decided to bring her home, knowing we had SOME work ahead of us. Well, we had no idea how much rot there was until we started taking apart the back end. The wood literally fell away as we touched it. No wonder the back door didn't stay closed! On Sunday a hoop house arrives so we can do a proper refurb. Most of the interior is gone and at least I'm looking forward to the project. We started to call her "the Dawg haus" but finally decided that "Jessica" fit her better. We may have to name her "Christine" if she doesn't cooperate.
Well, the rain in New England has slowed progress. Every day we are off, it rains. Made some progress today. Plan on more tomorrow. It has taken WAYYYY longer than I ever expected. But there was more rot than we thought. I would rather do it right than have to do it over. J
Taking WAAAAY longer is par for the course, so try to make it part of the fun. If you have a deadline of two months from now, you'll just make yourselves crazy. With the long days, you may get it done, but don't hold your breaths. Take your time and enjoy the journey before your first trip. By the time you're done, you will have figured out her/his name for sure! Congrats!
We replaced the framing on both rear panels and the framing around parts of the rear windows. The hard part was that we didnt have anything in the rear ro work with, it was all sawdust. Thank goodness people on the forum are good about posting pictures to get ideas from. It has saved us.
Soup, Eleanor, a 1969 shasta LoFlyte, already sits in the drive. We are working on both at the same time. Eleanor is in better shape, and will prob be done 1st. My hope is to be able to rehab Jessica exactly the way I want her. Now I dont feel rushed. Julie
Post by flowergirl604 on Nov 9, 2012 13:12:24 GMT -5
I just purchased a sad little '68 LoFlyte in dire need of saving as well. I tried looking at your other pics but it wouldn't link me to them. I am very new to all this soc I would love to be able to follow your progress. How do I do that?
Post by safetybruce on Nov 9, 2012 20:49:57 GMT -5
WTH you did was buy into one of the most decent and wholesome sub-cultures in America right now. And I for one am pleased to see one has already morphed into two, for y'all lol. As Soup said, you are one of us now...Groucho might have said he would never join a club that would have the likes of him as a member, and I have held the same position, until I spied the campers section of ebay and realized if you hit oldest first, the most wonderful and charming campers lined up first...and almost as quickly discovered the VSTF! They may have lowered their standards to allow me membership, but I sure am glad they did...most of us if we jumped in quickly did not realize we were buying a sack of sawdust and wood rot wrapped in an appealing vintage camper package, but after the initial shock...my oh my what fun it is to share what we find and put our heads together to save these classics and our sanity in the meantime. I used to practice TM, now when I am stressed I sit quietly and repeat...shasta, shasta, shasta...works for me. Now I'm a VSTF gadfly!
SB- Umm, Hamlet not only was sawdust and rot, missing things like cupboards and appliances (wth did they do with them?), but his sides were full of dents and his roof had been crushed by a heavy snowstorm in the forest he called home. At that point, even the hunters didn't want him. Didn't deter two dreamy old Hippies. And we, too, are glad that VTSF didn't have a real high bar for membership. It's been great.
It's hard enough to concentrate on one bag of worms much less two. Especially outside in messy weather. Get one buttoned up and then go nuts and do it again. Some of us just can't stop. It's a sickness. There is no known cure.
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can,
The courage to strip the parts from the trailers I can't,
And the wisdom to know the difference.