Category Archives: Vintage Travel Trailer Renovation

A Couple of Ideas

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A Couple of Ideas

3 weeks ago. They are even more solid now.

It’s gettin’ up into the 100′s here in Texas and as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. I got a good suggestion from Rebecca in my comments about my canopy snappin’ and I was thinkin’ of doin’ something very similar to her suggestion. My awning frame on the Silver Streak is still intact despite the canvas bein’ in shreds. Well, I don’t know this for 100% certainty as I’ve never let it out, but it looks pretty ratty even in the rolled up position. Anyway, I have one of two options.

Step one for both is the same: roll the awning out, cut the canvas off, and put the frame back in the upright position.

For Option One I use the bar on the awning to tie one edge of a tarp and tie the other edge to the fence. This is the quick fix and gives a solid shade. My only concern is the tarps fillin’ with water and weighin’ down the awning, though I think they would split before the bar bent. Things were made better back in the day.

Option Two involves zigzagging twine from the awning bar on the trailer to the fence and let the morning glories grow up and create a natural shade canopy. I wouldn’t have much considered this one right after the collapse, but 20 days later and my morning glories are growin’ like crazy! You can’t tell they even mowed any down. The fence is almost solid and there are a lot of 2-3′ tendrils reachin’ out for somethin’ to grab onto. This option is much cheaper. I already have some twine, though probably not enough to go all the way down. Guess it’s good I took the broken frame to scrap. I made enough to buy a $2 roll of twine. XD

I’m goin’ with Option Two for now. It’s cheaper, probably more secure, and hopefully much more attractive. I’ll take pictures when it’s all done!

XOXOX,

Loch

Cozy

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Looks warm, doesn’t it? That’s the sectional I ordered from Target. It actually has one more piece like the center one, but it was too awkward in the space. The little “wood stove” heater is one I borrowed from my mom and it fits perfectly where the table used to be. I removed the table top and the remaining section kind of looks like a mantle. The table was poorly centered and this looks much better. I never planned on using the table anyway. I have a couple of tv trays and am planning on finding a nice outdoor table to put under an awning so I can have friends over when it gets warmer.

XOXOX,

Loch

Six Days a Week

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Mom gave me these cute, vintage, little angel tea towels and by gave I mean I saw them in a box of stuff to go to our shop and said, “hey I’m puttin’ these in my trailer” and grabbed them up. That’s just kind of how we are.

I didn’t want them to just be in a drawer, they are way too cute for that. I also didn’t have any plans for a curtain in my kitchenette and that dowel was just there unused. I think it’s super cute and a great place right above the sink. Even the pie birds agree. You’ll notice I don’t have a Friday towel. Guess I’ll just have to go out to eat every Friday. Oh well.

XOXOX,

Loch

Put a Cork In It

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THE FLOOR IS DONE! YAAAAAAY!

I finally finished installing the Allure laminate planks in Dark Lisbon Cork. I don’t have any idea of how much weight this added to the thing. Just glad I don’t have to tow it. Sorry Dad! >_< I love the look of cork, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to go with the dark or lighter. I’m glad I chose the dark. It grounds the room and has a nice, deep, warm look. I think it will look good with the leather-ish sectional that I’m going to put in the living room. I’ll probably put a rug in that area too so it won’t be overwhelmed with the dark furniture and dark flooring.

Above I’m cutting the planks. The installation was pretty easy except for the difficult cuts and it was really tiring for some reason. There was a bit of a learning curve since I have never done this before. I started near the door so the worst of the “mistakes” are there, but it doesn’t look bad if you don’t look too close. Please don’t look too close. ^_^;;

They stick to each other well. It was about halfway before I figured out the technique to keep them from gapping too much. Still, not too bad. They need room to expand a little, right?

Here you can see the flooring in the living/dining area. I really like how there is a bit of the wall color in the floor as well as some of the darker brown that is in my furniture. Please don’t mind the dust on the table. I was using it as a work space while putting down the floor. The table will have a tablecloth on it (after I dust it of course!).

I put this picture in so you can see how the floor looks with the kitchen and bedroom colors and so you can see some of my most difficult cuts. Again, please don’t look too close! I love how the green looks next to the cork. It looks quite a bit darker in the picture, so refer to the living area picture for a more accurate idea of darkness.

Now I’m down to the little stuff like curtains and such. I am so happy to be finished with the floor. YAY!

XOXOX,

Loch

Off the Grid On the Road

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While drivin’ with my Dad in my new-to-me PT Cruiser to visit my family in central Texas we saw a lot of people livin’ in travel trailers and RVs. I’ve always known that people live in them in parks, but this is the first I’d ever seen them in fields, just little clusters of trailers or one lone trailer in the middle of nowhere.

I have no idea what they were doin’ for power, if they even had any. Not sure about their sewer usage either. It looked like they had just pulled up and settled randomly. Made me wonder if they owned the land or knew the people that did.

While havin’ a little trailer out on some land seems like it would be fun, I’d at least need to know I could dump my tank and have reliable electricity. I think if I were gonna do it I’d want a carport to park under, somethin’ with some solar panels on top and maybe even get a small wind turbine. A few raised beds for veggies and maybe some fruit trees and berry bushes and I’d be good to go. Well, except that a PT Cruiser isn’t going to tow the Rocketship no way, no how. So maybe not good to go, but good.

XOXOX,

Loch

Faux

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Faux

There’s a big difference between renovation and restoration. I’ll bet some folks would cringe to see what all I’m doin’ to the Rocketship. When I had the Airstream I remember a guy shakin’ his head and tellin’ me it wouldn’t have been that much difference to have my old air conditioning unit rebuilt or to find one salvaged. It would have been a lot of difference to me. The new one had a warranty AND a heater (and it was done in one day)! As I’m not gonna be takin’ this thing around to shows, but rather livin’ in it I want it to be the way I want it and not the way it was. No offense to those that prefer restoration, but restorin’ it would have been a fortune. I’d rather cheap out and do it to reflect my personality.

Stained Glass Window Tint

Stained Glass Window Tint

I picked out this magnolia pattern on some stained glass window tint for the front middle window. Mom installed it a couple of days ago and did a pretty good job with it! I chose it because I don’t like just havin’ drapes to block out the light, but I do like privacy (and light). I picked this particular pattern because, well it was pretty, and because I loved the colors in it. They go really well with the colors in the living/dining area as well as pickin’ up some of the gold from the outside of the trailer. So it looks good inside and out! It’s also right under the awning so it shouldn’t fade super fast.

XOXOX,

Loch

Pumpkin and Nutmeg

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And now to see the before and after pictures of the living/dining area. Yay!

They’re not from the same angle, but you get the idea here. The placement of the table is the only issue I have with the Silver Streak’s layout and it may be something that is unique to mine since these were pretty much custom built. If I’d actually seen the Rocketship before I had the handyman start work on it I would have had him move it before he put the beadboard on. If you notice in the picture with the chair (not really an after since I still obviously need to do the floor), there is no way a normal adult can fit in there. Also the stove is what you’d have your back against and probably not a good idea to have your hair catch fire while you’re eatin’.  You can see the previous owners “solved” this problem by putting shelving there so it wasn’t used at all. Tacky. I’ll probably store my little folding chair there and pull it out to the end of the table for use.

Here is the before of the living area. The paneling was starting to warp and peel so I had it replaced with beadboard. I couldn’t do that for the corners because they are more curves than corners. I wish I hadn’t lost the picture of my mom puttin’ on the beadboard wallpaper there. It took a couple of tries but she did a good job with it.

And now you can see it all painted up. In the picture it looks a nice honey and chocolate as I was expecting. In reality the honey beige looks pumpkin orange and the chocolate appears a nutmeg color. It’s still pretty, but not exactly what I was planning on. The beadboard wallpaper shrunk when it dried and so it looks a little crunchy in areas. We weren’t sure how to avoid that. I sanded and primed the plastic but wallpaper just wasn’t meant to stick to it. Still, looks good enough to continue the pattern all the way around and it will be behind my couch anyway.

The clock in the before picture didn’t work and for some reason instead of pryin’ it off it was cut out. I’m not namin’ any names, but that wasn’t the best workmanship. >_< Luckily, my mom found a clock that fits over the hole (I suspect she was feelin’ guilty about that hole).

I am dreadin’ doin’ the flooring…

XOXOX,

Loch