I have been lurking for a little bit. Finally ready to post the before pics. Today we embark on our first disassembly. Removing skins today.
We found Robin on FB Marketplace in Alexandria. Apparently, she was a hunting camp for many years. All of the electricity and gas lines have been cut, and there was no lower kitchen cabinet. Original dinette, a house toilet with tank, original shower stall, and not much else. I'm posting pictures.
I've been in touch with MobilTec and I've ordered Vikx's book. Joined the Patreon and watching all of the classes. I've been ordering parts, making lists, educating myself, and getting ready. Today, we start.
We have a vacation planned in Austin in 7 days, but at this point we have come to the realization that she isn't going to make this trip. My brother and wife are expecting their first baby, so we will go on vacation without her and that take the pressure off of us to meet any deadlines. We are wanting to do this right. We are taking this all the way down to the floors. The floor to ceiling cabinets are in good shape, so the structure, at least, is sound. Only patches needed in the floors. I will try to document everything. I've got to go help hook her up for the move to the build site.
Welcome and congrats. You are much better prepared than I was when I started rehabbing my first trailer.
You probably already have one but a circular saw will be a must to cut plywood and you'll probably need a jigsaw along the way. Stock up on bimetal multitool blades because it's often better to cut stubborn bolts/nails/staples than trying to pry them out...
Most importantly for me was to keep things in perspective. After a couple weeks of taking things apart and finding more damage than you may have expected things can start to seem pretty overwhelming. I try to break the entire rehab into a few hundred small projects and celebrate when each one is completed.
You have a great support team on this forum so be sure to reach out with questions!
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I think 3/4 x 1/8 putty would be useful in a lot of places. Window and door flanges are often 3/4" rather than 1".
Also, I don't use my multitool for cutting larger nails. A sawzall with a sharp metal blade works much better. Multitools don't work well if the item to be cut moves. (like a loose nail) I think your trailer will come apart more easily than a "boat built" would. Boat builts are VERY difficult to dismantle. They were made by marine companies in the off season.
Congrats on your new acquisition! And even bigger congrats for doing it right. It may turn out to be a lot more work than you anticipated, but ten years from now, when you’re still camping in it, you will be glad you put the time in. Look ahead to the future but enjoy the journey getting ready for it.
Hi All. Thanks for your welcome and your advice! We have started. Day one saw us focusing on moving the trailer to my friend's driveway and starting the disassembly.
SO MANY SCREWS!
But we got a late start and didn't get as much done as I thought. I am definitely lowering my expectations on how much will get done in a day. Joe is on vacation and wants to take his time. I am helping where I can. We have one battery-powered drill and one that plugs in. When the battery died and we realized that we didn't have the charger, I went into the house to prepare to sew curtains. Before long, we lost daylight and had a date with some friends for karaoke.
Well, after a loooong winter, we are back at it with Robin. My friend that allows us to store the trailer at her house threatened to start charging rent if we didn't get busy with it. After a lot of cheerleading and much discussion, Joe finally agreed to start back working on it again. Our moral is down. There are too many screws and it is hard to keep working on it with no evident forward motion. I don't know how people keep their optimism alive.
So here are some pictures of where we are now after a weekend of working on it. Bonus two videos at the end that are not embedded. They show up as links to flickr. Warning: Bad language ensues!
Help! I really feel like we are out of our league! Joe is ready to give up. I can't do it alone. Maybe we could hire someone to do the wood and skins part of the rebuild? I don't know what my options are. I don't want to sell it, but might have to.
If you look at a vintage restoration as one project it always seems overwhelming. The best way to approach it as small projects each done over several days. Add it all together and it takes months working full time. You have to ask yourself...do you enjoy the projects and will it be worth it in the end? Only you can answer those questions.
As for hiring somebody, it would be very expensive.