Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Now we know....

When we purchased our camper, we had no idea what it was. We searched for hours, looking at thousands of vintage travel trailers on Google. Finally we have identified what our camper it… it’s a 1956 Hummingbird. Hopefully ours will look as good as this one someday!

Get to Gutting....

We got tired of stripping the paint of the exterior after about 4 hours and began gutting the interior. We were able to get the cabinets out without a lot of issues, but the wall panels were not so easy. Our plan was to get the wall panels off in one piece so we could use them as an outline for the new stuff.... that was impossible. Most of the pieces had water damage so the layers pealed apart. 

 Thirteen hours later… load 1 ready for the dump. Had to pay to dump it because the load was over 750 lbs.  

Once everything was out, we were able to assess the water damage. Needless to say we have replace a lot of the frame. 

Next step…. Stabilize the floor!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

New Shoes!

Just purchased two new trailer wheels from vintage trailer supply! They are 15x6 5 on 4.5 lug pattern.
Vintage Trailer Wheels

Also ordered two new white wall tires from eBay. We wanted a 1" white wall but couldn't justify spending $70 more per tire, so we decided on the cheaper 3/4" white wall which is what the trailer had on it when we got it. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Time to start stripping!

We decided to start on the outside first, since it was such an eye sore. So we began stripping the many layers of paint off the body. We soon realized it was going to take a little longer than expected. We used Aircraft Stripper which ate through 5 pairs of latex gloves and burnt our skin before we got chemical gloves.

Newest Project

My fiancĂ© and I recently bought a vintage camper. We are going to share our experiences as we attempt to restore our travel trailer to like new condition. I am not sure which is worse, the interior or exterior.