August 28, 2012

If you’ve been following either of us on Facebook or my ramblings over at Modern Meals for Two, you know that earlier this summer we picked up a vintage trailer with plans to restore and modernize it. (Well, actually we bought three trailers, which you can read more about here.)

The goal is to make it into our luxury suite on wheels and spend some time over the next few years vacationing stateside. But first we had to find the right one.

Our first spur of the moment trek left us trailer-less and disappointed, so we were much better prepared for the second go. We had a list of trailers to see (along with back ups) that would take us into Iowa and from there possibly farther North or possibly to Kansas City. We figured no matter what if we ended up in KC sans trailer we could drown our sorrows in barbecue.

We never made it that far because this lovely lady was the first on the list: a 13′ 1967 Trailblazer.

It wasn’t love at first site. Aaron groaned when we pulled into the driveway and saw all of the hail damage that wasn’t apparent (or mentioned) in the Craigslist post. See all those dings in the picture above? Those are no beuno and a lot of work to repair… like buckets of bondo. My first thought was “Well, we’re not buying this one.”

After such a long drive (plus stopping at a US Bank in Iowa because we accidentally left our cash in St. Louis) we still wanted to take a peek.

So the shutters aren’t our style, the dings and dents are not limited to the front, the paint is peeling (though the ombre effect on the backside was kind of cute and totally on trend), some of the lights needed replaced. So she’s a little rough. That’s ok, we wanted a project. And look at ALL those windows! It should be no shock that we both love light filled spaces.

The interior was actually not bad. I’m not a trailer expert (Aaron is now. Before he argues, he was made an admin on a vintage trailer Facebook page. That’s official.) but I’ve seen a few interiors in this hunt. This one had me at hello. 1. It didn’t smell musty. 2. The legs on the couch/bed are mid-century (and perfect).

 

Sure, the styling doesn’t exactly scream “Aaron and Heather”, but we knew we’d make drastic changes to the interior of whatever trailer we eventually brought home (and kept). The cabinetry is solid, there’s no bathroom (which would be gonzo because I am not dealing with that sht – literally), and it feels downright spacious. Aaron spotted some slight water damage along the back and figured that would be the biggest problem spot (foreshadowing), but besides that the trailer seemed well maintained and fit with our desire for a medium to small project that would focus mostly on beautifying and updating the interior. (How I laugh at our naivety.)

Cut to Aaron using his expert negotiating skills and trailer knowledge (it pays to be a trailer expert sometimes. And by sometimes, I mean, when negotiating the price of a trailer) to take the total down to less than half of the asking price. Woot!

We found “the keeper.”

Construction is in full swing. We’ll be back next time with some details on the demo.

 


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