Friday, October 15, 2010


New to me, anyways. Made in 1974, one of my favorite years. Just in time -- see the snow on Mt. Tom in the background? Fourteen feet long (includes hitch), nine windows and a door. Dinette, bunk, closet, stove, ice box. No bath, no toilet, no running water, no electricity.  Plenty propane for heat and light in cold dark winter. Vintage. SpamCanCute. Price $750.00 plus $25 to tow to Horton Creek and level. I love it!!

Shady Rest Trailer Heaven sold it to me off their storage lot. On the way out of Bishop on 395 the old tires ripped to shreds on the rims and Jimmy and Winford in their giant 4x4 double axel diesel pickup truck swerved into Chevron/Firestone where the rims got repaired and I bought two new tires. Then the interior closet door pulled out its hinge screws due to a large heavy industrial mirror that had been bolted onto it--a 20 pound  5/8 inch thick glass with steel case! I couldn't get a match on the hinges but a very helpful hardware store clerk hammered the twisted hinges in a vise to straighten them and sold me putties with instructions to fill the holes -- I reinstalled the light, hollow, veneer-on-a-frame door and it now swings sweetly open and shut. I bought a fire extinguisher and screwed it to an overhead kitchen cubby. I reconstructed the strangely arranged bunk bed system to be one bottom twin bed and one large top storage shelf.  Now I need to mastic the ceiling vent and rebrace the front window storm cover (note bungee bandaid). Etc, etc. 

And so I am initiated into Trailer Life, which is Trailer-Fixing-Life. Even with its limitations and repair demands, it is so comfortable after just a crate, a picnic table, and the great outdoors. I still have the great outdoors, but now it really is outdoors, and I am indoors: cozy, comfy, sheltered from the wind. Yippee!


  1. It is cute!
    When I was a kid, my grandparents had a home-made aluminum camper. In the campgrounds near the Kern River I used to love the sound of rain on the "tin" roof.
    (All aluminum was tin to my grandparents, I still call Reynolds Wrap tin foil.)
    I think that you will enjoy your first rainstorm inside.
    Please show us the interior when you have completed your decor.

  2. How's your trailer, Inna? It's been almost three years, so I assume that you have made some changes on it. Aside from keeping its parts well maintained, it's also important that you upgrade some of its accessories. Have you checked the condition of your water heater and furnace lately? These things are significant, especially when you're on a long road trip.

    Liza Pilon @ Prairie City RV Center