When we got this beat-up little trailer, we didn’t know how much work it’d be — or how much fun! Every project seemed to lead to another project, and so on. We had to leave the trailer behind for now, but we’re by no means finished with it.
Here’s a quick roundup of the work we’ve done on it so far:
- Painted interior
- Painted exterior, bondo’d and filled holes and imperfections
- Changed tires
- Repacked / greased bearings
- Replaced screen in door
- Lubricated leaf springs
- Upholstered cushions
- Caulked and sealed exterior seams
- Replaced exterior trim screws
- Changed taillights
- Replaced exterior outlet access
- Installed bottle opener (probably among the more important upgrades)
- Replaced wood under rear skin
- Removed carpeting
- Installed LED interior lights
- Replaced exterior cord housing
- Replaced fresh-water hose
- Replaced drain on water tank
- Replaced supply line on water tank
- Installed flanges on exterior water supply / drain
- Replaced all interior hardware
- Replaced ice box with storage shelves
- Made curtains
- Installed interior trim / moulding
- Shortened bunk bed for storage needs
- Installed Ikea bathroom shelf and toilet paper holder
- Purchased a portable toilet
So we’ve packed her away for a while till we figure out what we’re doing with our lives, and I can’t wait to get back to camping. There is beer to drink and fish to catch.
I love camping now that we have the trailer. It’s really easy because just about everything is already packed up and ready to go. I also like not having to put up a tent or be cooped up in the tent, or have to take down the tent in a huff when it rains.
But I still have a few other requirements.
I like to be by the water. Like right by the water. I want a campsite right on the water, ok?
So looking around online I found Rincon Campground, on the Arkansas River. Sure, it was by a road, but it’s probably a small campground type road, right?
Wrong, Highway 50 is a big, busy road! And this campground is like 30 feet from the actual road. Not good.
When we got there, I needed to make a phone call and there was no cell service. I was also cranky about the road sitch, so I drove up to Salida, just a few miles away to a cafe I like, Cafe Dawn and had a cafe mocha and made my phone call. No whipped cream, but whatever. Also, all the locals, who looked like the belonged in The Highwaymen, kept giving me weird looks. Still, it’s a cute little place and the service is very friendly.
When I got back, Mike had gotten us all situated and was doing some fishing.
Later we went into Salida and had breakfast.
On our way home we saw this funny truck.
I will leave you with this video that reminds me of Rincon Campground.
Camping season is almost over! We’re hoping to go one more time this year. We recently went to Spruce Grove, near Tarryall, CO.
It was a Thursday and we were the only ones there except for one other woman and her dog.
Summer is almost over, oh no! We’re going to try to go camping a couple more times, then put the trailer to sleep over the winter. My parents were in town last week and my dad helped Mike build a gate in our fence so the trailer can live with us in our yard. Classy! We’ve done a lot of work on it but it still needs more. Like paint, for one! And some leak repair. It will be a lot easier to get that stuff done if it’s here instead of at the storage place.
So, here are some pics of what we’ve done so far.
More trailer projects to come!