Travel trailer update

We’ve been working hard on the trailer and hope to have it ready for a test run next week, then for a real trip on Mike’s 40th birthday May 4th.

The interior is this horrible brown wood paneling. We wanted to paint it, but in order to do so, it had to be primed. Also, it was really hard to get the primer in the little grooves of the paneling so Mike decided to caulk them. It was a big job but made a huge difference in the ease of paint application and the overall look.

Caulking and primer in the travel trailer.

Caulking and primer in the travel trailer.

I finally chose this fabric for the cushions and everything is at the upholstery shop now. Should be done in a week or two. The blue paint chip is the color we painted the interior and the other chips are ideas for the exterior. We bought these floor tiles at the Restore for cheap but think they are going to be too heavy and too hard to install so we’re still on the quest for flooring. We hope to find something in a light green or yellow, like these.

Travel trailer color scheme.

Travel trailer color scheme.

Finishing up the painting on the travel trailer.

Finishing up the painting on the travel trailer.

Finishing up the painting on the travel trailer.

Finishing up the painting on the travel trailer.

I got some red fabric to make curtains but we’re still trying to figure out what kind of rods to use. We tried tension rods but they’re not sturdy enough. I don’t mind cheapy cafe rods but Mike likes the idea of a wire to hold up the curtains. I like the idea of a wire, too. Just hope it isn’t too expensive or complicated to make.

Here are some ideas I have for the exterior paint pattern. But probably using the orange, yellow, and green from the image above.

Exterior paint scheme ideas.

Exterior paint scheme ideas.

Exterior paint scheme ideas.

Exterior paint scheme ideas.

Exterior paint scheme ideas.

Exterior paint scheme ideas.

Exterior paint scheme ideas.

Exterior paint scheme ideas.

Exterior paint scheme ideas.

Exterior paint scheme ideas.

I kind of want to do the exterior in orange, yellow, and/or green but this light turquoise is awfully cute, too.

Exterior paint scheme ideas.
Exterior paint scheme ideas.
Exterior paint scheme ideas.

Exterior paint scheme ideas.

Which ones do you like best? Have you seen any other that are extra awesome?

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  • Chrissy

    I’m with you on the light turquoise. Also, Ikea has those cable curtain lines. They’re pretty simple to use.

  • http://SweetRaisin.blogspot.com Kathy

    I was going to mention Ikea for the curtain wires also. I haven’t used them yet, but this summer I’m planning curtains in my new/old trailer and thought I would try those.

  • Jaime

    what is the name of the light turquoise?  i am looking for one and it’s hard to find names on line from other vintage tt folks.  thanks

    • Dangermike

      We’re not sure what the light turquoise is called. Depending on the brand of paint, could be called anything. We haven’t painted ours yet, but if we do nail down a color, we’ll post here with the proper name. Stupid paint companies have to make everything so difficult.

  • Sandi & Thomas Daniella

    My father produced & manufactured Rod & Reels -travel trailers in 1950′s , Cypress ,CA -His co. Ma coma Enginering
    These were A pale sea green/ with A dark Reel- sort the design — as your first Trailer on this Site (the brown looking Hook at bottom of trailer) Although the metal is different – ours were plainer in look.. I can’t get over how much of the design is so alike
    We used all Gaffler & Sattler appl. thru-out each/ I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the travel–and shows we all did as A family
    and many great Trailer Shows thru-out the western states . I had A wonderful childhood due to my father’s trailer business .
    Love to see these Oldies’.

    • Oinkety

      The Oldies really are the best!

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