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Old 06-18-2016, 09:40 AM   #15
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Great work. Thanks for all the pics. It's fun following the progress.

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Hi, thanks! Took us long enough!

Today, Saturday, June 18, 2016, we are only a couple weeks from being done.

Must point out neither of us could bear adding water or propane after what we'd found, severed lines, rot, leakages, corrosion...so this is very retro, like a teardrop, we have a little butane burner for outside, will carry bottled water for drinking, will do minimal cooking inside (microwave only), minimal washing inside, use straw plates and cornstarch utensils (biodegradable), and have a biodegradable system for the porta-potty bucket.

Clever, judiciously fitted Pergo covered nearly all of the bad areas and a quickie slap-up paint job covered much of the rest...the previous owner's patter and misdirection gave us a full opportunity to overlook everything of importance. We were shell-shocked by the time we discovered it all...day by horrible day, and I, for one, will never again consider my discernment or judgment to be as good as I once did! .

The only way out was forward.

It's been a long road, but we're on the last road now, we hope. We have been so grateful to everyone on FGRV who has posted their pictures and experiences and offered advice and, yes, comfort.

We're making it "our own," and are prepared to deal with almost anything now...knock wood! Don't want to tempt fate!

This thing was utterly pre-disastered!
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:58 AM   #16
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Thank you for the photos! What an impressive journey 😊 !


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Old 06-18-2016, 10:17 AM   #17
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Thank you!
Another of Paul's projects: he added a third brake light below the rear window. We'll put on more reflectors when we add the logos and name.
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Old 06-18-2016, 11:03 AM   #18
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Thank you for sharing this adventure! It's informative, encouraging, and very well written. That little trailer really belongs to you!

I don't share your minimalist approach (not sure how the microwave fits into that), because I like gadgets, as well as the basic conveniences needed for full-timing. But I appreciate what you are doing and what you have done.

Congratulations!

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Old 06-18-2016, 01:08 PM   #19
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You're more than welcome, Gordon, and thank you.

Paul was already talking about 110 hot water in there...maybe we won't be so minimalist for very long.
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What is the total cost of the trailer project plus current invested money amount for the restoration?
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Old 06-19-2016, 06:07 PM   #21
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What is the total cost of the trailer project plus current invested money amount for the restoration?


We overpaid for the trailer considering the actual condition. We didn't pay full asking price...on dark nights I comfort myself with that small grace.

The restoration to date has cost us $2059, give or take a nut log or two purchased with the rest of the materials.

And that's with a lot of help from his old job and some friends with extra plywood.

We also used and will use many things we already had. But we had to get new foam (we opted for IKEA foam mattresses in the As Is department) and all 3 new tires.

It would've cost a lot more to actually, "properly" restore it. But that was never our aim. Simplicity, all-electric, and easy to maintain was our aim. I think we've accomplished that.
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Your hard work and perseverance is showing it's rewards!

Good to see it's almost ready to start giving back to both you and Paul, I'm sure you'll have many good memories with it from here on out!
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Thanks, Steve! Your help was a big part of our being at this point now!

Finally, it's nearly "camp ready!"

Eager to see how yours is coming along when you're ready with more pics!
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Hi Kai, looks great! You guys are doing a super job. I am trying to close mine up and have installed the door frame, now on to the hinges. I did not realize that they are different, one slightly more bent than the other, so now I am wondering which one is top, which is bottom. May I be so bold as to ask you if your hinges are like this and if so, which one is at the top, the 90 degree one or the more bent one? When I blow up your pics it looks like you have a more bent hinge base too, but I can not tell if it is upper or lower. Here is a pic of my progress.
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Looks gorgeous. What year is it? I've not seen an Amerigo without Jalousie windows before.

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Hi Kai, looks great! You guys are doing a super job. I am trying to close mine up and have installed the door frame, now on to the hinges. I did not realize that they are different, one slightly more bent than the other, so now I am wondering which one is top, which is bottom. May I be so bold as to ask you if your hinges are like this and if so, which one is at the top, the 90 degree one or the more bent one? When I blow up your pics it looks like you have a more bent hinge base too, but I can not tell if it is upper or lower. Here is a pic of my progress.

Hi, Leonie! Glad to hear from you!

Paul and I went out and measured ours...they are, as far as we can tell, identical. Don't know if they are original. I thought it was odd that one is near the bottom and one at the middle with no top hinge, but how else deal with the curvature, I suppose.

You certainly may be bold to ask us anything...once in a while we might actually know something.

Yours is looking super...a lot like ours, wonder why? 8)

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PS: July 4th, 5th, and 6th we camped up in the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest, two nights and days of which were in the rain. It was a much-needed shakedown cruise, and we rearranged the things inside until neither of us could remember what was where. Then we began shoving unnecessary things into the car until it was so crammed Paul was unable to jam anything more inside it.

On Wednesday we had a nice day, a lovely campfire, used ALL the wood we brought plus what Paul found at vacated campsites around the campground, found out the girls CAN actually shut up inside their x-pen when we sit near enough (and enjoyed seeing the fancy "gates" we put on when we decided to repurpose the pieces of that wine rack that didn't make the grade for our galley upright supports)--

Paul made cheese omelets in the microwave, we had deli -type croissant sandwiches for dinners, and the food part seemed to work out fine.

On the other hand, I simply couldn't get to sleep the first night...we switched beds the 2nd night, and that was a lot better. So maybe I'll get the "master suite" after all.

Today Paul washed Peanut and TV with a waxing wash (in the rain, no less), and checked for leaks afterwards. None.

We brought in all the fabrics except curtains (and by the way, those double fleece curtain panels work GREAT for insulation...windows were ice cold at night, curtains warm to the touch inside--on the other hand, windows were running with water in the AM, though the inside was toasty dry--)

We found out one of our ceramic heaters has to be manually adjusted, constantly--the thermostat--well, WHAT thermostat? The other one works fine once you actually read the knobs.

Anyway, we're using it now, at last, and after a good night's rest and some showering and whatnot at home, are planning our next outing already.
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Looks gorgeous. What year is it? I've not seen an Amerigo without Jalousie windows before.

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Hey Walt, it is a '73. All the windows are original, they are all the swing type.
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