This touches on a subject near and dear to heart of all eggpatchers, namely what to do about unsightly, beat up locker doors. I have noticed over my time here that the urge to jump in and "brighten up" or "personalize" a second-hand trailer appears to prioritize itself way ahead of much of the remedial cleaning, overdue maintenance, and replacement that lies ahead for most of us. About a year ago plus, I also took this path in dealing with the new little house on the driveway. A Burro
trailer, as many of you know, is very much like a refrigerator
inside due to what seems like acres of white gelcoat on the glass inner shell. So, yeh, when you get it home and wonder what you've gotten yourself into, that white interior suggests that the winds of Feng Shui blow cold in a Burro
. It was also a cold February and checking out running gear, water and waste systems, 3-ways, furnaces, etc. was intimidating, to put it mildly.
So I decided I'd recover those strawbd. locker doors. I did think briefly about replacement. After nearly 37 yrs. as a boat, airplane, restoration and exhibit carpenter, I don't think it exceeds modesty to say that I had the skill to do so. But I could also see all that important but unfamiliar stuff lurking ahead. I'm glad I took the short route and simply covered the existing with MBA interior/exterior vinyl (Forest green and Navy blue, I wanted to add orange and yellow but my wife restrained me.) For those with the time, skill, and money, no question that a natural finish hardwood face frame and doors really dresses up and irons out the "irregularities" of glass walls and openings. But I do pat myself on the back for taking the expedient "shelfpaper" route to happiness because I certainly had my hands full the following April and May with all that other stuff which underpins the new "nest" and makes it sanitary, comfortable, safe, and working as it should. So my advice to those who feel overwhelmed by the demands of a down-at-the-heels trailer is: Add a touch of your personality to the cosmetics first thing; it's a psychological necessity.
Also consider the absolute time you have to devote to correction and replacement of mysterious and offputting mechanical, sanitation and electrical
systems and also the time window to certain interim goals of restoration which will allow you to use your trailer before you tire of "all work and no play". Don't "fix" things you can live with and slight things you can't live without.