There was more done here than you might think.
The water tanks had been removed long ago. But the gravity fill port was still sitting there on the outside of the camper --> pulled.
That nasty grate SCREWED to the camper was pulled (leaving two gaping holes and four little screw holes in the side instead).
The resulting holes were repaired with fiberglass with body putty used to smooth things down. As I did this... I sure as heck was glad I chose to fix the closet by covering the whole thing! :)
Finally - the worst job of them all, stripping off all the old paint. MUCH of it stripped effortlessly using a razor scrapper. I already knew I would be repainting so the occasional scratch or minor gouge wasn't a problem.
Oh... almost forgot - I scrapped off all the old caulked up repairs at the same time. That included caulk on the roof that looked to have about 5 years worth of growth of lichens imbedded into it. :)
After scraping as much as I was willing to and doing all the body repairs, this is what I was left with:
The surface was then scuffed up (to help the paint stick) and primed. I'd chosen to use rustoleum paint in cans and roll it on. It's smoother than brushes, and doesn't require an investment in a sprayer. I think that sprayed polyurethane paint would give a smoother, glossier finish - but the rustoleum also did a nice job of covering some of the minor imperfections left in the body - and was cheaper...
Anyway, it was primed with their "clean metal primer" and painted. Light
Machine Gray on the top and Navy Blue on the bottom. Before deciding on colors, we drew up a little Boler on the computer in a paint program and played around painting
it different colors till we found one we were happy with. The light
machine gray is actually a little darker than we planned, but once you put it next to the navy blue it doesn't look dark at all.
Oh... I also painted ALL exposed metal surfaces. The frame, door hinges, door holdback (added - thanks to Scamp), door latch and belly band were all painted with black epoxy. The window trim, vent cover, wheels and hubcaps were all painted with silver paint.
Here's the final product:
Finally - here it is on it's maiden voyage in it's new form:
That's it for now. At one time I thought about restoring the water systems to the trailer - but I'm not strongly motivated. For drinking, bottles are best. And who can wash anything in those tiny sinks? We MAY end up pulling both the sink and built-in stove in order to make one big counter. A portable stove would work just as nicely in that position. Considering we bring it along anyway (most cooking done outside) - seems reasonable.
The one thing I would like to do however is add a small 12V system (likely based on a portable jump starter unit) in order to power a new vent with a built in fan - and maybe the two big kitchen lights
too. The fan is the big draw however. :)
Sorry again for the messed up shots before. Hopefully these are working better for everyone.