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Old 10-05-2017, 12:11 AM   #1
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Got a job restoring trailers

Hey all!

Bit of a dream come true. As I have mentioned when I first joined, I like old trailers and the like, including a chance at restoring one. The dream has come true in part. I took a class on restoring old trailers through community education and the guy in charge of the class works at a company that restores trailers. After the initial tour of the shop, I told him that in exchange for work, paid or unpaid, I would like to learn carpentry and electrical. They said to come back in a week and talk to them.

A week later, I bumbled into a second part time job restoring old airstreams, stickies, and possibly anything in between. The company will be starting me out cleaning the shop and helping whenever on whatever project. Slow start, but it is a start nonetheless.

Can't tell you all how happy this makes me, and how much it validates that I can do something.

Thought I'd share this, that good things still do happen in the world.

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Old 10-05-2017, 01:08 AM   #2
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Hey all!

Bit of a dream come true. As I have mentioned when I first joined, I like old trailers and the like, including a chance at restoring one. The dream has come true in part. I took a class on restoring old trailers through community education and the guy in charge of the class works at a company that restores trailers. After the initial tour of the shop, I told him that in exchange for work, paid or unpaid, I would like to learn carpentry and electrical. They said to come back in a week and talk to them.

A week later, I bumbled into a second part time job restoring old airstreams, stickies, and possibly anything in between. The company will be starting me out cleaning the shop and helping whenever on whatever project. Slow start, but it is a start nonetheless.

Can't tell you all how happy this makes me, and how much it validates that I can do something.

Thought I'd share this, that good things still do happen in the world.

Patdeesky
Congratulations! It is good way to make things happen by putting yourself forward and literally stepping into your goals and dreams

While hands on work with tools is the best teacher you can learn also learn whole lot by doing a self education immersion course in methods of woodworking. Fortunately there are some really great websites for that.

For instance this website has an excellent video on setting up a bandsaw which can be a very handy tool for working on curved structures. Every carpenter needs to learn how to set his tools up for making accurate cuts and fine tuning in a bandsaw can be frustrating for a beginner. The Best Way to Set Up a Bandsaw! - The Wood Whisperer

He also has another good video on a very simple, accurate, quick and easy way to measure some of the odd ball situations you will find yourself dealing with during renovations. A good trick for anyone doing travel trailer renovations. Measuring Sticks - The Wood Whisperer

Another great video, an amusing one, that will teach you the finer points of how to use a hand saw. Unless a person has a mentor to learn from many people struggle with making fast and accurate cuts with a basic hand saw. Don't forget to learn to master the basic hand tools, there will be many times where they are easier and more convenient. Especially if you are out boondocking without electricity. From the PBS series "Woodwrights Workshop. Video: S30 Ep9: Sawing Secrets | Watch The Woodwright's Shop Online | WPT Video
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Old 10-05-2017, 05:08 AM   #3
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amazing

wow is all I can say! Maybe a new Scamp style manufacture coming!

good luck in your new job

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Old 10-05-2017, 02:43 PM   #4
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Old 10-05-2017, 04:52 PM   #5
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Great having a job doing what you like. So if you have your own project trailer sell it now.

The roofers roof leaks, the plumbers faucet drips and the painters house needs painting. So that means the trailer repair mans trailer needs repair.

Have fun at the new job.
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:19 PM   #6
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Great having a job doing what you like. So if you have your own project trailer sell it now.

The roofers roof leaks, the plumbers faucet drips and the painters house needs painting. So that means the trailer repair mans trailer needs repair.

Have fun at the new job.
don't forget the mechanics wifes care that will barely run!!

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Old 10-07-2017, 08:51 PM   #7
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Congratulations on the job! What is the saying? Do what you love and you will never "work" a day in your life?

I wish there were community college courses around here on restoring old trailers. I would sign up immediately! I usually have to go to the college of Youtube!
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:22 AM   #8
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Great having a job doing what you like. So if you have your own project trailer sell it now.

The roofers roof leaks, the plumbers faucet drips and the painters house needs painting. So that means the trailer repair mans trailer needs repair.

Have fun at the new job.
Haha! If only I had a trailer to consider doing that... Soon, very soon!
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:23 AM   #9
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Congratulations! It is good way to make things happen by putting yourself forward and literally stepping into your goals and dreams

While hands on work with tools is the best teacher you can learn also learn whole lot by doing a self education immersion course in methods of woodworking. Fortunately there are some really great websites for that.

For instance this website has an excellent video on setting up a bandsaw which can be a very handy tool for working on curved structures. Every carpenter needs to learn how to set his tools up for making accurate cuts and fine tuning in a bandsaw can be frustrating for a beginner. The Best Way to Set Up a Bandsaw! - The Wood Whisperer

He also has another good video on a very simple, accurate, quick and easy way to measure some of the odd ball situations you will find yourself dealing with during renovations. A good trick for anyone doing travel trailer renovations. Measuring Sticks - The Wood Whisperer

Another great video, an amusing one, that will teach you the finer points of how to use a hand saw. Unless a person has a mentor to learn from many people struggle with making fast and accurate cuts with a basic hand saw. Don't forget to learn to master the basic hand tools, there will be many times where they are easier and more convenient. Especially if you are out boondocking without electricity. From the PBS series "Woodwrights Workshop. Video: S30 Ep9: Sawing Secrets | Watch The Woodwright's Shop Online | WPT Video
Thanks for the information and the well wishes! I'll definitely give the videos a shot.
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:27 AM   #10
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Kowtz, Borden, Steve, and Tim, I want to say thanks to you guys as well. So far it is just helping around the shop and organizing stuff and cleaning. But they are going to put me on working with their online database for parts as well as placing old appliances that come out of the trailers for sale on a local news classified section.

Pretty sure that they are going to have me do the demolition and airstream skin polishing when the occasion arises. Either way, it doesn't bother me. I get to work with history.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:55 AM   #11
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have to start somewhere

I don't know what job you have had doesn't matter when you start a new one unless you are an ace you will be the broom pusher, cleanup, cleanout guy, bathroom cleaner whatever?

My best advice have a cheerful attitude whatever you are told to do and yes you will be told. Your boss has a lot to do so don't take his directions as an insult or that he hates you.

You will be watched don't go hide out and fool around. Jobs are serious take it that way if you make you company a profit you will be rewarded.

I would rather work for a small guy anytime you will be much appreciated and you will have a full filled work life! You will be rewarded if you do what I am suggesting!

bob

Life is soooo gooood in a 13f Scamp its rediculous
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:08 AM   #12
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when you learn Airstream polishing pass it on! Saying this I don't know your job history but I assure you your boss has big plans for you don't disappoint.

Go in there with a happy cheerful attitude be helpful. The boss seems gruff it isn't because he hates you he has a lot on his mind.

You are the new guy you will get all the bad jobs for awhile until you learn and are a real value to the place. As you gain more experience in this new field new things will open up for you!

One thing whatever you learn no one can every take away from you!

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Life is great in a 13f Scamp its rediculous
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Old 10-15-2017, 03:23 PM   #13
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Great having a job doing what you like. So if you have your own project trailer sell it now.

The roofers roof leaks, the plumbers faucet drips and the painters house needs painting. So that means the trailer repair mans trailer needs repair.

Have fun at the new job.
And the shoe cobblerís kids go barefoot.
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Old 10-15-2017, 03:28 PM   #14
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yes they do

you are so right the plumbers house leaks water and whatever too!

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