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Old 10-03-2012, 05:36 AM   #15
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It absolutely amazes me what some people can accomplish in a week!

Looks really nice Zach
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:32 AM   #16
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You can put a 3" vent cover over that extra hole until you get your doors.
What brand and color of spray paint did you use?
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:03 PM   #17
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I used Rust-Oleum Professional High Performance Enamel in Gloss White, and Gloss Black. I know it isn't the best paint out there, automotive paint is a better product, however I'm pretty sure Rust-Oleum is never going to stop making Gloss White or Black, so touch-ups won't be difficult. The High Performance Enamel is actually a pretty hard finish and sprays and coats well. The adhesion was also really good, it even stuck to the silicone around the windows. Only time will tell how it stands up to the elements but so far I'm happy with it.


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Old 10-05-2012, 04:38 PM   #18
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Nice! Like your color choices!
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:55 PM   #19
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nice job.....looks 1000% better
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:16 PM   #20
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Love it!

Can I admit, I am a little jealous? We bought our '72 TrailMite this last Aug/Sept. We've been working on it ever since and are far from painting. I love getting to see what you've done. We are going to take ours camping at the Fall NOG here in another week, but we are going to just have a bed and then shell (Oh and curtains ). We had to rebuild the frame and gut what was left on the inside. Kind of working in the dark on what was original in wiring, lights etc as there are so few of these TrailMites, so we are just going with what we like for fun The vent holes cut into the sides were enormous, and the patching job is coming apart, so we won't be touching those until we find how we want to locate the appliances and proper vents.
How did you fit your Fantastic fan? We have ours, but haven't put it in yet. Where did you put the spacers? On the outside or inside. Or did you even need them? Figured I'd pick your brain since you already did it.
Would be curious to see pics of the labels etc you have on the trailer and location. Also, did your have any logo? I saw someone's and I really liked it. Wondered if they made it up or???
Excited to see another TrailMite!
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zach---what a great job you've done to date! i cannot wait to see what you do to the interior.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:56 PM   #22
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Some where in CA there's another one of these trailers. We came across this one in Oatman, AZ
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:18 PM   #23
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Some where in CA there's another one of these trailers. We came across this one in Oatman, AZ

Ha! I remember that day in Oatman. We were coming back from MO. The wife wanted to take old 66 and we had never even heard of Oatman, but were sure glad we did. Fun, fun day and trip. What a surprise to recognize the pic. I was just trying to get some ideas of what restored Trail Mites looked like when I spotted these pics. What a hoot!

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Old 11-16-2013, 10:47 PM   #24
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Kris- The biggest problem with silicone is that paint or pretty much anything else doesn't stick to it. Since I'm painting my camper, any trace of silicone will make a spot were the paint will just refuse to adhere. It is also very difficult to remove if you ever need to get a clean surface for another reason, say installing new windows or replacing a vent. Butyl tape is much better product to use for sealing, easy to remove and works just as well as silicone without the mess. All sealants will eventually fail, when they do fail I for one would like something that is easy to remove so that I can easily re-seal.
This trailer had GOBS of silicone all over it, including holes filled where the entire interior was removed and GOBS around the windows and vents.
After cleaning and prep, it took Perma-White paint very well....
I will continue to use silicone where appropriate.
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Ha! I remember that day in Oatman. We were coming back from MO. The wife wanted to take old 66 and we had never even heard of Oatman, but were sure glad we did. Fun, fun day and trip. What a surprise to recognize the pic. I was just trying to get some ideas of what restored Trail Mites looked like when I spotted these pics. What a hoot!

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Cool. That stretch of 66 from Kingman to Oatman is pretty interesting. I assume you were in Oatman for the gun fight and the burros. We were camped down the road outside of Bull Head City at Katherine Landing. Hope you had a great trip.
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:36 PM   #26
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Zach, I too am restoring a 72 Trail Mite. I want to replace the frame, but cannot find out how the plywood floor is attached to the steel below.

Any clues?
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