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Archive for August, 2009

And the walls come tumbling down

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

IMG_0051 Well, not exactly.  After drilling out many rivets with my new Makita (lost count how many) and the removal of electric switches, curtain hardware, window screen, and interior door trim (tricky one), the wall eventually comes out after you de-stick it from its siblings.  The insulation wasn’t in as bad a shape as I thought it would be.  Next section, I’ll take a picture before removing the “pink”, I was overly anxious to see the inside of the outside wall.

My First Trip – VTJ09

Monday, August 17th, 2009

2009_VTJ 002 I took the trailer to the Vintage Trailer Jam 2009 in Saratoga Springs (See my photos).  It took 5 long hours to get her there and my truck transmission started acting up before I arrived.  My knees were like jelly, so Brett kindly offered to back her into her designated spot (Thank God!).  But I had her setup and level in no time.  We had a great time learning about restoration costs and tools from Colin Hyde, Brett had a “riveting” talk, Rich gave a good talk on boondocking, and I enjoyed Eleanor’s essential kitchen items for the trailer (Also see Rich Luhr’s blog post about it).  I was sorry to miss the backing up seminar – during which ironically, Brett was backing up my trailer for me.
Friday night I went into Troy and was fed a lovely supper by Corey and Noah and got to meet my new grandpup, Charlotte the lab mix.

1998 Ford jumping the 1920's FordSaturday was a red letter day.  I jumped a 1920’s Ford truck with my 1998 F-150 (even with its own woes).  Thanks to Mark and Jen for the picture.

Elly and Colin inspecting the underside of Rosie by lattern.And I finally got my trailer inspection done by Colin Saturday night.  He answered all my questions about the timing and order of events and gave me many insights I would have had to discover the hard way.  I was on cloud-nine until it was time to head home Sunday morning with a wacky transmission and 4500 lbs of aluminum in tow.  I got home and had a victory supper with Craig, Marc, Carol, and Mom. Thanks to Carol and Marc for being my backup plan if the truck died and for the delicious roasted vegetable pasta salad.

Screens while I wait

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

I started replacing the screens while I wait to go to the Vintage Trailer Jam 2009. I’m hoping to talk to infamous Colin Hyde of “Colin Hyde Trailer Restoration”.

New screens


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