Monday, June 27, 2011

Little Sanittee Gets A Rubberized Roof

1961 Shasta travel trailer
I just love getting a good deal. After researching roof coverings I decided to go with a rubberized coating. Trouble is, this stuff is very expensive. There are several brands that do the same thing. I was at Lowes and wondered into the roofing area and saw this, Kool Seal Ultra High Reflective Elastomeric Coating. It blocks UV rays, expands and contracts with the roof, saves energy by 35%.  The RV stores carry a similar product for about 65 dollars a gallon. Lowes was closing out the product, for 24.98 for 5 gallons, it should take about 2 gallons. When renovating an old camper, one can spend big bucks.  On the other hand, one can spend really big bucks getting something newer. I enjoy figuring out things and troubleshooting. I will admit, many women are at a disadvantage in the building department, I know I am. I did work with my father when younger but it was pretty much, hold this, get that, push on the brakes til I say stop, now pump them. Boys are encouraged to learn the difference between a phillips head and a straight head. Girls learn to set a table and cook and clean. Of course that was growing up in the 50s and 60s. Come the 70's and my teen years, well I won't go into those psychedelic times now. Just saying, I wish I was more rounded in the fixing things department. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Removing The Nasty Old Furnace

1961 Shasta Astrodome, saga continues.  As you enter Little Sanitee there is-was a furnace in the floor. Makes no sense why it would have been put there. Big guy said to keep it there to see if I might need it later. I think there might be spiders in it. It looks like a good home for spiders and it had all sorts of debri, not only that, it took up a lot of floor space. I bent three sides of the furnace up with pliers and it fell out to the ground leaving a big hole.
 A wood brace had been cut for the placement of the furnace. You can see that the forward cut brace is a bit rotted.  If any one wants the furnace for Goodness knows why, you can have it.  There is a glass top on it to see fuel levels. It looks like you pour fuel in the top, It seems to have an auto igniter.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hmmm, I wonder what happens If I pull this?

That flimsy wood on Lil' Sanitee's door looks iffy. If I just pull up a corner maybe I can see. "Momma always said, quit picking at it."  Oh well, a good starting place for repairs. The door is made of thin wood sheets layed in different directions. It sure pulls off easily when it is rotted.  A call to my father, I know how he loves doing mine or my sisters projects ;).  Sure bring it over and we'll build a new frame in it.  I have my drill battery plugged in so I can dissassemble the door from the frame and take it over to my Dad's place.  He doesn't have the problem with numbers that I do. He seems able to measure twice and cut once.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Isn't She Cute?

1961 Shasta Little Sanitee has been sitting in my side yard for a few months now.  I have been enjoying her though. I have had breakfast at the dinette several times. Big Guy has brought morning donuts and coffee from Jim's Donuts and we  have had donuts and coffee together.  I found that she lets in wonderful natural light. That's very important for me as an artist. 

Actually, I have done nothing much to her for fear of the unknown. Anyone who has taken on any project such as an old car, old house, old trailer knows what I mean.  Yes, that is the fridge that came out. It took some doing, we were afraid it was built around the refridgerator, finally we removed part of the door jamb, rather easy with rotted wood though.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Getting Her Home in March

Here's boyfriend AKA Big Guy trying to get the brake lights working. She towed very well the 3 1/2 hours home. I was going to stay to the back roads but pulled so well I entered the highway intending to keep it below 55 mph. Everyone else just blew past us and I took it 70 mph.  Not a good idea on a new trailer so I backed down to around 65 and had no problems. I have stabilizer/equilizer bars that I will use.  I could feel some sway when the big rigs passed.

Why we do what we do

I set out looking for a vintage travel trailer in 2010.  I found my little 1961 Shasta Astrodome off craiglist 3 1/2 hours away in Jan. 2011.  I took my Dad and boyfriend with me and we all agreed it was a fine little camper, they hopped back in the car quickly to escape 10 degree weather and wind.  It was another  two months before the snow cleared and I could safely tow it back home.