So I (Amber) decided to put in the floors since Chris was working hard on stuff nobody sees or cares about but is totally necessary and is taken for granted. You know like water pipes, flushing toilet, water tanks, wheel bearings, electrical panels, lighting etc…. Let me tell you that laying Tivoli II Peel ‘N’ Stick Vinyl Planks (in Rustic Oak) in a vintage trailer that is not perfectly straight made this quite the task and about 17 hours over 10 days. Below is a photo journal of my first time, floor installing journey. I finished for it’s World Premier July 4th, 2015 depute. Enjoy!
Short Video of the original floors.
Started by cutting lose and peeling old, “flaking” linoleum out.
I used a utility knife, scissors, newspaper, straight edge, marker, sweat….
To cut around the toilet hole (haha), and all the tables and cabinets rivets and divots, I read to use a template out of newspaper. It totally worked but takes forever to do.
Progress of the floors….
And the final…
One final thing… to fill the gaps I used this wood filler. Turned out great!
Alright, now that she’s all tucked away in her spot for the winter, we’ve started to tear things out we don’t need, want or that doesn’t work. We got out our drills, gloves, candles, Lavender Pinesol, heaters, hammers, pry bars and headlamps to attack 40 years of dirt, grime and smell and demolish the clunky inefficient 1970’s technology. Bye, bye curtains, cushions, furnace, water heater, hinges, A/C unit and the newer college dorm refrigerator. While Chris tore out most of the big things, I took down the curtains, and started wiping (and wiping, and wiping again) the inside of the trailer out. To keep parts strait, Chris took pictures of all the original set up and parts to refer back to when he adds new stuff in. I salvaged the curtain rods labeling them to make it easy to put them back up when the time comes. The most challenging part will be the electrical but Chris is excited to learn how it all works. We’ve found a little dry rot here and there but it hasn’t really been that bad.
We love the layout of our little 15ft trailer. It’s a very functional design with a ton of storage and a full bathroom. When standing in the door way, to the right is a couch that pulls out into a full size bed that we’ll sleep on with a small bunk bed over head; what we’ll use for linen storage. Looking straight ahead is the kitchen with a little sink, stove/oven range with a matching hood in the original avocado green. The countertops through out the trailer are also the avocado green and in perfect condition. We love the retro green and will be keeping it completely original. In the back right corner behind the door is a retro yellow toilet accompanied by a matching shower. The color is so bad it’s good! We’ll be switching up the wallpaper and floor in here but keeping the fun (or funny) yellow toilet and shower. In the very back of the trailer is another sink which we can only presume is for hand-washing since it’s by the bathroom. There’s a large closet and shelves in the back as well. Lastly, looking directly to the left when standing in the doorway is a little dinette that folds down into a bed.
We’ll be painting the inside white and adding fun wallpaper as well to give it a light and bright look. The original cushions and curtains have to be removed due to their mildew smell and age. We’ll be saving a swatch of the original fabrics, wallpaper and floor to frame and hang up in the trailer to remind us of her in her glory days.
Welcome to our blog about renovating a 1971 retro Aristocrat Starliner trailer. My husband and I have talked for a few years about buying a vintage trailer and renovating it. We finally wanted to make this dream a reality so we took the plunge and bought one! It took many tries to finally snag one up (since renovating vintage trailers in Portland is a trendy thing to do). We found ours in The Dalles Oregon for $1,800. We can’t find much information on this particular model, so we’re figuring it out as we go. Chris is very handy and I’m a self proclaimed DIYer and love to decorate. This should be interesting.