First things first, before I could dive into the thrill of transforming the trailer, I had to evict the resident interior, but not without a pang of remorse. As dated as the original digs were, they had played host to generations of owners, at least one of whom lived in it full time. Sure, things were rough around the edges but overall I was impressed by just how well everything had held up over the course of 38 years. Tearing all this apart I developed a respect for Airstream construction, which is surprisingly solid for how thinly it's built. One thing is for sure, my interior won't be this lightweight. All in all, I'm glad I did tear it down to the bones though. There were concealed electrical, plumbing, and structural issues that needed to be addressed before moving forward. The worst for sure was cutting out and replacing the rotted rear left corner of the floor because the original construction essentially traps the wood between the frame and the walls. There were a few other questionable spots but given just how unpleasant that was, I decided to drench them in penetrating epoxy and hope for the best!
8/21/2014 12:22:29 pm
This is an excellent series and I'm sure your readers want updates. A nice conversational writing style that is pleasant to read. Fix us up as my shell is sitting and waiting for instructions before I move in. MV
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Jenny Vallimont is a sustainability expert and community impact leader with a Charlotte based real estate developer. Her passion is travel.