Mid October 2013
I was back at work on my two week rotation by now, so when I returned from my hitch we dedicated ourselves to getting Tee Girl ready to go camping in November. First up was finishing installation of the external aluminum trim, windows and edge molding. And reinstalling all 1200 stainless screws holding the aluminum panels on. We had not done this in order for the new screw heads to retain their shiny appearance, and add a bit more ‘bling’ to the overall effect. This was a tedious and time consuming task but worth the effort. After several days all the (now gleaming) polished trim and windows were back in place and the trailer was looking spiffy.
Remember the wings, from the earlier chapter? The first thing we bought? IT WAS TIME. Tallulah Belle got her new shiny better-than-original wings installed also. A milestone, and we could not have been happier. Wings, bay-bee!!!!!
During the summer we had found a website which offered the wide whitewall tires that are an essential item for a trailer like this, and had ordered a pair. The vendor is Diamondback tires, and they sell genuine trailer tires, which have stiffer sidewalls than passenger car tires, as well as have white rubber rings vulcanized onto the tire surface. You CAN buy a type of white rubber ring that is held in place by the rim of the tire but those can flap at road speed and we really didn’t want that kind of fix. No compromises, remember?
With our new tires we visited a local tire shop and had them mounted on the trailer’s wheels, and then the wheels put back on the trailer. Our camper uses Ford car/truck 5 lug 5.5 inch bolt pattern wheels, which were standard issue on gazillions of Ford vehicles from mid 50’s until the late 70’s, and can be found in wrecking yards everywhere. ALWAYS HAVE A SPARE! We had also bought two beauty rings for 15″ wheels, so that the wheel/tire combo would have that 50’s cruiser look we all love so much.
Come Fly With Me!
New wheels, tires, baby moons and beauty rings installed.
The same week, we took Tee Girl to a local trailer business so that they could install all new 12V wiring for exterior running lights and tail lights. I was just too worn down and time critical to do this myself, it was worth $200 to have it done.
We were also frantically fitting out and wrapping up the interior as best we could…the upholstery and gaucho were in place, trim and hardware installed, flatscreen TV in the gaucho area installed, all the details which make the total. We had cut and shellacked a panel for the inside of the door, installed the newly rechromed Bargman L-66 door latch with new lock mechanism, curtain rods and fixtures above the windows, etc.
Melinda drug out her sewing machine and the bolt of vintage 1957 atomic barkcloth she had won on Ebay and made curtains for the windows, and we had also accumulated period correct dishes, drinking glasses, anodized aluminum cups/pitcher and other such items as one would find in a camper in 1960, so we found places for all these items to fit, in a frenzy of detailing.
Door birch panel.
Inside and outside detail of Bargman L-66 door latch.
Dinette area details.
Dinette and gaucho with new barkcloth curtains.
29″ Flatscreen for watching movies on rainy days.
Nighttime illumination is two remote controlled battery powered LED lights. Since we did not install a 12V system inside, we use these while travelling or when no power is available.
Note the 1950’s rounded toaster on the shelf above the cooktop. Pretty slick, yes?
You can also see the cutout from the sink opening used as a way to give more counter space.
The dishes and glasses we found. Pattern is Salem NorthStar, circa 1958.
You didn’t think we’d forget THIS did you??
By the end of October, with RenFest just around the corner, we knew that we’d be able to take her CAMPING!! Of course, it’s not finished, but more on that to come…