Sunday, February 9, 2014

1964 Aristocrat Lil Loafer

Found this Aristocrat Lil Loafer this fall for a winter project.  She was mostly original despite the exterior and interior paneling that had been painted.

Original cushions, table and kitchen appliances….super simple layout and design.  Three burner stove top with oven and sink with manual pump.  And one ice box.  Simple systems that needed a little love but all work properly after renovation.

The exterior took many days and a lot of paint stripper to get between 2 and 3 layers of paint off.  Got down to the factory original white stripe.  Left it in its original color and pattern.  I think the trailer was originally a mint green with a white factory stripe.  Took it down to the aluminum paneling then polished it up.

This trailer is unique because it is so light you can tow it with a passenger vehicle.  No bathroom, heater or toilet.  Humphrey propane globe light intact and operates properly.  110 shore power only….no 12 volt lighting.

Born 1964
Re-Born 2014

Monday, July 15, 2013

Wanda's Still Rolling

She's still being pulled as often as I'm able.  This season she's been in Utah, Arizona, Wyoming and New Mexico.  Not to mention the few trips around her home state.

New curtains add great color.  Pic of my original Marvel coupler....does not like the Andersen weight distribution hitch too much!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall in Moab with new Zamp Solar Panel

  Just purchased a 40 watt portable solar panel from Zamp and thought what better place to test it out than Moab Utah.  This was the most wattage I could afford and I figured I usually have a low current draw from my lighting and water pump and felt this was going to be all I needed.  Also recently converted most of my lights to LED bulbs which will help the battery retain its strength throughout my travels.

All systems running good.  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Season for Towing

Going to try to beat last years travel record.....11 times towing the Airstream to a destination other than her storage lot.  I'm on trip number two.  Headed out west despite the poor weather forecast.  Woke up in the morning to a pretty good frost on all of our equipment that was left outdoors.  Refrigerator still not working properly.  I can get a flame, but it blows out after a certain amount of time.  Gonna try to work on getting her running.  It's something small, just don't know what it is yet.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Season Opener Blunder

Soft soil and poor placement of leveling chocks caused the jack to roll off its platform and onto her tongue.  Dohh!  Lesson have to pay attention and set up properly or you end up dropping your trailer on her head.

Rallied for a beautiful sunset the following night.

Sunday, March 4, 2012


This last travel season, it took me until September to burn through a 20 lb. propane bottle.  I thought it would be a good idea to reduce the tongue weight and the overall travel weight a bit by buying compact propane bottles.  These are 11 pound bottles I bought which should be around a seasons worth of propane.

If the weather stays favorable, I shouldn't burn through these before September.

For Real?

That's what the previous owner said when he went to pick up his Airstream from an RV repair store in Durango and found a gaping hole and crappy patch on the exterior skin.   He had asked the store to replace his hot water heater.  They couldn't figure out how to get it out and resorted to cutting a portion of the skin to tear it out.

Needless to say, he was pretty pissed when he saw this mess.  It was always an eyesore but still functional. So we waited until this year to repair it.  Norbs did an excellent job (as usual) cutting, trimming and installing a semi-polished piece of aluminum with buck rivets.  This time around, we chose a 3" spread between each rivet so it would blend in a bit more and not draw attention to a repair.  He also reinforced the hot water heater a bit better.  I installed the water lines so I'll have to be sure to check my work this spring!

We also found a good sized crack in a drain pipe above the hot water heater coming from the kitchen sink. We did a quick and easy repair with JB Weld.  We both think it will hold because the crack is on top of the pipe and the pipe never gets that full where it will cause a problem.  Plus, that crap is like duct tape.  Works on everything.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Back to Her Renovation Roots

Back to the Airstream Renovation Ranch....aka Norbs backyard for some small repair work.  Just a few repairs that we knew we were gonna tackle eventually.

The skin has some patches that were designed for function rather than aesthetics so we thought we would clean it up a bit and try to blend them into the exterior a little better.  The original gas furnace was removed from the interior and it left a large round hole on the exterior on the street side.  It had been patched by either stainless steel or a piece of galvanized metal.  It worked and didn't look too bad but we thought aluminum with some buck rivets would be better looking.

So Norbs cut out a 12"x12" aluminum patch, measured the original rivet spacing and drilled the holes.  I was on the interior with my head and shoulders shoved into a closet to provide the backing for buck rivets. Let me tell ya, it was tough.  We had limited space inside the two skins, wiring to contend with and a hard time finding the right tool for pressure.  But we got her done.  After some polishing, it will blend much better.

Also replaced the rear, street side window that was dulled and yellow plexiglass.  The view from the trailer was not very clear.  We replaced it with another piece of plexiglass.  Looks good and fit really well.