Monday, 12 June 2017

More Rot, and New Systems.

I am slowly working my way around my trailer.  The good news is that the curb side has all new framing and skirting wherever needed.

The bad news is that the rear street side of the trailer is rotted. All the way to about 10 inches inward along the floor and side.  This necessitates me removing the floor all the way back to the first "non-rotted" stringer. This revealed a row of rotted cross braces that would have eventually caused the trailer to come off of the frame. This is why it is so important to do a proper restoration and remove all the rot, even in the framing. Otherwise you end up pouring a lot of money into something that will not last long.

In the photo below you can actually see the rotted cross braces that were hiding under the floor. 

This photo shows both sections that are having to be cut out. 

On a more positive note, I just picked up all new tanks for my trailer. I decided to add a 10 gallon grey tank under the sink, a new 16 gallon fresh water tank to replace the old galvanized one. Plus a new black tank as the one in there is fibreglass and had weird old cast iron plumbing, so we decided to replace the tank and the plumbing while the trailer is open and gutted. I'll be really happy about this down the road. All new plumbing is easier to install then trying to make 60 year old plumbing work.  Included in the photo is a "New Old Stock" Vintage Catalytic heater I found on eBay as my trailer was missing the furnace and I did not want to pay $700 for a new furnace, or buy an unreliable old one. As well, a 1950's electric space heater for when we have shore power.

The water tanks were a great deal. $34.00 (U.S.). Available on Amazon by Class A Customs, who gave me great customer service. I was a little dubious about buying these, at such a low price and a couple of reviewers had indicated they were not that thick, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but they are thick and sturdy.
Here is the link if you are looking for them. I bought a 10 gallon and a 16 gallon for $34.00 each. They come pre-made with threaded entrances and exits for your pipes to attach to.


  1. That's a lot of work. Can't wait to see it finished.

  2. Big job, but will absolutely be worth it. Glad you have an outlet to get away and be creative.