I wasn't really sure how much we had accomplished this week until I went back and looked at the pictures of the trailer at the beginning of the week.
No windows. No drip caps. No bumper. No taillights.
- cleaned up the windows (8 windows)
- repaired corner welds on a few window frames
- installed new window glass and seals (three per window)
- cleaned up & polished the drip caps
- attached the windows and drip caps to the trailer (except the one over the door)
- attached the bumper
- restored two Airstream badges
- made trailer lights ready for towing
- finished installing the access panels on the belly pan
- sealed the seams (to keep out water)
- made the trailer water tight
We have really been spoiled with our rented warehouse space but now it's time for us to move out.
Our last evening in the warehouse was an almost-all-night-er. Brian and I finally crashed on the floor with the kids for a few hours. Sunday morning we packed the trailer with tools and headed out.
Windows. Drip Caps. Bumper. Taillights. License Plate.
It was important for us to make the trailer water tight before we brought it home. For a couple of the vents "water tight" involved putting a plastic bag over the vent temporarily.
Sunday evening brought a summer shower and we had the chance to check our work.
All I can say is that it's amazing how much water can come in through a rivet hole. The front window has a rock guard. It still needs a few repairs before we can attach it to the trailer. It's not critical that the rock guard be in place for us to use the trailer so we forgot to consider that not attaching it would leave a seam of open holes on the side of the trailer.
(Golly. What were we thinking? I think we were sleep deprived.)
Now it's waterproofed with duct tape.
After putting forth our best effort we finally decided "Someday" will not be making the maiden voyage in June. Instead of being disappointed we're hugely relieved. We're still making the trip but we'll be bringing out tent. I have had my heart set on an Airstream for 7-10 years...waiting a few more weeks before we take our first trip really isn't a big deal.