Monday, June 14, 2010

A Big Sigh of Relief...

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.
Nice and airy.
No windows.  No drip caps.  No bumper.  No taillights.  

Tasks we finished this week:
  • 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
As I look at this list I notice "cleaned up the windows" sitting innocently at the top of the list.  This task leered at us from the top of our "To Do" list for quite some time.  Cleaning up the windows was a huge job. We used an abrasive wheel attachment for the drill and worked on the windows in spare 1 to 2 hour periods of time over the last couple of months.  
We couldn't have been happier to be finish with this tedious task.

Annabelle wore the tool belt and handed rivets to Daddy when we installed the drip caps. 

Samuel has been waiting (at times not so) patiently for his first chance to use the soldering iron.  He finally had the opportunity this week.  He and Brian are looking forward to more wiring work soon.

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.

We had lots of tools and supplies to move... 
(Not to mention: an old axle & wheels, the fridge, lots of scrap aluminum and two ornery endcaps)

 Home again home again jiggity jig.
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.


  1. Better to have it finished and just like you need it than to take it not ready. Plus you can spend the whole trip saying things like..."next time we'll be in the Airstream!" It looks so shiny! BTW you would like the Miranda Lambert song-Airstream...

  2. Wow, you guys have done an AWESOME job! I don't much about trailers/campers, but what I do know about yours's SUPER SHINY! :-) lol. I can't wait to see it when it's TOTALLY done. Speaking of which, are ya'll gonna have a trailer warming party? LOL

  3. BEAUTIFUL ! You have all worked so hard... Is that the new in-law suite ? We are AMAZED...

  4. Wow, it looks great at your house. Nice license plate.

  5. It's good to be home with it, isn't it? Self-imposed maiden voyage deadlines are just that. Self-imposed. What's another few weeks. I really do understand the huge sigh of relief.