Owning a vintage trailer can take you down a very addictive journey. This is the case with me. The latest acquisition, Winnie, took a lot of hard work and cold cash to bring her back to her former glory. Restoring these old beauties takes a huge amount of dedication and commitment. It seems like each step of the way throws up a different challenge than before. Embee and I pretty much gave up our summer to restore Winnie. We want to rename her “Summer” for a more fitting name.
I really wasn’t in the market for another vintage trailer to fix up. But it seems that I can’t keep off Craigslist. I tend to search the Montana Craigslist for Shasta trailers just to see what comes up. Well, in the dead of winter I found one for sale down in Bozeman. So, on a snowy day in December we drove the four hour drive south through the Little Belt mountains to check out the trailer. She was a winner.
She needed some elbow grease to say the least. We prodded and poked her equal to a woman’s annual exam and decided she was a great candidate to restore.
The actual restoration didn’t begin until May because of the long long Montana winters but we jumped in with both feet.
They say that pictures tell a thousand words so here are a few pictures showing the areas we found that needed reconstruction: