On Part I of our 1967 Kit Companion Travel Trailer project, we shared how we found the trailer and decided to start the restoration process. This week, see how Jordan starts to demo and assess the trailer’s condition.
After pressure washing the exterior, it was time to start dismantling the trailer. Travel trailers are built from the inside out because the cabinets provide a lot of the trailer’s structural support. To take apart the trailer, we have to do the reverse and start from the outside, working in.
Jordan first removed the trim, windows, roof sheet metal and then finally the wall sheet metal.
Surprise, there’s rot! Well, not really much of a suprise. From the smell of the inside and the flex when Jordan pushed on the walls, we were expecting it.
Next, Jordan started removing the wall sheet metal (which he will use as a stencil to make the new walls).
Here Jordan discovered an ant nest in the front and mice nests in the back, and lots more rot.
Is it obvious yet? This thing is going to be a full on frame up restore. There’s just no salvaging these walls.
So Jordan started taking it down, beginning with the back wall.
Then the roof was removed, the remaining walls, and the interior.
And then he stripped it all the way down to the frame.
This trailer sat under an apple tree with the roof vent open for 33 years. Jordan knew that the thing would be rotten. That being said, this trailer wasn’t built very well to begin with.
Jordan has many plans for improving the design during restoration.
Stay tuned for Part 3, where Jordan will begin the rebuild process!
See more progress on the Kit Companion Restoration: