1967 Kit Companion Project Part 4

1967 Kit Companion Travel Trailer

The walls are going up! The trailer is finally starting to look like a trailer again.

On the last post (Part 3) we left off at the cabinets, which had to go in prior to the walls going up. In this post we will show Jordan’s process of building the new walls and attaching them to the trailer frame.

Kit Companion Travel Trailer RestorationJordan used the Kit’s original walls (what remained of them) and siding as a template for constructing the new walls. Because the original walls were disintegrated so badly in the corners, Jordan relied heavily on the metal exterior siding for determining the actual size and curvature for the new walls.

1967 Kit Companion

He was able to see the framing pattern from the original walls as well and duplicated construction, incorporating a few improvements based on his construction experience.

1967 Kit Companion Travel Trailer Restoration

Originally these trailer walls were assembled using a wide crown stapler, a special tool that doesn’t have much versatility beyond trailer wall framing, some masonry and roofing applications. Instead, Jordan purchased a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig which creates neat little tunnels (called pocket holes) for the screws to go in. Wood glue was placed between framing joints prior to installing screws.

1967 Kit Companion Travel Trailer Restoration

Jordan and I decided on v-groove hardboard for the interior walls (because it’s cute). These were attached to the wall framing using Elmer’s Wood Glue and a narrow crown stapler. Jordan also laid weights on the walls while the glue set.

1967 Kit CompanionOnce each wall was complete Jordan would clamp it to the frame using wood clamps and take measurements from the original materials to determine proper placement. He would then bolt them into the frame.

Once the two side walls were up, Jordan installed the dinette cabinet (which spans the width of the trailer in the front) and then fastened the closet cabinet to the wall.

Kit Companion Trailer RestorationWe used vinyl weather-stripping for the trim between the cabinets, walls and floor.

After installing the ceiling, it was time to rough-in the wiring (AC & DC) and plumbing.

1967 Kit Companion Travel Trailer Restoration1967 Kit Companion Travel Trailer RestorationWe’ve found replacement foam and are really starting to plan the interior. But you’ll have to wait until next time to see that!

Thank you for following our 1967 Kit Companion Restoration Project. Don’t forget to post your comments below!

12 Comments on 1967 Kit Companion Project Part 4

  1. Rob
    June 13, 2015 at 6:38 am (3 years ago)

    Wow!! Nice work bro! Has the work been prettt straight
    Forward OR unplanned snags along the way?

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    • Jordan & Kaisa
      September 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm (2 years ago)

      Rob,

      Thanks for the comments! There were plenty of snags. The hardest thing was making sure the new walls were in the correct spot, I did not measure where the old walls were positioned so it took some trial and error to get the new ones just right. How is you trailer coming along?

      -Jordan

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  2. David
    June 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the step-by-step photo chronology. Such beautiful work Jordan!

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    • Jordan & Kaisa
      September 1, 2015 at 12:15 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you David! It was fun to see it all come together.

      -Jordan

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  3. Cathy
    June 14, 2015 at 6:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Wonderful job…really looking great.

    Reply
  4. Randi
    July 9, 2015 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

    Hey guys, I have a very similar 1966 Kit Companion I am working on, you can see my progress at Randi’s Reliquary!

    Reply
  5. Annie
    July 29, 2015 at 12:53 pm (2 years ago)

    This make me so nervous. I bought a 69 kit companion 1500 in January and the project has been on delay as i was uber preggo. Now I am getting into ripping stuff out and wondering if that is how far I need to take it as well. what recommendations do you have for understanding the guts of it…plumbing, wiring…? Thanks and I hope you are doing well with the rest of it.

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  6. Sabrina
    November 20, 2016 at 6:06 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi, I came across your blog on Pintrest, I was just wondering if you ever finished this project? We are in the process of starting one and I would love to see some finish product pictures! You can personally email me the pictures if you wanted. Thanks a ton!

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    • Jordan & Kaisa
      September 15, 2017 at 2:09 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Sabrina,

      Thanks for your comment! We got a bit busy with a new baby… but the trailer is almost done! I will share an update in the next few weeks (:

      Thank you,
      Kaisa

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  7. Trish
    May 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm (7 months ago)

    Wow – huge project! I see the date is 2015 so how did it turn out?

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    • Jordan & Kaisa
      September 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Trish,

      We had a new baby so this project got put on the back burner. We started it up again a few weeks ago and it’s almost done! I will post an update in the next few weeks.

      Thanks,
      Kaisa

      Reply

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