On a recent trip, my sliding door jumped the track and was all crooked. Upon investigating I realized that the way the door glide was installed was all wrong. I contacted a fellow Vagabond owner that had an “all original” unit especially undisturbed flooring. She sent me pics of her door glide and where the latch should be located. Once again, I called on my … Continue reading Sliding door fix
When I got my Vagabond, the stove was held in place with L brackets that were ill fitting and honestly seemed inadequate for holding the stove in place during towing. I searched online and found several photos of Vagabonds with a metal angle holding the stove in place, on the side opposite the fridge, and on the right front. The holes in the stove also … Continue reading A new angle
As promised, I finally finished the HVAC installation and want to share what I did. There are definitely some things I’d do differently. I’ll try to make a note when I come across those. Please remember I am not a woodworker or a trailer restorer but I know how to work a screwdriver and I’m a draftsman. Maybe the drafting helps me think my way … Continue reading HVAC Installation – Duotherm style
My goodness. The pandemic swept in and like a lot of people I stopped doing – stopped going out, stopped going “to” work, and stopped camping. There is no bathroom in the Vagabond, so until I felt ok with public washrooms I did not want to take a chance. In March 2021, after being vaccinated I was able to take a trip with the Sisters … Continue reading Neighborly acts and under pressure – weight distribution setup
A few weeks ago I scored a 1950s click clack sofa from the original owner. Well, technically her parents were the original owners since they bought it when she was a baby. She was born in 1953 like the Vagabond so it’s definitely of the period. The sofa was recently upholstered in navy/white ticking fabric so that necessitated another shift in decorating. I had scheduled … Continue reading Click Clack and maiden voyage!
It finally occurred to me that I can go ahead and clean a lot of the “parts” of the windows before I pull them out for gasket changes. I’ve done both of the ones in the bedroom, and scrubbed the inside painted framing very carefully. It’s amazing how much of the rust and grime will come off the chromed and painted pieces. I don’t know … Continue reading Screen Cleaning
My Dad had an expression whenever he talked about his appearance. He liked to say he just wanted to be “clean and well mended” Truth was he was kind of a snappy fellow with a strong sense of style, but the message still came through for me. I’m shooting for “clean and well mended” on the Vagabond. It’s headed to get the brakes repaired soon … Continue reading Clean and well mended
That happy moment when you realize the “ripped” screen in your 67 yr old trailer is just loose. I pushed the rubber gasket back into the slot that holds the screen taut – voila! I learned that my window screens are also bronze, in addition to the door screen. I had not looked closely before. At some point a previous “restorer” painted and trimmed along … Continue reading The Big Screen
I felt compelled to at least make an attempt at decorating! Continue reading Charlie Brown Christmas tree photo shoot
Ooook there’s no tin on the Vagabond but there is definitely rust. There was one spot around the window by the door that I felt needed to be stabilized. Maybe I should have waited… Check out this video 😲 So yeah I pulled out the window and almost the entire strip of steel skin under the edge is rusted away. I tried to remove some … Continue reading Tin roof? Rusted!