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 our first camping trip with a regional vintage camping group so I was under the gun to get her decorated and usable. I found some curtains at big lots of all places and used my collection of vintage embroidered table runners as valances. The pillows are reruns from my home as is the rug. I’ll probably switch things up as I source vintage items over time. I’m still thinking about blinds but I want to visit some rallies and see them in action before I make that expensive decision. The curtain rods extend far enough that I might be able to have both, or curtains and roller blinds which is a possibility.
Because without functioning brakes the Vagabond exceeds the tow rating of my car (probably most vehicles really) – I had planned to rent a large pickup and take the trailer to a person several hours away to replace the the jacked up 4 pin plug with a 7 pin and hook up/service the brakes.
When I put the red sofa up for sale on marketplace the fellow that came to look at it turned out to be a fellow vintage trailer enthusiast and amateur restorer! I’m quick on my feet so I managed to get him to trade rewiring for the sofa. He did a great job – it’s all working great and the brakes are functioning well. I think I got the better end of the deal! The wiring was toast btw. I’m very glad I was not tempted to tow it without fixing it and that we replaced it all.
That’s all for now. I’ll keep picking at her. I am hoping to fix the rust on the roof before the next camping trip. Maybe pull another window or two.
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I see your Vagabond I recently purchased a 1950 19’ and it had a factory wet bath so I was told, I currently have the floor out as the perimeter frame was rotted what a job We love the sofa in yours and hopefully we can find one it had no furniture. Yours is the first one I’ve seen besides ours. Hope to get it done in a year but we’ll see. Happy Camping
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Good luck! Check facebook marketplace for “sofa beds” etc one day one will pop up! It’s my understanding that the bath in the 19’ was a dealer option. Is it in the corner next to the rear door? No shower right?