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Dave Pete

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Posted: 05/13/17 07:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've had two canned hammed trailers, back in our early years. We've also had several TTs, three TCs, one Class C, and a truck topper or two. So we're no strangers to this RV stuff, or even to vintage.

As some of you may know, I've been building a 1968 Travel Queen Resto-Mod TC for ourselves now, for about four years.

But the kids want to camp too! Especially DD and DGSs (that's dear daughter and grandsons). But the other day when DS-IN-LAW asked me to keep an eye open for a small RV unit (so they can graduate this year from the tent AND have a place to store camping gear instead of on a shop shelf), we started looking again for them.

As we drive from our home to theirs, near their house in "the neighborhood", we had noticed for years, this cute little forward bunk TT from the canned ham era. Always parked, always looking unused, always eye-balled, rubber-necked, as we've done with 4-5 others in the same neighborhood.

Then, two days ago as we took one of the grandsons home, both DW and I saw the "for-sale" sign at the same moment and we both said out load, "That trailer's for sale!". We called. The next morning it was ours.

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Yeah there's some work to do, and stuff to fix. But the more we looked it over, and the closer inspection we put into the interior, it's in much better condition that we originally thought. No evidence of mice. Hardly any evidence of use. Mostly neglected by lack of use - for over 50 years!

There is some water damage, some of which is pretty bad and needs major attention, but it is explainable, and therefore we can adapt - I think! We hope. The kids hope. They (especially the grandsons) want to camp THIS YEAR. When GMA told GS that GPA was going to fix it up like Lil' Queeny (our TC), he looked sad. But when she then told him not to the extent of Lil' Queeny, that it would be faster and ready to use soon, he smiled again.

We were struck by the usable floor plan. We love small size and double use. Not just a dinette that converts to a bed, but a sofa, that makes up into a bed, that is also the dinette - triple use. As we sat inside there last night at beer-thirty, we could see all the potential and multiple use areas.

15' long - hitch (and forward edge of bunk) to the back bumper and body bulge. Fully loaded (with original tank set-ups) probably well under 3000 lbs.

Title says like 1200. Axle is reversible for that off-road clearance needed in our neck of the woods. That gains 6-8"!

We'll get this thing stabilized and ready to use. Then we'll school the family on how to finish and restore, and modify it - make it theirs.

Enjoy the pics.

The ice box door is fiberglass. The oven is the baked enamel. We think that is dust grunge, not oxidation.

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Those are the original sofa cushions, still excellent condition except the one fabric ruined by the sun (cushion flipped to put the tear on the seat portion instead on the seat back). We can fix that!

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On the entry door side now.

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The rear canvas double cot. Never used, it appears. Always stored out of the UV. Wait until you see it's unique storage location - and why it is still in new condition.

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Rolls up to this.

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And stores in the back cubby. When the bed is in use, the cubby can hold glasses, water bottles, etc.

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The upper bunk had these floor tile carpets.

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But underneath looked pretty darn good!

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The fold down tables are EASY to use and stow.

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The wardrobe.

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The floor is almost flawless, and not spongy anywhere. It's more sturdy than our 2013 Komfort 29' TT.

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With curtains removed and all the windows opened, it was light everywhere, outside visuals almost in panoramic style, all working (and working well) Jalousie windows. On the hot, west side of the house, we should have been baking during beer-thirty. We didn't. The bunk shaded the window seat, and the ventilation was perfect.

Tomorrow I'll post more close-ups, specifics and areas of greater damage. I'll include plans for fixing and we'll just take it from there!

* This post was last edited 07/15/17 07:21am by Dave Pete *   View edit history


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Posted: 05/13/17 07:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for posting these pictures. Memory lane.


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Posted: 05/13/17 09:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Amazing looking trailer. Nice find! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted: 05/13/17 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cool little rig. [emoticon]
Thanks for posting.

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Posted: 05/13/17 12:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice! A little (maybe more) work and it will be so sweet! Be sure to join Tin Can Tourists.


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What an amazingly functional design for such a small trailer, it's fun to see what you could do before every rig had to be self contained.


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Nice looking trailer. I just hope all those water leaked showing in the wood are cosmetic!


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Posted: 05/14/17 05:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dodge guy wrote:

I just hope all those water leaked showing in the wood are cosmetic!


Ain't it the truth folks, ain't it the truth.

Now we're not really strangers to "worse than cosmetic" either. But there is definitely a desire for hope, over a chore in re-construction.

Take for instance Chapter 3. Structure and New Wood in our Truck Camper project. This little girl fit in the garage, where she could go exposed for lengthy periods of time. Not so easy to fix structure in a unit which must remain outside.

Incidentally, the little Roadrunner Trailer has not yet fully expressed its femininity or masculinity. So at this point I can't call it "this little guy" like we do with our Jeeps (Willys and Cherokee), both of which have male traits, or "this little girl" like I do with the TC, which is all girl! A bit of a Tomboy perhaps, but still, all girl.

Once the trailer displays that to us, we'll know. And maybe it will never happen. Our pickup has STILL never displayed a preference. So we just call it "the big truck".

And we've enlisted the family to help in making the camp trailer determination. So far, most names are coming about due to the "tomato soup red" appliances, but that's only natural. Names, and characters require time to present - know what I mean?

Unfortunately, Photobucket is having a hard time this morning. Maybe it's taking the day off for Mother's Day, or maybe it got hacked? Let's keep a good thought. So I have to wait on the next group of pictures I had planned to show. But I'll give you a prep.

I have three additional posts waiting.

Like the first, which was an introduction, the next will be close-ups, and specifics, and DAMAGE! Yes, you'll see ugly damage, MUCH worse than what I've show you so far. Cosmetic? We shall see.

Then there will be a post on the initial discovery of existing butyl tape "dry out" on the license plate bracket and light. Easy Peasy task that shows an undamaged area consisting of a skin opening. And that chore is both functional (getting it licensed and legal) and informative (how might all the window mount seals, and everything else be, upon close examination?).

And finally, the third post will begin in one of the worst areas, the roof vent, and will begin discovery of "potential damaged structure" under the exterior and interior coverings - that cosmetic part. [emoticon]

So be sure to check back frequently. Maybe bookmark or subscribe to it. When I'm on a roll, it becomes a daily post. This will not be a total rebuild like we have done/are doing with Lil' Queeny. But I expect eventually it will become just as purty! The difference will be this, at least to begin with...

The 1964 Roadrunner (64RR) will start out "simple, as from the factory". Ice box, hand pump, etc. Lil' Queeny was highly modernized (larger and more tanks, power, beefed up camper corners, power, lots of gas, power, refrigeration, lights, power and primer or paint on EVERY wood surface. Did I mention we brought in power? Okay so there are some "power users" that would argue Lil' Queeny doesn't have enough power, but it's all subjective.

The main thing, as I've said, is to get this trailer "camping ready", weather sealed, interior damage stabilized, and then they can use it. You can't really decide how to use something properly until you've lived in it a little. This family is in that "busy with life" stage. The camper must be stored at our place (space reasons), and so they will HAVE to camp in it a few times to get that lived in examination, you know - the part that starts up the imagination [emoticon]

And in the meantime, enjoy the highly informative beginning history of Roadrunner Camp Trailers, with links, found in THIS awesome source of somewhat hard to find online information about Roadrunners.

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Cool project

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Posted: 05/14/17 06:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Love it.

I had a TT with one of those upper bunks once. (Just a single bunk). I never used it as a bunk but, it was sure great to stow extra blankets / gear up in there.

Keep us posted with pictures as you go along. I love to see things like this progress.

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