Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Gemma ~ part 3

...and the re-build starts...

Luckily the siding is still in good shape,
Steve used it as a template to re-build the frame

My son Jacob has been helping out...
Steve has always been good about teaching him some handyman skills

(I think she even looks cute just like this)

My hubby contemplating the next step,
he's a pretty smart & skilled guy, I can't even imagine the thought process
of re-building this little gem from scratch...(well pretty much from scratch)

after the frame was complete, 'she' got new wood paneling,
 fresh insulation, and was wired for power, which is so nice!... as there was none before.

'she' looks so fresh and clean

We used extra wood flooring we had from the house 
Here's one of our sweet pups, Mia....
she loves to hop up in the camper when we are in there just to see what's going on

and here we have many piles of what made up that sweet little camper
we will re-use what we can...
 the sink, windows, stove, parts of cabinets and a few other things

I will try to get us up to date on what she looks like now in my next post,
so.....stay tuned!!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Gemma ~ part 2

Well now it's time to assess the damage and and get to work......
Just looking at this photo you'd think "ya, she's a bit weathered and old"
Which is true being that she's at least 55+ years old

but we were not expecting the amount of damage that we found once we started 
breaking her down...there was a lot of water damage

the dinette cushions were pretty thrashed, we knew they had to be completely redone.
There was water damage at the vent.....

under the stove and sink

Major water damage in all four corners of the camper, high and low,
under the sink, under the, there & everywhere....

So after contemplating about what to fix and what to leave (if anything) ,
 we decided to completely gut her and start from scratch.

after tearing her apart and saving what we could,
                                     we ended up with an empty shell                                            
and a trailer that needed a little TLC too!!!

Good thing my hubby can do just about anything,
because if he couldn't this dream of mine would have been just that,
  ........a dream!!!     

Stay tuned for more on the overhaul...