Gertrude's Renovation

Gertrude is a 1961 Airstream Caravel. This blog will document the progress of her renovation,

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Getting Ready for the 4th

I can't believe it has been a month since I posted. Gertrude looks like a different Airstream these days. At least inside she does. All of the wood has been sanded, stained and given two coats of shellac. The old floor is up, and new black and white square tiles are down on the floor. All the floor needs to be complete is trim work. The front goucho has been painted, reassembled, and has a new futon mattress.

I was able to test the wiring and wire the new umbilical cord onto the trailer. We plugged it into the tow vehicle and amazingly enough the lights work. The wiring was the part I was sure I would have to hire someone to complete. I hooked up the propane tanks, and tested the stove burners. I haven't attempted the oven yet. Somehow I don't see us baking much while camping.

Some very small projects remain for the weekend trip:
Clean, paint and reinstall the grates on fridge and floor furnace
Clean and reinstall stove burner grates
If spray fabric paint arrives in time, paint the curtains
Reinstall curtains and rods (painted or not)

Then we pack!!! Luckily we already had much of the stuff we will need from out tent camping days. All of that stuff has been packed in the trailer. Mostly we will just need to pack our food and clothes.