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Old 06-04-2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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My '61 Overlander project is nearing completion!

So after spending nearly every spare moment of the past few months working on our trailer, we are almost ready to go camping! Since most of the interior was in good shape we did not have to tear out many items besides the countertops and flooring, we mainly cleaned it up, painted and polished. I know a lot of you will be upset that we decided to paint over the original wood, but after much thought, we decided to do what would make us happy, and for us that is giving it a more modern look. Other things we have done is refinish the sink and bathtub, new flooring (floating vinyl plank), countertops (marmoleum), new faucets, paint all light fixtures, replace gaskets and trim in all windows, door gaskets, new window screens, new tires, new moulding/edging, speakers and stereo, polishing hubcaps and exterior skin, replace overhead cabinet doors with plexiglass and back lighting. Iím sure I am forgetting lots of stuff, but itís a good start. We have done everything by ourselves besides replacing the axles which were welded on so we had a local welding shop take care of that. Let us know what you think!
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:34 PM   #2
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:39 PM   #3
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:41 PM   #4
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Do those Pontiac hub caps fit the original a/s split rims or have you switched rims as well?
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:44 PM   #5
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I like the paint color!
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:45 PM   #6
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The hubcaps fit the rims, but they are not the original split rims. I was glad I din't have to purchase new rims so I could keep the hubcaps!
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:47 PM   #7
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Thanks. We wanted to choose a simple paint that would give it a modern feel, but still have the retro green. the last big item on the interior is the curtains, which will really tie in all of the colors and give it more color pop
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:26 PM   #8
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I really like the color, looks very clean and modern, especially with the aluminum on the front of the fridge. Is that the original coppertone on the stove?
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:34 PM   #9
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Terrific!

I think it looks terrific! I bet you are very proud and will have a wonderful time using your trailer. Susan
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:51 PM   #10
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Thanks. This is the first trailer I have ever owned. I've actually never even stayed in any sort of RV so we are excited to use it! We've been tent campers forever. It is the original Princess oven and stove. We didn't mess with that at all. The fridge insert is a polished stainless steel sheet I picked up at Metal Supermarkets for only $17 cut to my size. I've been getting all of my metal from them, including aluminum siding. They are very reasonable on price and have everything I have needed in stock. My wife and I figured out how to do everything on our own, now we just need to learn how to trailer camp.
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:52 PM   #11
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Marmoleum counters

It looks absolutely wonderful--the paint color is great and you really have lightened up the interior.

I have seen a sample of the Marmoleum you have used on the countertops and it looks great in the photo. I am really curious how it will hold up to water, as counters must. We put Marmoleum on the floor of our '86 Ltd, and love it. But I have read online that water from a dog's water dish, for example, left stains on a kitchen floor, so I worry a little about its water durability. Is there any special care--sealing or something--in using it for a counter?

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Old 06-04-2014, 07:12 PM   #12
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talk to me about the floating vinyl plank floor....where'dya get it?
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:19 PM   #13
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For the countertop I called Forbo, the maker of Marmoleum, directly and asked them about countertop protection because I had heard it needs a different sealant, but they said it doesn't need anything special and places like Starbucks and hospitals use it for their countertops.

The flooring I got from Lumber Liquidators. It's Tranquility 4mm Black Mountain Maple Click Resilient Vinyl. The whole floor only cost my $280 with a vapor barrier. The stuff is really easy to work with and all I needed was a sharp utility knife, a square, tape measure and pencil. I have never installed flooring before and I did the whole trailer this past weekend by myself.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:42 PM   #14
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I like it!! Looks great!!
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:47 AM   #15
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I like it.

You made it "yours" and if you are happy that is all that really counts.

From my own experience, all of the hours I put into the '78 31' Sovereign have certainly been worth it.

A certain special satisfaction is realized while travelling when you realize that, having done all of the work yourself, you can probably fix most any system on the spot when something does go wrong.

Looks Good - Enjoy.
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I like it too- nice job on the remodel!
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Yes, it is comforting knowing that we did all of the work. I've learned more about trailers in the past few months than I every thought I would know. Thanks to all you people here on the forums to answer any questions I have!
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