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Old 05-29-2015, 08:42 AM   #1
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1948 Curtis Wright trailer

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I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

For your consideration is a freshly restored clear title 1948 Curtis Wright Clipper Model 5. I have spent the last year and a half restoring this trailer from the frame up. After essentially gutting the interior of the trailer, I found the subfloor outriggers to be in very good shape. I refurbished two of them and conditioned the main tube for rust prevention. Subfloor was completely cleaned and prepped. An all new exterior plywood floor was installed and screwed in. Next, new 110 and 12 volt wiring systems were installed with a 110 volt four switch breaker box. New trailer towing light wiring was also installed inside. New plumbing was installed for both city water and a new 10 gallon water tank that feeds a vintage hand pump at the sink. Walls, cabinets, icebox, shelves, and other paintable parts were removed from the trailer. All parts were stripped and painted. Wooden doors, shelves, and drawer were reconditioned, cleaned, and coated with amber shellac. Aluminum cabinet faces were reconditioned and given a satin look. While those parts were out, the trailer was also painted. All painting was done by a professional automotive painter. DTM primer was applied to all parts and interior surfaces. Color coat was applied using automotive Imron Industrial paint. This coating is very durable and has a high gloss finish. All walls have new insulation installed. All components were reassembled inside the trailer with new hardware. All windows were removed, taken apart, and cleaned. New glass was installed for each window and reassembled. All new stainless hardware was used. All windows were sealed. New galvanized screens with aluminum bar frames were installed for all windows. Removing these screens for replacement at a later time would be an easy job. A new screen was made for the “door within a door”. A decorative aluminum tubing design was added. Front and rear “Alien eye” windows were replaced with Lexan. All prep work was done meticulously around each window to make sure there are no leaks in the future. Sikaflex and Butyl sealing putty was used. None of the windows anywhere on the trailer leak. The icebox was removed and restored with new premium insulating foam board. Double thickness was used. All new hardware and drain components are new. Under the cabinets in front and back rooms have new plywood shelves and are covered with vintage Naugahyde and vintage Formica. Marmoleum flooring was used on the floors of each kitchen and bedroom cabinet. Front and rear countertops as well as dinette table are new plywood covered with Pionite vintage style laminate. This trailer did not have a dinette originally. It only had a table and folding chairs. I found pictures of an original Curtis Wright with dinette benches and table and decided to reproduce it. Both benches are made from Alder frames and Baltic Birch plywood trimmed in pine molding. Several coats of amber shellac give the vintage look to them. Brass hardware hinges open both of the bench bottoms for storage. The table is made with 5/8” Baltic Birch plywood. New 5/8” aluminum molding trims the table nicely. I made a wooden insert that can be placed in-between the benches to create a small sleeping area. Benches and wooden insert are both covered by removable high density foam filled fabric covered cushions. Cushions were professionally made. Covers have zippers for washing if necessary. Small vintage looking Baltic birch shelves trimmed in 5/8” aluminum molding were added for storage or vintage items to be displayed. The 1940’s Preway stove has been completely restored. All new insulation and gas plumbing was used throughout. 1200° paint was used inside and 500° exterior white paint was used outside to eliminate the possibility of heat related paint discoloration. A thin custom made stainless steel spice rack surfaced with Pionite was installed to hide the space behind the stove. The original porcelain propane heater was missing from this trailer, so I purchased one (correct for this trailer) and restored it. All components were removed, cleaned, restored, and installed with new seals and hardware. No leaks. It works perfectly. A vintage Veritas propane light was added in the kitchen area for light needed while dry camping. This light was disassembled and restored to working condition. Kitchen faucets (city and hand pump) were disassembled and restored with proper washers and seals. No leaks. The kitchen countertop as well as the back bedroom countertop have cove molding installed with Sikaflex sealant installed beneath to repel water thus eliminating water damage possibility. All cabinet and closet door faces were reproduced using original faces for templates. Unfortunately, the original faces were too far gone to restore. All original hardware for cabinets and closets were removed, restored, and polished. New stainless hardware was used to install them. The wheel wells in the closets were restored using Pionite and Birch plywood finished with amber shellac. Wood molding was used to trim leading edges and back edge. Table and wooden bench insert have a special felt lined groove located in the closet to insert them in the closet for out of the way storage. All wall and ceiling lights throughout the trailer are 1940’s period correct. All have been taken apart, restored, and rewired. All function perfectly. The vintage 12 volt ceiling light has been taken apart, restored, rewired, and painted as well. One of the highlights of this trailer is in the bedroom. Two original tilt beds (correct for this trailer) were purchased and restored. These tilt beds (as well as the bench cushions) were restored by Sofa Interiors of Glendale CA. They were completely disassembled and reworked. All springs were realigned and restrung. Wooden components were reconditioned and strengthened. Tilt mechanisms were restored. Seven different layers of materials were installed on top of the spring work: Heavy duty canvas, felt carpet, horse hair like material, thick cotton pad, high density foam, and batting were all layered underneath the top fabric. Buttons were installed to give the bed support and also for a vintage look. The material is a high quality fabric chosen for a period correct look. These tilt beds tilt up at four stops. The last stop is almost vertical for reading. They are very comfortable! Behind each bead is a bell shaped gooseneck reading lamp. These lamps are wired for 110 volt but can be changed to 12 volt by simply installing 12 bulbs and plugging them into a 12 volt outlet in the cabinet below. The most striking feature in the bedroom is the fully functional vintage Predicta television installed in the middle of the back shelf. This television was modified by using a Dell computer monitor installed in the Predicta tube shell. A thin black foam sheet trim was added inside to hide the edges of the monitor face. Cables run down to your laptop hidden inside the cabinet. Movies and computer games can be seen on the monitor. This 1958 upgrade to the 1948 trailer is a fantastic eye catching addition! Wall to wall commercial carpet was installed. All seams are sealed tight. A heavy duty aluminum trim was added at the trailer doorstep. All windows have been treated with Hawaiian print curtains on Café curtain rods. These curtains add a beautiful touch to this trailer. The colors of the curtains blend perfectly with the butter color of the walls, the green Pionite countertops and dinette table, green/beige patterned carpet, aluminum trim, galvanized screens, as well as the amber colored cabinet and closet faces. All colors of the trailer are perfectly matched adding a warm inviting feeling throughout the trailer.
For your consideration is a freshly restored clear title 1948 Curtis Wright Clipper Model 5. I have spent the last year and a half restoring this trailer from the frame up. After essentially gutting the interior of the trailer, I found the subfloor outriggers to be in very good shape. I refurbished two of them and conditioned the main tube for rust prevention. Subfloor was completely cleaned and prepped. An all new exterior plywood floor was installed and screwed in. Next, new 110 and 12 volt wiring systems were installed with a 110 volt four switch breaker box. New trailer towing light wiring was also installed inside. New plumbing was installed for both city water and a new 10 gallon water tank that feeds a vintage hand pump at the sink. Walls, cabinets, icebox, shelves, and other paintable parts were removed from the trailer. All parts were stripped and painted. Wooden doors, shelves, and drawer were reconditioned, cleaned, and coated with amber shellac. Aluminum cabinet faces were reconditioned and given a satin look. While those parts were out, the trailer was also painted. All painting was done by a professional automotive painter. DTM primer was applied to all parts and interior surfaces. Color coat was applied using automotive Imron Industrial paint. This coating is very durable and has a high gloss finish. All walls have new insulation installed. All components were reassembled inside the trailer with new hardware. All windows were removed, taken apart, and cleaned. New glass was installed for each window and reassembled. All new stainless hardware was used. All windows were sealed. New galvanized screens with aluminum bar frames were installed for all windows. Removing these screens for replacement at a later time would be an easy job. A new screen was made for the “door within a door”. A decorative aluminum tubing design was added. Front and rear “Alien eye” windows were replaced with Lexan. All prep work was done meticulously around each window to make sure there are no leaks in the future. Sikaflex and Butyl sealing putty was used. None of the windows anywhere on the trailer leak. The icebox was removed and restored with new premium insulating foam board. Double thickness was used. All new hardware and drain component
You can contact us by filling in the form on the right hand column of the ad listing:

http://www.airstreamclassifieds.com/...right-trailer/
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