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Old 09-28-2012, 08:15 PM   #41
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Do YOU like them?

I've seen mirrored windows on a 60s trailer once. Tasteless or not, I kind of liked them. This may sound weird- but I thought they went well with the minimalist (from a 50s trailer standpoint, anyway) drip caps. Looking at the trailer from the outside, you hardly notice that the trailer has windows. I think it's a pretty interesting effect.

But, that said, I have also heard some people say they REALLY don't like mirrored windows.

So, I really think it's really about personal preference. What have you done about the interior and the rest of the restoration? Have you kept it original? Made it to suit your taste? (Please understand, I'm not making any judgements here about one being better than the other.) Are the mirrors in keeping with any other goals you might have for the restoration (ie: keep it as original as possible, or rearranging it to suit your needs.)

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Old 09-28-2012, 08:39 PM   #42
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Just thought of one more thing- Can you see through the trailer when towing? If you had mirrored windows would you still be able to see through the trailer? Does this matter?
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:51 PM   #43
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The only window under consideration for the disco treatment is the back window so i don't think it would impact being able to see through the trailer (from the front). Actually that may be moot anyway as the front window will have a smokey rock guard.

As to how the resto has gone, I'll post up some pics soonish. The upholstery is still pending (bolts of fabric in dining room now). We kept the same basic layout - mostly; but made several changes. We've reused or repurposed the interior cabinets where ever possible and it will still be recognizable as an overlander. The toilet and toilet surround has undergone a substantial reconfiguring however and the front lounge area has been changed to an L shaped couch and removable pedestal mount table.

System-wise, there's a gray tank added, new systems all around and the undercarriage has been redone.

The mirrored glass thing is a big unknown and an expensive experiment if it rots. Could be good fun in a busy area though watching folks primp from inside....
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:21 PM   #44
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Could be good fun in a busy area though watching folks primp from inside....
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:48 AM   #45
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Double check the privacy angle - i think you can still see through it if the light is behind it, like at night looking in from outside. The mirror finish only reflects light from outside. A dark tint may do as well.
This ^^^ I have several windows on my 1975 that were silver tint. Looks great from the outside and did provide some interior privacy during the day. However at night you cannot see out, and if the lights are on, them that are outside can DEFINITELY see in. Make sure to pull the curtains!

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Old 09-29-2012, 11:41 AM   #46
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I'm considering using mirrored film on the rear window, I guess my next question is where do i purchase a disco ball?
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:57 PM   #47
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Mirrors are only trashy if they are on the ceiling.

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Old 09-29-2012, 01:08 PM   #48
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Great if you want to blind the drivers behind you.

May i suggest a mirrored disco ball inside to bring back the 80s!
The windows may cure the problem of tailgating drivers.

The disco ball would look better on the roof.

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Old 04-22-2013, 10:25 AM   #49
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Back from the polisher this weekend! Aluminum porn alert...

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Old 04-22-2013, 12:52 PM   #50
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Geez, now you've done it...(drool)

That looks stunning!!!!
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:53 PM   #51
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:43 PM   #52
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More updates and some interior pics... We still have a few odds and ends to wrap up. Trim and molding is still MIA but it's coming together.

Here's some shots of the living area.

We reconfigured, cutting the streetside lower jalousie window in half (patching both inside and outside) and there's a removable pedestal table. The window was shortened so that we could extend seating under it and not lean into a pane of glass.

An interesting find was that teak stool - it's technically a shower seat but works nicely as a coffee table, additional chair and can be set outside in wet grass. A great 5 dollar yard sale find.

The pedestal table that fits into the aft closet (trim missing on base still). The table seats 4, using the teak stool and adding a couple of folding chairs on the kitchen side would increase seating to 6 (cozy).

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Old 06-12-2013, 05:46 PM   #53
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The curb side counter has been reconfigured. We cut the tall cupboard (almost felt sick doing this) and extended the counter through the new space and then built some special storage for bottles, cell phones and laptops - also a bunch of hidden plugs. We made the choice to do this becase despite the overall large size, the kitchen was short on counter space and had a LOT of storage. The cupboards have been racked up with bins that slide out and I'm dolefully waiting for the vintage Gods to strike us down for cutting into the cabinet.

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Old 06-12-2013, 05:55 PM   #54
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The kitchen got a 70s' stove (old one was shot) a cool round sink that a giant frying pan can fit into, a face lift and rolling racks underneath. We tried to restore or repair wood and cabinets where ever possible. The spice rack is original.

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Old 06-12-2013, 06:00 PM   #55
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It's important to remember that this trailer was a duck hunting clubs duck blind at one point and was painted camo - inside and out. Lots of green paint to remove but they had not changed the interior much. It still had the wood bunk.


Not loving the purple sheets but DH does

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Old 06-12-2013, 06:13 PM   #56
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The bathroom provided numerous challenges. We rebuilt it - twice. The old toilet was original and the fiberglass "bench' was intact. Still, even after we got the toilet functional and replaced the plumbing, it was clear that it wouldn't be satisfactory; there was just no way to properly clean around the toilet. The second major concern was that the electrical panel, batteries and all the plumbing were located at the very back of the trailer (under the fiberglass bench ), and exposed to the elements. Electrical and plumbing all located together - seemed like a bad idea so we redid it again.

We cut out the bench (waiting for the lightning bolt), moved the batteries up under the curbside bed (added compartment and exterior door), we moved the electrical panel into the bathroom closet where it could be accessed from the inside and away from water and rerouted all plumbing. All lines were replaced (as was electrical) and a new panel added. Fresh water tank is located under street-side bed as well as the inverter and water pump.

This trailer had a magazine rack by the front door (in the way) and we moved it to the bathroom; where it's actually useful. The tub and sink were reglassed after being altered and finally we added a gray tank - not very big but 15 gals beats nothing at all. New sealand toilet and new faucets. If I had this to do again, I would pass on the sprayer model.

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Old 06-12-2013, 06:30 PM   #57
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Another challenge was replacing the vinyl folding doors - they were green and cracked and even painted

We finally settled on fabric and reused the old hardware. These are two sided, (different fabric on each side) and made from cypton fabric. This is the stuff they use in healthcare settings and is impermeable to moisture, very cleanable, etc. I used vertical blind slats to maintain some stiffness and seamed between the slats to get it to fold nicely. It worked out well after a few false starts.

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The trailer came with pleated curtains (hate, hate hate them) and we have replaced them with roller shades. The fabric shades have small magnets along the edge partway down to hold them to the curve of the wall (small pot metal washers rivets to window frame and painted) . we'll use this for a season and see how it goes but so far, it's working well and extremely simple. The decorative detail is a silver concho (can be found at western shops for saddle decoration) they screw on to the fabric.

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Old 06-12-2013, 06:47 PM   #58
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On the exterior we made some changes as well. We added electrical power, a lockable bucket fill for water (came off a seventies Argosy) along with a regular city water fill faucet connection and did some patches.

There were 5 antennas on the outside and 5 holes cut through the skins and so we had to patch these and along with the streetside window patch (we cut that lower window in half to accommodate interior seating) and patches for the large holes left by the old furnace and hot water heater, the trailer looked a whole lot like an aluminum patchwork quilt before it was polished.

One of the antenna holes was so large that we opted to put a second scare light in - it faces dead forward and illuminates the propane tanks (handy to change tanks in the dark)

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Old 06-12-2013, 06:54 PM   #59
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We still have some details to work on - we'll need new awnings all around, there are latches missing still and trim in many places. Gary made a new bumper box that still needs some adjustment. But we've finally camped in this Overlander and it's amazing - so much space!

After new systems, new axles, new windows, loads of parts, tanks, fans, plumbing and a polish job I've been wondering if it would be about the same cost as new.

Tonight's project is getting the Humphrey lamp re-installed - the hard mantles have finally arrived via UPS!
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:07 PM   #60
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Congratulations. It looks absolutely terrific!

Can you send Gary to Connecticut for a month?

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