Friday, August 30, 2013

How ghetto are we?

It is a fact, universally acknowledged that:
  • "rush hour(s)" traffic through Seattle is always bad.
  • "rush hour(s)" traffic through Tacoma is always bad.
  • there is inevitably an accident between Tacoma and Olympia when you least want to be slowed down by one.  Or two.
  • pre-Labor Day traffic on I-5 is always horrendous.  Without exception.
That said, I'm pretty excited about how our trip yesterday went.  A special thank you to Steve who actually did all the driving and then went out after midnight to take pictures. 

Special. Thanks.

According to the title, we now are the proud owners of a 1971 Aristocrat Lo-Liner. That's according to the title.  It looks a lot like some 1970 Lo-Liners that I have found on the internet. The ad for it on craigslist was brief:

"1971 Aristocrat. 
Decent shape."

Before you get all is in "decent shape"...for a 1971 trailer that is selling for $750.

I'm sure our neighbors will be excited to wake up to this!

Let's start a "Need to Do" list, shall we?
1. Wiring
2. Replace broken window (that's the one with duct tape over it)
See #1. (wiring)
That orange "light" on top is actually a house window across the street.  Weird.
The wire gracefully draped across the side is obviously for the tail lights. Obviously.
What you can't see is that it has the original hubcaps with the word "Aristocrat" embossed on it.  It actually has two of them.
What's behind Door #2?  The door on the right (with the mirror) lead to the bathroom...which has a working toilet and shower.  
3. Rip up nasty pink(!) carpeting.
4. Remove old curtains.
5. Toss out foam cushions.
Are you as excited as I am about the avocado appliances?  I sort of don't hate them.  We'll see if I can talk Steve around.  If not...
6. Paint appliances.
This is the dinette area.  I plan on making this a fixed bed...
...after removing curtains and cushions (see #4 and #5)
There's actually quite a bit more that we may or may not take on - depending on whether we decide to keep this trailer:
  1. New flooring.
  2. Tear out vanity (that's the little sink under the back window.
  3. Take out furnace (it's below the refrigerator), and move fridge down to floor level...which would mean also putting in a new counter top.
  4. New back splash.
  5. Do something about/to the ugly paneling.
  6. New exterior paint.
  7. etc, etc, etc...


OKTownsends said...

If only you had had that in 1971. . . .

Debbie said...

In 1971 our family had a very musty moldy canvas tent...Marcy and I didn'at sleep in it much - I think we were usually relegated to the back of the station wagon.

m_perfect said...

Like all your ideas except I would really, really think hard about converting the dinette area to a was totally the most popular place to be in the little trailer we used to have.Much more comfortable than the couch. Camp in it a few times before you decide.
fyi- I think we and the parents thought the back of the station wagon was the PERFECT place for us. Face it- all of us have personal space issues.

Samurai Mom said...

I am so flippin' excited that you are doing this! I shall live vicariously through you. I love the avocado. DON'T convert the dinette you don't want to encourage others to join you in your love nest.