Thursday, December 10, 2015

Trailer Restoration: Part 3

If this trailer restoration process has taught me anything, it is that nothing comes without blood, sweat, and tears. I had an idea in my head of how I wanted the trailer to come out looking, and it's kind of ironic that it is evolving and molding into something even better.

I know a lot of my readers are probably interested in what this has costed me - to completely strip down a trailer and refurbish it couldn't be that inexpensive.... or could it?

Let's all take a moment to remember what she looked like upon
Truthfully, the break-down in cost for this trailer is minimal - the Boy's dad owns a painting and sandblasting shop (convenient!) and he has been allowing us to utilize his shop facilities, old paint (not literally old, but paint they will never be using again), as well as discounts in purchasing the sheet metal. The Boy gave me a rough estimate on a break-down of "real life" costs and right now we'd be sitting around $6000-$8000 just for the sand-blasting, painting, paint, labor, sheet metal, etc.

So what have I paid out of pocket for this rebuild?

Well, with the cost of some materials and products, I have about $800 invested into the trailer thus far. My end cost will most likely be around $1000 with the new bumper pads.

Not bad considering I scored this trailer for a mere $1750.

Now, onto the fun part. Photos and progress!

The checker-plate came in last Friday!

The Boy painting the roof - the actual color is a dark
metallic grey.

Fenders - resanded and painted.

Stripe goes on.

The inside of the trailer was painted with a beige-tint, as
there were no more "extra" cans of white paint so we
had to decide if I wanted to purchase more white paint out of my
own pocket (roughly $100/can) or if I wanted them to mix
a light beige up from other colors. I opted for the cheap option,

Another view of the inside vs the outside. (The doors are
going to remain white, but have not yet been finally painted).

The stripe was lined with tape and the remainder of the body was
painted, including the rims of the tires.

Roof and fenders were slapped on!
Now the only thing missing is the checker plate... oh and windows.

Checker-plate is assembled and it looks
pretty damn sexy.

Now to mount the other fender and implant the windows.

So tonight we re-install the windows, the rest of the chrome pieces on the outside and hopefully remount the spare tire. After that, it's re-lining the bumper pads and installing them.... and then waiting to get the electrical installed by a friend.... and then laying down the flooring. She'll be ready for her maiden voyage soon!


  1. It's amazing what new paint can do. I wish I could find a place to do mine for cheap! The best quote I've gotten is $1500.

    1. It is absolutely insane, isn't it?! I am SO fortunate that my boyfriend is a Journeyman Painter and his dad owns a painting company. Otherwise, this trailer would certainly have not gone through the restoration it has.

  2. Oooh, it is starting to look SO classy!

    1. I'm so excited, I have to admit I let out some girlish screams yesterday!!

  3. very impressive!! can't wait to see it fully loaded up with the ponies :D

  4. wow what a transformation! It looks fabulous