It’s a rare occasion at Retro when I can build a trailer of my own. I picked this
gem up on Craig’s List with the intention of restoring it for resale. It was a great
buy, the trailer was very complete, in really good condition overall and it was fully
functional. It came with a full size Dixie stove and a Marvel refrigerator, both
very nice to have. The laminate countertops, table top and backsplashes were in
exceptional condition. It did have some typical water damage but it was limited to
under the front and rear windows, and the area around the roof vent. The original
wall furnace was tested but deemed to be unsafe to use, so it was scrapped. I replaced
the three damaged panels with new birch and repaired any structural issues it had.
The rest of the interior was simply sanded and refinished in amber shellac. New
wiring and insulation and it was ready for new skin.
The seats already had new upholstery so I used the curtain colors to tie the colors
into the overall theme, the silver metallic and gray in the fabric blended well with
the gray and black Zodiac seat covers. This trailer had a nice big full size bed
with room for a headboard, I used a new innerspring mattress...very comfy. The Dixie
stove was completely disassembled, cleaned and adjusted. In a drawer I found wrapped
in paper a very cool porcelain plaque with the lighting instructions that must have
been shipped with the stove. I mounted it just above the range.
A Marvel fridge is a great find in any trailer. It is a combination ice box and
electric, use block ice for travel, runs like a household fridge when the trailer
is plugged in. It too was taken apart, refinished inside and out, rewired and runs
like new. To fill the hole left by the now missing furnace I built in a very convenient
broom closet. Notice the beautiful curved wood cabinetry in this Aljoa.
To add a more classic feel I had custom made Venetian blinds made in a vintage 2”
slats, and built custom cornice boxes matching the curved wood design of the cabinets,
and sewed curtains up out of reproduction barkcloth fabric.
On the exterior I used a Colonial White (cream) on the top and a 1955 Ford Cameo
Coral paint scheme. I have to admit I did change the design to the later Aljo design,
I just like it better than the original design, it should have been similar to the
green paint that was on it when I got it. For a bit of a different look I trimmed
the outside in black instead of the typical silver. I think it gave it more of a
vintage look. Sold on Ebay it now has a new owner in Portland, Oregon.