Back in January, I shared the finished renovations to the inside of my Escape 17′ fiberglass trailer, seen here. When I sit inside and look around, I’m filled with pride and love for the beautiful interior because all the personal touches make it feel like a home. My home.
But, I didn’t have that same feeling about the outside. Sarandipity was built in 2005 and the exterior looked a bit worn after 11 years. The pin striping decals, that were once silver, had faded into a brown crackled mess. The white of the fiberglass was oxidized and dull and the chassis, once black, was now grey with age. The plastic accessories, such as the vent for the stove had yellowed from the sun. Suffice it to say, I wanted to love the outside as much as the inside.
Then, I met Ryan (of Liberty RV Parts and Service, Tucson, Arizona). While working with him to fix a few things, I mentioned my thoughts about updating the outside. We did some brainstorming and he helped me figure out how to approach the renovation and restoration, knowing my ultimate goal was to have it look new and somewhat unique.
The perfect opportunity to do the work came while I was house and pet sitting for my parents this week. I dropped it off with Ryan, and he spent days (and some nights) taking care of every little detail we discussed.
Here are the restoration and renovations done:
- Faded and cracked pin stripe decals removed.
- Band of paint to match SUV placed where decals used to be.
- Fiberglass buffed and waxed to remove oxidation and make it shiny again.
- Dings from rocks repaired and then rock guard spray in front and back (truck bed lining material).
- Replaced light by door.
- Yellowed plastic cover for stove vent replaced, along with all other faded/aged plastic accessories on outside (door holder, bubble levels, etc.)
- Welded new sway control in place on tongue.
- Sealed all windows and vents (one of the windows had a leak so decided to seal all openings).
- Sealed doorway with new rubber and foam to fix large gaps when door was closed.
- Painted chassis with fresh black.
- Replaced rubber bumper detail around middle.
- Replaced lines and connections running to battery.
I believe there may be a few things I’m forgetting. But, basically, it looks brand new and is ‘unique to me’, just as I had hoped. And the fact that it matches my SUV is icing on the cake.
Now when I see the outside, I love it as much as the inside. And knowing it’s not just cosmetic work, but also updates to important maintenance issues, gives me peace of mind.
Some before and after images:
Picking her up at the shop was like Christmas morning:
Bringing her back ‘home’ to the RV park. I can’t wait to show my neighbors.
Front view, showing off that fabulous black rock guard.
So… what’s next?
The only thing left to do is get new tires, have the ball bearings packed, check the brakes, and generally make sure it’s safe and road ready for next Saturday!