Analyzing the Damage

I knew when I bought the bean that there would be lots of problems with it. Some of them I was anticipating like water damage and a little bit of rust. I can handle that. The things I didn't really want to deal with were problems with the frame and shell of the trailer. Most vintage trailers have shell damage. The bean definitely has less shell damage than most other trailers I've seen, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. 

 The shell right above the front door.

The shell right above the front door.

As you can see, there's some cracking in the shell along the side and above the door frame. Someone decided to seal it with black caulking, which is fine, it's just hideous. 

The picture below is a flap of aluminum siding that someone attached to use as a shade for the windows in the front of the trailer. They also tried to patch some leaks with putty and caulk. I think the technical term is "a hot mess". It's easy enough to rip off though. 

I love the kitchen SO. MUCH. The cabinets, the hardware, the icebox and stove. How can you not love those? I haven't tested the stove, but it's just a propane hookup, so there shouldn't be too many problems there. 

 View looking into the trailer at the kitchenette. Dining area is to the right and lounge/bed is to the left.

View looking into the trailer at the kitchenette. Dining area is to the right and lounge/bed is to the left.

 Icebox, stove and sink.

Icebox, stove and sink.

To the right of the kitchen is the dining area. The dinette doubles as a bed. The table folds down to be level with the benches. Under each bench is also a large storage area. The brown light is actually a propane light. I want to keep it, but might try to wire it to make it part of the electrical system. Most of the windows are actually in good shape. I think if I just clean them up they will look much nicer. 

To the left of the kitchen is this kind of bench/bed area. It has two pieces of wood that lay flat to make a twin sized bed. Under the bench is more storage where the water tank is held. I actually think this trailer has more storage than my house. 

 Daybed 

Daybed 

The seller was really excited that this trailer still had the original floors which I didn't quite understand because they are beat to shit. There's water damage and lots of chipping. I'm assuming the subfloor is rotted, which means I'll have to replace it. And I think that's the best starting point for the trailer; pulling everything out, saving the bits I want and replace the rotted wood in the frame.

So excited to get started! Stay tuned.