A little bathroom vanity, sink and hamper- we have been working in the vintage Avion travel trailer on getting the details of the bathroom up and running. And so this week- sharing a little bathroom progress update.
Vintage Avion Travel Trailer
We started to tackle this redo a few months ago now- and to be honest, a few things that boggled our minds a bit then- are doing that even yet. It is mainly because when we bought the trailer- it was already stripped down and the original parts mostly taken out. Which unless you can see how/where different parts belong- it does make it a tad harder to figure out how all those things go back together to function correctly.
Take the bathroom for example. The people who owned the trailer before us had removed everything from the bathroom and ordered a new tank for the waste. The tank sits under the toilet- we could see that by googling this year trailer and happening upon a few reference photos. A replacement tank came with the trailer but it doesn’t seem to work. The vanity won’t fit like it should- it is way high on that side now (the tank is the black area on the right of the photo. So that means it requires some retrofitting of everything else to make it work. And once you start that, well you know how that goes. haha. So we have been going back and forth on how to move forward- with or without this tank.
Here is how it looked when we brought it home-
Here is how it looked when we set it back in place below. No bueno.
The previous owner had created a curved ‘frame’ with 2×4’s since the tank has a rounded shape like it would nestle right up against the rounded wall. But there is no way to get it near the rounded part of the wall based on where the holes are for draining- so that is one reason why we think it was not the right size. We removed that wood framing as it was adding another bit higher than the tank itself -and then spent a good hour scratching our heads. Going out to look underneath (where you would empty the tank) and then staring at it again. We will be abandoning ship with this wrong size tank and going in a different direction if we cannot make sense on how to get it to work.
While the tank may be giving us a bit of pause- the vanity itself is such a charmer and I am loving how it looks. We moved it up to where it would need to be to make the tank work (to see how the outlet would fit, etc. I am a sucker for original vintage details- and this one has all of them. From the old faucet to the louver doors to the speckled formica top.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a project without something needing to be fixed right?
One of the original drawers is missing and will need to be rebuilt. But the other two are in good shape and we can use them as a pattern for building the replacement.
Behind that big old louvered area is actually a clothes hamper. You lift the top of the counter up-toss your dirty clothes inside and voila.
As with most vintage travel trailers- the original bits and pieces end up with some water damage at some point. That is one reason why they had removed all the pieces- to be able to repair the floor and get rid of the damage. The base of the vanity has wood veneer peeling off- but even so, we are thankful that it was one of the things they kept since we are putting it back together rather than reinventing. So we will be removing the damage and fixing before installing permanently. Right now- we are ‘soft’ installing so to speak- we need to get some of the larger pieces in place so we know where all the pipes connect and go together and get that done. When the bathroom walls are up – it will be a tiny little spot to be trying to work and fix plumbing issues.
We are using a birch veneer to replace the pieces that need replacing. I have used this before- and found it at our local small town hardware store. It is called a ‘door skim’ and is the layer you would put over a hollow core door. We had some leftover in the basement and it was a near perfect match color wise.
All the outlets and wiring have been updated – and as I shared last weekend- obsessed with how cute the trailer looks all lit up at night.
Once we get the bathroom plumbing back together- the walls and tub elements will be put in place and we will be working on the bed and dining areas. We also got one of the closets back inside and so we can start to see how the layout of the trailer will come together.
For now- I am kind of looking past the head scratching work and enjoying the little corner of the kitchen that is pretty.
You can read more about where we started with this vintage trailer project HERE
Happy Wednesday all.
Ashley Bergstrom says
I’m with you. It is a vision of beauty all lit up at night! Sounds like a lot of work to get it to where you want, but I know it will be pretty and lovely when you get done. Look forward to more updates!
it’s coming along beAutifully. Cant wait to see the finished project!
betty muñoz bernat says
Tiene un aire muy romántico ese trailer. me encanta.
franki Parde says
In due time, in due timE…franki
A PinK stove
Oh mY gosh!
I have to say the same thing Gail said, ” A pink stove Oh! My Gosh!” You are so blessed to have your lovely little air stream. When I was a little girl I went camping in my grandparents air stream….what lovely memories. Picking huckle berries and exploring the forest little did I know as I am much older now that those memories are my most cherished.😁 I just know you will make your little trailer so bellisimo!! Happy Camping!! P. S. We never could fill our baskets with huckle BERRIES we filled our stomachs! He, He😂😂 The blue mouth gave us away everytime! As always, Thank you.
We have a vintage trailer and attend a few different vintage trailer rallys throughout the year. The next one coming up is Sept. 22nd – 25th with an open house to the public on Sat. the 24th. You should try to make it down if you can! It is at Flying Flags RV Park in Buellton. There is lots to do in the Santa Ynez Valley including visiting Solvang and lots of great wine tasting. There are different vintage rallys all over the country and you might be able to find something a little closer to home. It is a good way to meet people and ask questions about their renos. There are always a few Avions that attend!! P.S. Can’t wait to see your finished trailer. I know it will be darling!!
When i was a kid i inherited some MCM birch veneer bedroom furniture. I know exactly the color and feel you’re dealing with, and i love how it’s working in the bathroom!
[email protected] says
Love, love, love the pink stove and range hood. My favorite shade of pink. i’ve always wanted a vintage trailer.
Just a little at a timE.the process is slow like putting a puzzle together not easY. We’ve been in your shoes!
It will be worth it when you take those Grand babies camping someday!
Some of our sweetest memories are camping with ours.
Great job guys, can’t wait tO see the rewards of your labor compleared💕
Rachel Harper says
This is something my husband and I have on our bucket list. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll share a link on my Sunday Dirt Road Adventures.
Barbara Chapman says
Courtney, after four years living in trailers and knowing people who had leak issues, if you and your hubby haVen’t checked All outside seams/roof, do check them. A lot oF leaks begin there. 🙂
Looks great So far! Youll be able to easily sell the current tank To someone who could use it. Get One whIch Works for you! 😀
EnjoY your beautiful Airstream!