Much has happened since my last post over a year ago. We sold Chaska Shasta I (Chloe) to a brand new Vintage Shasta Enthusiast in Utah who was just delighted to have her. This happened last July -- my wife and I personally delivered her to her new owners, meeting them half way between Minnesota and Utah at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. While it was tough to see Chloe go, Colleen and I knew she was going to a good couple. They had already purchased wings for her! It was also fun taking her cross county one last time, stopping at various places to eat and sleep in the little 10 foot compact.
|What we brought home in 2011 - What did we get ourselves into?|
|Yes, that's me standing on the GROUND under the trailer...|
|Andy helping out...under dad's watchful eyes...|
Meanwhile, back in Minnesota, lots of work continued on Chaska Shasta II, now known as Clementine, a name chosen by my kids. With the insides completely stripped, we made plans for the way we wanted the trailer to be laid out. Purists would scoff at the redesign, but my feeling is that she has been redone for modern camping on the inside, while maintaining her 1960 canned-ham image on the outside. As the floor was rotted in numerous places, we completely replaced it. New insulation was put in the walls along with new 110 Volt wiring and plugs, 12 volt wiring and lights, 12 volt exterior trailer lighting, and audio lines for built in speakers.
|A Year later... Looking back toward the back of the camper (where Gaucho once was is now a dinette). I tried placing cabinet doors in many places for storage of items while on the road...|
|Maybe a little better picture -- showing the fold down upper bunk. We had a table that attached to wall, but are thinking of just using a freestanding one that can be easily stored when we don't want it -- or placed outside.|
|Looking toward the front. Where dinette would have been is now a full-length fixed couch/bed. That is a room air conditioner in the lower part of the picture that tucks under the countertop.|
|It's hard to take good pictures inside a camper... This gives you a better idea of the upper bunk in front. Also shows the counter that runs along the streetside inside of the camper.|
|Nifty round sink from Ikea -- had to order this one in from another state as our Minnesota store had discontinued them but I loved the look for the 1960 Shasta...range (gas) and microwave oven and reused hood also in picture.|
|Closer view of the range with the reused range hood. In the original layout, this would have been where the sink was located.|
|Here is the wardrobe next to the door with the refrigerator. This unit fits over the wheel-well. This picture gives you a good view of the beadboard throughout the interior of the camper.|
|This is the exterior of what we started with a year ago...|
|June 2012 picture of the outside about half-way through the top $50 paint job. I love how this is coming out and am glad I followed Vintage Shasta Forum thread on this method of painting...|