Brought home a new project today, a ’63 Kenskill 12ft trailer. It seems like a sturdy trailer and tows great. Sabrina is the proud owner and has a soft spot for all Kenskills.
Here are some pic’s before work started.
The owner before Sabrina had put in bunk beds, carpeting and had reinforced some of the walls with 1/4″ plywood.
Aug 24, 2015
The first step is to remove the bunk beds and carpet…
Aug 25, 2015
Removing the interior sheeting starting at the door and moving to the rear. You can see here that the factory had stapled a thin sheet of insulation to the frame and nailed the sheeting over that. No insulation between the framing members. Every nail is pulled before each sheet can be removed.
As you can see there is water damage to the frame, especially in the back corner where there is some rot. Also you can see light between the wall and the floor which is rotten in the corners.
Today the skin was removed at the back and around to the front left corner where there is more rotted framing. The electrical service was also removed.
Aug 31, 2015
Today I unwrapped the trailer after a rainy weekend.
First thing to do is remove the remaining sheeting at the front of the trailer.
Next I took out the front & rear windows, taillights, license plate and wood behind the bumper.
Last thing today was to take out the vent.
Sept 1, 2015
I added some interior bracing at the back today in preparation for removing the rear sheet metal. I will add bracing at the front as I remove more sheet.
Removed corner trim on the curb side and sealant from street side. Removed nails and staples that hold the rear sheet metal on and removed the lower rear sheet metal.
Sept 2, 2015
Today was spent pulling out nails that hold the rear, roof and front sheet metal on. A lot of them were 1-2 inches apart and rusted. Tomorrow all that aluminum sheet will be taken off. I also braced the front of the trailer.
Sept 3, 2015
After removing a few more nails my buddy and I slid the roof sheet metal off in one piece.
Now I finally have the air conditioning working…..especially when towing.
After removing the remaining windows and storage door we took out the front door and got a start on taking the curb side siding off.
Sept 4, 2015
Removed the remainder of the siding and added some additional bracing to the walls.
Sept 8, 2015
Now that the siding is off I moved the braces to the outside of the wall. With so much wood rotten it is a tedious and critical process to preserve the exact outer dimensions of the walls because the siding has to go back on and fit perfectly. Before I took the walls off I added plywood to preserve the outline where the wood was crumbling away.
Here are the walls in my shop.
We are left with a flat trailer. Next the decking will come off and I will be able to inspect the wooden parts of the frame.
Sept 9, 2015
Today the decking came off and with it came some of the rotten wood framing.
Sept 10, 2015
Shopped for materials for the wooden parts of the frame and the decking.
Sept 11, 2015
Cut pressure treated wood frame materials.
Sept 12, 2015
Today I picked up the POR15 paint for the trailer frame and picked up deck paint for the plywood deck on the trailer. Also my helper and I turned the trailer frame over and wire brushed the under side and painted it with the POR15. This is a new POR15 product (to me) that is specifically for undercoating and isn’t affected by UV light so doesn’t require a topcoat. I’ll let it cure for a day then turn the trailer right side up and do the same with the top side. This will make the frame last for many more years.
Sept 14, 2015
Turned the trailer right side up and moved it under cover, wire brushed the top side, painted with POR15 and picked up materials for the walls.
Sept 15, 2015
Cut all the pieces for the wood frame and fit them to the trailer. This begins the reconstruction phase.
Sept 16, 2015
Today I cut the decking and fit it to the trailer.
After fitting the deck to the trailer I took it back off and into the shop where I painted the top, bottom and all edges with deck paint to preserve it.
Sept 17, 2015
I fastened the fenders to the deck from the bottom side as it was originally then mounted the assembly to the trailer frame with bolts and nails and moved it back under cover.
Sept 18, 2015
Today I started cutting the wall framing and formed most of the curved pieces at the top corners and front and back of the walls.
Sept 19, 2015
Building the curb side wall today. I laid down the original wall with all it’s bracing and built the new wall directly on top of it. This way I’m sure everything will fit.
Sept 20, 2015
Building the street side wall today. I made the wall using the same method as the curb side wall.
Sept 28, 2015
Today I unscrewed the new wall from the old one, stapled the back side joints.
Sept 29, 2015
For the last few days I made forms and laid up two bent lamination’s that fit the front and back corner curves. These help hold the ceiling plywood.
Sept 30, 2015
I finished up some framing and fitted the interior plywood to the street side wall.
Oct 1, 2015
Trimmed the street side wall with router and made the last two bent lamination’s.
Oct 2, 2015
Stapled the back side of the curb side wall, fitted interior plywood and trimmed with router.
Oct 15, 2015
Today I rough cut the ceiling paneling, sanded then applied a pre-stain conditioner to the walls and ceiling paneling and then stained them. Below is the curb side wall after staining.
The picture below shows how the new panel matches the color of the doors that the customer wanted.
Oct 20, 2015
Taking care of some last prep before I mount the walls to the trailer, like cutting out for the access door etc. Mounted the street side and curb side walls, bracing them to a board clamped to the center of the floor. Everything is fitting well. Also installed the welting to the curb side wall and my helper is removing the old sealant from the sheet metal.
Oct 21, 2015
Installed welting on the street side wall. Started fitting the back and ceiling plywood.
Oct 22, 2015
Continued fitting the ceiling, adding cross supports above the plywood.
Oct 23, 2015
Constructed framing for curved back and test fitted back and ceiling sheet metal.
Oct 28, 2015
Continued framing the back and also the roof so now could remove the temporary interior supports. Cut out for the back window and added mounting supports for the tail lights, license plate and light.
I’ve been keeping the trailer in one of my garage bays to keep it out of the weather. It’s a little more cramped but at least I’m out of the weather.
Oct 29, 2015
Short day today. Added framing for the skylight and cut the opening. Began working on the electrical.
Jan 4, 2016
Did some more electrical rough in on the street side, picked up insulation & electrical components, installed the 12 volt wiring harness with a plug in for the tow vehicle, fastened down the plywood deck in the middle preparing for flooring install then picked up tools and vacuumed.
Insulated the curb side of the trailer.
Jan 8, 2016
Insulated street side wall & sealed insulation edges of both walls with expanding foam, installed additional framing for electrical panel and installed the panel, a box for incoming power and 2 duplex outlets. Also installed a ground wire to the frame.
Jan 27-Feb 5, 2016
Installed closet & lower kitchen cabinet, made drawers and installed them with the drawer glides, cut out openings in counter top deck for the sink, faucet and stove top and mounted it. Also stained and applied final coats of finish on doors and drawer fronts.
Feb 11, 2016
Installed the hinges and drawer pulls and mounted the cabinet doors and drawer fronts and the closet door. Next I will install the interior skin on the front of the trailer.
Feb 12, 2016
Installed the front skin, framing structure and cutout for the front window.
Feb 17, 2016
Made and finished the upper cabinet then installed it in the trailer.