Day 15 – 1973 Aristocrat Lo-Liner Travel Trailer Renovation

After hurting my neck last week and having limited mobility until it (very slowly) started to feel better, I haven’t been working on the camper as often as would be ideal, but I have kept at it.

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Spent a good amount of time today sweeping out/wiping down the inside, and buffing off the paint. I finally finished the strip I had been working on! The celebration was a bit short lived though, because I quickly learned that my extension cord is not long enough to reach the back section of the trailer for buffing.

Add a new extension cord to the list of expenses -.-

I’m constantly impressed by JUST HOW dusty the inside of the camper is! As I had previously mentioned, this 1973 Aristocrat Lo-Liner was being used as a “winter camping” trailer by the man I bought it from. Because the trailer was primarily an escape from the elements, he didn’t spend much energy on deep cleaning it.

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I bring a clean rag with me every day that I’m out there working on the trailer, and it always comes out looking like this! Needless to say, I’ll be putting in a lot of cleaning hours before this is all over.

Speaking of cleaning, last week it occurred to me as I was breathing in a high concentration of Clorox Wipe fumes that maybe I should be considering the products I am using to clean the trailer. It’s only about 15 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 6 feet tall, so the internal space is very small. Anything I use for cleaning is immediately also being used for breathing.

Now I’m already kind of keeping this in mind as I use diluted vinegar for most of my cleaning needs, but I learned this weekend that vinegar is not a strong disinfectant. Basically that means that you don’t want to use it on food surfaces, or anywhere that it’s very important that bad bacteria be killed.

At the South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market in Denver, Colorado this past weekend, I found a solution to this concern. This cleaning agent has six ingredients, including the essential oils used for scent.

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Humble Suds Tea Tree and Lavender All Purpose Cleaner lists the following ingredients: distilled water, natural grain alcohol, saponified coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, pure essential oils (tea tree/lavender). I’m an advocate for the idea that you should recognize all of the ingredients in the things you ingest, and come in regular contact with.

Started cleaning with it today and it works great and smells even better :] Would highly recommend!

I’m excited to continue buffing the paint (with the addition of a longer extension cord), and to keep sweeping out and wiping down the inside. Once it’s finally clean and buffed I will be able to start thinking about paint 😍

 

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