We just purchased a 1970 Kit Companion travel trailer this week. We used our entire paycheck minus what we need to live on for two weeks, and the little money we had saved ($500.00), and decided it’s now or never for us. My husband saw an ad on craigslist for a 20 ft. Kit Companion that the owner was parting with just so that he could upgrade to a larger size for his family. He had taken good care of it, and was definitely sad to see it go. The trailer is in good shape; minimal water damage, almost everything works except for the water heater. The exterior is in fair condition and the previous owner freshened up the striping on the trailer with some slate blue paint.
We have been watching travel trailers on Craigslist for years, comparing sizes, conditions, and prices dreaming of the day when we have our own tiny home. The condition of this trailer was much better than most of the trailers that we have seen in this price range, so the decision to jump right in was not a hard one to make. We knew right away that this was the trailer for us. We see it as an investment, and hopefully the improvements that we are going to make to it over time will allow us to upgrade in the future.
We have three weeks to be out of our current rental and into the trailer so our top priorities are finding a park with a bath house that will accept us for the winter months and painting the inside to give us a sense of “home”. Right now the interior looks original and definitely needs updating. Our full size mattress will fit perfectly so that we are comfortable at night. I am focusing on cleaning every inch of space this week and then prep it for painting. By our next paycheck we should be able to afford to paint before we move in officially. I found this post on Pinterest: Painting the RV, so I am going to look for the Glidden® Duo Paint and Primer at Lowe’s® this week and choose a color palette. We will be going with a slate grey/blue for the walls and a darker slate for accents.
The next few weeks should be very interesting as we look for a place to bed down for the winter. We need to find a place that has a bath house as we have no water heater in the trailer for now. I know that spaces are limited in the surrounding areas, and some parks have restrictions as to the year of the trailer. Hopefully this will not keep us from being somewhere where we feel safe. Ideally having internet and cable available would be the best, but we would be able to survive without these amenities if needed.
As we improve the trailer, I will be adding before and after pics so that you can see the progress.
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