Just a quick note — my Spartan Carousel trailer arrived in Austin yesterday morning and is now set up in its space in the trailer park!
It was there on an extendable flatbed at 8 am yesterday, and a local company unloaded it and put it in place (and charged too much for something that my handyman could have done for much less with his truck.)
Here it is, still on the flatbed, at 8 a.m. yesterday. It has a sign on the rear: OVERSIZE LOAD. Fred, the driver, said lots of people were curious about it during the journey here.
It was wonderful to finally see it in person. Getting it here has taken so long — I bought it in February, waited for 10 weeks for the state of Washington to issue a clear title, and then floodwaters made it impossible for a truck to get to it to begin the journey, until last week.
At times it felt like it would never happen, that I was stuck in a dream.
And then, after months, it arrived — on the same day as my first class at The Lauterstein-Conway School of Massage. (I was late and will have to make it up, but it was worth it to see the trailer in place at last.)
Was that a powerful coincidence or what? In redesigning my life in terms of home and livelihood, who would ever have guessed these two events would occur on the same day?
I’m choosing to interpret it as confirmation from The Universe.
If you’re interested, Swan Transportation (Dan Rogers) managed the transportation, and Fred of Speedway Express was the driver of the extendable flatbed. I bought it through Vintage Campers.
An aside: The trailer park manager’s father used to haul Spartans all over the country back before production ended. He said he thought this trailer would have made it just fine behind a truck with good tires, wheel bearings, and hitch.
He also shared a story about a Spartan the size of this one that was specially built for a Saudi oil tycoon. The trailer had “gold-plated everything” and carpet 2″ thick. He hauled it from Tulsa to Corpus Christi, Texas, for shipping to Saudi Arabia.
Drawers had slid out onto the floor during transit, and the rear end is dinged up, but it appears to be pretty intact. We’ll know more tomorrow.
It really needs a good scrubbing — the windows are filthy and there’s a lot of dust. It probably sat for a long time without a human.
Ian has leveled it. It is hooked into the septic system, but he found at least one leak in the water lines. We’re meeting tomorrow to check out the propane system/cooktop/wall oven, figure out a solution to the water leak, and get the electricity turned on and wiring checked out. And start taking the original floor coverings off.
I’m glad to have Ian since I’m in class 3 days a week, and I booked to work with a website client this weekend, before I knew it would be here. After I finish that job, when I’m not in class, I’ll be practicing massage or working on this trailer, getting it livable so I can finally move in later this summer.
It won’t be finished when I move in, but it will be functional.
Here’s the awesome roundish kitchen with skylight. The cool Sputnik light fixture was hanging by the wires, and you can see debris spilled onto the floor from a drawer that slid out — nuts and bolts and screws, etc. (There’s also a closet in the bedroom full of window screens and the frames to the original sliding glass doors.)
Below, Ian is holding up the curtains at the front window wall. That ceiling fan is going to have to go. He bumped his head on it. Not a problem for me, but not kind to tall people.
You can see the birch paneling on the ceiling and the walnut paneling on the walls. I’m not a fan of the walnut and may replace it with birch — this trailer calls for a pale wood on the walls, the better to reflect all that light.
Note the heat register in the floor. It may be possible to add central heat and air conditioning… It currently only has a fuel oil furnace, useless in Austin.
Here’s me in the bedroom looking into the large mirror of the vanity. You can see the electrical box on the left. It will probably be moved. At the right is the hall to the kitchen. The rear entry is just out of the frame to the left. You can see the original pink refrigerator, which has a wide freezer at the top and two lazy-susan shelves. I really hope it still works!
Still haven’t decided whether to create a separate blog just for the trailer. I’m feeling like I’ll just post here for a while since my days have become so full. Maybe once the remodeling is done, I’ll put up a separate site.