In order to get a move on restoring Riva, I knew we needed a deadline. We’re both writers, so deadlines are deeply familiar. We needed something to light a fire under our arses, or else we would procrastinate indefinitely.
When fellow Airstream aficionado, Jean, told us about a vintage trailer rally hosted by The Trailer Company in Melbourne in April, I knew that should be our goal. Given Riva’s delicate state, it would be perfect – only an hour and a half from home. Far enough for a test drive, but not too far away. Plus, we had a wedding nearby, so this would enable us to enjoy ourselves without having to drive all the way home.
BUT… we had A LOT to do.
Justin had finished the subfloor, but we still needed to put the laminate floor on top (thankfully we had a nice supply of remnants, courtesy of my parents’ recent remodeling job). We also needed to paint the interior walls and ceiling, remove the window shaker A/C unit, replace and seal several of the windows, seal all the cracks, replace vents, put the cabinetry back together and install a new countertop, assemble the futon and get curtains, install exterior and interior lights... Plus much more, but those were the things on our immediate list.
So, we spent many late nights and early mornings working on Riva. We got most of our work done, reserving a few “minor” tasks that we would complete at the rally.