Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Truck for the TREK

So earlier in August, in response to a situation we felt was unbearable for a friend of ours, we jumped the gun on something we'd been talking about for a long time and bought a used truck camper.  It turned out to be a vintage 1979 TREK, which has been out of production since about 1980.  I love that star in the name.

We found a brochure for the TREK on eBay, and discovered that we have the 1050 model.

So for the past 2 months, we've been fixing it up - our friend is living in it while we all work for Amazon here in Kentucky, so it's a win-win-win situation.

Here's the TREK about half-way through the fixing up process.  We have replaced the fridge with an apartment sized one, but later it will need a real RV refrigerator like a Dometic or a Norcold.  

We also fixed the commode (which needed a new seal), installed a new water heater, replaced the propane pipes, added a microwave and replaced the lights and the covers on the outside.  Bob also did some replacement of seals around windows and trim seal to protect all the new screws he put in to replace the ones that were a bit on the old and rusty side.

So we needed a pick up truck to slide under this, and have been looking, and looking, and looking while we saved our nickles and dimes from working at Amazon.  We finally found what we wanted at a price we could afford, and took possession of it today.

This is a 1991 Chevy C2500 that appears to be already set up to tow and also carry a camper.  It has a few minor issues, but the price we paid was low enough that we can afford to put some money into fixing the little things we think it needs.  So we are super happy about this!

That's a HUGE load off my mind, because the mandatory overtime is going to start very soon, and we need to complete everything except the actual loading up and moving out before we are too tired to tackle it.

The camper came with the original stove which is a 3 burner Travlerette - and yes, that IS how it was spelled.

Pretty safe to say RV Stoves are not this brand any longer.

Among other things replaced, the new Suburban hot water tank is now installed.  

We bought a six gallon propane powered heater, and we bought the kit to add electric heating to it for times we are plugged in to shore power.  

I think it was wise to replace the old one, don't you? 

So we thought about taking Friday off from work, since Amazon has been offering Voluntary Time Off since Monday, but ... alas, the available slots are filled, so it's off to work we go in the morning.

Gotta make the money to do the rest of the things on our ever growing list.  Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

As my buddy Beth always says, "Ciao, babies".


  1. You did all this for a friend? You are an amazing couple! I'm very proud to call you friends.

  2. BTW - Love the title Fish in a Blender, although I would not like to see such a thing.