Our Vintage RoadRunner Camper Project


This page includes the following sections

  • RoadRunner Camper History
  • Remodel: Exterior
  • Remodel: Interior
  • Pinterest Camper Project Idea Boards
  • Helpful Vintage Camper Sites
  • Other RoadRunners Online

I normally don't bother documenting projects--just get it done and move on to the next one. However, for this project there were several things I couldn't find elsewhere, just had to figure out on my own, or took forever to find, so I thought I'd share it here hopefully to help some other poor schmuck like me save some time and headaches. 


This post will be updated as the project develops. 

 


RoadRunner Camper History

Our RoadRunner
Purchase date: 9-19-15 from a gentleman who had gotten it free from a friend at work who just didn't want it anymore. The gentleman I bought it from decided it was too small for his family and grandchildren so got a larger one. He planned on stripping the trailer down to the frame and transforming it into a flatbed trailer for his four-wheelers until he looked inside and realized it was in pretty decent shape and that it would be a shame to just trash it. He figured someone might want to fix it up and enjoy it. His primary goal though was to get it out of his driveway as his other RV was taking up enough room as it was so he said, "Make me an offer. I'll give you a good deal." So I did and he did. 

Specs:

  • Year: 1965
  • Make:  RoadRunner
  • Model: 17' 
  • Length: Camper section: 14', Bumper to Hitch: 17'
  • Width: 7'
  • Height:
  • Weight: 3,700 lbs (?) IDK, but likely similar to: "I have a 17 ft 71 Roadrunner and our title has 3700 lbs empty weight."
    Source:  Lacey, http://rollinintheyears.com/blog/?p=428, in comments section
  • Sleeps: 6

Years ago Kara and I had the opportunity to buy a small 10 foot vintage camper trailer for $500. At the time that was a LOT of money to us. We couldn't afford it but have many times wished we had found a way to get it anyway. For years I've kept my eyes open for a such a trailer we could use for camping and fixing up. We have both always enjoyed home improvement projects, vintage vehicles (e.g., the #ChalkBus), and have similar tastes in interior design. Well, recently, I finally found a deal we couldn't pass up on KSL Classifieds (a regional fav resource so buying and selling used goods). It was going for $600 OBO and I got it for $300! I'm still trying to determine the exact year (this one had no paperwork or title, not uncommon with some of these old trailers), and I haven't been able to locate the VIN yet, though it is likely stamped on the tongue/hitch area under rust and coats of paint. So for now all I know is that it's a 19?? RoadRunner Travel Trailer, likely late 60s. 

History of The RoadRunner Line of L & M Trailer Manufacturing Company, Ephraim, UT. 
The following history may be way more detailed minutia than the most people who just want to see the project may be interested in (so skip on the project below), but I thought I'd detail what I found in my online searches to save some other RoadRunner owners/enthusiasts the hassle. I tried to find out more about this particular brand of travel trailers, but surprisingly there's not much on the Internet about them. However, I did find out that they were built locally here in Ephraim, UT, which makes it kind of a more personal connection since we are now Utahns as well. I was able to glean several tidbits from the Internet, newspaper archives, interviews with locals, and piece together the following. I realize now that this collection I've compiled is the most comprehensive resource on Roadrunner trailer history online! :-)

"RoadRunner travel trailers were built by L & M Trailer Manufacturing Company in Ephraim, Utah in the 1960’s. The designation RoadRunner was not a model name, all of their trailers were called RoadRunners. It was a very small company; I read it started with just a single rancher building campers in Utah. The company was purchased by DiGiorgio Leisure Products of Kalispell, MT in the early 70’s."
Source: http://ostrobogulation.com/2014/12/03/renovating-a-vintage-1969-roadrunner-travel-trailer/

"Roadrunners were popular trailers in the Southwest in the 60's and 70's.  Better built than many of the era, they still have real oak interiors instead of the fake photo laminate paneling.  This model was a nice size unit at 16' long and a full 8' wide, making the interior feel spacious."
Source: http://www.swvca.com/72roadrunner.html

"So far from comments on this blog and what I have been able to research, the DiGiorgio Leisure Products were produced between 1967/68 through 1976. They were produced in Kalispell Montana and now I am able to confirm that they were also produced in Merced California starting in April 1973.

"An article in the March 26, 1973 edition of the Modesto Bee stated that in March of 1973 DiGiorgio bought a 176,000  sq. foot cannery to use for the production of up to 7,000 RVs, to include travel trailers, campers and motor homes. The article also stated that all the company’s brand names, including Bell, Caveman, Californian, Siesta and Road Runner would be produced at the new plant. Hmm… The article said including. Does that mean there are others besides the ones mentioned? Makes you wonder…

"So, to some of you that’s not much but to us that have a DiGiorgio Leisure product, it’s history. It adds to what we know of DiGiorgio and the RVs they produced. It gives us something to talk about when we’re with other vintage travel trailer enthusiasts. It makes us an expert, so to speak, on our campers. By the way, RV was never a term used in the 60s or the 70s. The most popular term then was just, camper."
Source: http://rollinintheyears.com/blog/?p=428

"Road Runner Travel Trailers were built by a Rancher in Ephraim Utah. I believe the company name is something like L & M. He built the first one for himself & his friends and family loved it so much they got him to build one for them. During that process he realized there was a market for them. They are very well built and insulated to be used during hunting season in the fall when it’s starting to get cold. I live in Montana. I have a 1971 Road Runner and love it. Ours is only about 14′ but my husband & I and 4 dogs do a lot of quality camping in my “old girl” and I use her a couple of times a month on Sisters on the Fly events, camping, fishing, riding & just generally enjoying life & the greatest “Sisters” in the world. Road Runners are usually easily identified by the “arrow” painted on the side. Mine is black. I’ve seen them in hunter green, barn red, and charcoal. My little trailer has a porcelain potty which I assume was a factory upgrade. I’ve seen some with the room and no potty. Great little trailer."

"I also have a Road Runner but mine is a 1971. Love it. I belong to Sisters on the Fly and every year we take our trailers to Cabellas in Billings Montana and do trailer tours for their Ladies Day Out promotion getting women out doors recreating. An older gentleman approached me very excited the I have a Road Runner and proceeded to tell me that they were built by a Utah rancher. He built the first one for himself to use during hunting season so he built it very sturdy and insulated it well. His friends and family all wanted one and eventually he started building them and selling them through his favorite RV dealerships. If you do a google search for 1971 Road Runner Travel Trailer and click on the images, look for one with a cow hide run in front of it with a white wood rocking chair, that’s my girl, High Desert Darlin’. We have a great time camping, fishing, horse back riding all over Montana, Wyoming & Idaho. I run into lots of folks who have a Road Runner or did have a Road Runner and they all loved them. I am trying to find a good picture of the original Logo so I can have a sign maker create a vinyl die cut for me to re-install my logos front & back. Mine are a little crumbly. The guy I bought mine from kept her in a barn for 10 years so I have no water damage at all and we work really hard to keep her that way. We also keep her in a barn. Enjoy your Road Runner, it is a really well built trailer and if cared for should give you years of outdoor enjoyment."
Source: Devery Willis, http://rollinintheyears.com/blog/?p=428, comments section
 

"L & M Trailer MFG was the company name in Ephraim, UT. Harry Moisier was the “M” in the company. He started 60’s. I worked there in 71 and 72, just as Digiorgio Co. was buying them out. The name Roadrunner was attached to every trailer and camper we built. The only differentiation was the size. 13′, 15′, 17′, 19. 25′,27′ and a camper to fit in the bed of an 8′ pickup, both with and without toilet. The different models didn’t have a name, except for a contest was held for a 12′ model which they named the Coyote……get it???? Coyote and Road Runner. One of the management who worked there still lives here in Fairview, Ut. if you need anymore help."
Source: Dave Larsen, http://rollinintheyears.com/blog/?p=428, comments section

"Roadrunner is 100% sure the make NOT the model. I was a dealer for them in the 60’s."
Source: Clark, http://rollinintheyears.com/blog/?p=428, comments section

A restoration company that has worked on some roadrunners suggested "ordering a CD from trailer historian Juergen Eichermueller of trailer brochures for your era from this website (http://www.allmanufacturedhomes.com/html/vintage_trailer_cd_collections.htm) If you tell him what model you have he usually include extra info on it if he has any". I may contact him at some point. I would be nice to get a PDF copy of the original owner's manual if he has one. 

I also found the following archived newspaper articles about The L&M Manufacturing Company, the original makers of the RoadRunner in Ephraim, UT:

  • Manti Messenger, 1961-04-27 Substantial Gains Revealed by New Sanpete Businesses
    The L&M Trailer Manufacturingin Ephraim has s completed 25 Roadrunner trailers to 10 date. There are now 12 men employed in comparison to seven employed six weeks ago. The Roadrunner trailer is selling well on the retail lots. All trailers that can be feasibly manufactured in the near future have been sold. Mr. Mosher and Mr. Lott are already planning two variations of the original Roadrunner. The first variation would be a trailer with an overhanging area in the front that would increase sleeping accommodations to eight instead of six. The second variation is another trailer that would sleep four.
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5640380

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1962-01-12 Ephraim News:
    Relevant Excerpt: "Jack Steck and Roger O. Peterson returned home January 4 from a nice but fast trip to Arizona and California. They delivered two trailers for the L&M Trailer Co. to Phoenix, Arizona, buyers and then went on to Los Angeles to pick up a truck-load of imported lumber used in the interiors of the trailers. A good season for the local trailer firm is predicted for 1962."
  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1962-03-09 Lions Hear Story of Cache Valley Breeders Group
    Relevant Excerpt: “Robert Stoddard was named chairman of the Lions float committee to prepare a float I for Rambouillet Days parade. I Harry Mosher offered use of the L&M Trailer building and equipment in preparing the float.” 

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1962-06-29 City Council Approves Sewer Ordinance
    Relevant Excerpt: “… This project is described as one of the most important undertaken by Ephraim City in several years and is expected to add much to the future growth possibilities of the community. There have been several important private and public developments in recent years such as the the L&M Trailer Manufacturing Plant in the old cannery building…”

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1962-09-28 L&M Grounds Graded by City
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=2979945

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1962-10-26 New Industry Given Boost at Tuesday Meet
    Relevant Excerpt: Referncing a new timber mill near the L&M Trailer plant indicates that the trailer plant used to be the pea cannery: “Reed Madsen has turned over property west of the L&M Trailer Co (The former pea cannery) to the [lumber] Company and logs are now being piled there.”
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=2980481

  • 14' 4-person RoadRunner giveaway for Jaycee's fund raiser:
    Iron County Record, 1963-09-19, Jaycee Fund Raising Project
    (RR giveaway) [ PDF ]
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=4363310
    and
    Iron County Record, 1963-10-10, Campaign for Activities Funds Opened by Cedar City Junior Chamber of Commerce
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=4360614
    And again in 1964: 
    Iron County Record, 1964-09-24, Initiate Fund Drive [ PDF ]
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=4358826

  • Manti Messenger, 1964-03-19 Letters Protest Remark By Mrs. Romney
    This excerpt from a letter to the editor in protest of disparaging comments made about Sanpete County shows the pride locals had in their town with the L&M Trailer plant being a point of pride, “We of Sanpete regret that you made the remark published in TIME. Before you ever make another statement about the county I hope you will visit our lovely valley drive into our beautiful mountains attend a session in the Manti Temple and look over the valley from Temple Hill and also visit Snow College, the Moroni Turkey Plant, the L&M Trailer manufacturing plants, etc.” 
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5781120

  • Manti Messenger, 1964-04-02 Trailer Plant Starts Production in Manti
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5781312

  • Manti Messenger, 1964-06-04 Local News, new manti plant opens
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5782530 

  • Manti Messenger, 1964-06-04 Local News, new manti plant trailers
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5782557

  • Manti Messenger, 1965-03-25 Business up at L. & M. Trailer Plant  [ PDF ]
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5786993

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  • Manti Messenger, 1965-07-29 L&M Trailer Million Mark [ PDF ]
    Source: http://udn.lib.utah.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/mm6/id/12638/show/12684/rec/276

  • Manti Messenger, 1965-08-19 L&M Trailer Eyes Plant Expansion
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5789603

  • Manti Messenger, 1966-02-10 Stahle Stuff
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5728624

  • Manti Messenger, 1966-08-18 L&M Trailer Cited Wed. by Industrial Committee  [ PDF ]
  • Manti Messenger, 1965-08-19 L&M Trailer Eyes Plant Expansion [ PDF ]
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5789603

  • Manti Messenger, 1967-04-13 Untitled "Civic Portrait" [ PDF ]
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5729951

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1967-04-14 Local News, pea cannery torn down
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=2982930

  • Manti Messenger, 1967-11-23 Letters to the Editor
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5733641

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1967-05-26 Harry Mosher Feted by SBA Committee [ PDF ]
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=2983690

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1968-01-26 Uni-Tec Scholarship Fund Aided by Local Industry
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=2988923

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1969-04-17 Sanpete Industrial Development Committee Lists 1968 Gains and Goals For 1969
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=2993503

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  • Manti Messenger, 1969-05-15 Stahle Stuf
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5736184

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1969-06-05 For a Better Ephraim
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=2994396

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1969-07-10 Wind Blasts Plant
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=2994843

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1969-11-27 L&M Plant Sets Fete on Dec. 7th
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=2996887

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1969-12-04 L&M Trailer Firm to Dedicate New Building on December 7
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=2997033

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1969-12-11 L&M Trailer Hosts Sun. Open House
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=2997151

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  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1970-07-16 Ephraim West Ways
    Relevant Excerpt: L&M sponsored a softball team: “The players on L&M Trailer softball team may not be the best, Salina beat them 38 8 to 3 last Wednesday night, but they guarantee to be Improved by next Wednesday night's game with Salina SaUna here at at the old football field Anyone interested in helping this team improve you do not have to be employed by L M please contact Raymond Butch Jensen” 
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=3000154

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1971-03-04 Recreational Vehicles Open New Doors for Family Fun  [ PDF ]
  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1971-07-22 L&M Trailer Shows Steady Gain  [ PDF ]
  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1971-12-02 Roadrunner Company Outline Expansion PlanPDF ]
  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1971-12-02 L & M Trailer Manufacturing Holds Deer Contest
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=3007379

  • L&M Trailer Manufactoring Co.
    475 W. 100 N. 
    Ephraim, UT

  • Employees:

  • Bill Grosvenor, Office Manager
    Merrill I. Jacobson, Partner

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1972-10-05 Democratic Candidates Visit County Monday
    Relevant Excerpt: "After lunch In Ephraim the group was escorted through the L&M Trailer Manufacturing Co by Harry Mosher, President of the company. The entourage was highly impressed with the quality and quantity of the mobile homes they inspected. The governor spoke briefly to more than 240 employees, and complimented them on the fine work they were doing.”
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=3010056

  • Ephraim Enterprise, 1972-12-21 Untitled "Seasons Greetings" ad [ PDF ]
    Source: https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=3010839

  • Ads:

  • Times Independent, 1973-03-29, p. 3 ad for trailers for sale with prices
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=20452243
     

    Manti Messenger, 1973-05-03 Untitled
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5749248

  • Manti Messenger, 1973-06-07 Industrialist Named for Honorary Degree
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5749652

  • The RoadRunner Coyotie (yes it is spelled that way) is introduced and custom decal
    Manti Messenger, 1973-09-27 Wins $200 in L&M Contest [ PDF ]
    https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/details?id=5750711

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  • Manti Messenger, 1973-01-25 L & M Trailers Are on Display  [ PDF ]
  • Salt Lake Tribune, 1968-03-10 New Industry Aids Sanpete, Sevier Economic Outlook 
    Relevant Excerpt: "...That's the agony of central Utah Making a living isn't easy. And a young man had better seek his fortune elsewhere. For though the counties have been scratching tooth and nail to get new industry, the sum total of all their present industry could be absorbed by the Wasatch Front with scarcely a ripple. By any reckoning, however, things are looking better. In 1960 a former North Dakotan Harry Mosher. and three employes' began manufacturing travel . trailers in an old cannery building near Ephraim. Now L&M Trailer Manufacturing Co and Harry Mosher has 100 employees looks forward to record sales of $2,300,000 in 1968 and a worrying about: "How to hold down . . .There is a point of diminishing returns."" 
  • Deseret News, SNOW COLLEGE TO DEDICATE TEED CENTER

    • Relevant Excerpt: "...buildings that have gone from vegetable canneries to travel-trailer factories to educational facilities.... 

      It had its beginning in 1914, when the newly organized Ephraim Sanitary Canning Co. built a plant "across the tracks" on the west side of Ephraim. Its principal product was peas, but it also canned corn, beans and some row crops like carrots.

      In 1927, the plant became a member of the Rocky Mountain Packing Co. family. Later it was sold to Hunt's Food and shortly thereafter was closed.

      The machinery was removed, the doors were locked and the building stood empty - a fading relic, a sad reminder of the years when Sanpete Valley farmers had a cash crop that paid their bills and gave their kids summer employment.

      On a cold December day in 1960, the building's future took a turn for the better. Equipped with a few tools, considerable know-how and a little capital, Harry Mosher and a friend moved into the dingy ground floor of the old cannery and built their first travel trailer.

      They called it the Roadrunner.

      The Roadrunner prospered. It soon outgrew the ground floor of the cannery. More land was acquired, buildings were constructed, the market expanded, the payrolls grew.

      Roadrunners were seen on highways all over the West. The founders somehow had the perception or good luck to get into the business in the heyday of what a writer has called "the travel-trailer age."

      The Entwistle Corp., a Boston-headquartered firm also manufacturing trailers and wanting to develop a Western market, took over the Roadrunner plant.

      The Entwistle expansion program didn't work out. America's appetite for travel trailers had vastly diminished: By 1981, the machinery stood idle, the payroll gone and the "For Sale" sign in place.

      Snow College entered the scene in 1982, and its administrators foresaw an expanded role for the college - a vocational education program that would train the area's youth for the job market.

      The state didn't have the money to finance a full-fledged voc-ed program. It especially didn't have the money for a major building program.

      Seeing the "For Sale" signs at the trailer plant, the office building and the sturdy cement buildings, college administrators decided the complex could be converted to educational uses.

      After a week of negotiations, Entwistle agreed to a "bargain basement" price of $600,000 for a property valued at several million.

      The site is now called the west campus. The old, blue-painted cannery building is long gone. Tulips and daffodils are in bloom around the grounds. And the buildings that once turned out thousands of cases of canned peas and later hundreds of trailers bearing the Roadrunner logo will now turn out students."
      Source: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/157114/SNOW-COLLEGE-TO-DEDICATE-TEED-CENTER.html

  • For the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, UT, "Portable restrooms in 40 ft. trailers were manufactured by L. & M. Trailer company in Ephraim, with Jay Cluff as engineer. These replaced chemical units that had proved unsatisfactory. Four trailers, each containing 15 units with flush toilet, individual booths, wash basins and power ventilators were built. Two inch lines brought water to these units, and sewage facilities were connected." Source: http://mormonmiracle.org/history/
  • Former employee's online: 
  • Sponsored ad in the 1970 Snow College Snowonian Yearbook (Ephraim, UT). 
    http://issuu.com/snowlibrary/docs/1970, pg. 163.

 

 


THE PROJECT

Remodel: Exterior

Profile:


Exterior Walk-around:


Silicone Caulk Removal

This thing is smeared with years of silicone caulking and re-caulking. It's pretty water-tight, but from what I've read online from RV and camper folk is DO NOT EVER USE SILICONE AGAIN!!! as it is so dang hard to get off! And once you get it off, do not use it to reseal it. Instead, use a ((((rubber caulk???))))

Products recommended by others: 

DAP Silicone Be Gone was apparently THE product to use that worked miracles at disolving and jellying silicone to where it could be wiped away easily with just a towel. Of course, because it worked so well, DAP, removed it from the market?! Dang.

the kind I ordered: McKanica and I've tested it on a couple areas and it works pretty dang good--compared to anything else. 

Motsenbockers LiftOff, which I found at Home Depot. Useless. 

Goof Off. Better than the HD stuff, but not much.

This stuff overseas? Neither of them are available in the states. I've seen some vids on YouTube for these. This one is from Estonia
http://penosil.com/gb/cleaners/66-penosil-premium-silicone-remover-6024.html

And this one is from England.
http://www.unibond.co.uk/en/sealants/tools---accessories/silicone-sealant-remover.html

 

Very helpful discussion and review  on silicone caulk removers
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f55/silicone-remover-51074.html

 

No Title or Papers

Utah DMV has this process: Link to it. 

Door

Before: The door was in bad shape. 

After: Using a 3'x4' sheet of galvanized steel from local Home Depot (in the furnace ducting section) I cut out replacement pieces for the lower door panel and the doorknob area. 

Windows

Step

Has RoadRunner logo in raised dots to act as a non-slip tread. This is how I confirmed it was actually a RoadRunner and not another similar type of camper. 

Stabilizing Jacks

Researching what will be best/most cost-effective.

Hitch and Jack

Finding the VIN

Can anyone help me decode my VIN? 17-7-933. This is on a RoadRunner travel trailer. I don't have a title or other paperwork and don't know the exact year. I was hoping the VIN would make it obvious like some other trailers do, but I don't know how to decode it. An interior cabinet has a stamp from the cabinet manufacturer with the date 1965 stamped on it--that's my only real clue, but they doesn't mean that's the year the camper was made, though it's likely close.

i finally located the VIN by spraying the tongue with paint stripper: it was on the passenger side of the tongue (which, from what I hear it was commonly stamped on that side--so there's a clue for any in the same boat) and it was on the top.

The nice peeps at Rollin' Oldies Vintage Trailers have been very helpful (see their answers here). So far it's been identified that the 17 refers to the length of the trailer which is 17' long. 

Update: The DMV fortunately had the this VIN in their database and informed me it was a 1965. So, yay! That mystery is now solved and we now have a fully identified, bonafide trailer with a brand spanking new title, registration and license plate. 

Wheels

  • Repack bearings

Leaf springs and other safety issues



Remodel: Interior

 

Interior Walk-through

Kitchenette

 

Cabinets & Paneling


Seats & Beds

 

Floor

Peel and stick tiles that were coming loose. The adhesive underneath them was soft and gooey and very, very sticky. It was very hard to clean up. I tried EVERYTHING with little success, or with fair success but at about 15 minutes per tile I wasn't about to invest that much time. What a pain.

Removing the tiles

Here's what I tried that didn't work:

  • Goof Off: Fair success with repeated applications, wiping and scrubbing, and then cleaning with windex, but at about 15+ minutes per tile I wasn't about to invest that much time on every single tile. 
  • Goo Be Gone: Useless. 
  • Brake Cleaner: Some benefit. About as helpful as Goof Off.
  • Carb and Choke Cleaner: Some benefit. About as helpful as Goof Off.
  • Kleen Strip Adhesive Remover: Worked slow, not that great as I had hoped, and ate away at the underlying original linoleum (which I wanted to keep as my substrate to lay the new floor on), which would've caused much more work to scrape that up too and then figure out a new substrate or patch the now messed up linoleum. So nope there. 

Here's surprisingly what did work:

  • Gasoline and sand.

Yep. I thought, what else works as a great solvent? I've used gasoline to clean the grease from wheel bearings as have many mechanics. Then I thought of the gooey adhesive problem and thought what if I embedded sand (from the sandbox) into he sticky glue first so that when I poured gas on it and it dissolved the glue it would already be stuck to the sand rather than just be a dissolved sticky jelly to be smeared around further. This turned out to work REALLY well. Further, as I smeared the gas and sand slurry around the section of floor I was cleaning the sand worked as an abrasive on the further stuck glue. This worked FAST. So, what I did first, after I removed the tiles I spread sand generously all over the gluey sticky adhesive and then swept off the excess with a broom. I then poured enough gas on a small section (a few tiles at a time) into the sand enough to get it wet into a wet slurry (not a paste--that's too thick). The sand kept the gas from running everywhere and the sand held the adhesive and acted as an abrasive. I was careful to work in a well ventilated space with a fan blowing the fumes out, with a  masks, eye goggles and nitrile work gloves. I was also careful not to splash the gas on the woodwork so the gas smell wouldn't get embedded in the wood.

I was a little worried about how long it would take after to clear to the smell, but after I cleaned it all out (scrapping it up with a 6 inch putty knife/scraper into a 5 gallon bucket) and sweeping up the rest, then wiping the floor with windex (any all-purpose cleaner) and then spraying the floor and surrounding wood around the base with Odor Ban (got at Home Depot) or other odor killers/eliminators (not odor masking), it seriously did not smell like gas afterwards barely at all and by the next day not at all. 

Is gas and sand a recommended method? I'm sure it's not. Did it work way better than anything else I tried? Oh yeah. Super well and way, way, way faster. Unorthodox but effective. Plus the combination of the adhesive and gas and sand made a kind of dryish napalm that I was able to light on fire just for kicks later. So that was an extra bonus!

Light Fixtures

Propane Lamps
Mr. Heater interestestingly enough still sells and updated version of these, though the basic function hasn't changed much. They are basically Coleman camp lanterns that are permanently mounted. I found these glass covers at Home Depot. We'll keep these in for the vintage look and interest, but I don't want to mess with open fire lamps inside our camper at this point. 

110 Electrical Lights
I found these glass covers at Home Depot. 

12V Lights Conversion with IKEA Dioder
Most of the time we'll be camping we won't be plugged in, but will be running off of battery, and since I don't want to use the old propane lamps I am going to use 12V IKEA Dioder lights that will run off the trailer's battery. To keep the battery charged... trickle charge (solar, or plugged in?), volt meter, switches, etc. 

Solar Panels

I decided to convert all electrical needs to solar. My father-in-law gave me a new 55w three panel solar kit he never used (https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/coleman-55-watt-solar-back-up-kit) which provides plenty of power for our limited use. It will power three interior cabin lights (LED bulbs) (via the existing 110 electrical system through a 200W inverter), two-speed fan, 2 USB ports, 12v socket, voltometer. If we ever park at a KOA or RV park we can still plug into 110 electrical and easily unplug the wiring to the the inverter. 


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Memorial Day weekend, 2016, in the Rocky Mountains. This was Donna's maiden voyage, whose name we voted on as a family from a list of the top 10 baby names from 1965. 

Memorial Day weekend, 2016, in the Rocky Mountains. This was Donna's maiden voyage, whose name we voted on as a family from a list of the top 10 baby names from 1965. 


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1968  

  • The video below may be a 1968?

 

1969

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1972

Year???

 1975

Other RoadRunner Stuff

Decals

Vintage Advertisements

I scoured the web, Google Image search, and old newspaper archives and so far haven't been able to find any print ads from magazines or newspapers. If anyone finds any please let me know! 

Merchandise

Example of the lack of info about RoadRunners online: One of the best vintage camper sites, Tin Can Tourist's wiki only had this scant and incomplete entry as of May 2017:
http://www.tincantourists.com/wiki/doku.php?id=roadrunner