1966 Kenskill Trailer Project

1966 Kenskill Trailer Project

1966 Kenskill Trailer, I think I have a project

Well now that the 2015 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is done and gone, it is time to move on to new projects, meet TAC, better known as Tin Can Allie. She is a 1966 Kenskill Trailer that we will be restoring. She was purchased last October and due to the holidays, birthdays and that dang day job, not much has gotten done, but at last the weather is nice, the wind has stopped and I have convinced my other half Boss Man that we need to get ‘er done. I wanna go glamping!

1966 Kenskill Trailer Redo


How I found my 1966 Kenskill Trailer

I was driving home from day job, stopped at a traffic light and happened to glance at my phone and there she was, cute as can be, advertised on a local Facebook page.  Believe me, that was the last thing I had on my mind was finding her, see…”when you least expect it” as the saying goes, apparently it works with trailers as well as one’s love life. Anyway I immediately contacted the owner and drove straight over. It was love at first sight and a done deal, the next thing I knew, I was driving home with my 1966 Kenskill Trailer.  Yep, I got a project, oh did I get a project.

Ya Know What the DMV Called My 1966 Kenskill Trailer?

When I bought her, she had no license plates, but we pulled her home anyway. The next week I decided to register her and off with my papers I went into AAA and you know what they told me?

1966 Kenskill Trailer Redo

She’s Junk

They said she was junk and they could not help me. Well at first I was a little shocked and offended, why they hadn’t even seen her, then I got real excited because I love junk, junk is good, to me junk equals treasures!! Ding, ding, ding! Whoooo Who I hit the mother of all junk and it was official, TAC was deemed as junk by the Department of Motor Vehicles. It don’t get more official than that! I was thrilled… until I learned that I had to stand in line at the DMV to get her “unjunked”, but that’s another story for another day. Anyway, come along as we restore this little cutie and fix her all up. She is a little rough around the edges, a little diamond in the rough, but she can be fixed, Boss Man said so. She’s gonna be a Glamper when she grows up. In case you would like a tour, I posted a video our our  My Western Heart Facebook page, here is the link if you would like the nickle tour. While you are there don’t forget to like our Facebook page as we will be sharing updates of TAC via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Have you ever restored junk? I mean treasures, if so, what was it, would love to hear all about it, please share comments here. And if you have experience restoring old trailers, please by all means, speak up! We need all the help we can get.

Until next time, happy, healthy trails!

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  1. What a fun project! I am actually surprised Tin Can Alley was deemed junk. I watched the videos and she isn’t that bad… Love your ambition to transform her into a Glamper (love that too) and look forward to seeing the progress as you continue to doll her up and create a whole new “her”. Everyone can use an overhaul once in a while, so congrats for taking this one on.

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Thanks Beverly for stopping by, we have started her repairs on the floor and I will be posting soon on that, as we go we seem to find more and more water damage….we will see. Thanks again Beverly and yes sometimes we all need a little overhaul…my next project is me LOL

  2. You know what they say…one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! I can’t wait to see how you restore TAC. I have also wanted to go GLAMPING for a long time. HOW FUN! 🙂 I am off to see the tour on your Facebook page. 🙂 I’ll be following along.

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Hi Heather, thanks for stopping by. I heard of a place where you can actually to and rent a glamper, that sounds easy and fun! We started the repair process and I will be posting soon, we find more and more..besides a project, I think we have opened a can of worms …until next time, happy trails!

  3. Congrats on a great find! I’m a treasure seeker at heart, and have been on the lookout for a “diamond in the rough” glamper/office since last summer. After reading your post, I’m thinking I’ve been trying too hard to find one that’s just right. It seems they get snapped up pretty quick. When it’s meant to be, it will show up. Can’t wait to see the transformation. Keep us posted!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Hi Cynthia and welcome to My Western Heart, yes they do get snapped up or worse, we had our heart set on a little cutie that did not require too much fixing up, on our way to pick her up, they called and changed there mind. From that point it took another 18 months until I found TAC, I am glad it worked out how it did I really love her, but I sure was upset that Christmas eve to get that call. Enjoy the search it is part of the fun, keep me posted if you find one! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Congrats on being the one who gets to give her an extreme makeover! I personally am a fan of ‘Glamping’- have you ever heard of Marie Bostwick? and I will be following your story with interest. Hopefully, the ‘junk’ status just left more room in the budget for fun accessories!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Hi Linda and thanks for stopping by My Western Heart…actually to get TAC “unjunked” it cost me around $200 bucks. How on earth the DMV can call your cute little trailer junk and charge you that much to “unjunk” her I will never know…talk about adding insult to injury…LOL…I can hardly wait to get done with the water damage and start doing the fun stuff, like curtains, paint etc…glad you will be coming along on this journey!

  5. What a beautiful piece of junk, Lisa, love it! I can’t wait to see what you do with it, please keep us posted. It’s always exciting to see how things like that turn out. I’m not one who finds diamonds in the rough but I certainly like when someone else does it 🙂

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Thanks Delia! This is one of my best junk finds yet…it is right up with the green door I found laying in the dirt, with the really cool old hardware…I am still kicking myself for selling it. Love those diamonds in the rough, it is a thrill to find them. Thanks for stopping by much appreciated!

  6. Annie James

    Oh girl friend… you got a project, capital P, Project! Get’er done!!

  7. Terry L. B.

    just bought a 2308 model Kenskill travel trailer a diamond in the rough. I stole really at the price I got it for not telling yet. floor does need repaired in the kitchen living room area previous owners had a water leak.
    will be posting pictures
    I’m located in Vancouver,WA

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Would love to see pictures! TAC is still needing work, it has been a long process but a fun one except for the water damage.
      Keep us posted, does your trailer have a name yet?


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