| Nancy Kroes' Scotty 1, a 1969 13' Gaucho Re-do
My first Scotty was in decent shape. Just needed a freshening.
is her first day at home.
is her kitchenette as it was when I bought her. It is all original.
The countertop is some kind of plastic--easily cracked. This
one does have some small cracks in it. The stovetop was original
and worked well. The painted blue spatter interior is original
and was used in these Scottys until 1971 when they went to
a wood-grain panelling. Note the decal on the back of the countertop
and the Scotty logo on the front of the kitchenette.
is the cabinet to the left of the door. A previous owner had
built a rather ugly wardrobe on top of this cabinet, ruining
the original countertop that had been here. I didn't need or
want the wardrobe so I removed it. This Scotty came with an original furnace.
Had I kept her, I would have removed it and put a cabinet door
there and used it as storage space instead. Old propane heaters
scare me and I would have much rather used a small "Mr. Buddy"
propane heater instead. A previous owner added the towel bar—it
proved to be a very handy addition.
have removed the doors and the original ice box in preparation
for a fresh new paint job. The spatter paint isn't smooth so I had to
sand everything before painting.
have removed the doors to the front cabinets. Earlier Scottys
did not have doors on these cabinets, and some Scottys did
not even have the cabinets! This Scotty came with the optional Humphrey
propane light, as well as the original 12v light on the ceiling.
I discovered this light worked only if the Scotty was plugged
in to my car, and the car headlights were on!
1969 was the first year for the "picture window"
front and rear—a 60" wide window. Keep the curtains open
and you can see through while towing!
table has been removed for painting. A previous owner had added
an electrical outlet on the front of the left dinette bench.
A very handy enhancement and one I will also add to Scotty
2. There were no signs of any previous leaking
in the front of this Scotty. And, her table was very solid.
It was not however, the original tabletop.
removed (she came with all of her original cushions and they were in good shape!). There was some signs of previous
water damage in the rear around the windows. Nothing too serious
though, some wood putty took care of it. Since I wanted to be safe, rather than sorry,
I did remove all the windows and reinstalled them with new
putty tape that I purchased at Camping
of the previous leaking damage. Again, not bad enough that
a little wood putty did not fix it. All of this Scottys windows were in excellent
condition including the screens and the cranks.
kitchen cabinets with doors removed, ready to paint. That is an original Scotty light fixture. One
side is 110 and the other is 12v. This cabinet was in excellent
condition and all it needed was fresh paint.
is the lower kitchen cabinet, door removed for painting. A
very odd shaped space as it is over the wheel well, but a lot
of things can actually be stored here. The plastic laminate was added by a previous
owner. It cleaned up nicely so I kept it there. It did provide
a nice washable surface.
the wall. You can see why I decided this needed a fresh new
interior paint job. From the pictures on Ebay, I had thought
the interior was pretty pristine and originally thought I would
keep the original spatter paint. But, it could not be cleaned
and was pretty worn.
first campout in the new Scotty. Spring Lake Campground, a
Michigan State Forest primitive campground. June, 2004 and
it was in the 40s.
Scotty in tow at a scenic overlook on 131, south of Cadillac,
ready to remove the windows and do the resealing work, in preparation
for selling this Scotty on Ebay. I did discover that you can travel with the
awning attached. No problems doing so at all.
polished and waiting for her new owner to pick her up and head
west into Illinois!
the right side all polished. The polish I used was a spray
on and wipe off that I bought at Camping World. It worked well.
the backside. She has her original license plate light/bracket
and all of her original lights were in excellent condition
and working! Both of her decals, front and rear, were also
in good shape. I suspect that this Scotty spent a lot of her life garaged!
from the front side.
had to buy a new propane tank because she still had her original
one which is no longer legal to fill. I used my power wire
brush to take the tongue down to bare metal and then primed
it and repainted it with a new Rustoleum product I found, epoxy
appliance paint. It left a very hard and very glossy finish.
Since I sold it, I won't know how well it holds up, but it
sure looked much nicer than regular old spray paint.
roof showed signs of previous leaking at the front seam. The
back seam was still tight. I had to clean lots of old goop
out of the front seam and then resealed it using RV ProFlex
from Camping World. The guy at Camping World said never use
silicon on these trailers as it will peel right off. He's right.
The previous owner had used silicon and it peeled right off! After I sealed the seams, I painted about 3"
to each side of the seam using an elastomeric roof coating
obtained at Camping World. No doubt in my mind that this roof
is not going to leak anytime soon!
Scotty had her original screen door and it was all there and
in excellent shape. So many of the Scottys who have a screen
door are missing the sliding panel that allows you to open
the outside door.
had her original floor covering and it cleaned and polished
up very nicely!
drawer under the couch is an enhancement done by a previous
owner. A very handy enhancement, and one I will do on my other
Scotty as well.
found this retro Scotty fabric down in Shipshewana, IN. It
set the color scheme for the whole redo. It matched the original
kitchen countertop far better than the original color scheme
did. Plus it even tied in the original blue cushion color!
is just a shot showing what she looked like after I was all
done painting and decorating. The little spots above the door
are actually some cat decals I found. They surround some decals
that spell out "watch your head". Someone had painted that
above the door in my second Scotty and it is a good caution
to heed! That door edge is kind of sharp, as I can attest from
front afterwards. I included the beautiful vintage melmac dishes,
the teal-handled flatware, and the retro CD/AM/FM radio in
the sale. One of my favorite things with these Scottys
is decorating them. I chose "vintage Scotty" with this one.
is a good shot of the ceiling. I assumed this ceiling had been
replaced prior to my ownership, but I have seen pictures of
at least two other Scottys with identical ceilings so I do
not know for sure. That is the original 12v light fixture on the
looking at the ceiling to the back of the trailer. That funky
thing in the upper left corner was some kind of clothes dryer.
It was there when I bought it, and it seemed like it might
be useful, so I left it.
found the vintage Scotty decor on Ebay. Also seen in this picture
is the brackets for the optional Scotty hammock. If the hammock
itself had existed, it wasn't present when I bought the Scotty.
more of the "vintage Scotty" decor.
couch (gaucho), with its original cushions. I had actually
removed the cushions for my use and used this as a full time
bed. Keeping the mattress I bought for my next Scotty!
full time bed with the retro chenille "Scotty" bedspread I
kitchen after I was done painting. See how much nicer the new
colors go with the countertop? I chose to use a lighter color
on the walls and a darker color on all of the cabinetry as
I liked the contrast rather than all one color. You can see just a corner of the oak top I
made for the cabinet to the left of the door. And, my buyer
wanted the original top from my second Scotty, and the original
table from my second Scotty. Since I am rebuilding this Scotty
and going to replace them, I let them go with him.
came with an original Scotty awning. It cleaned up and looked
are all the extras that I had bought for, and included with,
this Scotty. The new owner was very happy!
new owner, Ken, kneeling with Mabel, and his friend (standing
to the left). Ken will be towing this Scotty with a 1963 Valiant
station wagon. I had hoped he would come and get her with his
tow vehicle but he'd not yet found a trailer hitch for his
Scotty, on her way to her new home. Bye Bye Scotty 1, it was nice knowing you!