This rare beauty, 1961 Boles Aero Montecito named ‘Jackie Sue’, was plucked out of a field near Jacksboro, TX. The ravages of time had not been kind, but, for the owners it was indeed love at first sight. The owners removed the dilapidated interior and installed a new plywood subfloor. At that point the decision was made to bring the trailer to A&P for her makeover.
When Jackie Sue arrived, there were no interior walls, no furniture, no interior skin, just cardboard shipping cartons, squashed flat with a black Marks-a-lot outline of a dream; how to layout the interior. The outside was faded and dull – timeworn. The first order of business was to get the shell free of leaks. We sealed holes, removed unwanted access doors, sealed seams from the inside. A ramshackle a/c was removed from the front necessitating the replacement of the front middle skins. The cracked front windows were replaced and all of the jalousie windows were removed, cleaned, resealed and weatherstripped. Since a new roof top air conditioner was part of the plan, a framework was needed to be installed to add support to the roof. Some 2×2 columns and 1-1/2″ square tubing was welded in place and later covered by the new interior paneling. Once the roof was reinforced, a new deck was laid over the existing aluminum and covered with a Dicor rubber roof made for RVs.
The trailer is all electric which required a 50 amp/230V service. The trailer was completely re wired, new running lights installed and sealed. Lighting is provided by a chandelier and recessed LED puck lights. The original aluminum shower stall was cleaned up, repainted and reinstalled. Then began the reconstruction of the interior. The owners chose to use a thin beaded panel for the walls and a smooth panel for the ceiling. The cabinetry was built and the entire interior shot with a rich grey paint. Then the trailer was polished, bringing the 55 year old beauty back to life.
The finishing touch was the upholstery, beautifully done by Dan and Stephanie Matney at Matney’s Upholstery Plus in Bridgeport, Texas. The owner wanted ‘bling’; deep purples and vibrant silvers integrated into the curtains, valences, cushions and pillows. The end result being a elegant inviting interior contained within a shiny aluminum skin. Today Jackie Sue serves as a poolside guest house, mobile office and occasional weekend travel lodge.