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Old 03-18-2016, 08:57 AM   #11
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I would inspect the entire trailer before I spent any money on it. After sitting unused for so long, there could be many problems that would cost an awful lot of money to repair.

Roof condition, structural integrity (rotten wood or canvas, extreme frame rust, etc), and electrical and plumbing problems are some things to look for.

NADA value of your trailer is pretty low, at $750 - $900, so is it really something you'd want to spend money on? If you decided to upgrade to a bigger trailer in the future, you could be out a bundle.
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But if it's sentimental value, then money might not be an issue.
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:35 PM   #12
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I would inspect the entire trailer before I spent any money on it. After sitting unused for so long, there could be many problems that would cost an awful lot of money to repair.

Roof condition, structural integrity (rotten wood or canvas, extreme frame rust, etc), and electrical and plumbing problems are some things to look for.

NADA value of your trailer is pretty low, at $750 - $900, so is it really something you'd want to spend money on? If you decided to upgrade to a bigger trailer in the future, you could be out a bundle.
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But if it's sentimental value, then money might not be an issue.


There is only spot that I know has rotted wood and its pretty easy to deal with I think. The canvas is excellent. If it was wet when we broke camp we opened it and cleaned everything as soon as we got home. We don't really have to deal with frame rust here. There might be some spots where the paint has come off and some rust has formed, but nothing structural I don't think. I am not sure if the refrigerator is going to come to life or not. It does not have A/C and if we ever stay in Texas that might be something we would like. I think re-caulking everything would be in my best interest.

The big thing here is that its FREE. The only comparable thing that is new runs $20K. I can do a lot of repairs for $20.

I want to make sure my kids are on board for camping before we even think about an upgrade.
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Old 03-18-2016, 01:38 PM   #13
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There is only spot that I know has rotted wood and its pretty easy to deal with I think. The canvas is excellent. If it was wet when we broke camp we opened it and cleaned everything as soon as we got home. We don't really have to deal with frame rust here. There might be some spots where the paint has come off and some rust has formed, but nothing structural I don't think. I am not sure if the refrigerator is going to come to life or not. It does not have A/C and if we ever stay in Texas that might be something we would like. I think re-caulking everything would be in my best interest.

The big thing here is that its FREE. The only comparable thing that is new runs $20K. I can do a lot of repairs for $20.

I want to make sure my kids are on board for camping before we even think about an upgrade.
Well then it sounds like it should make a nice camper for you with a little time and money. Good luck with the project!
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Depending on what this 20 miles look like I wouldn't even think twice. I'm in the prairies so to go 20 miles taking it easy with hazard lights on is no big deal but if there are mountain passes or tight 2lane highway with steep grades and hair pin turns I might be a little more reluctant.
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Depending on what this 20 miles look like I wouldn't even think twice. I'm in the prairies so to go 20 miles taking it easy with hazard lights on is no big deal but if there are mountain passes or tight 2lane highway with steep grades and hair pin turns I might be a little more reluctant.
It currently sits at 630' and will gain elevation to 784'. 2 lane Texas highway, I am not taking the busy way.
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I would tow it during "quiet hours". Last thing you need is some dipsh*t cutting in front of you and braking. Good luck with the resto... I have never been a fan of surge brakes so personally I would switch over to electric..
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I would do it. It's not a WHOLE lotta trailer. If your truck is in good working order, you should be okay for that short distance. As was stated before, take it slow and easy.

I towed a boat with surge brakes that I'm pretty sure weren't working for many years. I was young and naive, and had no idea about surge brakes, how they worked or how to fix them. Never had a problem, and I'm not that lucky. Older and wiser, I take my trailer brakes a bit more seriously...

As for the resto, I'd like to see your progress. Picking up an old PUP and bringing it back to life is on my bucket list. A project like that would be GREAT for my son and I.
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