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Old 06-23-2017, 09:01 PM   #1
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Just picked up my first TT.

Hi everyone I posted on here a while back to see if anyone could help me get any info on my newly inherited Traveleze Travel Trailer. Well I can now say I'm a TT owner because I picked it up and we camped in it for the first time last night and tonight on our way home with it. I get so many looks and people taking pics of it. I have done a little fixing up of the inside but haven't decided what to do with the outside yet. I want to paint it but not sure if I should just buff out the old paint and keep it original and opinions would be greatly appreciated.Click image for larger version

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Old 06-23-2017, 09:10 PM   #2
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Congrats on your new to you trailer.

Looks awesome, I love it when people get these older trailers back on the road and into campgrounds.

By what I can see in your pics I would polish and wax it and see what it looks like.

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Hi everyone I posted on here a while back to see if anyone could help me get any info on my newly inherited Traveleze Travel Trailer. Well I can now say I'm a TT owner because I picked it up and we camped in it for the first time last night and tonight on our way home with it. I get so many looks and people taking pics of it. I have done a little fixing up of the inside but haven't decided what to do with the outside yet. I want to paint it but not sure if I should just buff out the old paint and keep it original and opinions would be greatly appreciated.Attachment 107752 Attachment 107753Attachment 107754Attachment 107755Attachment 107756Attachment 107757Attachment 107758Attachment 107759Attachment 107760
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Old 06-23-2017, 09:12 PM   #3
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Hi Nicole. Here's a link to an older there that has quite a bit of information about the Royal Traveleze: RARE VINTAGE 1966 ROYAL TRAVELER TRAILER by TRAVELEZE

And here's DaveK's thread: We're a two-trailer family
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Old 06-23-2017, 09:31 PM   #4
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Nicole,

It has a great look. Live with it for a while, be patient, and it will come to you.

For my part, I think of 26 ideas for every one thing that I actually do. It saves me a lot of work.
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Old 06-23-2017, 10:00 PM   #5
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What a sharp looking trailer! Nice!
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Old 06-23-2017, 10:13 PM   #6
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Very cool looking trailer. Congrats! I'm sure you're going to have a blast with it. What year is that and how long is it?
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:13 PM   #7
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That's a great find. Looks ROOMY too. Lots of counter space.

I've seen quite a few old or oxidized finishes brought back to life with just a polisher and some time. As others have suggested, maybe give that a shot.
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Old 06-24-2017, 08:11 AM   #8
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Fantastic trailer you have there! I would polish it up, its only original once! Paint to me is an option when you have to do fiberglass repairs.
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Old 06-24-2017, 10:44 AM   #9
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Congrats! IMHO keep it original. Great looking trailer.

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Old 06-24-2017, 06:29 PM   #10
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Nice!

Very cool trailer, Nicole. Congratulations, that's a pretty rare find.
It looks big; how heavy is it? What do you tow with?

Like the others, I would buff the original exterior and see what it looks like after the oxidization comes off. It takes elbow grease, but it's worth a try. I had an older boat with the same colors that was badly oxidized and it came out pretty nice.

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Old 06-24-2017, 07:31 PM   #11
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Very nice looking trailer with a beautiful interior. Nice find!

These trailers were apparently made out of Royalex. Here is a description from Wikipedia:

Royalex is basically a board comprising a 'sandwich' of standard rigid ABS sheets in the core of which is an ABS layer designed to foam/expand during the heating stage prior to vacuum forming.

Thus Royalex can be designed to form virtually any finished thickness to suit the end application. One just adds extra sheets.

Since ABS has a poor resistance to UV a thin outer layer of UV resistant vinyl is generally included. This can be self-coloured or painted.

ABS is a copolymer of rubber and thermoplastic, Acrylonitrile, butadiene, styrene. It was developed at US Rubber Co's Chicago plant by Bob Pooley and was simply called Royalite. US Rubber was later renamed Uniroyal - a blanket name to encapsulate their worldwide enterprises, which previously had separate names.

Later Bob Pooley and associates continued work on Royalite to introduce a foaming/expandable element. This was accomplished at the Uniroyal plant in Warsaw, Indiana. The resulting product was named Royalex to recognise the expanding core.

Although extremely versatile as well as being very tough, the material was expensive compared to available alternatives. Even so, many industries were attracted to evaluate Royalex. Items produced included Caravans (vacuum formed in two halves) the top was a mirror image of the base so that only one forming tool was required. White Motors introduced a limited run of tractor cabs. A company was formed to produce a repro of the famous 'Coffin nosed' Cord Deusenberg. Gene Bordinat, Chief Designer at Ford designed a concept car in Royalex in 1965. This resulted in the 'Ford XP Bordinat Cobra'.

The writer brought both of these cars to London, England to show at the International Plastics Exhibition and for exposure to the then extensive automotive producers.

Royalex was extremely tough but if hit hard enough could be dented. If this happened such dents could be recovered by applying a hand held hot air gun which re-expanded the core to blow out the dent.

Sadly the cost, as well as the need to accost a different build technique when using Royalex, mitigated against its acceptance in large scale production and eventually simple canoe bodies became the main product. An additional reason was that following the breakup of the Uniroyal empire, product specialists were lost and there was no longer a team to drive the concept.

Royalex was developed by Uniroyal in the 1970s.[2]

In 2000 the Spartech Corporation took over the Uniroyal Royalex Manufacturing Division and secured the rights to manufacture Royalex at their factory in Warsaw, Indiana.[3]

In 2013, plastics company PolyOne, of Avon Lake, Ohio purchased Spartech, and decided to shut down Royalex production due to its low volume. The last sheets of Royalex were shipped from the factory in December, 2013.[2] Production will be shut down in April 2014.[4]

If another manufacturer does not emerge, existing Royalex canoes in retail outlets may be sold out by 2015.[4] Equivalent materials for canoemakers do not exist as of January 2014.[2]

Uses[edit]
The best known use of Royalex is for the manufacture of canoe hulls. Royalex is lighter, more resistant to UV damage from sunlight, is more rigid, and has greater structural memory than non-composite plastics used for this purpose, such as polyethylene. It is also quieter, faster, and more user friendly in cold or hot conditions than aluminium, described by canoeist Kent Ford described as "noisy, heavy and hot."[5] Royalex canoes are, however, more expensive than aluminium canoes or canoes made from traditionally molded or roto-molded polyethylene hulls.[1] "Royalex was soft, quiet and slippery on rocks, and not too heavy if you kept the gunwales light,” according to Kent Ford.[5]

Royalex is heavier than fiber-reinforced composites, such as fiberglass, Kevlar, or graphite, and therefore less suited for high-performance paddling. However, Royalex is cheaper than Kevlar or carbon fiber, with better durability on rocky rivers.[2] Royalex canoes are lighter than polyethylene canoes.[5]
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Old 06-24-2017, 09:48 PM   #12
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Very cool trailer, Nicole. Congratulations, that's a pretty rare find.

It looks big; how heavy is it? What do you tow with?



Like the others, I would buff the original exterior and see what it looks like after the oxidization comes off. It takes elbow grease, but it's worth a try. I had an older boat with the same colors that was badly oxidized and it came out pretty nice.



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Fran Thank you. I'm not sure how heavy it is yet but I'm towing it with a Dodge Ram 2500.
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Old 06-24-2017, 09:50 PM   #13
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Very cool looking trailer. Congrats! I'm sure you're going to have a blast with it. What year is that and how long is it?


Thank you. It is a 66' and the title says 18ft.
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Old 06-24-2017, 09:53 PM   #14
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Hi Nicole. Here's a link to an older there that has quite a bit of information about the Royal Traveleze: RARE VINTAGE 1966 ROYAL TRAVELER TRAILER by TRAVELEZE

And here's DaveK's thread: We're a two-trailer family


Thanks Donna. I have seen those two post already and they are the only 2 things I can find at all on the internet to get any info at all. According to the one post the guy said he had #69 of 100 and now I know I have #23 thanks to him saying how to tell.
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