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Old 01-27-2007, 07:59 PM   #1
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The drive to Ohio was a snap, though long. The Cadet is hitched to the Element but nothing goes easily. We have a right brake/turn light problem, nothing as simple as a burned out bulb, and the weather is not nice so we are overnighting in a hotel and will take the Cadet to U-Haul first thing in the morning. No pics yet...the weather is dark and dreary and c-o-l-d. Snow on Sunday. Fortunately, I don't really have to be in the office until Tuesday but I do want to get home Sunday night. We are tired.

Cozy is the word that best describes the Cadet. It has a pop-top which allows me to stand, othewise the interior is probably 5-9 or 5-10.

It needs exterior work, sanding, painting, etc. The interior will probably come out and re-done and moderized. It has but one 110v outlet and that is under the front dinette (Barbie's front dinette) and a single light 12v light. But, with 3 new tires it seems to tow very well. A leak somewhere in the front needs attention.

But, the best thing: It's our's! And the fun and work begins.
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:09 PM   #2
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:27 PM   #3
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Sounds like you are getting the plans to come together!
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:09 PM   #4
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You're right, it's yours!! I think those of us that have purchased older trailers have it best. We have every opportunity to make our trailers totally different than everyone elses and it usually doesn't cost an arm and a leg. And because it's not brand new...it doesn't "hurt" quite so much to cut the fiberglass...okay, so maybe it still does...but it only hurts for a little while.

Don, your trailer is 20 years old...it's probably a leak around the front window. It wouldn't be unusual to have to pull the windows and reseal with Butyl.

ANYWAY..
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But, with 3 new tires it seems to tow very well...
Great! Everything else is second-priority, anyway. Have a safe drive home, Don.
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Old 01-28-2007, 10:36 AM   #6
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Don, I can hear YOUR wheels turning all the way down here in Hotlanta! Let the projects begin!!

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You and I will have to swap notes, congratulations!
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Old 01-28-2007, 09:31 PM   #8
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Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!
Have fun! Happy travels!

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Old 01-28-2007, 10:08 PM   #9
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Old 01-28-2007, 10:12 PM   #10
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Home at last! The photo is Sunday morning in Ohio and does not do justice to the snow.(More photos on Monday) Since Anna was not able to go with me this weekend, my friend Alex acted as flight engineer and navigator. He previously lived in Cincinnati and his knowledge of Ohio was useful. Anyway, we picked up the Cadet from Barbara Saturday afternoon. We were unable to fix the previously mentioned rear light problem in the freezing rain, though the cashier at the Tractor Supply wondered what we were doing in the parking lot with 4 trips into the store to get one more thing that we were certain would fix the problem. In the dark we decided to quit, get into a hotel and find a restaurant serving beef.

Sunday morning at 7:00am the snow is falling. U-Haul opens at 9am and we are the first in the door. The mechanics don't show up until 10am, so we decided to do a hillybill repair with a roll of electrical tape and get on the road. Mr Science would have been proud of us as we mastered an elementary 12v wiring system and got the lights working and we were onto the interstate heading south. Why couldn't we fix it Saturday? All the way to Cincinnati we bucked a snowy headwind which made towing less than pleasant. Temps in the 20sF with mucho wind chill. Once into Kentucky things were somewhat better and we managed 60mph generally. Overall I figure I got 16 miles to the gallon and I know the headwinds messed up the numbers.

Tennessee was clear, windy, and not so cold. It was just a long, cold trip home, but uneventful once on the road. The chili at Wendy's at a Pilot somewhere in Kentucky was very tasty!

Before heading home we went to the car wash to remove the top layer of salt and crud. 7pm we are home. Now the Cadet sits in the driveway awaiting the big plans to refurbish it.

Donna...the leak around the front window presents a different problem, because there aren't windows in the commonly accepted sense of the word. There are openings, front and rear; on the inside mesh is velcro'd in place; on the outside is a clear plexiglas covering, formed into the general shape of window covering like some sort of rock guard, and held shut with toggles. I'll post a pic of this soon. This is clearly designed as a mild weather trailer. Sunday morning there was snow on the front dinette table!

The interior wall fabric is very thin and not attached to the fiberglass interior, but it is more like a slipcover. That will come out.

This trailer needs some sort of attached tent to expand the living space and I'll be on the lookout for this as well. Mods to this will work well and doing them will keep us out of trouble.

In the nasty weather it towed very well; except for the leg to Cincinnati it was effortless.

Thanks for all the interest in our Cadet...which, by the way, on the documents is a "Taurus Cub Cadet", and there is a Taurus decal on the exterior. Nical is mentioned. And, this may be number 55. This has been a fun search, though often frustrating, and the support and encouragement of everyone on this forum has been great. Give yourself a pat on the back.

And now...to bed.
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Congrats, Don. It sounds like a fine trailer, and a trip to remember. You've done well.

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Old 01-29-2007, 01:00 AM   #12
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The Element worked like a champ, didn't it?

It's a great rig for these small ones!

Yours is the same color as mine, BTW.. ceptin' mine has those black panels

Glad you made it safely! You are braver than me.. I woulda pulled over at the first sign of snow!

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Old 01-29-2007, 02:20 AM   #13
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Congrats on the new trailer!
For the light problem, make sure the sockets are screwed in tight. I have seen weird light problems on Toyotas because they are not grounded...I spent $130 on a headlight switch before I realized that the sockets had backed out by 3 turns of a screwdriver.
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Donna...the leak around the front window presents a different problem, because there aren't windows in the commonly accepted sense of the word.
Those are the outer half of fairly standard Euro trailer windows - the Predom/Cadet doesn't need the fixed half as that is moulded into the fiberglass. You should have a seal attached to the body around the window opening, which it sounds like you're missing. It's just visible in this photo of a modern Predom.


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I'm not sure where you can get a replacement seal but here are:
Freedom importer in England
Predom importer in Holland (being Dutch, they will speak perfect English!)
Predom manufacturer in Poland

Incidentally, those windows are now normally made in Europe with two layers of plastic to give double-glazed windows. I've not seen this on a Predom/Cadet, but they may be made that way by now.

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This trailer needs some sort of attached tent to expand the living space and I'll be on the lookout for this as well.
Since these trailer sare still being made, the simplest solution might be to buy an awning intended to go on one: English awnings (£425 is about $800), Dutch awnings.

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