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Old 02-19-2013, 11:01 PM   #29
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Steve lots of work, could get rid of most of the rivets by screwing the cabinets into the blocks of wood instead of rivets...


Kathy, is it wood, or wood laminate? If its wood, you could sand it and varnish it a lighter or warmer colour


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Old 02-19-2013, 11:08 PM   #30
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I know...he was so helpful with the remodel of the tow vehicle!
Don't laugh. My brothers signature on the motorcycle track is his artful duct tape finnish. It hides the road rash well. At one point a track official told him that he should have more pride in his bike, and the flapping duct tape was distracting the other riders.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:32 PM   #31
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Steve lots of work, could get rid of most of the rivets by screwing the cabinets into the blocks of wood instead of rivets...
There may be a bit more to it than gluing blocks of wood to the fibreglass. I think it did not work out so well in this thread:
1974 Boler Resto. Oops, I did it again...
An impressive reno if I have ever seen one! But I think the lesson was, it just might be a good idea to glass over those wood blocks with some straps of fibreglass. Tie them to the wall.
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I have lots of housebuilding and vehicle reno experience. I also redid my Trillium. I cut the cabinets out and glassed them back in again later. The Trillium is a far stiffer body than the Scamp. Another of my concerns is that the ensolite is in near mint condition. It's not sagging or peeling and I didn't "want" to take it off. I'm definately going to have to do something to stiffen up the Scamp. I have some aluminum tubing that I'm considering bending to the curves on the interior like the Oliver trailers have. I could put one behind the galley and one next to the upper berth.
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Kathy, is it wood, or wood laminate? If its wood, you could sand it and varnish it a lighter or warmer colour.
Deryk, I'm not exactly sure. The owner's manual describes it as "All wood laminate interior (no particle board or pressed board)"." I'd have to go take a closer look. My remembrance is that the trim around the cabinet doors is solid wood and that the fronts and sides of the cabinets themselves are a thinner material like a thin plywood. I don't think any of it is a vinyl like laminate surface though like you see on inexpensive furniture nowadays. EVen if it were all wood, stripping and/or sanding it all down would be a big job that I'm pretty sure were not too motivated to tackle.
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Maybe whitewash it.
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Maybe whitewash it.
Hmmm, that's not a bad idea. I could see that working.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:32 PM   #36
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I bought mine it was mostly origional, everything I wanted to add was modifying it, but in the process everything that was origional needed to be fixed or updated or moved out of the way. The only thing I could do without modifying something else not intended was hanging the 3m removeable coat hooks.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:57 PM   #37
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I bought mine it was mostly origional, everything I wanted to add was modifying it, but in the process everything that was origional needed to be fixed or updated or moved out of the way. The only thing I could do without modifying something else not intended was hanging the 3m removeable coat hooks.


Ah, yes: the " Domino Effect"!

I frankly believe it's no more possible to do "a little remodeling" than it is to be "a little bit pregnant"

In for a little, in for a lot...

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We could not wait to update our Boler. The 70's upholstery was the first to go. I would love to get rid of the harvest gold toilet too but it will have to break first. Glad I don't have any avocado green. Then there was the beige exterior with the stunningly ugly orange stripes around the middle. Thank God for white paint!
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I had a harvest gold toilet in an old Toyota motorhome. I used that plastic paint on it and it lasted for years with no one being the wiser.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:26 AM   #40
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I'm vintage, just like my trailer.
Most of me is original, but parts have been replaced...

My 1978 Fiber Stream has a lot that's original:
  • Gelcoat exterior & painted fiberglass interior shell
  • windows & doors
  • "Bubble" rock guard
  • Water tanks & plumbing
  • Kitchen & Bathroom Sinks
  • Duette range/oven/heater
  • Water Heater
  • Refrigerator (2-way 110 volt/propane)
  • Light Fixtures
  • Wood wall paneling/cabinets
  • matching green Carpet & Upholstery fabric
  • Formica US-Map Dinette table top with porta-leggs (copyright 1968)
... and a lot that is new:
  • Tail Lights
  • Wheels, Tires, Brakes, & Springs
  • Tongue Jack
  • Fantastic Fan
  • Bathroom roof vent with fan
  • LED light bulbs
  • Roof Air Conditioner w/ heat strip (Installing it tomorrow!)
  • Water Pump
  • Converter with Charge Wizard
  • Cushion Foam
  • Window Shades & Curtains
  • Kitchen & Bathroom Faucets
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I think there is room for both approaches. While I'm a "Tweaker" and have already added a number of modifications to my 2011 trailer, I can also appreciate the beautiful restoration work that has been done on many older trailers.
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"While I'm a "Tweaker"

LOL!!!! Might want to limit the use of that term nowadays.
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