1974 Perris Pacer Renovation - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-26-2015, 12:18 AM   #1
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1974 Perris Pacer Renovation

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Old 04-26-2015, 12:48 AM   #2
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The fun has begun! My family and I have been camping with our Pacer for 6 years. It came to us with no fridge, no running water, no cook top. Just a sleeper on wheels. That's all changed. It's gutted, the frame is being rebuilt and I'm repairing the cracked egg.
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Today I sanded around the damaged spots and the holes that are getting Bondo. Not necessarily fun but Hey, I'm fixing the Pacer! The big hole is on the front and will get fiberglass. Thanks to all who have posted their repair adventures before me. With your help, I think I'm moving in the right direction.


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Old 04-26-2015, 10:08 AM   #3
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I also own a Perris pacer
While mine is in very condition I always wanted to check the bolts that attach the shell to the frame one is a 1981 (?)..... Can you tell me where and how many bolts were used



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Old 04-26-2015, 01:41 PM   #4
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I think there are about 20 bolts on my trailer. I think about 12 of mine were original as those were the most rusted and bent. I cut the heads off of all the rusted ones from the underside then pushed them through after lifting the body.
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:05 PM   #5
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Re-Anodizing the Belly Band

I'm thinking ahead about re-anodizing the belly band. Has anyone done this? If so, is it costly? Most people just paint but...
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Old 05-10-2015, 05:23 PM   #6
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I recruited dad for fiberglass repair yesterday. Not easy but not as difficult as I thought it might be. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-10-2015, 05:27 PM   #7
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Old 05-17-2015, 10:21 PM   #8
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After weeks of applying and sanding Bondo I transitioned to window clean up today. After removing the old butyl tape I started cleaned off all the years of grime with a my trusty green scouring pads.

Question - What is the best way to finish the aluminum window frames? Metal wire wheel or possibly a cloth polishing wheel?

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Old 05-18-2015, 08:23 AM   #9
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Looking good Fred

After removing the black paint that covered our frames (icky job), we did ours by hand, rotating between a very fine grit sandpaper and the "green sponge," they have a nice brushed finish look to them. I imagine it depends how "finished" the look you're going for is. When we reinstalled the windows, the butyl tape squished out and got all over the frames, had to give a few more light cleanings anyway once installed.

We were surprised to find that the aluminum window frames were nice quality, not just a "punched out" thin aluminum frame. As you can see in the picture, the frames look good with the belly band.

Are you changing out the rubber moldings, tracks etc... on all the windows?
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:09 PM   #10
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Thanks Steph
I'll keep at it with the green scrubbies. The baked on dirt is almost gone. I'll change to a finer pad for the last go round before I re-seal the corners. I noticed the small window doesn't drain well so I plan to add a few more weep holes in the bottom as well.
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:43 AM   #11
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Restarting the renovation!

I'm picking up the renovation story where I left off. I'm further along now but I'm going to try to keep everything together as a continuous thread. Life happens and it stepped in and re-routed my life schedule for almost two years. Wow. Now I'm back in the saddle, renovating the Perris Valley, and enjoying being crafty again.
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:15 AM   #12
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Bogus Frame Builder

If working with fiberglass and bondo wasn't a personal test, try dealing with the frustration of a deceitful frame builder. This set me back 6 months. In the end, I'm just happy I didn't loose the Pacer in the process. With the help of Dereck and Will at Happier Camper, I was connected with a Real frame builder who followed through on his word. He even arranged for the re-paint.
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:20 AM   #13
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Bogus Frame Builder 2

Don't try this at home!
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:27 AM   #14
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The frame is the foundation

I like where this is going!
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