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Old 06-14-2006, 08:00 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, Today I picked up a used cadet, its a little bit shabby but in trailer years its probably the same shape I am in.I can deal with most things to have it in tiptop shape in the next 3 weeks, however the only serious problem is the interior finish,the fiberglass shell is mostly covered with a thin layer of foam which is then covered with fabric.I want to replace it all.Does any one have a suggestion what kind of fabric to use or is there anything else I can cover the interior with.
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Old 06-14-2006, 08:37 PM   #2
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Hello everyone, Today I picked up a used cadet, its a little bit shabby but in trailer years its probably the same shape I am in.I can deal with most things to have it in tiptop shape in the next 3 weeks, however the only serious problem is the interior finish,the fiberglass shell is mostly covered with a thin layer of foam which is then covered with fabric.I want to replace it all.Does any one have a suggestion what kind of fabric to use or is there anything else I can cover the interior with.
Thanks, Martin Keus
Hi Marten; I have a Captain which is the big brother of your Cadet
and I replaced the same interior with rubber backed automotive carpet
which was held in place by 3m's super 77 adhesive. It's lasted three years now
and I'm very pleased with it.
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:46 PM   #3
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Hello everyone, Today I picked up a used cadet, its a little bit shabby but in trailer years its probably the same shape I am in.I can deal with most things to have it in tiptop shape in the next 3 weeks, however the only serious problem is the interior finish,the fiberglass shell is mostly covered with a thin layer of foam which is then covered with fabric.I want to replace it all.Does any one have a suggestion what kind of fabric to use or is there anything else I can cover the interior with.
Thanks, Martin Keus
Hi Martin,

Not sure about your lining. someone here may know.

Thought I'd welcome you to the group.
Was that the one listed last week in Mount Hope?

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Old 06-15-2006, 07:34 AM   #4
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Welcome to FiberglassRV Martin, we're glad you're here. This group (and me!) really like pictures, do you have a couple of your new-to-you Cadet you could post?

Wall coverings are really varied. Depends on your level of ability and the amount of $$ you want to spend. If you're taking it all down, I'd certainly consider adding back some Reflectix insulation prior to placing the final finish. You can purchase Rat Fur directly from Scamp. That's what is in my trailer and I like it.
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Old 06-15-2006, 09:58 AM   #5
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Congratulations Martin!
Removing the interiour..., be sure it is necessary. I had mold and mildew between the foam (kind of like seat cushion foam) and the FG shell, so I have removed mine. I pulled down all the loose stuff, then picked at what little was really stuck on. I then borrowed a pressure washer and used it to remove the rest. (This required removing all interiour funishings)
Replacement, I am planning on either using Reflectix (Home Depot in the insulation section, looks like bubble wrap with a silver cover - 1 roll 4 feet x 50 feet = $115 + tx.), then covering the Reflectix with light carpet, or maybe heavy fabric. Alternatively I might go with a 3/8 closed foam material that is white and looks promising. (Available in 5 foot wide rolls by whatever you need it. Custom Foam Systems, Kitchener 519-748-1700 customfoam.com)
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Old 06-15-2006, 11:20 AM   #6
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I am impressed by the welcome, this certainly is a friendly group, I will post pictures shortly.
I bought the trailer to do a two week holiday in the Canadian Maritimes, my daughter gave us tickets to the "Bare Naked Ladies" concert in Charlottetown on Aug. 6. I was surprised to see the meet at Abrams Cove the same weekend, we will probable pop in for a day wether the trailer is finished or not. (I will be pulling it with a PtCruiser).
As for the interior ,I like the idea of automotive carpeting (or marine carpeting) as I am better with a caulking gun than a sewing machine.However i will keep a open mind as i start investigating and pricing my options.
(Yes this trailer came from Mount Hope)

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Old 06-15-2006, 11:30 AM   #7
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Is Reflectix strong enough to hold the weight of ratfur when stuck to a ceiling?
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Old 06-15-2006, 12:31 PM   #8
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Is Reflectix strong enough to hold the weight of ratfur when stuck to a ceiling?
Scamp factory puts two layers of Reflectix then cover that with rat fur on all inside shell surfaces, including ceiling.
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Old 06-15-2006, 01:54 PM   #9
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Hello Maritn!
Welcome to the world of fiberglass. Looking forward to your before, during ,and after pictures. You'll have to bring it to Emily July 7. There will be over 100 trailers for you to get ideas from. Check it out in the rally's and campouts section.
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Old 06-15-2006, 08:19 PM   #10
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Welcome Martin. We bought a boler just last month in order to go to the East Coast this summer for a couple and a bit of weeks too. I expect we'll see you in Abrams Cove.
You should really consider coming to the Emily meet as a trial run.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:54 AM   #11
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Hi Marten; I have a Captain which is the big brother of your Cadet
and I replaced the same interior with rubber backed automotive carpet
which was held in place by 3m's super 77 adhesive. It's lasted three years now
and I'm very pleased with it.
Brian
Hello Mr. Hatfield. I just recently sent a similar message concerning our problems trying to glue back our foamback 1985 Cadet lining. We are retired and not really up to replacing this ourselves. Would you be kind enough to let us know how many hours were required to do the job, so we might think of possibly hiring someone who could do this? It won't be easy, though. A few years ago, a camping retail outfit did some repairs to the trailer and the results didn't last more than a season.

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Old 03-24-2012, 05:18 PM   #13
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Yeah been a while since Brian's been around. He must have logged in and read: Last Activity: 10-20-2008 03:11 PM
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:23 AM   #14
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Hi Martin and Jocelyne
I'm in the process of rebuilding my '86 cadet and just posted some of the pictures in my album. More to follow as work continues.

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