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Old 02-09-2006, 08:44 PM   #15
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Welcome to the site Miriam! Your trailer looks great! [b]I like the floorplan.
I actually like both floorplans... they're both different. Each has a refrigerator mounted high so that the contents are within easy reach!

Miriam's floorplan is like the smallest Shasta's, a stickie that I like.
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Old 02-13-2006, 04:24 PM   #16
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Miriam--

I would love to see more photos of your Surf Side--the after shots from the Prairie Bolerama are encouraging--how bad was the before? It's been pretty cold here in Colorado, so my husband and I haven't been able to do a huge amount of work, but we're making progress! We ripped everything out and cleaned our insulation. We just finished painting it and replacing all of our running lights. Next step is to begin building cabinets and putting everything back in. I will post a couple pictures soon (they're on a different computer).
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:18 PM   #17
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Hi Sandy,

Just to let you know I saw Miriam's Surfside up close and I have never seen a more beautiful interior. That is my ideal trailer - just awesome. Miriam and her hubby were a couple spots down from us at Prairie Bolerama.

I'd love to have my house looking half that good!

It's one of those trailers that you don't forget.

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Old 02-13-2006, 09:58 PM   #18
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So, as promised, here are a couple pictures. They are of the back of the trailer, where the dinette/bed will be. Our trailer had definitely been neglected and suffered lots of mold/mildew damage. The first picture doesn't do justice to the nastiness of the insulation--just use your imagination. Many hours of elbow grease later, we have it all cleaned (using a nasty thing called TSP) and painted. The ugly carpet that is in the first picture is also history (no new flooring yet--that's to come).
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Old 02-14-2006, 10:31 AM   #19
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Hi Sandy,
Your Surfside is so much better now! You did a lot of work! What flooring are you going to use?
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:41 PM   #20
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Sandi,

Congrats on the buy. I also have a we Surfside TM-14 and am about 80% on the restoration. The previous owner was using it as a garden shed, so depite relatively low mileage, it needed a bit of work ... just the exterior to go.

Any Q's on surfside specifics, just ask ... I
I've had it off the frame, re-wired it, new axle, new brakes, new cabinets, yadda and still not finished ... and made all the mistakes to boot. Happy to give you the gen to aviod "issues" if I can.

See you on the road,

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Old 06-02-2006, 09:08 PM   #21
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Hi,

We have just purchased a 1978 Surfside 14' trailer. We got a 'fix-r-upper' for $1300.00 CDN and I am pumped to get started on some renovations. The couple that we bought it from have moved on to a motorhome and had the trailer stored in a garage for a few years. They loved the trailer, but weren't the handiest when it came to repairs. The 12 volt lighting is hanging by the wires and will need attention. The replaced the fridge with a larger model that sacrificed the furnace in order to have the height. Heck, we are going to be camping in the summer and a fridge with a seperate freezer is a bonus The back bumper has been replaced with a piece of angle iron. Not the prettiest, but it has the spare tire attached so it's functional. I have been reading your wonderful advice on this website for the last few days. I am going to fill the cracks in the ensolite with paintable caulking and paint the interior with white melamine paint. I am going to paint the woodgrain accessories and cupboard doors with some beige melamine paint that I have left over from my house cupboards.

The exterior has been repainted a two-tone blue and you can see brush marks I plan on sanding down the high spots and washing with TSP before repainting. Is there a particular paint that I should be using. Do I need to use a primer first? I want to have an smooth automotive type finish that will be easy to clean and wont dull. I am wondering if the same white melamine paint could be applied to the exterior. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-06-2006, 01:45 AM   #22
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Welcome to the site Miriam! Your trailer looks great! I like the floorplan.
Lizbeth,

Somehow I missed the posts on this thread. Thanks so much for your encouragement and comments!

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Old 06-06-2006, 02:01 AM   #23
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Miriam--

I would love to see more photos of your Surf Side--the after shots from the Prairie Bolerama are encouraging--how bad was the before? It's been pretty cold here in Colorado, so my husband and I haven't been able to do a huge amount of work, but we're making progress! We ripped everything out and cleaned our insulation. We just finished painting it and replacing all of our running lights. Next step is to begin building cabinets and putting everything back in. I will post a couple pictures soon (they're on a different computer).
Sandy,

So sorry my reply is so late. Somehow I "lost" this thread.....

How bad was the before? Well....the structural condition was pretty good, except for a few leaky windows. The only "problem" was the "fix-it" someone had done. They'd peeled off the bottom of the ensolite backsplash and painted the raw fiberglass and upper ensolite with granite paint. The granite paint was covering numerous layers of silicone sealant (different types), glue gun goo, rubber cement, and some kind of cardboardy stuff which I can only assume was wallpaper of some sort. It was a NIGHTMARE to take off.

I think this will take you to some of the "before" shots (hope it works):
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...pe=post&id=2303
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...pe=post&id=2307
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...pe=post&id=2305
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...pe=post&id=4093
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...pe=post&id=2306
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...pe=post&id=2302


It took a couple of years before our unit was fixed up. It took me 2 seasons just to vacume and scrape (and scrape and scrape...) the granite paint off. The sewing was the funnest part - it made the most dramatic difference to the end results. The cleaning was what really paid off, though. I can't believe how just a bit of soap and water makes (and Mr. Clean, and TSP, and bleach, and ammonia, and bathroom cleanser, and solvent, and acetone, and rubber cement cleaner, and silicone remover, and paint stripper, and....). Anyway, congratulations on your unit. They're really worth the effort to fix up! I'm looking forward to your after and "during" shots!

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Old 06-06-2006, 02:03 AM   #24
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Hi Sandy,

Just to let you know I saw Miriam's Surfside up close and I have never seen a more beautiful interior. That is my ideal trailer - just awesome. Miriam and her hubby were a couple spots down from us at Prairie Bolerama.

I'd love to have my house looking half that good!

It's one of those trailers that you don't forget.

Brenda
Brenda,

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Thanks-you SO MUCH! Hope to catch up with you again soon, We'll be missing Bolerama this year (they scheduled the dates on the same weekend as the Grand Prix, danggit). Will you be attending the Oregon gathering? It would be lovely to catch up again!

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Old 06-06-2006, 07:44 AM   #25
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Regarding removing the 'ensolite'. I just finished spending two evenings of quality time with my Surfside and a gas powered pressure washer. The insulation (foam with a latex covering - a.k.a. elephant skin or cottage cheese) had mold and mildew between it and the glass from many water leaks. I peeled off all that I could by hand, and picked off even more by fingers. I then spent about 4 hours inside with the pressure washer 'cutting' the remaining foam off. Use the pressure washer as a chisel or scraper and keep moving it, with time it does remove all the remaing foam. (Very similar to washing out pig barns as a kid, fortunately the Surfside does not smell nearly as bad.) I looked at it this morning and all is well.
Now to re-line it!
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:23 AM   #26
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Hi Kevin,

Check with a boat dealer (you should find lots close). They sell paint I think called Interlux which can be applied with either a brush or rollar. It seems to give a very nice finish.
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:29 PM   #27
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Hi Barbara,

Thanks for the info. I read a little about the interlux paint on the internet and sounds like a very durable product. I will check out some local boat supply stores and pick a colour from what they have in stock

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Old 06-09-2006, 11:47 AM   #28
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Hey Tim, I have a 77 Surfside 14, what type of axle does it have, where did you get your new one?
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