Changing interior height? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 07-15-2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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Changing interior height?


I haven't been on here lately as I sold my trillium. I did find an old Gypsy Mark II fiberglass trailer for $100 that somebody was using as a garden shed. It has been stripped inside (benches cut out, stove/sink cupboard gone/outfitted with shelving units) but it still has the closet, as well as the molded cupboards.

The floor is completely gone, the guy cut it out and used some lumber to make a new floor (just wood, no fiberglass covering).

My question is that when I stand in it, my head just touches the roof. If I have to redo the floor anyways, why can't I "create" new headspace by raising the trailer? Creating a new floor and fiberglassing it into the existing trailer should be the same if I am putting it back to stock, or adding an inch or two.

Before someone asks for pics, it looks just like the fiberglass gypsy trailer that Bill Boone bought. Except it looks like a bomb went off inside and took everything with it.

I assume someone has done this before, the search function is not being kind to me right now. Just wondering if anyone has increased interior height when they were rebuilding the floor.

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Old 07-15-2011, 06:46 PM   #2
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You might be able to do a drop floor easier in part of the trailer in front of the axle.

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Old 07-16-2011, 11:15 AM   #3
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Adding height idea...... by 'Sectioning'
Ahhhh, I remember my days as a hot rodder, we Channeled, Sectioned and Chopped tops to get that low fast look...

Well, Steve, let's apply some of what we learned as hot rodders.... in reverse. Let's see how you can SECTION IN REVERSE. We use to take out 4" to 6" to lower the body, why don't you ADD A SECTION of fiberglass as a belly band type thing ???

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Old 07-16-2011, 12:36 PM   #4
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Add 6" at the center seam.Click image for larger version

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You would have to rework the door.
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:11 AM   #5
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IMHO it would be much easier to install a sunken floor in the section you would stand up in.

But, my question for all these persons who are concerned about "head room" is, "How long do you plan to stand in your tailer?" The only time I stand in mine is when I am doing the dishes in the sink or cooking at the stove.

Even sleeping, I usually bring my knees up somewhat so I don't even use the whole width.

NB: I am 6' tall.
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:45 AM   #6
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Adding height idea....
Well, how about just doing dishes and cooking while sitting on a stool.
Head room solved.
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:21 AM   #7
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It will be easier to add space at the bottom as there is no floor in the trailer right now. I sure won't be adding 6 inches, but when I stand up in the trailer I hit the roof, so it would piss me off each and every time I stand in the trailer. I need to do something.

I was just putting a feeler out there to see if someone else did this when redoing the floor. Sounds like a no.

I won't be starting this project for a while

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Old 07-18-2011, 06:53 AM   #8
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Maybe you should be the first one to try it. Document it with pix and post them. We have enjoyed the saga of the the trailer that his having additional length added; we would enjoy the story of adding height, and others who own height-challenging trailers might benefit.

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Old 07-18-2011, 08:29 AM   #9
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Go to the teardrop trailer site. Most of the homebuilt trailers have dropped floors for storage or foot space.

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