Originally Posted by RogerDat
I don't think I have ever heard of people taking a sticky totally apart to rebuild the frame and then put it all back together again. Nope that version of insanity is FGRV all the way. And the YouTube videos exists to prove it.
I think if someone did take a sticky apart that far they'd have to completely rebuild it from the frame up when they were done wiht the frame.. there likely wouldn't be much rehabbing possible with what was taken off
As far as depreciation. My 1984 scamp sold for $4495 new. I paid nearly that much for it with 30 years later, but even once you consider what I'll have put into it fixing it up (probably close to $2500 when all is said and done, and I'm only about $900 in at this point) I figure I still come out way ahead compared to buying new, I'll be WAY more familiar with my trailer than I might be if I just bought a new one that didn't need significant work, but more importantly, some of the costlier mods I would be re-doing anyways (mainly regarding solar
and the battery
bank) no matter the age of the trailer, so buying new doesn't necessarily put me ahead there. If at some point I wanted to sell my trailer I'm confident that getting back what I've put into it won't be too difficult, but I don't plan on selling mine any time soon.
At this point the biggest things I have left to do involves replacing the axle
and getting new wheels, and a pair of 6V AGM batteries. I do still have a number of smaller jobs waiting to be completed or in the process of being addressed, but I have already bought supplies/materials for those, all I have left to invest is my time. After that my little scamp will be a solid camper for a good long time, and shouldn't actually need much other than regular preventative maintenance type things
I also feel a bit of a sense of freedom regarding my trailer because it's old and used - I'm not worried about "ruining" anything the way I might if it was newer (or more expensive).