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Old 12-02-2009, 02:47 PM   #15
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Thanks, Amy! (and everyone!)

Well, after the car-related events of the last week, it's kind of tough to say without inciting a laugh riot. I could make something happen for a screaming deal on a 16', but for a 13', I'm looking at 1,800 immediate cash outlay (i.e. purchase and to safely get her home). I'm partial to the rounder glass bodies (Burro, Scamp, UHaul) but sometimes magic works in unexpected ways.

Upholstery issues are no prob--regardless of condition, I'll probably re-do that. Minor non-structural fiberglass issues, I can deal with as a good friend is a boat builder with mad skills and connections. I'm expecting to replace rivets and seals, and to mess with wiring. Truth is, I could probably handle a gutted shell, but I don't want to get too far in over my head.

I'll probably want to mod it to the degree that it will be useful as a camping/mobile office, and I'll probably do something with the bunk/bench area to create an adjustable work/storage system. I have a Coleman hot water heater and all sorts of car-camping doodads from indoor-safe heaters to home-made portable graywater systems--I'm the queen of car camping in all conditions. Just tired of having to unpack/set up everything, and the relative security of a fiberglass egg is really appealing to me. And while I yearn for the day when I can have a later-model Casita with a/c and a rockin' entertainment package, right now I'd just be thrilled with a stable chassis and secure shell.

Good news is that I've got talented and willing friends with the following skills who will ususally work for beer or the chance to borrow the trailer for a weekend or two:
Welding, locksmithing, upholstery, electric, fiberglass repair/boat building, cabinetry, and...well, rocketry. But that's for another project.
Edited to add that I already have a solar panel/battery/charger/inverter kit, as well. Here's an example of the kind of deal I could take on without special ordering a custom straightjacket...

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Old 12-02-2009, 07:14 PM   #16
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Trailer: 2004 13 ft Scamp Custom Deluxe
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Awesome tips, Floyd! I take delivery of my "new" tow vehicle Friday--unfortunately my beloved Subie threw a rod (and yeah, I had oil in her) last week, and my Emergency Fund has been drained in getting a good used hi-mileage Nissan Frontier...with a shell and long bed, so that would be great for the trips.

Would you care to list the stuff in your retrieval kit? (Er, I suppose it's somewhere on this forum...I'll look, but if it isn't, I'd sure appreciate it! I may have been kicked out of Girl Scouts, but I'm a fan of being prepared.
I'd have to go look to be sure , but we carry bedding, an inflatable mattress, A "little buddy" heater,a fabric privacy curtain, A rechargable battery fan, a flashlight, tire plug kit, a small grease gun, nylon rope, pull ties, wire splice kit with connectors, a magnetic taillight kit, various hand tools, bunge straps, a 5X7 plastic tarp, two different sized tow balls and, of course, DUCT TAPE!
There may be more stuff in there that I failed to mention... BTW... We also carry a cooler and bag with food and drinks, so that stops are either gas staions or rest areas.

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Old 12-03-2009, 12:53 AM   #17
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I recently went through 6 months of looking and found the three best sources for searching were this site, http://www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com/, and what worked best and was how I found mine was by using http://www.listnr.org/auth/login/. This is a site that searches Craigslist. I was looking for something very specific and with some patience found exactly what I was looking for. I had to buy site-unseen and drive from Sacramento to Pendleton Or, but it was worth it. I searched a radius of 1000 miles and would only consider buying in a town I knew someone, since it was through Craigslist. My father-in-law drove 3 hours to buy it for me and move it into a storage lot for me to come pick up.
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:33 PM   #18
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I have used Uship.com for shipping antiques. I highly recommend.

I come short of saying not to buy something you haven't personally seen... but life is a gamble. If the price is right you may not be able to pass it up. but the price needs to be right!

Uship.com is a good place to get quotes for something like that. You list what you want shipped and people bid on how much they are willing to do the job for. I've used it to get motorcycles and mopeds shipped to me before but they do all sorts of things.

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