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Old 06-03-2014, 04:08 PM   #29
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If you are anywhere near Pomona, CA there is a guy there that makes them for $12.
If not, look at any of the indoor or outdoor swap meets, there is usually a key guy there as well.
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:26 PM   #30
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Remove the latch from the door, then bring it to a lock smith. Much less expensive.
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:28 PM   #31
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Both great ideas...thank you both. Ill update with new pictures soon. Almost got all the super dark mold stains out and all the cushions removed.
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:34 PM   #32
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The starting asking price was 2k. I think I was first call and immediately he said he would negotiate on price. An hour later he calls back and says it is really dirty on the inside, mold, etc...and I might not even want it, but if I did he would really come down on the price. Fast forward to the next day when I drive to see it and suddenly he is back firm at 2k because of the overwhelming response from craiglist he now thinks it is a steal at 2k.
It was a steel at $2K. I purchased my first 4500 for $2K. I was stupid happy for months. Your trailer is not in bad shape. Just needs to be cleaned. If you are not happy with your purchase, then I will gladly give you $2K for it, after I talk to my wife about it.
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:50 PM   #33
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The overwhelming aspect is wearing off after spending a few hours cleaning. The outside looks great now and the inside is coming along nicely (got about 2/3 done). I must have thrown out 200lbs of crap so far...old books, vhs, dvds, pill bottles, and the original worn out shag with about 100 lbs of dirt and dust.

I've decided to do wood floors and will have to work out something for access to the water tank.

Still have not tested any electrics, but hopefully today...charge the battery all night so we shall see today when I get home.

My wife is now officially on board and in nesting mode, picking out new upholstery. She wants memory foam instead of reusing the old foam...not sure that is in the budget though.

Still need to replace the external power cord, and after seeing how stiff it is, I think I am going to just replace the whole thing, instead of my initial thoughts of just replacing the head. It's so stiff it barely pulls out.
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Old 06-03-2014, 05:00 PM   #34
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You may want to look into an external hookup like this.

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Pair it with a cord like this:

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Then buy an outlet to put on your old cord to use as an extension if necessary.

Your trailer stays sealed, easy to unhook, roll it up, and throw it in the closet.
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Old 06-03-2014, 05:05 PM   #35
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I like that. Where do I find one and more info on installing?

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Old 06-03-2014, 05:14 PM   #36
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Newbie needs help with full resto

Chuck on here sells them. (Fiberglasstraveltrailers.com?)I think I got mine from dyers rv or rvdirect.com.

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Some kits come with a straight end you can put on your existing cord, but I recommend getting the cord with the 90* end. It sticks out much less, and doesn't put stress on the fiberglass.
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:23 PM   #37
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Or, since you probably would rather use a standard extension cord, and don't need more then 15A, (the breaker on your converter, if you have one, is 10A) this would work as well, and is more convenient to use:
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True, if it only has 15 amp service, that would work fine, if there are no upgrades planned like ac or something.
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:45 AM   #39
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Cleaning up

Thought I would post some mid way pics. After a good few nights working late cleaning until the wee hours of morning I have it about 3/4's cleaned up inside. My wife is still overwhelmed by it, but she did finally enter it for the first time once I removed the original shag and cleaned up all the mildew (took forever). I removed the scratched window tinting with a steamer and razor blade...another long project, but what a huge difference having clean windows. You probably notice a lot of cleaning bottles in the pics...endless amounts of cleaner, and now moving on to the inside compartments. Some of you will cringe to see a roller and paint in the pictures. So we can't live with the pale off white interior, yellowy interior. I painted a first coat of elastomeric paint yesterday and it went beautifully. Just painted to ensolite. I would like to do something with the actual fiberglass inside, but know it would be a pain to rough up and paint....ideas? We bought some repositional wall decals that we may try.

2 things I need to know:
How on earth do you remove the window crank (circular ones) from the overhead vent? It has a little screw in the middle but when I turn it, it just opens and closes the vent. I tried holding the crank still and turning but am worried about breaking something. I got all the other screens out without removing the window cranks, but the overhead one seems to need that crank off...please help.

2.) I know there are a million threads out there on batteries and solar, but just wondered if someone had a quick reply as to what would be best knowing that in the future I would like to add some solar. A friend suggested 2 6v batteries as opposed to 1 12v. Not sure. All the solar posts just get too technical too quick when starting out.

Getting the cushions recovered in a nice light gray vinyl today and will post more as we get things going.

My retired Ford engineer neighbor isn't too happy we are recovering cushions and painting ensolite. He is of the "leave it original" sort, which I am sure most are. But sometimes cleaning just isn't enough and it still looks dingy not matter what you do.
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Looks good to me.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:51 PM   #41
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On battery. Short answer - single 12 volt is fine for most required uses for a weekend. Solar can extend that to almost indefinite time.

I just had a conversation with Carol on that subject since I know she camps off grid and used a modest sized solar panel and I was looking to finally purchase solar. Nothing like picking the brains of those that have been there and done that.

She replaced inside lights with LED, has a roof vent fan and a 12 volt water pump, charges laptop, camera and phone. Has to restrict amount of time she runs the furnace blower due to it's high power consumption. She uses a Wal-Mart group 27 deep cycle 12 volt battery is good for a couple of days without charging. Provide even modest solar charging and unless you run a lot of other power drains you should be fine.

Using an inverter to run things like a coffee pot, microwave or TV will require more solar and/or more battery storage. As will cold weather camping where the furnace is required to be run more. Running a 12 volt fridge instead of propane would be high demand item that would require both storage capacity and solar capacity be increased.

Golf cart or dual batteries will store more power and golf cart batteries are better able to handle running down below 50% charge but unless you know you need the power storage or are going to draw down battery before recharge I would avoid the weight, cost and complexity of dual batteries or golf cart batteries.

Now if you want to run the 4 channel stereo with dual 40 watt per channel boosters driving 10 speakers in the middle of the woods all day... may I suggest three batteries with one isolated as a reserve so you don't find yourself with dead batteries when you finally decide to call it a night. I know this one from experience.
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