Rebuild--rear-ended Uhaul CT13 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-29-2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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Rebuild--rear-ended Uhaul CT13

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My initial attempt at a build-thread on here. [warning: newby errors likely] Got back this afternoon with our new-to-us Uhaul CT13. Bought through the 4 sale side of this site, from another subscriber. The trailer got rear-ended mid-trip for prior owners, and was left with family near Cheyenne WY... 650+ miles from central IA where we live, but made the trip without any significant troubles. Towed with my old 95 Neon just fine. First pic from rest stop in western NE, as night came on...

2nd in my shop at home, with tarp and duct tape removed, and the square tubing that held the spare still buried in the fractured fiberglass...

3rd image... Five big bolts that held the tubular mounting arms for the back bumper have been removed [with 1/2" impact wrench--mighty thankful for that!], after which the whole assembly could be coaxed off the back end of the trailer. With some coaxing, surface are sort of lining up again, and almost no pieces of the fiberglass shell are missing!...

4th... same sort of results on the interior. Things line up pretty well. So, it'll be a lot of work, but not much of the fabricate-from-scratch stuff.
Now I just need to get things wrapped up again enough for it to wait outside for a couple months while I finish other folks' projects............

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Old 08-29-2014, 09:41 PM   #2
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WOW, it's already looking so much better! We've seen much worse brought back to life.

Best of luck
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:48 PM   #3
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Looking good Gary. Keep the pics of the rebuild coming as you go along. Good info for the rest of us.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for the positive feedback.

I'm fortunate to have the shop and tools to make this rebuild easier in some ways. And I've done SOME fiberglass work before, so that'll help. I read Dave White's really good write-up last night, and learned some more that should help:
You Can Repair Fiberglass
Gotta get some f/g matt ordered. I was recently given a bunch of cloth and resin by someone who'd gotten them for a relatively minor repair on a fiberglass fishing boat... so I'd thought to just use them up. But Dave makes a strong case for the matt material, so.........................
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:16 AM   #5
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Gary; are you aware that a rear window from Scamp can be made to fit by slightly widening the opening. About 1/2" each side. I put one in our Uhaul, it was the most affordable solution I could find.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:34 PM   #6
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Being a u haul and how strong there frames are I wonder if what hit it got the worst of it
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:48 PM   #7
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Being a u haul and how strong there frames are I wonder if what hit it got the worst of it
I heard it was a big truck, so probably not
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:30 PM   #8
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Thanks to Mary & Bob for the Scamp rear window suggestion. I'd heard that they were a close fit, so that was what I'd have checked out first... and still is.

Getting closer to a plan for proceeding with the skin repairs, but it's going to be a while before I can really start it. For now, I'm just going to align the pieces temporarily... clean up and seal up once again... and then order supplies, and make plans... while finishing up some customer work. Hopefully before the snow flies, it can be in its own corner of the shop to stay for a while... warm and dry and slowly "coming back".

Judging by how massive the rear bumper and support tubes are, it was one heck of a smack. Good thing it was pretty straight-on, I'm thinking. Got the bumper & support tubes disassembled this morning, but only by drilling down through the heads of the carriage bolts with progressively bigger drill bits until the bolt heads came off. Glad to be done with that(!)... not sure if the rear bumper can be straightened and re-used, though... it'd take some real impressive force to un-twist it. Have to think some more.........
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:57 PM   #9
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Because of the wall thickness of the Uhaul I had to put the clamp ring for the rear window on backwards. That bumper is aluminum, which just makes straightening it all the more difficult.
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:47 AM   #10
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Thanks for the tip on the installation of the Scamp back window--clamp-ring-wise. One of the members on the Uhaul Facebook site said another member had replaced nearly all the windows on their Uhaul CT with Scamp ones, so figured it didn't take superhuman effort........... but I did assume that it would take some "tweaking". Now I know 2 things about that process well ahead of time. [trimming opening a bit + clamp ring tweak]
Thanks again.
Family get-together yesterday, so nothing else done since yesterday's post...
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:56 AM   #11
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Scamp side windows do not fit in a Uhaul. I attempted to do that and the Scamp side window is too small for the opening. I made a filler piece of 1/8" aluminum so that I could fit the Scamp jalousie window in. Since then another Uhaul owner found a source for custom sized windows at a very reasonable price, so that is the best solution for replacing the side windows. A couple Uhaul owners have installed Scamp rear slider windows in place of the front Uhaul window.
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:12 AM   #12
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Thanks again, for the specific advice. I've been pasting detailed advice and tips like this into a Word file... anything I think has special significance to my own project's needs. [God only knows how long I might have to hunt for those details 3 months from now.]
When I was 26, I thought I knew everything... at 62, I have a much humbler outlook on life. Still lots to learn... but that can be fun, too...........
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Okay remember when it comes to advice, you get what you pay for and this is mine.

While it looks like the tail light lenses are still in great shape, with all the work you'll be doing to the rear end, I'd get rid of those puppies and rework the area to fit a readily available tail light lens. It would be sad indeed to put tons of work into this trailer and then find out six months from now you need to replace those lenses with something else...

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Old 08-31-2014, 01:23 PM   #14
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Donna,

All advice is "grist for the mill". I'm grateful for yours as well as others'. Turned out both taillights were broken. And I agree that now's the time to change them for a different style--whatever that is. I've already changed my mind a couple times on what to go with.
[1] Make my own mounts for flat lamps facing rearward, like the aluminum units that used to be available, but I gather no longer are.
[2] Modify the current curved corners on the camper to receive new Bargman 86's--the curved, wrap-around kind. Maybe recessed into the curved corner a little???
[3] Modify the corners slightly to accept '86 GM pickup lamp assemblies.

And there's always "other", whatever that might be, between now and a couple months from now, when the skin repair starts in earnest. I just keep saving any ideas with appeal to me, and will make decisions as I get on into the project.
I'm grateful that I've had some opportunities to tackle car restorations, so I've been exposed to how much more complicated the process of rebuilding gets, once you start digging into it. Without that exposure, I'd probably already be overwhelmed. And with it, it's just, "OK... one more thing to put on the to-do list. I'll get to it."

Thankful for all the suggestions received so far. Still learning; still deciding how best to proceed.............
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