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Old 02-03-2009, 02:31 PM   #1
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I've been looking at some older trailers and am wondering if you can give me some ballpark idea of what certain repairs are likely to run me as I am seeing similar issues in trailers that have not been abused, but a little neglected. And let me also say I am not particularly handy and don't have a ton of free time, so I will most likely end up paying someone else to do these things for me.

(1) new gelcoat? I've looked at a couple that have entirely lost their shine. How much does it cost to have someone restore a 16-17 foot FG trailer to its shiny self?
(2) cracks in fiberglass? In the ones I've seen with no gelcoat, they seem to have some hairline cracks that I'm pretty sure are in the FG itself since there's no outer coating left.
(3) I've been warned that bubbles or bumps in the roof signal delamination problems. One trailer I would otherwise consider has this exact problem. The roof looks fine from the inside, but has several "bumps" visible on the exterior on the front middle of the roof. I am assuming it can be repaired (I otherwise like the unit) but at what cost? Assuming the worst case scenario?

My previous FG trailer was an '04 Scamp that had been cared for by its previous owners, so it had none of these issues. I want to be realistic about what I'm getting into buying one substantially older that hasn't been as well maintained. I've been suffering FG withdrawal since I sold my Scamp 5th wheel, so I need your help in enabling me to buy another one!
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:51 PM   #2
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The way I re-do them,
is sand/repair/sand/Epoxy primer/spray rock guard,grey primer, then paint color of your choice.
Any body shop can do it for you.

Hope this helps.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:15 PM   #3
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Hi Karen,

I would suggest that you be very patient and find one that doesn't need the kind of work you mentioned. You don't really want to deal with those issues. There are quite a few trailers on the market these days. Get your money together and find someone who needs to sell, preferably one that has been well cared for. Happy hunting!
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:26 PM   #4
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Really, it all depends on what you want to do.
a trailer that has no shine to it at all might just need a good cleaning and waxing, or a buffing with rubbing compound, or the gel coat could be toast.
the bumps you see could be rivet caps, you have to get real close to be sure, they could be bits of silicone or sealer from a poorly attempted repair.
As for the hairline cracks, most older trailers I have seen have them in some quantity.
if they are just in the gelcoat it could be more of a cosmetic than structural issue.
Look through our documents section, use the search function to look up these issues already posted about and get a feel about the issues and or concerns others have had with used trailers.
Whatever you do, don't go for a deal that you are not comfortable with.

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Old 02-03-2009, 07:28 PM   #5
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I am not particularly handy and don't have a ton of free time, so I will most likely end up paying someone else to do these things for me.

(1) new gelcoat? I've looked at a couple that have entirely lost their shine. How much does it cost to have someone restore a 16-17 foot FG trailer to its shiny self?
I think you may have 2 choices:
A- either re-polish the existing gelcoat if it is not too damaged or
B- as Ulysse G. suggests, prep and paint if you have cracks and blemishes.

I have gotten bids to detail the existing finish of my 16' Fiberglass trailer for $250 to $300.
I have gotten bids to Repair, Sand, Mask, and Spray Paint for $1500 to $1800.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:50 PM   #6
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Many of us have faded trailers. There are a variety of ways to shine them up, from Borax and then a good waxing, to products like Poli-Glow. You can't apply Gel-coat as it's part of the original fiberglass process. What Ulysse has done with his trailer is amazing - but I wouldn't want to have my kids anywhere near a trailer that nice =)

Older trailers also have lots of small cracks. As long as they aren't structural then they are not issue - unless you find them annoying to look at.

We are realistic on how much time we can put into the trailer every year so if it needs some windows pulled and re-taped then maybe it won't get shiny this year. In the end, everyone treats their trailer different so I am sure you wll get plenty of different answers.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:55 PM   #7
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I saw the photo of that trailer and that was my first thought me screaming..."ahhhhh kids GET AWAY from that trailer......." ahahahahha.....its so shiny pretty

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What Ulysse has done with his trailer is amazing - but I wouldn't want to have my kids anywhere near a trailer that nice =)
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:41 PM   #8
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Thanks for the responses and advice. Joe - the "bumps" are definitely not rivet caps. I may not have described it correctly. It is more like a large "wave" when you look down the roof line, about a foot or so in length with a couple of smaller ones on either side.

Frederick, your numbers are very helpful. They at least give me an idea of what I might be getting into.

I'm happy to hold onto my money and continue looking for trailers in better condition (although I've already been surprised to see what people are still able to sell their FG trailers for when they need some pretty obvious repairs), but I also don't mind negotiating a price down on something that I can have fixed if I know a little bit better what those repairs will realistically cost me.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:04 PM   #9
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Karen,

I have a rule. Once you think you know what it is going to cost, double it and add 10% and you should be good to go.
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:10 AM   #10
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You can't apply Gel-coat as it's part of the original fiberglass process.
Actually you can apply Gel-coat afterwards.
There are lots of tips on repairs in this thread

And Roy Massen details how he did his entire trailer here

I've done patches on my trailer. You have to keep the surface away from oxygen so it will set. Most boat repair places recommend PVA to seal so the surface cures then that gets washed or sanded off as you finish the repair.

I'm hoping on redoing mine like Roy did one day.
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Old 02-04-2009, 05:43 AM   #11
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KarenT, Check with a local auto detailer.. I get one to do my boat & Camper every year with a good marine wax & power buff.. Boat is a 17' Casita is 16'.. He charges me $50.00 each.. I power wash them down before he comes to do them.. Doing a good wax every year keeps them shinney & bright. I,m sure they can compound or do what it takes to get the shine back, if the gel coat is still there........
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Keep in mind that every time one 'compounds', one is removing some of the gel coat --It's like using very fine sandpaper to get something shiny -- This is esp true if power tools are involved.
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Thanks for the info about reapplication of get coat Roy - I learn something new everyday on the forum =)
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:42 AM   #14
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I didnt find any auto/body shop here that had the facilities to paint my trailer, but down the road aways there was a shop that does big rigs, etc... so I am going to make a tennitive appt to have my trailer painted this spring or near fall time.
I am estimating that it will be between $1000-$2000 depending... it still has some shine, but its an 1989, not in the worst shape but new paint will make it look alot better. I had it detailed out last spring and it looks still good.. Its just time for a re-paint... I will try to get someone to help me pop off the caps.. have the RV place take off and store the awning.. and find some way to get the door trimlock off and the Scamp logo..
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