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Old 04-14-2014, 09:42 PM   #29
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Ciaran, you seem very much in love with the wood interior. I belong to a vintage trailer club and I have seen so many of them with beautiful wood work inside. Have you considered that there are many (non-fiberglass) vintage trailers that you can buy at reasonable prices that will have wood interiors already. Is there a specific reason that you are purchasing fiberglass?
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Wow - that is seriously nice - very clean looking..
Thank You so much for the kind words!
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Ciaran, you seem very much in love with the wood interior. I belong to a vintage trailer club and I have seen so many of them with beautiful wood work inside. Have you considered that there are many (non-fiberglass) vintage trailers that you can buy at reasonable prices that will have wood interiors already. Is there a specific reason that you are purchasing fiberglass?
Yeah, I just love the look. Only reason about the fiberglass is simply because I spotted one very close to where we cottage (which happens to be a fiberglass Trillium), and I've never seen any of these small trailers anywhere else - fiberglass or wood. Even searching online for ones for sale comes up with maybe one or two..
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I have a "squarish" one, with an original finish of luan glued on rigid foam. It was relatively easy to do my interior with t/g cedar by simply brad nailing over the original surfaces.

I did some "dieting" of the interior to compensate for the added weight. Like others, removing the original cupboard doors and rebuilding featherlite new ones help quite a bit, and getting rid of heavy table tops and replacing with birch ply etc. I did whatever I could to get the weight down before adding the cedar.

Since my trailer is my home, and I am well within my tow limits, I was not too concerned about adding a little. Its still not quite done, I have trimming and more painting to do, but you get the idea.
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You are in Ontario. That is prime Trillium territory. In about a month, kijiji will have pages full of them. The ones in the boonies tend to be less expensive. I have six, and I have not paid more then $3100 for any of them. It does take dedicated shopping, and a willingness to get in your tow vehicle and go on that long drive. Think of it as a mini vacation.
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Beautifal Gina! And fiberglass rocks!
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Gina, it was your trailer that I was thinking of when I mentioned Leocraft.
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One old man's stubborn weight vs. woodwork opinions

I think concern over trailer weight can be over-thought and over-worried. MPG had much more to do with aerodynamics than rolling resistance. (My trailers always have brakes) That said there are lots of woodworking tehniques that are lightweight and very strong. Wood doesn't have to mean heavy. Fiberglass is very similar to wood, both are fibers (glass / cellulose) cemented together with resin / lignin. Wood is just limited in its formability. Combining the two can take advantage of the best qualities of each. Fiberglass gets its strength thru its interlocking glass fibers. In woodworking we call that plywood.

The flake board / osb common in our eggs is cheap and heavy and rots very easily. I wish manufacturers would use a naturally decay resistant cedar or doug fir plywood instead. True it might add $100 to a trailer's cost. How many of you would opt for that? I would.

So forget using particle board and thick hardwoods when planning mods. The thick oak and heavy particle board cabinetry in my Scamp is beautiful, but far stronger and heavier than required for durability. It does take a bit more design time and care in fabrication to make wood modifications light and strong, but only a bit. And you get the beauty as well. I use veneer core plywoods, laminations and solid wood thicknesses no thicker than strength requires.

And pay attention to those sharp edges. I plan to spend several hours easing all the sharp edges in my Scamp. Message to Scamp - It would take far less time during the building.

I don't mean to single out Scamp for their construction choices. Other brands are the same in my experience, (at least at this price level). I chose Scamp as one of the best available. I just want to make it better.
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I have a "squarish" one, with an original finish of luan glued on rigid foam. It was relatively easy to do my interior with t/g cedar by simply brad nailing over the original surfaces.

I did some "dieting" of the interior to compensate for the added weight. Like others, removing the original cupboard doors and rebuilding featherlite new ones help quite a bit, and getting rid of heavy table tops and replacing with birch ply etc. I did whatever I could to get the weight down before adding the cedar.

Since my trailer is my home, and I am well within my tow limits, I was not too concerned about adding a little. Its still not quite done, I have trimming and more painting to do, but you get the idea.
That is beautiful - VERY nice!
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You are in Ontario. That is prime Trillium territory. In about a month, kijiji will have pages full of them. The ones in the boonies tend to be less expensive. I have six, and I have not paid more then $3100 for any of them. It does take dedicated shopping, and a willingness to get in your tow vehicle and go on that long drive. Think of it as a mini vacation.

Sounds like fun!
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Ciaran, you seem very much in love with the wood interior. I belong to a vintage trailer club and I have seen so many of them with beautiful wood work inside. Have you considered that there are many (non-fiberglass) vintage trailers that you can buy at reasonable prices that will have wood interiors already. Is there a specific reason that you are purchasing fiberglass?
Yeah, I just love the look. Only reason about the fiberglass is simply because I spotted one very close to where we cottage (which happens to be a fiberglass Trillium), and I've never seen any of these small trailers anywhere else - fiberglass or wood. Even searching online for ones for sale comes up with maybe one or two..
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Here is my input about F.G campers: The main purpose of its design is for...long last, minimum maintenance, LIGHT WEIGHT besides other applications...If one wants to modify them, he/she should put in consideration of its design: More woods tends to add more weights, alter fiberglass shelves/cabinets....tends to..WEAKEN its structure..Whatever you want to do, if one tends to alter a lot from it's original design it won't serve as it's design purpose...Remember, in F.G design of all kinds, you EITHER HAVE ONE WAY or OTHER, NOT BOTH WAYS...Just my thought...
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