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Old 04-06-2014, 10:52 AM   #29
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Started the tear out Friday night. This thing had hundreds of water leaks. Click image for larger version

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Few more hours of striping, prying, yankin, whackin, bleeding & tossing. And I can start putting stuff back in!!
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:15 AM   #30
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You have an opportunity now! Since you have nothing but nice bare exposed hull...can you try to seal some of the leaks in the glass from the INSIDE? Would save on some cosmetic repairs outside..

I am not a glass doing kinda gal..don't know if that would work or not.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:54 AM   #31
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You have an opportunity now! Since you have nothing but nice bare exposed hull...can you try to seal some of the leaks in the glass from the INSIDE? Would save on some cosmetic repairs outside..

Absolutely. Repairs to fiberglass is always best from the inside. Laminating over gel coat is very weak to begin with. So you have to do a lot of tapering. And as you indicate a lot more cosmetic work.

Working on the inside will give a much better working surface for building you're laminations on, as well as allowing you to make the repair much thicker than the original hull, to reinforce the area. On really nasty repairs, I like to do the build up from inside, when its nice and cured, I will gouge out and taper the outside. And fill in with "Bondo Hair" and when the level is just right, I apply "pre waxed" gelcoat. And then wet sand to fair.


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I am not a glass doing kinda gal..don't know if that would work or not.
The glasswork is my favorite part! I am no pro by any means, just a few books videos, and a few repair jobs under the belt. It's fun! With even the most basic of tooling, you can make just about anything! Highly recommend it as a craft!
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:40 AM   #32
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Should be a fun project. These jobs are easier when you gut them and start over. As much as I hate the itchy scratchies, fiberglass is a wonderful material. Easy to patch, fair and repair. A good repair will last almost forever.
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Should be a fun project. These jobs are easier when you gut them and start over. As much as I hate the itchy scratchies, fiberglass is a wonderful material. Easy to patch, fair and repair. A good repair will last almost forever.
My dad worked with fiberglass for 35 years. So I am pretty use the the "itchy scratchies" at least, built up an immunity I guess. It is really a wonderful building material!
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Old 04-08-2014, 01:45 PM   #34
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So in hours, hours, and more hours of research. I have dug up some information on this Manufacturer:

Carefree Design Enterprises Limited
Operated in Trail BC
The CEO at some point was a Don Ewing

Basically nothing more than was on the door. I even called The City of Trail, and they couldn't tell me anything either!

This is an enigma... Found a few old posts where someone sold a few. But that's it!
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:12 PM   #35
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First of probably many, cans of Bondo Kitty Hair. Fantastic stuff for building up! I managed to laminate 3 yards of fabric and one full can of resin on the inside to shore up the damaged areas. Click image for larger version

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There is a lot of repair work. I found a series of 3 holes and 2 cracks in the roof that were missed in the previous owners repair. When I pulled open the ceiling there was actually standing water in between. Noting like wet fiberglass insulation!
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:02 PM   #36
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The two halves of this rig are not glassed together, not even glued. There is about 1/4" of overlap, and the belly band screwed through and into the wood inside. This lasted 40 years so its not the worst design. But since I have it all open, I am welding the seam. The movement has caused most of the screws to back out and leak. So welding the seam should make it a lot stronger I am hoping.

Since its getting all new and modern appliances, I am moving the water heater to over the axle and away from the exhaust away from the main door. Also the new furnace will have the small outside flange, so I filled in both of the holes. I have not cleaned up and worked the outside of the repairs yet. But they are water tight for now!
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you have come a long way in a short period of time! I STILL haven't finished mine after 2+ years of owning and using it!
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:57 PM   #38
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Might be wishful thinking, or downright lunacy. But I am shooting for a Mid July usability date, this restoration has a purpose. I just hope I can get her there in time!
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I wanted clarify something on the glass work I am doing. Since this trailer has wood panel interior walls I am not concerned with matching the thickness of the original fiberglass shell. On the contrary I am intentionally adding thickness as the walls are too thin, and exhibit signs of being structurally deficient. On the outside, I will taper back the original material around the holes, in a V like grove and fill them in with laminations, this will provide a very strong repair.

Where the major cracks are in the roof and upper wall, I am building up laminations on the inside, with the belief that there is no structural strength to the original glass in that area. The original wall materials are only left for cosmetics, and the filling in on the outside is for cosmetic reasons, the strength of the wall/roof will be from the new glass laminations on the inside, which can be really thick because I don't have to worry about the unevenness and ripples telegraphing through a headliner or carpet.

In other words I would not use this method on a single hull (Scamp/Boler) style trailer. You would need to be a lot more careful about tapering and thickness matching.

Hope I am making sense, I inhaled a lot of fumes this weekend, and am likely to be a little loopy for a while!
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Finally got to spend some time working on the project. I am starting to put stuff back in .Click image for larger version

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Looks like you are doing a good job on adding glass for more support. Post pics of how your interior goes back together.
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