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Old 06-29-2013, 01:24 AM   #1
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1975 Ventura Restoration

Hi, we're new to the forum. We picked up a 75 Ventura 13'ft trailer 3 weeks ago. Looks great on the outside/inside...but on close inspection, the previous owners took great care in hiding the leaking windows, vent and door. We decided to gut the whole thing and good thing cuz when we lifted up the lino, it was all gooey, wet glue. We've taken out the ceiling, floor, all the wood panel walls, dinette benches, cupboards. We've replaced the window operator cranks and ceiling vent and new upholstery. We're just about ready to put in new flooring but need to fix the door which is bent...looks broken inside and has no support. No point in putting in new floor if the water can come in. Does anyone have any suggestions on a quick fix? We've seen some replacement doors for $800. I've posted some pics. The finished product has to be finished by July 10th....in time for Craven! We've never done anything like this before, but we're loving it!
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:33 AM   #2
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I also wanted to mention that we were able to find many helpful suggestions, pics and advice from this group as we've been working on our camper. Thank you!
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:11 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. You need to be finished by July 10th of this year? I have always found that Murphy's Law always shows up and things take 2 to 3 times as long to do as I figured. Good Luck and hope to see your finished product at a gathering in the near future.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:21 AM   #4
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Hi Carter & Sue, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here

You're fortunate, your door is a built door... or put together with screws. You should be able to disassemble it and replace the fireglass panel that's cracked. Do you have any pictures to share of the area?

THANKS for the other pics too. Looks like you've got a nice lil' rollin' home.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:35 AM   #5
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Hey Carter & Sue, welcome from N.C. Nice looking unit. Congrats
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:17 AM   #6
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Boy those pictures bring back memories, gutted mine 2 years ago! As for the door, I made one by cutting down an interior door from a house (plywood type not the particle board ones) . I then laminated white formica to both sides. Then added the original aluminum edging. I used a new door latch and sold my old one(the bargman L400 are worth about $150 if they are in good shape). The problem with the door is the cheap window used in them. It allows the water to get into the inside of the door and rots all the wood in the bottom half.

BTW I have a 76 Ventura
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:49 AM   #7
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BTW if you need replacement insulation, I used fiberglass ceiling panels. It was a pain finding 3/4" insulation.

my trailer rebuild is here
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:48 PM   #8
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Carter and Sue - did you get away to Craven to show off your trailer?
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:09 PM   #9
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HeeHaw we made it to Craven and had a great time. The camper is not complete...but the rest is cosmetics. I'm so happy with it. Here are the pics.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:11 PM   #10
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We still have a door to remake (Thanks Dudley)...... all the edging....some odd and ends on cabinets, the closet, lights and floor. We also broke the front window so we will have to have some glass work done.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:00 PM   #11
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Did you have any problems getting through the mud at Craven? Our friends had to leave their fifth wheel there for later pick up - it was totally stuck.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:13 PM   #12
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Our road was pretty dry by Monday and we didn't have any problems. We got lucky!
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:16 PM   #13
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We saw a Ventura in Nipawin about supper time. Was it you by any chance? We were in a red Element and just approaching the four way stop.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:36 PM   #14
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No, we are in Regina.
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