1978 Surfside Build - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-13-2016, 01:35 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I am new to the forum. I have been reading many different threads and have learned a lot so far. I thought I would contribute and post my project.

About a month ago I picked up a Triple E Surfside. I had been searching for a while and given up on finding a fiberglass camper for a price I could afford, when I stumbled upon this one. Surprisingly I was able to get it for a great price, even after the guy told me ten people wanted to look at it the next day. But I was the lucky one that pulled it away.

As for condition, it was actually in decent shape. It needed new tires (one of them was probably 20 years old and the other was an all season car tire), and there is a small crack in the fiberglass that I have to repair yet, it doesn't leak but I'd still like to fix it. The top vent cover was shot but that was an easy fix. The guy I bought it from said he didn't know if the fridge worked (I assumed that meant it didn't) But the plan was to give it an overhaul and make it our own. I hope to post my progress as it comes along. Hopefully the pictures I attached will show up
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Old 09-13-2016, 01:51 PM   #2
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One month later and I have accomplished the following:

- new tires
- painted the cabinets
- got rid of the old table and counter top and made my own
- new flooring
- repainted the hitch and bumper
- got the fridge and stove working
- propane was leaking badly, replaced the necessary parts and got it working

I still have to find a replacement for the seam tape for the ensolite however. I purchased a vinyl molding the other day that is relatively the same colour, I might try that, or I might return it. I haven't decided yet. I have sent the cushions away to be reupholstered, waiting on those to help complete the look.

I am currently working on plumbing (plumbing is almost an exaggeration in a surfside with only a city cold water line and a rocket pump that may or may not even work). Once I finished my new countertop after many hours of sanding and clear coating, I went to install it. I guess I was too excited to see it installed, so I forgot to think. I immediately put a screw that was too long up through the top of the counter This will be fixed at a late date I have decided haha The old counter was extremely unlevel so after I leveled it out with a one inch wedge, the sink faucet no longer reaches the existing water line. Instead of monkeying around with it, I am going to replace the whole thing. New city water inlet (it currently leaks) and braided hose. In store the water inlet was $44, compared to $22 online, so I will be patient and wait for it to come in the mail I was hoping to get a new faucet too, but can't find anywhere that has a lot of selection. Any suggestions? It is just a single line faucet.
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Old 09-13-2016, 01:52 PM   #3
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Looks like it's in great shape! Is that a '78 or '79?

We picked up a '77 in Winnipeg for a great price last fall. I started removing things and ended up gutting it (forgot to stop). Got it mostly reno'd and back together before towing to California and back this July. By time we hit Arizona, there were no regrets over upsizing the refrigerator or putting in A/C!
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Looks like it's in great shape! Is that a '78 or '79?

We picked up a '77 in Winnipeg for a great price last fall. I started removing things and ended up gutting it (forgot to stop). Got it mostly reno'd and back together before towing to California and back this July. By time we hit Arizona, there were no regrets over upsizing the refrigerator or putting in A/C!
It is a '78 I believe. I think it was manufactured in late '77. Yeah it is hard to know where to stop. Since my cabinets were in great shape I thought I'd leave them in and just refinish them. I would imagine A/C in Arizona would surely help! I have no plans for A/C at the moment, but we'll see... My wife and I are planning on having it ready for spring/summer of next year. We are planning on going to Banff along with some other national parks (may as well take advantage of the free admission for Canada's 150th birthday)
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I was hoping to get a new faucet too, but can't find anywhere that has a lot of selection. Any suggestions? It is just a single line faucet.
Just do a search for "bar faucet cold water only". You will find some affordable ones on Ebay.
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:20 PM   #6
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Got the cushions back from the upholsterer, and finished a few other things. I also did the ZEP floor polish and was amazed at the difference it made. Everyone that walks by it on my street can't believe how shiny I made it. Next is cabinet knobs and curtains.
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