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Old 09-05-2014, 04:35 PM   #15
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My plan was to finish the trailer for my sabbatical (Feb-Mar, 2014). I did not finish, but I did take it as far as I got. It was great to use it, and get a sense for how it would best work for us.
I learned the sink was not necessary.
I learned that I needed to buy a better mattress (fortunately I had taken an air mattress along which fit and was comfortable).
I learned that this trailer really catches the wind.
I learned that I really shouldn't drive faster than 100km/hr, it's too hard on the transmission.
I learned that I need to add a transmission cooler.
Finally, I learned how much I love this little trailer.
The last picture shows how I drove back through a terrible snow storm. From Detroit to Ajax (407km) I slugged through heavy, slushy snow. The scary thing was that I did not have snow tires, and I was afraid that when traffic slowed/stopped on an upward grade, I wouldn't be able to make it up. I stayed in the side lanes and used the rumble strips for traction. It was quite the scary adventure.
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Old 09-05-2014, 05:35 PM   #16
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This trailer has a 4' x 4' pop up, which makes it possible for me to stand upright. The trailer ceiling is 62", and the popup increases that to 72". The original design had orange canvas covers on the front and back, and screen on the sides. My thought was to install screen all around, but by the time I got to it, it was winter and cold, and adhesive would not hold. I decided to cut some screen frames from wood (the only medium I really know how to work with), and attach screens to them. It worked great. I added plastic covers that can be rolled up or drawn down, in case of rain. The open screens provide great ventilation too. I've decided to keep these screen inserts for now.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:36 PM   #17
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I've finished off the interior. I went with the Cadet colour scheme, white, blue and red. My brother helped with the curtains, with his industrial sewing machine. He put black liner on the inside, so that it is totally dark inside when closed.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:45 PM   #18
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This is how the bed works. At first I had the bed bunk open to the side, but they're impossible to open when the bed is made. Now the bunk opens from front to back, so that we can easily access the storage space. I thought that we would take down the bed every day while camping, but it is easier to keep the full bed open the whole time.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:55 PM   #19
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The 'Gracious Living' tower is designed to come out and be used as an outdoor kitchen centre - for the stove as well as shelving for pots, pans, etc. All the pieces for the extra shelving are stored in that space. The space under the counter also serves for a laundry hamper while the unit is out. I used the bracket from the original inside table, fastened it to the outside to support the shelf.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:08 PM   #20
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I built a narrow storage cabinet on the back bumper. Mostly to hold tent poles (for the tarp system), ropes, stakes, the stuff that gets dirty and we don't want to store in the trailer. I am working on a bike rack on the back bumper as well. Not sure how that will affect the balance and wobble affect, will have to make sure weight is more towards the front.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:14 PM   #21
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So here we are using the trailer. It does not have an awning (yet?), so I cut to of our tarps previously used over our other trailer, so that the pop up can fit through it. This allows for airflow. We enjoy large tarps when camping for more than one day, so that we have plenty of space for when it rains. Our bigger tarp was huge, we ended up making part of it into a wall.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:26 PM   #22
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So this is how far I've gotten. The great news is, my wife is happy!!! Comfortable bed, plenty of storage easy set up and take down. We are now planning on doing some travel camping, first heading up to PEI next summer!

Things to do still:
1) I've inherited a good aluminum awning, want to see if I can attach it.
2) New cushions, these are temporary, with bed sheets cut and safety pinned as covers for now.
3) Attach the bike rack.
4) Clean up the exterior. Ideally I would have done this first, but time pressure and finances did not allow it. It was good enough. Eventually I would love to get it painted.
5) Hook up battery and solar. Right now I can hook up an extension cord, but otherwise no power. The battery LED lights work fine for lighting, but power for charging devices, running clock, and other lesser electrical needs.
6) Oh yeah, add a small 19" television screen and speakers.
7) Keep perusing fiberglassrv.com for ideas and modifications.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:35 PM   #23
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One more thing. I decided not to cover the top interior, but to cover it with multiple coats of paint. The painted fiberglass looks great, and in my opinion needs no covering.

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Old 09-06-2014, 05:52 PM   #24
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Wow fantastic work of restoration.
These trailers seem to be rare. I just read that only 100 of them were imported from Poland. Only the fiberglass shells were imported. The final assembly on the trailer was done in Canada.
I'm interested to buy one that I saw on the classified. I did'nt go inspect it yet but they say that the interior has been completely redone. The seller told me that the refrigerator is only electric? Were there gas an electric brand new??
And was the heating system gas only or gas with an electric fan?
They ask $2500 for it.
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Old 09-06-2014, 06:45 PM   #25
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I don't believe they had a heating unit at all, or a fridge for that matter, mine only had an ice box in it before I restored it, now I just use a electric cooler


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Old 09-06-2014, 06:58 PM   #26
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Hi Norm, I have to be honest. When I saw the pictures on the first page, first post, I thought "how nice." Then I saw what you did and I can say WOW
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I don't believe they had a heating unit at all, or a fridge for that matter, mine only had an ice box in it before I restored it, now I just use a electric cooler


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Too bad...
Thank's for the infos
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