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Old 01-03-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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78 Surfside Re-build

hello everyone! ive been stalking the site for a while now looking at purchasing a boler as a project and as luck would have it christmas morning a not too shiney but solid 1978 triple e surfside sitting in my driveway! so i figured it was time to sign up! it needs some tlc but overall its in good shape minus a fridge (if anyone is looking to sell one that would be cool!). i will be posting up pics as i start ripping it apart for a rebuild, way to many ideas in my head , also have to work on a tow rig as it may be pushing it hooking onto my Focus in the mountains (altho it would look good cause there both yellow!)

many good threads and ideas on here for repairs and upgrades, thanks for the insight!
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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Congratulations! Do post pic's of your re-hab. They are always great for future members for inspiration. And the rest of us, enjoy seeing your progress. Summer's not far away, so don't get to, into ripping it apart. You wanna camp a little...... Again, Congrats!
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:43 PM   #3
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...... minus a fridge (if anyone is looking to sell one that would be cool!)..........!

Welcome. We look forward to following your progress. Post lots of pictures!

This may help you in finding a fridge:

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Welcome, and I hear you about the Focus. That's what I owned when I bought my UHaul camper! I now tow with a Ford Escape. The focus was only rated for towing 1000lbs. Keep us in the loop as you refubish!
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to FiberglassRV... we're glad you're here

If you got a trailer on Christmas morning, it sounds like Santa knew you were good last year

Just IMHO a suggestion. You can read and devour all kinds of ideas, but it's all about you and your needs. I'd suggest NOT tearing into the trailer, but consider using it for a couple of trips. You'd be surprised at the things that may not need to be done and other items that will. But, you won't know that until you use it. Other's needs and wants are truly not your needs and wants. It does need to be safe to go down the road and clean, because your dirt is cleaner than their dirt.
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If you got a trailer on Christmas morning, it sounds like Santa knew you were good last year

Just IMHO a suggestion. You can read and devour all kinds of ideas, but it's all about you and your needs. I'd suggest NOT tearing into the trailer, but consider using it for a couple of trips. You'd be surprised at the things that may not need to be done and other items that will. But, you won't know that until you use it. Other's needs and wants are truly not your needs and wants. It does need to be safe to go down the road and clean, because your dirt is cleaner than their dirt.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:07 PM   #7
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thanks for the tips, a big cleaning is for sure the first on the list, then tires and the fridge and just go from there, i do hope to use it this summer so i cant go to crazy but i would like to check the frame and make sure its not going to fall in half
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:57 PM   #8
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Hey!

Another Surfside!

Cool...

There's another new member here with a Surfside who's looking for pics of the door hinges- are yours the original, and if so can you post some pics?

Thanks...

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hi and welcome

our surfside has been a great trailer so far ( lots of work though)

you may want to upgrade the tug a lttle though

we pull with a 3.0 litre ranger and some of the hills slow us down quite a bit

i cant imagine the coquillhalla with a focus......lol
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heres a few quick pics and one of my door hinges, they look pretty stock?
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Hey- thanks, Jeremy

They sure look stock to me!

I'll bet those are refrigeration hinges of some kind. Lots of mfr's used that type of thing for fg trailer doors...different styles, of course. It would be worthwhile looking at some of those places. I'd bet that there's a maker name or at least a model number on the backside of the hinge.

Here's a close-but-no-cigar hinge from McMaster-Carr (note the "swoop" to the door surface):


One thing per replacement, though:
That type of hinge often comes in different offsets, so one would have to know what the right one is. I know Trillium door hinges are very specific in that department, and since the Surfside is so much a product of that design I think it likely that the door in this case would have such an offset, too.

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i may just put in new pins and screws as the hinge itself is solid but the holes in the glass wore out. does anyone know if there scewed into wood behind that fiberglass or just into one layer of the glass? the raised section looks like it would be reinforced?
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If those are woodscrews and not nutted bolts:
They wouldn't hold for any length of time in the skin- there should be reinforcing, probably wood, under the glass on the door itself. It's likely to be a little rotten under there...if so:
My advice is to clean out, enlarge a bit, fill with epoxy or hardwood doweling and redrill for new screws.

On the trailer body the hinges might be attached with throughbolts....if so it would show on the inside.

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My Surfside had wood inside the door. I had new hinges put on mine to try and correct some of the sagging of the door.
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