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Old 10-08-2013, 12:59 AM   #15
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If you have a small piece of it, take it to a local window or weatherstripping shop and they might be able to match it with something they have. I had trouble trying to find the exact size I needed and ended up only replacing the outside rubber strip and kept the inside one because I couldn't find a match for it. I went to North End Weatherstripping in Winnipeg, they were great and gave me a few small sample pieces for me to see which one was the best fit.
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:08 AM   #16
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Here are some pics on my progress. I have installed my 3 new side windows, new roof vent/fan and have the main roof supports in place. I am currently painting the front and back window frames black to match my new windows and they should be installed in the next day or 2.
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:08 PM   #17
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Roof trusses

Hi. Love the way you did your roof trusses. We would like to do ours this way. Would you happen to have the dimensions or a template of some sort?
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:50 AM   #18
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I was able to save a couple of boards during demo to use as a template. I will see what I can do to get you a template. I decided to go with cedar for the roof supports because of the weight. I actually got the idea after reading what another beachcomber owner did. There are a few others on here that have done a similar complete restoration, you should take a look at what they did also. They have been a big help for me.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:56 AM   #19
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And I did screw them down from the outside to help hold them in place and decided to keep them. The PO had done it so I was able to reuse most of the existing holes. I think it will really help with support. They are also glued in place with PL Premium. I will post more pictures soon.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:45 AM   #20
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Hi. Love the way you did your roof trusses. We would like to do ours this way. Would you happen to have the dimensions or a template of some sort?
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The roof supports are 6' long. The two in the center are mounted just on either side of the vent opening and are made from cedar 2x4 trimmed to 3-3/8" at the middle and gradually curved to the edge which is 3/4". This seems to fit the contour of my roof quite well. The next 2 supports on either side of the middle ones are basically the same, center is trimmed to 2" and gradually curved to the edge at 3/4". The supports at the very front and back are just a 3/4" thick board 6' long. I actually used a 2.5" wide strip of 3/4" plywood because I already had a bunch of it pre-cut to use for the walls. All 6 are glued with PL Premuim and also screwed from the outside for extra support. Then every screw was sealed with proflex rv on the outside. I wasn't sure about sure about having the screws showing on the roof but it won't be very noticable when it is back on the frame and painted. The next step is to install cross supports to place between the main supports.

I hope this helps.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:27 AM   #21
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The frame is back from modifications and it turned out great. I added an extra support for the front corners of the shell to prevent sagging. I also added a hitch for attaching a bike rack or some other type of accessory. I was gonna change the coupler but instead we welded a small tab under the latch so it can be locked in the closed position.
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:51 PM   #22
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My '74 Beachcomber is sitting in the driveway, waiting on me. My husband would rather sell it but I want to fix her up nice. We picked out a Jeep Patriot as the tow vehicle.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:04 PM   #23
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Got more snow last night. Lol. Too cold to do anything this weekend. And I still have some ice that needs to melt on the inside, I guess that ain't gonna happen anytime soon.
Hi I just recently purchased a 1974 B-15 Low-liner camper in PEI. Do you know where I might find a repair manual for this model.Thanks Robert
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:07 PM   #24
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The water and mold, I remember it well.

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Ok, so here is the start of my project to "fix up" my Beachcomber. Beachcomber newbie
It had some water damage from the roof vent leaking. It turns out that it had a lot of water damage and a lot of mold and rotten wood in the walls and everywhere else. I was originally planning on just repairing it and doing the minimal amount needed to make it nice again but the combination of me wanting to do it right and also make some layout changes prompted the complete reno. I am hoping to have done in time to take it out this summer.

Here are some pics of the inside before and after I gutted most of the interior. I am still unsure how to proceed with the fridge though. I have to wait until more snow melts so I can access the outside hatch for it. It still works so I will likely keep it but I also want it installed so it can be easily removed or replaced if it decides to give up the ghost.

I couldn't believe how much water was still saturated in the wood especially in the ceiling. I'm surprised the roof didn't collapse with all the extra weight and rotten supports. I already have a preliminary layout of the floorplan and am getting more ideas everytime I come to this website. Too bad they all can't be incorporated into the little guy.
You're doing a great job there, take it from me when you're done and take it out for its first camping trip you'll have a smile from ear to ear.
I did the bigger Queen Size bed as well with 6" of high density foam and another 4" of Mermory foam on top of that, it sleeps as good as my Temparpedic mattress at home. The only thing I would still change is the hitch those original ones tend to pop of when you hit a bump, it doesn't take a whole lot to change it and the new one can be locked.



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Hi I just recently purchased a 1974 B-15 Low-liner camper in PEI. Do you know where I might find a repair manual for this model.Thanks Robert
I have not seen a repair manual while I have been searching for info on the camper. If you find one, please let us know, I'm sure there would be others that would be interested in a look at it also.
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You're doing a great job there, take it from me when you're done and take it out for its first camping trip you'll have a smile from ear to ear.
I did the bigger Queen Size bed as well with 6" of high density foam and another 4" of Mermory foam on top of that, it sleeps as good as my Temparpedic mattress at home. The only thing I would still change is the hitch those original ones tend to pop of when you hit a bump, it doesn't take a whole lot to change it and the new one can be locked.



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I was also concerned about the design of the hitch and planned on upgrading it to the modern style but instead I had a small tab welded under the latch. Then a hole was drilled through both the latch and tab and I can now put a pin or a lock through it to keep it secured. I think I previously posted a picture showing the tab.

As for my bed, I have been trying to find the right type of foam to use at a reasonable price. My plan is to have the bed also useable as a table if needed so I need something I can cut into pieces that can use for the seats for the table. It needs to be comfy for a bed but also decent as a seat although it will likely stay as a bed most of the time.
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:34 PM   #27
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Hi. Do you know where I can get the outside, rubber wedge moulding that holds the plexy glass front and rear window in place?
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Ideally, if you have a sample of the rubber moulding, take it to a weatherstripping shop and they should be able to match it to something they have in stock or at least come fairly close. I took a piece of mine with me and they gave me a few different small samples to try for free. One of them was almost perfect so I went back and bought enough to do the front and back window.
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Hedliner replacement

I have recently purchased a 1974 Beachcomber B-15 Lo-liner camper in PEI last fall.I reside in Calgary AB Canada.I will be returning in mid July for a month.I have to replace the hedliner in this trailer and would like to get any advice on how to do so.I know I have to replace ceiling strapping but I don't want to screw into the ceiling.One way I thought about was to use 3/4 in x 2 fir plywood strapping and adhere it with PL Premium adhesive masking it in place till it sets.Then I would be able to anchor the new hedliner to the plywood strapping with screws and either metal or plastic washers.What are your thoughts on this.Also was wondering if there are any available manual's for this particular camper.Would appreciate any response to this issue.Thank's Robert
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