Beachcomber B15 Renovation - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-05-2013, 09:06 AM   #1
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Beachcomber B15 Renovation

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.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:14 AM   #2
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Here is my idea for the new floorplan with a queen size bed.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:36 AM   #3
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Is that kitchen all the way across the front?

Wow, you don't normally see it, but that is some technicolor fibreglass.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:25 AM   #4
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No its gonna be a small "L" shaped counter with a 48" bench seat to the door. And I was thinking about a portable toilet under the bench near the door.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:46 AM   #5
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A queen size bed! nice. That is a lot of bed for this trailer. I wanted to keep the closet, and that forced me to to stay with a smallish size bed. Its the one problem I have with my layout. It will make for some cozy sleeping. Its great to see another beachcomber thread, and I will be watching. Mine started as a quick reno also, until I saw the extent of the water damage. The soggy floor on mine ,I bet, doubled the weight of the thing.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:18 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:08 PM   #7
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I managed to move the camper to my driveway so I have a better place to work on it.

I wanted to have a closer look at the frame so I jacked it up and rolled the frame out today. All of the bolts attaching the shell to the frame were rusted and needed to be replaced anyway but the frame actually looks quite good.

I do have a question about the axle though. I'm not sure how high it is supposed to sit and it was too dark to take a good pic so I will take a few of the frame and axle tomorrow and post them. It seems to still have some spring left in it so I think it is ok.

I will also be looking for a couple of new tires for it because, although they are still holding air, they are quite worn and look like car tires and not trailer tires. And I have a few spots where I need to repair the FG where the shell contacts the frame. It will be my first time working with FG, anyone have any advice?
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:15 PM   #8
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Here a few pics of the frame
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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Does anyone know what the factory tire size for a Beachcomber is? I'm thinking about going with a 205/75/14 for mine. The next size down is 175/80/13 but i think that will be too small.
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tire size

they should be 14" but if you are doing a upgrade you can up size if you have room. Go see Paul at Caster land for new tires rims and axle if you need them.If you need a hand moving a axle I am local, and have done axle swaps before.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:42 AM   #11
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Frame is painted and wheel bearings are re-greased. Now to start repairs on the FG so the shell can be reattached to the frame.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:35 AM   #12
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Finally some progress worth reporting. I Received my new windows from Sun-View Industries and started gluing the window frame to the FG shell. I have cut the floor supports but still have to glue them to the base of the shell and drop the plywood floor in.

The frame is currently being modified slightly to provide more support for the front corners of the shell where I noticed it was sagging about 1 inch. I am also changing the propane tank and battery location and placing them side by side at the front of the camper and might allow for 2 batteries for the future. Pictures will be posted when I get the frame back.

I also purchased a new roof vent with a 3 speed fan which I will be installing in the next day or 2.

More pictures to come later this week.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:41 AM   #13
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I have seen a few Beachcombers with a metal brace at the door to hold the walls at the correct angle. Can anyone tell me the dimensions of it or the proper angle that the walls need to be at?
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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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