Finally Starting The Rebuild !! - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-20-2008, 05:41 PM   #1
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Almost two years ago, I saw this beauty in a yard near my house. Knocked on the door,
asked about it, and was told..."It's yours".

It had been sitting there for about fifteen years and being used as a storage shed.
They didn't want it and I did....worked out perfectly.

I immediately stripped most of the interior. Wet, moldy, wall covering falling down. Took
it all out. There were no rear benches and the table was long gone. Front bunk.....
same...gone. The "kitchen" unit was still there and so was the closet. That's about all I saved.

Anyway, after two more years of sitting in my back yard, I finally pulled it out last week.
I put some 8 inch wheels so it'd fit in my garage. Drilled out all the rivets, pulled out the rotted rear
floor, went to the fiberglass supply place, and here I go.

I'll keep this thread up to date with picture as I go.

Wish me luck.

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Old 03-20-2008, 05:49 PM   #2
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WOW! And I when I got mine I called it a 'rolling shell' !! I am very glad to hear you are getting to your reno now after two years. It makes me feel much better about having taken about 18 months to get into mine!!

I'll be very interested to see how it goes.

Good luck!
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Old 03-20-2008, 05:51 PM   #3
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A complete rebuild. Ah, I remember it well... It took me almost a year to get my Compact Jr. ready for camping after I embarked on the adventure.

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Old 03-20-2008, 07:20 PM   #4
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I kinda like the brick pattern on the floor.. go with it...
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:20 PM   #5
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Looks like you have your work cut out for you. Good Luck and God Speed to you!

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Old 03-20-2008, 10:39 PM   #6
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Hey Brian, it looks like I am Just one step ahead of you in our rebuild. Maybe we could share ideas and photos of our progress. here are some pictures of what I've done so far.
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Old 03-21-2008, 07:17 AM   #7
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Take heart, Brian. I don't see a long project; I see a rare opportunity to make the trailer just the way you want it; to have a trailer that doesn't always need one more thing, and to know exactly that everything is done correctly. With gas prices skyrocketing, the demand for this type of trailer is increasing, as you can see by the prices that tastefully renovated Bolers are bringing. Take your time and enjoy the fun. The only problem I see is stopping after just one trailer....
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:01 AM   #8
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Looks like a ton-o-fun there Brian (well - half a ton anyway)!

I'll admit though - the "repair" end of thing always interested me a whole lot less than the "reconstruction" end. I think it's a matter of spending a whole lot of time on something that - if done right - you'll never end up really seeing.

Oh well - What are your plans for the interior? Are you going to pretty much recreate the original floorplan or do you have something different in mind?
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:31 AM   #9
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I'm pretty much going to follow the original floorplan, though I hope to build new cabinets myself. Most of the original pieces are long gone, and the parts that I have are very rough.
As of now, I'm planning on finishing the interior with a spray on bedliner such as Rhino Liner or Line-x.
The side windows are going to be rounded corner sliders which I've ordered from Scamp. Another thing I really want to do is set the rear light "cups" flush with the body. I just dont like them riveted on top of the body. My goal over the next few months is to get the fiberglass work completed, finish the interior walls, paint the exterior and get the windows back in. If there is still some surplus cash on hand, I'll begin the cabinetry.


Thanks for all the well wishes. As I said, I'll keep everyone up to date with pictures as the project progresses.

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Oh! I'm going to like this topic.
We can learn so much from you guys and your total rebuild. Keep the pictures comming.
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I'm pretty much going to follow the original floorplan, though I hope to build new cabinets myself. Most of the original pieces are long gone, and the parts that I have are very rough.
As of now, I'm planning on finishing the interior with a spray on bedliner such as Rhino Liner or Line-x.
The side windows are going to be rounded corner sliders which I've ordered from Scamp. Another thing I really want to do is set the rear light "cups" flush with the body. I just dont like them riveted on top of the body. My goal over the next few months is to get the fiberglass work completed, finish the interior walls, paint the exterior and get the windows back in. If there is still some surplus cash on hand, I'll begin the cabinetry.


Thanks for all the well wishes. As I said, I'll keep everyone up to date with pictures as the project progresses.

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Hi: Brian... Just wondering if you could drill off the light cups and move them to the inside and re rivet and fill around them with body filla or glass them in so they look stock but customized at the same time. Regards Alf
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Hi: Brian... Just wondering if you could drill off the light cups and move them to the inside and re rivet and fill around them with body filla or glass them in so they look stock but customized at the same time. Regards Alf
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"French" them, you mean?
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:13 PM   #13
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The new floor is in !! Next up, the piece that was under the kitchen.....then I should be all "solid" again.

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Old 03-26-2008, 05:57 PM   #14
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Hey Brian, What is that indentation along the kitchen side fender?
mine doesn't have that.
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