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Old 04-26-2016, 11:18 AM   #15
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I'm thinking of picking up a cheap trailer as a "project," probably a 13 footer, and remodel/renovate it. My goal would be function, not restoration to original conditions. Is there an FAQ or some type of tutorial that explains the basics?

The "project" trailers that are in my price range typically have water tight shells but the interior requires near total rebuild. Can you rebuild everything by cutting/building from materials available at the local Home Depot? Or do most of the big pieces require that you buy an original part from eBay?

Also, if there are some cost estimates, that would be helpful. Approximately how should one budget to do a complete rebuild of a 13 foot trailer? (Assuming you do all the labor). I'm sure there will be a big range of numbers, but ... still it'd be nice to have some numbers.

Is There a Renovation Basics and/or FAQ?

Fix what is wrong and change what you don't like.

Below is a trailer which we called "Shelly" since it had no interior except the benches and rear upper cupboard at the time of purchase. Everything was done with locally sourced materials for less than $1000.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:23 AM   #16
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:34 AM   #17
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Remember that most fiberglass interior furnishings are structural. Things like closets, benches, etc. help give structural support to the main body of the trailer...
This is great to know.

So it seems to me that the "interior furnishings" -- at least the frames of them -- are not things people replace often. Just leave them as-is, and replace the cosmetic stuff, like cushions, curtains, drawers, etc.

I think I can handle that. I probably can't handle creating interior structural pieces that match the original in shape/size.

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