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Old 05-21-2015, 09:50 PM   #15
Name: Marijke
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Keeping it original would not be hard, gently sand and varnish your woodwork, re-upholster the cushions and hang new curtains. Store the old ones, if you ever wanted to sell it, and someone is looking for original, you've got it already.
Really you should follow your heart and taste.
Good luck deciding, and happy traveling!

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Old 05-22-2015, 12:39 AM   #16
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I think Ian said it best. I understand the thinking of keeping it stock but make it the way you need and want it. IF somebody wants to put one in a museum it can always be restored to original no matter what was done to it. Personally I would rather work with what was better for me than deal with what didn't. We are such a small spot in the RV industry/history that none of our molded trailers will being BIG bucks for being totally stock IMHO and tossing in my two cents.

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Old 05-22-2015, 08:45 AM   #17
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make it your own! But go slow, so grateful for this site which prevented us from making mistakes. Use it as is for a while. When you do you may find that the sink is too small, that there are areas of totally wasted space for the way YOU use it and there are no great ways to really cook the way YOU want to. (OK, that is what WE found out for US!) We loved ours at first, but so excited about putting in that IKEA sink this week, and the way the old couch area will be our new kitchen....When you wake up in the morning in your egg you will start to figure out what is not working for you.
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:54 AM   #18
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I saw this written on a Jeep forum.

"It's not your Jeep until you drill the first hole"

I'm not shy about drilling well thought out hole in my Casita.
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:26 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Meghan View Post
I think ours is the only 100% original one left.
We feel we have a responsibility. ...What is everyone's thoughts on this?
I think it ain't no 1935 Bugatti. Feel no guilt in doing whatever it takes to make it functional & fun for the two of you.

My $0.02

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Old 05-23-2015, 12:27 PM   #20
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I was in the same boat. Modify or keep original. Although vintage is cool, it didn't work for me. The bed was too small, I haven't slept on anything smaller than a queen size. So that's what I wanted. Evrything didn't work so I was gonna have to replace it all. Not happening. I'll never cook inside a little trailer in the middle of the summer. Too hot. I say go with your gut feeling.
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Old 05-23-2015, 02:14 PM   #21
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I'm with the make it your own group with one thought. Is there a trailer you would rather have? Would the unique condition of your present trailer bring enough from a collector to get you close to the trailer of your dreams? If there is a chance, put it on the market and see what happens. If it doesn't sell at the price you set, make it your own. No guilt. They had their chance. Raz
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Old 05-27-2015, 03:57 AM   #22
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I own an '84 model and understand your "painful" decision. We made some modest changes but took great care to store all the original equipment. If you have the space for storage, maybe that would be a good option for you. We decided the need to make every small space useful outweighed the urge to worry about resale value. When we did, camping became so much more enjoyable.
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Old 05-27-2015, 05:49 AM   #23
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Keeping it original can work just fine, but my feeling is... making it your own will certainly bring out it's 'personality' which, in the end, is really an extension of yours---
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:02 AM   #24
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Trailers should reflect the personality and tastes of their owners. Ian's stunning 74 Boler is a prime example. So much nicer than the original. If you're happy with it as is, then go camping. If you find you only want to tweak around the edges, do that. If you want a one of a kind (you already are very close to that), then a full blown modernization may be suitable. These eggs aren't holy relics. Do what feels right to you.
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:59 AM   #25
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I've modified a number of units over the years, and my philosophy has been; our children are grown, there is just the two of us, units tend to be designed for 4 1/2 people, if I mod for 2 people I get more room bigger bed etc. We have never had any difficulty selling and usually the buyer was a couple.

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Old 05-27-2015, 10:01 PM   #26
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Well if your going to feel guilty you can sell your trailer and maybe get a $1000 premium. And then get a lesser condition trailer you feel no pain modifying and spend $1000 less and spend $2000 in repairs and another $2000 in customization to make you feel better. I have no qualms cutting anything I own. I can't take it with me when I am gone. Its mine while I am here and I don't worry about stuff for when I am gone. Its just stuff.
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Old 05-27-2015, 11:26 PM   #27
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Original in the trailer world is not in the same class as cars, motorcycles, when you decide to put money into it I think it would be best to go modern & practical which is what most value.
Restoration to original in my mind would be a waste of money.
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Old 05-28-2015, 12:26 PM   #28
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There are many good reasons owners take an original trailer, and modify make it more useful and comfortable for their needs!

And, their needs are most likely the needs of future would-be buyers.

Frankly, I sincerely doubt if there are many people who will place any extra value to a "original" trailer that was in a normal used condition. Most people would take a 3-way refreg over the original ice-box, etc.

However, if the trailer had never been used, and was in pristine condition inside and out..(read new) will have more value to a collector, or the trailer manufacture if they are still in business.

The only real test is to place a very high price on the trailer, and see if anyone is interested.

If a person will pay two or three times the normal market value for the trailer, you will know the trailer is in the hands of someone who will take good care of it!


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