More Surfside upgrades - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-27-2003, 08:07 PM   #1
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More Surfside upgrades

I sandblasted the frame undercoated it added 4" lift to the axle. Then I fiberglassed the fridge vents over and put a hatch in where the old furnace vents used to be. I am putting in a boat furnace (Force 10 Cozy Cabin)
This old trailer was in pretty good shape, but the biggest problems that I have encountered is where the previous owners used crappy steel screws to mount different items. All the new fittings are good chrome or stainless. If I do this right they could probably bury me in it, (saves money on a casket):sad
i am still not sure how I am going to line it but I'll come up with something. (Janafer and Thomas I will send you some good pieces of liner)

Take care I will send more pics as things progress.

Tony<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e83ae359c9c8trlr18a.jpg/> <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e83ae424026dtrlr19.jpg/>
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Old 03-27-2003, 08:36 PM   #2
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Weight

Can you estimate the weight of the empty fiberglass shell?

Can you explain the procedure used to separate the fiberglass shell from the frame?

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Hi Dan

The shell without anything in it heater, stove, fridge, etc., only weighed in at 400-450 lbs.
Removing the "egg" from the trailer was fairly easy except the damn bolts were 3/8" steel and had rusted solid, so I used an impact driver and snapped them off. There was only 5 bolts holding the whole unit on the frame. I replaced them with 3.8" stainless steel with large stainless washers and nyloc nuts so they wont loosen off.
i am sure every type off trailer will have a slightly different method or bolt pattern etc., but I am sure they are all fairly simple once investigated.
When I lowered the "egg" back on the frame it lined up quite close and I used a "spud" wrench tip to adjust the bolt holes. It was alot easier than I thought it was going to be. I used a 10 ton overhead crane which may have been a "little" overkill but the price was right...;)

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Old 03-28-2003, 06:29 AM   #4
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Paint or gel coat

Tony,

Thanks for the pictures and update. You are doing some great work there.

Are you going to paint it or put new gel coat on it?

Jana, are you taking notes? ;)
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taking notes?? for sure!! I want to do this so bad. maybe next year. Ha!! right!! I was looking under mine, and she could use a paint job under there. on the axle. I hate to think what else I would find. (shiver).
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