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Old 11-28-2017, 08:51 AM   #29
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I was looking for a canned ham project when I ran into this fiberglass job on a local Craigslisting. We have some friends who bought a 16 ft scamp last year. Other than that, I had little to no knowledge of fiberglass trailers. Knowing what I know now, I am sold on them.
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:32 AM   #30
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Just as a suggestion, I would get it "towable" and take it and have it weighed! THAT will give you an idea of how to proceed. You may be surprised to see that even stripped, that camper may come out close to the limit of the Subaru's Tow Capacity. Which brings on another question, what IS the actual tow capacity of your vehicle???

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I was looking for a canned ham project when I ran into this fiberglass job on a local Craigslisting. We have some friends who bought a 16 ft scamp last year. Other than that, I had little to no knowledge of fiberglass trailers. Knowing what I know now, I am sold on them.
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Old 11-28-2017, 11:30 AM   #31
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The 2010 Subaru Forester tow capacity is 2,400 lbs. Do plan to put the trailer on a scale to see how the weight sums up. Also need to weigh it loaded as it would realistically be on the road.
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Old 11-28-2017, 12:27 PM   #32
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I have my hinges off still, but they are different, and looking at the pics, I think you are right that they are reversed. PO may have removed them when working on the floor, and then, deciding to sell, didn't worry much about if they were right. My hinges also have a lot of play in them, so I'm going to work on that, taking the pin out and putting a little larger one in, and some washers to take up the wear between. The axle of the 16 during those years was 2000lbs, so if you don't have a lot of water on board, you will likely be fine on weight.
Also, if you want a bathroom, you can still get parts that will fit, either scamp or casista will have something that will work. Also, there are people who are taking the bathrooms out, and will sell the parts for others to use. You likely can make something, there are a couple of threads with tubs and shower curtains, and contained toilets, so there are a lot of options without trading up. Although, fixing, selling, and getting another project is also a possibility.
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Old 11-28-2017, 12:44 PM   #33
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Thanks for getting back Eric. I took the door off this morning and found that these hinges cannot be reversed due to the pronounced angle of trailer side of the hinge which is required to account for the curvature of the body. The bottom hinge angles outward at the top. The top hinge angles inward on the topside. Reversing them would make the door half of the hinge angle wildly out of kilter. One thing I did find is that my door actually has more curvature the side of the body. This no doubt is due to the fact that I have over jacked the roof which causes the sides to flatten. This effect is the top and bottom of the door to hit home before the center section. I am headed out to shorten my temporary posts by small increments until I have the curve of the sides of the trailer matching that of the doors. I will coin this problem flexible geometry!

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Old 11-28-2017, 01:55 PM   #34
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One thing I did find is that my door actually has more curvature the side of the body. This no doubt is due to the fact that I have over jacked the roof which causes the sides to flatten. This effect is the top and bottom of the door to hit home before the center section. I am headed out to shorten my temporary posts by small increments until I have the curve of the sides of the trailer matching that of the doors. I will coin this problem flexible geometry!

Mike

Mike, just guessing but possibly the door also took the body movement and reset. You've got the shell raised up but the door isn't under any pressure to change the curve back. You may have to work on that with a jig once the shell is fully attached. I don't think you should do anything to the hinges yet.
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Old 11-28-2017, 02:35 PM   #35
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Sounds like a great plan Mike! Can't believe you found a (basically) free camper. That is so cool. You'll have that thing all straightened out and strong once you get the floor in and some cabinetry. We'll be pulling our little egg with a Subaru too. Seems a lot of people here have those as tow vehicles so I am optimistic. Post some pictures of your progress if you get the chance - its motivating to see these things taking shape. Leave the door for last, then make it conform to the final shape of the body. I just saw EricAllyn do that. Here is a link to his thread with the door stuff at around #104 or so: Rebuild of 1988 Casita 16

Edit - now I see EricAllyn's posts all over in here before mine! lol. Well there you go, he's been there!! I think I just saw the first page and didn't realize you are already three-deep on your thread here. Have fun!
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Old 11-28-2017, 02:55 PM   #36
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Bingo!

Thanks for the encouragement guys. I appreciate you all for being my sounding board. I figure out a lot of stuff sitting down and writing these posts.

I believe I have hit paydirt. I went out and cut i/2 in. off of my jacking posts. Now the door is fitting pretty nice. Here are the pics.







The door is actually pretty close to the body. Perhaps a little bit of bend at the very bottom will be needed but as suggested, that will come last. I can now close the door, which is what I wanted in the immediate term given the rainy weather we are having here in NW Cali.

Next up, I have to pull the ceiling vent out and redo her with some new putty tape unless you guys have a better suggestion. I think she will be pretty water proof after that.

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Old 11-28-2017, 03:00 PM   #37
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Fantastic! You must have been grinning from ear to ear when you stepped back to eyeball that door. Wow
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Old 11-28-2017, 03:04 PM   #38
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Wow! Based on your description and the pictures of the interior, I wasn't expecting the exterior to look so nice!

You certainly got a bargain there!
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Old 11-28-2017, 03:24 PM   #39
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Sounds like a great plan Mike! Can't believe you found a (basically) free camper. That is so cool.
Ya I am jazzed at finding this. I was looking at a pretty cool 13 ft. canned ham that was what I would consider a total rebuild. She had a manzanita bush growing up through her rotted floors and out a side window But that is another story..........

I had insomnia one night about two weeks ago so got up about 2:00am and went on Craigslist to kill some time. I spied this trailer on a local listing not too far from home. I immediately sent a reply to the ad expecting that it would be long gone by the morning. I got a reply back the next day saying that they had 80 inquiries about the ad ahead of me and they already had a buyer who would know how to restore her. I replied too bad because I was local and I too had those skills. She said she'd call me if the sale fell through. I had moved on figuring the trailer was gone when a couple of days later the lady called. She said the original buyer backed out because he thought it was too much. Apparently he was spooked by the leaning fender boxes. I said I would be there in an hour and a half. I paid her the $300 bucks that day. You know the rest of the story.

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Old 11-28-2017, 03:32 PM   #40
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Yeah, that's pretty much par for the course on these fiberglass trailers. I saw the Boler I bought on E-Bay, called the guy and arranged to see it that Saturday. I went without any cash because the owner implied that he wanted to finish the auction out. I got there, looked at it and the PO said give me money now and it's yours. I immediately hopped into the car and tried to drive to the nearest ATM to make a deposit! It took 20 minutes since the GPS sent me to the street name I wanted for the ATM, in the next town over! But I found the ATM, got the money, put the deposit down and got a signed piece of paper stating I put a deposit and was returning the next weekend with the balance signed by the PO.
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Old 11-28-2017, 03:38 PM   #41
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Wow! Based on your description and the pictures of the interior, I wasn't expecting the exterior to look so nice!

You certainly got a bargain there!
When I get her washed and put a coat of wax on, she will be pretty presentable.
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Old 11-28-2017, 04:30 PM   #42
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The interior isn't too shabby either. There is no mildew in the carpet. You can see some water stain in the OSB in the very back. No doubt due to that AC unit in the back window which will be removed and replaced by glass or lexan. I currently have the roof, including the AC, tarped.

The seat & bed cushions are being stored outside the trailer right now. They are in great shape too.

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