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Old 06-05-2013, 06:00 PM   #15
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I'm going out there now and work on it for a bit. I am going to try the glue gun. Sounds much easier.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:01 PM   #16
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If your asking me about the pic, it is on the left side of the door as you step in
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:09 PM   #17
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Not familiar with that.

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People sometimes caulk the ensolite (vinyl) seams with good results. Might work on your tears after you re-glue. The door handle looks like a Scamp handle, or at least pretty close and they sell those at the Scamp store.

You might want to take close up pictures of door handle and inside latch mechanism and see if others concure. If people think it is close or will work you can always measure and call Scamp or ask someone with a Scamp to provide their measurements and screw hole locations.

3M Stripe Off wheel is great for removing old decals, logo and stripes.
3M-7498 STRIPE WHEEL W/ARBOR - Amazon.com I did a complete stip of my scamp in around an hour.
Be prepared for the surface to be weathered different under those decals, you will have some "ghosts" to deal with before painting.




Fiberglass repair on a trailer there is this very informative thread from awhile ago.
You Can Repair Fiberglass

Congratulations on being the loving owners of a very unique trailer. Do post about the repairs and such that you do. Next Minit owner that shows up will be most appreciative.
I am not familiar with this Stripe Off wheel. I am not sure how this works.
Can you explain a bit?
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:29 PM   #18
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I am not familiar with this Stripe Off wheel. I am not sure how this works.
Can you explain a bit?
It's a rubber wheel with a shaft you put in a drill. Designed for removal of auto and boat stripes and decals.

Rubber is very much like those tan/light brown erasers but denser.

Tips
  • keep the drill speed fairly low, wheel comes with recommended speed on packaging
  • make sure the surface has been washed and rinsed, to avoid rubbing surface with dirt or grit that will scratch.
  • be gentle and keep moving.
  • on larger decals it sometimes helps to change direction from time to so that wheel rubs vertical for a bit than turn and run horizontal.
YouTube video of one being used to remove pin stripe from car.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:12 PM   #19
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Well, day is done with work on the Minit.
I have to say, and no offense to those of you that smoke. but, smoking is a disgusting, nasty habit and it leave gross layers of tar on the walls and ceiling.

I went through 4 buckets of water and half a bottle of Greased Lightning cleaning the walls and ceiling tonight.

But, we got it done and it is now drying. Tomorrow, we are going to do another wipe down and then work on some painting. Hubs has to cut some paneling to try to fit into the curving at the ends. That should be interesting as wood doesn't bend very well before it snaps but the wood that was there was ruined and had to be removed.
Water had gotten in and had for some time it looks like and it ruined it.

The previous owner was a nasty person and obviously didn't appreciate this awesome camper. It is sad.

So, we are trying to remove the damage done (and the nasty smells that he left behind). Clorox is helping with the smells.

I will post more photos of our progress. Keep in mind, this is a diamond in the rough.
We are shining it up though.

Oh! I forgot to mention, inside the camper is a butane light. It still had the original asbestos shield on it. However, the light itself was broken at some point and is gone.
So, we are going to remove it all together. I don't feel comfortable using that anyway.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:17 PM   #20
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A/C on a Minit?

What are the thoughts on this -

we are thinking that we would like to have an A/C in the camper.
would this be an easy task to install one on the roof?
I don't really like the idea of a window unit.
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:01 AM   #21
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How about one of those portable AC units, or a split unit? Personally we have never had AC in our campers, and probably only would have used one once in 25 years of fiberglass trailer camping, so I lean more toward the portable unit with a waterproof round bulkhead to place the hose through for those rare occasions AC would be needed. All the other times that the location wouldn't require AC, it could be left home.
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:47 AM   #22
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If you can believe it my Cloud was in much worse shape when I got it then yours is in now and it is wonderful now so keep your head up it will all be worth it in the end.

In regards to wanting a/c before you make any big purchases I have read hundreds of posts on the subject as I needed a/c as well before my big trip starting in two days and lots of people have said some of the eggs can't support the weight on the roof. Some can however it just depends on how it was built. Yours is the very first Minit I have seen (love the floor plan) but it looks to be one of those that fits into the won't support the weight category. I am no expert though I just wanted to pass on what I have read. I ended up going with the portable a/c and worked out a way to set it up nicely but since it hasn't been about 70 here yet I haven't been able to try it out so ill have to report back on performance after our trip.

I have very similar quilted vinyl like stuff on my walls as well and it was ripped in some places but looks brand new on others and I didn't want to get rid of it but had no idea how to fix it (don't judge me by this next part) so I bought white duct tape and took my time cutting even strips and fitting them over the damaged areas and honestly even though it seems like something out of the Redneck Chronicles it actually has worked really well and blends in really nice. Again just wanted to pass it on and maybe save you some money and frustrations. If I think of it on the next few days ill try and take some pictures and post them of my duct tape fix.

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I have seen vinyl repair kits at Wallmart, Home Depot, and Auto Zone, that come in a variety of colors, use a filler, a matching pattern overlay that you use a hot iron to melt this into an "invisible" repair. As for your corners, to replace your ruined wood pieces, you might try some plastic sheeting that you could shape with a heat gun or possibly a hair dryer. It could be painted after shaped. Good Luck on your projects.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:46 AM   #24
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....lots of people have said some of the eggs can't support the weight on the roof. Some can however it just depends on how it was built.
This is absolutely true. If the trailer wasn't built to hold the weight, at the least the roof will bow down and leaks happen. At the most, you'll end up with a giant skylight and a floor mounted A/C.

Window mount or closet mount A/C may be a better choice, or a power fan on the roof. It depends on your camping style and needs.

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. At the most, you'll end up with a giant skylight and a floor mounted A/C.



Love the way you put it,lol.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:11 AM   #26
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I've never seen one of these close up, but that seam cover around the middle of the trailer sure looks like readily available rub rail like they use on boats. Anybody that wants to replace their seam cover with nice, new shiny aluminum should stop in at a West Marine. That's where I got mine for my classic boat, and it wasn't very expensive. The great thing about West Marine for rub rail is that as long as they have it in a warehouse somewhere, you don't pay shipping. All these web sources, shipping is usually more than the rub rail!

Just a thought, hope it's not too much out of line!

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Theres a few threads that talk about ac in a fiberglass rv...i found that today
Dog House Air Conditioner
Woulbe agood setup to put on the tongue of the trailer...silent, provide heat and cold if needed..
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If your going with the dog house a/c why not do the mini split a/c?
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