Our "cracked" egg reborn - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-23-2016, 09:04 AM   #1
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Our "cracked" egg reborn

I have a Bonair Oxygen 2002... or so I thought. After doing some restoration work on it I discovered that we have #15 written in pen under one of the front benches along with some other printed Bonair information.

I completed interior restorations late last year and noticed that the clear coat on the outside was peeling from the top of the trailer. This past winter the problem got much worse as water worked it's way under the clear coat. I took the trailer into a marine paint shop and asked for some advise. The guy I took it to has 30 years experience working with fiberglass boats doing repairs and painting. He asked if he could sand off the top layers to take a look at what is underneath. I said, "it can't get any worse." What we discovered was a layer of clear coat, a layer of paint, a layer of muddy yellow primer, and then the original gelcoat.



So, it turns out we have one of the original "repaired" Oxygens that suffered from the infamous delamination problem. Great! A 2001 model.

I was advised that all the clear coat, paint and primer should be sanded off to do a proper repair. I decided to take on this part of the job to cut costs.

After 90 hours of sanding all clear coat, paint and primer was removed and the original gelcoat was exposed. It was easy to see where the trailer had fiberglass replaced. It was a small 1 foot by 6 inch section right at the front nose of the trailer above the seam. Running my hand over the area, it was flatter than the rest of the curved trailer but not visibly noticeable.

The fiberglass has been thoroughly examined and everything is sound. The fiberglass guy said that possibly the paint was allowed to cure before the clear coat was applied. There was no chemical bond between layers and that is why years later the clear coat was lifting off.

I have added a photo below of the "egg reborn." All caulking has been removed and a marine grade primer coat has been applied. As I get more photos I'll add them.

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Old 06-23-2016, 12:10 PM   #2
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looks very nice
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:34 PM   #3
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Wow!!!
Your labor of love is really going to pay big returns with that new paint job.
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:39 PM   #4
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Wow! It's going to be beautiful when all the work is completed!
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Old 06-23-2016, 09:02 PM   #5
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I really haven't seen many photos of these. That is an awesome shape! I hope you'll post photos of the interior.
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Pictures of the interior








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Old 06-24-2016, 08:43 AM   #7
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Love it! How *much* did you redo? I'm guessing fabrics, etc. Floors? Cabinets? Is that *marine* style door on the bathroom original? It's awesome.

How long is this trailer, and how much does it weigh?

And I also love the adjustable table height. That could make me re-think the plan to get rid of annoying pedestal table.
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:29 AM   #8
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Very nice! I like your color choices a lot.
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:53 AM   #9
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Thank you.

To answer your questions:

Interior sanded and repainted.
All new foam cushions (thicker) and new fabrics (Sunbrella).
New curtains (Sunbrella) and rods.
Floor replaced.
Flexible baseboard molding installed.
Cabinet hardware.
Hydraulic table pedestal installed.
New butcher block counter-top (made larger than original).
Bathroom door is custom. Made from mahogany with a lot of help from a good friend who works extensively with wood.
Electronics updated/replaced.
New tap.
Front of fridge refinished.
New clothing hooks added.
New cargo netting added.
LED lighting throughout.
Rear cargo area modified for better storage.

Total length - 19 ft
Interior length - 16.5 ft
Dry weight - 2000 lbs
Fully loaded weight - 2800 lbs (estimated)
Tongue weight (dry) - 190 lbs
Tongue weight (loaded) - 270 lbs (estimated)
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Old 06-24-2016, 10:01 AM   #10
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Paul, Frederick has the weights for an Oxygen in the Trailer Weights in the Real World thread. See item #41
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Ship shape for sure
It is the first egger I have ever totally drooled over, I want it real bad...
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Beautiful!
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Old 07-07-2016, 04:03 PM   #13
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Nearly done

Just selecting a new pinstripe and have to wait for new caulking to be applied. Should be ready to pickup in a few days.
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Very nice job! I have never seen one, I really like the layout.
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