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Old 07-28-2013, 08:17 AM   #15
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Once the frame was done, we mounted supports to help hold the shell in place, laid new floorboards, and began fiberglassing the shell and floor back together – one dixie cup at a time. (You can see my father holding the dixie cup of resin. He’s been the brains and workhorse behind most of this.)
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:20 AM   #16
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Next came the task of finally deciding what to keep and what to rebuild on the interior. We had already decided to build a permanent bed in the back and to replace the couch/bunk with a dinette. We moved the fiberglass cabinets back inside and did some trial runs, testing out the spacing. (I’ve included a picture of my mother and me testing out the dinette seat and table height.)
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:27 AM   #17
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Although we didn’t plan to use the old table/bed seats, we put them back in to use as a template for measuring the plyboard for the bed. The concept worked like a charm and the new bed fit on the first try. Once the board was cut to size, we (my dad!) cut an opening in the top and installed a piano hinge so we could open it for storage.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:51 AM   #18
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After dragging my feet on making the cabinet and fridge decisions, I finally committed to a direction. We purchased a new fridge (NovaKool R3800 to accommodate our aspirations of going solar someday) and decided to reuse the fiberglass cabinets, just replacing the doors and countertop. We are avoiding putting any rivets through the shell so we screwed the cabinets into supports on the floor and then fiberglassed the cabinet to the shell. (Here’s a picture of my dad cutting the new opening for the fridge – I hope it fits…with a long lead time, we couldn’t afford to wait for it to arrive. There’s also a picture of the cabinet fiberglassed to the wall. I expect the edge to be covered, but the exact solution still remains a bit of a mystery to be uncovered. )
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:05 AM   #19
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With the bed and cabinets put in place, the next step was to build the dinette seats. I marveled at my father’s creativity in measuring the curves as he cut the pieces. (I didn't get a picture of it as my hands were also helping, but here are a few pictures of the work-in-progress and the finished product.)
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:22 AM   #20
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I had decided early on to keep the jalousie windows (thanks Donna!) but cleaning them was quite a chore. Although I could remove the scale, I couldn’t get a clean surface no matter what I tried, and I think I tried about everything recommended on this site. I finally decided they were “good enough” so we could keep things moving. They needed to be ready to install as soon as she came out of the garage. Here are a few pictures.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:38 AM   #21
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She (our Scamp) had finally matured enough to be ready for her big “coming out” party. She had lived in the sheltered environment of my parents’ garage for months and it was time for her to see broad daylight. Her first adventure was a date with the glass installer to put in the new “Plexiglas” windows. (I had decided after reading about the gyrations required to install them yourself that I didn’t want to put my dad through that torture.) The first picture shows her peeking out of the garage. It was no small feat getting her out since she now stood taller than the garage door opening with her new axle installed. This effort required removing the wheels and rolling her out on platforms. She had to be pushed out the opposite door since my parents’ mammoth RV was sitting directly in front of her garage door. You can see her looking a bit dwarfed in the driveway by the 32’ RV. Not to fear…the last picture shows her standing tall next to her new and proud owner.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:57 AM   #22
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With the fiberglass patched, and the windows and new fantastic fan in place, the only thing that remained for her to be waterproof was the door. Here’s where we met a bit of a setback following the joy of finally getting her out into the open air. Despite the success of some early measurements, the door did not fit to the opening. After researching this site, we’ve decided to score the bottom of the door and fiberglass it with the proper curve. If anyone has any additional advice, please share. I’m concerned that the hinges are a bit saggy as well. I’ve added some pictures of the gap and our makeshift door handle.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:07 AM   #23
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Now that my post is caught up with my progress, here’s what remains….
• Fix the door
• Finish the cabinets
• Cover the walls
• Finalize the bed and bedding
• Build the table and make dinette cushions
• Install the floor
• Finish the wiring
Paint the exterior

I’ve even included a picture of my plan, revealing a bit of my geeky side carrying over from my day job.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:10 AM   #24
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Besides being anxious to get out on the road (which I’ve considered doing even without a working door, cabinets, interior wiring and a table), I’m really eager to begin decorating as well! Here’s a sneak peek of my colors.
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Love the colors, it will make the trailer bright and cherry!

BTW: I'd fix the hinges FIRST before working on the curve of the door.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:33 PM   #26
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Thanks for the welcome. Donna - we are going to take your advice and try to salvage the windows. I haven't had a chance to search yet for hints on how to clean them up. If you have any good advice, please let me know. We've also decided that we need to replace the floorboards which we believe will require taking the shell off the frame. I need to research the best way to do that. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!
I was able to bring the jalousie windows in my Trillium back to life. They were all stuck and I had to free up the crank mechanism. I love jalousie windows for campers, they are great for rainy days as you can still have the windows wide open. There are places to get new seals for them also. Lot's of info on this site. Sometime you have to dig a little to find it. Good luck!
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There are several articles of fixing the door. This is only one of many. The internal Google search will show the others.
Either I or someone else will post links after they read your info.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:06 PM   #28
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Thanks for the advice. My father is headed out in his RV for a few weeks so I have some time to research before we start the door. Mike, I don't see a link on your reply but the picture looks very interesting. Am I missing the link (I'm using the iPad app right now) or did it not come through?
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