So I recently acquired this 11 foot Carefree trailer. Honestly I new nothing about molded fiberglass trailers until I saw this one and did some serious research on them. After doing a week of reading I decided it was for me so I picked it up.
This one was apparently sitting in a barn for almost 15 years and for the last 3 months was used by the owners wife to smoke in and keep out of the cold. Needless to say it was pretty disgusting.
My original plan was to keep all of the major components intact; fridge
, stove, shower, toilet and furnace
. I started by removing the wall board and exposing some of the water damage. The floor was also quite soft around the entrance. Once I got deeper into the demolition I soon realized that this would be a complete tear down. The plumbing was extremely brittle and the wiring was rotten and posed a fire risk.
So far I have spot repaired the internal framing that was rotten and laid new floor boards and part way up the wall. The windows
were removed and I got new glass cut for two of the broken panels. My girlfriend and I have sanded about half of the outside when weather permits to get it ready for paint
My plan is to make the plumbing and electrical
quite simple. For electricity I will only have a 12v system to power 3-4 LED lights
, a 12v socket for small appliances and to power the fan for the furnace
. My fresh water tank will be a portable 5 gallon tank that is fed to the song via a hand pump faucet. Grey water will be drained into another portable tank stored inside.
The one cost I didn't anticipate about this build was all the little things. The local RV store wants $8 per foot for the replacement window trim and I need 25 feet! Other things include new hardware, and various fittings.. They add up quick!
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