Restoring Carefree trailer - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-11-2016, 01:25 PM   #1
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Restoring Carefree trailer

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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Old 02-11-2016, 02:22 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the big barn find! Some people here may be able to tell you about less expensive trim.
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Old 02-11-2016, 05:55 PM   #3
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Thanks Cathi! I found a website that will send you samples to match up to the existing trim. If they have it its only $1.70 per foot!

I made some new screens today and also sealed the new glass into my large rear window (it was cracked) I also experimented with a brushed aluminum look on the frame. Thoughts?



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Old 02-11-2016, 06:56 PM   #4
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Wow, for a Carefree it certainly needs a lot of tender lovin' care.
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Old 02-11-2016, 10:02 PM   #5
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That thing must have been made by Monarch as the inside look like a stretched version of a Ventura. Same interior wall structure and cheap paneling. Pick up some 3m scotchbrite fine sanding pads for the aluminum (no steel wool, may cause rust). Did a knotty pine interior on my old Ventura and it came out nice. The flat walls are pretty easy to work with. Ventura
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Old 02-11-2016, 11:50 PM   #6
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I was considering the knotty pine interior. The shape is definitely easier to work with.


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Old 02-12-2016, 07:27 PM   #7
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Hi Chris congrats. on your purchase. you mentioned led lights for your renovation . May I suggest Princess Auto for these. They carry one that has a lens on each end with a switch in the center, double throw one end on or push it the other way for both ends on. These are super bright and low profile too. I put 2 in my Trillium and they are as good any florescent out there. Good luck and enjoy your trailer. Duane
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:49 PM   #8
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Thanks! Yeah a Princess auto has become a very good friend of mine lately

I am doing things a bit backwards... The weather hasn't been the best so I have been focusing on the inside until I can finish sanding and painting. I framed up the bed, kitchen counter and the bench/second bed. It's weird to work on because nothing seems to be square or level so all I can do is level the trailer the best I can and go for it!




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Thanks! Yeah a Princess auto has become a very good friend of mine lately

I am doing things a bit backwards... The weather hasn't been the best so I have been focusing on the inside until I can finish sanding and painting. I framed up the bed, kitchen counter and the bench/second bed. It's weird to work on because nothing seems to be square or level so all I can do is level the trailer the best I can and go for it!




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Chris, really make sure it's level before you build anything in. I redid a trailer years ago ( not FG ) that looked level and squared up until I pulled it out to the street. Ended up having to redo a number of things....live and learn .
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Old 02-17-2016, 09:49 AM   #10
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Hi Chris .got your message . The led lights from P.A. are # 8488702 $29.95 reg price pg 371 of the 2015 catalog. I really like mine and they don't drain the battery much at all. I hope you can find these OK. Duane
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Old 02-17-2016, 11:42 PM   #11
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I've been building a new door frame the past couple evenings. I have a new appreciation for welders... Because I suck!!!


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Old 02-20-2016, 06:14 AM   #12
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Chris just heads up message. The led lights that I gave you numbers for are on sale next week at P.A. starts Tuesday Duane
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Chris just heads up message. The led lights that I gave you numbers for are on sale next week at P.A. starts Tuesday Duane

Thanks for the heads up!


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Old 02-21-2016, 06:07 PM   #14
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Made a lot of progress today. It was sunny out so the GF did a ton of sanding. I need to do a few small repairs in the fiberglass then it's ready for paint!!


On the inside today we framed up a bit more of the kitchen area and sizes up the cooler. Half of the counter will swing up and give us access to the cooler.

I finished the carpet in the dining/bed area and started applying the vinyl plank to the wall. It looks great!!



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