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Old 06-18-2016, 09:22 AM   #43
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After a bust at one of the local auto salvage yards this morning I decided to swallow my pride and swing over to check out the shower stall that was on the side of the highway:



It's actually perfect, 3/16" and smooth on the one side so I grabbed a couple of the smaller pieces that I was able to tear off by hand, I'll be heading back with a cordless saw probably early tomorrow morning to get a couple of the larger pieces I need.

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Old 06-18-2016, 10:50 AM   #44
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You're not the first to use pieces from a shower stall to repair a hole or two or three. But those folks typically found what they needed on Craigslist, not along side the road I love it when people are creative in sourcing!

Good luck to you!
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Old 06-18-2016, 04:05 PM   #45
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Good luck to you!
Thank you Donna, the encouragement is certainly appreciated!

I got a second coat of paint on the frame before I set out early this morning, so after yet another trip to Lowe's and some lunch I got the shell lowered back down onto it with some temporary 2x4s sandwiched in between to leave a gap while I started the floor repair. I got all of the smaller holes filled with Bondo Glass - here's a shot that also shows my perilous catwalk:



Tomorrow I'll do a little sanding then cover each one with a small piece of fiberglass cloth and resin. I'm not entirely sure if both are really necessary, but figured I'd air on the side of overkill.

As for the shower stall, I'm finding that sections have varying thicknesses, here's a sample of once piece I cut:



I'll have to do some grinding/sanding to get pieces a little more even, so more effort than I originally anticipated, but still free so I really shouldn't complain.

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Old 06-18-2016, 05:45 PM   #46
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Hey Jonathan, that tub would be perfect for watering my cows!. I wish you were closer. Anyway...nice project!
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Old 06-18-2016, 06:42 PM   #47
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You are making great progress. Recycling rocks!

When the minor deities who are responsible for distributing side of the road (kill ) offerings present you with something you have been looking for it is best not to argue with them about the quality of what you received. The more grateful you are the closer they get to the mark next time.
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:33 AM   #48
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You are making great progress. Recycling rocks!
Yes, it will definitely help me carry the project along without running out of money, so I'm pretty psyched!

This morning was spent sourcing fiberglass and other assorted items... yet another trip to Lowe's, a couple of the cashiers are starting to recognize me which is a little frightening. I then set up a little shop in the yard to prep all of the pieces for the floor:



The larger pieces are going to take a little more time, but not too terrible to get the thickness more consistent:



Off to try my hand at fiberglassing!

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Old 06-19-2016, 01:05 PM   #49
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Wow, this is a PROJECT ! Love your attitude about your discoveries even when it ended up being way more than you bargained for!

Great photos and closeups of what you're doing. As well as descriptions. Could you include the brand of the materials you are using, such as the rust inhibitor, rust paint, etc.?

For this newbie to restoration this info would be most helpful.

Really interested in seeing how this progresses. Great work and your other skills are certainly transferable.

Thanks for sharing with all of us.
Carry on!
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Old 06-19-2016, 03:56 PM   #50
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Thanks for sharing with all of us.
Thank you for your interest and kind words!

I haven't been including specific brands thus far as I figured most people would want to follow the tracks of someone on the forum with more experience, but thus far the ones that I can recall of note include:
  1. Mold/mildew cleaner - WET & FORGET Moss, Mold, Mildew and Algae Stain Remover
  2. Rust remover - Krud Kutter Rust Remover and Inhibitor
  3. Primer - Rust-Oleum Self-Etching Primer
  4. Paint - Rust-Oleum Semi-Gloss Protective Enamel
  5. Fiberglass repair (thus far) - Bondo Glass Reinforced Fiberglass Filler and Bondo All-Purpose Fiberglass Resin
I must admit I was a little unsure about how the fiberglass patching was going to go having never done it before, but found it extremely easy and made a lot of progress this afternoon. I got all of the major holes filled in, as well about half of the secondary patches on all of the fastener holes I had previous filled. Here's a couple representative pictures:





While working I discovered some additional damage in the shell where the floor meets the wall on all four corners, basically sections like this that had caved in I assume because the shell had so much play without the solid sub-floor to keep it steady:



Having the shower stall worked in my favor, I cut some curved sections which I'll put over top of a layer of fiberglass cloth/resin which I hope will give each corner some additional strength in addition to just sealing things up (this is just a test fitting):



Once I get the rest of the interior floor work done I'll make a pass with fiberglass filler on the outside of the larger holes just to get them completely sealed and flush, after that I plan on slathering on a layer of Kilz then should be ready to install some new sub-flooring. Lots left to do!!

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Old 06-19-2016, 05:03 PM   #51
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Your proactive way of dealing with all these unexpected damages is both inspiring and awe inspiring. Whew!

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Old 06-19-2016, 05:13 PM   #52
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What a great weekend you had progess wise. It all looks great.
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Thanks Walt and KC! The past few days have left me with my share of aches, but I too am really happy with the progress... I mean, I'm starting to feel like I actually might be able to use this camper one day!!

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Old 06-21-2016, 06:59 PM   #54
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Over the past two days I crept a little further, I patched the two collapsed spots on the front corners of the shell, found and patched a couple more holes and this evening vacuumed and got a coat of Kilz down on the floor:



Here and there I've also been removing vents which I'm hoping to strip the paint off and reuse, the poor little camper is still looking pretty rough:



Sub-floor I believe is next!

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Old 06-22-2016, 11:05 AM   #55
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Why did you paint that surface that is inside of the trailer with Kilz? What benefit did that step provide? I am scratching my head over that one .
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Maybe as a leveling, smoothing compound? Sure looks effective from here.

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