U-Haul CT-13 Project - Detroit - Fiberglass RV


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Old 11-15-2015, 03:47 PM   #1
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U-Haul CT-13 Project - Detroit

Yesterday I picked up my first ever camper -

A 1986 U-Haul CT-13!

I'll use this thread to detail the work done on it!
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Old 11-15-2015, 03:55 PM   #2
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Here are some shots of the interior when we got it.

Notes:

-AC installed through the fiberglass.
-Ice Box removed, Dorm Fridge installed.
-Stove & Sink missing
-Furnace missing
-Table top & post missing
-Roof vent cap missing.
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Old 11-15-2015, 04:12 PM   #3
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Here are some shots after an initial gut.
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Old 11-15-2015, 04:14 PM   #4
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three more.
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:10 AM   #5
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Looks like you've got a reasonable platform to begin with, there. At least, I don't see floor rot, for instance, which some have struggled with. What are your plans for the camper? Semi-restored, or customized however you see fit? [I ask that because you mentioned several missing pieces of original equipment, and I don't know if that's a problem, or just how it is.]
I'll have some of those original pieces, if you're wanting them......... furnace and stove, for instance, and maybe the sink. I'm working at repairing body damage from a collision on my 85 CT, so I haven't got around to the more normal decisions just yet. By spring, I should know what I'm keeping and what I'm swapping out.
Best of luck on the project, either way.
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Looks like you've got a reasonable platform to begin with, there. At least, I don't see floor rot, for instance, which some have struggled with. What are your plans for the camper? Semi-restored, or customized however you see fit? [I ask that because you mentioned several missing pieces of original equipment, and I don't know if that's a problem, or just how it is.]
I'll have some of those original pieces, if you're wanting them......... furnace and stove, for instance, and maybe the sink. I'm working at repairing body damage from a collision on my 85 CT, so I haven't got around to the more normal decisions just yet. By spring, I should know what I'm keeping and what I'm swapping out.
Best of luck on the project, either way.
Gary [central IA]
My plans are to do a clean remodel, that's not gaudy. I don't need things to be original - I need them to function well and not look totally out of place. I'm still a while out from those decisions as well - so I will keep your generosity in mind! thank you!
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Welcome, Christopher, to the Uhaul family. We own one of the larger ones, the VTs.

And welcome to the Facebook Uhaul group too. I admitted you there; I remember your picture (As admin, I have to be somewhat nosey before I admit.).

Both groups will give you plenty of help, and most Uhaul owners here are there too and vice versa.

Original Uhaul stickers are available if you want them or you can also ask them to be modified. Ours have some blue that are not original.

And, if you are interested, we are having a rally in Bardstown, KY next June 10, 11, 12. You can reserve here: MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME STATE PARK, KY - Campground & Camping Details - ReserveAmerica - [KY] but check the Facebook posting about the rally for the ones that we recommend you not use. I don't have the numbers off the top of my head.

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Old 11-18-2015, 06:41 AM   #8
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My first plan of attack is to rewire the brake, turn, and running lights. They are currently not working, and I would love to have clean, working, runs for all my electrical.

I've done some searching and cannot seem to find specific threads on this.

I will be following Tom's Diagram that utilizes the Curt 56196 Adapter.

My questions are:

-anything specific I should be aware of when re-wiring?
-what is the best gauge and type of wiring for this?
-did I miss a thread on this somewhere?

Thanks guys!
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I hope you posted this on Facebook. You will get loads of help there, some of which is not available here.

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I hope you posted this on Facebook. You will get loads of help there, some of which is not available here.

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heading there now
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Old 11-28-2015, 08:27 AM   #11
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Instead of tackling wiring, I decided I should give my frame some love....work from the ground up!

The previous owner had installed a window AC unit under the dinette by cutting out some fiberglass. That will be fun to patch...

With the help of my father and a few friends, we were able to remove the shell from the body.

A good majority of the bolts snapped off while removing (which was actually preferred to a clean bolt removal. MUCH faster). We then used a car jack and some wood spanning across the underside to jack the shell up enough to slide 2x4's in between. We did this on the front and the back. This allowed us to use a hi-lo (VERY carefully...) to remove the shell. We pulled the frame out from underneath and set the shell down on furniture dollys with 2x4's extending out.

The frame is in MUCH better shape than I anticipated. Before removing the frame, I knew of two 1" rust holes that were visible from the outside. I expected to find more spots like this on hidden parts of the frame. To my surprise - the frame is in phenomenal shape! No cracks and no more than surface rust underneath!

My plan is to take the frame to a trailer shop to have them fix up those two rust holes (they are on the round tubing) and attach a new coupler. Then I will do some wire brushing and painting of some sorts!

A few things:

  • What preventative rust measures have people used?
  • Has anyone replaced the 3" rubber washers between the shell and the frame?
  • What paint have people used?
  • Anything glaring that I may be missing so far?
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A few more photos - Including the previous owner's poor AC installation.

Also includes a photo of the cover I purchased on eBay - "Deluxe UHaul CT-13 13' travel trailer Camper Cover w/Zipper Door Access"
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Wow your off to a great start
I agree with the exception of the spots you mentioned the frame looks to be in good shape
Keep up the good work and keep us updated with your write up and of course pics



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Old 11-28-2015, 10:47 AM   #14
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Here's some photos of the rust holes.
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