Ventura Rebuild - Any Tips? - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-20-2015, 01:46 PM   #1
Member
 
Name: T and K
Trailer: Ventura
British Columbia
Posts: 34
Ventura Rebuild - Any Tips?

Going to be starting our mid 70's 13' Ventura rebuild and was wondering any anyone wanted to highlight their top tips or have any "golden" pieces of advice.

We are planning on taking the trailer down to the "bare bones" so if anything needs to be done, now is the time to do it.

I've been hanging around the forums for a few months and I have read most of the other Ventura rebuild threads in detail so I'll try to not ask anything that has already been answered. Usually though after doing a rebuild there is at least one or two things that stick out as having been either lightbulb moments, big problems that were encountered, or even things you did not do during the rebuild that you wish afterwards that you had... those are what I am hoping to pick your brains for.

Thanks in advance - you guys seem like an awesome group and I'm pretty stoked to start the rebuild on our first family trailer.
Tyler
__________________

__________________
OnTheRoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2015, 05:50 PM   #2
Member
 
Name: Totie Fan
Trailer: Tote N Tarry
West Coast
Posts: 81
Make Categories and Stick To It

My advice, for what it's worth...
make categories and sublists, and don't move to the other category until you're done with the first.
Like: Chassis, Foundation, Electrical, Water, Gas, Environmental, Exterior, Decoration...etc.
__________________

__________________
Tote-n-Tarry No.2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2015, 08:19 PM   #3
Member
 
Name: T and K
Trailer: Ventura
British Columbia
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tote-n-Tarry No.2 View Post
My advice, for what it's worth...
make categories and sublists, and don't move to the other category until you're done with the first.
Like: Chassis, Foundation, Electrical, Water, Gas, Environmental, Exterior, Decoration...etc.
That's pretty good advice, having started the demolition today I can easily see how without clear lists it would be very easy to bounce around from thing to thing without any clear direction!
__________________
OnTheRoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2015, 08:42 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Name: Hazel
Trailer: Trillium
Saskatchewan
Posts: 558
Congratulations on the Ventura, they are a great wee trailer. I love the way it is possible to completely redo the interior without having bits of solid fibreglass to work around (cupboards, walls etc.) Unfortunately I don't have the skills to do that type of work - and hubby wasn't interested - so our Ventura moved on to a new owner.
__________________
Hazel in Sk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2015, 10:20 PM   #5
Moderator
 
Pam Garlow's Avatar
 
Name: Pam
Trailer: U-Haul 1985
Michigan
Posts: 3,220
Registry
How about taking us on a photo tour of your Ventura as you ask the questions. We love to see photos, and a photo always helps to clarify what you are explaining.
__________________
Pam Garlow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 10:51 AM   #6
Member
 
Name: T and K
Trailer: Ventura
British Columbia
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hazel in Sk View Post
Congratulations on the Ventura, they are a great wee trailer. I love the way it is possible to completely redo the interior without having bits of solid fibreglass to work around (cupboards, walls etc.) Unfortunately I don't have the skills to do that type of work - and hubby wasn't interested - so our Ventura moved on to a new owner.
Thanks Hazel, it looks like it's going to be a fun project - sorry you had to pass yours along but hopefully the new family will get many fun memories in it!
__________________
OnTheRoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 10:52 AM   #7
Member
 
Name: T and K
Trailer: Ventura
British Columbia
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pam Garlow View Post
How about taking us on a photo tour of your Ventura as you ask the questions. We love to see photos, and a photo always helps to clarify what you are explaining.
Going to try to load up some pics today! Found a few surprises in the demolition (aren't there always) but these made us laugh!
__________________
OnTheRoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 10:57 AM   #8
Member
 
Name: T and K
Trailer: Ventura
British Columbia
Posts: 34
Okay, here are some pics of the original condition. The pics do not show how bad the inside was... orange shag carpet under the table, "baby diaper" brown painted sloppy over a light purple painted over the original wall panelling, overhead light installed so that you could not open the tall tower, floor a bit soft, and some water damage on the headliner, wall panels and floor.

As you can see this is the model with the bunk/couch at the front end. Would have loved to have a potty in it but we need the space for our 4 year old to sleep so going to have to wait on the toilet for when we upgrade so something bigger.
Attached Thumbnails
11076830_10153216172106908_544151567_n.jpg   11084530_10153216171701908_1574831404_n.jpg  

Trailer.jpg   11075190_10153216172026908_182931415_n.jpg  

__________________
OnTheRoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 11:00 AM   #9
Member
 
Name: T and K
Trailer: Ventura
British Columbia
Posts: 34
Here are a few shots from the demo... most of it down to the fiberglass now - just have to remove the sink/stove cabinet yet.

Some of the pics are bad cause we had to tarp it halfway through due to rain and the reduced light and blue hue weren't working with the camera.

Still sad it didn't have a potty........
Attached Thumbnails
11081796_10153216169101908_398346840_n.jpg   11077908_10153216169531908_1560410176_n.jpg  

image11.jpg   11064005_10153216169966908_1536828944_o.jpg  

__________________
OnTheRoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 11:07 AM   #10
Member
 
Name: T and K
Trailer: Ventura
British Columbia
Posts: 34
BUT WAIT! WHAT'S THIS?1?

A POTTY????
Attached Thumbnails
image12.jpg  
__________________
OnTheRoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 11:10 AM   #11
Member
 
Name: T and K
Trailer: Ventura
British Columbia
Posts: 34
Looks like this was actually at one time fitted with the small bathroom option and what we thought was a bad repair of the front bench was in actual fact a bad build of an approximation of the front bench! Surprises around every corner
__________________
OnTheRoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2015, 10:43 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Dudley's Avatar
 
Name: David
Trailer: 1998 Casita 17 SD
Alberta
Posts: 664
Registry
That was added on after, should have had a second framework like the one to the left and the center portion was were the portapotty was thus the fiberglass tub. Be careful of the floor as it is actually glassed into the fiberglass bottom and is a real pain to replace. I had some rot that I repaired with a dry rot solution. I had to replace the cabinet floor under the fridge due to water from the fridge vent. Your stringers look good , I would reseal all the windows with butyl tape.

If you need any advise , ask away. I sold my ventura last year but went down the same path as yours about 5 years ago.

Dave
__________________
Dudley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2015, 12:21 PM   #13
Member
 
Name: T and K
Trailer: Ventura
British Columbia
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dudley View Post
That was added on after, should have had a second framework like the one to the left and the center portion was were the portapotty was thus the fiberglass tub.
So it was actually a bench layout that had a potty added to it that then was turned back into a bench layout...? Man this ol' girls been around the block!

Going to take a closer look today at what kind of damage we are looking at up at that area, will take pictures and report back! (Probably with lots and lots of questions )
__________________
OnTheRoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2015, 12:53 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Dudley's Avatar
 
Name: David
Trailer: 1998 Casita 17 SD
Alberta
Posts: 664
Registry
Here is my link to my rebuild, if you look at the 2nd page you will see the layout of the front bench
76 ventura

ALL ventura threads
__________________

__________________
Dudley is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ventura


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Monarch Ventura Rebuild Bob o the woods Hi, I am.... 5 09-08-2014 11:06 PM
Care to share any fulltimer tips? Steveo R Fulltiming in a Molded Fiberglass Trailer 10 06-10-2013 07:49 PM
Boler 13 kitchen base removal (with 3-way fridge). I'd love to hear any tips! Raya Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 19 09-26-2010 08:58 PM
Any Tips For Taking A Cat Along? Ray N General Chat 21 04-05-2010 09:28 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:34 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.