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Old 07-20-2016, 03:48 PM   #15
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Aw I see most likely leeky .I did the redneck .99 screen for mine ( this was taken before I painted camper and this gives a quick glace at door I'll get better soon
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Old 07-23-2017, 11:05 PM   #16
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Momentous day!

Finally, after just over a year of owning my trailer, I actually took it out on the road. Okay, it was just around the block and it took me well over an hour to back it into the driveway when I returned but it felt so good to have a weathertight, mobile trailer. In my defense, I have never towed a trailer before but with my "how hard can it be" attitude (which also got me into this epic project in the first place) I was sure I would ace it. By the time I finally got the trailer onto the driveway, albeit at a pronounced angle, I had started to figure out the knack of turning and reversing. Not totally confident yet but a whole lot more humble.
This little drive was my mini "shakedown" for the real test tomorrow. I am going to attempt to take the trailer about 15 kms to a garage to have the brakes done and the tires and axle looked at.
It has been a year since I posted on this thread though I have still been asking a lot of questions about repairs (thanks to all you have answered and helped) I have basically been working on the body and, of course, living on the prairies of Canada was able to do nothing for 6 of those 12 months.
What I have done so far:
Interior:
-stripped everything out of the trailer, including all electrical and propane
-replaced about 1/4 of the interior wood framing (rot from water)
-removed the wood floor and replaced with marine plywood
-repaired all the pinholes and cracks (that went through the shell) and larger holes with resin and mat or resin with balloons
-made a support system for the roof and sheathed it in 1/8" maple plywood (varathaned)
-painted all exposed interior fiberglass areas with Rustoleum Topside paint
- replaced fiberglass insulation with rigid insulation
-built 2 tall cabinets from 1/2 in birch plywood reinforced on the front edges for stability; the traditional wardrobe cupboard is switched to the driver's side and on the curbside is a full height cupboard that is about 1/2 as deep.
-installed new 125 ah battery (will have solar in the future)
-began wiring with Progressive dynamics system, have got as far and basic wiring of the DC (the only thing I have not done myself- my son who is an electrician took pity on me when I kept calling him with questions)
Basically the inside is still just the insulation and framing so I still have to install paneling and build the benches, kitchen cupboards, finish the electrical, do plumbing, put up blinds, make cushions ...

Exterior: (pic below)
-removed a thick layer of tar from the roof (hellish job) and repaired, primed and painted it
- removed the belly band and fiberglassed the top and bottom halves of the trailer together to make it more weathertight (another hellish job)
-removed what I assume was house paint put on by PO and sanded (seemingly endlessly), primed and painted with 3-4 coats of Rustoleum Topside white paint.
-removed the grills in the kitchen area and replaced with a hatch (ebay-$25.00) to access the area under the future kitchen counter for water containers etc.
-installed 30v plug on the outside, a cable input and water refill port
-installed a Fantastic fan
-removed the windows, took them apart and rebuilt with new crank mechanism and weatherstripping and cleaned the aluminum the best I could with Nevr Dull (far from perfect); reinstalled with butyl tape
- during a trip to BC I made a detour to Centralia WA to a RV salvage yard and found a truck camper door in great shape. With a little shaving of the top of the wooden door frame (reinforced it above to compensate) the new door fits very well and it even has an integrated screen door. I took it all apart and cleaned, painted and put on new weatherstripping before installing.
-replaced all the lights on the exterior of the trailer with new led lights and all new wiring to the TV (son again)
Still left to do on the exterior: use Por 15 on the hitch and bumper, some touchups on the body paint, install one propane line, hitch box, build a new rockguard, some Ventura decals, install solar, plastic trim on the windows to cover the screws, new brakes, maybe tires, new spare at least and I would like to eventually try to remove the rust from the frame underneath.

I have listed all this not to boast or brag about what I have done (though actually seeing the trailer hitched up today did make me a little giddy) but in order to encourage others who are considering a project trailer to pause for a second to consider whether they really want to hand their life over to such a "hobby". I was neophyte and did not have a clue what I was really getting into. It has become all consuming at times, is costing far too much but I am learning a lot and know I will have a trailer that will function for me for many years, I hope.
Here she is so far: (I really need to think of a name)
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Old 07-24-2017, 03:27 PM   #17
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Everything is looking great! Would love to see some inside progress pics. I just brought home a ventura project of my own, cant wait to tackle it!
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Old 07-24-2017, 09:43 PM   #18
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Congratulations on your trailer, Phil. I hope you heed my warnings about how these renos can taker over your life. I will post some pics of inside progress once my trailer comes back from getting brakes etc.done and once I have something to show. If there are any particular areas though that I might have already covered, just let me know. There are other Ventura owners and previous owners who are willing to share and offer advice too.
How about pics of your new acquisition?
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Old 07-24-2017, 09:51 PM   #19
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Here she is. The only picture I have on the iPad at the moment.
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:14 PM   #20
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Do you know the year?
It would be great if you could take some closeups of the tags or decals that are visible in the pic. I would love to be able to see what they say. It is hard to find info on these trailers so anything like that is interesting.
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Old 07-28-2017, 07:23 AM   #21
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It is a 77. I will post some photos of the decals and infor sheet on the interior. most of the decal on the outside are faded and not readable but I will post anyway
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Old 08-24-2017, 01:00 PM   #22
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Mystery Venture/a

Hello Patricia,
I just looked at your beautiful trailer and the whole story of your renovation! WOW. Inspiring. Mine just arrived (person I got it from delivered it), and it is so so sad. See my photos on the "new person" thread if you want to help me figure out what the heck it is. Trashed, for one thing. Your step-by-step descriptions of your work will be so helpful! I originally thought it was a Boler (since someone put a plate on it that says "Bo Bo"), but it is NOT. However, now I have renewed hope I may be able to pull it with my Honda CRV (couldn't with a Boler).
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Old 08-24-2017, 07:52 PM   #23
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Kkat,
If I can, I would certainly be happy to answer any questions you may have as you start on your trailer.
Aside from the back side windows, the grill by the door and the door itself, it certainly looks like a Ventura.
Jon may be onto the answer with the suggestion that someone may have acquired the molds after the plant closed. As you probably already know. Ventura trailers were made by Monarch Industries in Gimli, Manitoba not by Venture.
Despite its origins, I think the construction will be much the same as a Ventura so you will be able to call on this forum for help as you go along.
Keep us posted on your progress, if you have time.
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Old 09-04-2017, 09:55 PM   #24
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After having the trailer in to the shop for new brakes, tires and rims, I have finally been able to get to the interior of the trailer in earnest. Over the last 3 weeks I have been working on the wall paneling and the cabinets.
It is slow going. I had a plan in mind (and sketched on graph paper) but I am pretty much just making it up as I go along because nothing on the body is square. Each wall flares out in the middle where the belly band is and narrows again to the floor and also the walls widen outward from back to middle and then narrow again toward the front. The only reference points that can be counted on are a line down the middle back to front and another side to side and everything has to be measured from there.

I should mention that the way I am finishing the inside now is for one person, with a 30" bed that is higher than the standard bench (about 19" to accommodate the Thetford Curve portapotty under the bench during the day). Both benches are the same height. Nothing that I am doing in the bed area could not be undone in very short order and the original 46" bed can still be configured in this scenario.

I have changed the original design quite a bit. I now will have a "sink cabinet" on the side opposite the door with a tall cabinet between it and the bench. The sink cabinet runs right to the front wall. Under this cabinet will be water and waste jugs (accessible from the outside through a hatch door that I installed), a water heater and a water pump.
The tall cabinet will have shelving in the top section, a pullout cooler shelf in the middle and some storage at the bottom.
There will be a "stove cabinet" where part of the front bench was. In this cupboard will be a pullout shelf for my Coleman stove and bucket "drawers" for storage.
Where the tall cabinet was, just to the left of the door will be a short cabinet with some support going up the wall to a cabinet at ceiling. In the short cabinet will be the electrical systems.
The bed is going to run down that side from the back to the door. It is long enough for me.
I have included a few pics of my progress so far. The cabinets are made of 1/2,3/8,1/2" baltic or regular birch ply. Temporarily, on top of several of the cabinets are pieces of rigid insulation that I am using as templates for the countertops. The cabinets are still a bit rough looking because I have yet to do the trim work and doors.
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:48 AM   #25
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WoW!
I am really enjoying, and will benefit from all you work. Thank you for the pictures. My first step with my little one will be making sure there are no leaks, before the rains come....
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Old 09-05-2017, 04:32 PM   #26
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Thanks Kkat.
Yes I spend a long time addressing the leaks but it is necessary if you are going to put your time and energy into redoing your trailer. It would be a shame to do the work only to have water damage.
If you are going to change things around at all, give a lot of thought to how the weight will be balanced in the final product from side to side and loads in the front and back.
And above all, have fun.
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Yes. Excellent point about the fun part!
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After having the trailer in to the shop for new brakes, tires and rims, I have finally been able to get to the interior of the trailer in earnest. Over the last 3 weeks I have been working on the wall paneling and the cabinets.
It is slow going. I had a plan in mind (and sketched on graph paper) but I am pretty much just making it up as I go along because nothing on the body is square. Each wall flares out in the middle where the belly band is and narrows again to the floor and also the walls widen outward from back to middle and then narrow again toward the front. The only reference points that can be counted on are a line down the middle back to front and another side to side and everything has to be measured from there.

I should mention that the way I am finishing the inside now is for one person, with a 30" bed that is higher than the standard bench (about 19" to accommodate the Thetford Curve portapotty under the bench during the day). Both benches are the same height. Nothing that I am doing in the bed area could not be undone in very short order and the original 46" bed can still be configured in this scenario.

I have changed the original design quite a bit. I now will have a "sink cabinet" on the side opposite the door with a tall cabinet between it and the bench. The sink cabinet runs right to the front wall. Under this cabinet will be water and waste jugs (accessible from the outside through a hatch door that I installed), a water heater and a water pump.
The tall cabinet will have shelving in the top section, a pullout cooler shelf in the middle and some storage at the bottom.
There will be a "stove cabinet" where part of the front bench was. In this cupboard will be a pullout shelf for my Coleman stove and bucket "drawers" for storage.
Where the tall cabinet was, just to the left of the door will be a short cabinet with some support going up the wall to a cabinet at ceiling. In the short cabinet will be the electrical systems.
The bed is going to run down that side from the back to the door. It is long enough for me.
I have included a few pics of my progress so far. The cabinets are made of 1/2,3/8,1/2" baltic or regular birch ply. Temporarily, on top of several of the cabinets are pieces of rigid insulation that I am using as templates for the countertops. The cabinets are still a bit rough looking because I have yet to do the trim work and doors.
Hi Patricia . Wow , You have been busy ! Nice work ! The door looks real nice . I remember when you were working on the fiberglass in the doorway and the windows . Can't wait to see the interior all finished . Your son should be proud of his Mom ! Pat of Linda and Pat
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