These are pics of the interior of the Molded fiberglass 30ft fifth wheel travel trailer - $1000 (Johnson city) - posted in the Austin, Tx CL - White & Yellow '75 Transcontinental 30ft 5th Wheel. I've been communicating with the seller Lynn for the past 2 days. She was nice enough to take the pics & send them to me since I was unable to view it in person. All the inerds that make it habitable have been removed - stove/oven, vent hood, microwave, frig, water heater, furnace all gone. They left the water pump but it's broken. What's left is basically just a shell. It's pretty rough but if you're a DIY'r & have the time to commit to bring it back to it's glory days it should be a piece of cake. I myself am not so fortunate as to possess either of those attributes so I have to pass on this one.
Unfortunately, I missed out on the white & red one that was for sale in the Dallas, Tx CL - they deleted the post this afternoon 2/7/15. As you can see from the pics that Wildbirder posted it was an awesome unit. I would have loved being the owner of that one.
Yeah, Mom would kill me to even think of bringing that big of a project home LOL.
That would be a sweet thing to work on if you either had a big family or serious thoughts of retirement...that large would have some nice full time livability room. But when you get larger it gets harder to get into some campsites.
All that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not wither,Deep roots are not reached by the frost.... J.R.R. Tolkien
Thank you for all the great information on this trailer. I live in the Austin area and also have been talking to Lynn about this. My wife and I have never owned or renovated one of these before. Just how much of an undertaking could this be? If there is a ballpark figure that would be great. We don't have a lot of time but could possibly invest a couple thousand dollars into it. Would this be enough money for first timers to get done in a couple week time-frame?
If you are talking about that 30 ft FGRV in Texas, Never, Never, Never.
First, that trailer requires a special truck with a flat bed 5th wheel hitch to tow.
As far as rebuilding, I have done 3 FGRV's, 2 tent trailers and about 6 Mini motorhomes and I would estimate a minimum of 3-6 months and a minimum about $5,000 out of pocked to rebuild, and that's without even seeing it in person. At least that's the numbers I would use if it was in my driveway today and, if anything, that would be conservative.
Because it requires a special truck, with a flat bed hitch of some sort, it might be a bear to even get home to work on. But I agree, it's a fascinating looking opportunity.
That kind of flatbed 1 ton dually truck is actually a very common farm truck in the midwest - used for feeding hay to cattle through the winter and pulling goose-neck trailers (loaded with hay, livestock, machinery, etc.) throughout the year. Where I grew up in Colorado, most every farm family had one or two of them, including my family. It's also very common nowadays to see fancy versions of that type of flatbed 5th wheel truck pulling $50K+ horse trailers (living quarters in the front, horses and tack in the back) to weekend horse shows. So depending on what part of the country you live in and your lifestyle, that might just be your everyday get-around truck, nothing "special" at all. All that said, I agree with others that that big of a camper would make for a fun renovation project if you had the time, money and patience....