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Old 08-07-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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Cracked the Egg and Joined the Club!

Well we did it! We joined the Egg campers of America this last weekend! We bought our little 13' 1972 Trailmite. Our Anniversary gift to ourselves. Our daughter said I should have got a diamond, not an egg. I think this is my little diamond in the rough (or maybe a fresh water pearl, as it's shape is so interesting). I don't think we would have gone as crazy as we did, if it was not for this site. We were looking for something affordable, small and light weight and this site convinced us this was the way to go. We love all the information and ideas. As of last night, we have torn the little trailer completely apart. It needs a lot of love. There are no appliances with the trailer, so we will have to replace all but the sink.
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1. I am finding it hard to find a fridge that fits the small space. Its the depth that is the problem. It can't be anymore than 18" as it slopes from 18 3/4 down to 17 3/4. I'd really like to get a 3 way. Anyone know of a particular model that does that?
2. We will be needing all the cushions too. Any place you know of that would be a good deal on those? I was wondering if anyone knows if the cushion size is the same with the 13' Scamp or 13' Boler? We will be making the front dinette into a little different configuration than bunkbeds, so I will have to modify them, but I gotta start somewhere! Right now, I have no pattern on any of it.
3.We live outside Portland, Oregon so any referrals of good places to go to find things for the project are highly sought after
Thank you all for making such a cool site possible!! Looking forward to this new adventure. I posted some pics on my photo album so you can see how it goes. Not sure how to put them in order though..still trying to learn how to navigate it all
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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Congratulations. At the last NOG get together we had a trailmite next to us and got to really check it out. I like the tail light flairs, which reminds me of a 50s style car, and the eye brow in front.
To answer a few of your questions:

1. Q- I am finding it hard to find a fridge that fits the small space. Its the depth that is the problem. It can't be anymore than 18" as it slopes from 18 3/4 down to 17 3/4. I'd really like to get a 3 way. Anyone know of a particular model that does that?"

A- I don't believe they make a replacment refrigerator that's less than 22" (1.9 cu ft) and most larger ones are 24" deep. If you want to keep your fiberglass kitchen front some have put wooden shims to flush out the refer front.

2. Can't help you with that

3. A little more information on what items you may need. I have a scamp and ordered hardware items from them. You might also check "Vintage trailers". There are other ones out their, which others may chime in on.

Have a fun time fixing it up.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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I found an AC/DC (no LP gas mode) 1.7 cu. ft. fridge here:
TruckFridge Model: TF49 AC/DC [115 Volt AC/12 Volt DC]
It is 18" deep. You might be able to add some insulation around some of the sides and make it stay cool during a day of travel. Or add solar panels to the roof, and power it that way during the day.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:57 PM   #4
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Congrat's! And welcome, glad you joined the club...................
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:56 PM   #5
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Cool Tania! This is the current Dometic replacement chart and as Danny mentioned, I don't see anything smaller than a depth of 21-1/2 inches: http://www.dometic.com/c17faeab-a5a2...17a7cff0.fodoc and even then, I don't know if they're 3-way.

This is Norcolds version of the replacement chart: Refrigerator Conversion Chart

I can't answer your cushion question, sorry.

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Old 08-07-2012, 11:29 PM   #6
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I have found good fridges on kijiji for $100. If you have the model number of the original, it was probably installed in some tent trailer that is being scraped to make a quad trailer. Or at least that was how I got a Dometic RM211, which, if I am measuring correctly, is 16" deep. It also has a freezer section, which you won't find in current small three way fridges. BTW, you should have some space behind your fridge for air circulation. Maybe some fans as well.The fridge I purchased was the third RM211 that sold in Alberta, for $100, (or less) last week.

Another good source for fridges is the wreckers. The local Pick and Pull sells fridges for $25. No guarantee that they work though. You will also have to get dirty.

In your second photo, what kind of dog is that?
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Looks like a Bernese Mountain Dog.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:45 AM   #8
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I have found good fridges on kijiji for $100. If you have the model number of the original, it was probably installed in some tent trailer that is being scraped to make a quad trailer. Or at least that was how I got a Dometic RM211, which, if I am measuring correctly, is 16" deep. It also has a freezer section, which you won't find in current small three way fridges. BTW, you should have some space behind your fridge for air circulation. Maybe some fans as well.The fridge I purchased was the third RM211 that sold in Alberta, for $100, (or less) last week.

Another good source for fridges is the wreckers. The local Pick and Pull sells fridges for $25. No guarantee that they work though. You will also have to get dirty.

In your second photo, what kind of dog is that?
Hey David ~ Which Pick & Pull do you go to? I'm lucky to find even parts for my van at the one near me. Never seen a camper or trailer there (Foster Road - Portland).
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Hey David ~ Which Pick & Pull do you go to? I'm lucky to find even parts for my van at the one near me. Never seen a camper or trailer there (Foster Road - Portland).
Since David is in Alberta... I'm betting on the other side of the border. If you're looking for RV wreckers, check out this list... it's updated regularly:
RV Salvage/Surplus Yards (List) Updated 8/01/12 - RV Forums - myRVparks.com
The Canadian stuff is about 3/4 down the page
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:01 AM   #10
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very cool .
my sugjestion is that you make a cardboard template of the cushons and send it to scamp. if theirs fit your in luck,,,if not, they sew their own so you can ask what they would charge to make you up a set, my guess is about what they get for a set of theirs. maybe they just need a little tuck and stitchto make theirs a perfect fit.

another option,,, not knowing where you live of course,,, is a local fav of mine. we have an amish gentleman not far from us that canvase and interiors for boats... very good work at almost embaresing prices.
and it makes me feel good to give them my business, as it means so much to them.
see whats in your area.
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Looks like a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Yes Roy, it is a Bernese. We have two. We got them both as adults that were needing a home from separate situations. We love them! But there sure is ALOT of fur flying around . The are very interested in the trailer and it makes it hard to work when they want to be in there with us while we are tearing it apart.
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Yes Roy, it is a Bernese. We have two. We got them both as adults that were needing a home from separate situations. We love them! But there sure is ALOT of fur flying around . The are very interested in the trailer and it makes it hard to work when they want to be in there with us while we are tearing it apart.
hmmmmm trying to picture where they will sleep,,,,of course you could just give up and bring along a tent for you to sleep in.
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[QUOTE=DannyH;326242]Congratulations. At the last NOG get together we had a trailmite next to us and got to really check it out. I like the tail light flairs, which reminds me of a 50s style car, and the eye brow in front.

We are trying to decide what the original tail lights looked like. There is a cut out and we think that it was after factory. No tail lights now, so we can only guess. I like the round ones, but then it does have the "taillite flairs" so maybe a rectangle would fit it better.

Okay I am not too savy on how to answer these evidently. I try the quote and it gives each one a separate box and I lost what I was writing. So bear with me please.

Great ideas from everyone. I am saving them in a file so I can keep the information as we are looking and deciding how to get it all done. We found what looks like a salvage RV place. We are hoping to go there this weekend. It is by appt only, so we will see. If it is any good, I'll post it for others. It is here in Oregon.

Mike, I am thankful for any input. When I try to look up fridges, they are all too big. I did find one thru Affordable Rving in Milwaukee OR. They said they could order it for me...but it also was not a 3 way. I wonder if it is the same, as what you sent me? Copied your link too, just in case. I may have to do as some have and just shim it up.

Oh the fun of remodeling!! Thank you for all your support and love looking at your pics for more ideas!
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:44 PM   #14
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hmmmmm trying to picture where they will sleep,,,,of course you could just give up and bring along a tent for you to sleep in.
John, the funny thing is I did not want a camper van as our dogs couldn't be with us.. But with a truck and the trailer, we can all "go" together, but maybe they'll have to sleep in the truck or if it is bad weather (scary thunder etc) they'll cram in the the front dinette and floor, we get the back dinette/bed! (But don't tell my husband I said that..he's under the impression they will be in the truck)
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