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Old 05-07-2013, 11:57 AM   #15
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stick them on the bumper... bungee cord them down...if there is a will there is a way...
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:08 PM   #16
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Pair of turn signal and brake lights w/ magnetic bases, a flat 4 trailer connector plug and just maybe a wire harness long enuf to reach from tow vehicle socket to the trailer bumper. Always available ChinaMart and other fine retailers. Plan on bungees or duct tape to assist magnets and an extension for the flat 4 or provision (wire, butt conns) for splicing in additional length to wire harness. The rig as designed presupposes quick attachment to steel car or truck sheet metal; the only potential attachment on glass trailer is a steel bumper.

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Old 05-07-2013, 12:15 PM   #17
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. . . and possibly an adaptor from flat four to your tv connector if other than flat four. Just so you won't say no one mentioned that.

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Old 05-07-2013, 12:17 PM   #18
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The seller of the 1978 Fiber Stream now wants to back out of the sale. This after we had a verbal agreement over the phone & email, and I have spent money on modifications to my tow vehicle, not to mention all the time & energy spent on research for this particular trailer & trailers of this specific type. He delayed our meet one week already because he was having a systems check done.

I am just sick to my stomach.

All this at 11pm the day before I was to go up to redding to take delivery!

He states that the expense of the bearings being repacked & the wiring not being in working order makes him now want to sell it to someone locally, "as is". Previously, he offered to pull it to redding to meet me & do the deal there.

I have very limited budget for up front price & wanted to get a fixer in my (low!) price range that I could work on as I had the funds & could put lots of time into, as opposed to money.

I had set aside money to have an rv friend do the rewiring as soon as I got it down as far as Sacramento area. I also figured the tires would need to be replaced fairly soon. None of the other items on the systems check he had done (for$170) were big surprises; ie. the frame IS in good shape, the oven doesn't work, the kitchen faucet has a small leak.

It does not seem very likely that another FGRV w a shower/bathroom will come along in my price range & local area very soon.....

The seller says he is open to solutions & apologized ......

What alternatives do you think would be fair/equitable/acceptable?

Still stunned & reeling from the shock....

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You might consider going to harbor frieght and buying a magnetic tow light kit for about $10. Get a roll of duct tape and go get the trailer. Take a jack and some grease in case you need it.
Once you get it home you can do all the needed repairs. Offer the seller enough less to pay for your share of the expenses.
If this sounds too complex, maybe you could get someone to go with and help. If neither solution sounds plausible then maybe you need to wait for a better prepared trailer.
If you are concerned about the wheel bearings, virtually every town has a shop which could pack them.. Try a boat place!
I have a retrieval kit with which I take with when I buy a trailer in order to get home with the trailer. Contact me if you wish, I have retrieved many trailers and might be of some use as a coach.

I see rabbit was typing at the same time I was,with about the same advice and more....WHAT HE SAID!
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:18 PM   #19
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I'm curious. How do you put magnetic lights on a fiberglass trailer?
You put them on the steel bumper.

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Old 05-07-2013, 01:07 PM   #20
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You put them on the steel bumper.

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Except on Uhauls, their bumper is aluminum!
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:08 PM   #21
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As I mentioned on the other thread, fixers, such as this appeared to be, if you don't have the tools and skill sets to do all of your own repair work, can and will get very expensive before all is done.

Unless one is not at least three of the following: painter, carpenter, electrician, plumber, mechanic or a seamstress, a fixer may not be the answer for a limited budget. That Fiberstream may need $1000's in repairs before it is safe to move out of your driveway.

Oregon can be very hard on rigs that are not properly cared for, winterized, covered or sealed up in the occasional (?) rain or just plain unused for an extended period.

As it is from an area that gets winter freezes, think just about the cost of replacing cracked plumbing if it wasn't properly winterized, or the cost of a new refrigerator or new holding tanks.

I suspect this is just a blessing in disguise and that the seller may have had a sudden pang of guilt and didn't want you to buy it for good reasons.

Better the seller gets stuck with it than the buyer.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:14 PM   #22
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Except on Uhauls, their bumper is aluminum!


We're talking about a Fiberstream, but what the hey...if the bumper's aluminum, copper, gold, platinum, or any other non-ferrous metal:

Duct tape a piece of steel to it first.

Same goes for plastic bumpers. Have I missed any other possibilities???

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Old 05-07-2013, 02:21 PM   #23
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Same goes for plastic bumpers. Have I missed any other possibilities???
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:23 PM   #24
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Since he says he's willing to work with you on this, there are ways to negotiate an acceptable deal. If you really want the trailer, make the drive, but first send him a deposit. If you both use Pay-pal you can do that and still be on the road tomorrow. If not a moneygram or Cash & Go store will do the transaction. Just consider the drive an adventure vacation. You can call ahead and find someone in Medford that will pack the bearings when you get there. $10 tow light pkg as others recommended and you're on your way home with no regrets. If you're paying a fair price given the condition, anything can be fixed. If its not offered at a fair price, then just don't do the deal.
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We're talking about a Fiberstream...

Same goes for plastic bumpers. Have I missed any other possibilities???

Francesca
For the record, original Fiber Stream "bumpers" were made out of Fiberglass. I say "bumper" in quotes because it is nothing more than a curved panel that hides the Black Tank from view. Quite a few go missing by the time they reach current seniority. When I bought mine, it had a 2" x 4" x 6' piece of Douglas Fir wood as a bumper substitute.

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Old 05-07-2013, 06:16 PM   #26
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I call BULLSPIT!

If you paid for the Inspection than you're more invested here and may need to mull over how much more do you invest into this transaction. However, if he paid the inspection and is now backing out...walk away...no skip merrily away Grateful that he saved you alot of further aggravation.
From the beginning, you had a gut feeling that maybe this wasn't the trailer for you. Intuition is not to be ignored. We all cheered you on because it sounded as if you were scared and not up for the renovation...Ultimately you can't make any final deal until you see the vehicle.

This is what I'd be happy about:
You now have a nice brandspanking new receiver hitch and tow ball.
You also still have cash waiting to plunk down on the right trailer.
You now have accumulated quite a bit of knowledge on FBGRV's.
You've got access to expertise here at the click of a button.

I don't think anything in life should be this challenging. I'd take it as a sign and don't walk away mad....just walk away. Sometimes the mind likes to spin us in circles that what we can't have is more important than what we deserve.
IMHO...There's not such a shortage as you think...Seems I've noticed more trailers for sale in the past couple of months since I bought mine!
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:24 PM   #27
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Well, your tug is now ready for the next one, so you can buy it and pick it up right away.

Sorry for the loss.

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Old 05-07-2013, 06:28 PM   #28
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Agreed! The market seems crowed this year, and prices are falling. Your perfect trailer may be the next one you find. The search is part of the fun. I am constantly looking, and I have four. Maybe more, if the deal looks really good.
I think the seller is doing you a favor. Get the details of why he is backing out, but, like everyone is suggesting, it is probably because the trailer has too many problems to tow. Probably something serious. If it was just lights, the owner would probably take care of that and complete the transaction. If it requires an off the frame restore, do you really want that kind of pain?
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