Hi I am Taylor... looking at a 70's? Beachcomber - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-27-2016, 11:07 PM   #1
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Hi I am Taylor... looking at a 70's? Beachcomber

Hi folks I am currently looking at a 70-s Beachcomber r15? I think anyways found this site after googling and looks like a great resource. The trailer I'm looking at is quite a project so I'm inspired but what I have seen on here so far. Looking forward to it. Thanks...

Edit: I've add some pics of the trailer I'm looking at. I haven't had a great look at it but hopefully will tomorrow. The asking price is 1000obo but he seem quite motivated to sell , but too me seems like a lot 500$ would be more comfortable considering it looks like it will need a full rebuild. Curious what things I should be looking for when I look at it and also assuming I have4 to do complete gut and rebuild anyone have a ball paper figure what I'm getting myself into considering I will do all the work myself, and have 3 carpenters at my disposal to consult with and help. I am hoping to come in under 2K total including the trailer. Thanks again for your help and advice

P.S. I am adventures with project I rebuilt a 84 Toyota Diesel fro the ground up 8 years ago and has been my DD since.
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:18 PM   #2
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couple more photos

here are a few more photos of the interior
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Old 01-28-2016, 03:29 AM   #3
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Welcome to the group Taylor. I have no experience with that trailer but I have to agree with you. From the pics, $500.00 would be as much as I would go. Good luck and keep us informed.......pics too .
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Old 01-28-2016, 07:05 AM   #4
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Welcome, Taylor!

Since you have done restoration work before, you likely know that costs can mount quickly. On the other hand, you probably also know you don't have to do everything at once. Just like with a motor vehicle, though, you'll want to make sure it has solid bones. With a trailer that means the frame and floor.

I'm hoping you do decide to take this on and bring this neglected little trailer back to life.
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:22 AM   #5
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1000 not bad but 500 would be better a good bath would make it look better right of good luck
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Old 01-28-2016, 10:44 AM   #6
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Hi Taylor, and welcome.
What part of the province are you in? Looks like a good project. Lots of great help here on the site.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:41 PM   #7
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Im in Parksville. The trailer is in port alberni and may need a flat deck tow. Im heading there to have a look this afternoon. Hopefully the frame and shell are good.. i can handle the rest. Excited but nervious big project to take on.
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Yeah, good luck with the inspection / purchase.

From what I have seen on here, the Beachcombers are "sticky's" inside a fiberglass shell. That is to say, they are paneled and wood fixtures etc.

So should be an easy remodel for you, even if a complete gut is needed.

Frame, shell and axle are the most important. If you are going to flat bed it home anyway, just make sure of the first two. Complete and unbroken windows would be nice too.

Let us know!
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And the floor. Rotten wood in the floor can be a big project to repair. Some eggs have an exposed wood floor (plywood, usually, in older trailers), some have a wood floor with a fiberglass skin underneath, some fully encapsulate the wood floor in fiberglass top and bottom, and a couple of new companies use two layers of fiberglass with a honeycomb core, eliminating the wood altogether. I don't what kind the Beachcomber has, but make sure it is solid. Check inside cabinets, under windows, and wherever there is plumbing, not just in the center where you walk.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:26 PM   #10
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Hi I am Taylor... looking at a 70's? Beachcomber

Go for it Taylor!!! You wont be sorry!
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Old 02-05-2016, 11:47 AM   #11
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100% guarantee that floor is rotten in that trailer along with most of the wood in the walls from the belly band down. Only buy this if you want to invest a lot of time into a rebuild (if you want it to last). I know from experience! see my thread!
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Old 02-05-2016, 05:00 PM   #12
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well I went and had a good look... and well its quite a project.. I would say complete gut... fibreglass shell looked decent few cracks here and there on the corners but didn't look serious, all the wood is bad roof, floor, walls ect.. frame looked ok but big thing could not find a VIN or serial number anywhere? looked all over the frame, had been painted a few times so hard to find and inside probably had be remodelled once or twice and no markings at all, and seller does not have papers so getting new registration for a unmarked trailer could prove difficult I'd imagine. I said at best i'd offer 300$ as it needs to be towed and i'm looking at a 200$ tow.. guy said hed let me know few others have offered 500, 600 and 800 but no one had the cash. anyways its still there as of right now and I really can see anyone going that high for such a project. anyways few things that stood out for me besides all the wood needing replacement..

1) roof was quite saggy and looked like the tall closet was only thing holding it up...
2) the door didn't fit at all it looked like the trailer grew 1" + on all sides so how do you fix that???
3) where the heck is the VIN or SN?
4) Besides time how much lumber is required? ball park estimate on cost?
5) is it work it or better saving my time and maybe money buying something thats good to go? right now I am willing to spend 2-3k on something good but that doesn't seem to get me into anything worth it, doesn't have to be fibreglass although I know thats what this site is about, but it seem all smaller trailers have just go up crazy here in my area. anyways opinions are welcome and specially from those of you that have fully gutted these beachcombers before...

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Glad you went to look at it Taylor. You certainly did a good job with checking it out from what you told us you saw. The one thing that you didn't mention is a title with the sellers name on it.
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Dave do you mean the Title as in registration to be able to put it on the road and insure it? The owner doesn't have any paperwork and I could not find the trailers VIN or serial number anywhere to be able to look it up. I think the only way to register it would be to do it under Ubuilt which has some limitations I think
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