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Old 04-30-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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It's time for an intro and our story. Pls pardon our delay....

Hi, we are Mike & Ellen from West Michigan. We found our 1988 17' Liberty Van Companion on Craigslist in Sept. 2010 priced at $2,200.

We are in our early 50's and were ready to "graduate" from tent camping.

We knew nothing about the world of fiberglass or travel trailers for that matter; we just thought that this trailer was too stinkin cute to pass up. P.O. had let this trailer sit out in the elements for years, and there were some "hidden issues" (we soon discovered). To us this trailer had good interior and exterior bones and desperately needed a good cleaning and some TLC!!

Long long story short, our "Baby's" issues we discovered thru trial & error, were mainly from a leaking belly band and leaking front & back windows. "Leaking" was not even a question we thought to ask the P.O. (duh) That fall the DH replaced rotted wood inside the walls under the front & back windows and also patched various holes with bondo & fiberglass. We were thrown into the "world of fiberglass" and luckily got good repair and spot paint advise from local f-glass repair shops we found in the phone book.

Finally satisfied there were no more leaks DH pumped 3 tubes of silicone caulk onto every single external seam there was! We then closed Baby up, winterized her, and sent her off to storage for the winter. We were such happy campers and ready for next Springtime. Then I stumbled upon this website and realized the GEM that we had found! Then I discovered the thread regarding silicone caulk. "Oh NO, what have we done? Poor DH was in complete denial for several months. We were no longer happy campers.

Needless to say, DH came to his senses and our Spring was spent removing all (ours & P.O.'s) silicone caulk and residue. We removed every window and every external attached part and applied butyl tape and 3M marine caulk; our 2 new "best friends".

We finished just in time for the Memorial Day w-end year 2011 to take Baby on our maiden voyage. We were 2 happy peas in our pod! We camped 5 times total last year and kept ourselves very busy w/general maintenance matters and various upgrades to give Baby our own personal style and to make her feel like our home away from home.

I am so thankful that I found all of you wonderful people with your never ending generosity in sharing your wisdom and collective knowledge. You have educated us and have been our inspiration and motivation (especially when we wanted to throw in the towel) to make our Baby the best she can be.

We are hoping for at least 8 trips out this camping season and lots of new memories, people, and adventures to experience.

Our first trip out will be this weekend to Muskegon State Park (in Muskegon MI). Stop on by if you are in the area!

We are in total and true love with Baby. She owns our blood, sweat, tears, and respect. We would not trade her for the world. She is our little Cabin-On-Wheels. Here she is.......................
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:15 PM   #2
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Mike and Ellen, welcome to FiberglassRV! and thanks so much for posting the pictures. The Liberty Van Companion is a bit orphaned, as far as how many members we have that own them.... so, we're really glad you're here!

Here's our Liberty Van Companion album... looks like we'll need to add some new pictures! http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/m...-albums76.html
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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Welcome folks. Looks good. You made it yours!
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:08 PM   #4
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She's adorable! Congrats! And Welcome.............



The second I saw the word, Silicone I thought OH NO! LOL, there are so many that cringe when the word comes up. But since I have never had to replace the chaulk its not been an issue but I know from reading here that the word silicone can get you 10 to life! Glad you caught it before it became a problem.


And just know that all the hard work you guys have done on your trailer will pay off for many years to come...... Now get out there and enjoy it. You have a special lil trailer there, thanks for posting pic's!
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:17 PM   #5
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She's a real looker! I hope you get to spend plenty of time camping in her.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:39 AM   #6
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Thanks all for the welcome!
Now that I did my official first post, after 1.5 years of lurking I officially feel like part of the group
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:42 AM   #7
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Thx Donna for pointing out the album. Trust-you-me, I have studied that album numerous times!!
We would love to have our pix added to the album. BTW Who does the album maintenance?
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Thx Donna for pointing out the album. Trust-you-me, I have studied that album numerous times!!
We would love to have our pix added to the album. BTW Who does the album maintenance?
Mikell, I think the old album software is broken, nothing new being added. BUT, you can add picture to the Trailer Registry through your User CP.

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Old 05-02-2012, 04:47 AM   #9
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its a beauty, we are over in southeastern michigan, hope to see you out there some time. going to be at southhaven the 10th 11th and 12th with our scamp and two grand children
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Gorgeous! Like Donna said, we don't see many Liberty Van Companions. We are SO glad you're here!

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