My progress on the rehab has been stalled by some family obligations and the ministry of finance has also required some austerity measures (!). I have had most of the work done by others related to not being able to fit it into my garage. So far this is what has been done:
1. Inside critter mess was cleared out and inside disinfected. Most of inside has been gutted down to fiberglass.
2. Outside was powerwashed and scrubbed
3. Floor had been replaced but not really a good job (and it was soaked in critter excrement) so most of it has been removed. The floor in front half has yet to be removed-there is a thin fiberglass skin (original? don't think so) over a very rotted wood underlayment.
4. Hubs on axles removed and are being replaced with new standard hubs, getting new tires
with standard rims. Unit will have new tires
5. The axle
and trailer frame underneath was found to be in good shape. There is evidence the trailer frame was welded/repaired sometime in the past.
I am debating if I should continue or sell it to someone handier. I have $1500 "invested" in it so far. It will need fiberglass repairs of various access holes, at least 3 new windows
, wiring, power configuration, outside paint
and (oh yeah) an entire inside rebuild. I didn't realize how HUGE it would be. An interior of 13x7 seemed "smallish" in theory, but in reality - oy! If I can keep the rest of the rebuild around 2K, it would still be less than other comparable FBRV models I've seen that still need some repairs. And I know mine would be clean from mold and rot inside. It wouldn't need to be fancy to start, just the basics.
I will have the hubs and tires
with rims for sale
for anyone who might be interested. The tires are not that good but could function as a spare, they are 14 in in sizes 205 and 215, probably just good for the rims which (I discovered) are extremely difficult to find. The trailer service rep recommended I ask $85 each for the hubs and $50 each for the rims. This is open to negotiation. The brakes
have been removed were not repairable. In any case these are standard and not as rare as the hubs and rims. In Wisconsin brakes
are not required for units under 3000 lbs. Do others find the brakes
are necessary or more an optional help?
Pam, overwhelmed and in search of a garage!