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Old 11-04-2017, 07:26 PM   #15
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With no windows in the rig, and no roof vent, I'm assuming they had to put a vent somewhere so that's the place they chose.

If you decide to turn it into a camper, that vent hole will need to be fiberglassed.
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:05 PM   #16
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Hey - Mike / Civilguy - yes, we are still friends! The short story on this is that I've been watching for a fiberglass egg for a couple of years. Deb and another friend both have vintage trailers, though not fiberglass. They found it, 'shanghaied' me into hauling it 30 miles to my place and let me stew about it for several weeks. I think it's more work than I want to get into but CowBoss Deb seems willing to give it a go.

If it's bigger than she is, you might see it yet one more time - on the For Sale forum ...

But I gotta say - I have learned so much from poking around on this site - thank you all! I've filled a notebook with notes and references. It's made me even more certain that a fiberglass is what I'm looking for.
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Old 11-05-2017, 10:32 AM   #17
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Be sure you use "radius" windows like Jon suggested. If you use windows with 90 degree corners, they really compromise structural integrity of the wall.
All those poor, poor people that own 1968 through mid-1980 trailers. Little did they know their windows were problematic. When was the last time (or first time!) you saw the corner of a window with a crack in the body right there?

The owner is going to need to get radius corner windows, because they're available. The old fashioned Jalousie windows are no longer available.

There are benefits of one style window over the other (depending on which you want).
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I've seen a number of stress cracks in the corners of non-radiused windows. On the other hand, there are thousands of trailers out there, so it's not like its a huge problem. But the preventive is simple: drill a small hole in each corner before you cut. I agree- there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Do what you want!
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Hey - Mike / Civilguy - yes, we are still friends! The short story on this is that I've been watching for a fiberglass egg for a couple of years. Deb and another friend both have vintage trailers, though not fiberglass. They found it, 'shanghaied' me into hauling it 30 miles to my place and let me stew about it for several weeks. I think it's more work than I want to get into but CowBoss Deb seems willing to give it a go.

If it's bigger than she is, you might see it yet one more time - on the For Sale forum ...
One approach might be to prepare the trailer as sort of a "camper shell" with windows but without all the utilities; I think Jon recently referred to something as an "adventure pod".

I used to spend a lot of time on the TNTTT forum considering building a trailer or outfitting a cargo trailer. In the end I went with purchasing a fully-outfitted trailer as I am so slow to complete projects and it seemed that Momma wanted to travel in this lifetime.

However, a small, minimalist trailer still turns my head. I wish I could keep a Compact Junior or an Eriba Puck in my "stable". I can imagine the simplicity of an ice chest, or perhaps the extravagance of a 12-volt compressor refrigerator, and a portable camp stove with a place to sleep and haul gear. I think I'd forgo plumbing but maintain a 12-volt system which could charge from the tow vehicle or a shore connection.

But, that's just my musings. I hope that you and Deb keep us posted on how things go as it's so fun to see the creative approaches that people bring to these projects.
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