I'm also a new member, proud owner of a '78 Surf Side, and very happy to have found this group. There is abundant information and a clear willingess to help from all the members.
This is our first RV and this one is definitely a fix'er upper (somehow this is really exciting). We got a great deal for what seems like a structurally sound trailer. Fridge
works, stove works, furnace
works, 110v system works. 12v system and towing lights
...no go; the roof vent has a small leak (apparently it has been repaired, but very poorly and obviously unsuccessfully). The only 'serious' issue I would say is the two 'fishing' holes that were cut out in the back area between the benches (under the table). Apparently this old TM-14 served as an ice-fishing hut for a while back then. But other than that it needs a good scrubbing, some paint
and new flooring. Unfortunately the front bench was also modified and now it is some sort of shelf/storage area, seems convenient but not very pretty.
We have lots of ideas for our new trailer (especially after reading some of the threads here and seeing some awesome pictures). We will definitely start with the fishing holes and stripping the old flooring (half of it is already coming off anyway). We'll have to do some work on the cupboards and figure out the electrical
issues. We probably won't have her out yet this year (you never know), but winter is a good time to do work on the inside.
Here are some pictures, it will look better soon!
Thanks for keeping this forum open and sharing all the information.