As some of you may know from previous posts, there is a great struggle going on with our Love Bug
. We bought is thinking we were educated enough to make smart purchase, but I think we let our desperation get the best of us. After almost a year looking we spent 20% more than we had budgeted. We made the decision based on the belief that there was just some clean up to do "Ready to hit the road".
Famous last words. While cleaning up we found some rotten flooring in the back of the trailer (hidden prior to excavation of all of the stuff and being deep beneath the full size bed. The damage was not apparent from beneath and that with the word of the seller was acceptable.
Well the floor rot turned into the necessary removal of entire elevated rear section. As many of you know, it is kind of like plumbing in an old house, with every attempted "fix" more problems are revealed. The wheel wells are completely separated from the floor, and upon further inspection there is more floor rot. Once we removed the floor is out the places in the frame that are rusted nearly through are revealed. Also have discovered "repairs" and I use the term loosely, done by previous owners that are less than helpful.
I am beginning to think that the door is not original. The other LBs that I have seen all have windows
in the door. There is no evidence that there was ever a window in the door. There is, however, evidence that some major fiberglass repairs have been done to the door frame at some point. The repair work seems strong and solid but now I am wondering if the poor door fit is the result of the fiberglass job that was done around the door. Won't know that till we get the shell back on tight to the new floor at then start on the door.
Every step of the way we have reevaluated whether we should just bite the bullet, try to sell what we have and take the loss, start over in our search - armed with lots more knowledge, or try to get our little guy back to his intended form. We are now looking at 100% over budget unless we find some other hidden surprise. And that is just to get him sound and on the road - no paint
I think at this point we are too far in to turn back. Unless we decide to strike a match and chalk it up as a very expensive lesson learned. At this stage of our lives this is very, not good!
I have received great information and advice from the wonderful members of this form, special shout out to Robert, and proceed to trudge along.
Does anyone know of someone in the North East part of Florida (Jacksonville) that does this sort of work? I can't spend the $ to just drop it off somewhere but am feeling really unsure about several aspects of this endeavor. I could afford to pay somebody who could do bits and pieces of the job or even work with me in areas that I am unsure. The local RV places want nothing to do with this sort of thing. Example - I have found a small trailer place who is going to do the frame, axle
, brake work for me at a reasonable rate.
So the furniture has to be removed so that the floor can be removed. (in the design of this egg the wood floor supports the shell)
Have spent hours - H O U R S - drilling rivets. I am itching everywhere from fiberglass. So now almost down to the empty shell and ready to take the next step.
Today I am going to try to get the shell jacked so that we can get the trailer out and then completely remove the floor so I can get the frame to the "trailer guy". But I don't know if I should have the frame modified, there is no frame support under the door sill. Seems like that addition should be made as well as well as some sort of frame support under the galley side of the cabin. If there should be then I don't know how to communicate the dimensions or specs to the trailer man.
Ok, back inside to cool off, got the shell up enough to get the tires
off the ground, once I cool off a little I'll start cutting the floor away from the frame. I'm going to leave the perimeter of the floor fiber glassed to the wall for now, that will be the last of the floor to come up to make the last of my puzzle piece template to cut the new floor.
I have a call in to the "trailer shop" and have requested that someone come and see the frame before I remove it. That way they will know better what needs to be done.