My ground up rebuild on my 1975 Ventura - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-03-2021, 10:05 PM   #1
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My ground up rebuild on my 1975 Ventura

So this past year got a steal of a deal on my trailer but it did need a lot of work. I like fixing old things so why not tackle a 2 year project.

The frame was broken and kind of repaired at one time, but it need a better repair. Some of the fiberglass was rotted away at the door but not to bad I thought. Inside had some water damage from the window leaks, so out came the whole interior and split the trailer from the frame.

Bought a welder and started the repair on the frame. Filled all the holes with weld, Replaced the whole front section and put a new hitch on. Installed new mounts for the body so I don't have to drill the frame. Added some new supports and ran out of time with weather. Ill add some pics of the progress.
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Old 01-03-2021, 10:07 PM   #2
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Just some more pictures of the progress.
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Old 04-01-2021, 05:21 PM   #3
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Admiring your reinforcement of the door! I attempted to smooth ours out with fibre bondo but it still cracked.. so once it warms up I'll be glassing around the door too.

Looks good!
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Old 05-20-2021, 06:28 PM   #4
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Admiring your reinforcement of the door! I attempted to smooth ours out with fibre bondo but it still cracked.. so once it warms up I'll be glassing around the door too.

Looks good!
yah the door repair has been the biggest and most time invested so far. I am using all top quality stuff from my boating store in town so it is expensive but I am deep into it so why not. Using epoxy with glass beads mixed in for filler as that is what they suggested at the boat shop

Almost warm enough to start again.
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Old 07-28-2021, 07:40 PM   #5
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quick little update. Got the frame totally done and under the body. Used Interlux paint for the bottom and whole thing when ready. Had to remove and weld in new mounts for the axle and move it forward a bit. Upgraded axle to a trailing wheel. Slow and steady wins right. Just working on glassing the inside of the body now where it had broken through, and will add more glass where I plan to use the newly welded on bracket for mounting.

And I put some one sided sticky foam that is used for truck canopies on the frame to sit in between the frame and the body.
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