Hi, I am Kai in Seattle, New - Fiberglass RV

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Old 10-20-2015, 05:54 AM   #1
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Name: Kathleen (Kai: ai as in wait)
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Smile Hi, I am Kai in Seattle, New

My husband, Paul and I are fairly new to this site; we found it when we bought a little old 1984 fiberglass motorcycle trailer to tow behind our Dodge Grand Caravan for an exercise pen for our two pug girls and other equipment we were having a hard time fitting into our van, like a walker
and sometimes wheelchair for me.

The trailer was full of mold and rock chipped on top, but Paul was eager to see what he could do with it--

The first thing we did was look online for "Remove mold from fiberglass," and found this site.

The advice was super, worked great, and we felt really good about it. We're using our little trailer often, so delighted the inside smells decent!

Once we were on this site, inspired by our early (and relatively easy success), we were reminded of the existence of what I used to call "marshmallow trailers" in the 60's. We learned they're called "eggs," not marshmallows, and began reading and looking and reading and looking.

WOW! It's a whole world out there we'd been barely aware of. Suddenly I had to get a fiberglass RV, possibly redo it inside (well, Paul would do the redoing), resurrect something going downhill and bring it back to life...

Two weeks ago today we bought that dark brown 1973 Amerigo in Salem that's been on FGRV for a few weeks--and Paul now has the entire rotted plywood floor out of it and we have the new plywood coming and are debating what to use for the wallboards.

It's been a busy two weeks. We were woefully naïve when we bought it; we thought maybe new curtains and a funny metal sign and we'd be off camping. HAH! BUT the help we've found on this site has been beyond invaluable! The members are just wonderful and we don't know how we could proceed without them.
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Old 10-20-2015, 06:41 AM   #2
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Welcome, Kai and Paul!

I remember your discouragement when you first discovered your Amerigo was going to be more of a project than you anticipated. Glad to hear you are persevering. You already know more about your trailer that I know about mine! Best wishes completing the repairs. Hope to read travel reports soon!
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:14 AM   #3
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Hi Kai

Hi Kai,
My name is Azur and I am also in Seattle. I recently started a fiberglass trailer rental company called gogocamper. I have 3 trailers which I am working on. If I can help you out in some way shoot me a note! Or contact me through the website ( under construction!) but functional. gogocamper.com
Congrats on your new purchase
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:44 AM   #4
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Hi Kai and Paul. Hang in there all the pain, angst and memories of hard , seemingly unending work, will fade into oblivion when you are able to take your new baby on it's maiden camping trip and people come up and say WOW! what a neat little camper. The pride that comes from renovating one of these little trailers is hard to imagine. Lee and Norma
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:51 AM   #5
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Hi, All,
Thank you for your kind words of encouragement! I spent much of the first week in tears, and it's hard to wipe them away while you're kicking yourself really hard! Then Paul really stepped up and with the help of so many people here, began to feel more and more confident. It has all helped a lot. I've reached a kind of calm (the eye of the storm?). Now that the rotted plywood is out and that "smell" has diminished, it begins to seem as if we can do this...good to hear from you all; this thread is staying at the front of our computer for fast access!
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:15 PM   #6
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Smile Welcome

As a fellow Washintonian, I would like to welcome you to the forum.

I hope you will be able to make your first, or nearly first, trip to our WAG:


Just search for "Washington State Fiberglass RV Gathering" on YouTube for presentations of our past glories.

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Old 10-28-2015, 04:25 PM   #7
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Hi, fellow Washingtonian! We'll do our very best to come, even if the trailer isn't ready yet, because it would be a really valuable meet and we'll probably learn more than we can even imagine! (And who knows, Paul may have great luck and we'll have something to tow down after all.)
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