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Old 08-29-2019, 07:48 PM   #1
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My name is Long and I have a family of 4 (two kids ages 4 and 2). Was looking for a 13ft scamp but dream is to find a pristine uhaul ct-13. I've found 2 the past week in excellent condition: however, they do not have bunk beds.. Which defeats the whole purpose of buying camper to take the kids out.

I'm still thinking about pulling the trigger and redoing the bunk bed. Is it hard to find the bunk bed hinge? Would I be able to buy it from someone or somewhere? I'll also need the cushions but it's the hinges I'm most concern with. Any advise would greatly be appreciated.
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Old 08-29-2019, 08:07 PM   #2
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Pristine Uhaul may be hard to find. Many are missing the bunk bed pieces. The upper bunk hinge is a long piano type hinge that has a offset on one side.
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Old 08-29-2019, 08:14 PM   #3
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Thanks for quick reply. I wish I can find that piece somewhere. Iíve scoured the forums and found the pdf template for the bed but the hinge seems to be the biggest problem. Iíve found a uhaul ct-13 Iím in love with.. everything is working and looks great. Only issue is no bunk beds for the kids.
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Old 08-29-2019, 08:30 PM   #4
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Thanks for quick reply. I wish I can find that piece somewhere. Iíve scoured the forums and found the pdf template for the bed but the hinge seems to be the biggest problem.
Perhaps you can find what you need at a woodworking store: https://woodworker.com/full-wrap-con...su-123-980.asp


OR, install a some of these, they're called a Chest Hinge
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Old 08-29-2019, 09:25 PM   #5
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There are specialty catalogs in most woodworking specialty shops and in genuine lumberyards where someone has an appreciation for furniture construction. Also specialty hardware stores associates with lock and key businesses. I would buy the trailer if I liked it and then concentrate on the bunks. You will figure something out or somebody will have one you can buy. Always believe “it’s out there” a friend of mine just bought a water hose for a 1928 Model A ford. New in the box. Sticker was on it with proper number for a 28. Believe.
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Old 08-29-2019, 11:02 PM   #6
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Thank you for all the valuable information. The exterior is a 10/10 to me. The issue is the bunk beds and he said the prvious owner removed the interior electrical outlets except one which was a night light. I think I'm an ok diyer and woodworker, but electrical is not my forte. Would you guys think this is an easy fix/upgrade?
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Old 08-30-2019, 05:43 AM   #7
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The Uhaul CT13 originally had only one 110 outlet which was located on the rear of the upper cabinets. There was also a little push button breaker on that outlet and it was for the whole trailer. The original electrical system is outdated and pretty much useless. I've seen some photos of bunk beds that others have built that are really nice but were permanent and eliminated the front seating which was uncomfortable anyway.
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Old 08-30-2019, 09:51 AM   #8
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For my take, and I know it doesn't answer your bunk bed question, but I'm just thinking "outside the box." Why not just get the kids a small tent that they could set up next to the trailer and sleep in that. It would free up the inside of the trailer for you and the wife, and frankly, I've never met a kid yet who wouldn't want to sleep in a tent over a trailer. It's the fun factor. Just sayin'.
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Old 08-30-2019, 11:29 AM   #9
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Possible hinge to use

Hi Long, I just did a google search for "offset piano hinge" and found something that I think might work for you (for ~$30): Stainless Steel Offset Piano Hinge. Alternatively, you could get a regular, heavy duty piano hinge and make friends with you local community college welding instructor. The shop there should have a brake (sheet metal bending) and you can put a long, even bend, at your preferred angle, along your hinge -- in about five seconds.

Also, I've completely redone the electrical in my Burro, and if you keep it simple, it's not as daunting as you might think. This forum has great advice, and you can learn a whole lot. You can also take a course. Pasadena City College, here in SoCal has an electrical technology class that will give you the confidence to tackle anything your uHaul will every through your way.

Seriously though. If you have found your perfect UT-13, get it! and then go from there.

(And yes, I do work at a community college -- though not PCC. Best. Job. Ever!)

Best of luck, Jenny
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Old 08-30-2019, 02:37 PM   #10
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For my take, and I know it doesn't answer your bunk bed question, but I'm just thinking "outside the box." Why not just get the kids a small tent that they could set up next to the trailer and sleep in that. It would free up the inside of the trailer for you and the wife, and frankly, I've never met a kid yet who wouldn't want to sleep in a tent over a trailer. It's the fun factor. Just sayin'.
At 2 and 4 years old, I'd say they're a bit young for their own tent. When my two were old enough they enjoyed the novelty of the tent for a couple of trips, then they wanted back inside the trailer. It was nice while it lasted!

Bunks are great.
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:29 AM   #11
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Wow.. This forum is unbelievable. You guys are so helpful. There is this guy selling a uhual camper without bunk.. But I see the bunk bed hinge there.. He said hell think about just selling me the hinge.. So fingers cross

Also the camper I'm looking at is missing the big dining table that turns into the double bed. That should be easy fix right? I know I can make it out of plywood.. But do you guys know what the table is made out of?
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:35 AM   #12
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So here is the camper last year when he bought it and it's current condition. He said it needs a lot of tlc. I did a screenshot close up.. Thus can be cleaned up right? Doesn't look permanent?
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:42 AM   #13
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The original table was fiberglass but not all that sturdy for sleeping on so we replaced it with plywood and left the rear as a bed all the time. The seating area fiberglass is kinda thin and flexible also and some areas I reinforced. The outer shell also is thin and can be pushed in easily in some areas, mainly the sides toward the front. We have sold our Uhaul and all the parts went with it.
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Old 08-31-2019, 10:56 AM   #14
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Not sure of what I'm seeing in the pictures, but by the way it shines it probably had the floor wax put on it and it is peeling or deteriorating. Using Zep floor wax is popular with fiberglass camper owners to get a brilliant shine but I've heard it can yellow over time or peel and then has to be stripped off and reapplied.
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Old 09-04-2019, 10:10 AM   #15
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Where are you located? I have a UHAUL-13, 1984, WITH bunks, cushions, really good shape. Thinking about asking $5K. Located in west Michigan, near the lake.
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Old 09-04-2019, 10:17 AM   #16
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In your last pic, it appears there are stains directly on the gelcoat, and behind the wax coating. You may be able to remove those stains after stripping the wax. Could try various cleaners discussed in many threads on this forum.
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Old 09-04-2019, 10:50 AM   #17
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Where are you located? I have a UHAUL-13, 1984, WITH bunks, cushions, really good shape. Thinking about asking $5K. Located in west Michigan, near the lake.
I live in California but let me Im you
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:53 AM   #18
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MI is a long way from CA. I have a daughter in OLYMPIA<, WA.
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:54 AM   #19
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Not my thread. Reply to Long in CA.
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Old 09-04-2019, 04:02 PM   #20
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See my post for Trillium for sale. It has bunk beds.
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