Hi everybody! A little, lonely 13' Playpac "Hitch-Hut" followed us home from Pennsylvania, last week. We LOVE her. This is our first experience with a travel trailer...it went, for the most part, ok!
On the way home, the realization that we had absolutely NO idea what we were doing, set in. She needs work. Obviously, we will be spending lots and lots of time on this forum (more so than we, already, have!).
There's a few things I'd like to get off my back and out into the open in one post:
1. She was only able to top 55 without swaying. Is this normal for a vintage trailer? Seriously. We're VERY new to this. haha! Other than weight-distribution and sway bars (we, already, have on our tow-vehicle hitch), should we do anything else? We're thinking a new axle
might be good...?
She rides really smooth without wind and bumps, though!...but, still, only at max speed of 55.
2. She had leaks
in her roof and windows
. The previous owners patched everything up, but, it, still, seems very damp inside. I've researched a lot of tin-can leaks
, but, don't know much about fiberglass. Can fiberglass get water damage? Can we remove the windows
and just re-rubber/seal them and call it good? The windows
, themselves, are in pretty-darn good condition.
3. Her door has a bit of a slouch, creating a small gap at the top and a substantial gap at the bottom. I've noticed bolers have this same problem, and, usually need the door frame rebuilt. Yah?
4. There's a hole in the wheel well of the fiberglass. It doesn't go through to the inside of the trailer, though. Is this an issue?
5. Some of the ensolite is peeling and bubbling...should we just use some industrial strength glue to fix this?
We are SO EXCITED to get this gem rebuilt. She seems to have a lot of the original floor plan and some other really good updates from the previous owners. Luckily, we'll have plenty of time to work on her after we go full-time.
Any and all helpful comments will be much appreciated! Thanks, friends!
p.s. here's a little glimpse of our "Pearl".