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Old 03-21-2010, 12:44 PM   #113
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Many thanks Craig for your superb documentation of your renovation. I also have '62 Tradewind. I started removing the belly pan thinking I could just pull it from under the shell. After drilling out several rivets, I couldn't see how it was going to work so back to the forum. Fortunately I found your thread and learned that the pan is wrapped around the u-channel. Big headache avoided because I don't want to remove the shell. For me there many other useful items of information in your thread too. Thanks again.
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:30 PM   #114
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How did it turn out????
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Old 09-13-2015, 10:06 PM   #115
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It turned out reasonably well. We started out with the idea of restoring it to the original condition but found out the parts were unavailable and it would have been prohibitively expensive so we renovated it. We replaced the toilet (it was in good shape except for the seals which weren't available), the water warmer which leaked, the furnace, the refrigerator and the axle brake and suspension assembly. I also replaced the water heater and furnace vents with modern vents and made new aluminum surrounds for the vents. We replaced the galvanized water tank with a 20 gallon plastic tank and then also had room for a 20 gallon gray water tank under the sofa bed in the middle of the trailer. And then the sink and shower drains were rerouted to that tank.

Our biggest problem was the 20 year accumulation of mouse debris in and under the trailer. I opened the belly covering and cleaned out the mess. We got an odor neutralizer from a commercial cleaner which worked quite well; its mixed with water and sprayed on. It took 4 application where the urine saturated the wood but one application worked on other surfaces.

We revarnished the woodwork and painted the walls and ceiling with a textured Behr paint. My wife reupholstered the sofa beds and made some curtains. We polished the outside to the point where it is very shiny. However, there are 50 years of dings and scratches and a dent in the front corner which I can't do much about without spending a lot of money. But its very usable and pulls like a dream.
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Old 08-23-2018, 04:40 PM   #116
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This is an amazingly helpful thread! It doesn't answer the question I originally was looking for, but inspires me to document more! I hope Craig and his family are doing well!
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