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Old 02-22-2009, 08:54 AM   #1
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Which is a Better Deal?

Trying decide between a 51 Flying Cloud that has been restored and has 2 single beds that might be able to be made into a double in the center, vs a 76' Globetrotter that is a foot shorter. Does a foot make that much difference?
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:17 AM   #2
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Trying decide between a 51 Flying Cloud that has been restored....
Only you can answer that question - will YOU be happy without the extra foot -

More important - what does the seller mean by "restored"...
Was the restoration a shell off? Was the frame properly inspected and repaired?
Are there any "patches" on the floor, or was any floor repair properly made and correctly joined into the frame and the "C" channel connecting the frame to the floor to the shell?

Without a complete photo documentation of the "restoration" you have only the sellers word that the "repairs" were properly done. With the bucks you are probably talking about, even if it was a "professional" restoration job, I would insist on a complete inspection by an experienced technician...such an inspection would not be limited to a boroscope inspection of the belly pan, "A" frame and outriggers, and a GOOD surface inspection of the floor/frame/shell interface - even if you would have to take up any floor overlay and tear apart a bed or two and the closet area to affect this inspection. Don't expect this to be for free - a GOOD tech will run upwards of $100 per hour, and the seller will have to be satisfied with the inspection tear-aparts being replaced properly after the visual inspection.

The more expensive the "old" trailer, the more important a thorough inspection is - if the seller balks at such a thorough inspection just walk away, as the seller probably knows he is hiding something and would be afraid you will find it. A properly done "restoration" would have nothing to hide, and would probably have a thorough documentation (pictures) of the process.

Become familiar with the restoration processes as documented here in the forums. The more familiar you are with what is required the more questions you will know how to ask. Also take heed of what these restorations require in terms of time and money.

As much as anything with these old trailers, you get what you pay for...if the "restoration" was not done properly you will soon find out, as with automotive brakes/transmissions/engines - "Pay me now...or pay me later".

Good luck.
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:18 AM   #3
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Depends on what you are looking for. The GT is newer and will have a grey water tank, but the FC is a true classic. Since the GT has a wider body, it has a larger interior then the longer FC.
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Thanks, my mistake. It was NOT restored. Just checked over. Didn't know that the GT had a wider body in it. Looking for the most amount of room in one. Good info.
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gc24,

This truly is a personal preference issue. The 25 year age difference is a big issue, as is the length, but I'd be most inclined to make my purchase decision based on overall condition and price.

Keep us posted,

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Old 02-22-2009, 09:36 AM   #6
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Thanks, will do.
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Unless added, you want have grey water tanks on the older trailer and may not even have a black tank on it. You also won't have a modern 12V system with a converter.
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Thanks. Good info.
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Unless you are into antiques for the sake of antiques buy the 76. This assumes everything else is equal. In other words if the 76 suits you, is in good shape and priced right buy it.
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Great, I just might do that.
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