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Old 09-14-2006, 11:37 AM   #29
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I'm doing the work myself.
I'm replacing a section of the floor 2' x 4', Toilet, Maybe fridg, maybe AC, new stove top-no oven, counter top, replace or overlay the petitions, paint the whole interior, new pergo, curtains, converter, new dinette, tires brakes, new lp lines, water lines.

I must of forgot something?

My budget is $5,000, I think that's doable, time will tell, but once you start can't turn back.

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Old 09-14-2006, 01:01 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by Lipets

I must of forgot something?
Don't forget the nickel and dime stuff - the rivets, screws, glue, Vulkem, wire, hinges, polyurethane, brushes, adhesive, and all the other little things that really add up!

We found that eventually we became numb to the spending that happened every time we made a trip to Home Depot.

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Old 09-14-2006, 01:45 PM   #31
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What the heck do I know?

Ans: Not much.

Seems from your post that the trailer and its systems were good but the trailer interior was outdated to you. If that is the case it would seem to me that what you are really talking about is updating cabinet veneer. Modernizing flooring. Countertops. Painting appliances, sinks and wall coverings. Add into that some some repair here and there. That would be a ton cheaper than a restoration. I guess it would depend on wether you wanted a showpiece or a nice comfortable and attractive trailer to go camping in.
I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

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Old 09-14-2006, 05:51 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Vinoblanco
Now you all are scaring me.

I would like a nice interior, but I'm not planning on inviting Elizabeth Taylor over for mint juleps.

This is almost exactly how our camper looks right now:

Everything works, but it just looks *so old*. If I do most of the grunt-work like ripping everything out and "prepping" for a restoration specialist to rewire it, make cabinets, new furniture, etc. I think that should be worth something.
It's always hard to tell from a single photo, but it looks like you have a very nice trailer there. I agree it looks "old" due to the '70s colors. If you replaced the flooring and countertops you'd be well on the way.....
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Old 09-15-2006, 03:17 AM   #33
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I see crased nearly new airstreams on Ebay sometimes.
Wouldn't it be good to buy a trailor like that , and use all the interior parts .
I was thinking of that before I made the desision to sell my overlander.
And only becouse shipping to europe of a parts trailor is just as expencive as shipping a good one.
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Old 09-27-2006, 05:37 PM   #34
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To answer your question, I truly can't imagine wanting to restore the original interior on your 70's unit, I can't even imagine being happy with it when it was brand new!
Scrap it.
I'm a high-end custom cabinet maker and a skilled craftsman, (plumbing, electric, welding etc.)
I gutted my '73 Sovereign 31' to the plywood floor.
I'll be totally remodeling the interior, eliminating the vertical divider walls and much of the upper cabinetry to open up the floorplan. Installing a custom interior equal to the ones Craig Dorsey does. (They're outstanding.)
I'm replacing all of the appliances and services with the best available.
I figure I'll spend every penny of $10,000.00 on equipment and materials alone.
I figure if I were doing it for a customer I'd want at least $40,000.
But that number is subjective, you get what you pay for. I'm sure I could provide a beautiful result, with less bells and whistles, for half that.

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