Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-22-2016, 09:25 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
1971 18' Caravel
1970 27' Overlander
Vintage Kin Owner
Hawthorne , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 82
Another newbie mistake thread: time to bail out?

I bought a 1971 Caravel. 18'. It had lino everywhere but the bath. The seller said floor was sound except in the bathroom. Well . . . have pulled apart the bathroom and put it back together again. Then pulled the lino and found there is pretty bad rot around the door and maybe a couple feet back from the door. This is Florida, so I guess that's to be expected. And I guess, in retrospect, the thing should have had a full off frame restoration.

Question: Is there any hope of fixing the edges and around the door, or is it better to pull the whole front section floor and replace it. Looks like I'll need to get someone to do some welding as well. Sigh.

I've attached some photos. Had trouble with them. My phone doesn't seem to do anything at all wide angle . . . seems to be stuck at 1.4X magnification minimum. Hope these are sufficient to show problem. It looks like someone has done a half-dash repair previously. The bottom rail of the cross member in front of the door is rusted through in one place. The C channel is rusty.

p.s. My intent is to sell the thing. I've discovered that 18' is not big enough for my purposes.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20160722_105608957_HDR.jpg
Views:	81
Size:	80.8 KB
ID:	267491   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20160722_105622696_HDR.jpg
Views:	84
Size:	87.6 KB
ID:	267492  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20160722_105715466_HDR.jpg
Views:	72
Size:	85.5 KB
ID:	267493   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20160722_105729886_HDR.jpg
Views:	71
Size:	72.3 KB
ID:	267494  

__________________

__________________
sandgrubber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2016, 10:27 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Belegedhel's Avatar
 
1973 21' Globetrotter
Houston , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,051
I would agree with your assertion that the trailer probably needs a shell-off with complete floor replacement and probably a fair amount of frame repair. You say you are going to sell it, so the real question is, do you repair it first and try to get more for it, or provide somplete disclosure and sell it as-is.

My answer is sell it as-is. People just don't appreciate the work, time, and expense that goes into these trailers. So I doubt you will even break even on the cost of your repair work, let along get actual return on investment.

Could you patch the rotten parts and cobble it back together? Sure. But your buyer may very well purchase it with the expectation of doing a shell-off, so you are just wasting your time doing work that will be redone anyway.

good luck!
__________________

__________________
Belegedhel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2016, 10:35 AM   #3
2 Rivet Member
 
Austin , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 92
Quote:
Originally Posted by Belegedhel View Post

My answer is sell it as-is. People just don't appreciate the work, time, and expense that goes into these trailers. So I doubt you will even break even on the cost of your repair work, let along get actual return on investment.
I can't say whether you should fix and sell or sell as-is but this statement here is very accurate.

As a person who has sold a vintage trailer that was partially restored, I'll tell you people just do NOT understand what work is involved.
__________________
bambibooth is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GM wants a government bail out purman Financing 100 08-15-2010 11:00 PM
Dumb Newbie Mistake #1 dmcinfo Brakes & Brake Controllers 10 08-12-2010 08:59 AM
First time Airstream owner & first mistake gurrd80 Member Introductions 2 05-20-2008 10:20 PM
First time Airstream owner & 2nd mistake gurrd80 Member Introductions 1 05-20-2008 08:02 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.