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Old 08-08-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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And so it begins ...

Hello everyone,

Great forum and wonderful information here. I wanted to introduce myself. I am Randy from Auburn, California (NoCal).

I have just became the owner of a 63 Globe Trotter which has seen much better days. But, the best are yet to come.

The trailer needs significant work, and I expect a few years before it is presentable. It is in surprisingly good shape outside with few dents dings and scratches. Inside, it is a mess with no floor, some frame issues only in the back, and no interior plumbing or working electric. That gives me an excuse to start from scratch. So I am planning all new major systems and a new interior.

Any advise or suggestions are appreciated. I would love to meet anyone in my area with expertise as well.

Randy
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums! I'm sure the Vintage folk will be chiming in here shortly. Enjoy your journey!

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Old 08-08-2013, 07:22 PM   #3
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Congratulations on your Globe Trotter and welcome to the forums!
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:32 PM   #4
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What a cool trailer - love these - an interesting name too - really clever - good luck to you!!
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:26 AM   #5
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Looks like a good find. The PO saved you a bunch of work by gutting it and then giving up. My advice to you would be to go ahead and lift the shell off the frame. Yes, you can do a floor replacement without lifting the shell, but the added efficiency will be worth the time it takes to do the lift. Plus, you can then flip the frame over, do repairs, POR 15 it, install tanks and the belly pan, all from above.

good luck!
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:08 PM   #6
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Frame Off

Thanks for the input. I am leaning towards lifting the shell and removing the frame. I think it will be easier to do a good job on the frame and floor. I saw from your thread that you used your home built gantrys to "rotisserie" the frame and flip it around to work on it after you used them to lift the shell. I have a large high ceiling in my shop. The ceiling is unfinished and the joists and frame are sturdy. I was thinking about bracing them and lifting the shell there and pulling out the trailer frame. Then, the shell will be lowerd inplace in a covered area until I put it back. I can then use the same rig to replaced it. The problem is that since the gantry is fixed to the ceiling, I could not use it to flip or work on the frame. Is it worth building the gantries instead just for the frame work ?
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:43 PM   #7
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I would say 'yes' wholeheartedly. Even after reinstalling my shell back on the frame, I added some cross members to the gantries and used the contraption as scaffolding during all my roof work (removed and replaced both vents, replaced the original AC, Patched the mess left behind by the antenna, patched the mess left behind from the old AC).

I suppose another option might be to lift your shell in your shop, and to set it down on some wheeled dollies. Then you can roll it out of the shop, and take the frame back inside and just use your exposed beams to lift and flip it.
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Nice find! 1963 was a great year. I hope you have fun with it!

My husband and I are relocating to my home state from NY, and are looking around Auburn and the golden chain, in the foothills. Beautiful country.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:13 PM   #9
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Great, let me know if you come out here. Just moved from Arizona myself. Much nicer summer here.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:44 AM   #10
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Howdy!

Welcome aboard! We love copious number of pics during your journey to first night Airstreaming!
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