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Old 04-08-2010, 11:44 AM   #15
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I have also see one made with old worn out large diameter tires, like tractor tires stacked up. You dig a hole and stack the tires in so that when you are done you have a "tank" shape of stacked tires. Buried they last forever and the tiny cracks between the tires allow it to seep gradually out.

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Old 04-08-2010, 12:27 PM   #16
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Here's the thing, Mike. A "weekend" trailer is different than a FT trailer. What you are really talking about is what folks here call a "getaway" place. The ticklish thing is designing things so you can be away for weeks at a time--including the dead of winter--without having problems.

I suggest dividing the project into systems. The first priority would seem to be your sleeping system (the alumi-tent concept). Once you have a horizontal place to rest your head, the next component of good sleep is usually heat and/or AC. So, let's say you whip sleeping and HVAC into shape. The next priority is up to you. Water, cooking, showering, sitting, thinking, drumming, lighting, etc.

In my experience, getting a "system" done is kind of morale booster. The trailer feels semi-useful when you can get a good night's sleep in it... and the more time you spend in it, the more you learn about it. More time "in country" leads to better design decisions.

Good luck.

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Old 04-18-2010, 10:06 AM   #17
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Smile I see the light...

As it turns out..the trailer is in pretty good shape. I had to get a crank handle to lower the stabilizer jacks.
Thanks to this posting, I've determined what I need AND what I need to do, and so far so good. The floor and frame are in great shape, I've only needed to patch up the floor in a couple of spots, I fixed all the window handles and screens and frames, sealed and painted where necessary. Took out any and all parts I could and repainted, cleaned, sealed, repaired. or washed everything. Dry silicone for the tambour doors and everything is coming out like new! . The original stove and fridge are fine..i may refurbish and re install. Curtains and new flooring are going back in. I'm fixing up the plumbing system with a new pex pipe and a water heater..and its good to go! I'll work on heat at the end of the summer, and anything else can wait...gone camping! I'm sure this trailer and where I am parked, will be able to sustain me and the things I need and love... for a while...
Thanks again to all. I won't be checking this thread any more, but I'll post on some other forums.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:12 AM   #18
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Sounds like your under way then. No need to abandon your thread. You can keep posting updates on your work to the trailer here along with photos (hint: we love photos).
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:43 PM   #19
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Smile Pics coming up..and another Thank You!

I'm a weekend or two away from finishing up the inside the way I want it, and will post photos.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:14 PM   #20
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Looking forward to seeing pictures. Congratulations on your "new" trailer and welcome to the forums.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:15 AM   #21
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I have some pics!

Its been a while...I finished a while ago, just haven't had a chance to post pics. All systems are is a link to the pics.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:55 PM   #22
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Well done, Mike!

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