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Old 08-03-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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I just bought a $400.00 tradewind Help!

Ok, so I just bought a $400.00 tradewind that has been sitting since 1980. I am missing 3 windows and the AC turns on but the fan will not turn. The bathroom is complete but floor is damaged. All my lights work.... Everything is here but not sure where to start.

Can anyone here advise me on where to begin? Should I gut it now?

Oh. by the way, it has a perfect body with only dents around the front belly pan area. It has no scratches or any other flaws.

All advice needed!

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Old 08-03-2012, 03:35 PM   #2
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The floor is what is most critical and would (to me) determine if you should gut first. If it is good (test with an ice pick or sharp small screwdriver around the edges) then I would leave the interior and work on it, starting anywhere and learning as you go along. Lots of help available here. If it has a bad floor, start there with a major restoration, or sell it to someone who can do that kind of work.

That of course is a simplistic answer. There is no real correct on. We all will have different abilities and time frames, and $$ and final results in mind.
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I agree with idroba the floor is important. Make sure to check the seals around all openings and replace if necessary. The glass is curved in the 80s trailers I believe, and can be bought from any number of suppliers. Post some pictures please!
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:53 PM   #4
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The trailer is a 67 that has been sitting since the 80s. The 66-68 trailers had curved Corning windows which unforunatly are not easy to find and very pricey. You have a big project ahead of you, but you are not alone. There are plenty of folks here to help.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:02 PM   #5
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If your budget is extremely tight, you might put some Lexan windows in for a while. They are functional and lower cost that the original Cornings.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:56 PM   #6
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The floor is what is most critical and would (to me) determine if you should gut first. If it is good (test with an ice pick or sharp small screwdriver around the edges) then I would leave the interior and work on it, starting anywhere and learning as you go along. Lots of help available here. If it has a bad floor, start there with a major restoration, or sell it to someone who can do that kind of work.

That of course is a simplistic answer. There is no real correct on. We all will have different abilities and time frames, and $$ and final results in mind.
Thanks for the reply! I don't have to poke the bathroom with anything, it has rotten floor that would consist of may 1/4 the room area. It also has a soft spot by the door. I am going to to an off body restoration by taking it off the frame.

I know this will be costly but this is what I have figured so far!

1. to rebuild the frame myself, and the cost of new steel will be about $800.00 not including my hours.

2. new sub flooring

3. replacement windows

4. the interior would consist of my own taste, so this could be around $1500.00

I figure that I will have about $3500.00 in my camper when all is said and done.

I am planning on starting the dismantling process this Weekend. I will use chain hoist to raise it off the trailer.

I will post pics this weekend!
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:57 PM   #7
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If your budget is extremely tight, you might put some Lexan windows in for a while. They are functional and lower cost that the original Cornings.
I will look into the Lexan windows, this might save some $$$$$, thanks for your imput.
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I agree with idroba the floor is important. Make sure to check the seals around all openings and replace if necessary. The glass is curved in the 80s trailers I believe, and can be bought from any number of suppliers. Post some pictures please!
I will post pics this Weekend!
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Just remember, what ever you pay for a vintage trailer is only the down payment.

Best of luck with your project...
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As far as the A/C try removing the cover, locating the fan and simply lubing it a bit. You may have to carefully apply a bit of muscle to break it loose. It will be really nice to have some cool air while working in the interior.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:37 PM   #11
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As far as the A/C try removing the cover, locating the fan and simply lubing it a bit. You may have to carefully apply a bit of muscle to break it loose. It will be really nice to have some cool air while working in the interior.
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I am working on the A/C today! The evaporator core is getting cold. The fan motor will not turn, the fan has dual shafts so both fans are on one motor.

The motor will turn by hand but it is ver very hard to turn. Thanks for the info, do you have any more advice?
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Thanks for the reply! I don't have to poke the bathroom with anything, it has rotten floor that would consist of may 1/4 the room area. It also has a soft spot by the door. I am going to to an off body restoration by taking it off the frame.

I know this will be costly but this is what I have figured so far!

1. to rebuild the frame myself, and the cost of new steel will be about $800.00 not including my hours.

2. new sub flooring

3. replacement windows

4. the interior would consist of my own taste, so this could be around $1500.00

I figure that I will have about $3500.00 in my camper when all is said and done.

I am planning on starting the dismantling process this Weekend. I will use chain hoist to raise it off the trailer.

I will post pics this weekend!
$3500 seems awful low to me. Once you get in there you'll most likely end up replacing the plumbing, heater, AC, much of the bathroom, etc. And if it has been sitting it will need new axles / breaks as well (tires too unless they recently put new ones on) which is $2000 or more right there... I would budget more to be safe...just my two cents. It's a lot of hours, but very fun.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:22 PM   #13
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If you still haven't gotten the fan blades to turn, spary WD-40 LIBERALLY on the shafts. Best to keep away from electrical connections, but I believe they are behind a shroud anyhow.
If you can afford it, I'd go with a marine grade plywood for your subflooring. There will always be a possible leak just waiting to happen, so why not be a bit pro-active.
If you do remove the inner skin, consider a better insulation. As well, if inner skin is removed, I'd go over each and every panel joint with approved caulking. NEVER ever use a silicone based caulking on aluminum. You can buy the 'approved' caulking at vintagetrailersupply.com, I was able to find some at a local retailer, but I'm in a fairly large metropolitan area.
Can't wait to see your photos.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:49 PM   #14
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Let me throw in my usual words of caution: I think your estimate for cost of refurb is super low. The trailer you describe will likely need everything replaced except the shell itself ('67 trailer, hasn't moved in 30 years, broken windows letting in the weather and critters). I have been working on a 21' trailer that I thought was in pretty good shape for a year now, and the shell was just put back on last weekend. As you get busy working, you will realize the scope of the project. I don't know how many times I have justified buying better components, just thinking "as long as I am here..."

One major recommendation I would have is to evaluate the condition of the floor first. When you have convinced yourself to just proceed with the shell-off, don't futz around underneath the trailer, just build some gantries and lift the shell. Then you can use those gantries to flip the frame over, and you can do all your belly pan, tank and frame mods, and replace axles from above.

You might also want to get the old episodes of The VAP podcast. There is a lot of "manage your expectations" type conversation on the early episodes. Should help you when the rot, rust, and zombie mice start haunting your dreams.

Good luck!
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