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Old 08-16-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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Renovation sequence of events (or plan of attack!)

So--I'm about to start on my 65 Overlander which has been sitting for the past several years. I'm sure it's going to need quite a bit of work. To preface this question, I am not a complete stranger to trailer reno's. I survived a 3 year reno of a 1950 Spartan Royal Mansion conversion to an office space. It was a total full monte but with the shell on. It was done professionally with my sweat equity added (to try to contain the cost over-runs ). Long story short--I know what water can do to a floor and frame, I also know the amount of work/money involved with a total reno.

With the Overlander, we (my handy hubby and myself) will be doing the work. The question is:
How to go about the inspection/discovery process of what really needs to be scrapped and what can be saved? What is the plan of attack? Where does one start to figure out what needs to be done?

With the Spartan, I knew it was a gut job from the beginning--so we just had at it--no finesse, no evaluation process. Just tear out. With the Overlander, we need to be a bit more methodical. I know we will have to do some "systems" work and probably some floor/frame work, but I don't want to tear it all out and start with tabla rasa if i don't have to.


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Old 08-18-2011, 03:46 PM   #2
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I'm kind of surprised that you haven't had any answers yet. I hope we don't end up having to do that if we buy an Airstream, but it would be nice to know.

I suspect, though, that each trailer is different, so maybe no one has done a 65 Overlander yet.

If it were me, I'd probably start at the door and take everything out. I'd have a camera handy and take lots of pictures to help me put it all back together again. Lots of measurements would also be a help.

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Old 08-18-2011, 05:28 PM   #3
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Here's a thought: take off the belly skin, and have a look at the dark unders.

You'll soon be in a position to see how the frame looks, what the wood floor is doing, and even things like tank supports, maybe some plumbing, and "what have you."

Might give you a taste for action...
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