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Old 09-05-2003, 08:24 PM   #15
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Are there refurbishers? Perhaps you would enjoy this website...

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Old 09-05-2003, 10:12 PM   #16
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You can check out his site:
http://iowaboys.com/restoration.htm

My trailer is the 1965 Globetrotter that's listed. I picked it up road ready, new Optimus Yellow Top, Charge Wizard, ect.

It took about two months and around $8,500.

Best money I've spent in a long time. it's being polished right now.
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Old 09-05-2003, 10:30 PM   #17
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Thanks guys -

I wrote them both emails.

Diana, your info was VERY useful! How did you work with them to design your trailer? What's their warrantee like? How long have you been on the road with your 'new' trailer? Any problems?

Both of these outfits seem great!

Thanks again!

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Hi Bert;

PM me and I can send you before and after pics. Here's one shot of what I started out with.

I bought the trailer from Iowa Boys, sat down with Sue and we worked out a plan. I've had it on 5-6 four day trips since I brought her home, all boondocking in the desert.
It's been great.

I looked at Vintage Vacations '61 Globetrotter. It's a beauty. I wonder how much doing something like that costs?
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Old 09-06-2003, 10:27 AM   #19
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Diana, you have a georgeous trailer! I know we've talked about it before when I was thinking of replacing my oven with a microwave. I was looking at the Iowa Boys page at the photos of it. How did they get it so white inside? Is it painted?
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Yes, it's painted. Just a regular paint from Home Depot. New Zolotone would have put me way over budget, and I can always to that later.

It's actually a very, very pale pink, which along with the red finish on the wood gives it a nice warm glow. I wanted to keep the color scheme on the light side since it's a small trailer.

Here's another before shot:
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And another before picture of where a refridgerator used to be at some point.

If anyone knows anything about this trailer, I'd love to hear from them. I still am using the original black license plate, EW4606
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Steph,

I think the Microwave is available at Home Depot. I saw one like it there last week.

Is your Caravel painted with the zolotone, or does it have the vinyl coating? I don't remember from when we saw it. If you have the Zolotone it cna be painted over but the prep is VERY important. The vinyl is even tougher to do.
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It's the slightly sticky vinyl It has that sort of yellowish cast to it. I figure I'm going to leave it alone (it would be a MAJOR project to do much of anything with it). I would like to build a wood cover to hide the yellow plastic refridgerator vent that comes up behind the kitchen counter. At least then I wouldn't have to look at that, and it probably wouldn't seem so 'yellow' in there with that hidden.

I'm heading over to HD today for some other stuff, I'll have to look for the microwave. Hers certainly fits in, looks very Airstream...
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