We have renovated our beloved 1964
26’ Overlander from a gutted interior and would recommend you consider how much you will pay for parts and labor and time required before it will be usable. We have also done a partial renovation on a 1989 34’ triple axle Excella, which is our “winter haven” at LYH in Melbourne. With well over 100 AS’s at this RV Park, there seems to be usable AS’s for sale all winter.
1. How much of the work will you perform?
2. How many appliances will you need to buy?
3. Plan on a new subfloor and flooring
4. Do you have templates for redoing the bulkheads, we had none.
5. Are all windows in the trailer and sealed appropriately
6. Dump valves all installed and function well
7. Can you test any electrical wiring in the trailer
8. Many more things to look at, but the checklist an earlier responder provided is probably very thorough
9. What is your plan if tail lights and brake lights do not work for your drive home
10. How about your furnace and AC? Both worked great in our 1989, but we installed new in the 1964
11. Propane tanks do they meet the current code for connections?
12. Recommend getting a suicide door safety tool to ensure door stays closed
13. If you have an awning(s) use a zip tie to keep it from unfurling during your 150 mile odyssey (if you buy it) to your home.
Without pictures, I am guessing it may be worth $5K or less. I would also plan to double or triple your estimate on what the renovation will cost.
Why are you considering a gutted trailer? You have the skills and time and money and patience to spend up to two years getting it ready to use? If you are anxious to get on the road, this is not the trailer to get you there very quickly.
My recommendation is to check out a “ready to rumble” used AS to compare the costs with this huge cost and time to complete project. These used trailers still offer opportunities to make improvements, but they should be at a more reasonable pace than a gut job. A couple in Macon, GA are aging out and selling their 28’ with a slide out, that we looked at a couple of weeks ago, would require much less work than the one you are considering. They have kept it under cover. If you are interested I can provide their phone number via PM.