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Old 02-15-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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I'm currently looking at a 68 overland 26ft. It's in rough shape. The guy that owns it currently bought it as a project last year and gave up. He really didn't get very far - just started pulling out the cabinets.

So I'm looking for some guidance on this trailer. What is the going price on one of these that pretty much needs total restoration? He's asking $1500.

If I go to look at it are there any items that would make or break it? I've read about the floor and the frame and I'm assuming it's going to need to have the shell removed to effect repairs.

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Old 02-15-2011, 01:25 PM   #2
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Fastbucks. I looked at that one as well as a second trailer since my first one didn't look like it was going to be challenging enough (I'm a sadist). There are a couple things I noticed on the one you're looking at. There appears to be several modifications - lines running outside the shell, windows replaced with plexiglass, and some decent sized dents. If you remove the inside shell, you should be able to smooth those out, but that trailer looks like it would be a complete rebuild. You can get the axles from Colin for probably less than $1,300, but you'll probably have to get tires and wheels on top of that. New tanks, new heater, and all the normal other stuff. I think the $1,500 is a fair price since you can actually tow it, but this is not going to be an easy job.
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I too looked at it. $700 at best. They way overpaid.
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Wow - thanks - You have answered my question- I guess I came to the right place. Great info that I can use to my advantage.

If I restored it to useable condition - nothing too fancy - and I did all the work myself what would the approximate budget be for this type of project?
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Wow - thanks - You have answered my question- I guess I came to the right place. Great info that I can use to my advantage.

If I restored it to useable condition - nothing too fancy - and I did all the work myself what would the approximate budget be for this type of project?
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If I restored it to useable condition - nothing too fancy - and I did all the work myself what would the approximate budget be for this type of project?
Your budget will probably look something like this..

I bought a stripped down 31'er for $1,200 and had a new frame fabricated, $2,300, new axles/brakes/hubs, $1,200, new floor of regular plywood with sealers and junk, ~$400. Got some commercial vinyl tile off craigslist for the floors $90.

I still need ac, water pump, furnace, insulation, belly pan, etc, etc.. up around another $2,500 or so.
I'm trying to come in under $10,000 total, including the cost of the trailer. probably not going to make it.
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I have a bigger one. Mine was a rolling case study of deferred maintenance. My frame was mostly good as was the floor wood. All of my appliances and fixtures needed replacing along with the plumbing, floor covering, the furniture, the cabinets, counter tops, drapes, and all built ins. I have a thirteen thousand budget and I doubt that will be enough.
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Thanks for the words of wisdom. I appreciate it.
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