Well, mobiltech, we are currently watching your video of refinishing the '57. It's very informative. I thank you for the information to change the axles. We are planning to flip them half way. What do you think? It's a throw up what our girl is. I'm titling, and registering her as a 1957 Shasta Deluxe. It's the closest that I and our other fellow forum readers could come to. We are planning to rebuild her from the bottom up, so to say. My husband was really leaning towards the approach you went with. Starting at front or back and working our way from there. But... We are open to any suggestions.
Either way. A frame off rebuild can be much faster if you have the knowledge to deal with it and a place to do it. But if not, then piece meal works just as well and you never really have the trailer completely disassembled. Keep watching the videos and you choose which way is going to work best for you.
Another fantastic resource is Vikx's book. It takes you all the way through the process and it's a good thing to have around as a quick reference. It's only $25 I think so it's a great investment. Just PM Vikx to order.
Last Edit: Oct 23, 2019 15:06:28 GMT -8 by mobiltec
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can, The courage to strip the parts off the ones I can't, And the wisdom to know the difference...
It was a wow. It was also a wow to take off. I think the guy was cold, and the trailer was falling apart around him. He did an amazing job getting the shape almost perfect to the camper. If you want it... It's in the pit. Lol.
I am in Ontario... but same deal, would like clear title to my camper.. it may be different in the US, but in Canada I was able to pay $20 for a sellers package... I provided them with the Serial number (which is the VIN)... if the trailer was registered it will show all previous owners, any liens, etc. and it is a form that the seller can fill out if no ownership is available/lost saying he sold the trailer to me for x number of dollars.... BUT unfortunately the person I purchased it from never registered it. I was able to contact the one and only registered owner, but they would not sign the "seller package" even though there would be no complications on their side by doing so.... The other option for me was to see if the person I purchased it from could provide an affidavit stating who he purchased it from and had lost the ownership.. which I would then take and have it registered in my name...not an easy process, especially since the person I bought it off of, isnt responding!. So my last option is to register it as a Home built .. here they require a weigh slip if the trailer is over 1960lbs... otherwise they just take my word on what it weighs. everything I have read on "dry weight" for a 15" camper is under the 1960 lbs, and the original tires were rated for more then that so I will guess at the weight, have it registered as a home built... get a plate, and take it to the scales to find out the actual weight, so I know what I am towing... It is good you have the Serial #!... Good luck!
Good idea mobiltech. We plan to watch the DeVille video for certain, but we can't get enough or to much information. This is my perfect dream camper. We were going to buy a new cheap one, but I kept going back to this one. There is so much more packed into a smaller space! Like you mentioned, it needs to be made a little better...stronger. But it's worth it.
By the way... nccamper... How did you post my pictures in the full on this thread? I've tried, and can't to save my life. I love it!
I'm on a mac. It's easy. With the arrow over the image hold the control key and click, choose "save image location", then go to the VTT reply page and click the window button in the control bar at the top...
Heidi.... Wow! I'm just glad I don't live in Canada. Was thinking about running that way. Lol. So far it's been not as difficult, but we found ours in the middle of the desert, and if I had a Mac... I could post a Google picture of where we plucked it out at. Seriously there was no roads going to our little find. It had been abandoned for 12 years out there. It sounds like the seller and the owner have some explaining to do about your baby. Be careful and don't put any more money into it until you have a title in your name. Best of luck, and I would love see a picture. Kind of difficult on this site, but please do.
Thank you Shastatom. It's close, but not exactly. We registered it as a 57 Shasta Deluxe. It's only 17.5 feet which a 1900 Deluxe is 18.5 feet, but it has the exact floor plan of the 1900 Deluxe. IDK, it's an odd ball.