I am looking at a renovated 66 Kit and am a complete newbie about trailers at all, never mind vintage. I like it because it has character and is clean and bright inside. But I have some questions:
It has a lowered floor and is low slung so will fit in my garage - big plus. But any issues with bottoming out?
It has no bathroom, which I figure is fine as there is that much less to break so will have to get a portapotty and outdoor shower. How much of a pain is that in the long run? I don't expect to do much winter camping and it will serve as a "guest room" in my garage other times so I figure this is probably okay.
I was told the seller bought it from original owner and cleaned it up but when I asked for paperwork for the new wiring that he said prior owner did, he didn't have anything. Lights all worked and I will check water and stove and heater before purchasing. It all looks pretty good but how can I tell if it was gutted the right or wrong way? I am clueless and don't want to be a chump.
Also, asking price is $8500 and I also have no idea if that is a reasonable price or not.
No photos? Then it didn't happen. $8500 is a lot if there is no documentation of a correctly done renovation/repair. Like many say on this site, expect the worst. IMHO if there is any caulk on that trailer walk away cuz it wasn't done right period.
Turns out there were pictures - I saw that the skin was stripped. Not sure how to tell if there is any caulk? Some something that looked like caulk but looked like a reasonable thing to seal the roof vent.
You mentioned that it was bright inside. Is it painted? Quite often, people paint their trailers inside because it's the easiest way to cover water damage. Some people like paint inside their trailers and that's fine with me. I have seen trailers painted inside and I liked the look. Personally, though, I am one who prefers the look and finish of natural wood.
My point it that I would be a little concerned if it was painted inside. For $8500, I would want to see natural finishes inside and definately pictures of the rebuild. Also, that seems like a lot of money for a 1966 Camper. For a 50's canned ham, okay, I could see it. It's easy to take the first one (trailer) that you see and it may feel great to you and in the excitement, you might want to settle for it.
My recommendation would be to look around and see what else is available and step inside a few. There's a lot of trailers out there in poor condition, but some have been done right and are gorgeous inside. I always consider light and ventilation for my trailers and of course an attractive exterior.
In the end, you want to be happy. I won't judge if you go after this trailer, I am just recommending going out and kicking a few tires, first.
Edit: You asked about how to tell if it has caulk. You will see it around the outside edge of the windows. It may be white or maybe clear. You may also see it around the roof vent. Bring a ladder if you go again and take a look what the roof looks like. Are there dents in the roof or depressions? Depressions can gather water and then form a pool to enable leaking. Finally, you can see it along the top edge of the walls where the roofline meets each wall. It will also be down the corners. Traditionally, a putty tape is used at these locations and when the window edge or J-rail is screwed down on top of the putty, it squeezes out as it's compressed and forms a seal It's grey in color.
Go to this this thread and scroll to post #7 and then look for the open window. You can see the evidence of overzealous caulking.
Last Edit: Jul 17, 2020 6:58:53 GMT -8 by Teachndad
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