Hi everyone, we are the new owners of a 1968 17' Coachmen Carousel. We bought it in Medford, Oregon and hauled it up to our home near Portland over the weekend. It didn't fall apart during the 250 mile drive, so we're taking that as a good sign. We're trying to do this right, so we signed up for Larry's classes and are reading though the messages on here.
Our Coachmen is in bad shape: water damage galore, for starters. The dinette, fridge cabinet, and tall cabinet are all missing. But the kitchen cabinets, many of the fixtures, bed, and fold-down bunk are all still there. The ceiling is sagging and the walls and around the windows show signs of extensive damage.
A few questions to kick things off: 1. Where are all of the other Coachmen Carousels? We scoured the internet and found maybe two others. Were they just not very popular? So poorly made that only a handful made it to today?
2. The exterior siding has a 6" cut in it. It looks like it was made by a knife. Tips for addressing that?
Photos of the interior are below. A photo of the exterior is in our profile.
If you've signed up for Larry (Mobiltec's) classes, your well on your way to understanding the correct way to repair your trailer. I, myself, am a one of Larry's students as well. Welcome aboard! (oh, I guess that's kind of a boat term isn't it, oops)
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I just picked up a 68 coachmen carousel a few weeks ago myself. Had water damage in the rear right side that completely destroyed the corner frame, and the metal underside had come apart at one of the seams and it seemed to let alot of water in. The previous owner seems to have simply screwed 2x4s across the damage and put boards on top in a half-hearted effort to hide it.
I've spent the last 2 weekend pulling the side off far enough to get beyond the rot and rebuilt most of the frame trying to use the pulled out pieces as a template to keep it as close as possible. The underside metal sheeting was torn right in front of the wheels as well and it let water in there and rotted the floor support so I also had to pull that section of the floor out and rebuild the frame and subfloor, I used aluminum flashing to repair the torn section of metal and I think I'll need to run eternabond or flexseal tape along the edges to really close it up.
I'll see if I can get some pictures up, maybe start a new thread as I go through everything as I think i'm going to need alot of advice going forward on this project:O I do like the looks of the trailer, and hope to remodel the layout a bit so I can fit a few kids and me and the wife in it.