If I read another post by someone who is gutting their trailer, I am gonna SCREAM. Just this morning, I read 2 threads with both gutting portions of their trailers.
I have been a member of this forum for almost 8 years. Recently, I have seen an uptick in people gutting their trailers. It’s proportionally small to the overall posts, but it’s there and it seems to be increasing. Just my opinion.
We here at VTT have long espoused not gutting a trailer to repair it. We say, “Work from the outside in.” We have discussed in previous threads that out there in Facebook Land that some members have tried to right the ship and tell others that it’s not safe and it’s just wrong to gut a trailer. They often get “shouted down” in those posts.
My worry is that with the uptick in gutting trailers and their posts on VTT, its going to lead to more people doing it. Why? Because, I see it like a disease that is starting small and is insidious. Newbies will arrive do a cursory check and see pix of gutting and think and connect the dots to some video they saw on youtube that showed gutting. Hey, that’s the way to do it!
I don’t want to be the guy on the Gut Patrol every time I come to VTT. It’s not my nature. But, it does upset me.
VTT is a stronghold for the proper way to restore a vintage trailer. I want to keep it that way.
Last Edit: Sept 13, 2020 9:39:26 GMT -8 by Teachndad
"I get that queasy how in the hell will this thing ever go back together feeling.” - PT
NOTE: There are some trailers that are actually repaired from the inside out. These are riveted trailers like Spartans, Airstreams, older Boles Aeros, breadloaf styles and more. The rivets make for a harder build, especially if skin pieces need to be repaired or replaced.
I agree. Most times the original set up is the most efficient use of space. I believe a good portion of trailers are being sold by flippers who have not restored the structural components. I wonder if there have been more roadside wrecks occurring?
Another thing is paint. Why are people painting the inside, to hide water stains? If not, would anyone paint a vintage Martin guitar or the Mona Lisa?
People are going to do what they want to do. You can try and encourage the correct way you think it should be. But not everyone is going to see it that way and you can't change their minds. The only thing you can do is provide solid information and let people decide for themselves. No reason to get yourself upset, life is too short.
It appears that after more than a decade of talking about outside-in restoration on the old VTDF and the current VTT, the info is finally getting out there to people. People can change their minds, sometime it just takes a long time or a minor disaster.
Last Edit: Sept 13, 2021 19:10:16 GMT -8 by Hamlet
Post by wisconsinjoe on Sept 14, 2021 6:04:51 GMT -8
In searching for some empathy here, remember that lots of folks who take on these projects are ones who feel comfortable gutting a house to remodel. It is not obvious that trailers are built inside out. The only clue is the gimp, and you can't see how that is attached without dismantling in the order it was built.