I just purchased a 1972 Seattle Fleetcraft. There is NO documentation, not even the metal plate usually found on trailers. All I have is a VIN number. When transferring the trailer into my name, I ran into problems at the local licensing office because the trailer was not in the database, and was required to get a letter from an RV expert regarding value. I live in Washington State.
Does anyone have information about these trailers? I have goggled for countless hours without luck. I was so hoping to find a manual online, but nothing.
I have two problems - cabinet door latches are missing, and all the joulosie window cranks (torque operators?) need repair/replacement. I have started taking apart one window, but am stumped by the rivets on the window. There are a few videos on Youtube, but none exactly match my style. Are there enough replacement parts out there in the world to just go ahead and dismantle the window, then hope for the best in rebuilding it?
Finding a manual for the trailer will likely be difficult. Your best bet is probably finding another Fleetcraft owner that has one and getting a photocopy from them. Post some photos of the trailer and it may help us figure things out.
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Most trailers of our era did not come with a manual. They had pamphlets on the stove, furnace, fridge (if there was one), axle and possibly the tongue coupler.
If you have the VIN, that's half the battle. You can apply for a title and wait 3 years if necessary. Post some photos and we can tell you what it's worth. Probably not much if it hasn't been rebuilt. That will help you with the tax amount. At least two of us here are RV techs and many are very knowledgable with many years experience on vintage trailers. I would say we are qualified to determine value. If nothing else, it will give an RV company a guideline.
I wouldn't dismantle the windows until you know what parts you need. Maybe one to see how they are constructed and what jparts you need. Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org sells used parts and may have the mechanisms.
Latches are not hard to come by and you can find old looking ones if you need to. Good Luck.
Any pictures of the inside? There are several things to go on for worth. If it hasn't been rebuilt, then the price is much lower. Inside paint lowers the value and I think the decorative plates also.
Do you have a bill of sale? DOL will use that as worth. If you paid a certain amount and want to insure it for that then it is wise to go with what you paid. It's doubtful a company would insure it for a high amount without proof of what you paid. Just some thoughts.
Oops, sorry not to be more clear in my post - I was able to get the trailer licensed by going to my local Camping World where the manager in the sales department wrote a valuation on their letterhead. The licensing office then accepted it and issued me plates and registration.
I mentioned it in my post to illustrate that Fleetcraft seems to be an unknown entity.
Last Edit: Nov 6, 2020 12:16:31 GMT -8 by signterp