Hello all - I've just joined the forum and am checking things out. Larry from Canned Ham Trailers sent me to seek some advice and assistance. I live in central Florida and found a cute little trailer off the side of the road a few weeks ago and bought it before knowing anything about vintage trailers (other than I'd seen photos of some that were amazing and desirable and I knew a Serro Scotty was possibly a trailer worth owning). I know, I know....you can laugh at me now.
So, I have this cute little thing sitting in my side yard and have now researched enough and investigated enough to know that even though it was cheap, I probably overpaid (I'm thinking there is little salvageable about this cutie).
In any matter, what I'm looking for is someone in my geographic area to come take a look and just me the good, bad, and ugly news. Even better if it's someone I could potentially hire to work on the restoration.
I picked up my '69 Hilander from a corn field last fall. Rot at all 4 corners and at the vent. I have slowly removed skin, temporarly screwed new 1/2" ply up against still standing rotten walls to trace, then cut out. Was no big deal at all. Pulled off the bad ply after marking where the horizontal 1x3s attach. Now I've removed front and rear 2 feet of sketchy floor and replaced with new. I'm in my mid sixties so I'm not moving as fast as some, but I'm guessing a couple of weeks of solid work would have got me to where I am with it now, so don't be intimidated. Scotties are probably easier to rebuild because of the solid ply walls instead ot Shasta's stick framing. You'll like the headroom in the Hilander. So give it a try, if it's too far gone you can always haul it to the scrap yard (as my wife suggests I do almost every morning)