The bunk on these and similar models are notorious for catching water in the seams, and becoming rotten messes. That does not even take into account the ones that were damaged by clearance issues involving tow-vehicles. Replacing paneling and framing is more extensive repair than that in the rounded-off fronts. There are those that wish to maintain the original shape and function of the camper as it was intended so many years ago. Then there are those that subscribe to the notion that the camper itself is better served by removing the hang-over, and ridding it of those issues.
So far as whether it qualifies as an actual "rescue", or remodel, or re-purpose, or restructuring...well, let's just say that the friendly debate continues...
It has been done before, and although this is not the only example, it is my favorite:
Ok. I gotcha. Better to 80% save one, than junk it and find a different one. Seeing the amazing work people are putting into these I would try and save the bunk simply because you never see them. Then again seeing what I own, I'm a fan of weird.
Reminds me of the "to bob or not to bob" conversations about removing one axle and 5' of frame from a 2.5 ton army truck to make a big 4x4 with a 9' bed instead of 6x6 with a 13' bed. Although I could argue there are a few more deuces running around than bunkhouse campers.
Post by HOTRODPRIMER on Dec 3, 2016 11:59:47 GMT -8
To each their own,some like the campers with the overhang birth and some don't,I remember seeing one locally in very poor condition and I ask about it with the intend of removing the (In my minds eye)the offending appendage,
the owner said he and his son-in-law were going to restore it,but I watched it literately fall apart over the next 5 years then one day when I was in that area I saw the remains being piled up close by and the men were making a car trailer from the frame.
At that time I didn't have a camper or think about trying to salvage the hardware or appliances,which I could have had for hauling them off.
Live and learn. Danny
Camping: the art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower and flush toilet.
Looks like a great project, and an interesting Shasta for sure Definitely listen here...before you get really serious about a full restoration, please leave the yellow paper towel holder, and keep the original duct tape as well All kidding aside, I love it!
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Just a FYI update. The process has started. Just received some of the new parts for the resto-Mod of this trailer. New furnace, on demand water heater, electric panel and some other small parts. Have new layout figured out. Started unscrewing and drilling the many many screws. Once I get skin off and disassemble interior I will check out stove and refrigerator to see if replacement is necessary.
Trying to get a good start on project before the frame for my tow vehicle comes back home for drive train install.
Once I have trailer stripped to frame I will make modifications to accept new water systems and extend hitch for safe towing. Then off to the races to get it done. I will start posting pictures as work continues.
Well, here are a few pictures of the progress if you can call it that. This is now a COMPLETE rebuild for sure. I am stripping down to frame and will make improvements and modifications. What looked like a small amount of staining turned to a LOT of rot. Stay tuned...