I am trying to find where to either get windows made or how to refurbish the current ones. I have a approx 1960 General and the window cranks are broken and the one frame is missing a piece as well. All glass is fine. I have tried contacting so many places on the internet from Canada to the States and no one can help me apparently. Perhaps someone on here knows someone to help. We have never reno'd a trailer before but this little guy was rotting in a field so I just asked and it was mine. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Since you said your new to trailer restoration I thought I'd pass on some information I found really helpful. When restoring or repairing a vintage trailer, you must start from the OUTSIDE and work your way in. You must leave the cabinets, closets and other interior items in place because they provide the structural integrity of the trailer.
In order to safely and properly repair rot or water damage in a trailer you need to start with removing the skins and shoring up the frame while it is still supported by the interior. You also need to check the boards that hold the body to the frame which are called skirt board (this one is the bottom board of the trailer body) and the sill board (which is attached to the frame to nail or screw the body to) as these are likely to be rotted also.
Here is a thread that tells you the names of the trailer frame parts: vintagetrailertalk.freeforums.net/thread/1093/vintage-trailer-framing
But before you even remove a piece of skin, paneling or anything else please, please check out these following two resources that are available from members of this forum who restore and repair vintage trailers for a living. They have been a complete life saver not just for me, but for many others. You have no idea of what can happen if a trailer is not repaired correctly, but one thing is you can be driving down the road and the entire body of the trailer will come off the frame. There is a member here who had purchased a supposedly restored trailer. It looked beautiful online and even in person when she went to get it, but on her return trip the body of the trailer started coming off the frame due to rot, this caused her car to be pulled sideways and she rolled the vehicle and ended up in intensive care with nothing but sticks left of the trailer.
The first resource is mobiltec. He makes videos and posts them on YouTube of his work sharing how to do everything on a trailer from start to finish. His website is: www.cannedhamtrailers.com and I recommend you watch this video first so you better understand why these things have to be repaired from the outside in: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDdpZgSD1JM . He does all these videos for free to help others who are interested in vintage trailers, but he does appreciate donations from his website if you feel he's been a help and are so inclined.
Next is a wonderful repair manual put together by another long time member who restores trailers, it's a husband and wife team and their forum name is vikx : vintagetrailerrepairmanual.weebly.com My husband doesn't do computers so this manual has become very important to him as we work to do a frame off restoration of our 57 Westerner Deluxe travel trailer.
I am so glad you found this forum. There are so many wonderful people here who are very willing to answer any questions and help with anything you may come up against.
I also want to mention how much useful information is on this forum. I'd start by looking through the tutorials and/or the exterior and interior repair threads.
And welcome to VTT, I hope you stick around and let us help you make your trailer your dream. This place has really helped me and I've only been here since April. I can't wait to see pictures of your trailer, I've never heard of a General before.
I decided to get a vintage trailer so I could get out of my house more and see the country. How then did most of the trailer get in my house and the other parts of it get to see the country?