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Author Topic: Mods to the Travel Trailer  (Read 3098 times)

Offline ridesolo

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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #20 on: Mar 15, 2018, 21:01:08 »
So, knowing that a 5er was going to come home w/ me I had to outfit the truck for it.  I managed to search and search and ended up getting the thing kitted out with all new parts and did the installation myself.  I found the hitch itself not too far from here on Craigslist; the guy had bought it new and only used it for 40 miles.  From different sources I managed to put together the package of the hitch, new rails, truck model-specific mounting kit, and the in-bed mounted remote light cable plug all together for $210.   ;D 



 The trailer is a '02 Titanium 28E33 SB.  I would normally consider an '02 to be a bit long in the tooth for a travel trailer, but I was buying it from an elderly couple who were the original owners and it hadn't been used in four years.  It had been stored in a custom made building with a roof and sides but no ends so it was fairly well protected but was extremely dirty.  I've had to replace many of the plastic parts on the exterior because of UV deterioration but the tires awning and folding steps are new.  To date I've only towed it around 40 miles but even in that short distance I could tell it tows so much better and easier than the last trailer.

So we started working.  It came "fully equipped" which translates to "we didn't remove any of our stuff" and it was pretty well packed!  We kept a few things but most of all the stuff that came with it was sold, donated, or trashed.  "One man's treasure..." right?  Because it had been sitting for so long it was pretty dirty inside and out and full of those Japanese beetle/lady bug things on the inside and mud dauber nests on the outside. 

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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #21 on: Mar 15, 2018, 21:38:05 »
The fiberglass ends had been stored with some exposure so they were looking faded and chalky.  I found out about a product called PoliGlo that's made for fiberglass and is used on RVs and boats.  A couple of weekends of cleaning and polishing with the PoliGlo had the thing looking like new,  Now anybody who sees it is just sure that it has to be newer than an '02.



The PoliGlo will have to be reapplied once a year but those applications will be much easier and faster than that first-time event (massive chore!).
« Last Edit: Mar 15, 2018, 21:43:58 by ridesolo »
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #22 on: Mar 15, 2018, 22:06:59 »
The interior was in very nice condition, not worn or abused.  After a good cleaning we decided that there was a bunch that just needed a facelift and updating and only the bathtub was in a state that we considered unusable.  (More on that later.)

We started in the bedroom which was furnished in factory-original padded headboard, bedspread, and curtains.  Decent condition but very dated and not our style.  We replaced the headboard and bedspread and pillow shams and then Mrs Ridesolo and her imagination and skills turned another set of shams into new curtains.

Started out like this:



Now looks like this:



And added a phone/device charging station:



« Last Edit: Mar 15, 2018, 22:09:50 by ridesolo »
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #23 on: Mar 15, 2018, 22:34:14 »
Added my wireless rear-view camera that transmits to a monitor in the truck.  As far as I'm concerned this is a must-have.



Just to be a little more sure of the signal quality I added a remote antenna to the rig.

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These are on a low simmer out in the shop:
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #24 on: Mar 15, 2018, 22:47:52 »
This is what we started out with for the kitchen area:



Not bad but pretty plain and showing just a little age.  We made new counter tops and put up a tile back splash (very thin tile, almost no additional weight).  We used the same sink but put in new drains and new faucet and also replaced the blind on the window.



The entertainment/storage cabinet started out like this:



And I did away w/ a couple of the door sets and mounted the new TV and an electric heater/fake fireplace thing that's pretty cool.





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— Baron Manfred von Richthofen

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'75 Honda CL360: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=56547.0
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #25 on: Mar 16, 2018, 10:23:29 »
Looking great man!
These things always blow me away with the amount of room inside. It's huge!

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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #26 on: Mar 16, 2018, 14:18:25 »
Looking great man!
These things always blow me away with the amount of room inside. It's huge! 

Thanx, man.  It has lots of room... and it's not even a "big one".  If you look at the pix above, to the left of the "fireplace" you'll see a white outlet and another white rectangular lid... that's where the hose for the central vacuum system plugs in.  Gotta' love it.
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— Baron Manfred von Richthofen

Please check out:  http://www.VetTix.org

These are on a low simmer out in the shop:
'75 Honda CL360: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=56547.0
'70 Rupp Roadster: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67459.0

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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #27 on: Mar 16, 2018, 22:05:45 »
A quick break to express my gratitude: 

The trailer wheels were slowly losing air, durn alloy rims.  Good man Hurco550 set me up w/ an instructor at the Vo-Tech where he works and the students re-mounted and balanced the tires for me... two today and two next week.



Thanx for hooking a brother up Levi!
“Fight on and fly on to the last drop of blood and the last drop of fuel, to the last beat of the heart.”
— Baron Manfred von Richthofen

Please check out:  http://www.VetTix.org

These are on a low simmer out in the shop:
'75 Honda CL360: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=56547.0
'70 Rupp Roadster: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67459.0

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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #28 on: Mar 16, 2018, 22:44:16 »
So, lots of what we've done isn't really all that obvious to somebody who just comes in and looks around.  We thought the interior lighting (12v) was very dated and, to us, looked like it should be in a funeral home or Vegas casino.  The lighting and all of the metal in the thing was shiny brass that needed to be changed.  All of the metal parts; drawer/door pulls, hinges, screw heads, lights, and even the ceiling fan were disassembled and repainted an antique copper color.  The lights were rebuilt to look better, cleaner, and more modern (and changed to LED).

This is the view from the middle back toward the back.

   

There are a few things left in there, but nothing that we can't live with for now.  Mrs Ridesolo wants to get the couch and shade valence things reupholstered and maybe someday we'll replace the carpeting.   I'll probably do something w/ the original stereo system that came with it as well.
« Last Edit: Mar 16, 2018, 23:00:04 by ridesolo »
“Fight on and fly on to the last drop of blood and the last drop of fuel, to the last beat of the heart.”
— Baron Manfred von Richthofen

Please check out:  http://www.VetTix.org

These are on a low simmer out in the shop:
'75 Honda CL360: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=56547.0
'70 Rupp Roadster: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67459.0

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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #29 on: Mar 16, 2018, 23:46:50 »
Levi is an awesome dude ;)
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