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Old 04-12-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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Hey all, im new here. i just inhereted an early to mid 70's Ideal camp trailer. its been in my family since brand new and is in pretty good shape for its age. It needs the water lines replaced, i was thinking about redoing all the water lines with this stuff i found at homedepot called PEX it think, it has these cool little bite down clamps that make it so you can go from copper pipe to the PEX. And then the bathroom floor needs to be replaced but thats about it, other that some cosmetic stuff that i want to do just to make it look as nice as possible. iv been trying to find some info on Ideal camp trailers but i cant find anything hopefully later this month i will get the title after all the legal stuff for the will has been taken care of and i will get some more info about it. i will try to get some pics of it when i get home from work in the morining. Im going to try to make this into kind of a build thread on it, and im hopeing to have it trip ready by May or at the very latest June.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:47 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. Would love to see some exterior and interior pictures.
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I will get some pics when i get home in the morning.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:51 AM   #5
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:31 PM   #6
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Pex is a good choice, that's what the new ones are plumbed with.
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I think your trailer might be a bit older than you think. I found this advert... might help you determine age.

vintage_ads: 1960 Ideal Travel Trailers

On second thought... maybe it is a 70s. But these old adverts are fun. Also look at Ebay, Etsy and Bonanza for paper brochures, etc.

Enjoy the process of redoing your trailer. Expect the unexpected and budget ahead for them. I thought I just needed to do a few little things on my 1979, it's looking like I'll end up doing all the walls and the ceiling too.
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It very well could ve a late sixties. Where did you find that ad at? i was looking all over google for info on it and all i could get to pull up were lots of ads about some new trailer being "ideal" for a family or some nonesense like that but not anything about the actual brand Ideal, lol.
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Welcome, looks like you have a good start to a nice tt.
Pex is a good system. There is also a tool that you maybe able to rent that will make the connections with the copper leaves, in the long run it may be cheaper than buying several of the splice clamps. But just to be clear here, the copper sleave is a crimped sleave that attaches to pex components together. If you are going from copper tubing to Pex you probably still need the splice clamps.
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I think maybe they were made in Caldwell Idaho.

What Is 1972 Ideal Travel Trailer at Askives
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You would be correct, i found a tag in the closet that says manufactured by Ideal Travel Trailers in Caldwell, Idaho. sadly it dosnt give a year or any other info. I was looking up pricing and with all the clamps and all the pex hose i would need i will only be into the plumbing about $50-$60. Im hopeing that on my next days off i will be able to buy the pex and maybe start getting to work on pulling the old plumbing out and putting the new in and possibly start getting the shower and toilet out of the bathroom so that i can start redoing the rotted floor in there.
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It very well could ve a late sixties. Where did you find that ad at? i was looking all over google for info on it and all i could get to pull up were lots of ads about some new trailer being "ideal" for a family or some nonesense like that but not anything about the actual brand Ideal, lol.
I just google searched searched "Ideal Travel Trailer" and it was the 4th link... the url said vintage ads so that's the one I looked at. lol Google is funny, if you don't use just the right search term you get a bunch of junk unrelated to what you want.

You might try Etsy and Ebay for brochures. Also look on google books for old or out of print magazines with adverts

Caldwell, Idaho!? I live in Caldwell, not far from where Kit Manufacturing made travel trailers. I asked my hubby and he doesn't recall any made called Ideal (but that doesn't mean anything) Who knows maybe Kit made them for Ideal.
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