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Old 07-16-2007, 06:29 PM   #1
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I just want to say "hi" to everyone. I've been camping since 1967 when I was 8 years old. Over the years, I've camped every way unimaginable! From tents on the wet, cold, uneven ground (actually set up a tent on a treestump one night in the dark of pitchblack night!) to motor coaches.
I've always preferred popups for various economic reasons (that means I'm poor!), but sold my '93 Coleman and bought a rotted out 1973 Frolic travel trailer.
No... I'm not crazy. I looked at hundreds of travel trailers and never found one that made me say, "yup; this is what I want!" So, with a hundred bucks, I bought a pieca junk with intentions of rebuilding it as I want it.
My plan is to eliminate all the gas system... use only electricity and always carry a gas grill with side burners with me for cooking.
The Frolic had a knock down dining table/full bed across the front, a couch/bed on the curb side, the kitchen on the street side, and behind it was the shower and toilet.
The curb half of the back wall was storage... drawers and closets.
The roof leaked severely at all four corners forever and led to the rotting of the back 40" of floor system including all of the rear boot structure, the front 33" of floor, the upper corners, and various parts of the walls and other structures.
But... this thing is easy to work on! Well... sorta! At two or three different times, it's been repaired and put back together with many various screws; clutchheads, tangheads, phillips, stovebolts... you name it! Simply removing one item might require 4 or 5 different screwdrivers!
I'll have some questions later about the toilet system as I have zero experience with an onboard black water system. I also do NOT intend to put a shower in the unit... seems like most everywhere I go camping has a shower.
But, as I approach completing the outside structural repairs, I'll need to close the trailer up and protect it from rain. I greatly need to find a source of siding for the trailer. I was originally going to use flat, .032 aluminum but due to all the defects in the wall structures and uneven plane (3/8 deviation at points) I think something less flat would hide all the sins.
Anyone have any ideas for a source for siding? I don't care what style it is, from what brand of trailer... I just need a small boatload of the stuff at a decent price. Oh, and the edge railing that forms the corners... 23 million screws, too!
Also... much to my surprise, the roof is galvanized steel. Does this sound like original design, or someone came along after the leaks and tried this instead?

I'd love to hear from anyone/everyone but be polite about how you call me an idiot for trying this project! I can do it... you'd be surprised at what I've built that flew in the sky, or went very fast on superspeedways, or sailed across the water. So, I know how to build, light, true, and strong.

Please feel free to contact me at my email addy: inalabama@excite.com
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:29 PM   #2
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I just want to say "hi" to everyone. I've been camping since 1967 when I was 8 years old. Over the years, I've camped every way unimaginable! From tents on the wet, cold, uneven ground (actually set up a tent on a treestump one night in the dark of pitchblack night!) to motor coaches.
I've always preferred popups for various economic reasons (that means I'm poor!), but sold my '93 Coleman and bought a rotted out 1973 Frolic travel trailer.
No... I'm not crazy. I looked at hundreds of travel trailers and never found one that made me say, "yup; this is what I want!" So, with a hundred bucks, I bought a pieca junk with intentions of rebuilding it as I want it.
My plan is to eliminate all the gas system... use only electricity and always carry a gas grill with side burners with me for cooking.
The Frolic had a knock down dining table/full bed across the front, a couch/bed on the curb side, the kitchen on the street side, and behind it was the shower and toilet.
The curb half of the back wall was storage... drawers and closets.
The roof leaked severely at all four corners forever and led to the rotting of the back 40" of floor system including all of the rear boot structure, the front 33" of floor, the upper corners, and various parts of the walls and other structures.
But... this thing is easy to work on! Well... sorta! At two or three different times, it's been repaired and put back together with many various screws; clutchheads, tangheads, phillips, stovebolts... you name it! Simply removing one item might require 4 or 5 different screwdrivers!
I'll have some questions later about the toilet system as I have zero experience with an onboard black water system. I also do NOT intend to put a shower in the unit... seems like most everywhere I go camping has a shower.
But, as I approach completing the outside structural repairs, I'll need to close the trailer up and protect it from rain. I greatly need to find a source of siding for the trailer. I was originally going to use flat, .032 aluminum but due to all the defects in the wall structures and uneven plane (3/8 deviation at points) I think something less flat would hide all the sins.
Anyone have any ideas for a source for siding? I don't care what style it is, from what brand of trailer... I just need a small boatload of the stuff at a decent price. Oh, and the edge railing that forms the corners... 23 million screws, too!
Also... much to my surprise, the roof is galvanized steel. Does this sound like original design, or someone came along after the leaks and tried this instead?

I'd love to hear from anyone/everyone but be polite about how you call me an idiot for trying this project! I can do it... you'd be surprised at what I've built that flew in the sky, or went very fast on superspeedways, or sailed across the water. So, I know how to build, light, true, and strong.

Please feel free to contact me at my email addy: inalabama@excite.com
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:48 PM   #3
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Inalabama,
welcome to the website, keep us up to date on how your project comes out. Sounds like a project that you have thought out.
Like you, I have been camping for a long time (since 1950 for me) and in everything from tents, back of pickups, to class C motorhomes to Class A and to my current DP... greatest life in the world!!!!
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:11 AM   #4
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Inalabama, welcome to our website and forum. I am sure you will enjoy it. SOunds like an intresting project and one that I will follow. GOod luck and have a great summer.
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Old 07-17-2007, 07:04 PM   #5
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Hi and welcome to iRV2, inalabama. I'm also a long-time RVer, having started out in a pop-up and gone through several of those, a travel trailer 4 class A motorhomes and now a class C.

You've got quite a project on your hands but with your vast experience, you know what you want and sounds like you know how to do it.

There is a Vintage RV forum here in iRV2 that might be helpful to you as well. I know that they will be very interested in your project and how you are progressing.
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Welcome Inalabama!
We also have camped in everything imaginable and have loved every moment, look forward to the pics of rebuild, and look forwarsd to seeing you down the road
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:29 AM   #7
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Thank you everyone for warm, "welcomes". The rest of my posts concerning the rebuild will be in the "Vintage" section.

If the webmaster wants to shift all this over there in a while, I could understand for reasons of streamlining.
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I wanted to add my welcome and I encourage you with your restoration project.

Keep us up to date with your progress. If you can post some photos of the work. There are many of us who have a lot of experience and can provide ideas and solutions to help you.
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