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Old 07-07-2012, 06:43 AM   #1
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1969 Troutwood Camper Problems

Hello, fellow vintage campers and (hopefully) experts on how to repair older campers...2 months ago, I bought the 1969 Troutwood camper for $600, wanting desparately to upgrade from a tent. Everything seemed fine, expect for the exterior, which was painted with a Tan Satin Finish Paint (all one color) and it just looked ridiculous. I painted it white and added some plum purple stripes and it was greatly improved! We had the camper out 3 times, with no issue, except for noticing that when I attempted to fill the water tank, water came up through the cabinets under the sink, indicating a major leak. Knowing that we would be close to running water for our long stays at the beach, this did not particularly concern us and we figured we would replace the water tank when funds allow sometime in the future. However, the last trip resulted in an exterior back corner seem ripping open (about 6 inches in length) and the back upper bunk ripping from wall..(the piece of wood the bed was resting on actually ripped from the wall, causing once side of the bunk to collapse)...I am experienced in drywall, building walls, installing floors, ect, but my concern is how much of this is structural and what in particular should I be paying attention to, since this is a "house" that is subject to bumps in the road and shaking, ect. Is this a matter of screws wearing out and needing replaced with better screws? There are no leaks, but I have been told that at one time there was a leak in the roof vent that was repaired. Any information anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated...I would also like any info on the water tank situation, too. Thanks in advance

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Old 07-07-2012, 07:30 PM   #2
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Not a project for the faint of heart! Generally a problem like that is a sign that wall is in dire need of rebuilding. I would proceed from the outside in, removing the sheet metal as required. That's easiest done (assuming you want to re-use the original metal?) an entire wall at a time. Windows, access panels, and anything fastened from the outside removed first, then the corner/edge moldings. Metal siding is installed from the top down so you start at the bottom to remove it.

You're used to working with your hands, so you're very likely capable of doing this work yourself. Pulling it down carefully will allow you to easily see how it was assembled originally. Doubt you'll see anything beyond your capability. You can then use those same methods to reassemble.

If you have any questions after getting into it, post them here. A few of the people here have been there/done that.
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