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Old 07-22-2015, 08:55 PM   #1
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"New to me" old trailer

I am about to attempt a trailer restoration. I have found a 1960s Keystone Compact 14 foot cab over trailer. I do not know much about this trailer and have many questions. It seems to have two gravity water fills- two steel water tanks- no apparent water pump other than the hand pump at the sink- also there is a single faucet at the sink but seemly no city water input?? I will try to post photos soon I am still trying to remove it from where the camper has been sitting for the last 20 years.

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Old 07-22-2015, 09:01 PM   #2
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Good luck. Sounds like a good challenge.

Be sure to take pictures before, during and after.


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Old 07-24-2015, 07:55 AM   #3
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The steel tanks mean you have an old system for sure! The city water hook up is generally right on/part of one of the outside fillers.

The system was originally designed to be use with a small, and generally very noisy, air compressor. It pressurized the tank(s) to 40-50psi and shut off.

With a little imagination, and the price of a pump and some fittings to hook it up, you could convert this setup to the more popular/modern demand system.

Before you get too far with anything, those tanks have been around a while now, and it's very possible the bottom may contain a rust hole or 2. When you get to it, you might want to add a little air pressure to see if the system holds. I say air, as it's much easier to clean up (vs. using water) after finding a leak.

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Old 07-24-2015, 08:05 AM   #4
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Sounds like this is going to be a fun project.
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:15 AM   #5
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i totally agree with the air test,,,and cannot wait to see pic,s of it...

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Old 07-26-2015, 11:46 AM   #6
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pictures of "new" old camper

photos of "new" old camper.... these are several photos of a camper I am purchasing. I hope to restore it some and then possibly use it. I am still trying to find out more information on it. It is a cab over in design with a bunk in the front section, a front galley kitchen, and table sideways, bunkbeds in the right rear corner, and a toilet cloet in the left rear corner.

the center rear window is in between the bunk beds and the toilet closet, the vents appear to be for the water tanks- 0ne main and 2nd for the toilet? Yesterday, while digging around the camper in trying to get it out of where it is sitting- I discovered 3 other hoses in the front left corner of the camper under the body of the camper- one inlet and one outlet withe garden hose connections- the 3rd is plain- probably the ice box drain even though it is on the other side of the camper. Some of the jalousie windows will need replaced- I have found 3 of the four missing ones on the table side, several of the door ones are still missing.

In the last photo there is a name plate KEYSTONE COACH MFG. CO., SAYRE, PA. I have searched- Googled- Tin Can Tourist and not found a match to this camper- this is the first I have posted photos of it hopefully someone out there might know something about this camper or company, the town of Sayre, Pa is near the PA/NY state boarder.

I will purchase it soon now that it should be movable, perhaps the previous owner will know some info also. Any help would be appreciated
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:13 PM   #7
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The thing that is amazing about these things I that they start out looking rough but with a lot of work and trial and error they become amazing once again. This is going to be a big project but will be very rewarding for you when done.

I look forward to watching your progress. Lynne
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Old 07-26-2015, 05:29 PM   #8
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Would like to see the inside.
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Old 07-31-2015, 06:36 PM   #9
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Your restoration project looks neat - just take LOTS of pictures, clean it up - replace tires, repack wheel bearings, make sure it has no leaks - and maybe spend a night in it - and take it one step at a time.

Look at it as an "elephant" one bite at a time.

Actually a bit jealous - show us the inside!

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i love it,,,,,great shape,,-----keep the pix coming......thanks
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Old 09-13-2015, 08:00 PM   #11
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Hey Bruce, just purchased a keystone and can't find any info about the company? I seen your post and thought I would follow your adventure and learn something?
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Looks like you have found a fun project, thanks for sharing.
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Though Google I once found an news paper ad from Sayre, Pa that showed a RV manufacture- I tried to enlarge it and it lost all detail and was not able to read the old ad

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