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Old 12-28-2010, 09:22 AM   #21
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Yes, I have to add tanks and all the extras, but really there's not much to do. I was surprised after setting for four years that everything still works in this trailer. The PEX pipe comes in three colors, white, red and blue. It's just a matter of choice by the manufacturer and what's available. Both Home Depot and Lowes carry all three colors and the tools to crimp and remove as needed. No back bunk since the dining room table and couch both convert to beds if needed. I'm single, have no children and only need room for the me and the dogs (three Labs). If I have guests, the couch and dining room will do fine, more like a normal RV. I would much rather have the large bathroom anyway. I plan on installing a full size shower, no tub and already have the RV toilet to replace the standard house toilet that was used in many of these trailers. I saw a similar trailer that had been converted by an RV center in MO. The RV center was asking over 17K. That's better than 11K more than I paid for this trailer. Since I enjoy doing this work myself (rebuilt a pop up - added a shower, carpet, rebuilt cabinets, and much more) this'll be similar, allowing me to customize the trailer to my taste - and it's a lot less expensive than paying that extra 11K. Waiting for the good deals is all it takes. I picked up two 38 gallon ABS gray/black holding tanks for right around $160.00 off eBay (including shipping!) A complete SeaLevel tank monitor system was on sale for $211.00, down from $345.00 over Christmas - delivery scheduled for today. Good deals are out there, you just have to catch them. I should have the bathroom done for around $1000.00 or less. I have to redo the front bedroom (water damage), and replace all the carpet throughout. The dining, couch and kitchen area are fine but will get some work done. You know the area just inside the door with that little table? Useless in my opinion - will be replaced with a larger closet. I do have to relocate some wiring but only recommend doing this yourself if you are experianced in this area, same with the propane pipe and connections. I'll post from time to time when major updates are made.

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:23 PM   #22
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Dry rot found

Carl, keep an eye on the tail end of the trailer.I just posted a few new pictures of where I found dry rot on my trailer. This could also have been caused by setting in the sun for several years, cracking the calk and allowing rain water in. You may never run into this problem but the pictures will give you an idea of where the weak points are. I re-calked the entire back end of the trailer today, including across the top rear. I'm going to do the front and all windows tomorrow just to be on the safe side, especially with winter coming on.

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Very interesting and thank you for posting a link to the pictures. Yours is a park model so it is set up differently on the inside. Your foldout is where my kitchen is and where your kitchen is located is where my foldout is located. Also my bath tub runs along the back of the trailer. I also noticed you have your hot and cold pipes in red and blue flex whereas mine are all white flex.

When you are done please post again as I am excited to see the finished bathroom. Will your new design include a back bunk?
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:16 PM   #23
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ThanX for the heads up. I am using caulk and Eturnabond (SP).
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:30 AM   #24
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ThanX for the heads up. I am using caulk and Eturnabond (SP).
Just read about the Eternabond - pretty amazing stuff by the sound of it. My entire roof is in excellent shape (no cracks or seams coming apart). I'll have to remember the Eternabond though to resolve future problems where applicable. Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:55 AM   #25
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You would be better served by using it BEFORE you have problems. My camper is going on 2 years old and I am constantly patching a shrinkage crack or two in the sealant up on the roof. I just bought enough tape to do my entire roof and will be sealing up everything when I get to Florida and the temperature is in the correct zone for application.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:03 AM   #26
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I've thought about it but I am looking at other options too, such as the rubber roof material or the aluminum roof material; both roll on and provide 25 years (supposedly) of protection. I'm certainly learning the differences between my pop up trailer which I completely rebuilt and this Forest River TT which I am rebuilding. Oh and the really nice thing is that this is a 2006 and not one crack or rip in the top. It's in excellent shape.
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:30 PM   #27
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Finally decided upon the EPDM liquid roof...and glad I did. This stuff is amazing. I've only done the edges all the way around the trailer, vents, and under the AC. This is a Salem and one gallon of EPDM liquid rubber covered it all. There wasn't much left in the can. I cleaned the areas to be done with a wire brush and then wiped them with a towel. I used a large white paintbrush to apply the EPDM. The EPDM is more gobbed on than painted and the brush strokes disappear in just a few minutes. I'm ordering a 5 gallon container to finish the entire roof. After 10 hours in 90 degree heat the roof is tacky but bubbles have appeared. The instructions say his is normal and they will flatten as the EPDM cures. Since everything has worked exactly as the instructions stated, I have no reason to believe this'll be different. I'm using the standard EPDM, not the RV version (about $100 less). I've read a lot of articles about this stuff and they all say the same thing, it's pretty much the same. Here are pictures - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...7&l=1506dbb708 I'll post more when I do the remainder of the roof. I can't express just how easy this stuff is to put on, how much better it looks, and hopefully the performance will be excellent too.
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:22 AM   #28
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Very nice! You are giving me some ideas. Grin.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:14 PM   #29
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Very nice! You are giving me some ideas. Grin.
Uh oh, that sounds like trouble! I actually went over the edge of the roof all the way around the trailer with the EPDM. It's like a rubber cap for the entire trailer. I got the AC unit set back down and bolted into place this morning. I'm kind of hoping for some rain this week to see how well it does. I also have a tube of Dicor sealant. It's supposed to be like EPDM and won't dry out and crack like calk. Good luck on whatever you're ideas are!
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:01 PM   #30
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EPDM Liquid Rubber roof applied to my FEMA Forest River Salem travel trailer project - and WOW! Really cool stuff.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...7&l=1506dbb708
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