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Old 06-24-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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Latest pictures from my FR FEMA Customizing Project

Here are my latest pictures of my FEMA customizing project. The trailer is a 2006 32' Forest River. Completely gutted and nearing completion. I still have cabinet doors to build plus removing all the cabinet facing and staining, then re-assemble. Plus counter molding is still needed. Adding two privacy curtains is also on hold for now. All of that is going to have to wait. I have two weeks of vacation in Colorado coming up very soon and the trailer is going with me. It's fully functional, just missing a few inside parts. Once I get back home the build will be on hold until late October when it starts cooling down here in Dallas.

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Constructive comments welcome. Oh and total into it, about $12K. Yes I could have purchased a used 32' for that but why buy someone else's troubles? Also, a smaller new TT could be purchased for that but neither is custom like this one. No special skills here. I am a Information Systems Administrator. I've only rebuilt a 10' pop up before this 32' monster. Anyone can do this stuff. It just takes time, a bit of money, and a lot of Internet research time.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:32 AM   #2
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Wow just wow. Your one talented guy and you should be very proud of your handiwork. I really enjoyed spending the last hour looking at your rebuild. I couldn't imagine someone critiquing this in a negative way. From the tear down to the rebuild it was interesting how did this. Liked the textured paint and the counter top. Do you have plans to take it to a weigh scale? It will be interesting to see what your weights are compared to one out of the factory. Thanks for sharing

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Old 06-25-2013, 05:11 AM   #3
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Great project. You missed your calling to be working in Indiana. Good to see your using white pine instead of the crappy particle board found in many units.
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Very nice job. You are very talented. Have a safe trip.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:26 AM   #5
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Very cool. Thanks for sharing the pics.
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I'm going with wow too! Genius? Crazy? Inspired? No matter, I'm sure it will be great. Excellent attention to detail. I read your post on the awning. Lots of the newer units come with electric awnings, perhaps that could be a fix? Also, there are many stair options out there; I have looked at a couple for our Roo as the bottom stair is just a bit much for my knees. I have noticed that the design of RV stairs is such that our Pomeranian cannot seem to judge it right; he used to just bound up to the inside but at age 12 just sits there and waits for me to lift him ~ cataracts, etc.

Enjoy your trip, will look forward to seeing the final product
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:40 AM   #7
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Wow just wow. Your one talented guy and you should be very proud of your handiwork. I really enjoyed spending the last hour looking at your rebuild. I couldn't imagine someone critiquing this in a negative way. From the tear down to the rebuild it was interesting how did this. Liked the textured paint and the counter top. Do you have plans to take it to a weigh scale? It will be interesting to see what your weights are compared to one out of the factory. Thanks for sharing

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Thank you. I am fairly proud of the work so far. Still much finishing work to do but it'll get there. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! The textured paint with the tissue paper actually looks much better than what the pictures show. It was easy, cheap, and is easy to repair. Yes I do plan to get it to some scales. I believe it'll be lighter or equal to it's original weight. The lack of particle board should make a big difference. Also went with an air mattress and the bed frame is much lighter than the original frame. The pine I used is light, but because I used 2x2 framing the cabinets will be heavier than the factory 1x1 stuff. That's going to offset some of the weight. I was surprised when I finally found the GVWR certificate. I figured these trailers were good for only 6k pounds. The cert shows it's good for almost 8k, so I believe I'm well within the weight limit. I'll post the weight when I get around to towing across a scale. Thanks agin.

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Great project. You missed your calling to be working in Indiana. Good to see your using white pine instead of the crappy particle board found in many units.
Na, this is hard work. I enjoy it but only as a hobby. My first project was a rebuild of a 10' pop up. I added a hot water heater, shower/toilet combo, removed some of the bench seats and rearranged the cabinets. I can't understand why a pop up would be built to sleep 8 but have only enough fridge and storage capacity for 2...go figure. When I was done it would still easily sleep 5, but the addition of shower/toilet and hot water was nice. Painting inside and out, carpeting, and NASCAR drapes made it a great little weekender for the races. This project has taken a lot longer and I won't be selling it like I did with the pop up.

Yes, I hate particle board. Heavy and falls apart with any moisture. The pine will be much easier to maintain, and repair/replace if damaged. The 1/8th plywood is actually thinner to the original siding and ceiling, but that should help with the weight.

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Very nice job. You are very talented. Have a safe trip.
Thanks Steve. Looking forward to getting out of Dallas at the end of the week. The heat turned on last weekend, so it's time to go!

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Very cool. Thanks for sharing the pics.
Thanks Vern. Once done I'll post the finals. Hopefully it'll inspire some others considering doing their own thing. It is hard work but also rewarding, especially once I got past the demo point and started putting the trailer back together!

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