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Old 05-30-2017, 03:06 PM   #1
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Lessons learned on used TT, but will still have fun with this

A while back, I posted some frame support issues and have since learned that the left wall has sagged a few inches because of these failed supports period

How the heck did I not catch this when we bought this, I have no idea because I I did spend some time underneath it.

But with the wall sagging, that also pulled apart some seams and there is water damage in many different areas. There is a pretty good amount of dry rotted wood period

We didn't pay much for the Cherokee 28a, but I am very handy and I think I will take on a renovation and make this thing good for another 15 years and modernize the crap outta it.

I am bummed that this trailer is going to be this much of a hassle but I will make the best of it and learn a lot as wellClick image for larger version

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Old 05-30-2017, 03:21 PM   #2
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I would think that amount of water damage over the door would make it pretty easy to spot some kind of staining.
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:32 PM   #3
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There was zero stains or typical indications of water damage
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:45 PM   #4
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The way I see it, a few grand for the TT, another couple thousand fixing it, maybe 1500 more to upgrade siding, and another 2 grand in misc upgrades should yield me another 15 years. Still cheaper than new. It was just a little more repairs than I thought it would need.
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Old 05-31-2017, 05:11 PM   #5
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Great attitude! Hope you find less than expected and it is easier than expected. Hope your cost estimates are high and good luck!
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Old 05-31-2017, 10:18 PM   #6
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I can tell you have a great attitude and you must have some pretty good hands on skill also I also hope it goes well for you and the cost is minimal for you I rebuilt part of a popup by myself and saved a lot of money that way. I now have a TT and I even made a profit on the pop-up. I wish you luck take your time and just have fun making it yours.
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Old 05-31-2017, 10:28 PM   #7
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I always try to be upbeat! I'm a huge DIYer and up to learning anything. Not only will I be fixing some weakness of the trailer from the manufacturer, I'll identify future weaknesses and repair those before they become a problem. This thing will be more solid after I'm done with it then it ever was from the factory. And it will be unique to me and my family and our needs.

We intentionally did not buy new because we have very young children and dogs. I don't want to throw them in a new camper and have them destroy that
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Old 05-31-2017, 11:05 PM   #8
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All that work keeps you away from idleness that can lead to bad activities; lol,

By doing all that by yourself, you save a lot of $$$, know the quality of your work and, as an insider, gives you the right to talk about YOUR TT.

Persist in your positive attitude; your clildren are learning how real life is at watching you.

Keep going and be proud !
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Old 05-31-2017, 11:18 PM   #9
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Like my Dad and Granddad always said You don't buy what you want but what is practical while raising children. I found that to be true .Like I said fix it up the way you want it.
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Old 06-01-2017, 06:07 AM   #10
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Fixing up your camper can be fun for the entire family. Have the kids help, they will learn lots and maybe take better care of it, if they help build it.

We would love to see on going pictures of your project
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