SOME PROJECTS SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE PROFESSIONALS
The idea of bringing a vintage camper or vintage trailer back to life and restoring her to her former glory seems like a great and dun project. Realistically there are many pitfalls in the restoration process, and often the inexperienced amateur should get some professional advice before embarking on a large-scale project.
This type of project should be for ones use and not for resale. The most commonly forgotten aspect of a restoration is resale value. Its going to be far less than the time and effort you have put in. Also keep in mind, you are dealing with a 50-60 year old piece. Be sure the structure is solid before you worry about the decorations.
Be certain you are putting your time and money into a fundamentally good design and structurally sound trailer. The value of the camper will be much higher when you are finished, and it may be easier to sell. We often see a “restored” trailer that is in really poor structural condition. A quality built trailer from a well-known manufacture will be a much better start on a restoration than most others. This is a very good thing to consult a professional about, because to the untrained eye all trailers look pretty much the same.
Remember fresh paint on a rotten old trailer, is just putting make up on a pig. If you do a proper restoration, you vintage trailer camping experience will be greatly more enjoyable. When it comes time to sell, you can get rewarded for your efforts.
VINTAGE TRAILER PROJECTS
Does your vintage trailer have a pressurized tank? We can update your rusty steel tank to a modern poly tank with 12v pump.
Any rubber lines on a vintage project should be replaced. Also regulations have changed since your vintage trailer was built, all propane tanks now require OPD valves. We suggest replacing your tanks, regulator and lines. We can also pressure test your your LP system and check for leaks.
We can check or upgrade your systems. 110 volt lights and outlets, retrofit, or upgrade 12 volt interior lights. Update to a modern fridge or stove, sometimes we an retrofit new appliances to make look old.
We can check all exterior lights; tail lights, running lights and turn signals. Upgrade your electric brakes, break-away switch, battery.
Many older trailers did not come with battery chargers, we can upgrade to a “smart” charger and add a fuse panel to run all your modern features.