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#331 Living The Dream

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 03:35 AM

So, I just bought almost the exact camper a few weeks ago. They think it's an '85 or '86. The seller strapped it to my Tacoma with only two ratchets! I asked if that was good enough, and he said yes.

 

About a week later, driving down the freeway, it FLEW OFF MY TRUCK!!!

 

Turns out the wood was rotting, ripped a chunk of wood out the bottom rear where the ratchet was attached. Flipped upside down and caused one side to crunch down..

 

I have a baby, so not much time to repair it even though i really want to, because i paid a lot for it! $2200! He got me.

 

At this point, not sure what to do. Replace all rotted wood and hammer out bent metal? Or dump it? Donate it? Sell it for $100?

 

Any suggestions???

wow. that sounds like a cluster F*** and really unfortunate. I hope no one was hurt. I talk extensively about using the specially designed tie down brackets on my tacoma in the earliest pages of this thread. check them out. What to do now? That is a great question. I would suggest you start by posting some pics on here.


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#332 buckland

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:52 AM

If you can deal with the idea of a long term project, an "as time permits" deconstruction of areas of wood rot and a stripping of the siding to get at the framing might end up saving the camper. If your heart is not in it.... take the loss and move on. It's how the reality is accepted. If you are gonna see it as a PITA, get it out of your life.


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 06:43 AM

wow. that sounds like a cluster F*** and really unfortunate. I hope no one was hurt. I talk extensively about using the specially designed tie down brackets on my tacoma in the earliest pages of this thread. check them out. What to do now? That is a great question. I would suggest you start by posting some pics on here.

Thanks for the response. I will check out the tie down brackets on the tacoma. When I got it out of the tow yard, the guy helping me tied it down with the 4 ratchets I brought from the jackstand brackets to the frame of the truck.
 
I'm trying to figure out how to post photos, I'm new to the forum. I'll post them tomorrow when I figure it out.


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#334 Desheezy

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 06:45 AM

If you can deal with the idea of a long term project, an "as time permits" deconstruction of areas of wood rot and a stripping of the siding to get at the framing might end up saving the camper. If your heart is not in it.... take the loss and move on. It's how the reality is accepted. If you are gonna see it as a PITA, get it out of your life.

Oh, my heart is definitely in it. I just don't really know what I'm doing.... But, can figure it out thanks to forums like this. I probably want to replace the bottom wood frame, but not sure how to mount it up to work on it. It's currently sitting on a pile of pallets.


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:47 AM

How's the roof? If it is in good shape it's probably giving a go at repair. If the roof is trashed, maybe better to part it out.
 


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:46 PM

How's the roof? If it is in good shape it's probably giving a go at repair. If the roof is trashed, maybe better to part it out.
 

It  has a small hole in it, but not much else


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#337 Living The Dream

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 04:02 AM

Two recent camping trips videos i thought I would share. Both from a very similar area but two separate trips. Hope everyone is having a great summer camping

 

 

 


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