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Old 03-21-2010, 08:37 PM   #1
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Miss Euphegenia: 1999 AmTran RE

OK, no bus yet. But we started with a great deal on a parts donor, a 70s Yellowstone camper trailer from Craigslist. Dirt cheap, and the seller wants to buy the frame back when we're done stripping it. Looks like some good stuff in there, 3-way fridge, oven/range, recently replaced toilet, everything supposedly works except the water heater.




Even better, on the way to pick it up, I mentioned to the friend who towed it that we'll be looking for a cheap or free generator, and he happened to have one he's looking to get rid of. Apparently it came with a trailer he bought for his business, not running but previous owner said it was an easy fix. My friend said we could have it for free. Pics and info coming soon, along with some questions about getting it going again.

It's exciting, Phil and Jason are officially committed to the Skoolie project!
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:46 PM   #2
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You have got to start somewhere. Welcome and I wish you luck. Keep us informed.
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:25 PM   #3
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oh god phil,not the dreaded camper stripout! It takes a while makes a big mess and its dirty! Have fun.......
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:32 PM   #4
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the seller wants to buy the frame back when we're done stripping it.
Wow How did you luck out on that one.

When you sell the frame back double the price that you paid for the trailer. Hey gotta make money somehow.


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Old 03-22-2010, 07:55 PM   #5
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yeah, for sure, it looks pretty solid on the outside. Inside pretty wrecked from water leaks?
In any case, great donor for bits and pieces. Cool awning too! I can't find any around here at a reasonable price.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:07 PM   #6
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lol....looks too nice to be a donor
It looks a lot nicer on the outside than the inside. Holes in the floor, stuff like that. It would probably be livable with some TLC, but the price was right for a donor.

The awning was badly torn. The frame's good, but I had to cut the canvas off before towing it, the pieces are all tattered. Think there's a market for the awning frame?

As for doubling the price, we already agreed on the frame buyback. Previous owner put new tires on when he got it, which are probably worth as much as I paid for the trailer. Sounded like he was kicking himself for selling it so cheap, so when I told him about the project he jumped at the thought of getting the frame back for a utility trailer. Now if he changes his mind, you better believe I'll be making some money...
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Old 03-28-2010, 05:47 PM   #7
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Found a little time to work on the trailer today. So far just little stuff, but we're trying to save anything that might possibly someday be useful. Lots of good cushions, looks like the trailer slept 6 or 7. We're not thrilled about the color, but nothing a little vinyl and fabric paint can't fix. Got all the curtains down, they're this god-awful pale yellow that will have to be dyed something later on. Got some of the lights and outlets out, still a lot more to go.


Looks like it was a nice camper at some point.


Me jacking up the trailer to put some wood blocks under the tires. That part of my yard becomes a swamp every time it rains.


These holes are the biggest problems, but there's a lot of water damage.


12V lights. Looks like there were some critters living in here. Can't see in the pic but one of the wires is chewed halfway through.


The donated generator we have to try to get running.


I've never seen this kind of plug before. The wires are kind of jammed into the metal prongs. Is it an older style, cheaper style, or just different?
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:01 PM   #8
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There's an extra cap that snaps on covering everything, I took it off for the picture.

So is it safe to re-use, or toss it and get new plugs? Saving money is good, being safe is better.
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So I jumped ahead of myself in the trailer demolition today and took down some panels to see what the structure was like. There's not much there - I was literally tearing it apart with my bare hands. I guess it's ok for a trailer since you're only inside when it's parked (supposedly), but if Class A's are built like that, I'm even happier with the decision to convert a skoolie.
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Yup, class A's are also built like that. I just ripped an electrical panel out of a unit today with my bare hands. They don't call them 'Sticks-n-Staples' for nothing. They truely are!!!
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