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GrandpaKip

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Posted: 05/20/21 07:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’d spend my money on repairs and upgrades. Since you really like the floor plan, why go through the trouble of recreating it?
Biggest concern I can see is getting quality work if you are not going to do it yourself.


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colliehauler

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Posted: 05/20/21 08:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:

I'm hearing two conflicting thoughts reading between the lines:
- You want to make the best financial choice...in which case repair and upgrade will win easily.
- You are trying to justify the fancy new unit...in which case, if you can afford it, just do it.
Yeah, I'm kind of on the fence on this one. That's why I'm getting opinions. Other then a boat payment I have no other dept and I have been making 4 payments a month to git rid of them. Can I afford it, easily. Do I want to turn loose of the cash not so much.

It seems the conscience is to repair what I have.

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Posted: 05/20/21 08:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are in the same situation. Our trailer is 17 years old, sits permanently now in our sons beautiful family campground, and it is fine shape except for needing a new roof and the fiberglass is quite dull all around from the sun beating on it. It has never leaked however.

We have just about decided to do a complete tear-off/replace of the roof covering and also do a full body paint. The total cost of this will be a bit less than $20,000 but will give us a new looking RV that we will be proud to give to our son when we are done using it for our summer getaways.

With the cost of new RV's and the quality problems, it is my feeling that we are much better off keeping what we have rather than replacing it. We really love the trailer and it fits us perfectly. The large appliances (fridge and air conditioner) have already been replaced a few years ago and everything else still looks and functions perfectly.
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Posted: 05/20/21 08:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Barney you would NEVER find a new TT with the quality of your Sunnybrook. One of my favorite floor plans as well.

For a brief time Excel built a few TT before they closed. I thought about trying to find a used one.

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Imagine how many countries you could visit for $50,000. Rhino-line the roof. Have a handyman reseal the windows. Slide a 1/8" steel plate over the soft-spot. Call it a day.

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jdc1 wrote:

Imagine how many countries you could visit for $50,000. Rhino-line the roof. Have a handyman reseal the windows. Slide a 1/8" steel plate over the soft-spot. Call it a day.
Actually close to what I had planned. I had a Mobil rv tech give me a estimate for replacing the slide floor. I told him fine go ahead and replace it. He never showed back up despite repeated calls. He charged me $150. for the estimate stating he would take it off the cost of the job if I proceed. I have finally given up on him so my plan was to replace the foot or so of rotted chipboard. I plan to use 1/8" metal to tie it together with the good portion on the top and bottom. The couch will sit over the top of it anyway.

Family told me to just purchase a new trailer and be done with it. That is why I asked for opinions.

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Posted: 05/21/21 09:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

colliehauler wrote:

Barney you would NEVER find a new TT with the quality of your Sunnybrook. One of my favorite floor plans as well.


3 trailers later, I still miss our Sunnybrook. Wish I had just bucked up and put a new roof on her when the rubber started to go.

What makes it worse is she is still in the same park we are in for the summer and I walk by her most days.

I'd be several thousand money ahead and with a layout that we liked more.


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valhalla360 wrote:

colliehauler wrote:

Barney you would NEVER find a new TT with the quality of your Sunnybrook. One of my favorite floor plans as well.


3 trailers later, I still miss our Sunnybrook. Wish I had just bucked up and put a new roof on her when the rubber started to go.

What makes it worse is she is still in the same park we are in for the summer and I walk by her most days.

I'd be several thousand money ahead and with a layout that we liked more.
Cheap low cost mfg have run everyone that offered a little quality out of business years ago. I can't complain to much about my 06 Cherokee 30F. I've basically gutted the inside and went with residential furniture.

Bedroom I took out the garbage king and built a queen frame and quality mattress. Took out the cornor cabnet (could hold about a pair of socks and underwater in each of the nine drawers) and desk and replaced with nice oak linen cabnet. Took out the miniature sink and vanity and replace with residential sink an oak cabinet. Replaced bedroom carpet with residential carpet and pad. Covered all vinyl flooring with laminated floors. Tore out the entertainment center and had a carpenter build a oak cabnet for the lcd tv and Sony home theater system. Took out the bar, dinette, jack knife sofa and replaced with leather love seat and recliners. The only thing left original is the kitchen cabinets and appliances. If I keep it will take those out and put in a deep sink and new cabnets with a solid surface countertop.

I despise RV sinks and facets, to shallow, small and poor draining (the drain is higher then the bottom of the sink). The prior bathroom sink was so small you could probably wash one hand at a time.

The memories and friends I've made are priceless. The floor plan is ideal along with the 7'ceilings. The openness makes it feel like a small home.

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