I've got my eye on an old camping Trailer that has been just sitting behind a farmers barn for the past several years. The weeds have grown up around it and I know it has not been moved in the past 3 to 5 years.

I'm looking for a vintage camper to rehab as a project, and use for camping. What should I be looking for when evaluating an old trailer like this? I'm not afraid of having some work to do, but I don't want to put time and money into a bad trailer either. I know enough to look at the frame, and the floor boards, but what else should I be looking for?

Any pointers would be helpful

Thanks, Todd

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Comment by Danny Shaw on December 11, 2009 at 6:52pm
You are going to need some money to redo the camper i bought one a 1962 mobilescout camper its in pretty goo d shape but it needed a new floor & it didnt have plumbing in it so i put a tolet in it and a hotwater heater & a furnace and it needs tires to there is alot to look forward to. when fixing a old vintage rv. what year is it can you still get parts for it etc.
Comment by VK on December 10, 2009 at 11:37am
Hi Todd, I can give you a few tips and a link...you have a good start, checking the frame, tongue and undercarriage. Does it have a title? If not, can you get one?

I try to stay under 16' and want all the appliances, parts and pieces in place. The trailer must be towable. The skin should not have mutltiple dents or hail damage. Though not considered truly "vintage", I like my trailers 1969 and older. About 1970, manufacturers started using a lot of MDF, which makes for a heavy trailer and swollen woodwork if it has been wet.

Almost all old camp trailers need extensive work but that is the fun part. Even if leaks are not visible, be prepared for a few surprises. Here is a link for you:


To participate on the board, you have to join Yuku and then join the individual board. You can read the posts without being a member. Hope this helps, VK



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