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Old 08-22-2016, 10:26 AM   #1
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This will be a long build. I will first start by saying that I am great full for this blessing. It is truly a dream come true. Some day my retirement home will sit here but until then a rebuilt 5th wheel will have to do. Our place is located in Seadrift, on the outskirts of town 5min from the water.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:31 AM   #2
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:32 AM   #3
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Congrats man!
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:36 AM   #4
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Thanks! First thing we did was build cement pads on site for the 5th wheel front jacks to sit on.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:37 AM   #5
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Then went fishing!
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:43 AM   #6
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After some confusion the taps were made and I was able to install the yard lines.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:45 AM   #7
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Then my late night "bull red" turned out to be a surprise......
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:47 AM   #8
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I found a GREAT local contractor that built up the 5th wheel pad and covered up/ smoothed out the yard lines.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:50 AM   #9
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Somewhere along the line was a very "blurry" Larry joe Taylor.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:51 AM   #10
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Followed by more trophy fish.....
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:54 AM   #11
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sweet way to roll
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:56 AM   #12
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Now for the trailer mansion. A magnificent 32' 1998 luxurious land yacht
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:10 AM   #13
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It even has a sky light......

Now before someone jumps in with the "why not buy a new one" questions let me say this. I HATE travel trailers. But, by having one it does not jack up my land taxes, no need for wind/hurricane/flood insurance and it can be moved when my house is complete. Plus I enjoy a good project. I can also rebuild this thing better than the factory's cheap slapped together version.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:14 AM   #14
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I have some friends that have a place down off Lane road. Is that where you are?
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:27 AM   #15
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No sir. I'm on West Frisco and 5th street.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:53 AM   #16
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The trailer mansion is currently at my house so we can work on it every day (yeah me!). First thing me and my boys did was to strip it down to bare studs, or the lack there of. Then there was a great Viking funeral Bon fire of rotting trailer parts. The pics look bad but in reality only 20% of the trailer was structurally in bad shape. All rotten wood was removed and we went back with r13 insulation. That's literally twice the thickness of the factory insulation.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:54 AM   #17
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I can only load one pic at a time!
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:59 AM   #18
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Looking good so far!
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:03 PM   #19
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The structural replacement was easy and went fairly fast. However I had to make a change in the plans. Originally we were to cover the trailer in tounge and groove knotty pine that was to be stained. I then decided that putting that kind of money into a trailer was foolish as I would never be able to recoupe it. Soooooo I found a 12" x 5/8" exterior siding to use instead. Does the job with half the cool factor and a fraction of the cost of knotty pine. The ceiling is an 1/8" ply board and all the wiring is replaced with 110.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:05 PM   #20
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Nice. I was looking for a place down that way. Something to just put a metal building on and finish out for a fish camp.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:07 PM   #21
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Now it's my wife's turn. I don't paint.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:38 PM   #22
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Coming along nicely, congrats on the new land!
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:44 PM   #23
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cool deal...
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:03 PM   #24
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how hard is it to fix one that has structural damage without compromising its structural integrity?
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:10 PM   #25
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It wasn't super easy but I didn't find it impossible at all. I had to replace one entire floor joist and some flooring. I built braces to hold the wall up and repaired from the floor up. Keep in mind this is light weight construction from the start. It was never unstable or had a lot of weight bearing down o it.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:41 PM   #26
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Do you mind sharing who you found to do some work for you down there?

I can't seem to get anyone to follow through in POC and am doing something very similar.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:50 PM   #27
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Garry Reese. (361) 746-1019

I am 100% happy with him.
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Old 08-23-2016, 05:49 AM   #28
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Appreciate that, I'll be giving him a call.
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Old 08-23-2016, 10:04 PM   #29
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have a 1969 airstream globetrotter I think its a 21 foot that I need to bring to the house and when I have the time fix it up to go camping in ,but not sure if ill get in over my head.the airstream websites make it look so simple from floor repair to body removal.
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Old 08-23-2016, 10:19 PM   #30
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It's not that bad. Just remember that they are slapped together and can be slapped apart.
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Old 09-05-2016, 03:30 PM   #31
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Bathroom walls are exterior siding,shower stall is tin panels and the floor/ceiling are both reclaimed cedar planks.
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Old 09-05-2016, 03:32 PM   #32
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The sink is all homemade. (As if you couldn't tell!).
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Old 09-05-2016, 03:36 PM   #33
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The shower valve matches the lav. The clear hose is a temporary cap. I didn't have a 1/2" cap so some engineering was needed. It will be replaced with a copper colored shower head.
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Old 09-05-2016, 03:37 PM   #34
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Love that sink pretty cool build
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Old 09-05-2016, 03:37 PM   #35
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Old 09-05-2016, 03:46 PM   #36
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You are much handier than me I can tell by your humble explanations.
Was the damage caused by leaky roof?
Mine was damaged and I built a carport over it after the first roof repair by professional was a failure.
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Old 09-05-2016, 04:04 PM   #37
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Yes sir. All the damage came from a leaky roof. A tree limb had punched a hole through in the bedroom and of course the water ran down hill. The factory roof is literally a rubber tarp glued onto 3/8" practical board. It's designed for quick production, not long life spans.

Thanks everyone for all the compliments. It's been slow going but every day is a day closer to the finish line.
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Old 09-05-2016, 05:51 PM   #38
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It's coming along nicely. Love the sink set up.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:18 PM   #39
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Last weekend we made a day trip down south. I took advantage of the wet ground to dig the 4' deep post hole for the power pole ( to be installed later). We also dug the ditch ftom the power pole location to the rv hook up pedestal, installed the conduit and back filled. 2 local neighbor boys showed up and wanted to help dig and play with my boys. They did good and were actually a big help. They made a few bucks too. Nothing like unexpected low budget child labor.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:24 PM   #40
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Then the old man had to show the youngsters how to catch fish. We're not going to talk about how I fly fished for 2 hours straight with nothing. I gave up, switched to a bait caster and caught this fishy that litterly just got eaten.
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Old 09-09-2016, 02:43 AM   #41
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:02 PM   #42
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:03 PM   #43
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My phone won't post pics but there she goes and there she is.
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Old 09-25-2016, 02:31 PM   #44
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And a wee fish....
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:38 PM   #45
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It's a little more "campy" than I want it to be but every trip will be more comfortable than the last. This trip got the sewer and water hooked up,light fixtures installed in the slide out, toilet set and a VERY cold shower operational. Permanent power is still weeks out as we are waiting on aep to hang a new transformer. Until then my wee generator will provide limited power.

Now I'm going outside to sit in the yard, drink beer and look at the south texas stars. Thank you Lord!!!!
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Can someone flip the picture for me?
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Got a small slab poured for a shed that will cover/protect all the hook ups and house a 50 gallon water heater.
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