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OleManOleCan

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Posted: 02/07/19 10:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I decided I wanted to build another weekender type camper.
We mostly prefer to camp a couple of days at a time.
Since we are retired our camping will be during the week.
Think no crowds...

I located three old campers.
I kept after an old guy (Younger than me) down the road and tonight
we came to terms.
Tomorrow I'm buying his 20' 1985 Fleetwood Prowler.
I guess I'm gonna start tinkering tomorrow...

This old camper is in better condition than the other two I have looked at.

I have a lot of things I will modify to fit my wife and I.
Over the years we have noted the things we like in a camper,
and the things we don't care for.

I can almost hear Desoto State Park calling me now...
It's 35 miles up the road from our house, nestled in the mountains.

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Keep us updated on your progress. And, don't forget pictures. [emoticon]

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nice. enjoy. love my older prowler. Mine is a 1991 prowler 19E. its almost identical (all be it 2 feet shorter and mirrored kitchen) to my grandparents prowler from the 70s

same smell. brings me back to my childhood. going to be sad when she gets upgraded.


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if it doesn't move and it should.....WD40
if all else fails .....BFH


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Congratulations, sounds like you will have some fun modifying to suit your needs. I bought a camper project that I need to retrieve myself. I will refurbish it for friends and family that come up to visit the seasonal site.

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Congratulations and best wishes it turns out even better than you imagine! Do, please, keep us posted on your progress with pictures.





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Congratulations and go have fun camping

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Saw "vintage" in the title and thought "Canned Ham" style late 50's to late 60's trailers. I would love to get one and fix it up, but here in Arizona (and Phoenix in particular) people think that Howard Hughes or George Washington slept in these things and want completely stupid money for something that is barely road worthy little alone camping ready.

I saw one on craigslist recently...mid 60's style canned ham type trailer. Outside was a little rough...Inside was gutted...Completely. They wanted $4500 for it. The ad went something like, "It is a fresh palette so you can make it your dream come true"...Uh, yeah. Right.

Good luck with your trailer and I hope it brings you and yours many happy memories!

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BadgerMcAdams wrote:

Saw "vintage" in the title and thought "Canned Ham" style late 50's to late 60's trailers. I would love to get one and fix it up, but here in Arizona (and Phoenix in particular) people think that Howard Hughes or George Washington slept in these things and want completely stupid money for something that is barely road worthy little alone camping ready.

I saw one on craigslist recently...mid 60's style canned ham type trailer. Outside was a little rough...Inside was gutted...Completely. They wanted $4500 for it. The ad went something like, "It is a fresh palette so you can make it your dream come true"...Uh, yeah. Right.

Good luck with your trailer and I hope it brings you and yours many happy memories!
Most of those little trailers you see around here are rotted out and they want around $500. For the shell

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500-1000 is going rate for rotten around here. sometimes free ones come up but not often. 3-5k for rotten garbage is also common although they tend to hide the rot a bit better.

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I paid $750 (no haggling) for my '71 Starcraft. I could put my arm through the siding at the kitchen sink area and check tire tread on both street-side tires under the kitchen cabinet. The main electrical fuse box had 5 lbs of mud on it, lol.
Point is, some of these old trailers get to be a big, long, restoration project. That is what I was looking for going in, besides the running hardware and frame in good condition. $5K and 6 mos of labor later, I have something I'm proud to show and has the attributes I wanted. The most outstanding thing is that multiple insulation schedules, a solid, clad floor, and triple glazed windows, make my old Hilton the quietest trailer I've been in. That really shines for the occasional siesta.

Good luck with the Prowler, most are built well.


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