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Old 10-23-2011, 08:01 AM   #1
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2000 T2753 rebuild.


Before... Not sure how the damage occured as it was bought from an auction but basically it was hit from underneath in the right front corner.



During... Wood rebuilt and insulation installed.



How about this for a homade break to get the roll in the 17 gauge alum diamond plate!




Completed! Now ready to move to the inside...
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:35 PM   #2
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Nice job , it looks really good.
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what are you planning to do with the small tear above the diamond plate?
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:42 PM   #4
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what are you planning to do with the small tear above the diamond plate?
Great question, I'm open to suggestions! I slid a piece of the diamond plate in behind it for now and just kinda stopped there. Was thinking about squirting some caulking between the diamond plate and the inside of the panel and then covering it with "something". Just haven't figured out what the "something" is yet!
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Great question, I'm open to suggestions! I slid a piece of the diamond plate in behind it for now and just kinda stopped there. Was thinking about squirting some caulking between the diamond plate and the inside of the panel and then covering it with "something". Just haven't figured out what the "something" is yet!
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Nice job on the diamond plate!
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Great question, I'm open to suggestions! I slid a piece of the diamond plate in behind it for now and just kinda stopped there. Was thinking about squirting some caulking between the diamond plate and the inside of the panel and then covering it with "something". Just haven't figured out what the "something" is yet!
First, the diamond plate looks factory original. Nicely done!

How about taking a scrap of that diamond plate and making up some flat pieces to cover that gash. If you made one for the left and one for the right, they'd appear symmetrical - maybe something like this:
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:25 PM   #7
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First, the diamond plate looks factory original. Nicely done!

How about taking a scrap of that diamond plate and making up some flat pieces to cover that gash. If you made one for the left and one for the right, they'd appear symmetrical - maybe something like this:
Not a bad idea! Thanks!
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Steve has a good point...

You could also use the striping/decals on the side of the unit as a template, to make the diamond plate match maybe a little bit more.

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Old 11-16-2011, 08:28 PM   #9
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I'm going to keep track in this thread of how much I have spent to rebuild this unit. It will be neat to look back on it later.

Diamond plate and lumber for front. $139.00
Paneling and trim for inside front. $40.00
Water valve for toilet. $24.00
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Diamond plate and lumber for front. $139.00
Paneling and trim for inside front. $40.00
Water valve for toilet. $24.00
Purchase price at auction with all fees $560.00
Pa enhanced inspection for reconstructed trailers $150.00
Pa state inspection $24.00
State reconstruction paperwork and plate $129.00
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Don't forget the $5 awning arm!!!!
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Don't forget the $5 awning arm!!!!
LOL, I'd pay a million at this point! Only listed items that are "done"!
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It is still sitting in my garage... I just need to get it to you!
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:50 PM   #14
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Thanks to EMD Driver and Kanyon Kitty the awning is up! Will post pics later tonight of the cabinet doors they hooked me up with too! Thank you! Thank you!

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And here are the door / drawer mods... The bottom left, under the dinette was a drawer but now is cabinet, the door swings up. Under the sink, the door on the left is a new addition. Seems like a real challenge to match up the drawers so I cut 6-1/2" off the height of the door and installed it rather than the drawers. I left everything behind it in place in case I come across the correct drawers one day but for now this will do! And the drawer at the botton under the sink was an exact fit, just need to find a similar handle to match the doors above...

Thanks again Gary and Bonnie!

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Awesome! Glad it's all working out. You have a great trailer there now!
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Diamond plate and lumber for front. $139.00
Paneling and trim for inside front. $40.00
Water valve for toilet. $24.00

Purchase price at auction with all fees $560.00
Pa enhanced inspection for reconstructed trailers $150.00
Pa state inspection $24.00
State reconstruction paperwork and plate $129.00
Awning arm and cabinet doors and drawer $20.00
Locksmith service for entry door locks $70.00
Misc odds and ends from camping world (jacks, sewer hose, etc.) $200.00

All toll, ready to roll down the road $1356.00 I'm pretty happy with that for such a quality unit! Thanks for all the help and advice!
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Just wanted to drop a line to thank everyone for all the help with this. As it turns out we really didn't have time to enjoy it as my kids (13 and 15) are so busy with sports and such we only used it twice all year. I sold it to a very nice pastor and his young family that will get much more use out of it than I was able to. I figured it was better to let someone enjoy camping with a low cost quality camper rather than it sitting exposed to the elements in my driveway. I really miss it but I really enjoyed the time I spent working on it. I might look for another one next year that needs some work and start over again!

Thanks to all!
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I do some reconstructed cars and good for you saving another one. Sorry to hear you didn't get to use it more. I was looking at some damaged trailers on salvage direct but nothing was coming up and I ran across the T205. Here's my last rebuild and it's a keeper!




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I bought an Excursion last December to use for an engine swap. It wasn't rebuildable, but it certainly took a lot of work to strip it all down. Hopefully the actual swap will be done in the near future.

I used Insurance Auto Auctions to find mine, even though I was also watching Copart. They are the two big names in the industry, and IAA typically has more of a selection of Sunlines. They aren't all that great though- most have to be pretty far damaged in order to get on there. Fires, floods, etc. With a stick built trailer, there isn't much good left from a flood trailer, and a rollover one would need a total rebuild if it had good appliances and cabinets from a light roll. The best way to rebuild a Sunline is to either find it damaged privately or happen to find one like the above that jackknifed or had something minor. Usually a jackknife situation ends in much worse though.
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