Worth $400 as donor frame?

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Worth $400 as donor frame?

Postby Margali » Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:27 am

I have lead on 1994 Palimino TXL- FG hardside pop-up that has broken roof for $400. Was thinking about using it for donor frame and selling AC, stove, etc. The frame is really rusty looking though.https://drive.google.com/file/d/1apWybuK8giEbK7_6FbltwzCmybKV9wds/view?usp=drivesdk

Good or bad deal?
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Re: Worth $400 as donor frame?

Postby rmclarke » Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:00 pm

Depends....is it just surface rust? If so, not a huge problem. I recently picked up a 1984 Starcraft tent trailer for $150; just had surface rust... a gallon of Corroseal @ Amazon is about $50.
You have to make sure there is no loose scaly rust. I wire brushed the frame, washed and dried it, then wiped it down with denatured alcohol before applying 2 coats of Corroseal......after the Corroseal was well dried, I applied a coat of primer and a couple top coats of Rustoleum gloss black.

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Re: Worth $400 as donor frame?

Postby les45 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:54 am

I did the same as rmclarke with my 89 Jayco. My main concern was the welds around the A-frame but they looked good after wire brushing and inspecting. I wire brushed all the loose rust and then coated everything with Corroseal and topped off with Rustoleum.
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Re: Worth $400 as donor frame?

Postby Pmullen503 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:25 am

What's your time worth and will your build fit the trailer without too much modification?
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Re: Worth $400 as donor frame?

Postby swoody126 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:06 am

rmclarke wrote:Depends....is it just surface rust? If so, not a huge problem. I recently picked up a 1984 Starcraft tent trailer for $150; just had surface rust... a gallon of Corroseal @ Amazon is about $50.
You have to make sure there is no loose scaly rust. I wire brushed the frame, washed and dried it, then wiped it down with denatured alcohol before applying 2 coats of Corroseal......after the Corroseal was well dried, I applied a coat of primer and a couple top coats of Rustoleum gloss black.

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if the frame size n shape meets your needs this would be a good way to go

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