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1976 Shasta M-1850

PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:29 am
by QueticoBill
I found this Shasta near me quite reasonable BUT I'd really like a shorter one primarily for weight. Specs say this trailer is 3130 and my Outback - with 3.6 - is listed at 2700. The exterior of trailer is in decent shape - no dents or tears - and frame looks rusty but solid.

If gutted and carefully refitted - foam and 1/8" paneling, light weight materials, go to a simpler plumbing and eliminate as much of tanks as possible, etc., is it possible to get weight to 2700 or under?

Re: 1976 Shasta M-1850

PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:21 am
by Squigie
Shaving weight is easy.
It's figuring out what you can live without, and not going overboard when putting it back that's more tricky.

That trailer, based on my experience with refitting and dismantling a few trailers and RVs, is likely to have a lot of weight in the frame, floor, appliances, dinette / seating area(s), and counter top(s). Depending upon the type of cabinets used, they - especially the doors - may be a significant (or even major) contributor, as well.

Walls and bulkheads are likely hollow / sandwich construction and not a concern.

Is that 3130 lb weight dry or gross? (I'm assuming pounds.)

Re: 1976 Shasta M-1850

PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:04 pm
by QueticoBill
Nada guides. I dont know. Guessing dry.

Re: 1976 Shasta M-1850

PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:26 pm
by Squigie
If that's dry weight (which I also believe it to be) and you need to get under 2,700 lb gross, I think it would probably be difficult to repopulate the cabin in any meaningful way.

I just performed a deep dive into the bowels of the internet to see if I could find actual photos of an M-1850 and couldn't find anything but people fixing massive leaks and internal wall rot.

I implore you to make your own decision, but I wouldn't touch one - especially if I needed to shave weight. The roof, rear end, and some sections of the walls are framed with 2x4s. There's a lot of unnecessary weight in the walls themselves, let alone the rest of the cabin.
I'd be very surprised if just the frame and cabin shell don't weigh at least 2,000 lbs empty.
That wouldn't leave much weight allowance for an interior, let alone cargo.

Re: 1976 Shasta M-1850

PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:45 pm
by QueticoBill
I was coming to that. Really wanted something 14 ft to max 16 ft.