Overland's 88 Coleman Colorado

Discussion in 'Camper Restoration Projects' started by Overland, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. Overland

    Overland Active Member

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    LOL.. guess I deserved that. ;)
     
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    I mentioned earlier that I bought a new in box canvas from a guy selling an abandoned project. I contacted him this week after discovering im missing a few bow brackets.. and a few bows/sleeves I have on hand have seen better days. I inquired about the bow's and I ended up with the entire project. Pick it up tomorrow. Should be set for spare parts now eh..

    Also mentioned how I did not care for the gray color, and that I bought a new tow vehicle. So it got a new coat of paint this am. Once I inventory the better bows and parts i'll be installing the new canvas. Hopefully this weekend.

    I didn't exactly fly through this project but i'm close now.. cant wait to get out.

    The front rack needs finishing, a few hours then I can clean and paint it as well.

    Wish me luck..

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    Picked up the 3rd trailer, totally disassembled project.. but the bow assembly's were in much better shape. I can see the light..

    I lightly sanded and painted them, get ready for install. I have a few i'm not sure of their use.. hoping @rich2 may be of help? The 4 on the right.. first I believe is a ridge pole after canvas is deployed and strengthens top?

    How about the other 3 at furthest right? I'm guessing they are used with the road cover somehow?

    Canvas install doesn't look as though it'll happen this weekend.. have a Nor'Easter coming in.

    Rich, peek in occasionally.. i'm sure i'll have a few other questions you'll no doubt be a huge help with. [:D]

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    EDIT: I looked at Rich's original pole set which I had labeled. I see the one on right goes to door.. but cant visualize it quite yet. The two center with bend are for supporting the roadcover when used with poles with blue tips. And I see which bow accepts the tips.
     
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    Canvas2.jpg

    Looks like a camper again..
     
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    Nice work mate, new to this as I'm a car guy but I love a good project.
     
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    Yes it does, nice job and congratulations.
     
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    Thanks, my first trailer too... modified Jeeps for last few decades, wasn't any cheaper than speeding tickets of my youth. ;)

    Thank You Arruba.

    Tossed on the old original tongue jack on for now, placed all the interior dinette pieces inside, got the lights working, and about to weld on bracket for bed support poles. Installed the road cover and it's just about to head back over my son's house again for the interior work.

    Few lil other things to do yet that i'll update y'all on soon.

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    Looks great...sorry I was not able to help with the poles, was down an out for quite a while with surgery. But looks like you figured it out. Outstanding job...
     
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    Nice build! Have you had it out in the woods yet?

    I wish we had better (closer) wilderness camping options. That sounds like a good time. I've got 2 kids 3 and under right now, so state parks are probably more our speed right now anyways.

    I like your frame modifications. I really want to extend the frame on mine to build a 2-3' tongue rack. The only thing stopping me is my camper currently fits in my garage with about 12" to spare. If I lengthened the frame, I would have to pay for camper storage somewhere.
     
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    Not yet Tmackā€¦ but soon.

    Camper will be coming home soon, finish a few things up so I can get out in it for my Bday next month. My kids are grown, only my son likes to camp with me.. the girls all prefer cabins. Hoping to get out a lot in the coming year.

    I don't have a garage for the camper storage here either, and my son is gonna be listing his place soon. I may end up purchasing a carport for it as I don't like the idea of it sitting exposed.
     

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