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Saturday, October 24, 2009

RV Remodel

This may be a common problem other older trailer owners are facing. We bought a second-hand fiberglass Burro trailer which we are very happy with but would like to upgrade the trailer to include a toilet and shower with a black and grey water system. The manufacturer has gone out of business so we have called the two other competitors of small fiberglass trailers, Scamp and Casita to see if they could retrofit the toilet and shower. They stated they would not be able to do so. Do you know of anyone who does custom retrofitting or where we can buy supplies and obtain information to do it ourselves?
Frank, (Globe, AZ)

Frank, though difficult, retrofitting an existing RV can be accomplished in many cases. The problem with the smaller units is space limitations, especially when installing plumbing vents and drains as well as the holding tanks. It would require a thorough inspection to determine if such additions are even possible on your unit. Try to find companies that specialize in RV modifications, commonly they are referred to as RV decorators. Also contact van converters for their opinion as well. Most any competent, full service RV repair facilities should also be able to evaluate your situation.

Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any RV decorators in your area. All the parts and supplies, however, should be easy to gather from sources including Home Depot, Lowe’s and standard RV accessory stores. The holding tanks and RV toilet can be purchased at any RV supply house, but common ABS drain and vent piping as well as all the fittings and solvents are available at any of the big box home improvement stores too.


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