1982 Jayco Featherlite 4 refresh

Johneliot

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In 1995,my wife and I bought a 12UD tent trailer. My family and I pulled it all over California and Oregon. Kids gone and we decided to upgrade to a 2018 Lance 1995 trailer. I missed my tent trailer although I thought it was just too big. I found this feather lite and it was just the right size for when I meet up with the buds when we camp.
 

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Johneliot

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The canvas not only had a rip, but it was really moldy. I figured when I bought it, it was going to need a new canvas so I have ordered one from Bear Creek. Unfortunatly I won't get it until September. They are really backed up. I'll also be sending my old one to use as a pattern. I had to replace one of the eye bolts. DSCF2357.jpg
 
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Johneliot

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Typical of tent trailers is water damage around the roof. I didn't want to pull the roof so I dealt with it the same way I fixed a little spot on the roof of my old trailer, I got a product that's a clear penetrating epoxy sealer. I't's brush on and It's great. It seals the fibers and hardens.
 

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Johneliot

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I pulled all the cabinets because the floor was horrible and I figured I just lay another piece of vinyl. I got some TSP and hot water and scrubbed it good and it cleaned up so well I'm going to rock the 80's floor!
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jmkay1

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Congratulations on your new to you popup and good luck with the repairs/modifications. I had a 1990 Jayco popup and it also had the same green stripe. The box changed a bit over The years though.
 

Johneliot

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I've come to the conclusion that my Featherlite was a low end model. It has no 12 volt capabilities. I decided that it was necessary so I have ordered a WFCO converter that can use lithium batteries. I plan to get a 100 watt suitcase panel. I thought about just adding a 12 volt block to the side wall but I didn't wan to fuss with an ac charger. This way it's an all in one unit. As with the canvas, it has a 16 week delivery date. In the meantime I have added a couple of lights and an charging outlet.
 

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I've come to the conclusion that my Featherlite was a low end model. It has no 12 volt capabilities. I decided that it was necessary so I have ordered a WFCO converter that can use lithium batteries. I plan to get a 100 watt suitcase panel. I thought about just adding a 12 volt block to the side wall but I didn't wan to fuss with an ac charger. This way it's an all in one unit. As with the canvas, it has a 16 week delivery date. In the meantime I have added a couple of lights and an charging outlet.
Making real progress! Happy Trails.
 

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With the interior the main issue was the cabinet to the right of the door. As we have all found particleboard and water make a swollen mess. I needed to rebuild the cabinet and used solid wood instead.
 

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The paneling they used I just couldn't find anywhere so that meant paint instead. I tried to get a color that offset the paneling and it seems to fit fine. I also reused the trim around the top. The front of the cabinet's trim fit into a slit around the edge. It kinda looked like an "E" with the middle in the slit. 2 Things I could not do. One was router that slit back into my new board. The other was the fact that the replacement top was a little wider than the old one. So what I did was cut the middle out and cut the bottom edge off. I was left with the with an upside down "L". I the used small nails to put it on. It actually looks OK. DSCF2367.jpg
 
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Johneliot

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Cleaned up the icebox and put the door back on and everything went back together pretty well.
 

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Johneliot

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I am still waiting for my converter, but I went ahead and installed my solar. I bought a SAE connection with 10 awg wires. I lengthened it a bit (with solder and shrink wrap), followed the bumper support and came up through the floor. I have a 10' extension to hook into the solar panel. I did have to buy a SAE to solar connector. The solar suitcase and battery are from Renogy. For what I have in this small trailer I could have gotten away with a 50 amp battery, but the 100 amp came with bluetooth and I can use my phone to check the charge on the battery.
 

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Johneliot

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Still waiting on the canvas, so little things can be taken care of. I put some eternabond tape over the holes for the spare tire, I'll put a spare tire carrier from harbor freight on the bumper. I taped across the back and the front. I have found that this is the area the get leaks the most (based on a pup I've had before this one). I don't see as much leakage on the sides.
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Johneliot

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I had ordered a WFCO converter that would charge my lithium battery but after 16 weeks the place I ordered it from said they could not get it so they refunded my money. I guess the supply chain for this product is not happening. So I went to plan B. I was thinking of doing this in the first place. I reinstalled the breaker box that was original. That will feed the 2 outlets original to the trailer on a 15 amp breaker.
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Then I added a 12 blade fuse block for my interior lights and the usb/sockets I added
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I then added a rocker switch to turn on and off the power to the fuse block. I also added a fuse between the battery and the switch. All this means is I'll have to use an AC charger if I ever feel the need to charge the battery when I'm plugged into Shore Power.
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I still need to "flip" the axle, but it's been in the triple digits here in Chico for the last couple of days and it's pretty miserable outside. After that I'll just be waiting on Bear Creek for my canvas...in September!
 




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