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Burned out trailer. A fire in a camper can burn the structure down to bare metal in 10 minutes or less. (Photo: Bloom Fire Investigations)

The retrofitting, rebuilding, remodeling, decorating and upgrading of older trailers is growing in popularity throughout the country. Their uniqueness and attractiveness is spreading with a rise of clubs and organizations who display their handiwork during rallies and shows. High-quality workmanship is the norm, and much of the finish craftsmanship is excellent.

These original units have for the most part, been restored with parts and accessories from original trailers, in some cases after years of searching for hard-to-get items. However, some of the acquisitions and re-installations can include now-prohibited items such as propane interior gas lighting, unvented propane space heaters, stove cook tops or range ovens used for comfort or interior space heating.  Since many trailers were originally produced before detector requirements, they may not comply with today’s recommendations.

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