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Old 07-09-2010, 12:11 PM   #1
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Holiday Rambler Imperial 1998 (Interior Renovations)

Motorhome Interior Renovations

The objective here was to give an updated look to the coaches’ heavy dated interior (too much wood)

Front to rear
Removed the original above dashboard TV, resized the opening and installed a matching black acrylic hinged door.

Replaced original brass fixtures with store bought 110V fixtures and converted them to 12V. - All existing brass light pods were spray-painted matt black.

The whole interior of the coach was wallpapered using a medium grey vinyl textured finish that looks like cork. In the bedroom, an entrance wall as well as the large wall in front of the bed was also wallpapered.

The carpeted areas (living room, bedroom) were done using ” underflooring with a ” grey stained maple flooring screwed and glued to the underlayer- the new floor is now flush with the original tile floor in the kitchen/bathroom. The steps were also re-done using new black rubber molded steps and the side walls were also covered with the same grey maple flooring (note the furnace vents were also custom-made with the same flooring maple)

The grout between the tiles was stained using an acrylic water-based epoxy (to match the new grey flooring). The tile floor now looks brand new!

The living room area had 2 Villa Joey bed/couches (one 3 seater & one 2 seater) facing each other. The 2 seater was removed and replaced with a black glass console table ( a steel flat panel designed to hide electronic wiring is attached to the back of the table, this was perfect to screw 2 x 90 angles into the floor.

A 40” Sony flat screen TV is resting on the table but is secured to the window frame behind it using 90 bracing, I have also attached 2 x 1/8” steel cables from the back of the TV to 2 of the original seatbelt bolts anchored into the floor, the other bolts were cut prior to installing the new sub-flooring.
(Since the renovations we have traveled over 10,000 miles to Los Angeles, across to Florida and back to Quebec; the TV and/or the table have not moved 1mm.

In LA we purchased a new 75” couch/recliner that fits exactly into the slide area where the 3 seater villa was originally installed. This places us at roughly 8ft from the TV (just perfect for TV viewing).

We removed all original window boxes and existing strung day/night shades and replaced them with new light grey cordless cellular blinds.

Removed the mirrors above the kitchen counter and installed a ceramic backing (we have yet to loose 1 tile!).

Installed a new kitchen faucet

New door and drawer handles.

The solid maple doors on the fridge were removed and replaced with black acrylic panels, here is an interesting note: (The wood panels added a tremendous amount of weight and stress to the refrigerator doors).

A Xantrex RG7 console was installed in the bedroom and connected to the inverter, a new data cable from the inverter to the Onan generator now gives us auto genstart with full programming capabilities.

We still need to remove the old 13” Quasar TV and replace it with a 22” flat screen, this should give us some extra storage space in the (no slide) bedroom.

See: Renovation album photos in Member galleries


1998 Holiday Rambler 38ft.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:09 AM   #2
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Thanks for the report - the rig looks great now!
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