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Old 04-16-2013, 09:13 AM   #1
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My first Complete Remodel

So my wife and I recently bartered for a 96 National RV 29' Sea Breeze with the Chevy chassis sporting the 454 EFI. I think all together we payed about $1800 for it. Bad news is that it's been sitting since 2008 in a sandy field with the vents open. So I've gutted the entire inside, everything with upholstery was beyond repair, and the ceiling fabric was just as dirty as the carpet. On the plus side, all the appliances are in working order, and the roof has no leaks and is also in great condition.

So the point of this thread is that I will most likely need some help along the way and might be able to enlighten someone to the work needed to do a job of this size. So feel free to give advice, or ask questions.

The demo is almost complete at this stage, I'm just about to replace the bottom half of the rear wall because of the major water damage from the emergency exit, ladder, spare tire, and brake lighting all leaking. I will post pics when I get home after work.

Hope you guys enjoy this thread and remodel as much as I plan on.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:32 AM   #2
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Looks like fun. If you parked on the lawn, you wouldn't have to mow under it...more time to work on the RV.

BTW, is that the original body paint or did the OP have it painted?
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Sounds like you've got quite a project planned! Hope everything goes as planned. Give us updates as you progress.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Looks like fun. If you parked on the lawn, you wouldn't have to mow under it...more time to work on the RV.

BTW, is that the original body paint or did the OP have it painted?
From what I can tell it looks to be the original paint, I thought it was a little weird myself. Usually they have decals or something. Thanks for the comment Jim.


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Sounds like you've got quite a project planned! Hope everything goes as planned. Give us updates as you progress.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
Yeah its turned out to be a little more then expected so far, hopefully I've ran into the last big surprise. I'll be posting updates regularly as I'm sure I'll have many questions. Thanks for the Post HappyCamper.
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looks like you have a BLANK canvas of sorts

keep us posted
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So my wife and I recently bartered for a 96 National RV 29' Sea Breeze with the Chevy chassis sporting the 454 EFI. I think all together we payed about $1800 for it. Bad news is that it's been sitting since 2008 in a sandy field with the vents open. So I've gutted the entire inside, everything with upholstery was beyond repair, and the ceiling fabric was just as dirty as the carpet. On the plus side, all the appliances are in working order, and the roof has no leaks and is also in great condition.

So the point of this thread is that I will most likely need some help along the way and might be able to enlighten someone to the work needed to do a job of this size. So feel free to give advice, or ask questions.

The demo is almost complete at this stage, I'm just about to replace the bottom half of the rear wall because of the major water damage from the emergency exit, ladder, spare tire, and brake lighting all leaking. I will post pics when I get home after work.

Hope you guys enjoy this thread and remodel as much as I plan on.
Is that WD40 and ArmorAll on the console? You're gonna' need some more! Hey, for $1800 you can't go too far wrong and could have an adventure of a lifetime! Show us the progress ... we all love a project and this forum always has great stuff. Thanks for posting
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Howdy and welcome to iRV2! Looks like a great job so far; thanks for sharing. I'll be watching for updates!
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This is what a '96 Nat Sea Breeze looks like. This is of course a longer one, but you get the idea. Quite a project you have going.

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National made a fine coach, so you have a great foundation on which to build. I look forward to watching this project as it progresses. This forum is a great resource, so don't be shy about asking any questions as they arise.
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So I didn't get around to uploading pics last night, by the time I started working on the RV it was dark out. I've ran into a couple problems though; I cant seem to find where the fresh water fill line goes (it was removed by PO), and I cant get my thermostat to kick the compressor on. The fan will kick on, I can hot wire the compressor to come on, but the thermostat isn't working it. I went to home depot and purchased a cheap digital thermostat to replace this one but I'm having around the same problem, the compressor will kick on but only for a short time and the fan only blows in low mode. So please lend me some advice on all this. THANKS
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This is what a '96 Nat Sea Breeze looks like. This is of course a longer one, but you get the idea. Quite a project you have going.
Yeah I was able to find the original brochure and the manual for the generator online, so it gave me all the specs for the RV. It was all put together, minus the bedroom being turned into an office and shower missing, when I got it. The wife and I were thinking about doing a camo wrap and diamond plating the sides with a nice chrome cap on the top sides. That one looks like its the same length as the one I've got.

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Yeah we were really lucky to find this coach and for the price we got it at. While we were doing the demo I realized that this was a really well built RV and is mechanically sound. The PO was a company that kept service logs and took really good care of it, we found some logs and they were replacing everything that seemed to have a problem.
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I've ran into a couple problems though; I cant seem to find where the fresh water fill line goes (it was removed by PO),
Are you talking an outside "city water" hose connection, or do you suspect it had a separate "tank fill" connection too? I know slightly newer Nats had one hose connection then a valve to divert to coach (city water) or to the tank. This is in an outside bay.

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I cant get my thermostat to kick the compressor on. The fan will kick on, I can hot wire the compressor to come on, but the thermostat isn't working it. I went to home depot and purchased a cheap digital thermostat to replace this one but I'm having around the same problem, the compressor will kick on but only for a short time and the fan only blows in low mode. So please lend me some advice on all this. THANKS
Do you have the analog Duo-Therm thermostat (manual switches) or the Comfort Control Center thermostat (Digital with 4 or 5 push buttons) with the on/off switch on the bottom?
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Are you talking an outside "city water" hose connection, or do you suspect it had a separate "tank fill" connection too? I know slightly newer Nats had one hose connection then a valve to divert to coach (city water) or to the tank. This is in an outside bay.
It has a separate connection for the tank fill, there is a door on the outside of the RV that says tank fill, but when the PO made the back room into an office the removed the hose, I cant find and hole in the floor that would of been used for the filler hose so I'm stumped.


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Do you have the analog Duo-Therm thermostat (manual switches) or the Comfort Control Center thermostat (Digital with 4 or 5 push buttons) with the on/off switch on the bottom?
It had the analog Duo-Therm

Also thanks for the help.
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