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Old 09-10-2019, 10:11 AM   #1
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Our 1989 Monaco Crown Royale Build

Couple months ago we picked up a 1989 Monaco Crown Royale. Original AZ vehicle, lived out there till about 5 months ago, when it travelled from CA to MI, about an hour north of our house where I found it on FB marketplace. The price was great, had to buy it.

Mechanically very good, interior appeared very good condition, but we wanted to get away from the 1980s oak and carpet look. Long story short got into a full interior resto.
The goal is to have a very modern interior, and just a very clean shiny preserved original exterior.

Exterior:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B0xHVY8n3zj/


Felt 1 soft spot infront of the fridge. Ripped out all the old tile and wood, discovered significant damage from a leaking toilet and possible defrosted old fridge. Norcold is 9 months old, and it does have 2 new Dometic rooftop ACs, 1.5 years old or so.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1KtMRJnpSq/


Everything stripped out, I cut and replaced 2 sections of 5/8 plywood subfloor. Used some marine penetrating epoxy to solidfy anything else overall it felt quite solid.
Also discovered a completely filled to the brim black tank from previous owners...yuck! replaced the sketchy black tank 3" poop pipe to a new one, flush to the floor. Filled the rank with septic tank digestive enzymes and will do dump it in a month or so. Its sealed off for now (except roof vent)

https://www.instagram.com/p/B17g6utHwUF/


We are doing 12x24 marble look porcelain tile. Went with ditra uncoupling membrane. Ditra is down, and should start laying tile here in a day or 2.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B2KiLcMHKXn/


Other plans are creamish white colored cabinets, finished to a mirror shine, light grey suede headliner, 3150 kelvin recessed LED puck lighting throughout. Mood and task lighting. FLip away twin beds for our kids, and adding 2 more captain chairs behind main ones for the baby seats to get anchored to.

EDIT: Cant get the images to embed!
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Lemme try embedding...



Doesn't work for me either...

Very interested in following your progress, hopefully with embedded pics!
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:16 AM   #3
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Off topic tutorial:

To embed an image from your Instagram account, use the "og:image" Meta tag that corresponds to the photo or image you want to display or embed in another location.

So your images are (shown with truncated URLs below):

1. https://scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram...om&_nc_cat=106

2. https://scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram...om&_nc_cat=102

3. https://scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram...om&_nc_cat=102

4. https://scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram...om&_nc_cat=106


Therefore insert the image tags around those URLs, or:













I too wouldn't mind following your progress. Nice work so far.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:53 AM   #4
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Wow! What a great motorhome. Thatís a classic. You do good work. I hope the coach is solid mechanically. If so, you should get many years of use out of it.
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Thanks for the tutorial roc, Ill be sure to give it a try when I have another progress pic.

@pduggs, mechanically it is perfect and whats what drew me into it, and also the dirt cheap price. I basically bought the engine and got everything else for free. It does have some electrical issues, inverter and generator stopped working at the same time, and there is a short in the main driving lights somewhere I will be tracking down after I get the temperature sensitive updates done.

test pic:
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Wow, I would like to see it when you finish. That is/was quite the coach in its day.
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I think it's good you slip sheeted the tiles. which is what I think you did from description. Those are quite large and will have limited flexability.

Good project.

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did a bit of cutting and mockup with 1/8" spacers. Tomorrow some compound cuts to have a bit more tile prepped and hoping to slap down the front section. Today was spent getting the centerline chalk line down and other measurements.

Laser line was just a secondary check for a visual.

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Old 09-14-2019, 08:15 AM   #9
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Back is kiling me, this stuff takes waay too long!
The ditra square cutouts and the 1/2" trowel size really chew through alot of thinset...Thinking Ill have about 200 lbs just in thinset in here.
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Love the project.

Use the latex caulk style grout in a tube instead of traditional grout. Trad grout will crack on the first road trip.

Please weigh the coach when you are finished to insure you have adequate tires on the front to handle the weight after the installation of the tile. You donít want to find out the hard way that you are under tired.
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Definite to getting it weighed.
I wabted to go before as well just didnt get around to it.
For the grout im ysing mapei ultraflex2
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Greg,

I am talking about the grout between the tiles, not the thinset used to adhere to the Kerdi.
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Oops i called it wrong,
Using mapei flexcolor cq for the grout
Ultraflex 2 was ditra to subfloor, and used mapei u coupling mortar for ditra to tile

The flexcolor is acrylic and quartz based, says it is flexible so well see..bot too big a fan of the caulk style grout, doesnt clean as nice-used that as the perimiter joint in my bathroom i did a few years ago.

Coach had tile in 1/3 of it with what seemed like traditional grout-1/4” joints. No cracking issues in 4-5 years from when it was previously laid down
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Still plugging away. Last night finished up most of the cuts. Just have to trim and drill around the door step. The Schluter quadec corner connectors should be in tonight. May be able to get that all done and then just the lower entrance step for another night.

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