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Old 01-30-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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There was a thread started by another forum member a few weeks ago discussing older coach remodels/modifications and I didn't have any digital pictures of our past rigs. Last night I had my son scan some pictures of our past RVs and decided to start a new thread rather than dilute the other thread. My wife and I were blessed and started camping and then RVing early in our married life. When our son came along he just accepted it as normal because he didn't know any different right from birth. He has always traveled by way of some form of RV and all of our family activities have revolved around enjoying the outdoors and some form of motorsports. My wife and I didn't come from families that did this but we learned quick. We perform and have performed ALL of our own repairs, modifications and upgrades which I find almost as fun as using our RV's.

I know technically not a motorhome but this was our first RV. We bought the 1988 Ford F250 after my wife and I were married. The truck was totaled and I rebuilt it in 1991 just after purchasing our new home. In 1992 we bought our first RV, a 10 1/2' Northland camper with the lengthwise queen bed over the cab. It was a 1990 model and I did some work for a guy who owned a car lot who took it in on trade and didn't want to deal with a camper. I traded some work on various cars on his lot for the camper. We agreed on a $3500.00 price so I worked off that much in parts and labor for him. Turned out to be a great deal and a great friendship emerged.

The camper was in immaculate condition with very little use. However, the brown/beige two tone stripes on the exterior had to go. I had some leftover paint from when I rebuilt the truck so I color matched to camper to the truck.

Here is a picture of just after painting the camper and loading it for its' maiden voyage.


First trip out with the new setup, wife's family reunion. Needless to say although a small RV, we were hooked.


By the following year I had also purchased a wrecked 24' enclosed trailer to haul our toys to the sand dunes. I needed some extra carrying capacity so I converted the F250 to a dually and painted to match. I also had to fabricate an extended hitch to tie into the frame of the truck in which could handle the tongue weight of an enclosed trailer full of sand toys.

Washed up in the driveway before heading out. Sorry, I don't have any pictures of the trailer hooked up to the truck/camper in my photo album. Stupid me, it was quite a sight.


We owned the truck camper for several years and thoroughly enjoyed it, although it was small, even for a family of three. We didn't travel long distance with it as we mainly used it for weekend getaways and sand duning but it fit our budget at the time. We enjoyed listening to my aunt/uncles stories about traveling in their motorhome (1976 FMC) and thought maybe someday. We went snowmobiling with them one weekend and the motorhome bug bit us and bit us hard. We immediately went into save mode to acquire a motorhome.

In 1995 we fell into a great deal on a 1984 30' Travelcraft on the GM P30 chassis. The gentleman we bought it from belonged to my aunt/uncles' motorhome club and he had lost his wife about three years prior and the Travelcraft had just sat. It had been neglected and was in desperate need of some TLC. Friends thought we were nuts due to its age but it had character and was extremely well built despite its' age. It was really ahead of its' time, it had the larger 6500 watt Onan genset, one piece fiberglass roof, water tank up inside the closet (heated), blender built into the counter and a very luxurious looking wine cabinet, not that the wife and I drank but it looked cool and high tech. He made us a good deal and we commenced on remodeling/modifying the coach to suit us and off we went on our journey.

I went through the coach bumper to bumper and got it current on all maintenance related issues such as all fluids, filters, replaced tires and fixed the many little things that needed attention. I also did some transmission upgrades, Doug Thorley Tri-Y headers, full tune-up including re-curving the distributor and rebuilding and fine tuning the carburetor. We drove the coach for a full season and fell in love with it, prior to the second RV season starting I promised the wife I would do some cosmetic upgrades to brighten it up and bring it more current. The sidewalls were holding up very well as they were aluminum skinned and painted with automotive paint. The endcaps however, were gelcoat and no matter how much I buffed them, they would die back and loose their gloss. The bottom section also had some bumps and bruises that needed attention.

I painted both endcaps and the bottom section with PPG basecoat/clearcoat urethane and it turned out great. Much easier to keep looking good. I also installed a Gear Vendors Overdrive unit for the second season and after driving it I realized that should have been one of the first modifications done. It made highway driving so much more enjoyable. We met some people who we started taking extended road trips with and this was the start of our long distance RVing. We traveled around most of the western U.S. and parts of Canada with this coach and either towing our 24' enclosed trailer or flat towing our Jeep Cherokee until 2000 when we sold it and upgraded to our first DP.

Here are some pictures of our Travelcraft undergoing its' external remodel/refresh. Sanded and getting ready for paint.










I was able to match the maroon color pretty good but I couldn't match the gold strip so I ended up repainting the gold all the way around as well as the bottom section which was faded to more of a "pinkish" than a maroon by now.






Bottom section. I even painted the generator door to tie it all in with the bottom.


Buffed/polished and reassembled. Almost ready to hit the road.






The wife and I then decided to tackle the interior. Out with the dark maroon and woven wood shades.


In with the newly upholstered interior and vertical 3" blinds. I had an upholsterer who had done several street rods/customs for us over the years and he was very adamant that he does not work on RV's but he agreed to recover the furniture if I were to remove it and bring it to him and not tell anyone. He also covered the valances over the blind tracks that I fabricated from wood.




Continued into our next coach, 1991 Beaver Contessa, immediately following.

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Old 01-30-2014, 01:30 PM   #2
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In 2000 my wife and I decided it was time to upgrade. Some friends whom we traveled with somewhat had just bought a 1998 model gas motorhome and thought we were nuts when we told them we were looking at an older diesel pusher. I tried to explain that I was looking more at the chassis, engine and coach that would be better suited to towing the weight we were towing in our enclosed trailer as well as the overall ride quality and braking that the larger diesel chassis provide. They didn't understand but in the end it was our money not theirs.

My local dealer called us one day as he had taken in a 38' Beaver Contessa that was in need of some attention and knew we were looking and was very impressed with the work we had done on our previous coach. My wife and I struck a deal on a new to us 1991 Beaver Contessa with the 3208 CAT/four-speed Allison with 64k on the odometer.

We got it home and commenced tearing into this coach. We again started with the mechanical integrity and seeing as though we got no records in the deal completely went through it bumper to bumper bringing all of the service and repairs current. I then couldn't stand the peeling clearcoat on the rear end cap and the rock chips on the front endcap. I also didn't like the textured, dull paint that Beaver used on the bumpers so I decided to remedy that as well. Multiple compartment doors were scratched/dinged and the water heater door had almost all of the paint peeling off of it from improper prepwork.

While I worked on the exterior and mechanics, my wife tackled the interior, scrubbing, shampooing the carpet, oiling the beautiful Beaver woodwork and basically bringing it up to our standards.

Our previous coach I was able to paint at my parents farm but this coach was too large to get under power lines and into the driveway so I decided to tackle this in small sections at home in the backyard outside our shop.

Here is the coach backed up to the shop door and getting prepped for paint work. If you look closely you can see the large spots where the clearcoat is peeling off.


Fixing the section under the rear bumper that was damaged.


Masked and ready to go.


Painted and cleared. Ready to unmask.


Rear bumper smoothed and texture removed prior to paint/clearcoat. Looks much better.


Water heater access door beadblasted, epoxy primed, painted and clearcoated.


The 7500 watt Onan generator was an absolute mess. Oil was leaking from everywhere and the foil insulation was torn to hell and very little remained. I thought it would be easier to remove the generator completely from the coach to work on as well as scrape all of the old foil insulation off the generator compartment. While it was out, I pressure washed, replaced many seals and repainted the generator prior to reinstallation.


Completed and parked in the driveway ready for use. The first half of the first season was spend bringing her back to life, then we could start enjoying her.


I also spent quite a lot of time bringing the polished stainless steel radiator grille back to life.




Rest area on one of our many trips up to Montana over the years flat towing our 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee.


One of our many snowmobiling trips over the years.


Parked at the Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort on one of our NHRA drag racing trips. We actually had to send the campground pictures of our coach before they would reserve us a spot due to its age.


We absolutely loved this coach. We owned it for approx. seven years and put just over 65k miles on her. When we sold the coach in early 2007 it had 129k on the odometer and looked like it just rolled out of the factory. We got a lot of comments on the coach when we camped as people couldn't believe the year and mileage on her. I hope our current coach ages as well as that Beaver coach did.

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Old 01-30-2014, 01:47 PM   #3
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Great work, I envy your skills.

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Very nice work!!! It's great to see those older coaches returned to their early beauty. If you haven't been, you would really enjoy the RV museum in Elkhart.
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Thanks everyone. I have heard of that museum and my wife and I plan to go there someday, just don't know when.

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So Mike....you didn't mention anything about your Monaco??
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So Mike....you didn't mention anything about your Monaco??
I will have to throw some pictures of it as up as well. We love the Dynasty and hope it ages as well as our others but like all of them, it does require a bit more maintenance and upkeep as they start aging. When we bought the 2003 Dynasty in 2007 it had 55k miles on it and was neglected a bit. It took me a couple of months to get it up to our standards but it has been a great coach. The ride and handling are great and it tows our 26' Haulmark Edge trailer with the Harley and Jeep in it without any issues.

Mechanically it is perfect, however, it has a couple of spots of clearcoat doing some funny things so I will be doing some paint work on it in the next couple of months before the season really gets going. I will definitely post pictures as I am working on it.

Here is a link to some maintenance that I did on it just before putting it in storage a couple of months ago.
Dynasty Service Performed

Eventually my wife and I would like to have the coach repainted so I am hoping to touch up those couple of areas to prolong having the entire coach painted for a couple of years.

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Cool post. I've been thinking about trying to track down pictures of our camping history from tent days to Tent trailer and three motor homes. You've definitely got some nice skills.
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Wow, great thread Mike. You have some great skills there.

If my 'old rig' restoration turns out half as good as yours I'll be very proud.
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Excellent job on all of them. Boy, when did you have time to travel?? Glad you enjoyed them and continue your travels today. Have a great time out there.
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Thanks everyone. It can be time consuming but I guess like everyone else it is a labor of love. I am passionate about our vehicles and keeping them in pristine condition. I will admit though, my wife and I may not have been blessed with high paying jobs or income but I have been blessed with a skillset that has allowed us to enjoy a few of the finer things in life.

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GREAT jobs you guys looks terrific, when is mine ready?????
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Great place to put pictures of the 2003 Monaco Dynasty Baroness and list the upgrades.

I like to see skills put to use.
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