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Old 07-10-2015, 07:45 PM   #1
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so i was looking into buying a fifth wheel and going full time. i was originally going to with a new one from a dealership. but i found a few websites were someone bought a dirt cheap older fifth wheel and repainted the inside and replaced the floor and furniture, and they were looking as good as the new ones. does anyone have any experience with or suggestions on if i should or shouldn't do that.
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Think that depends a lot on your abilities as far as carpentry, plumbing and electrical. If you are handy and have a fair knowledge of such things, there should be no reason other than the time it requires, that you shouldn't attempt the re make. The good part, there is a lot you can do to customize it for your liking.
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There is a TV show called "flpping RVs" that shows much of the steps involved in restoring and rehabing older RVs. There is a lot to it from cabinets and flooring to 12VDC and 110VAC power and plumbing.

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I am not going to the type of rebuild you are thinking of, but as the wife and I looked at new 5ers last couple of years, we decided to upgrade the one we have, Ours is still new looking except the carpets, the awning, and one recliner. So we decided to have
a little mechanical (shocks and suspension) repaired, we will replace the carpet and awning next year. Then if the money is available we will get the auto leveling put on. Then we will be good to go till we quit camping in another ten or so years.
I think we can do all this and not spend as much as the down payment would be on something new.
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I picked the layout I liked on a good used 5th wheel and did modifications. They never seem to end. always something to upgrade or repair. Not all upgrades need be expensive, LED lights, strip lights, recycling/garbage system under the corner sink, 17.5 tires with Alcoa rims, carpet, tiles etc. It keeps the interest in the RV, no different from a house. I also added a Fisher Paykel d/w drawer...best thing I ever did.
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