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Old 05-05-2015, 03:39 PM   #1
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We just bought a 1988 Holiday Rambler Aluma Lite XL. First RV so we are at ground zero. There is a ceiling panel in the bedroom that was water damaged. It no longer leaks but that is one of the first things we will fix. Starting the process of going through everything before our first trip. Does anyone have any experience with this model? Is there anything specific they are prone to? Any experience with replacing a ceiling panel? It's a pretty small piece so it shouldn't be too bad. Looking forward to being part of the forum.
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Good luck with some solutions.
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I used lauan and attached it to the aluminum frame with construction glue. then covered the ceiling with Styrofoam tile panels then painted them. this was in a 1996 Thor Prizm
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We also bought a 1988 HR Aluma Lite XL on a P-30 chassis with tag axle. No ceiling water damage, so I can't help you there.
Unless you are very, very very lucky, get ready to spend some $$$.
1) Tires. Check your DOT codes no matter how good the tread looks. RV tires don't wear out... THEY TIME OUT.
2) Regular stuff you always do with a new used vehicle. Oil change, lube, BRAKE INSPECTION, tune up and general inspection.
3) Good way to have your front end checked is to try and get a alignment. The truck repair place we took it to would not do an alignment until we got several parts.
4) Get ready to become a master detective. Many of the companies who made those parts are out of business. The parts are still out there, you'll just need to find them.
5) Check coil spring airbags
6) Be observant!!! Look under her constantly for leaking fluids.
7) Watch those plastic water fittings. They can leak and explode like aneurysms in a fat old person with high blood pressure. We carry SharkBite fittings just in case.

I'm sure I'm forgetting things and others will jump in. All in all we probably put 12K in ours in repairs and upgrades and we are about 1/2 way done. But for the price how can you go wrong? She is a good solid vehicle built like a brick SH with a beautiful real wood interior.
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Brakes, wheel bearings and races ???
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So far we know we have to change the gas lines so while the tank is dropped we'll have everything checked and a new gas pump installed. So far. Thanks for all your suggestions. I'll let you know how it goes...
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Congratulations, I hope you have a ball.

Do the same preventative stuff you do for a car, buy a roadside /tow Insurance Policy, and go for it!
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Thank you for the photos. I was going to just repair the one tile but now you've given me bigger ideas?
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