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Old 04-19-2015, 07:35 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Remodeling - has anyone ever attempted it?

We're contemplating updating our 2005 Tiffin Allegro Bus with a few newer components - specifically adding a residential fridge (our NorCold finally went south), interior lighting, replacing carpet with tile, and a few other things to give it a more updated look (without spending the added dough to upgrade to a newer model). Just wondering if anyone out there has done a successful remodel to their interior - pros/cons/recommendations/what would you do differently if you did it again?

If interested, more details of what we're doing can be found here.

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Old 04-19-2015, 07:47 PM   #2
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We did a significant upgrade to our '99 American Eagle in 2012. Hardwood Floor on a 45 degree throughout the entire coach, all new razor thin TV's, new commode, new plumbing fixtures, new residential refrigerator, new valances, new front curtain and new upholstery on all fabric chairs. I had it all done by someone else, total cost around $10k. Way less than the sales tax on a new unit.
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I recently did what I consider a total remodel. I purchased an RV that had a refrigerator fire and instead of just repairing the damage and having a 2004 interior, I decided to upgrade. The refrigerator fire caused me to do a bit more than you have laid out.. but in the process I sure learned a lot about my RV.


I upgraded to a residential refrigerator, ripped out the computer work station and added a queen size sleeper with air mattress, ripped out the ceramic tile and carpet .. replaced with LVT and carpet. Re-did all the cabinets. Replaced all the ceilings. Put in LED's .. not all of them, but most. Upgraded both TV's to flat screen HD. Had captains chairs reupholstered to match new sleeper and did dye on the J-lounger to match. Rebuilt and changed the dining table. Had a mid coach coat closet, no more, - made drawers for it. Changed out a fantastic fan. Installed new kitchen faucet. Reworked both toilets. Redid entry steps - carpet and trim. Replaced cable to rear camera. Redid all the valances. Replaced the blinds. Replaced the fabric over the slides x 3. Spent untold hours troubleshooting AC units.. to find a broken control cable. Sealed roof. Replaced old TV Antenna with new one. Six new tires. Changed all belts, oils, coolant, filters, etc..on both engine and Generator. Did complete lube front to rear. Installed SMI AF1 on coach and toad. Oh,,. and fixed hole in side and roof of RV from refrigerator fire. Did it all myself - took 9 months.


Maybe a few other minor things I can't thing of at the moment. Started a blog to document the process, but just haven't had time to finish it.
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We're contemplating updating our 2005 Tiffin Allegro Bus with a few newer components - specifically adding a residential fridge (our NorCold finally went south), interior lighting, replacing carpet with tile, and a few other things to give it a more updated look (without spending the added dough to upgrade to a newer model). Just wondering if anyone out there has done a successful remodel to their interior - pros/cons/recommendations/what would you do differently if you did it again?



If interested, more details of what we're doing can be found here.



Thanks for any input.

We bought our '03 coach in '06. We moved into it full time when our house sold in the spring of '07. In '11 we did an interior remodel.
1. LVT front to back replacing carpet and porcelain tile.
2. Custom cherry credenza replacing one Sofa.
3. New sleeper sofa replacing a J sofa
4. Residential frig replacing a Norcold.

We are still completely happy with our remodel.


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My ex and I gutted an old travel trailer that had some fire damage inside back in our early twenties and completely redid the interior, basically making it a 26' park model.
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While we have not needed to do an extensive remodel, we have had the carpeting replaced with sheet vinyl. A huge improvement in looks and function. When our Norcold dies it will be replaced with a residential unit, no doubt.

If the coach was in sound condition otherwise, and the size and floor plan still work for you, I would not hesitate to make the updates as you outlined. Cheaper and avoids the unknowns of another whole coach.
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Thanks for the input. Some of you are way more ambitious than we are. NorCold is in the process of coming out with new Samsung on way to fill the void. There is talk of removing the front windscreen in order to get the beasts in & out. Is nothing simple?
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Correct, nothing is simple. )-:

Removing a window or windshield is not uncommon to facilitate install/removal of a refrigerator.
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Correct, nothing is simple. )-:

Removing a window or windshield is not uncommon to facilitate install/removal of a refrigerator.
And most shops won't guarantee that they won't break the windshield in the process. I helped a friend do his and we took the old one out and brought the Samsung in through a side window. Pretty easy with a pickup truck and 4 guys.
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Laminate flooring is light and easy care. Threw out the window valances and pleated paper shades and replaced with home style wood slat blinds. So glad to be rid of those valances, just taking up space and they had disgusting material.
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Please consider the weight increase from installing tile. We removed carpet and pad to replace with a vinyl and marble dust product flooring, VellaStone. The tiles are grouted, but the weight is about the same as the carpet and pad, much less than ceramic tile. We have had it 3 years without problems.
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Oh yeah many changes. Couch out, recliners in. Head banger TV out, new 42" Samsung HDTV bulit into it's own cabinet w/lift in. Carpet out, hardwood in. Dometic out, residential Whirlpool in. Winegard in motion dome out, Travler HD sat. dish in. J couch out, loveseat in. Old dated paint job out, new updated paint job in. Empty space on roof out, solar panels in. Not done all at once, but over a 4 1/2yr. period. Our 2000 Dutch Star is much more comfortable and livable now than before. Our favorite mod would have to be the Whirlpool fridge. Everything in it actually gets cold, and stays that way. Second favorite the TV move, no more twisting our necks to watch. We can now just kick back in our recliners and watch comfortably.
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Seems we never stop remodeling. Last Fleetwood Rally, we met some folks with the identical coach. They had done some interesting things like moving the TV off to the side so it was easier to view. We had already replaced the vinyl with hardwood, pulled out the booth and replaced with a small table and chairs. Those are now being replaced by 2 armchairs. Its a never ending labor of love.
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