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Old 12-09-2011, 12:08 AM   #1
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Hi from New Mexico

Hey All,

I'm Tyler, the proud owner of a 1986 Winnebago. I inherited the MH from my grandfather. I am the third owner, and have lots of the original documentation for the coach. So far it has been a pretty big task to get it road and full timer ready. Lots of cleaning, mice had been living there probably since it was parked in 2005, close to the river in Needles, CA. After driving it back here, I have been doing various upgrades and repairs, unfortunately more of the latter.

Currently I am living in Albuquerque, NM. It's very cold. Thankfully I serviced the furnace and replaced the ducting before it got this cold. I am very do it yourself oriented, and have lots of plans for my new home. Prior to the MH, I was a vintage VW bus enthusiast, and lived in one for a short period of time a few years ago. Definitely not as comfy, but certainly just as demanding in repairs, etc.

From what I have gathered, I am fairly young in the RV community, and I hope to avoid bias and prejudice, which I have encountered at some local supply houses. Unfortunately, my Winnie is the spitting image of the one in the TV show Breaking Bad (filmed here in ABQ) where they use a winnie as a meth lab. I had not heard of or seen the show before getting into this, and have learned to just expect a comment, but hopefully I can avoid invalid assumptions. Any tips? I don't want to been seen as "that punk kid in the junky rv".


I've been lurking on this very friendly and informative site since getting the coach 3 months ago, and finally get around to registering so I can give back some of the info I have taken.



Day I took off from Needles after many weekend trips to work on the motor and fuel system...looking back, I wish I had done a gas tank sealer when I had the tank out to replace the fuel pump, since I have been having constant fuel delivery issues...

So far I've cleaned all the former occupants leftovers out, which was a gross endeavor, removed the carpet and replaced it with laminate, new carpet in the cab, new couch/bed combo for the bedroom, lcd tv install, stereo setup, furnance over haul, and I am halfway done with my custom LED lighting upgrade. So many more to come. I look forward to sharing with this great community.

Tyler
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:21 AM   #2
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Tyler:

Hi from our winter camp here in Florida, and, a BIG WELCOME to the iRV2 bunch.

Boy!!...wish I had your skills in maintenance and repairs. There's always something to tweak.

Again, WELCOME!

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Old 12-09-2011, 07:03 AM   #3
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Tyler, Welcome from PA. Sounds like you are on the right track for blending in. Keep up the good work...
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:15 AM   #4
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Hey All,

I'm Tyler, the proud owner of a 1986 Winnebago. I inherited the MH from my grandfather. I am the third owner, and have lots of the original documentation for the coach. So far it has been a pretty big task to get it road and full timer ready. Lots of cleaning, mice had been living there probably since it was parked in 2005, close to the river in Needles, CA. After driving it back here, I have been doing various upgrades and repairs, unfortunately more of the latter.

Currently I am living in Albuquerque, NM. It's very cold. Thankfully I serviced the furnace and replaced the ducting before it got this cold. I am very do it yourself oriented, and have lots of plans for my new home. Prior to the MH, I was a vintage VW bus enthusiast, and lived in one for a short period of time a few years ago. Definitely not as comfy, but certainly just as demanding in repairs, etc.

From what I have gathered, I am fairly young in the RV community, and I hope to avoid bias and prejudice, which I have encountered at some local supply houses. Unfortunately, my Winnie is the spitting image of the one in the TV show Breaking Bad (filmed here in ABQ) where they use a winnie as a meth lab. I had not heard of or seen the show before getting into this, and have learned to just expect a comment, but hopefully I can avoid invalid assumptions. Any tips? I don't want to been seen as "that punk kid in the junky rv".


I've been lurking on this very friendly and informative site since getting the coach 3 months ago, and finally get around to registering so I can give back some of the info I have taken.



Day I took off from Needles after many weekend trips to work on the motor and fuel system...looking back, I wish I had done a gas tank sealer when I had the tank out to replace the fuel pump, since I have been having constant fuel delivery issues...

So far I've cleaned all the former occupants leftovers out, which was a gross endeavor, removed the carpet and replaced it with laminate, new carpet in the cab, new couch/bed combo for the bedroom, lcd tv install, stereo setup, furnance over haul, and I am halfway done with my custom LED lighting upgrade. So many more to come. I look forward to sharing with this great community.

Tyler
Your new home looks good. welcome from NC. When we bought our first home we also repaired and updated it from basement to chimney. lots of work, but in the end....well worth it. Have fun with the renovations and if repairing and getting frustrated..step away for a while. sounds like you are doing a great job.
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:25 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the lovely coach. Those Breaking Bad folks don't know a good coach when they see one

Since you're in NM definitely take advantage of the fabulous NM State Park yearly camping pass. Simply the best deal in the country. We got ours last year and spent 2 months camping on it. Love those parks!

Also don't worry about being too young. We've met a ton of lovely and friendly older folks, plus there are more and more younger folks on the road these days. We've met quite a few all the way to a fulltiming couple who are 24. If you like gatherings, Burning Man is quite the show and you'll meet a bunch of the younger crowd there too.
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:43 AM   #6
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Hello and Welcome to IRV2! On this forum, it doesn't matter how old you are or what you RV in. We all love RV'ing and I know alot of the folks love the repair and remodel stuff. I am 60 and a couple of the girls I worked with are in their mid twenties. We have formed a great friendship and try and get together whenever we can. Age is just a number,so don't let others get you down. They are probably jealous. Look forward to reading more of your post. Happy Travels.
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:45 AM   #7
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I inherited the MH from my grandfather...
Waidaminit... you didn't say HOW young you are, Tyler. We've got "punk kids" here who've seen Elvis in person and get mailings from AARP.

Anyway, I think you're living the dream, that Grandad would be proud. Expect no bad treatment here; at worst, too much advice and some unsolicited surrogate parenting.

Stay warm in ABQ!
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Hi Tyler! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you decided to join us! Nobody is too young or too old (fortunately for me) here. You'll have that Minnie in top shape in no time! Keep us informed on your progress. Have fun & God bless!
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:31 AM   #9
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:03 AM   #10
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Hi, Tyler. Glad you joined us. Your rig looks great. Hope you enjoy all your projects and keep us informed of the upgrades you do along with some pics. Enjoy your travels be safe and Happy Motoring!!
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:04 PM   #11
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Thank you all for the warm welcome! Ill get some more pics up as soon as I clean up...seems like every time I start a project the place turns into a mess! Trying to deal with a full frozen black water tank at the moment and replacing my leaky toilet, fun fun fun!
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Don't let the age thing phase you a bit. I started with a TT when I was in my 20's and never looked back. You will find the vast majority of people here and as you travel to be among the best folks you will ever meet. Welcome aboard.
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Welcome Tyler. You're never to young (or old). Keep informed on your project.
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