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Old 08-07-2016, 03:32 AM   #1
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Hi, I am new to your site. My husband (A Paralyzed Veteran but he was robbed and shot, as a carrier on and Armor car 21 years ago) and I were given a 36ft. '98 National Rv-Tradewind Motorhome with a 300 Caterpillar Diesel motor and loaded to the hilt. It had a one owner, only problem is as he got older he couldn't care for it and it's sat for over 10 years. The motor/transmission runs fine. I had some problems with the jacks saying "Do not shift" but the powerhouse was empty on transmission oil which fixed that problem. The whole motorhome reeked of dog and mouse urine. I've ripped all the carpet out and it's 99% better. But I found 4 major rain leaks. (Front windows, one side of the slide from window or top, the Shower skylight leaking down the back wall in the bedroom, and the engine box at the end of the bed) Also the toilet had leaked all over the carpet which I yanked out and I'm in the process of putting down vinyl on the raised box and a new toilet. It has a propane generator (doesn't work, possibly a vaccum pump problem). Needs new tires, and the fridge doesn't work (haven't dealt with that yet) had to throw out the couch and mattress (just eww) and it's filthy from top to bottom but other than that it's not bad Oh and the dual Roof air works great, dash not so much Needless to say with my husband in his situation, we will be asking workmans comp to put in an elevator lift so he can get it. Also with not allot of funds, I will be doing most of the work myself. I will be needing lots of help and support!! Thanks in advance. Tinker.

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Old 08-07-2016, 06:18 AM   #2
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Welcome to IRV2. You seem to have quite a project on your hands. I'm into mine just about as deeply as you are.

If I were in your shoes, I would spend as little as possible on it until you have a solid plan for the elevator lift. It's almost certainly the most difficult and destructive part of the project. I would also start a "project" thread in the National RV forum to keep everything in an easily-accessible place as you work through it.

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Old 08-07-2016, 06:53 AM   #3
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Sounds like you have a 3 stepper. Ok, I know this is going to sound weird. But here goes. Get a cheap 12v cable wench from Harbor Freight. mount it to one side of the door on the floor, closest to the battery for short wires. 2nd, put a mount a 12x12 piece of 3/4 inch plywood on the roof about even with the last step inside the moho. Mount a huge threaded eye hook through the ply and roof with fender washers. hook the wench pulley on the eye and a grab handle on the cable. You get the idea. This will work to get him in and out in a pinch and can help getting heavy stuff in and out of the coach.

Welcome to the wonderful world of moho repair. There is always something that needs to be fixed or repaired. Everytime one thinks that all is working perfectly the "whirligig" breaks. Doesn't make any difference if it is a new coach or an old coach, the "whirligig" still breaks. Good luck!!
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:26 PM   #4
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you get all your problems solved soon!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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