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Old 07-14-2011, 10:55 AM   #1
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New to Forum and Boy did I buy a project :)

Hi All,

It's been a couple years since in an RV, we rented a 32' motorhome and went from Seatle to Boston, had a great time. And its been about 5 years since we have owned an RV and that was a travel trailer. My business is slow right now so I decided to take on a challenge so my wife and I could enjoy a big coach using sweat equity.

My project is something I just picked up on Ebay, 1999 Newmar London Aire 45'. The interior had a fire in the bedroom and bathroom but the damage is all repairable/replaceable and no damaged reached anything outside. My goal is to breath new life into this coach.

First step in my journey is to pick up the RV in texas then travel through Elkhart IN on my way back to NH. Not sure what I will find in Elkhart but I hoping on some stuff.

Off we Go!

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Old 07-14-2011, 11:37 AM   #2
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Since you have so much work to do in the bedroom area have you thought about putting in a slide?

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Old 07-14-2011, 12:04 PM   #3
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adding a slide out

you know I never even thought about adding a slide, I know they were available in the 2000 models, but I would not even know where to start.

I am guessing I would need a donor, and restructure the side. I like the idea of more room though
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:18 PM   #4
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Hi Rich and Welcome to the Forum!

I remember seeing that coach for sale and thinking the same as you thought - a bit of work and you get a VERY nice coach.

Best of luck to you and be sure and keep us updated (WITH PICS!) of how it all turns out.
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:33 PM   #5
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Welcome and BOY what a PROJECT to start with!!!!!

The rest of it looks GREAT I see why you decided it could be worth the effort. Gotta show some work in progess and finished photo's.
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:58 PM   #6
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I have to know, please how much did you have to give? Looks beautiful and as long as no major wire harness issues it will be real nice! How much? Oh sorry already asked that.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:38 PM   #7
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Welcome Rich, enjoy your project and your coach when it's done.
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.......Rich, what a beautiful coach, you will be proud of this one for a long time, nothing like sweat equity.
BTW, welcome to IRV2, and like OP said don't forget to share the repair process with all of us. Enjoy and travel safe.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:15 AM   #9
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Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome and support. I am a big fan of build threads so I will start a new post in the right location as I start the rebuild and updated as I go through the process.

As I have not had any real time to look over the damage, I can only hope it's just as documented. My company renovates apartment building so there is not much that surprises or overwhelms me, at least that's the attitude I am taking with this project

4knights, If you really want to know how much I paid it is out there. You will have to do a little work but that info can be found on ebay under completed auctions.

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I also saw this listing on eBay. Did you actually purchase this coach once you saw it in person? If so I have some questions about it, and would appreciate a response to may regular email.
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:29 PM   #11
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im new here also with an engine fire damaged 34 ft 1990 gs sun sovereign. we have pretty much sorted it out and hoping to have it running next week.....good luck with your project...if your heading into elkhart, there are a few places around that area that buy up the end of production stuff and resell.....check out online and theres one in white pigeon MI also thats not far from elkhart....i used to haul trailers out of there, so ive been into a few of the surplus stores around there....you can find some decent stuff....just depends on what you need.
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I know they were available in the 2000 models
Newmar offered slides in their Type A MH's starting in 1991 and their 5th wheels before that.
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Hi Rich, and welcome to IRV2! Boy, you've taken on a task that I would never have nerve to do, but as you say, it will be well worth the effort! Good luck & God bless!
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:09 AM   #14
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For me, there would be enough room in a 45-footer not to have to worry about a slide! I'd have a hard time finding someplace to park it, though.

Good luck with your project, Rich. You're a braver man than I, Gunga Din.

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