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Old 02-25-2012, 08:16 PM   #43
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I bought my second 1979 Winnebago Brave about the same time that you bought your Chieftain. It was in California and I was in Florida. It's now at our second home in Mexico and I'm thinking of tearing into it. My wife found this site and your great description of your work. So is it done now? I'd love to see photos but I can't complain because I'm not good at posting them, either. This is a big forum. I hope you'll stay active on the board and be there when I start on mine because I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions!
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:05 PM   #44
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Dont give up bud. The thing to remember is that when this is done it will be way better than any unit you could new from the factory, let alone a used one. This is why I bought my unit that was in really rough shape inside and out as well. Because I, like you, know that when i finish it will be top quality thoughout. And no way someone would do this the way you will.
Im curious about the foam you said was squeaking. I am putting a new layer of 1" of blue foam board on the inside of my rig. Ill be sealing the gaps and cracks and seams with low expansion spray foam cans. This whole process is in the hopes it will make the unit more airtight and thereby better apt to handle the north dakota winter. I will run a dehumidifier and manually control the ventilation. But.....you mentioned you had to wrap it because of noise. you can either reply here or as I am also doing a complete gut and re do, I would love a phone call from you. I will private message you my phone number. I would love to chat with a fellow rv owner whom is dedicated to making his vintage rv into a quality motorhome, much like restoring a classic car.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:11 PM   #45
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turns out i cant find a way to send a private message so my number is 208-272-1276. Im up like 7am to 12am. so call whenever. Look Forward to hearing from you.
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to send a private message to someone, left-click on the members name in their post- a drop down menu will show up with "send a private message to..." as one of the options.
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Shouldn't that read left click?
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Old 05-20-2016, 05:02 PM   #49
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long overdue update coming soon...

Wow, I've been away from this forum way too long! I'll have an update on the remodel soon. Stay tuned! Gonna be selling her to a good home.
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update

Years ago my wife and I bought this MH with high hopes of restoring a classic to its former glory. Well, life had other plans for us and it's been sitting for about 3 years and I haven't even looked at it in 2! A combination of fear of what I'd find and 'out of sight, out of mind' kept us away. Tomorrow I plan to do an assessment of its condition and report back here with pics. Here's hoping for the best! My plan now is to just get it running and sell it as a project. The tanks are full of bad gas, so I'll have to look into how to get rid of it responsibly. It would make a great stake out vehicle or mobile jobsite office I suppose. It most certainly shouldn't be used as a mobile meth lab. It's still just a shell, as shown in the latest pics on here. Ahh, the best laid plans of mice and men...
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Old 05-24-2016, 02:31 PM   #51
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This is why I like to restore motorcycles, if you forget about them they just go in to a corner of the garage and don't take up much space!
As for the old fuel, check with your county government, they will typically have a hazardous waste disposal facility. Failing that, check with your local volunteer fire department or if you have a fire academy nearby, as they will often use old flammables for training fires.
Good luck.
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Always sad when somebody abandons a project, but sometimes it is the right choice. The amount of work restoring any vehicle is way beyond what you initially imagine. And as Tidy Tabby said, a motor home won't fit in the corner of the garage until you feel like getting back to work on it. I've dug into several vehicles with the best intent only to find out that they weren't worth the work to restore and they ended up being parted out.

Hopefully your project will bring someone else some joy.
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