Hello all. After reading some on here and getting the time to post We have decided to share our build with you as well. My name is Arin and my wife Keri and I are working on our class C we named Freebie. Quick story,
we were on craigslist.org and was looking to buy a pop up when I happened on an ad titled simply RV. I open it up and find an ad stating " 1975 Tioga camper 22ft on Dodge van chassis. runs good everything works, has small water leak and needs starter. Free to good home."
I thought what the hey. I contacted the owner and got the low down. I went and looked at it and we decided to buy a starter and drive it home. so we got our "free" camper now we are redoing it. the "small" water leak totaly ruined the over head bunk bath room and almost the entire roof. so we have some work to do but it's been relatively easy for me. I am building it back stronger than original though. they didn't have many cross supports or other items to strengthen it up so I am adding those and it has shown a difference so far. The plans for the inside after all the frame work is done is to paint all the walls, add more lighting, replace all the carpet with linoleum. tint the windows, and paint the cabinets to brighten it up. Outside is getting new mirrors, ladder on the back spare tire carrier, converting the front end to the dually wheels so I don't have to have 2 different spares, change out the 16.5's to 16's with new tires total repaint and a boat load of lights. it's been fun so far and hope to stay that way. we plan to have it all done by spring to do some local camping then we are making a big trip next summer to the Wis. Dells in it. I can't wait. well enough talk here are some pics of the process so far.
when we picked it up.
afterwe tore out the over head bed to the framing. most of it just crumbled.
Totally new over head bed
Starting to replace the roof.
Over head bed roof before Leuan board (sp?)
Overhead bed with the Leuan board on and permanently attached to the rest of the RV
Next section of roof out and ready for framing.
More water damage, this was an easier repair. just had to cut off the bad ends and replace them. worked out good.
Passenger side looked fine and was strong.
Next section is framed and ready for Leuan board. This is where the roof top A/C is.
That's it for now. I will have more up after this weekend. we plan to hit it hard since its going to be nice.
wish us luck........