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Old 07-09-2016, 10:00 PM   #1
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I just jumped off the RV cliff. I bought my first RV. She's rough around the edges but might shape up. I paid $1500 for it. Interior is shot but base & exterior look great (Well except the roof). This girl is a 1996 Thor Dutchmen Duck with all appliances, New tires (under 50 miles), 30,000 miles, Onan 4000 generator with 99 hours, Seller gave me all components to repair the roof. I'm going to completely gut the interior. I want to update the 30 amp electrical to 50 amp, change all lights inside & out to LED, rearrange the floor plan since I have to gut it anyway. I feel like I can handle the construction part but do not know what the best products are. I will be asking as I get to the nuts & bolts of it. First question is were to begin? I say roof repair is first but cut no holes in it until I finalize floor plan except maybe A/C since it is about center of the rig. Any suggestions are appreciated & I will update this as I progress.
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Old 07-09-2016, 10:32 PM   #3
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There is no need for 50amps in that motorhome, 30amps is fine. That 4,000 generator will not supply 50amps.
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I will be adding more electrics to it so I want to upgrade it. When we are plugged in to shore power we won't have to be picky about what to run. I plan on adding solar panels also. The generator will strictly be backup & will do in a pinch since it only puts out 30 amps. I can use the conversion pig tail when I do run it.
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Roof, start on the ROOF!
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I agree. So as not to ruin any work completed inside.
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Whether you fix the roof for the final repair or not, I would make sure you get the roof of the coach water tight along with any window or seam leaks it may have. Water leaking down the interior of the walls can quickly ruin that nice exterior. Looks like a fun project!
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Bowtie,

So glad you came here to post your remodel. I look forward to watching your progress. There are a lot of people here who will chime in. Gentleman named "Bap" has mucho experience at this as he and his wife remodel TT's all the time. They often gut them. He will be a great source of help.

Harley 1994 form the "Total Rebuild" project is another amazing rebuild. It's a long thread but well worth the time to read if you are going to do this project.

This thing will be great when you are done with it. I Look forward to following you.

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Yeah I examined the exterior yesterday & noticed the cab over section above the driver side seems to sag a little. I have a slight buckle in the fiberboard. I will post pics later today. I hope it is framed with wood & it just needs a lift & new wood otherwise I'll grind the aluminium, lift & tig weld it back together. If it is wood I may reframe with aluminum to prevent it ever happening again. beamisl I did skim harley 1994's project the other day & it was amazing. I will check out Bap ASAP.
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If you plan on gutting the interior I'd gut it first..just throw a tarp on the roof for now. Most likely you will be doing some wall repair (looks like some delamination in the over cab area). See what needs to be repaired, get the shell (sides/back/front/roof) all ship shape then concentrate on the interior.
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Will do dmurdock. I went & purchased some stuff to build a makeshift covered area. This way I will be able to pull it out to work on it & park it from weather until shell is repaired. It will also allow about 1' all around to allow it to air out.
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bowtie,

Sounds like you got a plan now and will just take you some time to get it done. These can be a blast to work on if you have the skills and tools. The thing that is great is that you can put it back together whatever way you like with whatever colors you like.

Glad to you skimmed through the "Total Rebuild" thread. As you saw, you can take a lot from that thread and get some questions answered when you need help and from someone who has done the work.

Keep track of your costs and your photo album. I think you will be stunned how much you save and how long it takes.

I'll be watching! Lynne
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It will be great when you are done. You will make it your own style and tastes.
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