Most of you know I've recently acquired my 1st motorhome; a 1984 Southwind Eagle 23 that was in pretty good shape. The previous owner replaced the flooring already, added a Jack-knife sofa and kept it really good shape. However, I'm one of those "jump in with both feet" folks, so I figure why not try my hand and dressing her up a smidge. And I've always wanted to do a remodel thread, if for nothing else but 'posterity' (is that the appropriate word?). So, here we go!
Please know, however, that I'm actively employed and a commuter so most of the updates will come either on Sunday nights or Monday mornings. However, I hope to document the process enough to keep it entertaining and my biggest reason is that a lot of you "old pros" will weigh in with suggestions and advice. I'm all ears.
So, let's get started with what we're staring at, risking redundancy as I've shown these in the "get to know me" thread, so please bear with me.
I'm even going to attempt to do a "Roll-n-tip" exterior paint change, but we'll get through the inside first. I'm all about the path of least resistance along with the headlong plunges, if that makes any sense?
And the "list";
-All woodwork painted white
-Walls painted (color waffling still taking place)
-Pilot/Co-Pilot chairs to be slip-covered (yes, I'm doing the sewing)
-Remaining carpet changed out in front
-New toilet, sink and faucets in bathroom
-New kitchen counter makeover, w/new sink faucet
-Install a couple small TVs somewhere
I've started the "Kilz" in the little amount of time I had this past weekend after picking her up and bring her home. By Sunday night, I expect to have all the wood and faux wood covered and will update then. I've already acquired the bathroom fixtures and the carpet. Oh, and I'm adding curtains to surround the bathroom and block off the bed at night, plus window dressings above each window. Seems like a lot, doesn't it? And don't worry, I have no expectations of recouping any of this money I'm spending; I'm doing it because I get bored really quick. We switched from the sailboat to the RV because the wife just never got passed the seasickness, so I come to the table with a little experience as I've remodeled 2 dinghies, a 22' and a 27'. I'm a long way from a pro, so please note the above "help wanted" mention and weigh in as much as you feel good about
Oh, I have accomplished something this week. The RV didn't have a "center console" and while it does have the hard-to-reach cupholders, I thought something oughta go there, so I made this;
It got it's 1st coat of nitro-lacquer tonight (I build guitars when there's nothing else to do, lol);
Not sure if you can tell in the picture, but I routed out an area between the two cupholders to hold change, etc. I am also going to add leather inside the cupholders because the mug I "eyeballed" was the biggest coffee cup we have, according to SWMBO. But, when it's done, it should fit the space well enough to look ok I think. As an aside, the bottom of this console is from an old sailboat rudder that was taking up space and the top is African Mahogany left over from a guitar I built. Kinda tho't it was "cute" to tie in ALL the hobbies
Wish me luck, bear with me and jump in as much as you want!