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Old 05-07-2010, 01:24 PM   #1
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Well I felt better today so I gutted a bit more of the honey. The passenger wall is completely shot and about for of the overhead rafters are either rotted of just not attached at all. The back wall only has three cross boards and two are rotted off. I think Iím going to be better off just to tear it to the frame and start over. The camper body has absolutely no metal skeleton to it and the thing that puzzles me is that the van cutawayís floor extends to just past the axel, but it does not go the full with of the coach. There is 12Ē of wood around and some steel square tubing on the outer edge. So far the mechanicals work like the water heater, the stove, and the furnace. The propane tank still works as it should.

Iím not a fan of the 9í tail swing on it, but if Iím taking it to the frame I thought of stretching the wheelbase and chopping off about 4í. Iíve read up on a bunch of rebuilds and have learned that the only limit is your ability or pocket book. Ive went and checked a couple of parted out junk rvís and I guess it blows my mind that these are wooden houses on wheels. Somewhere I thought there would be a steel Skelton on them. Wow now I see why you never want to crash one of these.

Is this just the nature of the beast?
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Depending on the age of the unit and the make/model, so do have a steel tubular roll cage built into the forward walls where folks might normally be sitting/strapped in.

But yeah, wooden box on wheels is pretty accurate. My truck camper's made entirely of 1x2s, 1x3s, 1x4s.
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I used to get into our local RV Sales and service outfit down in Vacaville Ca back in the '70's-'90's - and regularly saw various brands and types of RV's with their skin removed...

Most owners would be totally appalled at the "quality" of the framing in under all that shiny sheetmetal - all 1/4, 1/3, and similar pure JUNK lumber - full of cracks, knotholes - and often so short in needed length that nearly an inch of space was between the ends and the part it was supposed to attach to - no screws, glue, or reasonable fasteners - just staples that often failed to properly bridge the gap!

The abysmal material quality of most competing RV brands was what sold us on the '88 KIT 5er we have - pretty much ALL quality materials and fasteners - as displayed in the various areas that can be seen in, under, and around inside cabinets, closets and outside compartments.
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