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Old 06-25-2010, 08:28 AM   #1
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Help with siding and more

Hello everyone. I have a 21' 1976 Holiday Rambler Free Spirit. It was given to me. I love the old style of campers and was excited to get this. I looked for 2 years before I found this one. A tree branch fell on the rear rh side while it was sitting at a campgroud for the winter. There wasn't much outside damage, but the water got in and started rotting the wood framing. This was all before I got it. I started to take it apart a few days ago to see the damage. Actually the rh interior wall was falling apart. I have removed the rear interior panels, what was left of them, and most of the studs are gone. I started to remove the rear of the camper and the whole thing shifted out as I was removing the trim that covers where the siding comes together. Not much holding it together now. I removed the rear window and all the lights to lessen the weight. Now for my questions:

How does the siding come off? Does anyone have a picture showing this?

How do I know what length the horizonal stud should be? I am not sure how much is gone from them. It is this way on both sides. Does anyone know where I might get some kind of framing specs for this? I have a feeling that once I separate the wall and roof, it will come falling down.

The roof on this seems to be only roofing paper. I thought it would have a rubber roof. Can I put a rubber roof on it? Or what do you suggest?

These are only a few questions that I have. I would really like to get this fixed and on the road. Although I know I could probably find another one with a lot less work. I like this one and so do the kids. Thanks for any help. Andy

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Old 06-30-2010, 07:42 AM   #2
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ANDY welcome to irv2.
We had some threads on Vintage forum of rebuilds and pictures but files are now to old or missing.
There are links in stickies for parts and some members have their threads on there rebuilds.
I guess its pretty much up to you how you want to go abut your rebuild.
On your good wall take measurements of studding and nails or staples into them to copy for new walls.
Most stock are 2x2's with insulation than re-paneling, have rebuilt slide-in for son replacing some wall rebuild and bottom deck of slide in.
You just need to copy and write down how to progress the project.
Have fun and get your kids involved they will enjoy helping.
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