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Old 08-17-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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Here's my 1978 Southwind



I'll try this photo first to make sure I have the image upload correct!
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:34 PM   #2
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My wife and I purchased this motorhome back at the beginning of the month (August). Its a 1978 Southwind that needs some serious work. We will be putting a new roof and walls on it, not to mention many other things as well!
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:40 PM   #3
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Here are more pictures a week later - august 8

I started tearing into it pretty good! At least it lets me know there will be plenty more water damage ahead. yee-ha
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I'll probably do some more demo work tomorrow morning. I have some school work and other stuff to do in the afternoon though:(
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:45 PM   #5
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A quick question... I saw on another thread, might have been a different rv site, I don't remember for sure. The gentleman used wood trusses for the roof. I have had thought of doing that for this but I'm not sure if I would be better off just welding in some more steel and getting a slight arc to the roof like that or by using the wooden truss method.
Hopefully I am a little clearer than mud with what I'm trying to say, lol.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:52 PM   #6
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Wow, you have some work ahead of you. I think, I would go with the steel truss on the roof over the wood. It depends on how good you are with wood or metal construction.

Better yet might be aluminum if you can weld it. It would have to be bolted in at the walls.

There have been post on here with similar repairs on the roof and walls.

Keep us posted on the progress and welcome aboard.

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Unfortunately aluminum will probably be out of the picture for me. I am probably leaning towards the steel option.
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Idea for using existing metal "trusses".

I have a thought to use the existing trusses. I am thing of purchasing some 1" angle steel to support the existing truss. What I am thinking is to get all the old roofing off the beast then clean up the steel in spots to prepare for welding. Then I am thinking about jacking the center of the existing truss about an 1" higher in the center (it is currently sunken a bit) and then weld the angle to the sides and make something like a girder beam. Any thoughts?
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Good luck on your effort - hope it goes well for you.

I'm constantly amazed at the number of MH owners who will spend nearly as much for a MH as for a house - and then completely abandon even the slightest attempt towards maintenance or upkeep - and end up with something like you have...

Truly sad!
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yeah. Kind of sad. But their loss is my gain I suppose. Although I may not be saying that in a few months!! The price of the motor home was very hard to pass up and I am excited to try something different. I have been working on our home for quite some time and look forward to this challenge.
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That looks like our very first RV. We had a lot of good times in our coach. Will look forward to your updates.
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Good luck with your new MH.

I wish I had your energy.
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Thanks for sharing this.

Yes, please keep us up to date on the progress and the story behind it you will be creating.

Have you named it?
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Thanks for sharing this.

Yes, please keep us up to date on the progress and the story behind it you will be creating.

Have you named it?



What is Spanish for money pit? lol
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