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Old 05-17-2016, 07:05 PM   #617
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Update:

This will likely be the last update in this thread until perhaps the day I decide to start fixing the siding on the other side of the RV. I finally finished all the caulking just last night. I used the masking tape method, and it all turned out pretty decent.

The foam on the inside of the wheel wells just ended up being great-stuff from a can. It's probably not ideal, but I couldn't get a spray foam contractor to return my calls, and I think it will work just the same. It seems to hold pretty tight, and if you're careful and apply it slowly, you can even make it look decent. I didn't figure that out until about the 3rd try. I sprayed rubberized undercoating over top of the foam to cover the yellow color, and to protect if from UV exposure, which foam hates.

I still don't have the rear storage compartment closed in, but that shouldn't be a big deal... I just need to get around to doing it. We have a pretty big trip planned in a few weeks... if it's not closed in by then I don't think it will matter much... we have plenty of storage space elsewhere.

Actually, our trip is somewhat up in the air right at the moment. Our goal was for the 4 of us to take my mom with us out west. She's 85 and doesn't get around too well... and right now she's not getting around at all. She's got some hip trouble right at the moment and for the most part is completely immobile. We are hoping she is well enough in a few weeks to go, but if she isn't we will probably cancel the trip altogether. I just don't think we would feel ok leaving her behind... Right now we are camping in her driveway so my wife (wonderful wife) can help care for her and so we can all still be together as a family. Even if we don't get to travel as much as we would like, the RV is still a blessing...

So, I guess that's all for now. Hopefully after all the engine, tranny, electrical, and siding troubles we've had over the past few years, we will now be able to spend some time actually using the RV for what it was originally intended... spending time together camping. Ya, it's got 3 old funny looking sides and one nice new side that looks kind of like a generic box of corn flakes, but it's way better than not having anything at all. I think maybe... just maybe... I finally feel grateful about something. Life is good. God is better.

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Old 05-17-2016, 07:44 PM   #618
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Piker,

I've been following this thread since I joined iRV2 late last year. (I had a lot of catch-up reading!)

I am impressed by your craftsmanship, your perseverance, and your attitude about God, life, and family. I hope your Mom gets better. But that is in the hands of a higher authority, of course. Enjoy her while you can.

I am glad you and your family are able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Your kids have learned a lot from you with this project. From what you have said, they have a great time "camping in the driveway." Right now it's "camping in grandma's driveway!" Wow! That's a great use of your RV right now.

Also, thank you for taking the time to share your work with us. I, for one, learned a lot about RV's and diesels from your conversations. It was well worth the reading time.

Best of luck!
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Old 05-17-2016, 07:49 PM   #619
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you are the best mom is 82
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:18 PM   #620
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you are the best mom is 82
You know... I think she is 82... december of 1934 I think...

Maybe it's a small world?

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Old 05-17-2016, 08:29 PM   #621
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Nope, momma was born in 1931 - she'll be 85 in december. I knew I was close.

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Thanks for the nice post cwk... I appreciate it.

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[QUOTE=Piker;3072904]This will likely be the last update in this thread until perhaps the day I decide to start fixing the siding on the other side of the RV.

Piker, you're not getting away that easy.... he he. I have a 1994 33' HR Endeavor LE and getting ready to fix the pin holes also. Been reading the whole thing and since I got some info from you wanted to repay the deed. I've had this big rolling turd (said most affectionately) for 16 years and not getting rid of it although it is possessed. Had 35k when I bought it, now has 180k+. Yes, I rebuilt the engine twice but ended up with a used engine. The coolant was getting in the oil but not vice versa, took block to West Coast Diesel, Ontario, CA they pressure tested, THEY found nothing wrong, bored and decked, new pistons, rings, cam, lifters, everything, installed it just in time for LOORRS races in Vegas (on a team) got there and with it idling looked at breathers, STILL STEAMING, called West Coast and bought NEW head and oil cooler, still steaming, pulled it, tore it down and they pressure tested again, said it's good, they humored me and said come look, I said leave it in tank to heat soak then SLOWLY increase air pressure, I found the crack, under head bolt boss just above lifter galley. they said they can pin it no problem. So go rebuild it AGAIN, new head on second time etc and still steams. They offered a new block for $1000, and they would bore the new block .020 for my new pistons. So got a used engine. Anyways, I read and read all the bummer stuff you went through and thought I might cheer you up with 1 bummer of mine, I have a BUNCH OF BUMMER STUFF. OK, wanted to clue you in on the glass end caps where painted gray, look close and see if you have little lines maybe 1/2" long random all around. I did and after the 3rd attempt fixed them. If you have them there is air bubbles in the glass 1/4" - 3/8" depth, sanding and priming they disappear, soon as painted and a temp heat cycle and their back, grinding down a little and filler.... same thing, I had to grind down till I discovered the air bubbles and fill. Another thing, happened to me twice, on a trip stopped a self serve spray car wash, got out to get change and left engine running for turbo cool down, returned and door would not open, was unlocked, scratched head, had clear glass cut for door so I could tint with me so BAM, broke door glass reached inside, still no open, reached the window at computer table, opened then the front passenger window and climbed in. THE LATCH THAT SLIDES OUT INTO JAM HAD BROKE INSIDE THE DOOR, cast aluminum suckers are thin and narrow, had to remove inside trim on wall and a screw gun with self drill/tap into the latch piece and a coat hanger to open the door, CAMPING WORLD had the whole assembly for $125 +-, within a year it broke again so put some billet in the mill and made one that won't break. Yep, John at TI.... My Allison ECU left me stranded when freezing cold, discovered candles under the ECU for a bit then worked, on the boards there are old school electrolytic capacitors, look like tiny Coors Silver Bullet cans, have electrolyte that dries out and don't work when cold, to find which ones connect all boards but laying on floor, frost from freezer in plastic bag, touch caps till do not start light comes on, bingo, to confirm, light wooden match, blow out and touch same cap and no error. Replaced and all was good till going to Brothers for Christmas, spent the 25th AND New Years in Food for Less lot IN BARSTOW, we wish you a merry..... NOT, ANOTHER OF THE 4 BIG BOARDS BURNED A HOLE. Found a core in San Diego, rented a car in Barstow, back & forth, it worked enough to get me in my driveway and off to John at TI. Afraid to look how long this post is, will do another in a bit and tell you how to do a factory looking RTV bead, one of those that no finger wipe, just the bead that looks like a silicone Tig weld. Lee
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WOW very nice I like it just as is. The one line stands out. Have you thought about doing the same to the rest of her? I wish I had my Mom around still (she's been gone since 98) I know she would go come hell or high water especially if there was a casino on the route...
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Well... we're sitting in Tucson with Mom... with 5000 miles of beautiful scenery under our belts. We've certainly had some challenges along the way to get here but it's been good. Just another 2500 miles to get us home.

The siding seems to be holding up well under the extreme conditions we've faced so far. In South Dakota, we drove through a storm where the wind was so bad that it actually toppled a 5th wheel camper on the other side of the highway. It was so strong that it forced water and air through the felt in the windows along the side of the rv...

We also made it across the Mojave Desert at 110 and of course it's about 100 right now in Tucson. I don't see the siding buckling or delaminating yet at all, so that's good.

We're still the silliest looking old RV in the campground... it's especially noticeable given there's a brand new beautiful 40-some-odd-foot long Country Coach with a tag axle parked right next to us. But we're having fun just the same.

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Piker,

Happy 4th of July!

Keep enjoying your family and your time together. Sounds like your coach is performing very well. You are being rewarded for all of your efforts.

Safe travels for the rest of your trip home.
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Happy 4th, Glad you are having a good time. I am on the road two. Currently in a KOA in Chautauqua NY. Heading west tomorrow. Going to the UP and across the Mackinac bridge and down the west side of the lake. Then to Glacier.
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Be proud of the work you have completed as labor equity cannot be equalled in any other form.

Next winter do the other side just because you need machining sides...

Relax and enjoy your project!
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