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Old 09-11-2015, 10:50 AM   #15
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What a great find Todd! Looks to be in really great shape! Are you planning to use this one just for tailgating too or is there some camping in your future as well with the upgrade?
The main reason for the upgrade I wanted something that the family would take camping The wife and my 10yr son says we aren't camping in the Seahawk RV it was a little rough for them...lol Now we have a dual use RV. I'm not going to Seahawk out this as much as the other but it will have some Blue and Green on it.

First Exterior change will be removing the old mauve/pink striping and adding the blue and green. So speaking of removing the old striping are there any tips and tricks from you guys that have removed old striping to make the job easier?
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Old 09-11-2015, 02:30 PM   #16
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Looks great. the inside layout reminds me of my 91 Rockwood layout but I'm jealous of your living room setup, particularly that flip down table. I also like the 80s style siding over the just plain old flat fiberglass that I have on the outside. it seems like it holds up a lot better over time.

If I was a lot richer and they sold things just like this brand new I would totally get one (or the TT equivalent of).
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:04 PM   #17
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The main reason for the upgrade I wanted something that the family would take camping The wife and my 10yr son says we aren't camping in the Seahawk RV it was a little rough for them...lol Now we have a dual use RV. I'm not going to Seahawk out this as much as the other but it will have some Blue and Green on it.

First Exterior change will be removing the old mauve/pink striping and adding the blue and green. So speaking of removing the old striping are there any tips and tricks from you guys that have removed old striping to make the job easier?

Todd,
Are the stripes painted on or are they vinyl over the aluminum? If they are painted on I would go over them good with a red 3mm pad to "roughen up" the surface a little, those pads are a little less aggressive than sand paper and work well in these situations. Then mask and repaint with the color of your choosing. Just be careful not to scuff up the areas you don't plan to repaint.

If they are vinyl its gonna be a bigger pain in the butt especially if the aluminum siding is textured because the vinyl molds into the texture and it sucks to try and get it out. I ended up getting creative with some rubber 3mm molding on my repaint to cover up where old vinyl pinstriping had been and I could not get it all off. There may be some chemicals out there that will help remove old vinyl by loosening up the glue but I am not sure and I don't know how they would affect the paint. Hopefully somebody with more experience on those will chime in if thats the case.

I ended up with the Hammerhead because my lovely lady was not keen on tent camping with me and my two sons. The renovations have her pretty pleased and we leave for our first camping trip in about 3 hours.

Good times!

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Old 09-12-2015, 09:29 AM   #18
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This post might be a bit on the long side so sorry.

So the wife and I picked up the RV yesterday and I must say he was quite impressed and so was the 10 yr old The unit was low on fuel so I put enough fuel in it to get me home where fuel was .50 cheaper per gallon. I was glad that I made that decision because when I was done pumping gas at my local Costco it finally stopped at 46 gallons and I had already put 8 gallons in so yes she is a 60 gallon tank yikes.

Not sure if I disclosed my purchase price but I was able to get this unit for $6000. I offered him $5500 but he wouldn't go any lower than $6k he had it listed for $6800. I was able to have him "gift" it to me to avoid paying tax on 9k At a tax rate of 9.5% !!! Not sure how it works in other states but here in WA if you buy something for 6k but the state uses NADA value for tax purposes......

So last night I was going through all the paperwork that the seller had for the RV and I was quite surprised on what I found. He had the original window sticker along with the options price sheet that were available in 1988. Between the previous two owners i think i have every damn receipt too.

One odd thing that I discovered there is no ladder for the RV to get onto the roof. So I will have to see what my options are going to be. I will be taking some photos on the possible spots to mount one to see what everyone thinks the best place to mount would be.

I think that is it for now I'm sure I will have more today as you guys know what I will be doing the remaining part of the weekend
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Great price for a great rig. I paid 8k for mine so right in line. You can laugh at all of the high dollar rigs as they pass you on the freeway.
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Just a little recap with my recent purchase.

After I filled my fresh water and propane everything related to those work

Fridge started right up

Hot Water Heater fired up on the second attempt

Furnace kicked on just like it should

I have some time of leak related to running my water. Notice I was getting a drip back near wear the water pump is going to start to look around. It's only a drip but would like to see where it's coming from.

I'm excited to take this RV tailgating the weekend of 9/26
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Hope that your drip doesn't turn into anything major, and am glad that so far everything works like it is supposed to.
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