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Old 06-10-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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Noob With a HR resto project

Hey... Just showed up here.
I've been the owner of a '75 Holiday Rambler for a few yrs.
It's a 25' travel trailer. It's in sort of sad shape but definitely repairable.
My plan is to make it a bit more comfy and road worthy as I may be spending a good bit of time in it in coming years. Something I really appreciate about this trailer is the ceiling height and the nice insulation. It keeps the blazing heat out during the day and remains warm during the nights for a good number of hrs during these mild Pacific coastal summers.
With that in mind I consider this a keeper and I'd be interested in finding other owners who have done resto work on their '70s HRs, particularly the ceiling.
Do I have the right forum? Or could someone direct me to a forum where there are some skilled owners experienced with the type of resto work I'm into.
Thanks for letting me in - Looking forward to learning - BK
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Howdy and welcome! I'll move your post to the Vintage Owner's Section where lots of folks are doing restorations. Good luck!
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:47 PM   #6
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Thanks for the warm welcome.
So is there a manual or pics anywhere that show details of ceiling construction for the '75 Holiday Rambler?
My ceiling panels are sagging and it would be good to know where there are some attachment points that can take a screw or other fastener so I can fix that problem.
I suppose I could tear the thing apart to find attachment points but it seems so much simpler to ask first

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Take a ceiling vent apart to see how your ceiling is constructed. It should have aluminum beams and lots of Styrofoam. The nice thing about an HR is the lack of structural wood to rot.
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Thanks QuietWater... Actually seeing what's up there does more for me than a picture
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This was taken at a salvage yard where they had cut into the roof of an HR. It should give you a little idea of what is up there.
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That's cool - I have taken a section out and it's a bit different. There are some wood inserts on the bottom side of the cross beams on the ceiling. They're about 3"x 3/4".
Good enough for putting a screw into.
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this was taken at a salvage yard where they had cut into the roof of an hr. It should give you a little idea of what is up there.
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I tore out a 2'x4' section of ceiling by the AC duct. The AC has been removed and there had been a leak there, so that area needed to be repired anyhow. I'm gonna replace it with a piece of sheetrock and fix the roof leak, then put a round hole through it and install a small cast iron boxwood stove. I'll do it properly with fireproof panel on the walls and a double walled section of pipe where it goes through the ceiling.
Before I begin assembling things I want to test the integrity of the 110v wiring. Presently there are extension cords and power strips all over the place.
By looking at the sections of 110v wiring that are visible, it doesn't seem like there should be any reason I couldn't repair any wiring that needs fixing... But we'll see.

I've got a poloma on demand water heater for small hot water demands and then a 35gal propane tank heater that I leave off except for when it's time for a shower, and so far this has been quite economical.

I still have some decisions to make about the bathroom and other systems.
A lot of it depends upon how my truck fares towing the whole thing and whether I'll be seeing much road time or just leave it parked.

Thanks for all the support.
It's good to browse through here and see the things that everyone else is doing.
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Is this the right forum for discussion of electrical issues?
Hope so... I'll begin a new thread. I guess if it ends up on the wrong forum the mods will move it.
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