Its taken a year and a half, but our 1989 Fleetwood Southwind is all prettied up, and ready for full-timing! We're all set to pull the pin in just a couple weeks.
When we bought her 17 months ago, we thought she was in good enough shape and just needed a few little things. Since one "little" thing ALWAYS leads to another, over time we have replaced just about everything we could unbolt, unscrew, pry up or find on ebay.
I made a list, and really, its frightening.
But, we're done (pretty much!) Just a few more TINY tiny things.
But today was the last touch to the exterior; new paint, new stripes, new Southwind decals, and 5 coats of Red Max Pro.
So here are the photos (don't we all love pix, pix and more pix?)
She's blinding, she's so shiny! Meet Moya, our home on wheels.
**Here's how she looked a year ago.
**Here she is today
Not the best picture, but this shows how the old crummy oxidized gelcoat shines after RedMax Pro.
The bedroom; paint, wallpaper, a new mattress, new cellular shades everywhere. The crystal chandelier is from a former house- we found 12 volt chandelier-base bulbs for it at Lowe's.
A new 22" HD LCD television with built in DVD player in the side; $129 at Overstock during the Christmas sales.
The bathroom (broke the tub/shower faucet today, so THERE'S another little doohicky to replace. There's absolutely no access to the backside of the shower wall, but of course the faucet can only be removed from back there. Who designs these things? Did they think that plastic tub faucet would outlast the motor home??
New Thetford Bravura potty; the original toilet had...reminders...of the previous owners.
New wire shelves and a motion-activated light in the pantry
The galley is next; new countertop and new single bowl sink are future projects. You can't see it, but an Olympus Wave 6 catalytic heater is built into the lower side of the cupboards, facing the steps. Furnace under the stove is gone and storage drawer in its place. Microwave is out and more pan storage behind the Grandma Moses print on the door.
New Wedgwood Vision stove; $85 on ebay.
The dinette; creamy embossed wallpaper and 50's cowboy themed upholstery. I love it! The new brushed nickel light fixtures had the halide bulbs replaced with (so expensive!) LEDs; All the lighting fixtures throughout the coach have been replaced.
The living room; Bill's recliner and the passenger seat swiveled around do for our seating arrangements. We have a small 1920's mahogany dry bar for our fancy drinkin' likker and crystal glasses which will fit under the window behind the passenger seat (still rigging up the decanter storage).
The CRT TV up front is gone, replaced with (you guessed it) storage behind the original oil-on-canvas mounted on the door.
The little monitor on the dash is the back-up camera
The icky beige windshield drapes I replaced with lined curtains in a tropical-reef pattern cotton in blue and white. Easy to sew and they look much better than my messy picture.
We're hoping to pick up newer and more comfortable driver and passenger seats when we go by Colaws RV Salvage on our way south.
We sort of passed the buck on whether or not to replace the carpet by buying an area rug that covers most of the living area. We can throw it out when it gets too dirty or we get tired of it.
Still have the original nasty linoleum in the galley, which will be replaced when we do the new counter.
And last, but not least, the view from our "behind", also called Our Philosophy on a License Plate.
We love the old girl, and we're looking forward to many adventures ahead! Full-timin' here we come!