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Old 06-11-2011, 09:59 PM   #15
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Since you are going through it completely you may want to use expanding foam between the sheet metal and the subfloor. It will eliminate the radiant heat from the road and the engine, don't forget to insulate your wheel well tops before remodel is done. Quiets the ride.
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:34 PM   #16
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So you just cut out sections of the floor then added 2x4 and plywood? You didn't go through the sheet metal on the bottom? That is my worry. I don't want to damage the sheet metal on the underside while repairing the floor...

Yes I just cut out sections of the plywood and reinforced it with 2x4's. Its solid now. I've not gotten much else done lately due to lack of funds and extreme Tx heat. Hopefully I'll get back on it very soon.
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:49 PM   #17
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You definitely have a lot of work ahead of you. I'm speaking from experience, my wife and I bought a 1984 27' Cheiftain about 9 months ago and have spent almost every night and 3 out of 4 weekends a month working on it. Now we're down to the small stuff and have even got to take the family on a couple of trips. If you have any questions about anything feel free to ask and good luck on the project!
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:46 AM   #18
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You definitely have a lot of work ahead of you. I'm speaking from experience, my wife and I bought a 1984 27' Cheiftain about 9 months ago and have spent almost every night and 3 out of 4 weekends a month working on it. Now we're down to the small stuff and have even got to take the family on a couple of trips. If you have any questions about anything feel free to ask and good luck on the project!

I've checked out the photos of yours. It looks most excellent. I'm taking time with mine due to strictly financial reasons. I've owned several RVs in the past both TT,5rs and MH's so I have a reasonable amount of experience but there are no two alike thats for certain. I'm sure I'll be asking for advice
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Talking Roof work is Pure HE double L. HELL

Well roof is almost ready for resealing. Luckily I won't have to replace any wood in it. I've wore down finger prints sanding and scraping this thing. I've currently have two dead man supports holding the ceiling in the proper place. I have some eternabond tape heading this way via eBay, I'll seal it completely once cracks in fiberglass are repaired and aluminum roof is polished and wiped free of all chemicals. I've taken lots of photos but Bluetooth isn't working right now so they will have to wait until next pay check comes in. I'm also considering removing the body from the frame and doing a frame up restoration. I've got more tools and equipment then money right now so its really something I can do without being under pressure to finish at a certain date. It would make rebuilding the drive train, brakes etc etc much easier. Comments?
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Well roof is almost ready for resealing. Luckily I won't have to replace any wood in it. I've wore down finger prints sanding and scraping this thing. I've currently have two dead man supports holding the ceiling in the proper place. I have some eternabond tape heading this way via eBay, I'll seal it completely once cracks in fiberglass are repaired and aluminum roof is polished and wiped free of all chemicals. I've taken lots of photos but Bluetooth isn't working right now so they will have to wait until next pay check comes in. I'm also considering removing the body from the frame and doing a frame up restoration. I've got more tools and equipment then money right now so its really something I can do without being under pressure to finish at a certain date. It would make rebuilding the drive train, brakes etc etc much easier. Comments?

Do it! And post pics and updates here!
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You definitely have a lot of work ahead of you. I'm speaking from experience, my wife and I bought a 1984 27' Cheiftain about 9 months ago and have spent almost every night and 3 out of 4 weekends a month working on it. Now we're down to the small stuff and have even got to take the family on a couple of trips. If you have any questions about anything feel free to ask and good luck on the project!
Wondering if you have any picks of your tear down you would be willing to share. Pics of the various stages of tear down would be awesome. We just purchased our 1984 Winnie Chieftain 27 foot and trying to figure out where to start>
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Welcome Graham, wish you well on your Winnie! We bought a 1988 22' Chieftain last year and took it on a 4000mile trip to Florida. We were lucky as the only things I had to do were brake lines and a few leaks in the airbags, I also opted to have the radiator recored with a 5 row instead of the original 4 row. Now working on cosmetics but all systems still work after changing some boards in the Norcold fridge. I would love to strip ours out and redo the interior as We only are us two and our three 4 legged children. We will see after this season how that works out! Welcome aboard, Bobby
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Wondering if you have any picks of your tear down you would be willing to share. Pics of the various stages of tear down would be awesome. We just purchased our 1984 Winnie Chieftain 27 foot and trying to figure out where to start>
Sorry, very little tear down photos. It was a odd project on a very slippery slope. We started with the intension of only removing and replacing the carpet, that led to the walls, then the ceiling, next was the ceiling. After that the furniture stuck out like a sore thumb.....and on, and on.... Our before photos were to show my inlaws what our new tobis motorhome looked like. The after photos were taken from similar positions to show the contrast between old and new. Unfortunately not a lot of in between.
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Thanks for reposting those! I appreciate it! Do you happen to know where the actual horn is located? The horn doesn't work and I've replaced the sensor after following the clicking but no joy after replacing. I can't find the actual horn at the under carriage. Any ideas?
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Welcome Graham, wish you well on your Winnie! We bought a 1988 22' Chieftain last year and took it on a 4000mile trip to Florida. We were lucky as the only things I had to do were brake lines and a few leaks in the airbags, I also opted to have the radiator recored with a 5 row instead of the original 4 row. Now working on cosmetics but all systems still work after changing some boards in the Norcold fridge. I would love to strip ours out and redo the interior as We only are us two and our three 4 legged children. We will see after this season how that works out! Welcome aboard, Bobby
Thanks for the post Bobby! Right now I'm trying to locate the physical horn so I can get it working so I can get the thing inspected for registration purposes. I've replaced the horn relay to no avail, still not working. The horn switch Ppears to work. I've no idea at this point until I can find the actual horn on the underside of the Chieftain. Thanks for the welcome!
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Nice project, have u checked out website: Classic Winnebago and Vintage motorhome s?
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Looks like you're off to a good start can't wait to see it come alive again.
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Thanks for the post Bobby! Right now I'm trying to locate the physical horn so I can get it working so I can get the thing inspected for registration purposes. I've replaced the horn relay to no avail, still not working. The horn switch Ppears to work. I've no idea at this point until I can find the actual horn on the underside of the Chieftain. Thanks for the welcome!
Will look at mine in the AM should probably be the same. I would think a frame off restoration would be a big problem as on my Winnie it is only attached at like 10 spots, unless you put i-beam rails under it I would think it will bend and twist! Not really cost effective, unless you are looking for a endless project! I have been known to tackle those things when I was younger and didn't care about my FICO score, but older and more cautious on what to tackle! Bobby
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