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Old 03-20-2012, 02:08 PM   #15
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We are restoring a 1975 Winnie. Found a lot of exterior stuff off eBay. Found a new 6 gallon water heater for $150 on there, too.
Got captain's chairs from the local salvage yards as well as some other used parts.
You can upgrade the interior with most newer RV parts. I got plastic trim from an eBayer who sold the stuff as "arcade game" restoration supplies.
The most critical and immediate problem I had was to seal all the possible roof leaks. I ended up in investing $$$ in the Eternabond tape store. I used it on every seam!
We are currently looking into wheel simulators. Kinda spendy, but they will really dress up the wheels. Had to get standard hubcaps for the front because ours had standard truck wheels on the front and duals on the rear.

It is not ready to go as of yet, but we have about $6000 invested in a $2000 motor home! But there will be no worries after it's finished.
Good luck and have fun!
Why so much in tape for leaks?? And that roof should be a one piece alum roof.I used mastic and cloth tape and 6 years later no leaks. Cost 34.00 total.

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Old 03-20-2012, 02:16 PM   #16
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Howdy and welcome to the site. Hope you enjoy your time here. Looks like a great project your taking on and have to commend you doing so. It's great to see the vintage rv's being put back on the road. If you have questions don't be afraid to ask. Hope it all goes well and keep us up on the progress. Good Luck and hope to see you down the road.

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Old 03-21-2012, 07:31 AM   #17
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It does NOT have a one-piece roof and it only goes to the edges of the where the sides meet. There is a 12 foot aluminum piece at the center of the roof with about 4 feet attached (with a crimp-fold) on either side of that.
Our '75 Winnie sat in San Francisco for 12 consecutive years and never moved and was never maintained. I didn't want to take any chances and used Eternabond on every seam in the roof; quick, fool proof and easy!
I also sealed the edges of every attachment on the roof. The roof is white and the tape matches perfectly.
I am very pleased.
wife, 3 Scotties and an African Gray parrot - and they all terrorize me!

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I thought you covered the entire roof with the tape . Yes works great on seems. I did the same on mine just the seams. Used the web tape and then filled with sealant. That roof will never leak. The place those winnie leak the most is up front. The alum loves to pit so keep an eye on the pitting. Those winnie are becoming more desired by people and I have no clue why but are very popular. I own a 76 and love it. Used carpet tile for the flooring and it worked like a charm. Added a magic chef 3 burner stove I found in a storage unit I bought at auction 6 years ago. Paid 1,200 for the rv without a generator and 40,432 miles chevy 350.

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