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Old 03-31-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
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Well this was a kink in the pants

Well I just found allot of rot on my 1979 Honey queens lounge on a Chevy chassis. And it is a real fix-er-upper. The mechanicals work for the most part. It runs and drives well, but the camper has rot issues. It is looking like I might end up doing a total tear off and rebuild. As I said before I have never had a RV so I have a basic idea on how it is built, but can I get more assistance on the structure. I’m guessing it is like my friends old house trailer in it is all wood and 1X2’walls. The bunk is rotted in the corners and the and up the side about 4” and passenger side and rear wall is bowing. It has allot or water damage, but there is minimal rot in the floor. Has anyone on here just done a complete tear off and rebuild? I guess this is like my house. It was cheap and fixable so my wife, son, and I did a total gut to the clapboards and started over.

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Our Class C is has 2X2 framing (stapled together originally... screwed together where we repaired). Staples don't hold up too well to getting wet. Every thing should be built in layers from the subfloor up (that's why the walls/cabinets/ etc are sitting on top of the carpet). Read thru some of the rebuilds on the Vintage forum. The RV's were built using similar methods in same era. I have found several of us even have the same manufacturer fuse panel.

BTW, the wheel wells are also a spot prone to water damage.
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I posted this earlier on another RV forum. I just cut and pasted it due to lack of time. I have found a way to not only burn the candle at both ends, but in the middle tow.


Well I just bought a 1979 Honey queens lounge on a Chevy chassis. And it is a real fix-er-upper. I got it cheap and the mechanicals work for the most part. It runs and drives well, but the camper has rot issues. It is looking like I might end up doing a total tear off and rebuild. I have never had a RV so I have a basic idea on how it is built, but can I get more assistance on the structure. I’m guessing it is like my friends old house trailer in it is all wood and 1X2’walls. The bunk is rotted in the corners and the passenger side wall is bowing. It has allot or water damage, but there is minimal rot in the floor. Has anyone on here just done a complete tear off and rebuild?

Tom


I have spent most of today looking thru all 36 pages of oldtrucker63 Total Rebuild of his 1979 Dodge Class C [google it]and I’m looking for the “bob’s rebuild” post mentioned. This has answered many questions and gave me the knowledge to start this rebuild. I guess if it is in the shape I think it is in I just might just remove everything, but the steel and start over “tom’s way”. A few years back we bought a 100 plus year old house and decided to rebuild it. Here is a link to my photo bucket account otherwise known as my project page.

http://community.webshots.com/user/tommygfunk2002


You can see some of the house rebuild I have done.

I would like to go with a roof idea that was I guess bob’s roof. And I have thought about squaring the bunk and rear wall. The bunk will be kind or rounded I guess. Just like the house I won’t have a plan until I start deconstruction.

Tom

p.s. what photobucket account link do I post so the photo will show on the foru


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