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Old 10-24-2016, 09:39 AM   #1
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Restoring a 1993 Fleetwood 18.6 Tioga

Picked up a rare class C 18.6.... well worth restoring... wish it was a Winnie with the fiber glass roof but it's a Fleetwood (wet wood) lol...

this one's gonna be a challenge


to start with..(pics) ... it a e350 ,460 power.. weighs around 8/9k and and has a gcwr of 18,500

first thing we did was hit discount tire.... wnet with the 235/85/16's...way cool look and saves a lot of fuel... plus ups the tire rating and rides better

major restoration needed here....lol...but it's my youngest son's... and he's the type to keep things for ever... he's still in school and works full time....so I'll be doing most of the work...

going with the off road, sports mobile look... gonna be cool

we spent the week end doing a major clean and inspection....and started painting in side....

started raining in vegas and the " it doesn't leak a drop" from the seller , turned into, it doesn't leak a drop unless it's raining....lol...good to know now I guess.....looks like it needs a roof
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Old 10-24-2016, 09:42 AM   #2
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I'm looking forward to seeing the progress made with this, I'm sure when it's done he'll get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
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I'm looking forward to seeing the progress made with this, I'm sure when it's done he'll get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
thanks for the kind words....heres some more pics of progress so far...

started painting...and major cleaning
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Project assessment.....

it's gonna be major...

keep in mind that this is not being done for resale, it's my sons... so the project is gonna go way beyond the resale value, and will be done right

the theme is gonna be off road....
most will say we are crazy..and waisting money..but as I am doing with my alpine... the plan is to keep it... so we want it right...

so.... lets start with the roof....
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Old 10-24-2016, 05:59 PM   #6
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well, pulled the trigger on the new roof.... almost shot my self first

bought this stuff... supposed to be the best...

16ft - RV Roofing SuperFlex-Alpha System *Better UV Protection than EPDM-RV Roof | eBay

with the adheasive it will be under 300 bucks.....got a quote for 3k
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the whole problem here is a design failure, and roof was improperly installed.. it was destian to fail...the roof plywood needed to go to the edge.... the was it was done allowed air and water to get in... they only glued the the membrain to the plywood... and one leak would cause the water to fill the channel and run down the wall, then causing wall delam on top of the roof problem...


my plan is to seal the gap between the plywood and the side rail... then put a metal flashing over the edge.... that way the new membrain has something to stick to
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waiting on gen parts and roof materials... opened up every thing on the roof to let all the moister have time to dry out....got more done on the inside...
wood 2'' window blinds...
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:56 PM   #9
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more progress... doing everything my self, by my self... so progress is slow...

got the new carpet in,,,,, didn't go with hard floors for multible reasons... carpet and pad coaches are insulated better and more sound deadening...

easy to clean.... just vacume and done....total cost was about 150 bucks and looks like a million.... my son will use this coach mostly in the winter so cold days the carpet will be nice...
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next.... son doesn't care for all the gold on the cabinets.... so I pulled it off... first plan was to glaze that section... but so far every one say's leave it...
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just got a call...new black aluminum wheels should be here wensday
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the new roof showed up yesterday... the folded it up in a 2'x2' box so the very first thing I did was get it out of the box... and roll it up in a roll... in just the short time in the box it already had crease's and folds in it....that can't be good and would cause a problem when installing..the new roof needs to be flat... and installed with no air bubbles
with this system you can put the new roof with the adhesive wet... so should go
pretty easy....there claim that it's better that the EPDM is yet to be proven by me and I'm doubtfull but we'll see...

I'm gonna be busier that a one arm paper hanger,... on the table right now i'm restoring a 04 alpine, 93 Fleetwood flair, and a 93 tioga
one is mine, the other two are my two sons..one goes to school full time and works full time the other daily works 10 to 12 hour shifts..my idea, and how I raised them was not with hand outs... but hand ups..I do all I can for then according to there efforts..
I told my dear wife this, what if the best you can do ,is not as good as what mommy gives you for doing nothing..what kind of son to you think you will raise???
sure I could have just bought new motorhomes and give them to my Sons....but this way.. he will earn part of it at least... that and learn how to do it on his own...every Dads wish is to go before their sons, and my wish is that when i'm gone that there will be these memories of what Dad taught them...and what Dad did to make them better people...
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bought some ebay leds....
before we could get done installing them they started smoking and the smd's started falling of....I bought 50 of them... we tried about 25 and they all are bad....if you lood at the pic. close you can see the smoke...
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before we could get done installing them they started smoking and the smd's started falling of....
I went the full fixture route on my '95. 2 double fixtures and 5 single fixtures. if you're interested: http://amzn.to/2frcG47
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