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Old 01-19-2018, 09:31 PM   #1
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A lot of work to do

Bought a 1999 Safari Panther 425 back in October 2016, previous owner had it dry stored for almost 10 years.because of the wife going through, and beating breast cancer, we have not been able to take it out at all. I lived in for a year while her mother was here helping out. But time to get it ready. I went though and made a list, man i got a lot of work to do. Amazing how much can go wrong on these things.

Replace floor under toilet
reseal roof
replace right side windshield/new gaskets
hardwood cabinet doors were never glued, coming apart
replace old TV's, gonna require some cabinet work.
rebuild bedroom door.
Rebuild bathroom door
would like to add a dinette for the kids
replace burner on fridge
all new batteries

Toughest part will be fixing battery box door.
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Old 01-19-2018, 09:59 PM   #2
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Glad to hear the wife beat that nasty cancer! The little things to fix now are so inconsequential! Now go have some fun times and celebrate!
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:33 AM   #3
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Glad to hear about the beating the cancer. My wife is a 14 year survivor. Puts life in a whole different perspective. Carpe Diem
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Old 01-20-2018, 07:22 AM   #4
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Bought a 1999 Safari Panther 425 back in October 2016, previous owner had it dry stored for almost 10 years.because of the wife going through, and beating breast cancer, we have not been able to take it out at all. I lived in for a year while her mother was here helping out. But time to get it ready. I went though and made a list, man i got a lot of work to do. Amazing how much can go wrong on these things.

Replace floor under toilet
reseal roof
replace right side windshield/new gaskets
hardwood cabinet doors were never glued, coming apart
replace old TV's, gonna require some cabinet work.
rebuild bedroom door.
Rebuild bathroom door
would like to add a dinette for the kids
replace burner on fridge
all new batteries

Toughest part will be fixing battery box door.
Good luck with the repairs. I would like to offer some unsolicited worthless advice if I may. Dont be afraid to go the extra mile when removing/replacing things.

I am currently remodeling our, new to us, '99 Newmar and am finding out that when you think you can save some time/money by just ignoring that step because it looks fine and wont make much difference you should not.

resealing roof should be priority one. Try not to make the RV too kid friendly as they are more likely to want to stay longer A wise man once told me that no matter how big they are they are only built for two people.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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.."Amazing how much can go wrong on these things.." (?)

yes, and if you left a HOUSE vacant and unused for 10 years, you'd have even mORe to do.... it matters not whether it's a House or and RV
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I'd be just as concerned, if not more, the mechanical aspects. Besides the oil and filter change done with a warm engine, coolant flush, transmission and differential fluid change, brake fluid flush, replacement of radiator and heater hoses, most likely brake rubber hoses. While doing chassis lube examination of suspension, steering components.

Yes, grasshopper you are going to be very busy. When you finally get safely to the campground with your kids it will all have been worth it.

All the above is just my .02
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Hi! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

I bet you'll have that Panther purring in no time at all!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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.."Amazing how much can go wrong on these things.." (?)

yes, and if you left a HOUSE vacant and unused for 10 years, you'd have even mORe to do.... it matters not whether it's a House or and RV
See, i have a two year old son, so if i can keep the RV Looking nice, at least one thing i own will look nice, the house, is a lost cause.
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Good luck with the repairs. I would like to offer some unsolicited worthless advice if I may. Dont be afraid to go the extra mile when removing/replacing things.

I am currently remodeling our, new to us, '99 Newmar and am finding out that when you think you can save some time/money by just ignoring that step because it looks fine and wont make much difference you should not.

resealing roof should be priority one. Try not to make the RV too kid friendly as they are more likely to want to stay longer A wise man once told me that no matter how big they are they are only built for two people.

Good luck and keep us posted.
Re sealing the roof will have to wait a bit, i live on the Oregon coast, even if i have a few sunny days, it is to cold to try and lay down caulking. I figure with the cold wet weather, i can wrap up all the inside stuff while i wait for warmer dryer weather.
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I'd be just as concerned, if not more, the mechanical aspects. Besides the oil and filter change done with a warm engine, coolant flush, transmission and differential fluid change, brake fluid flush, replacement of radiator and heater hoses, most likely brake rubber hoses. While doing chassis lube examination of suspension, steering components.

Yes, grasshopper you are going to be very busy. When you finally get safely to the campground with your kids it will all have been worth it.

All the above is just my .02
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I hate the furnace

Ni matter what, i can not find out how to get the Furnace to operate on this thing. I have seen 3 different ways to turn the two handles in the engine compartment, yet i still get no heat. I have all the original owners manuals, but it does not tell me about the handles. Also does not tell me what kind of fluid to use.
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