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Old 09-28-2020, 04:22 PM   #1
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Tearing it all out and doing a remodel

I have a 2005 Jayco Jay Feather 24' and 2 years ago we had a left flat and the tread stayed on the tire and took out the floor, plumbing, gas, etc. I didn't have a lot of money at that time, so we made a wooden wheel well, repaired the floor and put most of it back together. We went boondocking last week and the cabinet with the stove & sink moved about 1.5'! Amazingly everything worked, no gas or water leaks. We have decided that we are going to take out all the cabinets, go from a queen to 2 singles, get rid of the bench seats and go to table and chairs. Has anyone here done a big remodel on their TT? Can you point me in the right direction as far as websites, YouTube, etc.
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Are you a carpenter, cabinet maker, plumber, and electrician, and able to work from scratch, doing strong, lightweight construction, and have project management experience to flow the work?

If so, go for it. If not, I'll bet this becomes one of those "gutted ready to build it your way" Craigslist ads I see all the time.

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Old 09-29-2020, 07:43 AM   #3
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That's a big job, particularly if you start redoing plumbing and electric. Be aware you will quite likely uncover things you didn't realize were messed up (water damage, etc.) that will likely need repairing. As long as you have the time, money, tools, and a little bit of skill, it's doable. There is a You Tube channel called "The Endless Adventure" where a young couple are gutting and redoing a vintage motor home. They're still in the rebuilding process, but might give you an idea of what you would be getting into.
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:08 AM   #4
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I have a 26 foot TT. Last year I ripped out the cheep dinet, replaced with a island on wheels with 2 stools that store under it, and 2 droors has a drop down/up leaf. Can be left in, or easily taken out. I built a box to go over the wheel well, so it holds 4 large milk crates with stuff hidden under it. Also ripped out the cheep couch thingy. used spare wood, to make a cover over the furnace that was under the couch. I am sitting in what is called a gaming chair, they aren't cheep, but its on wheels, goes up and down, can fully recline, has pull out foot rest, and lower back vibrating pillow. It also can be taken outside. Cabinets, I did as they started to come apart. Any punky spots, dry out and thin out expoxy and keep putting it on till it wont take anymore. Take all doors and droors of and sand. I found jell stain to be a very nice level coat, vs paint. Think outside the box and make a murphy bed/s. Best of luck.
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Are you a carpenter, cabinet maker, plumber, and electrician, and able to work from scratch, doing strong, lightweight construction, and have project management experience to flow the work?

If so, go for it. If not, I'll bet this becomes one of those "gutted ready to build it your way" Craigslist ads I see all the time.

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Thanks for your vote of confidence Charles
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Having built my own house and restored many 60s muscle cars I not only have the skills but also the patience and sticktoitness to get it finished. Most people have never worked on a project that takes years to complete. My education paled in comparison to building your own house while working full time. That said, there is no greater satisfaction then living in a house you built from scratch with only you as the crew. Every nail, every skinned knuckle, every indecision to overcome. Every heated conversation with the building inspector. Be prepared to buy a lot of tools and your wife to act as a single mother. Be sure you are committed to getting it done to the point of working all the time, even when you donít want to, because there is so much to do. Carpentry skills can be learned but mechanical aptitude is paramount and a skill saw, a sharp blade, a quality framing hammer, pipe wrench, slip joint pliers, and a DeWalt cordless drill, will be your best friends. Have fun! Paul R. Haller
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I agree with Paul - there is definitely some satisfaction in doing it yourself, and once you see how flimsily these campers are built, you will realize it doesn't take a lot of skill or effort to make something better than the original!
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You are definitely in for an adventure. Just take it a piece at a time and don't rush or cut corners. Be aware of weight when you start changing cabinets so you don't go crazy heavy.


I removed a booth once and replaced it with a table and chairs. The frame was just screwed into the wall in about 50 places and came right out. Just a side note. When the booth was cut up in pieces it burned in the campfire for 1 1/2 hours. Lots of glue.



The plumbing should not be to bad as long as you take pictures before you start so you have an idea what goes where. It will just be pex and you can use Shark Tooth (I think that is the name) fittings. They just push into the pex lines. Something else to remember is if you are replacing fixtures you DO NOT have to use RV parts. Go to home Depot or Lowes and get better quality fixtures if you are going to change them.


The gas line is something else and I would probably try to leave that alone and work around it. But then I have never messed with gas lines before so I don't really know.


And remember to have fun. This is just another part of your RV adventure.
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Everything I fixed or replaced on my trailer is done better than from the factory. I use screws instead of staples. I use thicker wood, better glue, thicker wire etc.

I am sure your trailer will be better after your remodel.

Best of luck to you.
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Another YouTube source is AdventurousWay. A young couple living full time did a remodel after two years. It looks pretty good in their video. They provide links to some of the material and components they used, too.
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Sounds like a fun project and you will have exactly what you want when you are done. I look forward to seeing pictures and reading about your project and of course seeing you enjoying the final product!

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Flats, blowouts can and do cause a lot of damage.
You managed a bandaide job with limited resources that brought it to a useable condition. So now with more to work with I'm sure you will bring it up to a new and improved state. Good luck, take your time and plan it out.
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