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Old 06-20-2015, 10:05 PM   #1
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Hello All,

I'm a newly minted member of this forum and a new member to the RV community. I hope to learn from all of you. I purchased (regretfully) a 1996
Itasca Sunrise 31RQ on a Ford F53 Super Duty chassis last fall. It was rough but the previous owner assured me that it didn't need anything major and could be driven cross country without any problem. That was last fall and so far it hasn't left the storage lot. Shortly after taking the keys, I found out that rear tires were shot, the steering stabilizer was crushed, the right exhaust manifold was leaking, one of the fuel vapor canisters is damaged, the front A/C compressor was locked up and completely failed compromising the entire A/C system, the furnace didn't work, the radiator leaked and the windshields leaked inside like waterfalls in the rain. And the only thing that was supposed to be wrong with it was the headliner needed to be replaced. It hasn't moved from the spot it's parked in (well I did move it a couple of times and one of those times I hit my brick mail box with the right rear corner causing damage but that's another story). BUT I still want to make a go of it so it now has a new set of tires, a new right exhaust manifold, a new water pump, radiator, radiator hoses, A/C compressor, serpentine belts, a new furnace ignitor and the mouse nest has been removed from the burners, new steering stabilizer, and I have a new A/C condenser, expansion valve and evaporator that I still need to install then I need to make custom A/C hoses and fittings to make the A/C work. If all goes well I'll take it with my wife dog and our newly adopted daughter on it's maiden voyage. If anyone is interested I'll let you know how things progress from here.

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Old 06-20-2015, 10:50 PM   #2
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Welcome John! Sounds like you've got your hands full with that one! We are newbies on here and doing our research before we go full-time. This forum has been great and a wealth of information. I hope you find it as useful as we do! Again, welcome and hope to see you somewhere down the road!

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Old 06-20-2015, 11:33 PM   #3
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Hi Ron and Marybeth,

Thanks for the reply and I have lot to learn. By-the-way, there was supposed to be a comma between the wife and dog!

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Old 06-21-2015, 05:10 AM   #4
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Hi john
Sorry to hear that you have had so many problems. We all buy our RVs with the anticipation that all will be okay.
Keep us posted so we can hear of the good times you are having!

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Old 06-21-2015, 08:00 AM   #5
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It look's like most everything is getting done. Several ways to look at it, it's a adventure where memories are around every corner [no price on memories], sorry that the previous owner wasn't truthful. I'm sure you'll be fine and have a great time with your purchase. Good luck and post how your doing with pictures. Safe, trouble free travels.
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Old 06-21-2015, 11:46 AM   #6
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Thanks for the warm welcome. Now I need some guidance on how to use this forum. As I progress with my restoration project where do you recommend I post my progress and questions? For example, because the A/C compressor had a complete failure and the system was open to the atmosphere for who knows how long and rust built up on the inside of a/c lines I'm rebuilding the complete system, some parts are OEM and others are aftermarket that I have to make work. I can post the repair as I go. I also have a couple of questions on the heater hose routing to the water pump and intake manifold. Where would I post technical questions?

I'm in Chesapeake, VA and I'm getting ready to head out into the blazing sun to resume my project and work on the A/C system. I'll check in later tonight.

Best regards and a Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!
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1. Yes, welcome to the forum
2. I post the pictures to the photo's tab at the top of this page, then add those photos to my posts when I want.
3. Yes, please do post details of your repairs. We all learn from the experiences of others, when we can
4. Yes again, happy Father's Day to you as well
5. I did not notice the missing comma till you pointed it out, but often you can go back to a recent post (I don't know for how long) to correct things like spelling and punctuation. I use it all the time and catch spelling errors.
6. Good luck with this project. Hopefully your biggest bumps are behind you.
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Old 06-21-2015, 02:06 PM   #8
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Hi John! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome to the forum FrankenHome. You've got a great sense of humor. You will do well here! Best of luck on your project!

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