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Old 02-18-2014, 08:42 PM   #1
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Hello from Tallahassee, FL

Hi All,
I have just, today, purchased an OLD 1987 RV. It is drivable, but needs an awful lot of work! I have NO mechanical abilities, so will be depending on friends and also you folks who MIGHT be able to lead me in the right directions!
The RV needs muffler/exhaust work (VERY noisy and smelly!), a new battery (or two!), light bulbs all over the place, and MAYBE wiring work, all the interior needs ripping out (carpets, cushions,mattresses) and a thorough cleaning is in order. The motor seems to be in decent shape (miraculous!) but will likely need a good tuneup and tweaking. The brakes are super squishy and need some work, but got me home! Have not tried the AC yet but am hopeful!
So, a big project, but i am so excited! Have a "friend of the family" who is going to come over and check it out, he also happens to be a mechanic. BUT, if he is unable to do some of the work, I would love some advice from all of you who might know of trustworthy mechanics in the Tallahassee/Monticello, FL area!
Let me know! WIll post photos when i get them, and will likely be checking in and asking all sorts of questions soon!
THANKS in advance!
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:45 PM   #2
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welcome I am in Tallahassee. send me a pm and I will help u all I can
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:06 PM   #3
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Looks like you have your work cut out for you. Good luck!
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Welcome to iRV2. Hope everthing goes well for you.
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Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang!

Sounds like you've got quite a project! Hope everything works out good for you. Enjoy the forum!

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Old 02-18-2014, 10:21 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum, we are also from Tallahassee, grew up there and still homebase there.

Looks like you have got your work cutout, one thing about a project like this is you will learn a lot about your RV and know it inside and out.
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Welcome to the forum and good luck on your project...
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Howdy and welcome aboard. Sounds like a project to me. Give us an idea as to what RV you have. Good luck and keep us posted of your progress.
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:25 PM   #12
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More info and a few pics!

Hi All,
so, am learning a bit more about my purchase. It is a 1987 Class A Alumi-Lite . I am still trying to figure out the length and the particulars! It's a BIG RV and at LEAST 30 feet long, maybe a bit longer. It's not at my home at the moment, so whenever I think of doing something like measuring it, I need to plan on doing so when I go where its located next time!
Having issues plugging it in right now so am assuming that there is a problem with the electrical system, but the mechanic I have coming over tomorrow says it likely is not too bad an issue! Said it may be the converter….. Added a pig-tail plug and a heavy duty extension cord (regular cord just won't reach right now). Caused instant breaker trip, so no plugging in at the moment! Am planning on having an electrician come out eventually to add an appropriate plug and breaker at my home. Then it will have a HOME!
The battery in there (thinking it is the "backup/generator" battery that is providing the power now, the main is NOT great. Planning on purchasing one tomorrow.) so far is allowing the interior lights to work. I plan on installing a new main battery and cleaning up the gas in the tank right now, and adding more clean gas. THAT part is not a big deal.
NOW, I need to get the brakes cleaned up, checking the AC, the plumbing, and the water tank as well as the propane system.
Put the icky old mattress out on the curb so will be looking for a new fabulous mattress. Looks like its only a full-size. Was hoping for a queen; will measure and MAYBE there is room for one!
Lots to do, but once we can alleviate the "funky mold smell" all will be FUN!
I am excited! Have time, and energy to do what needs doing cosmetically, and I think I have a great friend to start on the big stuff! Wish me luck!
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Just a heads-up on you electrical, I assume it is a 30 amp hook-up so be sure the electrician know it is 120 volts 30 amp and NOT 240 volt 30 amps like a dryer.
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