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Old 06-25-2014, 12:13 PM   #1
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Hello! -Newbie/Future Fulltimer w/ Family

Hello Everyone!
My name is Kristine. A friend's neighbor actually gave my fiance, John, and I our 1984 Fleetwood Tioga, which is our current 'project'.
It suffered years of neglect and extensive water damage. The previous owners kept the generator and refrigerator. They also removed the water pump and heater fearing the winter would freeze the system and not knowing how to winterize it. (but promised we can have those once they locate them in their basement) The engine also does not currently run (the previous owner did not know why). Luckily, when we tested the shore power the lights and microwave seemed to work fine.
Our goal is to fix it up suitable for full time living with our 3 month old daughter within the next month or two. We've started on the roof, caulking the sides and replacing the damaged interior.
I look forward to all the knowledge and advice I'm certain we will need in the coming month! We've had some experience rving but never with a task like this!
Thank you all in advance! And nice to meet you all!
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Good luck with your project.

However, this is a very old and appears to have been a very neglected please remember that it could also be a very "unsafe" home for your family until it is reconditioned. As a result,

1) Since you will reinstalling and/or re-starting the old appliances please be sure to have a propane certified tech hook-up the connections. Where we live it is also the law that you have a current "gas cert" that the tech should be qualified to issue.

2) Please be sure your CO2/Propane & Smoke detectors are working properly and invest in several high quality fire extinguishers. I believe most RV fires are the result of electrical issues so please have your wiring & electrics inspected....before you move in!

3) Sewer gas is not only unpleasant but can be quite dangerous so be sure the toilet and black tank
Is properly vented and/or not plugged.

4) Where we live...if you plan to drive the RV you would also need to pass a " road worthy" inspection. Regardless, please be safe and ensure your brakes, tires, steering/suspension system is inspected and "safe".

Have fun.....but please be safe.
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:24 PM   #3
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Posts: 967 last point. If this RV has suffered from extensive water damage & neglect, please open the walls and be sure you are not infected with "mold". Mold is dangerous enough for adults, but even more so for a newborn.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:10 PM   #4
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Welcome to the gang, Kristine & John. Good luck with your project(s). You'll find lots of help here; folks in these forums seem to know just about anything you're looking for. They have helped us a lot. Enjoy!
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:28 PM   #5
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Same thoughts regarding the condition......sometimes even free isn't free......Get an inspection of this rig before you sign off to keep it and sink a lot of money into it. Good luck with your decision......however it works out ...... welcome
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Good luck with the repairs and renovations. Keep us posted.
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Welcome aboard and good luck on your project....
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Hi Kristine & John! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Hope all goes well with the restoration project! Enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome to the Forum and we hope you have many wonderful camping adventures once you get your rig up to par. Best of luck with the repairs.

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Old 06-29-2014, 10:11 AM   #12
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Thank you all

Thank you all for your kind words of welcome and excellent suggestions.
The systems checks that were mentioned are very helpful. Hopefully, money permitting, we can have those inspections performed by professionals in the near future. I will let you know how it goes *fingers crossed*.
Hopefully I can post some pics within the next few days as well.
Thank you all again!
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