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Old 10-24-2021, 10:07 PM   #1
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I'm new, the RV isn't

Call me crazy, but I didn't want a monthly payment or be forced to carry collision insurance on a toy, so I bought what I could afford. I know that isn't the way we do things in America, but I've always been a bit of a contrarian.

What I wound up with is a 2000 Winnebago Chieftain, WFC35U. No, it isn't perfect, but it:
- is paid for
- ran fine on the two hour trip home
- mostly all the systems I've been able to figure out how to operate have
- is paid for

Did I mention that it is paid for?

The past week and a half had been a marathon session of:
- replacing vent fans
- replacing AC louvres
- ripping out carpet (going for vinyl tile)
- coating the roof and doghouse in tropicool
- pulling and tossing old electronics
- tossing all sorts of abandoned trash out the window into a can.

Basically, all the 20yr old plastic or anything fabric has to go. I have run into a few sections of rotted, water damaged walls, but they all seem to be small. Overall, working front to back to refresh it all, I think I'm making great progress, and I'm hoping that this forum will speed me along.
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Welcome to iRV2 .

Many here in the forums ; including myself ; will say the perfect RV is one that is works well, and is paid for.

If you need any owners manuals for appliances check out this site.

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Wiring info for your RV, might still be available from Winnebago .

http://www.winnebago.com/Files/Files...ram/Wiring.htm
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Deal with the water damage first. Water damage has a way of extending beyond what you first see. Find the leaks, remove old caulk/sealant and replace. Then start tracing it down.
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Deal with the water damage first. Water damage has a way of extending beyond what you first see. Find the leaks, remove old caulk/sealant and replace. Then start tracing it down.
Sound advice. Sealing the roof with Tropicool was the first step, and I really like how it came out. But, I was going to wait on treating the windows.

Implementing schedule change in . . . 3 . . .2. . .
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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I would still spend my time checking all caulk lines and seals around roof vents, AC and all windows and body joints. Not knowing exactly where the wet spots can’t give better advice. Just that you are likely to get black mold issues if not fixed and existing damage repaired. If the damage extends into the floor you have another class of problem. I’ve rebuilt water damaged TVs and have some first hand experience. It can all be fixed.
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Welcome to the forum. Congrats on your new rig/rehab project.

You are joining a good group friends here with good information to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up or add information if you can.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Congrats on your new coach

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