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Old 06-26-2022, 10:26 AM   #6595
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From those pics, its hard to get perspective on the layout. Ive done some reading on "mini" wood stoves. Great idea if u can fit it in. Going to be awesome for cold weather camping!
eventually I'll be living in my camper full time. I have been working on it for a year now... Honestly if I totalled everything up I could have bought a newish one xD. But I've enjoyed making this 1985 ship my own. The layout was perfect for the wood stove. I took out the third seat and used that area.

Plus this stove comes with a roaster so I can cook on it while it's going. Instead of using propane.
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Old 06-26-2022, 12:59 PM   #6596
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did you have the diamond plate already? How is the weight compared to the traditional 4x8 heatshield/stove board?
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PAINT!
The old "cabin in the woods" look paneling that makers used in the mid 80's, appears to be only printing that was applied to really thin paneling... and like those horrible prints you see in the thrift stores... mine had gone from the rich look of pecan to a moldy shade of green woodgrain... So, after repairing and replacing the rot, in the front corner of the camper...
It was time for new paint! I used Valspar's, "Cabinet" paint... I'll tell you if it works well, or not... when it dries in a few days!
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Starting Monday... Ceiling and Floors!
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Old 06-26-2022, 06:16 PM   #6598
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did you have the diamond plate already? How is the weight compared to the traditional 4x8 heatshield/stove board?
I'm not sure how heavy stove board is. But this is really light because it's aluminum. I went to a metal "superstore" place. They cut it to size for you. Walked out in 5 minutes.

I wanted to keep it as light as possible. Plus the stove (if you purchase it) comes with a back heat shield and flu heat shields allowing the clearance to be 3" to the wall.

My stand/wall has plenty of heat shield it went like this.

1/2" plywood > aluminum diamond plate > stove heat shield > flu heat shield > side heat shield for the bare plywood

That's on-top of the original wall. I left the one side without anything because I wanted a holiday center piece. Stockings or Halloween etc.
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Old 06-26-2022, 06:21 PM   #6599
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PAINT!
The old "cabin in the woods" look paneling that makers used in the mid 80's, appears to be only printing that was applied to really thin paneling...
Looks awesome! Can't wait to see more
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Old 07-05-2022, 05:45 AM   #6601
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Zep wax on your rig

Good Morning,

Seven years ago when we bought our rig I came here for info about it because we knew absolutely nothing about owning a motorhome. I had to deoxidize the rig twice because it was a mess. Lot of work but sure looked better.

I found an article here about painting the decals and did so. Looked amazing and I changed one of the colors. Really liked the results. Then waxed it with Zep Industrial Floor Wax as suggested here on IRV2.

Not the best choice but as I said, we knew nothing. Looked amazing, shiny exactly as I wanted. It's been five years since doing that and it stated yellowing about two years ago. Looked bad and kept getting worse.

I don't know if you have ever removed wax from a vehicle this large before but it is quite a job. I started doing that a couple weeks ago and finally am about 99% done. You know those spots you find in a different light, yeah those.

I got the front cap completely done and waxed it twice with Torque wax. Not shining so going to try buffing it. If no improvement, I may end up finding a different wax. Got the back cap mostly done and waxed . My rig is a 2004.

Will work on the sides as I have time. Have other things I am doing also and this takes time.

Just wanted to give a little warning to those thinking about using Zep. It looks great when you get it done but it yellows and does not look good at all. It seemed as if the dirt worked it's way into the wax and just left it dirty looking. Way too much work to end up with your rig looking like that.

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Zep makes a remover for their floor wax. That is what you are supposed to use.


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PAINT!
The old "cabin in the woods" look paneling that makers used in the mid 80's, appears to be only printing that was applied to really thin paneling... and like those horrible prints you see in the thrift stores... mine had gone from the rich look of pecan to a moldy shade of green woodgrain... So, after repairing and replacing the rot, in the front corner of the camper...
It was time for new paint! I used Valspar's, "Cabinet" paint... I'll tell you if it works well, or not... when it dries in a few days!
Here's a before...




And here's an after...




Starting Monday... Ceiling and Floors!
Cheers!
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Ron, that's what I used.
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Took our rig to my step-son's tournament baseball games today. Spent much of the time polishing the ol' girl. He's 15 on a 18U team. He nailed a deep center drive (340-350 feet) but it got caught. His team finished 3rd place.

But,...

When we got home the motor in the step decided to stop working again. Hear the on/off clicks from the switches, so its probably dirty or worn brushes again. At least I know what I'm doing tomorrow.
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Took our rig to my step-son's tournament baseball games today. Spent much of the time polishing the ol' girl. He's 15 on a 18U team. He nailed a deep center drive (340-350 feet) but it got caught. His team finished 3rd place.

But,...

When we got home the motor in the step decided to stop working again. Hear the on/off clicks from the switches, so its probably dirty or worn brushes again. At least I know what I'm doing tomorrow.
WD-40 in every joint, gear shaft and gear teeth... worked for us!!
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I started installing new luxury vinyl plank flooring it's a little harder than I thought it would be just because of all the things that you have to go around. Pulling all the old carpet was a lot harder than I thought, soooo many staples.
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WD-40 in every joint, gear shaft and gear teeth... worked for us!!

I suggest dry graphite spray. Wd-40 after awhile looses its luster. Even though there's some oil to it it has water in it which evaporates over time and becomes useless.
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