View Poll Results: How much will you spend on restoration, maintenance & upgrades?
$0 - $100 29 3.60%
$100 - $500 109 13.52%
$500 - $1000 138 17.12%
$1,000 - $2,500 200 24.81%
$2,500 or more 330 40.94%
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Old 06-30-2005, 10:41 PM   #43
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We bought our unit knowing it would need inside work. We redid much of the cupboards, new hardwood floors (laminate), built twin beds in back, built a bathroom and installed grey and black waste tanks and dump valves, bought a porcelain marine toilet, new water pump, installed a fresh water pressure system, hid an airconditioner and microwave inside cupboards (properly vented) and added a 50amp power converter. Took five months, $1,600 and a bit, and based on our prior trailers we'd say this was the best investment we've ever made. Total into our unit is $6,600 to $6,800 counting purchase. That includes adding a set of polished aluminum mags and radial trailer tires. Life is good! Not a thing to do to it but polish, polish, polish, for the rest of the year. Oh sure there's ongoing costs, just like my car, my house, my cat's and anything else I own and use. Over the years I've noticed that it doesn't matter what the make or model of unit, people in campgrounds are always out there doing something to keep them working properly or just looking good.


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Old 06-30-2005, 11:34 PM   #44
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Old 07-01-2005, 12:04 AM   #45
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Holy moly

Pretty close to 4k ! I am afraid to add it up
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Old 07-01-2005, 08:06 AM   #46
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So far,

New refit to electric brakes (replacing original disc brakes)
New SHURflo Trail King 7 water pump
New 34,000 BTU Suburban furnace
New Reese weight-distributing hitch
New Goodyear Marathon tires
New DuoTherm 15,000 BTU air conditioner
New MagneTek solid-state 55 amp converter
New Olympic Wave 8 Catalytic Heater
New Thetford Aria electric flush toilet
New Dometic 6-gallon hot water heater
New Kenwood AM/FM/CD/MP3 w/ Sirius adaptor, Infinity speakers, & Terk RV antenna.
New Winegard Sensar III amplified directional RV tv antenna
New Winegard/Dish Network satellite system
New Zip Dee awning and roller bar
New automatic Fan-Tastic ceiling vent fans (2) w/ thermostat & rain sensors
New 12 volt bathroom exhaust fan
New 12 volt fluorescemt ceiling lights
New ground-fault and several standard breakers in electrical box.

Ongoing (project-of-the-week):

Recovery from poor work by Airstream factory service and Camping World installers.
Reconditioning rear bath.

Planned for later this year:

New galley, including new cabinets, cooktop, dishwasher, & Dometic refrigerator
New floor covering (not carpet, not Pergo, but otherwise still undecided)
New upholstery and curtains.
Polishing & outside detailing.

We gotta love what we do.


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Old 07-01-2005, 08:35 AM   #47
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Oops, forgot to answer the question.

About $15,000 so far for restoration, maintenance, and upgrades. With the additional $7K I spent on the trailer, I have already reached what I spent on my last project (a 1974 overlander) with a lot of work remaining. This time, I really will keep it.

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Old 07-01-2005, 09:36 AM   #48
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We are already into it for $7000 including the $2000 for the trailer itself!
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Old 08-19-2005, 07:11 AM   #49
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Just rebuilt bearings and brakes, I am ready to roll,Tha AS is waiting on me !!
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Old 09-01-2005, 08:36 AM   #50
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I dropped a check off with the restoration guy in Jersey for $10,000, to redo our Sovereign. Years of poor maintenance....and you know the rest. In reality, the rig is in really good shape; it needs to have the galley redone, because the former owner kinda boogered it up. It also needs to have the floor, in the bathroom redone, thanks to leaky copper pipes, which led to black tank replacement, new heater, new fridge, new carpet, new upholstery, new drapes....the list goes on. She'll be brand new, when I get her back, and the real plus is that her clearcoat is still intact.....check out the pictures in the member area!

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Old 09-02-2005, 06:38 PM   #51
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I will guesstimate about $1500.00 in my continuing restoration and I still wont be finished. Maybe next year another$ 2000.00 and that might do it.
I have already spent about $3500.00, plus the $800.00 I paid for the trailer.
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Old 09-02-2005, 07:22 PM   #52
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Do not ask me what an 06 28' Safari with Tin Hut's modifications will cost me. Ah well, the kid does not NEED to get anything from my estate anyway. And those gold fillings in my wife's teeth were doing no one any good. The kids stamp collection was only gathering dust and the dog still had a few good years left in him (had papers, ya know). Did you know that you can raise a lot of cash by collecting bottles and newspapers.

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Old 06-12-2007, 01:50 PM   #53
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. . . at least $11,000 (most likely more). Ask me next December for a more precise amount.

I have each piece of cabinetry under estimated at about $350 in materials (nine of these either built or to-be built by year end).

New fridge - $1200
New axle (just ordered from InlandRV Andy) $1000, with shipping
New wheels and shocks (three wheels, two shocks) about $400 to $500
Upholstery – just the gaucho – includes new foam $1200
Oven/Range $530
Electronics/entertainment system - $2000
Metal work and material (includes fridge exhaust) and vent pipe covers $850
Cabinet hardware $600

Hey, really, when I'm done I figure it will cost about $35,000 and almost everything, including about 15% of the skin, will be brand new - and you can't buy one of these from the factory -it's custom.

How many 22 foot Airstreams have a built-in generator that runs off the propane tanks and is operated by a switch?

A new one costs how much???

Hey . . . so this is how we get others to view the progress pictures in our galley - nice!
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Old 06-12-2007, 01:57 PM   #54
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It's our start-up year with our MH, so it's all kinds of stuff like bell crank, tires, stove, toilet, converter, marker lights, dash air controller, microwave, window blinds, window seals, vulkem, etc. Plus all the little nickel-and-dime (and $15-20!) things like wiring connectors, fuses, hoses, etc.

We'll worry about most of the aesthetics later!

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Old 06-12-2007, 02:43 PM   #55
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Hello everyone.. Well Costalotta will live up to her name... we have started and have some major items like the sofas for the front... new Flexsteel.. 1100.. and a bunch of other stuff... costing 350 spent at Jackson Center and another 300 dropped at Camping World and 400 more spent at RV surplus salvage... and we still have to do wheels and tires and a paint job... thank heavens the hubby is in the auto body trade... total for this year alone will be in the 8-9000 range.. than the awnings... but we would not trade it..
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Old 06-12-2007, 06:21 PM   #56
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If all goes well, I'll spend pretty close to zero this year. Maybe a little polish. We pretty much have it the way we want it. If I were to do anything major on it this year, it would be remodle the bathroom to eliminate the wet bath. But I haven't figured out a design yet.
It's a good thing I didn't see the thread last year....$$

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