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Old 05-16-2011, 06:01 PM   #29
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How about the seams of the rv? Looks to be a thin line of caulking there as well. Suggestions on how to remove the old and how to apply new?
Unless someone did a crappy job (ours was "hurried" in places), and it was "Parbond" aluminum-colored rubber sealant, I would not try to strip it, unless someone else knows of a solvent. I use "MEK" (available at Home Depot, etc.) and a q-tip to clean the seams and trim. The MEK will soften the Parbond and allow another coat to be applied over the top. I do ours when we're south and it's nice and dry, and I stay on top of it every season. You'll look like a fool, but inspecting carefully every seam and trim piece (AND looking for popped rivets) will be of huge help to the coach. Our type of coaches flex, that's the name of the game: keeping up on ingress is a constant.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:15 PM   #30
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Well I might run this thread as a sister thread to Keyair's 345.

It is looking like I am going to do a complete remodel after all. It has been one thing after another once I started to tear into it. And the motorhome is apparently a 1984 1/2 titled as an 85.

I have most of the wiring tackled thanks to the help of an affordable electrical engineer! Dropping in a "new to me" converter box tomorrow should finalize that for now. After we changed nearly every fuse and fixed a couple shorted out wires.

In the process of rewiring I noticed a leaky heater core under the couch. Headed to a junkyard to pull one out of a car. If I am not mistaken any core should work as long as it will fit.

Found some major rotting of wood up front. So going to pull all carpet and repair the subfloor.

Installed two 6 volt batteries in series yesterday and realized the compartment can't handle the weight....looks like I will have to take that to the welder.

Found a leak in the fitting for the rear air tank. Air bags hold air for a couple days tops and the pump runs nearly continuous.

Generator fuel pump appears to be bad. Broke the external starter switch to that yesterday working on it.

Entire RV needs re-sealed. Exterior windows and seams and most of the interior windows are shot.

Brakes and tires to be done this week.

I haven't even started to look at the plumbing or engine. Man I should have paid considerably less for this motorhome! Hopefully we will be camping by the 4th of July!
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:28 PM   #31
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Picture of the subfloor behind the passenger captain's chair.
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:38 PM   #32
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Welcome to Airstream Motorhome Joy!

I gotta tell you, this is gonna be rough for a bit... and cost some cash.
but its all gonna be worth it!
There is nothing that looks as Majestic on the road!
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:40 PM   #33
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My ADD got the best of me last night. My wife loves a stainless kitchen so I decided to see if I could remove the fake wood vinyl (or whatever this material is.) This is definitely not high on my list of must do remodel items, but I did it anyway.

Took out the heat gun and I was surprised how easily this lifted up. Should have it completely off after one more night of tinkering!
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Well the kitchen "side-splash" is nearly complete!
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Pulled the battery compartment out. Going to have a new bottom plate welded in and lowered a half inch so that the new 6 volt batteries will have enough clearance.
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Doublecheck your heights...
I was thinking it was a 1 1/2" drop...
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Doublecheck your heights...
I was thinking it was a 1 1/2" drop...
Yeah they nearly clear right now. Only really needed about a 1/4 inch.
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What is your drawer height, and battery heights?
I may have added extra, because I was concerned about the battery posts touching, especially if the extra drawer depth gets high centered...
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Got the battery compartment finished. Lowered 1 inch. Primed and ready for paint.
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Painted with Bedliner in a can. Turned out ok. Next time I would use Hurculiner.
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Finished product. Now I have the clearance for the 6 volt batteries.

Additionally we have put on a new distrubutor cap, ignition module, replaced the heater control valve in the front, replaced the propane regulator valve that mounts by the tank, and fixed an air leak to the rear air bags. Intalled a new fuel pump to generator and a new external starter switch. Put in the new converter/inverter box. Replaced a leaky tranny pan gasket. Drained all the fluids and refilled. Dropped off the leaky heater core to see if it can be repaired instead of replaced.

Took the coach for a cruise yesterday and the darn step stopped working. So much for having my wiring issues figured out! Not very excited to start working through the vaccum lines.
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Welcome to the club! 97 Money pit is a bit harsh, but probably most accurate!

What was the brand and part number on the heater controll valve you used?

Good luck,

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