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Old 03-09-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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Rebirth of Our Dear Lucy

Well, we have made our decision. Lucy will not be replaced. She will be renovated and improved. After 1270 nights/100,000 miles, we couldn't bear to let her go.

We have Lucy out in the alley behind the house, and have begun her reincarnation. SuEllyn has found a recliner chair that she liked. We have remove all of Lucy's seating on SuEllyn's side of the dinette (curb side), and her new chair is in place.

SuEllyn has also built a new and improved microwave/printer cabinet which we are in the process of installing.

Lucy is a mess right now, but we have got things in process. I have included a few photos to show Lucy's progress. This will be a continuing process, so stay tuned for updates.

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Did something happen to Lucy? I certainly hope not! I'm hoping that you've just decided to freshen her up a bit. I've followed Lucy's adventures for many years now, and I hope that I didn't miss something important. It will be fun (as always) to follow this latest project.
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No, nothing happened to Lucy. She has just gotten a little weather-worn from our extensive use. She has a couple of leaks which SuEllyn is working on. We are reassessing Lucy, stem to stern, and making some improvements.

We are planning to have Lucy ready for several extensive trips this year.

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Cool, glad to hear y'all decided to spruce up the Lady. I'm looking forward to following the updates.
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Make sure and take lots of pictures. Can't wait to see Lucy's new decor! Go, SuEllyn!!!
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We plan to take photos at each step of Lucy's renovation.

SuEllyn is in the process of panting Lucy' new designed "super cabinet". She ran out of the silver paint yesterday, so we will have to head into town today to get some more.

SuEllyn's new recliner chair is actually a desk chair that reclines with a foot rest. As the chair has wheels, we are looking for suggestions for a simple tie-down method when Lucy is underway.

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THIS is the way it should be! I follow your travels and this makes it even better.
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Nice work on the new casework, boss! Keep her rolling!
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Thanks for sharing this .... it will be fun to watch your progress. In all those miles and days of use, did you actually wear anything out, or is this more because you felt like it was time for a change?
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Awwww, Lucy's getting a makeover!


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Thanks for sharing this .... it will be fun to watch your progress. In all those miles and days of use, did you actually wear anything out, or is this more because you felt like it was time for a change?
Nothing in Lucy is actually worn out, although, we did have to replace her refrigerator about a year ago. Everything else (other than the tires) is original and still fully operational. The changes that we are making are more related to lifestyle issues.

Replacing Lucy's curb side dinette seating with SuEllyn's new reclining desk chair has caused us to rethink some other areas. We had a lot of stuff stored under that dinette seat that has to go somewhere. It's kind of a domino effect. One change causes others. This is why we decided to remove the old microwave/printer cabinet, and totally design and build a new one.

As we start this revamping process, it seems like one change causes two more changes.

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Hi from AZ. . . We too have an 05 Safari, so we'll be following along. Thanks for posting, I'm wondering if you might consider renting out
SueEllen, she seems to have some excellent ideas & pretty serious skills. Good luck with the re-do & regards, Craig
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The supercabinet is impressive and I'm sure you'll fill it up almost immediately with the stuff that used to be under the dinette seat.

Now that we'll have another house to remodel in a few months, changes to our unnamed Safari will slow down, but in a few years, who knows? Maybe you can send SuEllyn out here in June to help us remodel another house. I've got a cool new miter saw she'll like.

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Lucy has her new cabinet in place, and we have started setting it up. The microwave and printer are back on their shelves. We now also have shelves for the vacuum and all of the tool battery chargers. We have covered the top work surface of the cabinet with a self-healing cutting mat.

We are still trying to come up with a method to secure SuEllyn's new chair while Lucy is underway.

Here are a few pictures of our progress.

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