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Old 04-06-2012, 04:18 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by bluerider79 View Post
It all makes sense considering the ideals of Wally Byam.
BlueRider, I think you hit it on the head!

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:27 PM   #16
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I concur with all of the advice you've been given - especially to do understand RV Systems, know what is quality work, and use quality materials whether it's a restoration or an update. TAKE A COURSE or two before you start trying to make cabinets or upholster furniture the first time. Adult ed. courses are common in local high schools and community colleges. Many specialty stores offer courses to help move their fancy tools too.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't make curtains out of pretty sheets if that's what you can afford - especially if the old ones are missing and you want to go camping next week - but that's easy to replace and doesn't damage the structure or surfaces of the interior. No one will pay big dollars if you want to sell a trailer that's been "decorated" with stick down tiles, peeling latex paint and a 10 year old futon couch that cost $99 new.

I've walked through a "completely upgraded trailer" where someone put a 20 gallon home water heater in - in place of a twin bed, complete with visible plumbing, and replaced the toilet with a home model AND used a residential refrigerator. It all coordinated nicely with the mouse poo smell.

My personal favorite was here on the forums. Two by four construction and a claw foot bathtub! Jeez, can you say "break the frame!"

I would actually hire a designer to help me put a concept together - I tend to have semi-decent taste, but a professional can take my basic ideas and polish them with a few throw pillows or a different wall clock or something as simple as changing the salt and pepper shakers and lamp shades.

Make a plan and follow through... with reasonable revisions as you make discoveries.

Most of all see you down the road. Paula

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Old 04-09-2012, 10:58 PM   #17
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We're coming down the home stretch in our remodel of our 1992 Sovereign and we've kept a lot including the original oak cabinets but have replaced and upgraded a lot. We love the floor plan so no major structural changes but I used a lot of cooler residential materials to make her functional, cool and unique! We're talking about getting a larger AS at some point and have decided it will be an older model similar to this one that we can customize. We just want a queen bed, pull out pantry and a bit more storage.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:23 AM   #18
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We purchased a '57 Caravanner for "the windows and skin". It bounced around the NE for many years before bouncing around Alaska for the last six or seven years. No way was the interior going to be suitable for restoration. It never had a shower, hot water, or gray holding tank. It never had a 12v system built in. Someone had taken out the toilet and black tank; the floor had been replaced by laying a piece of plywood on top of where the old floor used to be. The original refrigerator used household current. But it has great windows! We intend to bring it up to modern standards and enjoy camping in it. No matter what you do, someone will try to second guess you. Make your trailer work for you.

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