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Old 08-23-2017, 04:14 PM   #15
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Thanks Roy and Marie! Wow, the work you did was amazing! You did a great job of showing your work and the process. Thay was great to get a glimpse into the systems in the back too! Hmm, just learning about the tanks, thanks for sharing that helpful info. Not sure now if it would be easier to remove cabinets to work on them and give access to some things too. They need a lot of help. Our vaneer has either peeled off or is peeling off. Did you replace the vaneer to get that beautiful finished wood look or was that the finished grain under the vaneer? Beautiful! With the water tank that you replaced, I was told something about formaldehyde being in the clean water storage tank in the new replacement ones. Did you find that to be true or are you aware of different options? I'm assuming the old water storage tanks aren't an option to use if sitting a long time without use but I need to learn more about that too��
Thanks so much for your helpful info!
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:10 PM   #16
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Alicia and Chip,

Thanks for the compliment, but our second project turned out even better than our '64, because we had found this forum. We're actually talking about going back and doing the '64 over again.

I don't know if formaldehyde or BPH or whatever is an issue with new fresh water tanks. If so, I'd think it would be an issue across the industry (about 400,000 new RVs were manufactured and sold last year in the US.) For us, we use the fresh tank water (and campground water) for showering, dishes, flushing, and washing hands. We use bottled water for drinking, cooking, and coffee,etc. We load a case of individual bottles and a couple gal jugs each time we head out. (Probably more BPH or whatever in the bottles???)

Our veneer was pretty much in tact, but under a couple coats of latex ugly green paint. On that web page (under "Renovating") there are some photos of striping the paint, sanding and coating with high gloss polyurethane. We liked the gloss better than satin (which would have been more authentic looking.) Specialty lumber companies sell veneered plywood of many species that may work for replacement of some panels. Remember to save the old panels as templates or patterns.

Removing the cabinets is a decision you'll need to make. It does simplify many aspects of the project (access to the floor and plumbing, for example). My advice would be that there is always one more fastener holding whatever cabinet your removing. If it doesn't come free with a solid pull, keep looking and remove that fastener. Then there will be another one after that. Be patient and you'll rip up fewer pieces.

Keep posting your progress and let us know if you need any specifics,

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Old 09-02-2017, 01:38 PM   #17
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Thanks so much Roy and Marie! That's great advice! We totally appreciate it! That's great that your second renovation went so well and would love to see what's next for your Safari if you decide to renovate it again!
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