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Old 04-22-2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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Progress on my '92 Land Yacht

Here are some pictures of my progress so far. Right now the coach looks more like a construction site then a place to live, but keep in mind that virtually every interior wall has been ripped to the outside and rebuilt due to water damage from window and corner round seal failure.



New TV for the bedroom. I used the existing box and added a mounting plate for the LCD TV with DVD player. The beauty of this TV was that it ran on both 120v and 12v. Since I didn't have 120v at the box it saved having to use an inverter.


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the rebuilt and wall papered bedroom. Notice the new oak crown molding and pillow top matress. The wall paper was a very close match to the original.






I've done some repair on the damaged exterior fiberglass that was cracked. Still need to do final sand and paint but you get the idea. All windows have been resealed as well using 3/4" butyl rubber tape.











Interior still needs a lot of clean up work. All the walls are rebuilt and wallpapered. Carpet is worn out dirty. The carpet is going out and new Pergo XP laminate floor will replace it.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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I used real red oak moulding from Baird Brothers to do the crown and ceiling moulding. They have great products at a reasonable shipping rate and can provide you with a wide variety of woods. The TV brackett is mounted to an oak board trimed with oak shoe moulding and has a mount that can be tilted up to 45 degrees. I picked the 22" TV/DVD player up for a bargin closeout price of $159.00 at Micro Center. It had an exterior power supply but the plug into the TV said 12V. I plugged it in using the existing connector and it fired right up.

Below is a picture of the A&E awning on the curb side. I've never seen one with the center support bracket. Any know how this works? I haven't tried to deploy it yet but all the others on the coach were in perfect condition so I'm feeling good that this one will be in good shape as well. Just been to busy with all the other repairs.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:21 PM   #3
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Your progress looks wonderful! Had a question on your fiberglas repair, were the spots you fixed just cracks or were they bulges, delamination? And did you cut back fiberglas until you had solid exterior wall and then Bondo back in? Or did you just cut out crack and patch in? Whats you plans for the painting and decal work on the outside?
I just have to bolt down the barrel chair (changing its position a little) and my remodeling will be done for now. Would post finish pictures but need wife's help and she gone to bed, so will do that soon. Nice to see your interior nearly completed.
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WOW! Looking good. I really like your solution to the t.v. mount. (Why didn't we think of that?)
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:02 AM   #5
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The outside fiberglass repairs were due to delamination bulges that cracked wide open. The bulge near the fridge access panel was the worse of the two since it had significant stress on it. The other one near the top was pretty much flat so not need to stress relieve it. It just had about a 1/8" wide crack that needed to be filled.

I repaired both areas by lancing the outer fiberglass panel using a cutting wheel on a Dremal tool. On the worst one it only took one strategic cut to relieve the strain. Once cut I was able to clean out the damaged wood from the inside till I had clean fiberglass to work with on the backside.

I used Gorilla glue to bond a sheet of zinc plated steel to the backside of the cracks and clamped them up tight. Once the cracks were stabilized I used short hair fiberglass Bondo to fill in the crack. I first made sure I removed any of the Gorilla glue that foamed into the open crack and feathered the crack wider a bit using an orbital sander with 60 grit paper. After using the fiberglass Bondo I then finished the repair with regular Bondo to fill in any pinholes. Finish sanded using 220 grit paper on the sander and then primed it with sandable primer.

My plan is to color match the exterior (once I go over the whole thing with a scrubber pad) and paint as close a match as I can. The decals will just be hand painted in using a color-matched paint. I may end up painting the entire coach some day, but not at this time. Just too many other things to have fun with.
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You might want to check with a local sign maker. I was told they could come out and make a stencil of existing decals on the coach and make new ones to match. I don't have any idea on the cost, but might be worth looking into.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:59 PM   #7
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Thanks, I'll look into that.
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Keep it up! Looking great!
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:46 PM   #9
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Here are some pics from TV project & kitchen project
Finished cabinet replacement for original TV space.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:55 PM   #10
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More pics of kitchen
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:09 PM   #11
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Old TV from front installed in bedroom and new fire extinguisher location
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:56 PM   #12
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More Progress

Things are coming together:




There was serious damage to the fabric at the base of the dinette. My solution was to cut back the fabric and insert some stained and poly coated 1/4" oak hardwood plywood. I used a floor transition piece to tie the two pieces together.


The wallpaper in the upper cabinets was cracking and the luan plywood behind was delaminating. My solution was to remove everything back to the foam insulation and replace it with 1/4" stained and varnished oak plywood. I trimmed the sides with real oak molding. I also covered the ceiling transitions with oak molding as well in order to continue the theme from the main cabin area. I did this to all the cabinets in the cabin and kitchen area. In this picture the ceiling molding in the cabinet was just stuck there to mock up how it will look. I'll have complete pics soon.


The dinette seat cushions are currently at the upholstery shop. They're just replacing the water damaged fabric and leaving the leather and vinyl intact. I couldn't find the matching fabric so I decided to go with one that complemented the wallpaper. I'll post pics as soon as I get them back.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:15 PM   #13
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Just replaced the water heater. The original one was leaking gas at the regulator. I considered it a fire hazard and not worth repair since it also had rust in the tank too. The replacement was an exact replacement from Atwood and cost me $350 since it was a show room model. It had the supplemental heater from the engine coolant just like the original and was an exact fit. After installation it fired right up and by the time it shut down the water was VERY hot.

Getting one step closer to being able to use the unit. So far about $1500 into the refurb above the original purchase price of $2000. $3500 seems not too bad for a 36' 92 Land Yacht in great condition. Probably another $1000 to go to get her into excellent touring shape.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:51 PM   #14
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A little more progress today. I installed the surround sound speakers and got the dinette cushions back from the reupholsterer.

I couldn't find the same material so I decided to go with a contrasting color that worked well with the wallpaper.

Dinette seats:




Front speakers installed:


Rear road side speaker:


Rear curb side speaker near entrance:


Here's the work that still needs attention:


The leather is actually in decent shape, but as you can see the cloth insert just rotted away. I'm debating on either getting the cloth repaired or buying new captain's chairs. Any help on my options would be appreciated.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:17 PM   #15
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SUB Woofer Installed

Added the subwoofer to the audio system today. I was looking for an alternative to the standard sub that was big and bulky. I came across a powered sub that did exactly what I wanted and was easy to conceal. Here was my solution: Sub woofer by a company called Theater Solutions. Model number is SUB8S. I paid $98 for the unit:



The specs on the unit are:


8" Home Theater 250 Watt Powered Slim Subwoofer


Slim 4 3/4" Height Design Fits Under Most Furniture


8" High Efficiency Low Frequency Transducer


100 Watts RMS & 250 Watts Max In Cabinet Amplifier


35-150 Hz Frequency Response


24 db per Octave Crossover


Dimensions are Height 4 3/4" x Length 24 5/8" x Depth 15 3/4"

The unit fit right behind the lounge seat and there was already a power outlet right there. I used the low level RCA input and ran that while the headliner was out. The sub came with a wall-mounting bracket that worked just great.

Here's the unit mounted to the wall
Here you can see the seat mounted all the way back. There's room to spare and the seat can swivel it's full range without any interference.


As you can see the unit is virtually invisible:

Although I can't have you experience how great the sound is, trust me when I say this sub sounds great when paired up with the Yamaha surround sound speakers. I also installed the Sony home theater amp along with a LG Blu-ray player and Dish Network VIP211 Sat receiver.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:52 PM   #16
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I had the cloth insert replaced on my front driver side, the cloth was worn and started to tear. I had two original pillows that matched the material on the captain chairs so I used one of them to cut apart, it was large enough to replace the inserts. I took it to a upholstery shop to make the switch, it was very reasonable and turned out great. The pillow used for the repair was a match to the one sitting on top of the sofa in this photo.
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Did you take the whole captains chair to the upholsterer or did you remove the seat covers first? Great idea on using the pillow to obtain the right fabric. I just wish I had one to use. I think I can use most any compatible leather or fabric to make it look appropriate. The curb side seat is in good condition but it looks like I'll have to have both seat inserts replaced unless I can find the same fabric to match. As you can see the road side seat insert is toast.

Your seats look great by the way!
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I pulled the whole seat, the upholster wanted to see what he was working with and said it would be best if I just brought the whole thing to him to make sure seams lined up correctly.
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:33 PM   #19
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Let me know if you every want to sell the other pillow.

Today I installed the front speakers for the dash radio. Anyone know if the Kenwood KDC-3011 is the stock radio for a 92 LY? That's what is installed right now.
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Looks like AS used a number of different radios. My 93 had a Sony, I see others have had JVC and Panosonic. I think I'll just hang on to that one pillow for now.
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