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gbfan10

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Posted: 07/25/22 08:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I brought it home and pulled off some of the siding.. wood was dripping wet.

I am still deciding what to do with this.

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Posted: 07/25/22 11:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

gbfan10 wrote:

I brought it home and pulled off some of the siding.. wood was dripping wet.

I am still deciding what to do with this.

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I'm not being snarky but that thing is finished. Take out everything and sell the intact stuff on ebay. the scrap alone I would say would be about 500 between the aluminum and metal. Kudo's for you diligence.
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OP if you are handy you should be able to bring it back takes time, DIY, don't outsource. Wood, fastener, caulk, foam insulation. Should be a good hobby project. IMHO anyone rving it helps to be handy.

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Grit dog wrote:

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mkirsch wrote:

If you're going to do it yourself, have a place, the skills, and the ambition, yes.

If you're going to pay someone else to do it, probably not.


that might not be nessasarly true. if you can find a good rv mobil repair guy who charges a reasonable rate and is willing to use you to help for thoes things that need a second set of hands... combine this with the outragous price of new campers right now.. you could probably pull the alumium replace any rotted wood, re insulate, clean everything up and put it back up, and reseal in a few days. I had my guy tell me the two of us could strip the alumium and have at least half the corners done in one day, so two days to have it back togeather then a couple hours to reseal and such as my alumium is in great shape. so thats under 1500 cdn + materieals so a few bucks of wood, screws, sealant and some glue where for me to buy a deicent used camper I am looking at 45000 cdn. if I do it myself then its just cost of materials. I know I have a couple corners than need to be redone, not to bad yet but on there way so I am just trying to figure out how to get a dolly to put it in the shop as my garage door is 10' tall and the camper on the truck is 10'4"

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How many “good mobile RV repair guys” do you know that do full restorations/rebuilds?


at least one haha. he was doing on the other day around the corner.. pretty neat to see him in action.


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WinMinnie02 wrote:

OP if you are handy you should be able to bring it back takes time, DIY, don't outsource. Wood, fastener, caulk, foam insulation. Should be a good hobby project. IMHO anyone rving it helps to be handy.


There's being "handy" and being a "masochist".

As previously stated, unless it has some sentimental value, just get rid of it at the least cost you can.

If you want to do a home built camper, you might utilize the appliances and cabinets...but I don't think that's what you were looking for.

PS: getting an RV tech to do a rebuild is pretty tough. A friend has some minor water damage to the ceiling of his Class A and he can't get an RV tech to even look at it. They make more money swapping out parts and 3 separate techs said basically, they know there will be more damage once they open it up and then the owner will complain that they are milking the job, so it just winds up giving them a bad reputation while making less profit and a lot of headaches.


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Yea, I decided to scrap it out. Too much work, and not enough time for me.

By the way, here is a youtube video of how bad it was.

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A wise decision. This is a truck-camper-shaped pile of mulch.
It is a miracle how these things hold up and still manage to look habitable.


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Posted: 07/26/22 11:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

gbfan10 wrote:

Yea, I decided to scrap it out. Too much work, and not enough time for me.

By the way, here is a youtube video of how bad it was.

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Wow, I wonder if it would have held together going down the road?

OP, everything that has a frame is worth something to someone who has this same camper but in better condition. Window and frames, cabinet frames and hinges, door frame, overhead vents, water heater, furnace, etc... I make pretty big money on stuff like this on eBay and sometimes it sits for a long while. Good luck!!!
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Posted: 07/26/22 08:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It will be far far worse than it looks when you open it.

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valhalla360 wrote:

WinMinnie02 wrote:

OP if you are handy you should be able to bring it back takes time, DIY, don't outsource. Wood, fastener, caulk, foam insulation. Should be a good hobby project. IMHO anyone rving it helps to be handy.


There's being "handy" and being a "masochist".

As previously stated, unless it has some sentimental value, just get rid of it at the least cost you can.

If you want to do a home built camper, you might utilize the appliances and cabinets...but I don't think that's what you were looking for.

PS: getting an RV tech to do a rebuild is pretty tough. A friend has some minor water damage to the ceiling of his Class A and he can't get an RV tech to even look at it. They make more money swapping out parts and 3 separate techs said basically, they know there will be more damage once they open it up and then the owner will complain that they are milking the job, so it just winds up giving them a bad reputation while making less profit and a lot of headaches.


I don't nessasarly agree. its like restoring a car, doesnt have to have sentamental value, some people just get satafaction in the process of repairing or restoring things. like to tinker. as for the rv tech thing.. the dealers must pay way higher than up here down there. the guy I know said he makes 10 times more on his own as a mobil repair than he did in the dealership and likes it way better. no watenty repairs with a book time of 25 min that in reality takes an hour and so on. he also works out of a 4x4 van and knows all the spots and is willing to go in to the bush to rescue people.

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