Well I've had my Coachmen for a couple of months and I've put about 2K miles on it. I've put about $4000 into the vehicle as far as repairs, tires, generator
, a/c unit for the house part and most recently a new computer and O2 sensor for the van. On my recent 1250 mile trip to central VA and back I got 14 MPG. I was thrilled with that number!
I replaced the house battery but I bought a cheap one from O'Reilly's and might look at getting something a little better. What is the best RV (house battery) that will fit in my battery compartment?
I've always been a Ford guy and this beauty is reinforcing that fact. After I got the last engine work done by a MASTER mechanic the RV drives like a new vehicle.
I replaced all of the interior ceiling light bulbs with LED bulbs from ebay. They ended up costing me about $10 a piece and they are definitely brighter. I have a couple left and might put them under the hood or in the tail lights.
I'm going to work on some interior issues next. First I am going to replace the mattress on the over the cab sleeping area with a piece of memory foam. I'm 5'9" and sleep better there than on the sofa. Next I will be working on some of the "wood". I has gotten wet over the years and has swollen and is splintering. I am thinking about painting it with an acrylic deck paint. This should glue everything together and keep it water proof. I will probably go with a brown color that is similar to the wood grain covering on the OSB that is there now. If it works I could end up painting all the wood except for the cabinet doors. Once I have that done I will take a look at the walls. The previous owners used some contact paper to replace the wall covering and it is coming off and looks terrible. Some of the same acrylic paint in a different shade might be in order.
The wife has purchased some replacement curtain material and we will start work on those soon. I may replace the material on the door panels as well. I'll try the back doors first and see how it goes. I've found a source for new door pulls and snap covers and I'll give those a freshening as well.
I'm going to look at rotating the front captain's chairs. The driver's side is a little more worn and I'll be doing quite a bit of solo travel. I'd like to find a swivel seat mount for the passenger side so I could rotate it around and sit in it while I am using my laptop.
My rig sat for a long time in Florida and the sun played hell with the interior. As a result I've used some of the static cling on window tinting you can get from China Mart to tint the back windows. I used the limo tint that is very dark. Good thing about the static cling is if I get pulled over I can remove it. I don't think it will be a problem on the back and side windows though. Initially I had terrible luck with this film until I got the kit that included the squeegee, razor knife and spray bottle. Once I had those I was doing a window in about 5 minutes. A note.. you can put a little baby shampoo in a spray bottle with water and that will work as well as the solution they sell you. Now that those are done I will probably have the front van windows done and have an "eyebrow" done on the front windshield at my local window tint shop.
One problem I've had is with the headliner near the vent. I had the vent replaced with a small power vent and while that is an improvement it still doesn't move a lot of air. I may replace it with a Fan tastic from Camping World. But anyway back to my problem... there are stains on the headliner where the vent leaked. Wondering if anyone has an idea of how to clean them without making things worse.
Next I will clean up the exterior. It is in pretty good shape. It needs a little touch up painting here and there and a good coat of wax. I'm going to use Turtle Wax on the paint and the acrylic floor wax that I read about here on the forums on the fiberglass top. I also saw a thread on replacing the stripes on the RV and might do that as well. The word "Coachmen" on the front of the fiberglass cap is chipped and faded. I'll give that a look before the acrylic wax is applied.
Now I'm going to add some finishing touches...
New trailer hitch. I may want to tow my Honda occasionally.
Gas cans for the back door and possibly a spare tire mount back there as well. I'm hoping to visit my son in Alaska and the extra fuel and tire would be nice to have.
A new smart converter. I plan on boondocking quite a bit and 12V will be important to me.
This RV has become almost a hobby with me. I've enjoyed driving it and continuing to do little projects to keep improving it. I'll work on a load plan for it over the next few weeks although I believe that will be a work in progress for quite some time.
Thanks for all your support,