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oldtrucker63

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I would say some of you have seen the start of this build that my brother bgriffey had posted, Well I have now bought the RV from him and plan to post the pixs of the build I have found a lot of rot in this RV I have torn out everything on the inside and have the rear opened up and the skin off the lower driver side, I will be buying a camera for my wife for christmas and im sure she will take the pixs if I can learn HOW to post them on here, Please remember its winter here in Kentucky so it will be slow but we will keep the pixs coming, Like I said this will be a total build from floor to walls and roof and custom inside build so I would appreciate all the help I can get this will be my first build and I will be learning as I go so any info will help. THANKS......Tony Griffey.

A new RV can be very expensive and if you already own an outdated RV then you should just consider a complete RV remodel which can be a significant amount of money cheaper than the cost of a brand new model. If you are retired and use your RV to travel then why not save the money for your travels rather than on spending a large chunk of money on a brand new travelling vacation home. When you decide to have an RV remodel done you can have your old model completely gutted and rebuilt to look just like a newer RV and when the work is done you will not even recognize your old mobile home. Going about having a new RV to travel in this way can save you thousands of dollars and you will not have to worry about the payments on a brand new RV home. Many retired people are travelling this way nowadays so they can travel the country and be comfortable while doing it, and there are many others that own these vehicles that they will take on summer family camping trips. The RV’s that are made today are unbelievable and have all of the luxuries of home at a fraction of the size, these make it great fir families and retired folks to travel comfortably, and having an RV remodel done you can make your old RV look just like a brand new one.

Statistics show that the amount of registered RV homes on the road is growing steadily every year, and much of this is due to the baby boomer generation retiring and wanting to travel the country in comfort and style. Having an RV remodel can make your RV brand new. Some things you may want to consider is having all new beds and appliances put in. Since RV appliances are smaller than your normal home kitchen appliances they are much cheaper, and a complete RV remodel will probably cost you anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000, depending on how many changes are being done. The latter price could even be a little more if you are having your RV completely gutted and redesigned. It will still save you a lot of money over purchasing a new RV home. Another thing to consider during your RV remodel is if you plan on just remodeling the inside or if you want to have the exterior redone as well, and if this is the case the project will cost more money but will still be cheaper than buying a new RV. Most of these vacationing and traveling vehicles have a type of siding on them, and the more modern ones are sometimes made of more durable fibreglasses and plastics, these materials are very nice since you do not ever have to worry about rusting.

If you plan on getting a loan out for this remodeling job then you will first want to get various estimates, much like a home remodeling project. Once you get all the estimates you want you can then apply for the amount of money through your financial institution or credit union. The amount of money you need should not be hard for you to get approved for, especially if you have good credit. If you are a retired individual you most likely can take the money out of your pension or 401 funds, and this would be your best bet due to interest rates. Usually the place where you originally bought the RV can do the remodel for you as well, and if they cannot they can usually refer you to someone who can do the job for you. With the popularity of these vehicles constantly growing there are also many new dealerships and shops that specialize in these vacation vehicles. Having a comfortable vehicle to travel year round in or to just vacation in yearly is a great asset and can also be a great stress reliever. It is also a very popular vehicle for families to use on family camping trips, and the nice thing is that if the kids want to rough it while camping they can just sent their tents up right outside the RV.

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Posted: 12/10/09 08:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tony we will be looking forward to the pics. We have done a lot to our older MH but nothing like you are going to do.

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to the Forum Tony! You'll get a lot of help here for sure! Thats way more work that I would bite off, but you sound enthusiastic and appear to be sane enough...so good luck!


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Thanks I will have a lot of pixs to post soon just have to learn to use this site so be patient LOL I will get it down soon, I have been reading a lot on here and it looks like a lot of fun so here we go. Thanks to you ALL.

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Lots of us here have rebuilt stuff.
Anything can be done and there is lots of help here.
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Hey uncle Bob Thats really good work I have seen that somewhere else I ran across your work, dont remember where but I saw all the pixs up to the last bit of metal work, I have to ask why would you go back with the metal roof and not the rubber roof??? The roof on this 1979 Dodge has a metal roof but it has plywood under the metal too, I have plans to take the metal off and do the curved rafters like you did (GREAT JOB) and then use new plywood with a EPDM rubber roof, should I go back with the metal or will the rubber roof work.? Thanks.

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Hi,

Why not just go with Eternabond. It can be ordered in fairly wide widths. It's really an amazing product!

oldtrucker63 wrote:

should I go back with the metal or will the rubber roof work.? Thanks.



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I was out today getting things ready to replace the floors in this 20 footer And it looks like the OSB board is ONE piece, This thing has OSB board on the bottom with a 2" pice of styrofoam and then the top layer of OSB, I have never seen a one pice OSB that size, but I guess it will go back with 4x8 sheets I will know more when I get it all torn out. Picx coming Jan 1 2010.

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pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

Why not just go with Eternabond. It can be ordered in fairly wide widths. It's really an amazing product!

oldtrucker63 wrote:

should I go back with the metal or will the rubber roof work.? Thanks.


I plan on going with that Eternabond or the EPDM one of the two just dont know yet, Which one is the better one.??

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fordsooperdooty wrote:

to the Forum Tony! You'll get a lot of help here for sure! Thats way more work that I would bite off, but you sound enthusiastic and appear to be sane enough...so good luck!


I sure need the help, Thank you.

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