My husband has neglected a lot of the maintenance that needed to be done on our 1998 Coachmen Santara class c. He is somewhat disabled and depends on me quite a bit, but I find it overwhelming! As a result, we had a leak in the cabover and now it needs to be rebuilt. Our son is going to do most of the work. The roof seems ok, the leak came in around the running lights and the side molding. Some of the wood on the drivers side panel has rotted out and the inside bed is warped. We are planning a trip to Disney the end of October, is it reasonable to think this repair can be completed if we start the rebuild in August? How involved is it? My son is VERY handy and is a building contractor. We can't afford to have our dealer do the work, so that is out of the question. Please help with any suggestions! Thanks! Sue
With the building experience that your son has, he should be able to finish the repairs by October. Rotten wood in the cabover of Class Cs is such a big problem that there are many rebuild projects on the internet. Here are a couple of links -
Been there, done that, time consuming but really not hard
For the future, maintain it or sell it
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I agree with the above...... Your son should be able to handle it, no sweat (figuratively)
Get the leaks fixed around the lights, and the cab-over roof seams, and it won't interfere with your travel plans, even if he doesn't get the inside work done on time. It just might not be as purdy as you like
One more in agreement with the previous posts. When I redid mine, I looked at the various threads and pictures to understand the construction. While it is not hard once you understand it, it is a bit different from construction of a house. I did it in a month or so of fairly low intensity effort, absent the finishing up on the inside of one wall, which I still haven't gotten around to since I don't see that wall during normal use since I have a few things I keep up there.