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rickthescot

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Posted: 02/23/12 05:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have an urge to buy an old classic unit and fully restore it. By "old classic" I mean maybe late '80 to mid '90 for age and I have my eye on a 29' Holiday Rambler Imperial fifth wheel. Very nice frame, torsion axles, top quality exterior siding and caps. I just think it would be a cool project to find a good strong box and remodel it they way I want it. As long as the unit is basically sound to start with I should be fine. I have done service work before and have no fear of replacing appliances and such. Anyone with thoughts or who has done this I would love to hear about how your project turned out.

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if you have the will and are able to do it- I always say go for it!
the only thing I ask is you post pictures of the build. whatever you decide I wish you the best...


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Just do it! And, don't forget to post pictures.
I like the older units better than the new ones.

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its pretty easy on newer trailers. newer being in the last 20 years. I gutted my old one and the wife and I had it redesigned and done in a matter of months and several $1000.00 later but it was worth every penny. we had a new trailer for half the cost or less. then we sold it for top dollar. now a friend of mine had an old aristocrat from the 50's and he was having a tough time finding parts so I imagine it would be pretty hard to do a trailer from the late 20's. whatever you do. please post pictures I love a good diy show.

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Hey if you're an expert carpenter, plumber, electrician, welder, floor & tile layer, & RV roofing specialist, buy that sucker when ya find it and go for it.

Happy camping!!! See y'all down the road!!!


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Go for it! I would love a project like that. Best part about it is tha you make it exactly how YOU want. Good luck.


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Great input and encouragement. Anyone have knowledge of the torsion axles on the HR Imperial. The one I'm looking at has them and I have no idea how to check them out but I am sure they are expensive and likely cannot be replaced with leaf style.

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rickthescot wrote:

I have an urge to buy an old classic unit and fully restore it. By "old classic" I mean maybe late '80 to mid '90 for age and I have my eye on a 29' Holiday Rambler Imperial fifth wheel. Very nice frame, torsion axles, top quality exterior siding and caps. I just think it would be a cool project to find a good strong box and remodel it they way I want it. As long as the unit is basically sound to start with I should be fine. I have done service work before and have no fear of replacing appliances and such. Anyone with thoughts or who has done this I would love to hear about how your project turned out.

My project is older, a '71 and I am about half-way through it:Starcraft Wanderstar. The biggest hurdle is the time involved. There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle, especially if you take it down to the studs and plan to relocate/update plumbing and electrical. There are a couple of other restorations being done on this Forum and the reward is an RV built the way you'd like to have it. I've found that older travel trailers that are priced low usually have some type of issues, either water damage or mechanical issues. If you don't want to deal with those types of things, make sure you do a very thorough inspection before purchase. There are more than a few that have been lovingly maintained and are a bargain so there is quite a range of what's available. Good luck and show us what you're doing.


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Thanks for all the encouragement! My wife thinks I'm nuts but I built 2 motorcycles that were insurance company totals, made my own electric guitar... I think I have a sickness and you guys aren't the cure. I know I am going to do it and will certainly post pictures of the project. Thanks again.

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Our first RV was a 1986 Holiday Rambler Imperial Class C diesel. Very well built! Sounds like a great project to me! Maybe your wife will enjoy it, too.


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