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As I announced that I was going thru with a rebuild a number of months ago...I need to do an update.

The RV rebuild place here in Tacoma had a fire. I stopped by the following week and found out that they were in the relocation planning process and needed some time to get the new facility ready and salvage the usable equipment. It turns out that the new facility needed some work to get ready for the move (incidentally in the same complex next door) and there are some delays.

I spoke with them last week and it is projected that I can get in very soon...hooray! So that has propmpted me to get going on clearing out and taking stuff apart.

Yesterday was shirt sleeve temps. I removed the storage boxes off the back and emptied the outside compartments, plus removed just about everything form the inside. A good days efforts!

One thing I did find as many have pointed out, that there was stuff that I hadn't used in drawers and outside hatches...so it is NOT going back. This type of effort makes you do that!


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Is that Westcraft RV Repair that had the fire?
They're a great shop and know their stuff.


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Lentz was the place over off of S. Tac Way near bus barn. They had moved about a year ago from Mntn Hwy.

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Some empty places.
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Yesterday was a bit of a fight. I removed all the valances. There was no simple way to do it...the screws holding them in place were hidden under the fabric and black. There was no install system by the crew that did the work...some screws were in the corners, some inches in from edge even the two that were exactly the same the screws were not placed in the same place. It took close to 4 hours to get them all out. 13 screws and only 3 I didn't find...lucky for me they were not driven into a backing beam, just thin board...easy to yank out...still a hassel. Sure gald I didn't pay a tech to do this...I will reinstall with finish washers so it is easy to remove next time...but will there be a next time! Once they were all out the place looks so big and uncluttered...wondering how I can still have privacy and good shades. Ideas welcome.
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pjay9 wrote:

Lentz was the place over off of S. Tac Way near bus barn. They had moved about a year ago from Mntn Hwy.


I will have to stop by their new shop when I'm back on the wet side of the state next month.

I thought they moved to Pacific Avenue, based on what a friend told me.


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Give them a call 253 381 2868

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In the Lance I found that the old style CRT TV cabinet is screwed in place from the outside, wall and roof and thru the pantry on the inside. I want to trim the back off so it is not so deep. It will still accomodate the new LCD screen and TV Dish box. This will eliminate the overhang at the foot of the bed...it was a knee basher in the middle of the night. Will get it unscrewed when the outside gets peeled.

Also discovered that the driver's side inside wall of the cabover near the side window is very soft...not unexpected, but didn't find this until the valance was down.

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The two slide end windows have the bulking valances that sometime get in the way. With the valnace gone it looks so much bigger. So I did some research today and will most likely cover them with Ocean Air roller blinds...there is a reseller in Seattle. OCEANAIR

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Today was very productive. Got some estimates for windows. Price came in for the new window covers/blind, not cheap but worth it for my use. Almost decided on the replacement marine style hatch for over the bed, Vetus 6363.
Got a call from Lentz, they can take the TC anytime. Have a few more things to do before drop it off. Removed most of the window screws and bagged them and taped to window, it will save time for them and me a few bucks. Removed some outside fittings, hatch hold open clips, side lights, door assit handle (thought I'd not reinstall it until I went to get in the TC and I grabbed for it and it was not there...it is going back on.
All this really means it will be getting done! I had to smile tonight, thinking about it, FINALLY! Notice my tabs had expired, well I am going over to DMV to see about a delay in renewal as it is not road worthy! All they can say is NO!!

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