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fulltimin

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Posted: 09/13/19 09:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bill.Satellite wrote:

fulltimin wrote:

Bill.Satellite wrote:

Of course you disagree, you are the one rambling on. At least that last post about the wheel wells (the last, right?) shows how little walking room you will be dealing with in the center of the coach. It should be interesting to see how the inside develops.




Wheel well boxes are about 26 inches each, which will leave around 37" in between for walking.

A flat floor sure would be nice.

Technically, I could raise the floor up to the height of the well boxes, but I don't see that happening. That would only leave me about an inch and a half of headroom.

Although if I did, the entire floor could become storage. I could really overload the chassis! Lol.


So you have 3 feet (plus an inch) walking room. That's why folks are insisting that their class A coach have slides. I am not of the slide persuasion but I have more central walking area than 37". Even if you can figure out how to use the engine hump as a table you are still stuck with the reality of the older RV's layout that did not allow much space in the center of the coach. You are going to have to build something over those wheel wells which will also reduce the walk way. Raising the floor would never have been a thought by me or you (well, at least it would not have been a thought by you but who knows!)



The downside of having slides are potential leaks, if the coach is in hot or cold weather, it's harder to heat and cool because of the extra cubic feet involved.

My wife and I have a procedure worked out when cooking. Only 1 in the kitchen at a time. The original floor plan gave us less floor space in the kitchen, than what I expect to have when done. I do hope to have more counter space than what we did, we'll see.

As far as raising the floor, that's how things evolve over time. If I were doing another one, I might consider that, but probably not on this one.


If you want to do something, you will find a way.
If you don't, you will find an excuse.

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A lot of experience, comes from bad judgement.

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Posted: 09/13/19 09:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Got a phone call today. STEEL'S DONE! Yay!

So, I picked up my 50 feet of bent steel, with a little extra overhang on the car.



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Posted: 09/13/19 09:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Remember, these are 10 feet long each.



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Did I mention, I like my Pt Cruiser? Yay! People either love 'em or hate 'em. I fall into the lovers group.

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Posted: 09/13/19 09:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here it is! The steel that I struggled with for months, and the solution only took less than an hour, plus the time it took for him to cut and bend it! Go figure.

Yes, I am happy camper.



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Posted: 09/13/19 09:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This post is not directed to anyone in particular. This is more of a mission statement.

In the beginning, I started a remodel in order to covert an rv on the inside to looking more like a house than an rv. That was my wife's suggestion, so, yes, I checked with her already.

That mission has not, nor will it change.

Just as a reminder, the roof design was in response to how Fleetwood was building them back then. Remember this?



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Yea, this was Fleetwood's solution to a roof years ago. Build it flat, create an area where water cannot get off the roof, and guess what? Eventually, it will leak.

If it didn't work the first time, it won't work the second time. That is why I redesigned the roof. They build motor homes now with curved roofs instead of flat. That's what I did.

Looking closely, and the designs I have chosen, all have a reason behind them. Maybe it's stupid, maybe it's genius. I am not claiming either.

It is claimed, there is a fine line between genius and crazy. I never claimed to be a genius.

Enjoy or not, take your pick.

Either way, hope everyone enjoys the thread!

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Posted: 09/14/19 02:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fulltimin,

Although I rarely comment, I read your thread every day. I enjoy following your progress. I appreciate your ability to stick to such a huge project. And, let's face it, after the months? years? you have committed to this project, naturally, you are going to give the occassional post that is a bit off topic. These posts add life to this joureny of yours.

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Posted: 09/14/19 08:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

cruising spud wrote:

fulltimin,

Although I rarely comment, I read your thread every day. I enjoy following your progress. I appreciate your ability to stick to such a huge project. And, let's face it, after the months? years? you have committed to this project, naturally, you are going to give the occassional post that is a bit off topic. These posts add life to this joureny of yours.




Thank you very much. I figure a little humor can go a long way, sometimes....

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Weather did not co-operate well at all today. Too much rain, not enough dry time.

However, late today, it did stop, so I got my ladder out, and started removing screws in the roof overhang on the passenger side.

These were put in temporarily, until the adhesive above cured, and I needed to remove them to get ready to put the steel up there that I just picked up yesterday.



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Here are some intact, and some removed.



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And finally we have removed all of them on the passenger side. Just recovered about 70 screws that I can reuse elsewhere.



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