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Finally got tired of the old, faded, cracked decals on the fifth wheel. We took it to Mike's Custom Painting in Bremen, IN (just south of South Bend) and he stripped the entire thing then repainted it with a four color paint job and three coats of clear coat. We love the new look! Now we are working on the interior to improve it. We also had the roof replaced at the same time, since it was almost ten years old. We plan to keep it for another ten years or so, then decide what we want to go with in retirement. Here are some before and after photos.

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Wow, that looks fantastic. Our 10 year old Cougar looks horrible due to the peeling decals. We have never found another one that we like as much, but I don’t think I want to invest that much into ours.
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Very nice! Looks new, much more modern! That is a quality FW to start with, and with the updates you are doing, should be a capable retirement rig, even ten years from now.

The cost of upgrades, compared to trading for new, keeps many from reconditioning these well built RVs.

Everyone has a different idea, or plan for their future, but not knowing the amount spent, for a complete reconditioning project, it is hard to say which option is best.

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Your face must be hurting from smiling so much. It looks great. I like the new lights on top and the black painted stabilizers (or is it just the lighting)...makes for a nice touch and keeps it sharp looking. The painter should use photos of your rig for advertising.


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Beautiful job!


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WOW ! ! ! That shows how much a paint job can totally change the entire look of a trailer !

Did you pick the design, or did they have many to choose from? I am just curious as my friend has a TT he wants to do that to at some point in the near future.

IF this is your first Full Body Paint, YOU WILL LOVE IT ! ! ! They are sooooooooo easy to care for !

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Absolutely beautiful, but the cost may deter me. We have a 2011 Bighorn, top quality so are keeping it. We just had the decals replaced with laminated decals. Probably more affordable and will look like new. The inside of ours is still stylish so we're good there.


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Hole Smackaroonie !!!! That's absolutely beautiful!!!


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It's probably a much better RV than you can buy today!! Seems like furniture and cabinets are especially cheaper quality than just a few years ago. It's common now to hear of leather peeling off the sofa and cabinets with the finish coming off. Wish we had kept our old Crossroads Cruiser and just did an upgrade. Now the factories are trying to meet the unprecedented demand for RV's and quality could really take a hit.

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It's probably a much better RV than you can buy today!! Seems like furniture and cabinets are especially cheaper quality than just a few years ago. It's common now to hear of leather peeling off the sofa and cabinets with the finish coming off. Wish we had kept our old Crossroads Cruiser and just did an upgrade. Now the factories are trying to meet the unprecedented demand for RV's and quality could really take a hit.


Exactly why we are keeping ours and maintaining it. Replacing the decals or body painting it is maintenance really, but an upgrade. Our decals will be around $3700, parts and labor. I read that a full body paint job can be $12 - 15K.

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