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Old 06-21-2017, 03:50 AM   #241
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Wow....

So, what are the choices when that happens? Say you know that the weather calls for downpours. Do you go anyway, and hope for the best?

Or, do you NOT go, and eat the cost?

Was it far from where you live?

Just trying to learn, here.....

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Old 06-21-2017, 10:13 AM   #242
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Nice work, thanks for taking the time to document it.

On the left side it looked like you removed the siding up to the first window and let it hang there. Any problems doing it that way (like creases in the siding)?
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Wow....

So, what are the choices when that happens? Say you know that the weather calls for downpours. Do you go anyway, and hope for the best?

Or, do you NOT go, and eat the cost?

Was it far from where you live?

Just trying to learn, here.....

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Definitely was a surprise. This time of year in Virginia it's a thunderstorm forcast everyday when its hot. Just so happened that day came with an extra long downpour. Thankfully there was no wind. Now if it's calling for rain the whole time we don't go. This trip happen to be 40 minutes from home.
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Old 06-21-2017, 04:37 PM   #244
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Nice work, thanks for taking the time to document it.

On the left side it looked like you removed the siding up to the first window and let it hang there. Any problems doing it that way (like creases in the siding)?
Yes...there is definitely a risk. I had to make an executive decision....either don't peel the siding back that far and not be able to replace some of the rot, or do what I did.

When I peeled the siding back, I could sense how far I could go, including "smooth" metal-folding deformation (not a sharp kink).

So, that's how I approached it. Figuring that any deformation that would be there after buttoning it back up could be hand manipulated out. It came out pretty good. Not absolutely perfect, but nothing jumps out at you, either.

If I didn't tell anyone, they'd never know that I did all of that.

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Definitely was a surprise. This time of year in Virginia it's a thunderstorm forcast everyday when its hot. Just so happened that day came with an extra long downpour. Thankfully there was no wind. Now if it's calling for rain the whole time we don't go. This trip happen to be 40 minutes from home.
Ah...unplanned. That's too bad. The weather's like that in RI, too. They predict a thunder storm most hot days in the summer.

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Old 06-21-2017, 05:17 PM   #245
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Hey Rich,

Any updates?
Here's the last thing that I did, a couple of weekends ago.

I had an area of the roof that had "bloused" up. Basically, the adhesive had given up and the rubber must have stretched.

I want to fix this, because I'm going to apply a couple of coats of roll-on white sealant over the entire roof.

(Those white blotches are old tape glue residue).

Here's the "poof"...



Cut it down the center with a razor knife...





The adhesive...



Brushing it on...



Pressing down the rubber, overlapping the "extra" rubber...



Finally, sealing it up with Eternabond Tape...



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Old 06-27-2017, 03:38 PM   #246
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RICH...

I'm new to the forum...but MAN...you really tackled a good project there!
Now you have a solid camper that will last for years!

GREAT JOB !!
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Old 06-27-2017, 03:41 PM   #247
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It looks really good. A great recovery from a bad situation.
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Old 06-27-2017, 04:36 PM   #248
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I am one of the people who are following you on this adventure. It is my hope that you can get to camp this year. Jay
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:06 PM   #249
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Thanks for the kind words, folks!

That's my hope...to have a relatively trouble free camper when I'm done.

When I read about the sad stories about how many of new, expensive RV's and campers end up having all kinds of issues, it seems as though it's almost a rip-off industry.

I don't think that we'll get to use it this year. There's a lot more to do, time-wise. I only get to work on it on the weekends, when I can find the time among all of life's other demands.

But....the worst is certainly behind me.


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Old 07-07-2017, 04:48 PM   #250
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Just an update...

Lately, I'm only able to squeeze in small chunks of time to work on the camper.

So, new fender flares were installed. I tried to buy replacements that were exact, or close to being as exact as the factory ones.

I came pretty close....

Original....



Replacement...





On the inside of the flare, there was a recessed area (1.25" wide x .5" deep). This is the area that the screws go through.





I didn't want that "hollow airspace" being squeezed by the screw, so I bought some water-proof,medium-density, self-adhesive foam to fill the void.

It had those exact measurements...











Did this to both pieces.



...more to come...
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Old 07-07-2017, 04:58 PM   #251
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I added a strip of Butly tape, mostly to seal around the screws...




Had to clean all the old goo off of the mounting area...

















...more to come...
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Old 07-07-2017, 05:20 PM   #252
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After installing the driver's side flare, I sealed off a few of the "good" seams, for an added layer of leak-protection...

This strip was masked off...





Then, a bead of clear sealant was applied. Tough to see, but this is the sealed seam, after the masking tape was removed...



I also sealed these fittings, and this door frame...







Just so you know...I HATE applying sealant!! .. I have developed a way to apply it, (via a trial-and-error process), and to do a neat job is a PITA!! Sad thing is, is that I still have a lot more sealing to do.......

Lastly, I removed these rusty screws and replaced them with new, stainless steel screws...





So...I'm chipping away at it!

Also...we booked a spot at this place, for 2018!

So, I gotta commit to getting this thing ready by then!

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Old 07-08-2017, 06:34 AM   #253
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You really need to start a career in training rv techs how to repair rv's!!!! Maybe a new calling for you, great work and nice to see you have a plan to get to use it , even if it's next year.
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You really need to start a career in training rv techs how to repair rv's!!!! Maybe a new calling for you, great work and nice to see you have a plan to get to use it , even if it's next year.
Thanks for the kudos! I'll tell you, though, no tech would go through the pains that I do.

They wouldn't make any money!
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I have to tell you, I am really enjoying this a restoration. Can wait to see more pics and the final outcome. My hats off to your Sir.
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I have to tell you, I am really enjoying this a restoration. Can wait to see more pics and the final outcome. My hats off to your Sir.
Thanks. But...waiting for the final product will be a lesson in patience! I still have a way to go, and with all of life's other demands, available camper fixin' time is scarce.

But...it has to be at least functional by next summer.

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Old 07-23-2017, 09:06 AM   #257
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I did a little more yesterday.

The stuck-on tape residue from when I had to wrap this thing up in plastic every day that I worked on it has to be removed. Something that I was dreading, but has to be done.









So, break out the heat gun, Goo Gone, and a rag...



All clean...





...more to come...
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:33 AM   #258
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Time for a new porch light...









Then, I wanted to reseal around the window. So, the old sealant was removed....



Hard to see, but this is resealed with clear Geocel sealant...





I finished off the day by resealing some small stuff, like the grab handle by the door and a couple of other things.

What doesn't seem like much took me 6 hours.

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Old 07-23-2017, 06:53 PM   #259
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Quick question, please....

Does anyone know where I can buy another cover for the jack handle opening?

It's the thing above the reflector (which will be replaced, too...)...



I've tried looking, but I apparently cannot come up with the right name for it!

Thank you.

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Old 07-24-2017, 06:16 AM   #260
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Insane 1999 Wildwood repair....pic heavy!

I would be temped to use a cord cover( one that has the liftable flap. If I could find one that is the same size.

https://s.yimg.com/lo/api/res/1.2/0p...300.jpg.cf.jpg
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