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Total Rebuild of a 1979 Dodge Class C

oldtrucker63
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I would say some of you have seen the start of this build that my brother bgriffey had posted, Well I have now bought the RV from him and plan to post the pixs of the build I have found a lot of rot in this RV I have torn out everything on the inside and have the rear opened up and the skin off the lower driver side, I will be buying a camera for my wife for christmas and im sure she will take the pixs if I can learn HOW to post them on here, Please remember its winter here in Kentucky so it will be slow but we will keep the pixs coming, Like I said this will be a total build from floor to walls and roof and custom inside build so I would appreciate all the help I can get this will be my first build and I will be learning as I go so any info will help. THANKS......Tony Griffey.

A new RV can be very expensive and if you already own an outdated RV then you should just consider a complete RV remodel which can be a significant amount of money cheaper than the cost of a brand new model. If you are retired and use your RV to travel then why not save the money for your travels rather than on spending a large chunk of money on a brand new travelling vacation home. When you decide to have an RV remodel done you can have your old model completely gutted and rebuilt to look just like a newer RV and when the work is done you will not even recognize your old mobile home. Going about having a new RV to travel in this way can save you thousands of dollars and you will not have to worry about the payments on a brand new RV home. Many retired people are travelling this way nowadays so they can travel the country and be comfortable while doing it, and there are many others that own these vehicles that they will take on summer family camping trips. The RV’s that are made today are unbelievable and have all of the luxuries of home at a fraction of the size, these make it great fir families and retired folks to travel comfortably, and having an RV remodel done you can make your old RV look just like a brand new one.

Statistics show that the amount of registered RV homes on the road is growing steadily every year, and much of this is due to the baby boomer generation retiring and wanting to travel the country in comfort and style. Having an RV remodel can make your RV brand new. Some things you may want to consider is having all new beds and appliances put in. Since RV appliances are smaller than your normal home kitchen appliances they are much cheaper, and a complete RV remodel will probably cost you anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000, depending on how many changes are being done. The latter price could even be a little more if you are having your RV completely gutted and redesigned. It will still save you a lot of money over purchasing a new RV home. Another thing to consider during your RV remodel is if you plan on just remodeling the inside or if you want to have the exterior redone as well, and if this is the case the project will cost more money but will still be cheaper than buying a new RV. Most of these vacationing and traveling vehicles have a type of siding on them, and the more modern ones are sometimes made of more durable fibreglasses and plastics, these materials are very nice since you do not ever have to worry about rusting.

If you plan on getting a loan out for this remodeling job then you will first want to get various estimates, much like a home remodeling project. Once you get all the estimates you want you can then apply for the amount of money through your financial institution or credit union. The amount of money you need should not be hard for you to get approved for, especially if you have good credit. If you are a retired individual you most likely can take the money out of your pension or 401 funds, and this would be your best bet due to interest rates. Usually the place where you originally bought the RV can do the remodel for you as well, and if they cannot they can usually refer you to someone who can do the job for you. With the popularity of these vehicles constantly growing there are also many new dealerships and shops that specialize in these vacation vehicles. Having a comfortable vehicle to travel year round in or to just vacation in yearly is a great asset and can also be a great stress reliever. It is also a very popular vehicle for families to use on family camping trips, and the nice thing is that if the kids want to rough it while camping they can just sent their tents up right outside the RV.
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tonyandkaren
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So sorry to hear about your mom.
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blackf3504dr
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Trucker,I am very sorry to hear of your moms passing. It's not up to us to try and figure out why things happen. Just know your mom and dad will be forever together in heaven.
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lzasitko
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Sorry to hear this, and so close together, my prayers will be with you.

I had an uncle pass away and less than a month later the aunt also passed away. They were like my mom and dad and we spent a lot of time together and talked a lot. They had celebrated their 55 aniv a few months before. Both seemed to be in good health so it was a shock. I still think that my aunt gave up living after he passed away.

Biscuit1001
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oldtrucker63 wrote:
OK Everyone I know this is hard to believe, You all know my Dad passed away, Well now this Thursday my Mom has died also, There was nothing wrong with her she was fine one day and gone the next, I had talked to her at 11:30pm Wednesday and two more times earlier that day, They called me Thursday about 12:45pm and said she called herself a Ambulance and was at the ER She was gone before I got there.


Trucker, I'm so sorry. And it's not hard to believe at all. I've known of many, many couples, usually long time married ones, who pass on like that, almost together. My ex's parents went like that, his dad first, then his mom a couple weeks later...and she hadn't been sick at all.

Again...I'm so sorry for your loss.

TreeSeeker
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I am at a loss for words. My sympathies.

oldtrucker63
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Dad and Mom was 11 day's apart.
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oldtrucker63
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OK Everyone I know this is hard to believe, You all know my Dad passed away, Well now this Thursday my Mom has died also, There was nothing wrong with her she was fine one day and gone the next, I had talked to her at 11:30pm Wednesday and two more times earlier that day, They called me Thursday about 12:45pm and said she called herself a Ambulance and was at the ER She was gone before I got there.
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oldtrucker63
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tboss wrote:
Hey driver maby one of your trips will wind up in Pensacola fl at the Fortpickins camp ground,,we live abt 20 miles from the camp ground and my D/W and I wld love to spend a week end with you and your lovely wife ,,If you like to beach camp its the place to go its just far enough from the beach to where you are not gettin beat to death all day with the wind blowing and you can walk to the beach in abt 5 mins...
Florida is the first long trip on our list (Brooksville)
And when we go I will sure contact you guys, Thanks.
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tboss
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Hey driver maby one of your trips will wind up in Pensacola fl at the Fortpickins camp ground,,we live abt 20 miles from the camp ground and my D/W and I wld love to spend a week end with you and your lovely wife ,,If you like to beach camp its the place to go its just far enough from the beach to where you are not gettin beat to death all day with the wind blowing and you can walk to the beach in abt 5 mins...

oldtrucker63
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This would be a good thing to have, But I just don't have room to park a contaner Don't really have room for the RV....LOL:B
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jones4110
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You could also rent a POD temporary moving container. Not too pricey and quite widely available.
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TreeSeeker
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I have a friend that has a couple of auto repair shops. He rents what he calls "containers" to use as storage and workshops. These are just large metal containers maybe 8ft wide, 7 feet high, and maybe 15 ft long. I expect they are just shipping containers. I don't know how expensive they are, but with one of them you could have an instant shop with storage.

oldtrucker63
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I wish I had a garage it would be so much easer But for now I will have to wait until the ground outside is dry so I can take everything out of the RV and lay it outside so I can get started on putting the ceiling material installed and then the wall material put up, Then I can start the building of the rest of the walls and the bath area walls and door, After that all I will have is the building of the above cabinets and the lower cabinets for the sink and stove, Get the flooring in and all the rest is just little piddling stuff, It is getting there little by little, And one day soon it will be complete and ready for the first road trip.:B
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oldtrucker63
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I will have to clean the Old Dodge out before I can even start to do anything, And to clean it out I will have to wait until the ground is dry,




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oldtrucker63
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I Thank you all so much, That is what Mom wanted, She told me that she would love to see him come over that hill one last time in a big truck, So that is what I give her and she just loved it you would have to see the glow on her face when that big truck turned over the hill with the air horn blowing loud she was so proud.
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