We Bought a RV Clark!! Oh no! Rebuild thread

Discussion in 'Build Threads' started by Dylan W., Nov 22, 2018.

  1. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    This, i'm sold on an all aluminum enclosed now.
     
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  2. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    Lol. Buying an rv is ok..just dont ever rebuild one
     
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  3. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    You know they tear apart at the seams, right?
     
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  4. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    Had no fucking clue, figured they cast the trailer in one piece:flipoff2: I was more so getting at the fact aluminum doesn't rot like would does and would be much easier to seal.
     
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  5. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    :rolleyes: Well now you're just being silly. It CAN'T be cast in one piece, or it'd be solid o_O

    They have to do it like a chocolate Easter bunny; in 2 halves, so it's hollow inside :rockon: then seal the middle seam of the 2 halves. And since it sealed with chocolate, ain't no WAY that seam will bust :driver:
     
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  6. 89wrangler

    89wrangler Not a new member

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    Damn man! You are doing an awesome job Dylan. Makes one wonder how this thing did not just fly apart going down the road. One thing for sure is that it will be better than new once you are done!!
     
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  7. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    Thanks Steve! and.... the front drivers side over cab part DID fly off going down the road:D
     
  8. WARRIORWELDING

    WARRIORWELDING Owner opperator Of WarriorWelding LLC.

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    Terminal velocity of this boat isn't very high....

    Manufacturers meeting........

    Joe: "We should put an under powered drive train in it coupled to limited Suspension. This way it will be way under powered and no one in their right mind will free wheel it down Black Mountain.

    Bill: "Right, we can also use the cheapest materials available since the wind shear will never be high enough to rip itself apart."

    Joe: "How does industrial cardboard and over sized popsicle sticks sound?"

    Bill: "Awesome! Let's cover it with the thinnest gellcoat fiberglass available and it should make it through the prescribed sales pitch of a false warrantee."

    Joe: "About that warrantee language...change that one bit to- owner should inspect and reseal annually. Without said proof structural warrantee is nul and void".
     
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  9. obullfish

    obullfish Well-Known Member

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    Exactly
     
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  10. skyhighZJ

    skyhighZJ Thanks for your taxes

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    You forgot the part about a 12 year warranty being granted to the original owner and is non transferable.
     
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  11. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    You nailed it my friend !:lol:
     
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  12. R Q

    R Q Well-Known Member

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    This absolutely amazing! These things are nothing more than a shabbily built shed on a truck frame. WTF ever happened to DOT specs? This is the best thread that's come thru NC4x4 in a LONG time!
     
  13. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    Thanks RQ! You are right about how they're built. I have sheds that are much stronger for sure.
     
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  14. sammi_davis

    sammi_davis Sawzall Surgeon

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    No kidding! I think the name of this RV should be the bad banana...
     
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  15. CarolinaHD

    CarolinaHD Well-Known Member

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    Saw this guy backing in yesterday evening, thought about stopping to warn him...

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  16. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    Makes me wonder how much flex is really happening underneath that gelcoat..
     
  17. adamk

    adamk Well-Known Member

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    Not entirely sure but I'm sure it would out score your TJ on an RTI ramp...
     
  18. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    Figured I'd add a little update :D
    With the drivers side wall peeled back, we were able to remove and replace all of the rotted window frames,wall studs, and upper and lower wood beams that the trim screws fasten to. Then it was time to start cutting and gluing foam again.

    I have plenty of foamboard! 20190509_195148.jpg 20190507_221321.jpg
     
  19. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    Now the driver's side wall is ready for inside paneling. We'll leave that be for a bit...time to focus on the other side and the back walls.
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    Let's start ripping into it... aaargh!

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    After a day or two of chipping away at it here and there...the passenger's side wall is almost ready. Gotta get all of the insides stuff.. 20190516_102528.jpg .the foam,wood ect..off before we can peel the skin back and make further repairs.

    Also...dont forget, we gotta sand all of these skins to get the last few stubborn layers of luan off.
     
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  20. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    I ended up taking the plywood off, which serves as a bed frame. This was the only way to access all of the plumbing, the water heater, water pump and fresh water storage tanks. Lots of rotted wood, old nasty carpet and built up filth under here.

    The little white foam box in the back left corner is the water heater. I need to remove it in order to peel the outer skin back.

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    I wasnt sure how to remove it at first....so....you tube to the rescue!

    Oh! This is easy, just remove all of the outside access panel screws, the unhook the gas line here..(I'm pointing at it) then the complete unit just slides right out..easy peasy! 20190516_111813.jpg

    Got it! 20190516_120058.jpg

    Look at all this mess! Everything is sitting on top of nasty 20+ year old carpet . This is gonna be a rough job, but its gotta go! 20190516_161646.jpg
    Finally got the wall ready to peel back. 20190515_141400.jpg
     
  21. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    We eventually were able to peel the next wall all the way back . I had to figure out a way to hold it all up while we worked. So, I just scabbed up a quik holding pole..lol 20190516_132055.jpg 20190516_132042.jpg
     
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  22. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    Wall peeled back..repairs underway! 20190516_132412.jpg 20190516_132431.jpg
     
  23. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    Now its time to start looking at the back wall.
    Gotta remove the back storage door,the liscense plate holder/light and the corner trim pcs. 20190516_154421.jpg
    The vinyl screw cover inserts are wasted. They are so brittle, they just break off when you pull on them. This has been a major leak source nearly throughout. 20190516_140802.jpg
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  24. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    Time to remove this wobbly ladder.A bunch of rusty ,stripped, broken screws holding this thing up. Not real sure how....but I've been up and down it 50 times. I was only able to successfully remove 5 screws intact...the other 20 just pulled right out. Anchored to rotten wood only! 20190516_134738.jpg
     
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  25. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    These are the brake lights, seen from the inside, after a layer of wall paneling was peeled away. Look, even the 1 inch wooden frame around this is rotted. 20190516_145424.jpg
     

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