RV Renovation work #1: Rebuilding RV frame work

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Blog entry by csmbux posted 06-01-2009 03:42 AM 7850 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m starting a new project soon. I have a 1993 Shasta Class C unit with a cab over sleeping area that’s leaked and the plywood base needs to be completely replaced. I’ve never attempted a project like this before but I’m up for the challenge. If anyone out there has had to do this before I’m looking for some guidance and input on things to be on the look out for.


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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 06-01-2009 06:14 AM

We have an older Dolphin motorhome. The one before had the same problem as you have. I think I still have photos of the process. It is a little tricky because you must be careful dismantling and repairing the structure and making sure it will have the same or greater strength as original. You will most likely need to do structural repair. You might also be able to stabilize some of the framing with liquid epoxy before closing it back up. It works very well and will make the wood quite rot resistant.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 06-02-2009 06:31 PM

Thanks for the information. Did you replace the insulation as well? I’m thinking the framing should only be 2×2 at best. This should be simple framing work, just not having takin an RV apart before not sure what other “problems” I should expect to find or have to deal with. I plan on screwing and glueing just about everything. My real concern is about how much water damage here really is. I haven’t taken the side panels down yet just lifted up the panel over the drivers compartment. Liquid epoxy, didnt think of that. Thanks



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#3 posted 06-02-2009 06:51 PM

Here’s a renovation that I saw. Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 06-11-2009 01:35 AM

I’m 90% complete with my rv renovation project. I’m down to securing the vinyl sheeting, putting the windows back in and then securing the outer skins. The frame was a basic 1” x 3” material with 1/8 laminate on the top and bottom. Once I had all the old material pulled out I really looked for any more possible water damage, had to pull out one side wall and replace it as well. I added a few extra pieces of reinforcement at what I thought were weak points in the original structure. Since I have to have this finished by Thursday I’ve been putting in solid 12 -13 hour days trying to get this finished. The real fun has been working on it outside, it’s only rained every night since I’ve started and tomorrow should be the same. Once I’m finished and have more time I’ll post a few before and after pictures.


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#5 posted 06-12-2009 02:27 AM

This has been one heck on an undertaking. At first i thought I could have this finished in 6 days, well today makes day 6 and I still have a full days worth of work still to do, thankfully it’s all inside work. I still have to secure 3 of the remaining vinyl sheets sections, put in the trim work, and then reinstall some of the decorative leather trim work. But because of work, I have to put things on hold for a few days. I have to down load my pictures and post them Monday when I get back. More to follow next week.


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#6 posted 12-12-2009 08:34 AM

I am about to start rebuilding the cabover area of my 1984 Shasta Class C motorhome (ran into an overhanging tree limb at about 3 mph but sustained about $5,000 damage).

I’ve never done this before—does anyone know of any web pages or books about rebuilding RV bodies? My Shasta has horizontal painted aluminum panels as an exterior skin.

I don’t have a sheltered area to do this. Does anyone have any advice about protecting from the rain when I open it up?

Any advice or sources will be appreciated! Thanks.

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#7 posted 10-28-2013 03:40 AM

My wife and I are looking to get an RV to fix up. Are there any conclusions to these posts or more helpful ino?

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