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Old 11-29-2014, 02:21 PM   #1
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1980 12 ft partial remodel, and minor water damage.

First I consider myself very good at wood working, metal fab, welding, a/c electrical, and d/c electrical, plumbing, and general make up stuff as I go along. I do not have a good imagination. Color schemes elude me.

Check out the before pictures at ebay.

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I need to replace the paneling, however, to do it right you'll need to remove cabinets. Which means you need to remove sheet metal roof and walls.. Way to much work for my time schedule. So I will, show how I trim out the old panels, and some minor water damge.

I use an oscillating hand saw, those things are awesome. First I remove the fridge. Then I took out the heater. After that I just started cutting out all water damaged pieces. Then I used the saw to trim out the old paneling. I will leave about 1/4 inch of paneling all the way around. Pulled out the rubber decorative bead that is in all the corners..see pic. I plan on cutting some of the old paneling for spacers on the frame. You'll see later.

I started removing old staples, but found it faster to just hammer them flush.

Here's what I got so far.
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Old 11-29-2014, 02:26 PM   #2
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I tried uploading pics for 30 minutes no luck. Will try again from deshtop computer later tonight.
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:20 PM   #3
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Hi,

Pic's can be view here 2 ways, Link them in from an on line photo server or upload directly to our site.

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Not knowing what you up against, taking the siding off is not that bad. I have done it and it does allow you to put new fresh sealing tape on the windows, corners and cargo holes. The siding comes off starting at the bottom and working up. Opposite of a house which it top down. If you end up needing to take the siding off, this may help, scroll down there are pics taking the siding off
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Basically take the corners off and any windows or cargo holes in the area you need to take down. Once they are off then start on the bottom most piece. They staple it on. A fine standard screw driver that can be tapped in behind the staples to them get them started to come out then using vise grips etc yank them out. Once all the staples are out,.... the siding will come right off.

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Old 11-29-2014, 10:41 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply John, I followed the directions on uploading pics, but sometimes they loaded then other not. then when I put in my third pic, the other two disappeared. Could be a galazy tablet issue or slow wifi. They just uploaded, with no issue from desktop.

I definitly will not be taking off the siding or roof. My goal is to be done by Christmas day.
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Old 11-29-2014, 11:44 PM   #5
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I know why Sunline went out of business. They built these campers so tough that once you buy one, you won"t need another for 30 plus years. The one I got, had one previous owner,,,ONE! He own it for 33 years. Great campers.
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We now "see" you are definitely "into it"...

Yes, those vibrating tools are amazing. I have one too and I'm continually amazed every time I use it....

As you are doing the repair, try if you can locate the water infiltration source. There may be more than one location. Sometimes is it easy to find the source, other times it is not.

Your doing great! We are rooting for ya.

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I just love those little campers, so adorable! I am glad you rescued her and just love to see your before and after pictures!

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Old 12-04-2014, 02:21 PM   #8
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John B, the water intrusion was easy to find. Both sky lights (vents) had dry rot, and had cracked open. The top had been sealed over pretty well. It will take me a couple hours to remove the old sealant from the roof. Will install new vents, reseal with avaition RTV, and then paint entire roof with with a liquid sealant of some type. I got the next seven days, 4 hrs a day to get some progress done.
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Congrats on a very neat sized trailer (I would like one to add to my collection). Well worth the attention you are giving it IMO.

Keep us in the loop and keep the pictures coming.
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i have the same camper. i couldn't see any of the pics on ebay unfortunately, only the main one, but it looks like it's in great shape.
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Update. Finally removed all the bad stuff. Here are some progress pics, note I have added strips of old paneling on to the frame to space out that are for attaching new paneling over the old paneling.
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i have the same camper. i couldn't see any of the pics on ebay unfortunately, only the main one, but it looks like it's in great shape.

Mine is the TT1250, or since it was first or second model year it is labeled 12MC. The TT1350 has a window in front of the door.
I wish I would have taken before photos. I will try and get them from the seller.
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John B, the water intrusion was easy to find. Both sky lights (vents) had dry rot, and had cracked open. The top had been sealed over pretty well. It will take me a couple hours to remove the old sealant from the roof. Will install new vents, reseal with avaition RTV, and then paint entire roof with with a liquid sealant of some type. I got the next seven days, 4 hrs a day to get some progress done.
They make a neat flat scrapper for the multi tools they are great for getting stuff like that off. At one point on my T1700 some one though it would be a good ideal to put roof tar on parts of the aluminum roof thinking it would fix a leak.
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Mainah, that is exactly what i used, it was like butter. I am using RTV I got from work, we use it on aircraft to hold the wings on..lol. Mostly been working inside with framing and paneling this week. My time budget went out the window the first day. I only have 12 hrs of time left before I go out of down for awhile. I think I'll be able to finish the framing, the electrical and some paneling, but not all.
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