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Old 07-11-2019, 03:41 PM   #1
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Hi all. My name is Joann.

I live in Cornish,Maine. My husband and I just bought a 1978 17 1/2' sunline travel trailer. Needs to be renovated.We are kind of overwhelmed. Where do we begin. Ceiling had water damage. not sure what works and doesnt work yet. floor by door soft. appliances like hood and stove all rusting.bathroom in grat shape and cushion have all been redone. we are in our late 60's and want to fix it up to travel. Dont even know the model name/number. Have paperwork but not on any of it. Any help will be very appreciated. Thank you
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Welcome JoAnn! Congrats on your new-to-you Sunny!

If you post exterior pictures of your Sunny, there is someone here name SunlineFan (and possibly others) that can help you identify the model. You can also PM the VIN to him and he may be able to determine from that as well. I forget what methods he uses.

We love to see pictures of Sunlines and they also help the knowledgeable folks on this site help you with any questions or issues you have. Congrats again. I look forward to seeing what you do with your new Sunline.
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Welcome Joann!

You have come to the right place for Sunline info. I know this might be a lot of bit overwhelming right now, but we have had others in your place and they have done great things with their campers.

If you or your husband have basic woodworking skills, that is a large leap into fixing the camper up. We can help with the "how to" and you do the work. Pictures go a real long way in helping in these cases. We can then see what you are up against and even see things you may have not yet seen. If you have any kind of digital camera, we can help you get pics up so we can see what you see.

Here are 2 links on how to get pics up on our site.

You can attach pics to the end of a post, or link pics in from a photo server of your own. This link can provide some help on how to do this.
Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics

And you can upload pics to your own photo album here on the forum. See here for more on how to create your own album.Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics

Once pics are in your album, then you can link then into any post or replay you make.

When the time comes and you want to start doing repairs, consider making a new post in the "Repairs and Maintenance" forum to capture your little campers transformation.

Hope this helps

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Old 07-15-2019, 10:59 AM   #4
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thank u so much. my husband is a builder and mason by trade so we are all set there. Just dont know where or how to begin. we know need to take off roof and ceiling cuz inside it has caved in the back area. i will take pictures and post so you all can advise us how we attempt this new project of ours.
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Hi I'm in Brownfield just around the corner. I can help getting everything working but you're own your own fixing the woodwork been there. I have a 90 it's a T1700 but it's 17' 11" so why it's called T1700 is kind of beyond me seems real clost to 18' maybe it's only the "box".
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That would br great.
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When r u available. My hysband is semi retired and works tues and thursday so just let us know when u are available to come check it out . We cleaned it all out today. But didnt have an ele rtical adapter in tge right size to test power. So thats as far as,we got. Look forward to hearing from u. Thanks so much.
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thank u so much. my husband is a builder and mason by trade so we are all set there. Just dont know where or how to begin. we know need to take off roof and ceiling cuz inside it has caved in the back area. i will take pictures and post so you all can advise us how we attempt this new project of ours.
These 3 posts can help show some of what you are up against and how to start. We have many more posts on water damage and fixing, but I did not want to bury you in them. When the time comes to start taking yours apart, create a new post and take lots of pics of everything in detail for yourself on how it all was before you took it apart. Trust me, pictures remember all those details we seem to miss place every now and then.... Ask any and all questions.

Since yours is an older one, this post still ongoing by Sunline Fan, can help on how the camper comes apart, it's a 79 vintage
New Project Sunline - 1979 12 1/2' MC

And this one too by Thomascine who is now camping in the camper. I do no recall the year, but it is an older one. Water Damage Assessment and Repair

This is a newer camper, my son and I did, but can help on roof structure, rafters etc. and putting your camper back together and sealing it up. Do not know if you are thinking to reuse the old metal roof or put a new rubber roof on. This one is a rubber roof. A Winter Project - Roof Repair (Picture heavy)

Hope this helps and have fun.

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Omg i didnt think we would be taking the camper completely apart. We thought just the roof and inside ceiling. But I think i found model 1978 sunline 17 1/2 sb. Will take pic tonight and post. Thanks for all the tags to other members restoration. Will be very helpful once we start.
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Welcome JoAnn! Congrats on your new-to-you Sunny!

If you post exterior pictures of your Sunny, there is someone here name SunlineFan (and possibly others) that can help you identify the model. You can also PM the VIN to him and he may be able to determine from that as well. I forget what methods he uses.

We love to see pictures of Sunlines and they also help the knowledgeable folks on this site help you with any questions or issues you have. Congrats again. I look forward to seeing what you do with your new Sunline.



Where do I post my pictures?
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Omg i didnt think we would be taking the camper completely apart. We thought just the roof and inside ceiling. But I think i found model 1978 sunline 17 1/2 sb. Will take pic tonight and post. Thanks for all the tags to other members restoration. Will be very helpful once we start.
Hi,

Didn't mean to scare you on this, we know the realization on how bad water damage can be is "shocking" at times.

And right now, we nor I think even you, know how much water damage their is.

When you mentioned roof and ceiling that you know needs repair, those indicators point towards other areas. The way campers are built and they way they can leak, a high up leak in the camper not only affects the area you can easily see, but many other areas you cannot yet see. Gravity works very good in a camper.... meaning a leak at the roof line or above/below a high up window etc drips/flows downward in the camper as time goes on.

If the leak is large enough or even a small leak been on going long enough, (years) all that water accumulates and travels down in the camper. Often traveling down inside the walls of the camper and eventually down under the floor where it can stay there a long time and start rotting wood wherever it lays in one place. The high up wall area and the way down might be drier than the floor. Roof leaks are notorious for rotting out the floors and the bottom parts of the walls of camper from the bottom up.

But there is hope! All the Sunline have the ability to be rebuilt and in some cases better than new. It does though, take large (very large) amounts of time.

And we have learned how to use tools to actually see inside the walls, floors, ceiling etc. for moisture that you cannot see any stains of water on the inside of the camper. I recommend anyone wanting to buy a used camper, or who even has a new camper... spend approx $40 to $45 and buy a good moisture meter and scan the camper. See this post for more on the topic. Moisture Meters For Inspecting a Camper

In your current situation, using the moisture meter on the walls, floor and ceiling of your camper, before you take one board apart, you can see how far the water damage may have progressed. The findings may alter your next steps on what to do. Or at least be prepared for what may occur if you do start taking it apart. If you intend to find another camper, the meter can help you inspect it before you but it. May be able to get at a lower price or pass on it all together. Often times, good folks selling their used camper they loved for years, have no idea the camper can have a water infection as they see no indication inside of a leak.

The moisture meter is not 100% fool proof, but it is a very good tool to help inspect campers. Once you understand the meter and what can cause false readings, like metal in the wall which creates a false high blip of moisture then it does not trick you. Water damage normally is not a dime sized blip of high moisture where a metal pipe fitting or screw can be. Water is a larger area, many inches to feet in size. There is a learning curve on the meter but it can be very short understanding the basics.

Another reality, meter does not do well at detecting what is called dry rot. There is not enough moisture present at times to register the dry rot. Dry rot is wet wood that has later totally dried out but yet the mold fungus of dry rot taken over and left the wood totally compromised. While dry rot does happen in some cases, odds are favorable if you have dry rot, there is wet rot somewhere still in the camper. That is unless a very wet camper has been stored for many years inside a dry building and never used.

Hope this helps

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Where do I post my pictures?
Ideally, totally new topics have their own separate post in a corresponding forum to match the topic, but... in this case you are introducing yourself and your camper. For identifying what camper you have, you can create a new post in the community forum or just post the pictures in a reply here on this post of yours and we will see it. It is very common for folks introducing themselves that they need help sorting out the year and model of camper they just bought, so it fits A OK in this post of yours.

We have many regular followers that read every post regardless of what forum it is in. And they comment on them. We are a small forum and if you read the forum often, is not that hard to stay current with everything posted.
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Hi I'm in Brownfield just around the corner. I can help getting everything working but you're own your own fixing the woodwork been there. I have a 90 it's a T1700 but it's 17' 11" so why it's called T1700 is kind of beyond me seems real clost to 18' maybe it's only the "box".



we would appreciate any help u can give us. are main concern is fixing the ceiling and roof. just dont know where to begin. here is a picture of the inside.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:30 AM   #14
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1978 Sunline 17 1/2 SB (super bath) ????

we think our camper is a sunline17 1/2 sb (super bath) here is pictures. more pictures posted in album file.
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