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Old 02-12-2019, 10:19 PM   #1
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2004 WindSport Rehab

My wife and I have never had an motor home before so we felt it best to buy an inexpensive one first. You know, just in case we don't like the hobby.

So to get started, we bought this 2004 WindSport 35D with 45,550 miles. The outside is basically OK, one of the storage doors has been damaged but still works. Decals are faded and the paint needs to be buffed out.

Day/night shades are crumpled in places and need to be replaced. Carpet is original so I'll replace it with laminate flooring. All the furniture is going, including captain and passenger chairs. All lighting to be replaced with LED.

Over the last few days, we drove this coach 600 miles on the way home. There were no problems with the engine or transmission so the only mechanical upgrade we plan is to install a Tire Monitor system of some kind.

So all in all, I plan a pretty thorough rehab. Here are some pictures in its current state.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:44 PM   #2
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From your photos it doesn't look bad at all. Enjoy your new ride and go slow on the renovations at first. From what I can see it's not bad.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:29 PM   #3
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Well darn, went out to the motor home last night (pouring down rain) and I've got a small leak in the cabin. Climbed up on the roof this afternoon and put some silicone over the suspect area and I think it'll be OK, for awhile anyway.

But more concerning it the tape (that is used to join the sides to the roof) is looking like it's seen better days. Not sure what the procedure to replace is, but I guess I'll be spending some research time on the Internet tonight.

Anyone with experience in this area, feel free to send tips and suggestions.
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:04 PM   #4
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With the age of the coach it would be a good investment to just remove, clean the surfaces and re-caulk/re-seal the entire roof. Cheap insurance.
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:52 PM   #5
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With the age of the coach it would be a good investment to just remove, clean the surfaces and re-caulk/re-seal the entire roof. Cheap insurance.
Thank you Sir! If it ever stops raining I will make a day of it.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:29 AM   #6
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I fixed my leak issue, at least until I can redo the entire roof. Removed the ceiling vents and they're in the barn waiting to be cleaned and painted.

Carpet is removed and I'm in the process of pulling staples. (man, there's a bunch of them!) Waiting on a break in the rain before I can install the new floors.




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Old 02-18-2019, 11:37 PM   #7
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Pulled out a gazillion staples and got a start on the flooring.

Working on the slide first and it's a tad bit tricky. Flooring starts against the outside of the slide and has to be cut accordingly so that the edge of the last piece breaks at the proper area where the slide meets the main coach area.

It's a pain for sure, but worth the effort.






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Old 02-19-2019, 12:03 AM   #8
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Careful using silicone on the roof. Ok on the vents but not on the roofing material. Use dicor self leveling sealant. For the seams it is best to remove the old but if its only a small area eternabond tape will work great.

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Old 02-19-2019, 12:17 AM   #9
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Careful using silicone on the roof. Ok on the vents but not on the roofing material. Use dicor self leveling sealant. For the seams it is best to remove the old but if its only a small area eternabond tape will work great.

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Old Yesterday, 11:33 PM   #10
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When I bought this motor home, the roof wasn’t the only thing leaking, so was the kitchen faucet. So today was my day to change it. I looked under the sink and found a conglomeration of pex that went everywhere except where I would have expected it to go.

The PO had an icemaker in one of the outside storage areas and had supplied it with a connection under the sink. There was also a slew of other connections that didn’t appear to be going anywhere anymore. After a bit of frustrated investigation, I finally tore it all out and replaced everything. It looks and works great now!





Also replaced 25 old 12-volt lights with LED lighting. If you haven’t upgraded to LED’s yet, you’re really missing out. Wow, what a difference and I’m sure the draw on the house batteries is going to be greatly reduced.

The original incandescent tube lights use a ballast and the LED’s don’t, so each new LED comes with a wiring harness that bypasses the ballast. It only takes a few minutes to install the harness and your old fixtures are now ready to work with today’s LED’s.








Finally, I reinstalled all the vent covers on the ceiling as well as the air conditioning covers. They were looking pretty old, so I had removed, cleaned and painted them with a shade of white that complemented the original ceiling color.

All-in-all, it’s been a pretty productive day.
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Old Today, 12:38 AM   #11
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On another note, we ordered 2 new captain chairs, a booth dinette, and a sleeper sofa bed couch. Sucks that itís not going to get here for 6 weeks but oh well.
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