the devil is in the details

If you are considering restoring a camper don’t underestimate the enormous commitment to all the details. Hopefully you’ll be able to start with a RV that is a little cleaner and better maintained than “Stanley”.    If you aren’t so lucky then you may want to add these tasks to your never-ending checklist.

Shore power cover

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Coax cable receptacles

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I painted the frame and bumper, installed new bulbs in taillights, and sealed with silicone.

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The handrail at entrance was not installed properly. I had to remove and reinstall ½” to the left in order to attach to an aluminum wall joist. Sad thing is, this was likely done at a dealer.

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I had to remove the water heater to replace the element. I found several dust-pan scoops of rat feces. It was so gross but glad I was able to completely clean it. The broken heating element was caused by someone turning on the water heater without water in the tank. The result was a “hot-skin” condition. If you touched the frame or any metal in the trailer while grounded it would give you a pretty good shock, probably about 50-75 volts.

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I removed the battery box, LP bottles and mount also stripped and cleaned the trailer tongue to stop rust and prepare for a fresh coat of paint.

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The trailer got a new full size fire extinguisher next to entry door inside lower cabinet.

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All emergency exit latches were broken. I ordered and installed all new emergency exit handles. They had to be modified because they weren’t the proper length.

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New gutters on all four corners to help shed water away from seams.

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