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Motorhome Maintenance, Repairs, and Upgrades to Our 1987
Motorhome maintenance, repairs, and upgrades are a regular
part of our RV life. This last winter, Coleen and I have been in our 1987 Lazy
Daze motorhome. It was purchased as a somewhat temporary RV to serve us for a
season or two while RVing away from Alaska. We lived in it fall, winter, and
spring. We summered in Alaska, and then moved back into it again in the fall,
after we returned to the Lower 48. We are still living it. It has served us
well, and although it is 30 years old, it is comfortable.
Our Lazy Daze Motorhome Maintenance, Repairs, and Upgrades
Since we’ve owned our Lazy Daze, we have been doing things to make it
our home. Here's a list of things we have done. They are in no
particular order. Some of them are quick, cheap, and easy changes.
Others, such as components for the solar system, are more costly options
to support how we want to RV. A few are chassis repairs that required a
professional mechanic. Some are maintenance. The list is long, but
considering the age of the RV and what we paid for it, we are still very
happy with it.
Our 1987 Lazy Daze Motorhome Home on the Road
- Thoroughly cleaned the interior.
- Cleaned, waxed, and polished the exterior.
- Extensive removal of built up roof sealant, and then resealed the roof seams.
- Constructed a permanent bed frame and replaced the original mattress with a modern memory foam mattress.
- Installed a 2000-watt inverter, to convert 12-volt DC current to 120-volt AC current.
- Installed some solar panels we had in storage, and bought and installed some new ones.
- Replaced the two lead acid house batteries with two lithium ion batteries.
- Replaced the 12-volt fresh water pump.
- Replaced the engine water pump.
- Had the power steering sector replaced.
- Replaced upper and lower radiator hoses.
- Replaced windshield washer pump.
- Added Freon to the air conditioner.
- Fixed the refrigerator.
- Replaced shade on the door window with a fabric curtain.
- Replaced a thermally controlled vacuum switch.
- Replaced the toilet.
- Removed plastic hooks that seemed to be everywhere.
- Replaced three overhead lights with LED lights.
- Hung towel bars in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Added a shower curtain rod mid-way in the shower, to hang dripping clothes or drying towels.
- Took down the metal mini-blinds, scrubbed them, and put them back up.
- Removed excessive window treatments and shower curtain liners.
- Added metal hooks on the wall for coffee mugs.
- Added magazine racks -- four of them.
- Braced the dinette table to make it sturdier.
- Removed cumbersome armrests from the driver's and passenger's seats.
- Added storage baskets, semi-permanently mounted in place.
- Added a 12-volt power outlet by the table, for computer charging.
- Added a shelf in the main closet.
- Filled in overcab area windows with foil-backed insulation, to help moderate interior temperature.
- Removed microwave, added a lip to the newly opened cabinet, and turned it into a produce storage bin.
- Got rid of cushions and platform for the over-cab.
- Insulated the over-cab skylight.
- Turned the over-cab area into a penthouse for our cat, complete with his crate, bed, litter box, and room to play.
- Developed storage in the over-the-cab area, and put up a curtain to hide the accumulation and make it look nice. (We did this after we lost our beloved cat to old age.)
- Removed toiletries racks from the shower.
- Added a soap holder to shower.
- Put up hooks to hang the metal detector in the shower.
- Removed plastic accordion doors between the bathroom and sleeping area, and between the main area of MH and sleeping area.
- Replaced bathroom fan and vent cover.
- Replaced the Fantastic fan and vent cover in the main overhead fan.
- Installed a propane-only catalytic safety heater.
- Put up a wall clock.
- Replaced cigarette lighter with 12-volt outlet.
- Replaced the entry step.
- Replaced lens covers on clearance lights.
- Replaced clearance lights on back rear.
- Replaced exterior door light.
- Removed misc. Velcro pieces and shower stickers, and cleaned up adhesive residue.
- Replaced shower head and faucet knobs in shower.
- Covered extra large window above bed with insulation.
- Hung folding tables on wall over bed.
- Replaced the brakes master cylinder.
- Added a reliable jack, proper tire tools, and a new spare tire.
We've had people tell us that living in an RV is too expensive, as there is always something that needs to be fixed, repaired, or replaced. It's true that there is continual maintenance. It does seem that there is always something to replace or upgrade. However, it is the same way for any home. Every home, whether traditional sticks and bricks or a recreation vehicle, requires care and upkeep. The more we live in the Lazy Daze, the more comfortable it gets.
Coleen's comments: My husband, Bob Nilles, wrote this article about the work he has done on our 1987 Lazy Daze motorhome during the year and a half that we have owned it. He does the majority of maintenance and repair work on our RVs. He has mechanical and handyman skills, and patience. He is also meticulous. He does not claim to be an RV expert.
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