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Motorhome Renovation: The Story of the New Fixer-Upper RV Continues

The motorhome renovation story continues…. Wouldn't it be fun to buy a brand new RV instead of a fixer-upper? Oh, wait, we have bought brand new ones and Bob still did major work on them.

Come to think of it, I've never seen an RV that is exactly like we'd want it. And, even those top end ones seem to come from the dealer needing warranty work done on them right away. This one has the advantage of being cheap to begin with. Let's see what progress Bob shares today.

Our "New" Motor Home Chapter 2

If you missed the first part of this series, click here to start at the beginning.

When I last left you good folks, we had just spent the day getting the engine running, and the front tires were chipped loose from the frozen Alaskan ground. Now, four days later, with another eight inches of snow on the ground, we will endeavor to free the rear duals.

First, we dig out the path to the rig and along the sides to get to the rear wheels to work. The one side is about 18 inches from a building, so I had to carry the grain scoops full of snow to the front of the motorhome, then around the corner to dump it out of the way.

While I labored away shoveling snow, my friend decided we needed an electric demolition hammer. He told me so, and went to town and promptly rented one. Any doubts or questions about its necessity or usefulness were quashed after five minutes of use.

We chipped and chiseled most of the day. It seemed I was more adept and productive with the electric hammer, so this made me the chief operator most of the time. With the use of two floor jacks and a stubby ten-ton bottle jack, we finally got both sets of rear duals loose from the frozen ground. We put two by six blocks in the holes under the tires.

The engine started after pumping the gas pedal six or seven times, and only fifteen or twenty seconds cranking. The old rig would rock back and forth a little, but would not pull itself out of the holes.

We proceeded to jack and add more blocks under the rear wheels. We fired it up once more for another try. Gunning the engine as much as we dared, and rocking back and forth, didn't seem to be getting it out of the holes. Suddenly, one of the blocks under the right rear wheels shot loose, the spinning wheels dropped down, bounced, and popped the old rig out of the holes. It stopped two feet forward of the frozen holes.

It's dark again - these Alaska winter days are short. We chocked the wheels so the rig wouldn't accidentally roll back into those ominous seven-inch deep holes. Just to be sure, we filled them.

Day two, and she's running and loose from the ground. We still have more than 100 feet of waist deep snow between the motorhome and a cleared driveway connected to the public road system. But, we are making progress.

No expenses for me today!


Coleen, here, again.

Well, I thought this motorhome renovation would be coming along a little faster. I thought when Bob came how tonight our friend would be following him, delivering this fine recreational vehicle. But, that was not the case.

Bob, however, seems happy with the day's progress. And, since he is the one doing the work, I guess that is all that really matters.

Oh, I did gain one bit of information. The motorhome is a Midas. I've confirmed it's an older, small Class C, but still don't know the year and length.

I've asked about the interior. It seems the guys have been too busy trying to get it running and free it from the frozen ground to worry about what it looks like inside. Bob remembers that it currently has three TVs in it. That doesn't give me much to go on when thinking about the remodel job or about what changes I'd like to have made. Or, more importantly, what things we need to look forward to repairing or replacing. I'm sure there are going to be a lot of things to fix.

I wonder what progress I'll be able to report next week?

Cost on this motorhome renovation project remains at $172.24.

Go to Chapter 1 of this story on getting another motorhome.

Go to Chapter 3 on this story of renovating an older motorhome.

Go to the page indexing Bob's other articles from this one about his progress on the motorhome renovation.

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