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Old 09-06-2007, 03:47 PM
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That is funny Doc, I actually used the term "pimpin'" it the other day. We wanted an undercabinet radio/CD player. Found one at Elder-Beerman for $20. They also had one with a TV for $50. Monica picked it up yesterday. We (ok, me), were thinking it had a DVD player built in it, turns out it didn't. But we were joking that it was going to have 2 flat panel TVs in it. Since the undercabinet TV only had an analog tuner and 2 inputs + MP3 input, we decided to take it back. As having to hook everything to it defeats the purpose of having a small all-in-one unit under the counter. We will go back to just the AM/FM/CD and only 1 flat panel. We'll be so deprived and the camper won't be nearly as pimped.

For a DVD player we will take one of the kids portable TV/DVD combos (they have 3 for 2 kids). They will also take their slimline PS2. I know the PS2 will play DVDs, but then we have to buy a remote for it and we have the portable all ready plus it can go outside for the kids to watch a movie.

As far as towing with the TV hanging, I'm not sure yet. I would like to, but I'll have to wait and see when I get it mounted. I think I'm actually going to mount it to the side of a cabinet as I think I can get a better anchor there vs. the wall. One thing I've thought about is an additional support for the TV. Something like a bungy or something to take the strain off the wall mount. If the mount had a pin or something that I could pull to disconnect vs. having to take screws out that wouldn't be bad either......Still working on that one.
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:45 PM
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I've been meaning to give an update, but haven't had a chance. I was able to get the back door rebuilt to match the front door. I actually think it turned out a little bit better than the front one. Go figure.

You can also see the table after the new laminat was dry and cut. Of course then Monica goes and covers it up.

Behind the booth there had been a mirror. Following the western them we replaced it with this picture. It was a poster that was mounted. Monica bought a sheet of plexiglass for the front and we used some prefinished fake lumber for the frame.
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:51 PM
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Really looks good Jim
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We couldn't decide how to "finish" the bottom of the new shower walls. We ended up putting the old trim back around it, but we used new stainless steel painted white screws screwed through putty to prevent water from seeping through.

Next is the new tub faucet. We reused the old shower and hose. Wish they were white, but I couldn't believe how expensive new ones were. Maybe later, but for now these will do.

Next is how I made the transition from the hardwood floor to the floor in the bathroom. I think the transition turned out pretty close. Considering all of the different materials used, I can't believe it came out this close.

It took awhile, but we finally got the vent for the bathroom. That really helped the looks of the bathroom.

This is now what the kitchen looks like after the clock radio was installed and the curtains were finished.

This is the view as you come in the front door now.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:22 PM
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Here are some pics of the new battery box. I installed a little larger box & battery than was there originally. It was originally a group 24, I installed a box that would hold a 27 - 31. I install a group 29 battery. Eventually I'll cut the one bracket out and have some weld it back in. You can also see the tongue frame after sanding a paint.

Next is the new break away switch I installed. The wires had corroded off the old one and since it was 23 years old I just replaced it.

Here is the other side of the tongue frame along with the weight distribution clamps after repainting.

Next is the back bumper and the spare tire cover. We just went with a cheap generic vinyl cover vs. one of the metal ones like was on there. I also went to the tire shop and got another used tire for a spare. The one that was there was used when my uncle put it on and it had been there for 22 years. Didn't figure it was much good. I'm probably going to move the tire off to the right side as I've got a 2" receiver I'm going to put back there to haul our bikes.
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Finally are some pics of the TV.

First is the TV in "travel position." It is back flat against the wall directly inline with mount. The TV itself also rests on the valance for the curtain. There is actually an angle bracket directly below it. That keeps the TV from "bouncing" on the mount.

Next is a pic of it pulled out for viewing from the couch.

Third is a pic of it flipped around to see it from the kitchen.

Lastly is a picture of the TV mount.

We actually had our first outing with it last weekend. Everything went pretty well. Pilot blew out on the water heater once, but that was about it. The TV stayed on the wall - which was a good thing.

Still would like to get it waxed before winter. A friend came over and used a commercial sealant around the vents. He is going to come back and cover the rest of the "roof stuff" seams with a different sealer and then we are going to coat the whole roof. These are all commercial products unavailable unless you are license for them so they should last a really long time.
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Jim,
What is the brand of that TV mount. I need one just like that.
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Don't know, but here is one just like it on ebay.http://cgi.ebay.com/Swingout-Arm-Wal...QQcmdZViewItem

We did the bid and got it for the $9.99 price + shipping. He usually has a bunch of them so I would try for the $9.99.

Just looking, that wasn't the same person we bought from. We bought from this guy.http://myworld.ebay.com/warehouseseller but he doesn't have anything right now, but the other mount looks to be the same. Actually is even the same display. Wonder if they could've been suspended from ebay for awhile for something?

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$20 shipping on a $10 item.........I'll pass
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I know, I thought that was a rip-off, but compared to what they cost in the store, the $30 seemed pretty cheap. I actually think it is a better mount than the ones I looked at at Best Buy and Wal-Mart. And those were $100 or more.
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Little follow up to this thread. Not sure why we bought this camper, but it sure was a life safer to have as a closet when the house burned. It also was nice to have a toilet there at the land. The night of the fire the bathroom got use a lot.

We took the TV into the trailer we are living in. It works pretty well. Love the 1080i picture off the antenna we are getting. I've had the simulated surround sound before but felt it never worked. On this little TV on a digital station the simulated surround sound works pretty well. I find myself looking behind me.

Now the bad news. Looks like the water heater is busted somewhere. I had left the pump on after the fire and it pumped 40 gallons of fresh water through the 6 gallon water heater. Also looks like the new vent in the bathroom is leaking. After the fire we did coat the whole roof like we were going to. I'll try to get up there this weekend and seal around that vent and get that stopped as the sealing looks like it is starting to mold. Guess we get to repaint the ceiling, time for the KILZ.
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Well, a little follow up to this thread. We haven't used this camper any more other than that one weekend right after we finished it. I had trouble getting the roof to stop leaking, but I finally got some commercial sealant and coated the entire roof 3 times. That stopped the leak. Unfortunately, it ruined the new paint on the ceiling. We scrapped all of the loose paint again, coated it with Kilz and then 2 coats of fresh paint. I started to put the new water heater in Saturday. Man, apparently the water heater/toilet had been leaking for quite awhile. The whole floor in the bedroom is gone. I put some OSB down as the main support beams are still good, but the one wood piece at the side wall is gone. I think I'm going to put a piece of angle iron on this and tie it into the OSB that I put in. This then made it rough putting the new water heater in as then it was about 1/4" too high, but I finally got it in. Lastly, I think our final modification to it, is going to be a For Sale sign in the front window. I think we have decided we wanting something with a slide out or 2.
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We haven't used this camper any more other than that one weekend right after we finished it. ... I think we have decided we wanting something with a slide out or 2.
This sounds just like the logic my wife accuses me of using. Take something I have only used once in two years, sell it, and buy something even bigger that I might use twice in the next two years. I love it!
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I could see it coming and like Buckle97 I understand. It seems like the obvious next step. Good luck Jim.
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Why not trade it in at a dealer?
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I'd try my luck at selling it privately. Even with the work you've put into it, dealers would only look at the book value and basically give you nothing for it on trade. It does look to be in good shape though. You'd have no problem selling it privately.
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That is my thinking Brian. Most dealers aren't going to want a 25 year old camper sitting on their lot. It doesn't look "bad" until you set it beside a new one - then it looks horrible.

I finished putting a new water heater in it last night and got everything buttoned back up. I also picked the For Sale signs up. So it will probably hit the front yard tonight or tomorrow morning. I hope it goes quick.
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I finally pulled it down to the end of the road last night. I priced it at $3200. 8:30 this morning phone was ringing. A lady was looking at it. I went down and showed it to her. She seemed really interested, she asked my bottom $, I told her $2900 and I would include the new microwave (Monica didn't want to include that). She said give her a few hours while she went to look for a truck, so I said I would. She called me back later because we went to Cincinnati to look at new ones. She then asked me to come down to $2700, I said I wouldn't do that. She said OK. I'm kicking myself now though, when we got home, I have 8 messages on the answering machine wanting to look at it. At this point I haven't called any of them back because I don't have any cash in hand. She is supposed to come tomorrow and pay and we'll go to the title bureau and sign it over.

BTW, here is the camper that we think we are going to buy: http://www.colerainrv.com/rv/jayco/t...railer/474.htm We've put a deposit on it, but we can still back out should we need/decide to.
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Sounds like it's all falling into place Jim. Wow, that new one sure looks nice. Good luck with selling the old one and buying a new one.
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She came yesterday and gave us the money in cash. I signed the title, she signed, and we had it notorized. I towed it to her house for her this morning. She gave me $10 for gas to tow it about 6 miles or so. I didn't care about the money, but I appreciate the offer. At least she just didn't take it for granted - glad to see someone like that now days. I think we are leaning pretty heavily on getting the one that I posted earlier.

We are still going through brochures. We found another one we liked. Same layout out, different company but a couple of different features including fiberglass siding and a little better insulation, but it cost $2000 more and doesn't have as good as warranty and we don't care for the interior color as well. Here it is: http://www.holmanrv.com/inventory/65...on-310BHS.aspx

Why can't decision ever be easy? This is almost as hard as what buying tractor was.
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