Time for an update!
Sorry I've been absent, I'm in school and working full time right now and between that and the RV I'm too busy to post!
We've added a few things to our rig over the last year.
- New bigger porcelain bowl toilet
- New tinted door window with shade
- AC monitors for electrical usage
- water meter for water usage
- Ran a new sewage line to the RV location so we no longer use a pump, just the slinky. MUCH NICER
- new flooring in the basement for easier movement of items and cleaning (and the carpet in there was icky)
- new dual layer foil/composite heater tubes for the front side vents and patched up the shoddy hard vent system in the main flooring. It was full of shoddy craftsmanship with drill holes and cuts everywhere.
- patched one leak in one grey tank (and found another crack).
- new memory foam bed from costco
- started removing stock window shade covers and drapes
- removed the unnecessary washer/dryer water feed from the system and insulated some of the lines
- cut and patched corroded/broken 12v popout electrical flex wire.
- added LED strip lighting to the pop-outs that projects on the ceiling, it's colored in the photo but we use it on white most of the time, lol. We have a remote outlet system so our plug-in lights are switched.
- new propane regulator and feed hoses so tank switching is a breeze.
We also had a big leak behind our fridge during last year's rain. Bummer to find out capillary action was enough to bring water through the seam between the fridge vent doors, over the ledge and into our pop-out carpet. From there, it came all the way 3 feet into the living room! I made a semi-pro moisture abatement system out of a dehumidifier and some extra HVAC tubing I had from the heater refresh and dried it out that same day. I had two hoses piping dry air into the pop-out cabinetry and i removed the floor beneath the trash can. It was lame.
Things I have planned:
- wax the exterior
- reseal windows
- renovate window coverings and repaint interior white
- consider carpet change, if so we'd probably do laminate with heat pads underneath
- reseal some areas on the roof, hold it over for one more year to reroof or reseal next summer
- add foam insulation to floor supports throughout rig where possible and add fresh bubble insulation
- polish and wax wheels
Originally Posted by Mudchief
Being you are not going to be moving the unit I would place 2 inch foam Insulation under the slides. There is only a 3/4 inch plywood under the slide.
Thanks, I have foam waiting for added insulation I'll be installing soon! I might get special foam for the slides but I at least plan to add to the main unit between the "winterizing kit" bubble wrap and the main floor.
Originally Posted by scattershot
You didnít say, but I assume that you will be using the 12 volt system in your rig. If so, look into solar panels for the roof. We installed solar years ago, and wouldnít be without it now.
Not real sure where Humboldt is, I assume California. If it gets cold there, I would suggest some way to wrap your water and sewer lines to keep them from freezing.
Thanks, good suggestions! We've been running on 20amp for a year now but once we're in Southern California (probably a year from now) I'll look into solar. Would be good to reduce heat permeation into the unit and power 12v fans.
Originally Posted by Smashingfellow40
Check out our bathtub rennovation on our 2002 model
Thanks, that's cool! I will look into a larger bathtub if ours ever cracks! Right now it's low on priority list as we're comfy in the corner tub we have.
Originally Posted by Rondo
First of all Welcome To the MOC Forum! You seem to be a really handy person when it comes to renovations on the unit. This is great! If you have questions about your unit, ask them and you'll get answers from the experts- actual Montana Owners. Yours is an older unit and there are a lot of us that either had one at one time and have gone with a newer model or still have one and really making it a home. Again welcome aboard and enjoy that Montana.
Also, If you want to keep those tires from doing the dryrot syndrome, I would suggest putting them up on either wood blocks 2X8 or 2X12's or do as we do and go to the big name hardware stores and purchase some of the recycled rubber stepping stones and put them under the tires. It will help to preserve the tires some. You will find out that since your tires are sitting they will have a better chance of decaying faster than if they were on the road being used. Also put covers over them to keep them from breaking down because of the UV rays from the sun.
Thanks so much!
Our tires are already over 5 years old and while probably servicable, if we move it South as planned in a year, I'll be jacking it up and taking the rims/tires in for replacement and saving one for the ugly spare.
I will keep that in mind for later though, I'll cover the tires once we're in a hotter climate.