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Old 07-01-2018, 12:48 PM   #1
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Have you made mods or customized your Winnie? Please share; tell us what you did and if you can, post pictures.
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:38 PM   #2
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OK. I'll break the ice. We bought from the original owner, and we've done a lot. Not necessarily out of need, but because regardless if buy a car, a house or a chest of drawers, new or used, you are buying someone else's dream. Our dream will always be a work in progress. First, the outside. We fought a losing battle with decals, so we removed them and had a local guy paint them back on. We did not have the front, two side and rear Winnebago and Journey SE logos repainted due to the cost. Besides, we've not seen a retainer check from Winnebago for being a 62.5MPH billboard.
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Port Side You may see an ancient Mov'n View dome. It stopped locking on satellite not long after we bought the rig. So I pulled the dome and saw one of the nylon gears had worn teeth. Wouldn't engage. Winegard no longer makes or supports that model. Took the gear all over town. No luck. Was thinking new (whew!!$$$$$) Was in my shop taking a trashed microwave apart (wanted the magnatron), noticed table rotating gear looked familiar. A match! Almost five years later, Mov'nView still giving us TV and the portable antenna is in the basement.


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Stbd Side We think our guy did a nice job.


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On our maiden voyage, we pulled in at Wilcox, AZ (apple pie and the Rex Allen Museum) for fuel. Scratched the door edge on a guard post. SWMBO was not happy. As a voyage repair, I covered it with Gorilla Tape. As voyage repairs will, it became permanent. Three years later, as we were removing decals we took the tape off as well. Was worried it might have cooked on. But, still looked new, peeled away no problem. Liked it so much, put it back after new paint job.


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Gorilla tape worked so well on the door edge, after new paint job, we did the entire lower edge, both sides, bow to stern. Looks great. About a year old in this pic. No more gravel chips!


Will post interior mods and upgrades next.


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Old 07-07-2018, 11:42 PM   #3
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As we stated prior, you always buy someone else's dream, the fun is making it your dream. Here's what we did to the interior.


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The original owner glued carpet to the vinyl step caps. We could not get the glue off, so we just re-tiled them with wood kick plates to match our cabinetry.


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Found some flexible track compatible with our front curtains. Installed it on the ceiling and hung drapes behind capt's chairs to keep us cool on the road.

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We took out all the original carpet and vinyl and installed vinyl throughout. Much easier than folks would have you believe.

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A lot going on in this pic. We had the easy rest sofa stripped to the frame and re-upholstered, including new foam and a soft "pleather". Put a drink holder there (put them all over the place actually). Just above, built a little shelf and a compact weather station. Behind the stove we installed that genuine vinyl imitation stone self stick backsplash. Works better than we expected. Finally, we built a new purpose built spice/condiment shelf -- one that has utility.


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We donated the original euro-chair. Tried a love seat in its place. Bulky and no storage. Saw one in the window at the Scandinavian store. Snapped a pic and built one to suit. Storage underneath, cushions are patio furniture, replaceable on a whim. We sold the original dinette, and built the credenza with table. Suits us better. The table is original. Slips into a slot in the credenza. Two positions -- as pic, room for two. Slides out 11" to seat four (friendly folk). The credenza gives us the same cubic foot of storage as the dinette did, just more accessable, and a better surface for our laptops (note the two usb/120vac outlets)

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A closer view of the credenza. Turns out that poplar stained with Minwax hickory mixed with a little Minwax red mahogany is a dead on match for the original cherry with a coffee glaze. And, 1/2 the weight of cherry.

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Here's the credenza in progress.

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And again

We liked the stone look vinyl enough to do the vanity backsplash as well.

We also deconstructed all the fabric covering on the window valences, headboard, etc. had the fabric drycleaned and reinstalled it over new foam backing.
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Old 07-08-2018, 12:06 AM   #4
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Third installment of our upgrade/remodel saga. Getting the entertainment system to do what we want.


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We've actually re-done the flat screen twice. Just added this smarter TV with built in Roku. At the same time gathered together switches that were apparently installed at random previously. So now the surround sound selector switch and satellite dish switch are on the same plate with a new switch controlling the Video Control Center. Before the VCC was always on -- a parasitic drain. Also, we have the home theater, TV and Directv receiver plugged into a switchable outlet to stop that parasitic drain. Finally, we installed a usb/hdmi plate just under the TV so those can be accessed from the front.

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Put a larger screen in the bedroom. Took some hdmi back to the TV. Added a bluray player and, as in the front, a usb/hdmi plate for easy access. In 45 years we've never laid in bed watching TV. But maybe we can send the grandaughters back there and get them out of our hair.

Don't care about the basement TV. Outside is for campfires and adult beverages.

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Old 07-08-2018, 12:14 AM   #5
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Nice work! I've been remodeling my 2002 Suncruiser 35U to be more wheelchair friendly, new floors, recliners, upholstery, valances, etc. My future plan is to also design and build a credenza. I hope to be able to include an electric TV lift in the credenza.

If I can just find time to finish, I'll put together a post with photos.
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Old 07-08-2018, 12:30 AM   #6
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Final installment of our mods/upgrades. We had to do something about our engine overheating.

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As we all know, dirty CAC and radiators are prime culprits leading to high temps. Cleaning them can be a bear. So we cut a hole in our fan shroud and installed an eight inch cargo hatch left over from our kayaking days. Here's the hole. The grayish bar is the top of the CAC. Now we have easy access to both sides of the CAC and radiator.

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The kayak hatch is in place. We cleaned up the area a little.

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Showing the assembly below our bed.

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Much of the gunk on the CAC and radiator comes from oil fumes released by the crankcase breather tube. So we attached a piece of cpvc to it with a short section of heater hose.

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Led the cpvc aft of the radiator

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And terminated it in a disposable mayo jar filled with steel wool. Huge improvement. And our dinghy is cleaner, too!

All of this and the preceding is as of July2018. Likely more to come. Hope you found some interest.

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Old 07-08-2018, 12:34 AM   #7
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Wow, Terry! What a way to kick off the thread! I'm in awe of all your improvements.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:22 PM   #8
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Sagging ceiling

Hi folks, has anybody tackled a saggy ceiling? My '05 Horizon has the ceiling sagging in a number of places. Right now it's being held up with some white thumb tacks. I've r ad other threads with similar issues, but have yet to find a suitable fix short of having a total ceiling replacement.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:18 PM   #9
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Hi piper23t
my '05 horizon is in the same predicament. sagging all over the place. I am about to use Gorilla glue, and a wallpaper seam roller to spread it. going to "inject" it with some long horse needles and a hyperdermic. I think I read earlier that PETRO did this and was successful. Everything is purchased, going to do it right after my Nova Scotia Trip in AUG.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:25 PM   #10
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TV Cabinet storage

Our 2005 38j Itasca Sunrise doesn't have lots of storage for us who full time so I am constantly looking for space.



One change I made: it came with flat screen TV's but they were screwed into the large cabinets in the bus. What once were meant to house the large tube tv's were now empty space behind the flat screen units.



After taking the TV's out, I cut matching finished oak plywood to fill the opening. I then put two hinges on the plywood and basically created a door for the opening into the TV cabinet. I put a latch on the bottom to lock it closed and was all set.



But before mounting the TV, you have to cut openings in the 'door' so you can access the cable ports to route wires and any other info like TV serial numbers.



When you mount the TV to the 'door' make sure you use correct length screws. And since these tv's may have been designed to hang, they weren't built for bouncing down the highway from those 4 screws... I also put a ledge under the TV to hold it and take as much stress and weight as possible from the mounting screws. This is to make sure the TV doesn't bounce itself into pieces and crack it's backside.
Also make sure that when you mount the TV, and open the door to get access inside the cabinet, nothing gets crunched if it opens all the way... or if in our case, it would (still does actually) close our bedroom slideout... hmmm not very well planned on someones part.


The end result is I now have in the bedroom, a TV cabinet that now has shelves in it and is home for all the little bits of stuff I want to have access to. And in the living room I now have a liquor cabinet where I store my oversized margarita machine as well as the bulky items like paper towels, TP and the occasional cheap bottles of tequila behind the TV.
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:16 PM   #11
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Hi piper23t
my '05 horizon is in the same predicament. sagging all over the place. I am about to use Gorilla glue, and a wallpaper seam roller to spread it. going to "inject" it with some long horse needles and a hyperdermic. I think I read earlier that PETRO did this and was successful. Everything is purchased, going to do it right after my Nova Scotia Trip in AUG.
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It still may not hold for very long if it has a foam material between the vinyl and the backing panel. The vinyl can be completely taken down and then the backing panel can easily be cleaned of the decaying foam by rubbing it off with your hands.

Then you can do the same to the vinyl. After that some new thin sheet foam can be attached with spray glue. Lastly spray some glue on the foam on the ceiling and carefully attach the the vinyl.

If it were me I would take it to a automotive headliner installer and put a new vinyl headliner on that already has the foam attached to the vinyl (much easier) The Backing panel still needs to be "rubbed" clean. I have done it both ways and the last approach has the best result.
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Thanks for the response Cigarboy and Mr Margo.
I'm going to check with a headliner shop. I tried the spray glue without success. Removing the foam may be too big for me to handle. All depends on finding someone that can handle it and dollars.
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OK. I'll break the ice. We bought from the original owner, and we've done a lot. Not necessarily out of need, but because regardless if buy a car, a house or a chest of drawers, new or used, you are buying someone else's dream. Our dream will always be a work in progress. First, the outside. We fought a losing battle with decals, so we removed them and had a local guy paint them back on. We did not have the front, two side and rear Winnebago and Journey SE logos repainted due to the cost. Besides, we've not seen a retainer check from Winnebago for being a 62.5MPH billboard.
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Port Side You may see an ancient Mov'n View dome. It stopped locking on satellite not long after we bought the rig. So I pulled the dome and saw one of the nylon gears had worn teeth. Wouldn't engage. Winegard no longer makes or supports that model. Took the gear all over town. No luck. Was thinking new (whew!!$$$$$) Was in my shop taking a trashed microwave apart (wanted the magnatron), noticed table rotating gear looked familiar. A match! Almost five years later, Mov'nView still giving us TV and the portable antenna is in the basement.


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Stbd Side We think our guy did a nice job.


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On our maiden voyage, we pulled in at Wilcox, AZ (apple pie and the Rex Allen Museum) for fuel. Scratched the door edge on a guard post. SWMBO was not happy. As a voyage repair, I covered it with Gorilla Tape. As voyage repairs will, it became permanent. Three years later, as we were removing decals we took the tape off as well. Was worried it might have cooked on. But, still looked new, peeled away no problem. Liked it so much, put it back after new paint job.


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Gorilla tape worked so well on the door edge, after new paint job, we did the entire lower edge, both sides, bow to stern. Looks great. About a year old in this pic. No more gravel chips!


Will post interior mods and upgrades next.


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