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Plumbing Question...
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Alrighty!  I'm finally off the roof (yay!) and starting to trace my systems and I have a plumbing question if anyone can throw their two cents in?  My tank is under one of the dinette seats and I…Continue

Tags: pump, water, plumbing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dawn Michelle on Thursday.

Eternabond on corner trim (in addition to standard resealing)?
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Hi all - Finally, a sunny weekend, so I began to tackle the dreaded corner trim job.  Only dreaded because of the poor soul (as I cursed him or her for hours today) who thought it was a good idea to…Continue

Tags: eternabond, trim, corner

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dawn Michelle Apr 11.

It is an Edelbrock Carburetor...
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Alrighty, Rick F., yes, took off the air filter housing and found the Edelbrock tag.  That was kind of nice to know I hadn't wasted your time!  To bring forward from the previous thread you mentioned…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dawn Michelle Mar 4.


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Dawn Michelle commented on Tina's blog post Vintage camper birdhouse from an Ostrich Egg
"I'm finding it's the chuckles here that keep me going after a discouraging weekend.  Especially Lakota's posts.  He's got a way with words that always just sends my frustrations sliding away. Jars are a good idea - I…"
Dawn Michelle commented on M K Wilkie's photo

Smart Tiles

"Now that's the spirit!!!! :-)  "
Dawn Michelle commented on Tina's blog post Vintage camper birdhouse from an Ostrich Egg
"Hahah Russ - I DID NOT.  But I do NOW - and OH HOW APT!!!!!"
Dawn Michelle commented on Tina's blog post Vintage camper birdhouse from an Ostrich Egg
"What?  What?  Wrinkles?   Perfection is not an option???  Oh heck, no one told my OCD-happy-self that. Noooooo......."
Dawn Michelle commented on Tina's blog post First Time attempting a vintage Midas RV restoration - Beginning stages
"Ha, no, not so limber anymore!  I tarped mine - it's not a bad way to go but it did cut out a lot of light inside.  Was glad to see them off.  Too bad though, parking in the barn would have been great.  If it was closer you…"
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Smart Tiles

"Fingers crossed for you then - and I feel your pain!  But, throw some rugs down and ENJOY the camping :-)"
Dawn Michelle commented on Lakota Wolf's blog post Friendly competion between friends.
"As always, I got such a chuckle.  I like those front bedrooms - like going up to the loft!  All cozy like. Adds dimension.  Good feng shui."
Dawn Michelle commented on Tina's blog post Vintage camper birdhouse from an Ostrich Egg
"That put a smile on my face after an aggravating weekend!!!!!  "
Dawn Michelle replied to Russ Johnson's discussion Window removal
"Raining here too and I found three window leaks and a front vent leak.  The front vent leak is aggravating because of the days I spent up there dicor'ing the heck out of everything up there.  I may have to pull it up and reseat (and…"
Dawn Michelle replied to Russ Johnson's discussion Saturday browsing on Craigslist
"Well dang!"
Dawn Michelle commented on Tina's blog post First Time attempting a vintage Midas RV restoration - Beginning stages
"Wow!  What a pretty little rig!!  Love those classic mini breadbox lines and that turquoise striping! How long is it? I have to be sure to keep up with your posts and see how your project progresses.  I've discovered a little…"
Dawn Michelle commented on M K Wilkie's photo

Smart Tiles

"Oh how frustrating!!!  We had that recently with some paint - the dab of color on the top is right, but not the color in the can.  Only thing we could think is we didn't mix it up enough.  In our case it's lighter so we…"
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Dawn Michelle commented on M K Wilkie's photo

Smart Tiles

"Oh, how lovely against the blonde wood - danish modern?  I do love your style from the snippets in the photos - I know your camper is going to be just lovely.  Be sure to leave time in the marathon sessions for photos :-) Went this…"
Dawn Michelle commented on M K Wilkie's photo

Smart Tiles

"The curtains will look great!  And the tiles will compliment them perfectly.  Can't wait to see it all up! Thanks for the offer to sell me your leftovers but I have a feeling I'm going to end up going with blue - I saw that…"
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Part Time RVer
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Western North Carolina
Tell us a little About Yourself
Full-timed a few years ago, and although we made every mistake in the book, I didn't get it out of my blood. Or maybe I always had it, and the experience didn't deter me.

This time we are doing a few things differently. Purchased a cheaper (older) and smaller (key is MUCH smaller) RV to fix up This time we will have a "home base" we can always retreat to.

In realtime I am a going-on-gray web designer, am back in school studying anthropology and taking art and writing classes. I live with three rescues - a cat, a border collie mix and eccentric, but much adored, boyfriend.
What Interests you about the world of Good Old RVs?
Excited about this forum as everyone seems very enthusiastic and supportive about these "labors of love".
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Just a short update, no pics :-(

It's been awhile, but fixes have been progressing at the rate of Methuselah.  

Mostly because of my lack of skills and knowledge.  How could plumbing be so complicated you ask?  It's actually not.  My rig is 21 foot - there's a couple of short runs and everything with a connection is accessible.  A couple of back twisters but only because I don't move quite like I used to :-)  For Lakota's young buck in the WalMart parking lot it would be a breeze!  And, seriously, my…


Posted on May 17, 2017 at 6:40pm — 11 Comments

And the major sealing is done!!!!!!

Can I say yeehaw!  I'm finally off the roof!!  

The new ac shroud came in last week (Camping World order took about a week direct from manufacturer).  Fixing the old one became an exercise in futility.  I did learn a lot about fiberglass, though, from my mistakes.  I don't regret my decision - it looks great.  The old shroud is going to become a little goldfish pond.

So, confessions.  I have come to despise dicor with a passion.  Stuff didn't set up fast, I was…


Posted on April 30, 2017 at 7:50pm — 2 Comments

Rigging a Vent Fan - Cheap Mod

Because I have a lot of things to sort out on my new-to-me-rig, as well as a limited budget, there are some places I'm going to have to make some compromises, at least initially.  Juno came with two ceiling vents, but no fans.  Decided that was something I had to modify, and I did consider replacing them, but ultimately decided for now to rig fans into the opening.  This is by no means either pretty or convenient, but it's workable and will save me about $400 I can spend elsewhere.…


Posted on April 22, 2017 at 8:09pm — 1 Comment

Playing with Power Tools (& Step Solutions)

Pretty day today, but rain tomorrow so postponed (yet again) un-tarping to start cleaning off the corner trim to reseal.  Some progress however - our handyman put in a new gate this week to make it easier to get in and out of the yard and he's going to quote me to put in a gravel pad and a carport.  

Today I tackled the steps.  The bottom one wants to sag forward, and it would take some serious metalwork to try to fix that at the pivot, so I bought a simple metal step brace…


Posted on March 25, 2017 at 6:28pm — 3 Comments

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At 3:31pm on January 11, 2017, Lakota Wolf said…

Dawn ,its best to tarp cover during cold rainy ugly nasty weather,,, roof sealers and such dont bond very well in wet conditions. Thats a project for better weather days.. The plus side,, it gives you the excuse to tinker on the inside,,, you know,, those little things that you want to do, but usually fall on a nice sunshiney day when you don't really want to be inside. This is the time to do those little projects. You sound as if its Christmas morning with a new toy and just cant wait to play,, I admire your enthusiasm.. Have fun and enjoy.. and dont forget, take pictures.

At 8:27pm on October 2, 2016, Robert Daggett said…

thanks for the comment back  i do love my old winnie  almost as much as i do Mount n Dew that's why its called the Mount n do me winnie i will let you decipher what it means my daughter named it that but its her first RV experiences and she is the same age now that i was when my great uncle introduced me to the RV world and been loveing it ever since

At 5:20pm on October 2, 2016, Robert Daggett said…

Dawn my advice don't delay every minuet you delay is 10 minuets of fun and enjoyment you are missing i have a 1976 Winnie and i wanted to buy one in 1976 when this thing was new instead i waited till 2015 to get mine so that is 39 yrs of fun and enjoyment i have missed out on all because i delayed for one thing or another. when you do jump make sure you will get one you can be not only happy in but also proud to own and as for repairs look at it this way your brick and morter home has to have repairs on all the time too so this way your investing in your enjoyment good luck and happy camping




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