Amy Klippert
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Can anyone tell me how to paint the interior wood in an old RV. Is it just like painting old furniture?  sand/strip then prime, and paint? Or is there a miracle product out there so I can skip all…Continue

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Sequim Washington
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We are new fulltimers. We are going to be stationary while we have a good job here. Exploring the Pacific Northwest on vacations and weekends.
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I think we found the one

It's not pretty, but it's so cool! 

1978 Dodge Cruise Master-Sportsman edition. 

The miles are a little on the high side 93,000 but the way this thing started right up and drove like a beast down the road... there's no way we can pass this deal up. 

So far it looks super sturdy, we didn't see any soft spots or mold. YAY! 

Nice bunk bed for the kids. Nice bathroom with a small tub. 

All the stuff that needs fixing I believe is simply…


Posted on January 30, 2012 at 12:05pm — 3 Comments


I know the community of young families that full time isn't a huge one. But we are joining the small group. We have 3 small kids, under 8 years old. They are super excited for this adventure. And so are we.  So as far as the kind we are looking for, I think we have decided on a c-class bunk house. 

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 12:34pm — 1 Comment

New fulltimers

We are stepping out into the unknown, and beginning our full time RV life. We will be purchasing our first RV this month (hopefully) And we are wondering if any experienced fulltimers would have any advice for us, on how to tell if an RV has dry rot? and stuff to look out for when buying an older used RV. 

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 10:57pm

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At 3:13am on January 18, 2012, Donna & Jim Frederick said…

Amy I see you were at Blue Springs FL, There is a Tin Can Tourist rally at Cedar Key FL, open house on the 28th.  This is not in the Keys it is South west of Tallahassee..  This will be our 3rd year attending this rally.  Lots of fun in a quaint little fishing town.  The old Florida.   

At 12:08pm on January 17, 2012, Eileen Holzschuh said…

How to inspect your RV for water damage. If there is a way to get in your RV, water will find it.  My recommendation is that you inspect for potential water leaks twice a year at a minimum, once in the fall and again in the spring. Everything flexes and moves on the RV when you are traveling. Every seam on your RV and anywhere the manufacturer cut a hole in the RV has the potential to allow water in. To protect your investment and your wallet take the time to REALLY inspect all of these seams and sealants. Water damage on an RV is similar to progressive damage to a tire. The outside of the tire looks fine, but the internal damage over a long period of time causes the tire to fail without any warning. The outside of your RV looks fine but the internal damage caused by water over a long period of time can result in the entire roof, floor or wall rotting away without you knowing it. Here are a few things to look for during your inspections. Always keep safety on your mind when you are working on the roof of your RV You can be seriously injured from a fall! I suggest that you use 2 pieces of 1/2" plywood, 2 foot by 4 foot, to move around on and spread your weight out over the roof rafters.


*To stop a leak before it starts, thoroughly inspect all roof and body seams. Consult with your RV dealer for sealants compatible with different types of materials.

*Look for any discoloration and feel for any soft spots on the ceiling around roof vents, air conditioners, TV antennas, plumbing vents, and any other openings that were cut in the roof.

*Look for any discoloration or wrinkles in the wallpaper, and feel for any soft spots on the walls around all windows, doors, vents, slide outs, or any other openings that were cut in the side walls.

*Identify the location of items like the water heater, furnace, outside shower, potable water fill and city water inlet on the outside of the RV and then access those areas from the inside of the RV and look for any indications of water damage around these openings.

*Open all overhead cabinets and look in the top corner where the walls meet the ceiling for any discoloration or feel for any soft spots. This would indicate a leak at the seam where the sidewall and the roof attach.

*Check in all outside storage compartments for any indications of water leaks or water damage.

*Check for any soft spots on the roof itself especially around the roof seams at the front and rear of the RV. Thoroughly inspect all sealants on the roof around every opening.

*Some Class C motor homes are notorious for leaks in the cab over bed area. Look for any signs of discoloration and feel for soft spots. Reach under the mattress and feel for water.

*Look and feel on the outside of the RV for any signs of delaminating. Delamination is caused by water getting between the exterior fiberglass and the sidewall. When this happens the exterior fiberglass separates from the sidewall of the RV. You can stand at the front or rear of the RV and look down the side for any noticeable ripples or what looks like a bubble. You can also press on the sidewalls. If you feel the exterior fiberglass move it is delaminating. Often times, delamination starts around an opening that was made in the sidewall.


Don’t just inspect your RV for water damage; REALLY inspect your RV for water damage! If you do this on a regular basis you can locate and repair the source of any water damage before it has a chance to do a great deal of damage.


I hope you find this helpful.  Good Luck in your search.




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