Discouragement came on....then Encouragement took over. What a day!

Before I started on the project today I wanted to visualize something a bit nicer to look at. I went out to the pond and saw the Rhododendrons in the morning sunlight. I thought I would share the beauty:

On with the work. Today I planned to take the rest of the cabinets down and then begin the kitchen end. The cabinets were a tough job, most of the screws were stripped. I spent hours on that. Then I started into the kitchen end and got very very discouraged as I tore off the old stuff. This is the wettest and most damaged area of the camper. Again I was met with wood that was composted to dirt form. I really thought this was not going to be doable the further I got into it. However, after sitting and pondering...I got up for a closer look and tearing some more old paneling off, and I saw that the rotten composted wood was simply the frame for the stove fan vent. Fixable! I continued on and it's pretty much the same as the rest of the camper. Fixable! Taking the stove fan out was a major job too, it was attached to the cabinets above the stove/sink, and ...you guessed it...the screws were stripped and crookedly inserted. Cussing was prolific today. LOL Here's the inside of the stove hood. Notice the bare wires around that beginning mouse home?? In the middle of the ceiling, next to the a/c unit, was an electrical outlet. (still scratching my head on that one) and it was SOAKED! The board it's on will take at least a week to dry out. The outlet has been removed. There will be some major rewiring going on before I'm finished. Here's the kitchen end now, hopefully getting dried out. My Pops came over to look things over, he says it's fixable too, and sounded quite positive about it. So, encouragement reigned supreme. He gave me some good ideas from his previous experience with these water damaged units. It's going to be good to have him in my back pocket for answers and ideas. :) I'll do a little work on it tomorrow, but first and foremost I need to take care of the lawns. You would not even know I had mowed last week. LOL Hope everyone had a great day!

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Comment by Tina on May 28, 2017 at 7:39pm

Thank you Pat, and I will do that. :) Reading others' accomplishments helps me with ideas and pushes me forward for sure.

Comment by Pat Daly on May 28, 2017 at 2:14pm

Wonderful blog. Do keep sharing your adventures and photos with us. it will help and inspire many GORVers.  

Comment by Tina on May 28, 2017 at 1:34pm

HI Ken,

Well, when I take on a project....I do it up right!  ROFL!  

I have decided on linoleum flooring, because a brand new huge roll of it and it needs to have a purpose. I like the easy cleaning and the fact that critters won't use it for their personal toilet like carpeting, and make nests out of it.

Looking forward to your beginning. As Russ said to me (I think?), Misery loves company.  LOL

Comment by Ken and Cindy Haney on May 28, 2017 at 10:50am
Wow, the Diggity Dodge is lucky your brave enough to tackle her rebuild. That wiring looks like is was close to a major fire. After seeing what you are going through I am both encouraged and a bit scared to what mine looks like inside. I won't be getting mine for another week or two but I have looked at the outside and kind of the inside. It is being used as storage shed right now. It doesn't look like it is wet inside so that is encouraging I think won't know for sure until he gets it empty and we start the rebuild. I think we are going with a vinyl floor with runners. Maybe use the stuff we put in our kitchen. It is a waterproof vinyl wood plank looking flooring. Have you decided on yours? I can't wait to see your future posts of your rebuild.

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