Hi everyone,


 Seems like motorhomes have always been built around the person of "average" height. What is average height anyway? 5'8"? I'm not too sure, but I do know that unless you can afford a newer Class A motorhome (think Alfa Gold) with plenty of headroom, then taller owners are bound to have the "bump your head blues".


 Let's face it, older Class Cs are great, but when it's time to come inside after a nice day of swimming, fishing, hiking, or just 'lazing', tall folks ALWAYS have to be mindful of three things. The entry door header, the interior AC panel, and the SHOWER!..."OUCH! That HURT!!!"


 Well no more lumps on the ole noggin' for me. No sir! Since my wonderful little 1976 Dodge Tioga needed the obligatory roof rebuild, I had a few "modifications" to make. Below are some snapshots of my quest to improve my overall outlook (and health!), so as to truly enjoy the RV experience without the frustration of receiving another knock on the head. Pics will be updated as I progress, so please check back soon.


 Folks who are well over 6' tall take note! When it comes time to rebuild thee roof (and it WILL), maybe you could have a party and "raise the roof" instead!:)

 

A 10" knee-wall should add just enough height and then some!


 What was once the rear of the top is now the top of the rear!

Previous owner had it parked under an awning for about 14 years. The battle scars show, but she's none the worse for wear.

My two favorite vehicles. Fiero gets to be the toad.

My #1 helper :)

 

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Comment by Dave Creu on August 31, 2011 at 3:25pm

Hi Jessica, That's so cool that you have a 72 Monte to tow the trailer! Awesome car! 

While I love original for travel trailers and some class a vintage motorhomes, this old class c is going to be customized and updated on the inside. I JUST finished coating the roof a few minutes ago, so she's all waterproofed. Time to move on to the inside. Everything is stripped out except the bathroom and wardrobe (they're both at the rear), but I think I'm gong to leave them like they are plan-wise. I'll just reface the walls and cabinets. This will actually be my home for a while, so I want it as cozy as possible. Will be making the curtains, covers, and such as well. Thinking something fairly neutral for the walls, daybed, and chairs, with a pop color for drapes, pillows, and throw. Still in the planning stages there. I just want to get the interior design right. I'm REALLY picky about what I like that is warm and inviting, and makes you want to stay a while in it's cozy warmth. Gotta create that ambiance. :)

Comment by jessica dittmer on August 31, 2011 at 2:43pm
will be 35 in Dec. LOL! Looks like a fun camper! are you keeping a lot of the interior true to the year or are you having to redo a lot? (besides for tall people- it was made for shorties like me probably)....ha! Our 72 is staying as orig. as possible. We will paint to match my 72 monte carlo though for eventual matched set...funny but will be something to talk about going down the road.
Comment by Dave Creu on August 29, 2011 at 5:55pm
Ha ha, yeah, it still runs. It's my little hot rod sleeper though. Got a 327 v8 back there, but shhh, don't tell anyone :) I find that I'm really liking my "old" class c. Gotta figure out a name for her. If you're 35, then your still young ;)
Comment by jessica dittmer on August 29, 2011 at 5:50pm
first off, omg a fiero that still runs?! LOL!  second, cool rig...good year, it's my age *blush*

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