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Scary rv stove experiance!
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We have a traveler gourmet oven. With the oven on top, and stove on bottom. Today we discovered that when you push on a knob it releases a surge of gas, now this only happens when you push on it, not…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Old soldier Jan 15, 2019.

She isnt done, but we took her CAMPING!
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Hello all! If anyone knew what we had to do to get our beav out and about, they would appreciate her first adventure. With some wires sticking out waiting for a new porch light. Seams showing because…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Daly Oct 31, 2011.

How do you get silicone off aluminum windows?
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Im having a tough time trying to get the silicone, and some sealant off. I got most of it off with steel wool and either acetone, or turpintine. But the clear silicone is in the drains for the…Continue


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Hello rvers. Our family has just bought our first rv! It's a 1975 Dodge Beaver. We can't wait to restore it! Engine seems good although it overheated on the hour and a half drive to our house. This was due to absolutly no coolant! Water did the trick and we made it home! Yay!

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The beav has been gutted!

Oh man this thing is so much worse than we thought. Turns out the airconditioner had been leaking water for years. It was wet when my husband pulled it off. All the insulation was wet, all the wood is so rotten you can literally drag your finger across it and it just falls off. The floor is uneven, the walls sag. Man we need about 20 more hours in the day and a million dollars. We have accepted that this is no longer a restoration, this is a complete rebuild. The frame is weird, why are the… Continue

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 9:58am

1975 dodge beaver restoration

We have our first rv! She is a 1975 dodge beaver. We love her. We are Dustin, Carrie, Lydia, and Gavin. We bought it saturday it overheated on the hour and a half drive home. We just kept stopping and filling it back up with water. There was absolutly no coolant. She made it home! So we will get to her engine later there might be a few issues there. But totally fixable! We pulled out the carpet and found remnants of the lovely original shag carpet and avacado colored linoluim. Dustin started… Continue

Posted on August 2, 2011 at 12:57pm — 6 Comments

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At 9:48am on August 30, 2018, Kevin Crowley said…

Are you still rebuilding your Dodge Beaver?

At 2:23pm on July 21, 2013, Aaron said…

WOW!!!  Your rebuild pictures are crazy! I do appreciate you sharing. You have done a great job. 

At 6:14am on October 15, 2011, Julie Houser said…


    My lil' RV came to me in this condition, though I searched high and low- original condition, though I want to update her! NO leaks, which is fantastic...even the original fridge works! I'm the third owner and love the OLDer units. 

At 9:51pm on September 27, 2011, Randy Brown said…

the layout looks like it is very similar as far as the floor plan of ours. i will post pictures as soon as i get a chance to take some.  right now we are checking all the appliances and getting options on weather to fix or replace. the range is a Coleman with the oven on top and 4 burners and is extirmely clean, but won't work. since we are new to this i'm getting a pro's opinion before ripping it out. on the whole, it is very clean and neat.  

since we're in idaho and the rv is from nevada, i have no idea if the roof leaks.  we'll have to put a sprinkler on top and sit inside and drink beer to test it.

randy in idaho 

At 9:36pm on September 27, 2011, Randy Brown said…

this is randy in idaho.  did you have a wiring diagram for the rv or did you just 'wing' it since your rebuilding from the ground up.


At 10:12am on August 25, 2011, Dave Creu said…

Ahh Eternabond! It's the only stuff I recommend to seal edges and joints, and depending on the type you get, you can use it under Liquid Rubber. Eternabond is a micro sealant tape that is pressure activated and VERY tough! It isn't like the old butyl roll caulking/tape in that it isn't affected by temperature and doesn't break down. It is super stable and will last longer than your rig! Check it out here:http://www.eternabond.com

As far as removing old sealant I like to use acetone. It breaks up virtually all sealants, paints, varnishes, you name it! You'll still have to apply lots of elbow grease and maybe use a hammer and chisel for the really tough stuff. Sometimes it pays to just ditch the old part and rebuild with different materials. I had a continuous aluminum roof and they are notorious for pinhole leaks. Not only that, but mine wasn't fully supported by anything but the rafters and over the years it started to sag, hold water, and leak at the seams. When I saw how bad the roof was I traded for her, I knew that rebuilding her the same way would be a big mistake, so I used thicker rafters and better blocking (it had none!), and 3/8" plywood on the whole thing. Used Premium Kilz waterbased, Eternabond tape over that, and in a day or two I'll coat everything with Liquid Rubber. I should never have another leak! :)

The shelf that was in the cabover was kind of like a drawer/headboard, but nothing over head. 

Hope everything is running smoothly on your end, and look forward to the updates! 

At 2:26pm on August 23, 2011, Dave Creu said…
Thanks! My floorplan is a rear bath, with entry to the curbside rear. When you come in the door the to your immediate left is the ward, and the bath. Directly in front as you enter is the left end of the galley, and as you turn right to walk to the front we have the refrigerator on the right, along with another closet that could also be a pantry. Then the option for a sofa (also on the right) or dining booth the rest of the way to the front, and ending up right behind the passenger seat bulkhead. Adjacent to that area on the left, and in front of the kitchen, we have a larger day bed/sofa. Then, of course, overhead we have the bunk. I really like the layout, and will keep it this way and opt for the dinette/sitting area on the right side. Water tanks are under each area as well. Now that I can actually stand up in the shower (it is on a 5" rise), I'm really happy with it, and it makes the space feel much larger! Once I finish the roof (hopefully today), I'm using Eternabond Webseal on the joints and perimeter, and Liquid Rubber for the roof, which is now continuous 3/8" primed plywood over 2" ACTUAL dimension rafters. I should never have another leak! :)
At 12:45pm on August 2, 2011, Craig & Lisa said…
Ok that is exactly what I was thinking your RV was. What I didn't know was that you have a door on the side and in the back. That is very unique. I have seen campers with a single door in the back or a door on each side, but I have never seen an RV with a door on the side and the back. Very cool. :o)
At 12:01pm on August 2, 2011, Craig & Lisa said…
I apologize for the poor grammar in my last posting...grrrr! I can't stand when I do that.
At 11:59am on August 2, 2011, Craig & Lisa said…

I would love to see pictures of your rig when you get a chance. Ripping out dry rot can be a little scary, especially when your RV collapses implodes on itself lie ours did. Only a couple of choices there... cry or man up and rebuild. I chose the latter. :o)


Unless someone is a college fan or from Oregon they probably will not get the whole beaver and duck comment, but living in Oregon we get it. :o)




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