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Though not strictly a part of this remodel, I did also install Ultraheat tank heaters on the grey and black tanks, and a See-Level monitoring system on all the tanks.  Here’s an underside shot of the tanks/heaters/monitors.


Holy smokes, James. I’m a pro woodworker of over 35 years, and I’m impressed with your skills. At age 62, I just bought my first RV. Mine is a 1997 26 foot travel trailer in very good shape, but that won’t stop me from doing my thing to it. I’m a remodel kinda guy. I love doing it to anything I get. Seeing the frame work, the way you did things, and the end result has inspired me. I just ripped back the rubber roof on mine, put and entire new section of plywood on a bad area, put the rubber back, used Eternabond tape on all the edges and cross seams, sealed the entire roof twice, and now I’m off to the races getting ready to re-vinyl stripes, paint the lower section (modernize the whole look), and start making my own counter tops with real wood bull nose rounded edges. replace carpet, put in new fake wood floors, and thinking about cabinet work. Thanks for the jump start and inspiration. By the way, from all the ladder and roof work, my back hurts, my feet hurt…..it’s not easy doing all this at my age, but that’ll never stop me!!


Hi, LOVE your remodel! We aren’t the handy types, so we purchased a new Pleasure-Way Lexor. We want to extend our travel season; what’s your opinion on the Ultra Heat tank and pipe heaters? We’re not interested in sub-zero travels, just mountain nights in the mid-twenties if we get caught. Thanks, and happy travels!


Hands-on is about the only way to learn these things. I thought I knew how to build cabinets, but building them inside a vehicle is something else altogether – and you don’t realize that until you rip some out! I’m glad the remodel pictures are helpful to you. I might not live close to you (I’m in Utah), but if you have any questions you think I may be able to help with, fire away. Good luck – it’s a big project!


James, I’ve noticed that you installed the REMI front and side blinds in your remodel of das bus. Our “Stanley” (Winnebago ERA) came with the front blinds as standard equipment. I’ve recently purchased the REMI side blinds from EuroCampers. I’d like to know, how are the side blinds holding up? Have you had any issues with them? Do you like them? Do they interfere with the side mirrors? Thanks in advance.


When I used spray adhesive (for sticking insulation to the roof, for example), I used V-S Spray adhesive that I got from RAAMAudio. It has held up very well, and I have not had any sagging or falling off. I can’t say specifically how it would work on faux leather and dash plastic, but it might be worth a shot. If that doesn’t work, then the problem is likely in surface prep. If hyper-cleaning it doesn’t work (try a variety of solvents until you find something that hits it pretty hard, but doesn’t melt it), then kind of like a primer, you may need to find something that will stick to the dash – and that the adhesive will stick to. That’s all I can think of right now. Good luck with your remodel!


*FYI* the ‘Avion’s’ build is actually superior to that of its competitor, the Airstream. Not only are the walls fully insulated with THICK insulating foam but the floors are made up of two sheets of plywood that sandwich 3/16" polystyrene standard foam sheet. Needless to say, this thing is built to last. Unlike your standard box-y RV, an Avion/Airstream & its aerodynamic attributes allow it to haul down the road and across the country. In the pictures below you can see Hunter sealing the pipes and then adding additional insulation to their build. As if the RV’s build wasn’t robust enough… Hunter was sure to take it up a notch throughout the remodel.


Hi Meseidy, Your renovation is beautiful! I love everything! It is amazing how much a little color changes everything in those old panel campers! You and your husband did a wonderful job! Quick suggestion… if the bathroom toilet, tub, sink is plastic (like I believe it is), pickup a few cans of plastic spray paint and get rid of the yellow. It will make a world of difference. Do you know what kind of paint I am talking about? The kind that is specifically for painting plastic. I think you can do it all in less than 2-3 cans MAX! My husband has used it to spray paint sinks and tubs in older mobile home remodels and it makes such a huge difference.


We sighed and whimpered over this super-storage solution in the bathroom, complete with knitted pockets for toiletries, kids’ bath toys and reading matter for the loo – it’s too cute for words. Be sure you make this out of cotton or nylon so it can be tossed into the washing machine to keep everything sweet and germ-free.


I'm not sure this is how this is actually done, but it makes me wonder about combining the toilet in the shower area if space is a concern. Reminds me of a RV bathroom/shower combo, just not as extreme.


The home's graywater is channeled through an RV waste flange, which can hook up to a septic system, portable waste system or custom system. A compact composting toilet on the other side of the bathroom eliminates any blackwater waste.


The bathroom lower cabinet was this weird, face frame abomination.  It sucked, bad, and had to go.  This is the new frame-up I made for it.  You can see lots of pocket screws.  LOTS of pocket screws and glue went into this rebuild.


You know, I put this cabinet up over the bathroom vanity, and I thought I was pretty cool.  But then I realized I couldn’t put a door on it without it being a head banging hazard.  So I went with sliding doors with frosted Plexiglas.  Came out pretty good.  The lights underneath are also LED, but they’re a warm white, and the thinking was that they would help Stef with makeup or other girl stuff.  I had to turn the mirror sideways to get it all to fit, but it works out OK.  I have to bend over a bit to shave, but that’s the only negative.
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Can I have a man like you as a husband/ boyfriend? I could sure use a handy person like you!!! I’m female, and had to learn everything about carpentry by myself while redoing my Class C RV. I see you did some terrific carpentry work. I want to install a stainless sink in bathroom, so have to make a new countertop – slightly larger. I would love some advice – can send you photos and get some basic advice on wood countertop. I plan to paint it to look like pink marble when done. Please email me back. I just need some basic guidance about what wood to use, and how to finish it off and screw into place. I have a table saw, and lots of tools, but no router, no angle grinder yet.
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Charles – I’m not familiar with the 77 Dodge Sportsman, but bathrooms in the class Bs are tough. I don’t know what your bathroom looks like now, but you’ll probably preserve the most space if you can make some kind of a wet bath. You’d have to completely waterproof the whole space, but the FRP panels make that do-able. You might need some kind of shower pan for the floor. You’d also have to cut a hole in the floor for the drain and trap – so it kind of depends on where your grey tank is too, since you need to stay higher than that. I had the cushions on our RV recovered by a local upholstery guy here in Salt Lake City – wasn’t cheap, but he did good work. I would just check out “upholstery” in your area and get some estimates. Be prepared – good foam is expensive. Good Luck!
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Yeah, the closest you can find to the old MB Cruiser is the Leisure Travel Vans Free Spirit SS. It has a great rear bathroom, but won’t work for us. We are still trying to find the perfect RV, but the bike storage is our big hangup. If we ever sell Das Bus (and I hope we do get to graduate someday…), I will be sure to post it on the web site. A couple of you have been interested.
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Hey Chris, no problem. FRP is “Fiber Reinforced Plastic”. You can buy it in 4×8 sheets at the Home Depot. In fact, at my local HD, the bathroom walls are covered in it. You can cut it with saws, but you need to use some kind of respirator when you do because the dust is harmful. It does go up with adhesive and a trowel. I found that the FRP Adhesives are cheaper to buy online.