Saturday, February 25, 2012

Overhead fini!

The overhead cab rebuild is finished!! YAY! It looks good too. I'll share a bunch of photos on this page. Sorry if it takes too long to load, but this is also to document the before & after situation of the damages.
It's amazing how QUICKLY these things deterioriate when they get wet - well, especially when they get SOAKED! RV's are not meant to go underwater....

Before I share the photos, Felton's RV Service did right by me. They did a good job, no more mildew or mold to contend with now! They also wanted to do a new roof, but I did not feel an entire new roof was necessary. Had it been though, they did offer me a great price for the entire project, but I asked to just keep it to the overhead cab area. Then Mitch said he'd power wash the roof, prep it & put a new coat of dicor rubber roof sealant down. I told him not to bother. I can do that myself. After all, I did it last year. It's not that difficult to do & I need to keep the expenses down. I can't believe that it only took them 5 days! They still have to put the awning back up & a few other small details. We agreed that Ellie can stay there till next Thursday as I have a week full of doc appointments & therapy anyhow. And I want a quote on a possible exhaust leak (no silly, not for them to make one, to repair one!), a tune up & new shocks. Ellie got new shoes in Dec of 2010, but she badly needs new shocks. Too bad we can't do that for ourselves as well huh? Replace our body parts as they wear out. Today, I want a new lower back ;-)   Ouch. 

Felton's RV service url is once again:  www.feltonsrvservice.com  They are located in Houston & are very, actually, extremely fair about their prices! Plus he has a good crew of guys working for him right now, which makes a big difference.

So now, onto the photos:
From the damage to:

First step in covering damages, to:

Second step in more effective leak protection, to:

New fiberglass covering & newly rebuilt wall. The only thing I would have wanted differently is for the seam to have met along side the window in the corner instead of along the window. However, we did not discuss exactly where it would be. I blame myself for that overlook, but all in all, the work is well done. And well, it IS better than looking at the scary bare wood huh? Ellie must never show her bloomers to the public again -- nor to me!!

Drivers side sealed back down with a new wall under it as well.
I guess I did not take a photo of the front, but it too has a new wall built under it & all is sealed down there too.

Now for the interior photos:

When I first discovered the big fat nasty leak!

Here, if you look hard enough, you can see the split wallpaper beside the window,
and the warped deck damages. If  had torn back the wallpaper from the decking, you would see nothing but rotted wood.

The passenger side, you can really see the damages. Imagine the mildew that was developing under all that. It was nasty. I resorted to putting odor control pellets, an odor absorbing unit & sealed it all off with plastic as I still had to sleep in my RV at night (on the sofa of course). Along with all that, I also used an electric air purifier with a carbon filter in it.



View of the deterioration of the decking looking from the front.


New! New! New! New! New! And YAY!
Click on photos for larger images.





So am I happy -- YES!!!
Am I glad I had this done -- YES!!

Some folks thought I should have just sold Ellie as is & moved onto another rig. But in doing so, it would have cost me sooo much more in trying to find a newer bigger rig right now. So I opted to have mine repaired. She was bought outright in 2006, no loans, no money owed. It's nice to own it outright. I want my next rig to be owned outright as well. So in the meantime, once I get back to work (shudder), I will save money towards a bigger rig. I'll sell Ellie when the time comes & use that money towards another rig in the future. For now, I need my little home on wheels. My WheelEstate :-)

So hopefully, the other things I want done on Ellie will be affordable. The she can be road ready & by the time I'm done with doctors & therapy, I can be on the road to happiness!!

The money I saved from Felton's RV service's fee of the rebuild will allow me to hopefully get the other things tended to. I still can't believe I was quoted 12k for this job from PPL. Insane!

Have a great day everyone & thanks for your support over these past few months. It truly has meant a lot to me! :-) 

~As always, be kind to your pets, clean up after them on your travels & respect your neighbor~

25 comments:

  1. So glad you got such a good price and good job. It must be a real relief!

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    1. Thank you Merikay, yes, it is a relief. Now the nightmare is over - whew! I'm allergic to something in my friends house too, so I am anxious to get the RV back & move back into it. But I guess it's best that it stays there a few days to air out a bit from the glues & such that they used too.

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  2. YAY! Ellie is beautiful! ... so happy for you ;)

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! Too bad I could not make it down to the bay while you were there - we'll have to catch up sometime!

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  3. I am glad things worked out for you and a repair job that looks great at a reasonable price. Owned outright is a great thing to have.

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    1. Bhounds, I am so looking forward to see what you end up getting. There are so many options out there. I'm anxious to follow your path on your gaining your first RV.

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  4. Soooo glad everything was done to your satisfaction and Ellie is soon to be back on the road.

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  5. What a difference that repair made. Looks good as new.

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    1. Thanks Judy, yes, it does look good. I'll sleep better for sure huh?

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  6. I was not in the crowd that urged a sale. I don't think you would have gotten anything as comfortable as your Ellie for the money involved.

    Relieved for you that this is finally resolved!

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    1. Thanks Roxanne. Thanks for being on my side with that. I don't think everyone understood that side of it. I don't hold anything against anyone over it though. They simply didn't know all that goes into trying to find something that you are hanging on by a thread with trying to survive. No, I would not have found anything as good as Ellie for that kind of money & it would have exhausted my bank account for sure.

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  7. How great to know that things are fixed and you will soon be settled back into Ellie. It is wonderful news. Be sure to update that RV Service site so that everyone knows that you received great service at a fair price. That will help some other RVer out someday.

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  8. Your home is going to be so comfy and cozy we may never get you out of it again. Thank goodness the pups will make you get out once in awhile. The repairs look wonderful. And having a rig that is paid for is the best thing ever.

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    1. Haha Sandie, you are right. I'd become a hermit inside of my own shell. They'd tow me away, motorhome & all & I'd not know it. One day, I would exit into the far future & find myself living in a junk yard!! (uh oh, there goes my crazy imagination again..your fault this time ;-} )

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  9. Felton's did am awesome job, Cyn. I am sure Ellie is very grateful. I'm glad you stuck to your guns and decided to have the work done instead of selling her. I know how it feels to own your baby outright and not want to go into debt, even though I may have been part of the crowd that suggested to sell. Happy traveling and happy sleeping.

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    1. Thanks Dee, if the repairs had cost more to do, then I might have been forced to sell Ellie, but fortunately, it all worked out - whew! She'll be like new again before I finish. I swear!

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  10. Looks wonderful!

    Donna at Aransas NWR

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  11. What a great job they did. If you would have tried to sell Ellie the way she was, you might as well given her away. Good move on your part. I am so happy for you. On to the next thing. Good luck with the Dr. and therapy.

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    1. JoJo, the day before I took her to the shop, a man came in the driveway, offering 4k cash for her. I declined. There was no way I could have bought another RV for the cost of what I put into Ellie, plus the 4k. It would have had to been an older RV to buy, I didn't want to do that. I've already done so many upgrades to mine as it is. When I sell her, it'll be for a bigger newer RV hopefully. Not new, but newer than '96.

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  12. I know the feeling of owning outright... it's wonderful. What a great job they did on your RV.

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    1. Thanks Gypsy Boho! Yep, owning outright is sweet. No taxes to pay either like on a house!

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  13. Looks great, how awesome is it that you'll be staying dry from now on? I would ask the repair center if they can run Seal-Tech on the rig to test for leaks.

    Seal-Tech pressurizes the rig so leaks can be detected, this is how our bad leak was found and repaired.

    Erik

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