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  1. Hello, I am very new to the RV/motorhome world. I recently purchased a 94’ Suncruiser Winnebago and am currently redoing the inside. I would really like to replace the exterior panels because they are not in the best shape. Any ideas on what to use—would tin be an option or is it too heavy? Thanks in advance!!!!

    1. Hi Amy,

      RV siding is usually very light fiberglass or a vinyl product. You do need to try to stick with the manufacturers siding or manufacturers approve siding product to maintain the integrity of the structure while keeping it light, safe, and watertight. To be honest, I own a vintage Airstream so I’m most knowledgeable about them over the more modern models. If you can, join some RV related Facebook groups. Most RV owners are very friendly and helpful to other RV owners. Best of luck!

  2. We are going to remodel a 2000 Safari Continental A Series Single Pop-Out and are trying to find the schematics/floor plan. Does anybody know where to get this? I have tried google and can’t seem to find one. Thanks so much in advance.

  3. I can’t help but wonder how much weight this remodel added to the RV. It would be nice to know as we have lots of stuff and we would have to cut down a bunch more if the RV GVWR was taken up by the materials used. Do you have information on what materials were used and how much they weighed installed?

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Cate,

      Weight is very much an issue in RV’s but for some reason I’m thinking this one was to be installed by a lake and not moved much (I may have it confused with another). I would suspect thin pine was their go-to for the majority of projects.

      Thanks so much for reading MHL!

  4. Love this remodel, we have 2 RV diesel pusher remodels under our belts now, I just linked up to you on Instagram, I have a ton of pictures of both the remodels if you’d like to see them.

  5. Great job. I watch those tiny home shows and never can understand why someone would pick one of those over a RV. Most of those tiny homes are not very mobile and from what I have seen lack very much storage. Where as most RV’s make the most of all storage space and if they do not move themselves, they are more easily towable.

    1. Hi Laura!

      Oh, don’t even get me started on the tiny homes!

      Mobile homes were the original tiny homes but those are stigmatized and stereotyped. But tiny homes are cool? Makes no sense to me but I’m biased on the whole subject, I guess.

      Thanks so much for reading MHL!

  6. This is absolutely amazing. I never wanted an RV as they’re too RV-ish! This is a beautiful home. I’d definitely live in something like this. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Very nice indeed. I love the colors that you chose, it’s just simply down home and beautiful. As with any mobile home, RV or camper it’s just hard to tell with the naked eye if there is any mold or damage. I purchased a 14×80 single wide and did see some damage that was figured into the price but it’s what I didn’t see after purchase what was much more expensive after beginning some remodeling. I am older and on a fixed income so after 2 years the remodeling is still taking place, a little at a time is all that can be done. But when finished I will post it on this site.

    Thank you for sharing your story. I love this newsletter and the website, so people keep posting.


  8. Thank for sharing the story about mold and remodeling! From the mold picture shown, the extent of the mold was very serious. Yet, the motor home looked so sound. This story makes me leery of buying any type of RV without first conducting some kind of professional mold inspection. It sounds like simple high-level moisture levels (e.g., shower) can cause the mold…not just “leaks”. What a project!

    1. Hello!

      Thanks so much for the comment. You’re absolutely right – buying an used camper or RV is a very daunting experience because issues are so easily covered and hidden. You have to inspect every inch!

      Emotions run high in these situations – most buyers have dreamed of the open road or small living for years and are finally able to make a dream come true. And to be completely honest, the sellers likely don’t even know there is a problem so that complicates things even more.

      When I bought my 1965 Airstream Safari there was a foot of snow on the ground so I wasn’t able to inspect the belly very well. I checked everything I could possibly think of though. Fortunately, the only issue I found after getting it home was a small patch of rotted wood at the door (about 2″ x 5″). The owner couldn’t have known about it because there was absolutely no sign of an issue. I only found it because I ripped the flooring up. It turned out to be a dry-rotted seal and was easily fixed but I can’t help but think how bad it could have been and how much luck played into the situation.