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Ok...been lurking here since this past July when I bought this 84' RBR Mini Cruiser. I got it pretty cheap, had a lot of water damage and was missing a lot of stuff. Never owned an RV before. I bought it so that I can go on a fun road trip with my dog, Lulu. So far it has been a labor of love, but also a labor of hate...burning...seething HATE. But at least it's starting to look like an RV again. Almost wrapped up with the outside, here's some pictures of the progress so far:

Look at that nasty ceiling :P this was after I tore a layer of whiteboard out that was held up with 1x2 screwed to the walls/cabinets

37294418676_d06d467b42.jpgIMG_20170707_110338 by jettaphile, on Flickr

More kuckiness

36632286244_dca899a7c2.jpgIMG_20170707_110305 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Missing lots of stuff:

37294294386_eafc7ab6a6.jpgIMG_20170707_110343 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Tore that OOOOO open like a can of sardines

37084793340_e154a382e6.jpgIMG_20170723_122000 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Making roof frame with 1x4's 

37084780450_40bd56a4f4.jpgIMG_20170729_130902 by jettaphile, on Flickr

37084777790_65330984de.jpgIMG_20170729_130906 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Used this Protecto wrap stuff as a gasket on top of the aluminum frame

23489918518_7429602d15.jpgIMG_20170729_174257 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Halfway gutted

23489862928_52def9b702.jpgIMG_20170804_161422 by jettaphile, on Flickr

The shittiest pile of shitty old shit I've ever shat:

37341170001_0edfca2014.jpgIMG_20170805_110652 by jettaphile, on Flickr

1/4" birch for the roof

36631963284_fdf1ac4be8.jpgIMG_20170806_180645 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Floor was drilled, injected with epoxy, and dowels hammered in/cut off

37084668650_c6c39598c8.jpgIMG_20170808_200449 by jettaphile, on Flickr

A rarely seen view of a Toyhome!

36631933604_47cfec2034.jpgIMG_20170810_182625 by jettaphile, on Flickr

New wall panels

37311279792_759455e8df.jpgIMG_20170812_181335 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Frame for the bunk area

23489815698_8f9e2fd3cd.jpgIMG_20170813_161934 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Got rid of this one piece bathroom closet thing...Don't like the idea of having to sit on the toilet while having a shower

37311269882_7bbf27e19e.jpgIMG_20170814_113956 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Easy to panel the walls when nothing is in your way!

36631913624_395f9cd9a0.jpgIMG_20170815_173943 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Laminate flooring installed

37294051686_474fa98248.jpgIMG_20170816_182752 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Frame for the couch, and new 6gal water heater and 12gal water tank

37341103221_e23e78b8a8.jpgIMG_20170817_185259 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Tent city

36671740173_d2712bb4ac.jpgIMG_20170818_130726 by jettaphile, on Flickr

I think this is from Wendy's or some other fast food restaurant. Insanely heavy

36631890684_957bde3187.jpgIMG_20170818_130738 by jettaphile, on Flickr

First piece of filon laminated! 

23489775718_1f93484203.jpgIMG_20170820_173407 by jettaphile, on Flickr


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Look at that shine! I used a universal gasket for a truck tail gate as the seal

37311187532_61cde30c49.jpgIMG_20170826_150721 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Panels got the edges coated with fiberglass epoxy resin

37084559050_35b3d78c2d.jpgIMG_20170827_193250 by jettaphile, on Flickr

36671657163_1baa679ae8.jpgIMG_20170829_113622 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Roof! With no holes in it mwahahaha

37293974806_b64aa855ed.jpgIMG_20170831_173210 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Front panels were framed with poplar to be a little more sturdy

37293972056_1364edc778.jpgIMG_20170831_131244 by jettaphile, on Flickr

More laminating

37293952956_cf36477f2d.jpgIMG_20170904_155042 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Old panels:

37084541240_01c260efb0.jpgIMG_20170915_111300 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Yay progress

37340994611_1a54dd1b40.jpgIMG_20170905_123015 by jettaphile, on Flickr


23489687268_76aef63101.jpgIMG_20170905_164425 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Cedar planking, which I had to install twice...because the first time I forgot to run wires for the clearance lights

37340990001_df7f34c6b4.jpgIMG_20170907_200223 by jettaphile, on Flickr

More insulation

37311139012_0713226e98.jpgIMG_20170908_115049 by jettaphile, on Flickr

23489663988_5fff4feea1.jpgIMG_20170908_133146 by jettaphile, on Flickr

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Looking good:

37293927056_7bc23fdb12.jpgIMG_20170913_182511 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Rear panels installed, moved the window up 4 inches

37340909911_1eef36ff62.jpgIMG_20170915_144232 by jettaphile, on Flickr

I laminated a 1x4 to the filon, then it was butted up against the roof before I cut everything to size

36631710634_e328dc7ee6.jpgIMG_20170915_144244 by jettaphile, on Flickr

36631706614_dfe5da6546.jpgIMG_20170915_144255 by jettaphile, on Flickr

I drilled 5 holes in it for the clearance lights and use the holes to sandwich some boards together while laminating

36671523153_62dbf8b5a1.jpgIMG_20170915_182319 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Had to add a seam here, the filon wouldn't be able to make that angle and stay put

37084400040_3e77f1193b.jpgIMG_20170916_181858 by jettaphile, on Flickr

The rear almost finished. It took me 3 days to grind all the layers of sealant off the aluminum corner trim and clean it up/paint it black The bottom piece of the rear is a 1x5 piece of clear board, that stuff made of pvc. The filon hangs over the bottom panel which is held to the clear board with double sided eternabond, then regular 2" eternabond in a "U" shape around the bottom of it, and then a piece of aluminum trim with butyl tape. The top piece overhangs the lower piece and the seam is filled with marine 5200

37310993562_18b9421db8.jpgIMG_20170923_173857 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Edges on the inside have a seam of marine 5200 and the holes where the wiring for the lights is filled with 5200 through hull adhesive

36671453303_2dfdaf3661.jpgIMG_20170917_191100 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Everything fits...barely

36672109083_8bae78ee6d.jpgIMG_20170825_170803 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Used up some of the leftover flooring, and put a piece of carpet in there as well, to keep the floor in decent shape while under construction

37293530836_aff92d5d5d.jpgIMG_20170926_182731 by jettaphile, on Flickr

New water heater, added an access panel for the propane tank, and made a little panel with water inlets, and vent for the battery box

37293526956_4bc1255a73.jpgIMG_20170926_182804 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Need to make a box around the propane tank so that it's sealed off from the rest of the interior, it barely fits out the door! 

36671218123_09e5b0f962.jpgIMG_20170926_182824 by jettaphile, on Flickr

Testing out some rope lights, I'll probably have them under the cabinets

36671216153_bdf9c2a924.jpgIMG_20170926_185616 by jettaphile, on Flickr

And those last few pictures are how it sits as of a few hours ago...will add more as progress continues. I'll be painting the outside with this oil based tractor paint I got (similar to rustoleum paint jobs, that you can roll on) I painted around the windows and stuff before installing them with the same paint but in spray form, so this way I don't have to mask anything when I roll the paint on. Tons more pictures on my Flickr page if anyone is interested: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jettaphile/




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WOW! Kinda speechless. Awesome work Man!!

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hey there. you have a fantastic looking rig. admire your craftsmanship. also admire your bravery !!  I have maintained a theory over the years of project building -CLAMPS ARE YOUR FRIENDS - thanks to your photos, you may agree. lol.  good luck, looks great. joe from dover.

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Thank you both for the comments, kind words definitely help me stay motivated! I was certainly very overwhelmed when I first started tearing it apart but since it has started to come together a bit things have gotten a lot easier. I've had a bit of help here and there from my friend who is a professional carpenter, and lots of advice from friends and family and on the forums here. It's finally sealed up and doesn't have to be kept under the tarp anymore, which was a huge step. I just imagine that the whole thing is made of Lego bricks and that seems to make it easier to get everything done :D Definitely agree on the clamps! very good friends and can never seem to have enough of them around either haha

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Really nice work!  This certainly is a big renovation, and you're going to love the result.

Also, thanks for being diligent in taking pictures and sharing the progress.  It's really fun watching that transformation!

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Thanks for posting.  I would love to be doing a complete redo like that. At the rate I am going it would take me several years. 

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Things have slowed down for me the past few weeks, but still managed to get a few things done. Here's some updates: 


I took the aluminum rack that used to run along the back of the roof and cut it down quite a bit to make a little luggage rack on the rear bumper. Also got my taillights installed, and added a third brake light and plate light. All the exterior lights are led, so I had to wire resistors into the blinkers because they were blinking fast (like when a bulb is out) the wiring runs into the bumper and up to the lights so I didn't have to make any holes in the rear filon. 


I made all new propane lines and installed them. I was able to bend the lines into shape without kinking them by filling the lines with table salt


Here's everything installed, the propane locker sealed, water pump & accumulator installed


Bench seat/bed installed, and added the cabinet doors. I'm eventually going to reupholster all my cushions


Here's the new kitchen area compared to the old one. Much sturdier! 


Stove and furnace installed and working! Got a new programmable thermostat as well


framed out the cabinets and added a track light. I also added a wall on the right side of the over cab bunk


I put an adjustable tv mount on the end of this cabinet. Can watch tv in the over cab  or turn it towards the rear. Took a break and watched some MST3K!


My dog, Lulu. She loves the overhead bunk! We've spent a few nights in the rv so far :)


I finished the ceiling. Highly recommend cedar planking! Easy to work with, smells great, and it naturally repels insects


I tested out the oil based tractor paint. It rolls on easy and looks good so far. I'll have to do multiple coats. I also added the liquid hardener to it, it should be nice and durable. Also installed the rest of the trim and added green vinyl insert. I think it will look a little better when everything is painted. I also plastic welded the cracks in the rear wheel arches. I spray painted them flat white and used some plastic adhesion promoter before painting. That's about it for now, will update more soon! Thanks for checking out my project

Edited by CrogDog

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Looks better than factory.  Only 1 thing you need to vent the propane locker to the outside. A household square soffet vent will do and when painted looks good.

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Hmm, well I suppose if I had to I could just super glue the key into the lock? The propane tank is held in place by sliding into a bracket in the rear of the locker, and the front slides over a bolt I ran through the floor and a wing nut holds it in place. I also have a 1" circular drain that runs through the floor, as I read that propane is heavier than air. It's got 4 new shut off valves (before each appliance) I've just recently gotten it back into a driveable condition, and its got a minty fresh Maine inspection sticker. I wasn't there when it was inspected, I assume they looked at the propane setup? 

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27 minutes ago, CrogDog said:

I assume they looked at the propane setup? 

Don't know anything about your Maine inspection, but here I think they'd only look at the Toyota parts, nothing to do with the 'house'.

IIRC, the 'no lock' rule is to make sure that the propane tank is always accessible to everyone (think Firefighters) to allow it to be shut off quickly without hunting for a key.

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Well, that makes sense. I'd rather be safe than sorry. My family lost our house last year to a propane leak. Jacking up the house a year prior for foundation work must have stressed the line and the kitchen stove exploded at 4am and the propane tank turned it into a flamethrower :/ I'll super glue the key into the lock cylinder! 

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Right on, well I appreciate the info. I just ordered one of these:


Will allow me to turn the lock cylinder on the propane access door into a non locking knob

As for a propane identification sticker, how about this one? :) 


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