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I originally wasn't going to do a full tear out of my Sunrader, I bouight 1.5 years ago.  I planned to do it a little at a time.  However, after a few trips with my wife, she kept saying it smelled of something decaying.  Bear in mind she has one of the most sensitive noses in the world.  I on the other hand smelled just an old home.  I also wasn't planning to do much online posting about it. Mostly because of the time and I am not good at getting around to it. But, after some encouragement after my last egg camper rebuild I thought I would try. Plus this forum has some good ideas and experience so I figured I could use the feedback as I know next to nothing about Sunraders.

So, a few weeks ago I took the couch out to see what was around it and it turned out my electrical inlet port was leaking. I took the couch out and found what is likely the original carpet and the corner where the couch and the loft area meet was full of rotten wood.  As I removed the couch the screws pulled through the wood. So, I knew what was in for.  I decided to do  a full gut and find all the leaks.  Turns out they were everywhere.  The roof rack screws were leaking.The ceiling supports were gone.  The rear clearance lights, a couple windows and the water inlets. It is clear that at some point in it's life this Sunrader has had significant water leaks that were patched and the wood never fixed.  All of the cabinet frames are/were particle board and clearly had swelled with water.  So, I finished the gut last week. 

I like the original lay out for the most part and plan to put it back pretty much the way it was with upgraded wood and painted formaldehyde free plywood.  I am going to install lithium batteries with solar panels.  I know the lithiums are costly but I plan to retire in a year and think I should buy them now while I have good income rather than when I retire.  I am a wildlife photographer, as a hobby, and plan to build the Sunrader to be able to go out in the winter -1F or so.  I live in the north so it gets cold. Last winter we saw actual -36F.  I would not be out in that. But, the batteries will need to be removed and stored.  My first goal is to seal all the leaks and prep it for spray insulation.  I welcome feedback. I will add to this thread as I move along.

Well, here we are.  Wish me luck.  

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I have. I watched them pretty much from the beginning.  I have spent  a lot of time reviewing other peoples builds and ideas online. There are a lot of talented people out there.

We all have different takes on what we want our Sunraders to do and their purpose.  I like most of what they did, like the cork floor. Which I am adding to mine.  I  have no desire to live with out the shower and bathroom.  Plus, being from the North, and what I want to do,  I have to be able to do everything inside, with heat, and not rely on cooking and other things outside.  However, their overall work on the shell and interior construction was excellent.  One of my favorite follows is https://www.instagram.com/yotahome4x4/.  He works in  a boat yard so it is over the top for fiberglass work.  Still very cool all the same. 

Thanks

 

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I removed my roof rail today and found both couplings had broken.  I want to put it back.  Any one know where to find the coupling?  They are .75" in diameter.  Hoping I don't have to make a set

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I got my 130 amp alternator installed this week. Then I sat down to make some new couplings for my roof rack. In case anyone is interested I started with a 3/4 barbed nylon coupling.

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Then with the help of a Dremel rotary tool cut it and shaped it to fit my roof rail.  I had my rail powder coated to flat black  and with new coupling installed it on my roof.  Now with new Max Flo vent, bath vent and new sewer pipe vent caps I only have my solar panels to go on the roof.  But, we are seeing highs of 40 degrees already so unless I can find a place to work on the Sunrader inside I may be stuck until we get an Indian Summer.  You can see the new on nearly completed next to the old broken coupling. When I got it done it actually worked just fine. Next phase is to pull all the chrome and have it powder coated and reinstalled.

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Interesting but many of the roof racks were actually the TV antenna! 

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I did not know that.  I like the look of the rack. I had taken it off and decided I liked the look better with it on.  The only wires going to it was the cable wire.  I don't need an antenna and plan to use the hole for the cable wire for my cellular booster antenna.

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Got around to replacing the leaking pinion seal today.  Got the truck all cleaned, sanded, and every spot fixed. Took the windshield out due to rust around it.  The problem with rust around a windshield you never know how bad it is.

I lose my body shop space next week due to this virus.  I own a park concession in Illinois and we have been told we may not get open this summer.  Ridiculous.  Anyway, with no income I can't keep paying rent on a building when I can do it outside now.  So, I pushed getting all the truck body work done so I can paint it while it is indoors.  Looking good.  Paint tomorrow. At least that is today's plan.

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Sorry to hear of your COVID predicament. Hopefully this will all work out for you in other ways.
I am prepping to paint soon. I will leave the truck cab for another day, but hoping to get the house painted at some point soon. Removed all the decals and did some final epoxy prep all around. Soon.....

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Got my Sunrader out in the sunlight today. First time since October.   Front cab is all painted.  Decals when the paint fully cures. Likely first week of June.

Now that it is at my house it will a lot easier to get some hours in on it. Raining so I see a couple spots leaking around two fixtures.  I plan to get it cleaned out and take a garden hose to it to make sure before I start furring out the side walls.

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