Trailer Makeover

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Welcome to RV Repair Club’s first-ever Trailer Makeover! Join your host George Vondriska and the RVRC team as we transform a 1997 Salem Forest River 20’ trailer from dated to deluxe one room at a time! Follow along to see how we’ll tackle problem areas like the bunkhouse, dinette, and kitchen to maximize space, improve efficiency, and take this trailer into the 21st century. Get ready, and buckle up—you won’t want to miss a moment of this adventure.



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Part 1

Camper Restoration With George And Dave

Part 2

Gutting the Interior

Part 3

Table To Bed

Part 4

Repair the Floor

Part 5

Door Removal

Part 6

Cutting Plywood

Part 7

Corner Repair And Rebuild

Part 8

Building Cabinets

Part 9

Touching Up Exterior Paint

Part 10

Driving Neoprene Washer Screws

Part 11

Lippert Water Pump Installation

Part 12

Winegard Cell Phone Amplifier Install

Part 13

Winegard Cell Booster Installation

Part 14

Fabric Battens

Part 15

Painting the Walls

Part 16

Painting the Cabinets

Part 17

Prefinishing And Installing Wainscoting

Part 18

Installing The Door

Part 19

Removing Caulk

Part 20

Removing Screws In Tight Spots

Part 21

Splicing Wire

Part 22

Using Putty Tape

Part 23

Winegard Air 360+ And Gateway Router

Part 24

Take DISH Programming With You

Part 25

Install A New Awning

Part 26

Turn Your Fridge Into A Chalkboard

Part 27

DIY Countertops

Part 28

Installing GasStop

Part 29

Installing Nano Shades

Part 30

Easily Remove Old Nails

Part 31

Painting A Door
Trimming Around Windows

Part 32

Trimming Around Windows

Part 33

Tracking Small Parts

Part 33

Cabinets And Baskets

Part 34

Build A Folding Bed

Part 35

Coming Soon!
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31 Responses to “Trailer Makeover”
  1. TL Canivet
    TL Canivet

    RV Make: Wind river, RV Model: Chapperal, RV Year: 2009

    Furnace and pipes (ducts) unusable due to rodent damage and nests all thru . No idea where they come unless thru undercarriage . Can the furnace and vents and possibly undercarriage protection like boards across beams .

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello TL,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      What is the year, make, and model of your RV?

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3536, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Sarah
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
      • Lonnie Moore
        Lonnie Moore

        RV Make: Forest river heritage glen, RV Model: 272rl, RV Year: 2017

        How do I remove the double recliners

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        • Customer Service
          Customer Service

          Hello Lonnie,

          Great question! The ‘Ask an Expert’ section is currently for members of our online community. By becoming a member, you will have access to our expert’s knowledge. With your membership you will also receive discounts on products and hours of Premium video content.

          If you are interested in becoming a member, please click on the special offer below:

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          Thanks!

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  2. Richard Owens
    Richard Owens

    RV Make: mobile scout, RV Year: 2012, Brand: putty, Model Number: caulk

    what brand of putty tape and caulk did you use on the outside corner repair

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  3. Janet Thompson
    Janet Thompson

    RV Make: Forest River, RV Model: Flagstaff 26FKWS, RV Year: 2016

    I would like to replace the existing cloth couch that is a sleeper bed; with a theater seating with cup holders. Is there somewhere where I can get a step by step process on this unit?

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Janet,

      Thank you for contacting us.
      We don’t have a step by step process anywhere but I can tell you the easiest way to do this. It is best to disassemble the couch you have now first before trying to remove. The bed frame usually comes apart at the hinge. Remove a few bolts and it should come apart. You then need to remove any mounting brackets, some use L brackets secured to the floor and some don’t use anything. You should be able to carry out the couch. For recliners, the backs usually come off for easier install. Take the bases in and then install the backs. You can secure the legs to the floor with screws if you want. If securing to a slide floor make sure the screws don’t go all of the way through the floor.

      Sincerely,

      Sarah
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  4. Dotti Sikora
    Dotti Sikora

    RV Make: Dutchmen, RV Model: Four Winds, RV Year: 2007

    I submitted this question to the website last week with no reply. I am advised to have anti-sway bars installed on our trailer but have no clue as to what I need. Brand? Size? Cost? Any info would be helpful.

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Dotti,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      What is the year, make, model of your RV?

      Sincerely,

      Sarah
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  5. Donald Perry
    Donald Perry

    RV Make: Coachman, RV Model: Freelander, RV Year: 2005

    Where can you purchase exterior trim and inside wall materials.

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      • Customer Service
        Customer Service

        Most likely to get something that matches you would have to get it from the manufacture. Outside trim can sometimes be found at other dealerships and even online but the interior decor is often specific to that model and year. Sometimes they used the same color for a few years but they changed often and manufactures always had their own designs so most likely you won’t find it anywhere else other than the manufacture. If you want something new you can use whatever you want.
        Dan
        RV Repair Club

        Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Donald. Most likely to get something that matches you would have to get it from the manufacture. Outside trim can sometimes be found at other dealerships and even online but the interior decor is often specific to that model and year. Sometimes they used the same color for a few years but they changed often and manufactures always had their own designs so most likely you won’t find it anywhere else other than the manufacture. If you want something new you can use whatever you want.
      Dan
      RV Repair Club

      Reply
  6. Timothy Pamplin
    Timothy Pamplin

    RV Make: Sundance, RV Model: 3300SK, RV Year: 2007

    I’m replacing the entire back outer wall do to water damage and i’m uncertain on the proper way to remove the large window section

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Timothy,

      Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:

      Most windows are held in place with a ring on the inside held in place with screws around the perimeter. Remove these screws from the bracket and the window should push out of the opening from the inside. Some window seals hold it in place well so often you need to scrape around the edges of the outside to loosen it up before it will come out. There are other windows glued into place like windshields but the most common are just secured with the bracket on the inside.

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  7. Cyndi Shue
    Cyndi Shue

    RV Make: Buckaroo, RV Model: Dennison, IA, RV Year: 1971, Brand: Dioche Instant Water Heater, 110V 3000W , Model Number: Mini Electric Tankless Instant Hot Water with Digital Display for Bathroom Kitchen

    We have a slide in camper we are renovating. There is no water heater or electric water pump. We’re ok with no shower, but I’d like warm water from either the tank or from the RV park hookups. What should we consider when installing & using a tankless water heater for the sink? Any specific brands?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Cyndi,

      Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:
      You just need to hook up the water heater in line with the cold line and then the output can have lines run to the hot fixtures. You also need to run a gas line and 12v power source to the heater. You can get some units with temperature switches but they aren’t necessary. The biggest problem with tankless heaters is they require a certain output before they kick on. If your faucet restricts the water flow too much you will have to open multiple faucets before the heater kicks on. If you hook it up and it doesn’t work, you might have to upgrade to a high flow faucet to use the heater. Most RV’s come equipped with a low flow to preserve water and this is where people run into issues when switching to a tankless heater. Usually just getting a high flow faucet fixes the issue if you run into this. Other than that, they are nice systems and I would recommend Girard as a good heater.

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  8. jose
    jose

    RV Make: winnebago, RV Model: Forza, RV Year: 2017

    how change speed blower resistor?

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Jose.
      Great question! The ‘Ask an Expert’ section is currently for members of our online community. By becoming a member, you will have access to our expert’s knowledge. With your membership you will also receive discounts on products and hundreds of hours of Premium content.

      If you are interested in becoming a member, please click on the offer below:
      https://go.rvrepairclub.com/C34503
      Thanks!
      Sarah
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  9. Gil Berkins
    Gil Berkins

    RV Make: Skyline, RV Model: 28 RB Walkabout, RV Year: 2013

    I’m having a problem with the interior panel of the entry door cracking, can a video be done on repairing/replacing that and my compartment latches are not working properly and I can’t seem to adjust them to work properly.

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Gil. We don’t have a video on replacing the inside panel of the door at this time. These panels are typically laminated to the door when it is manufactured so it is really hard to remove one and replace with a new panel. It is best to fill in the cracks with something like bondo and paint over the panel. I have seen people use decorative panels and glue them on top of the existing panel as well. I have never seen one actually taken apart successfully and a new panel installed. It is best to try to repair it or cover it up. The only other option is to replace the door.
      Dan
      RV Repair Club

      Reply
  10. EDWARD
    EDWARD

    RV Make: Keystone, RV Model: Montana HC 343RL, RV Year: 2011

    soggy floor. delaminating and became spongy. just a small amount of water rot but mostly the plywood and foam separating? any fix?

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello,

      We do have a video showing how to repair a damaged floor. I will share the link below. It depends on the extent of your damage but the best way is to peel back the covering, cut out the damaged area, install new subfloor and then put the covering back on. There could be other steps needed like adding more supports or something similar. It is best to replace subflooring in sections, from floor joist to joist. This way you get something solid to install the new flooring to. If you can’t or don’t want to replace a section that big, you might have to install new cross beams to create new supports. There are a lot of custom things that can be done based on what you are trying to do. The video should help give you a better idea.
      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/video/repair-camper-floor-023868/

      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/video/floor-sleeper-replacement-024387/

      Sincerely, Dan RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  11. Perry Buckner
    Perry Buckner

    RV Make: Forest River , RV Model: Wildcat, RV Year: 2006, Brand: Forest River , Model Number: 29RLBS

    Can’t seem to find any basic repair or replace sewer lines for black or grey water tanks. I just purchased my RV and it has a 6” crack in the black plastic drain pipe coming off of one of the grey water tanks.

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Perry. We don’t have any videos showing how to fix the sewer pipes at this time. If you have black sewer lines, they will be made of ABS. This is easy to replace. You just need to cut out the section that is damaged. This can be done using a hacksaw, wood saw, sawzaw or actual pipe cutter. Just try to make the cut as straight and clean as possible. You can then get couplers and new pipe to connect together. Cut and put everything in first to make sure it fits fine. You then remove the pipes and couplers and then apply ABS cement to each end. You don’t have much time after applying the glue and once the pieces are connected it dries in seconds so you have to move fast. Once it dries, you can then check for leaks. You can find the pieces needed at local hardware stores, these are common systems and typically don’t use anything special.
      Dan
      RV Repair Club

      Reply
  12. Tony Misiura
    Tony Misiura

    Brand: Coachmen, Model Number: Leprechaun

    How do I remove the overhead cabinets? Are they attached to the ceiling thru the roof?

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello!

      If you look in the cabinet, you should see a “cleat” run along the top inside and sometimes on the edges of the cabinet. These cleats are secured to the ceiling with a couple of screws that go into the ceiling. They are also secured to the walls and cabinets next to them and often to the back wall. The lower panel of the cabinet often needs to be raised to expose another cleat and set of screws going into the back wall. The best way to raise this panel is in the corners and can sometimes be tough to remove. Once all of the screws at the perimeter are removed, the cabinet should come out.
      Sincerely,DanRV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  13. tammy warner
    tammy warner

    RV Make: Ford, RV Model: Four winds 5000, RV Year: 1995

    There are two holes in roof is there a way I can repair this myself? I also have water damage inside that I will need to repair but after roof is repaired. Thanks

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Tammy,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      What is the year, make, and model of your RV?

      Thanks!

      Reply