The fun has begun! July 11, 2015 Tony 6 Comments Knowing all along that this day was coming didn’t make it any easier to swallow. 42 years, + the fact that this camper spent its entire life outdoors on the west coast and in the northwest. Despite the fact that the AR camper had a wonderful one piece fiberglass shell, it still had an inner structure and floor made of wood. The roof vents, windows, and plumbing all developed leaks over the years and caused the damage shown in the pictures. Everyone who owns one of these is aware of the incredibly weak jack lifting points. Particularly the RR corner. All it consists of is a small 3/16″ steel plate bolted to the 5/8″ plywood. The plywood is attached to the body along the sides by 1×2 wood strips which are glued to the shell with fiberglass resin. . I’m hoping to re-engineer this area and will post my updated fixes as they happen. The rear door seal was prone to leaking, also. The rear entry footwell had carpeting which only compounded the problem. I’m willing to bet that most of these campers have rot issues in this area, unless they’ve been indoors their entire life. Looks a lot like Walter White’s utility closet. I think he made a reference to “fruiting bodies”. Looks an awful lot like rotten wood, to me. 😉 I do know that he showed a LOT more enthusiasm tackling his mess, than I am feeling at the moment. The right side structure that supports the refrigerator, furnace, and (leaking) water heater is heavily damaged. It will really feel great once these areas are like new again. Or I should say, hopefully better than new. Just plain scary. Nasty. The stuff bad dreams are made of. Kind of sad that this is the best example out of our 3 campers. I’m hoping that doing he next one will be a breeze. (Yeah, right) One thing I’m pretty sure of is that I will be able to remove the shower stall through the dining area window. It looks like a tight fit, but doable. I’m thinking this has got to be how Starcraft did it. There’s really no other way. If this works out,I believe our parts/donor camper has a pristine shower, plus it was equipped a Thetford marine toilet and a holding tank. I’d much rather have that than the Monomatic recirculating beast, affectionately referred to by people in the industry as the “fecal fountain”. There’s a lot of behind-the-shower-stall plumbing involved, to switch to the marine job. Not really possible, or as least practical, without pulling the enclosure out. This should be a win-win. Just more of the fun… The wooden framing around the dining window needs help, too. :-/ Stay tuned for some progress reports!