Cyndi, I say do what makes YOU happy! Life is too short and though these are collectable in a sense, I intend to use the heck outta mine and make it just right. Having said that, I have seen some pretty knuckle headed things done to these, but it sounds like you are trying to class up the joint and yeah, the right buyer will either appreciate it or consider it a canvas to do with it what they want.
Our play pac has issues - I so wish it was closer to original, but in no way did that stop me from getting it. Now that it's been so heavily modified, I am not afraid to make my own!
Hey Heather - no worries! These mods are so time consuming and stressful that thinking to take a picture is usually the last thing on my mind. The real pros here who ENJOY doing this kinda stuff not only take great photos of the step by step, but they make it look easy! I run home after work and think "ok, I have one hour of light left, what can I do ... hmmm, I think I'll sit in my gutted play Pac for 59 minutes just staring, mouth breathing ... and wondering what I got myself into. Then I will spend that last minute actually getting ready to do something, and ... oops, it's dinner time.
Better save it for tomorrow (and repeat above).
I have no idea what I'm doing but I figure if I measure twice, cut once, and rely on my 'study sessions' right here on this awesome forum, then I might have a chance. Thing is with these old eggs, you don't want to make too many mistakes or else you end up with a playhouse for your kids.
Thanks for the info on the dome. Yeah I might just leave it be and just clean it up further down to the base and hope the 3 to 4 coats of bed liner will add more waterproofing. It isn't leaking at all and I think my door is really the culprit of my water intrusion. I noticed also that the wet plywood was only after I pressure washed it twice. I would gander that unless I am in a hurricane rain doesn't usually hit it that hard sideways so in a normal situation I might fair well anyway.
Ok, so you were talking about interior lights
. We don't have a one! Yup, they either never existed or were removed. I know some play pacs had them overhead and they are the usual old school lights. You can replace these with new LED light kit counterparts which are much brighter and use a fraction of the energy. Since I dont have any, I don't know too much about them but I have seen many here do a similar retrofit. Regarding rivets, you might remove the old light and a short section of 1x4, glue it to the ceiling and glass it in - then you can screw the light to that? I fiberglassed my wood in but it will be supporting a heavy load and I didn't want to take chances. With just a light you might not need to go that far. Here is a link to Kevin's Boler
redo ... see how he does the wood blocks (his videos were my guide).
1979 Boler Project trailer
Check out the whole thread too - he makes some very helpful videos, which beat trying to describe some obscure modification concept (read on and you will understand!).
Having no lights of my own, I am doing some nutty stuff. I went to IKEA and bought a bunch of really nice LEDs - I posted here somewhere all about it.
I bought some plastic gutter downspouts (4x4" at home depot) will rip them lengthwise in half, and using the same technique i just used to glass wood to the ceiling and floor, i will glass small blocks of wood to the walls close to the ceiling, bolt some brackets to the wood and attach the ripped spouts (with the open side facing up) to them so the top edges are just a couple of inches below the ceiling - all the way around the entire interior. Inside them i will lay a couple of daisy-chained LED rope lights i bought a while back and ... RV soffit lighting! Does this make any sense? If not, i will be certain to take a bunch of photos. Once we finish the interior and repaint they will look like they are part of the walls. i think it will be very elegant and on a more utilitarian note, since i have that insulation covering the entire interior, i can use these soffits to run other wiring to and fro inside my play pac. I also got some really cool puck lights that gimbal like track lights and I plan to install those in the underside of the soffits at the rear and another really nice light strip that will hang over the kitchen sink/counter, so we should be well lit even if we miss happy hour!
As for foam pads inside, I think it's a pretty clever idea. Since my walls and ceiling are all covered up with 1" foam insulation, I won't need to do much more than find some kind of headliner (some thin material probably like what I had in my old UHAUL
camper) just to cover up my mess from adding in the column. I would say that we stay pretty warm in there and dry. With our door sagging, we do lose some warm air (but after my fix I hope this goes away). If your door shuts nice and tight, then you might not need to worry about getting it too thick. Hopefully those here who have already done this might be able to follow up on how their foam squares are working for them?
Regarding replacing the running lights here is the link to the bulbs:
2X White T4W 233 BA9S BA9 1895 7 LED Side Light Lamp Bulb DC 12V NEW | eBay
Take lots of pictures! At the very least a couple of years down the road when you are doing a repair and wondering was the wire here or there, you can go back and save a lot of time and worry!