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Old 12-04-2012, 07:16 PM   #1
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Not sure if I fit in here

My name is Ben. I live in Battle Ground Washington. I recently purchased my first RV. It is a 1987 Spirit Motor Home. It is all fiberglass. I realize that it isn't a trailer, but it is a fiberglass RV. I bought it because it's a Jeep. I am going to have questions about fiberglass repair and maintenance.





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Old 12-04-2012, 08:42 PM   #2
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Welcome Ben,

Very cool rig!
most of us have towables, but there are members local to you that probably have all the answers you'll need.
Chuck should be along shortly....
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:49 PM   #3
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Hi Ben, nice looking rig! We're not snobs. Like Paul mentioned, the focus of this forum is all molded towables. But, we can answer questions about the fiberglass stuff. It's the drive train stuff you might find better/more help at another forum. When/if that happens... I'd suggest: iRV2 Forum | - RV Forum Community and RV News Also a Social Knowledge forum with helpful, kind people.

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Old 12-04-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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Hi, Ben!

That's a fine example of a real Class "C" you have there...did you know that this is the only designation for motorhomes that actually makes sense, and is based on the type of construction of the unit?

Yours is very close in design/concept to the very first of the "chassis mounted campers"- "chassis" being where the "C" came from. They started out on truck bodies just like yours did...later the more common van bodies became popular.

(Side note, irrelevant but perhaps interesting: Somewhere along the line folks decided to call van conversions "B's" and then ground-ups "A's". How silly is that? I've always thought that "V's" and "G's", would make more sense...)

Anyway, as to your rig:

It's an Itasca, isn't it? I'm not sure that their fiberglass siding is the same type as that on the molded trailers most of us here own....Many manufacturing processes other than direct-molded use a lamination of materials sometimes including a layer of plywood, and the siding is attached to an interior frame. Repair methods for such processes are different than those we're most familiar with here.

But if you can describe any problems you have in some detail we'd be happy to help if we can!

Meanwhile, do have fun with the new rig/projects...

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:17 PM   #5
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thanks for the warm welcome, I am actually trying to track down more details on this motorhome. as far as the running gear this has the same running gear as my other Comanche. I plan on converting this to 4x4 soon for snow. This is another one of my projects.

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thanks for the warm welcome, I am actually trying to track down more details on this motorhome. as far as the running gear this has the same running gear as my other Comanche. I plan on converting this to 4x4 soon for snow. This is another one of my projects.

Now, what you need there is a nice little fiberglass trailer to hook up behind!

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Old 12-05-2012, 12:15 PM   #7
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I love your RV, I have never seen one on a Jeep before and I want it. Let me know if you ever decide to sell. Think it could tow my egg?
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:02 PM   #9
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Hi Ben, Welcome to the finest group of camping folk ever. I love your new rig. If I wasn't already in love with molded FG trailers I'd consider one like yours.

On this site you can glean tons and tons of great information from experts who have learned from both the hard way and other's experiences. Keep in mind we think in terms of smaller, lightweight, molded fiberglass travel trailers and if you can think that way you'll learn a lot. All ideas are transferable.

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