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« on: May 26, 2008, 03:40:27 PM »
new to pop ups, for about a year now. bought my brothers used jayco eagle series. it's in fair good shape (he bought it used too).

I've been thinking of trying to re-do the cabinets inside. any suggestions? any how to books? websites?

any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008, 03:53:39 PM »
Hi, and Welcome Aboard,

I don't know of any books on the subject of PUP remodeling, but if you look on here in the various forums, there is a wealth of information.

As far as your cabinets, are you refering to refinishing them?  If so, I know several folks have done this by sanding them a bit, giving them a coat of primer, and then a top coat of paint.....I am planning on doing this next week.

If you have specific questions/ideas, let us know!

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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2008, 04:28:43 PM »
thank you! and after reading of Lady_elizabeth re-do project, I do have hope.

I am thinking with the condition the cabinets are in, that most likely I need to try and rebuild them. I don't think they could take much sanding...

my idea was to take one apart at a time to make templates of each piece, cut'em out and replace. does this sound like a plan?

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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2008, 05:03:08 PM »
Sounds like a good plan to me. While your doing that, you could also beef up some of the materials a little bit. Screws, instead of staples. Things like that. You don't want to go too big on the lumber though, cause your gonna want to keep the weight down.

Good luck with it, and share some Pics when you can, OK?


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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2008, 05:06:23 PM »
thanks for the idea on the screws and noted on the weight!

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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2008, 05:31:40 PM »
Taking the cabinets apart and using them as templates is what I did.  Use some plywood and they will be much more sturdy than they are now!

After you are done, paint them or stain them however you want.

While your at it, lay down some new linoleum, it will totally change the way your camper looks!

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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2008, 06:25:16 PM »
nice pics, thanks for sharing! you did an great job! this is encouraging

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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2008, 08:58:51 PM »
That looks Great Pike! (sorry, didn't see a name in the profile.)

The plywood was where I wanted to make the caution though about the weight. Plywood is a hell of a lot sturdier of course, but use a very fine thickness like luan paneling. The cabinet strength should come from the 1x1 or 1x2 framing like most are originally built. This helps to keep the total weight down on the campers.

Now the staples they use originally, that's just a common factory speed-up-the-process type of thing. The screws are much stronger, and they'll likely never become loose on their own. Shoot, I found a bad staple job on one of my brand new dinettes! Next time the camper's open, I'm gonna be repairing that with a screw or two in the right place.


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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2008, 09:27:04 PM »
Thanks for the compliments.  I'll see if I have any pictures of it when it was really bad off.  95% of the camper was rotted.  If it wasn't for my dad, I would have given up on it.

You can fix yours up believe me.  Neither me or my dad are carpenters, but it's not as hard as you think!

And Cowboy Camper is right, watch out how much plywood you add if you go that route.  It will add a lot more weight.  Mine is basically a tent on wheels so added weight wasn't much of an issue with me.

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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2008, 09:49:38 PM »
Speaking of a Tent on Wheels, that's a really neat looking camper without a hard roof. Like a convertible car! Cool

BTW, I see that you left the sink out. I would have put it back. That's a really neat floor plan. I've never seen the cabinetry run a corner like that before.

The really sad thing about my old '75, is my dad IS a retired carpenter, and he could have helped me rebuild the old camper. But he wasn't at all interested in that, so I had to buy the new '08.

So... to that end, I gave up and lost. Those of you who succeed in any rebuilds earn a higher level of respect in my eyes. Ya done good Pike! Way to go!!

BTW, what's the make, Model and year on that camper of yours? Question


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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2008, 10:05:59 PM »
I was just looking at your pictures, it must be nice problem to have to decide which camper to take out!

Mine is a 1970 Cox Campmaster.  They are no longer in business and they also built boat trailers.

As far as the sink goes, this is our first popup and since we are used to tent camping and using wash basins, I figured I wouldn't miss it.  I still have the sink, and it may find it's way back in some day.

Check out Funrover's camper, his is also a Cox but his is a 60 something model.

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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2008, 11:00:58 PM »
Another Cox, I should have known. Those are some neat campers IMHO.

I can see your point about the sink, but believe me. When you get used to a pup instead of a tent... well for me anyway, there's no looking back!

And about the two campers thing... the '75 has died. I guess I should somehow note that fact in the Galleries, but the '08 is the only camper I have to use. The '75 has been stripped of all known good parts for possible Mods to the '08, and it's due to get scrapped tomorrow. Sad That's why I said it's a sad thing that my dad could have helped with it, but he didn't want to.

So now I'm stuck with an '08 model instead. Sarcastic


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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2008, 05:16:49 PM »
Scott, Pike, thank you both so much for taking the time on my question. I should have looked aroung this website a bit more I guess before I posted it.  I have to say, I wish I had found this site last year when I first brought my pup home. there is just so much information and good people willing to share!

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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2008, 09:27:32 PM »
I have seen some message boards where if you ask a question, people immediately respond with "use the search function", but I have not seen it here.

I think people like talking about campers and camping in general too much here for that.  I haven't run into any rude people, so I think everyone is free to ask away!

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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2008, 12:38:12 AM »
Oh Indeed!!

Ask what ever you want to here at PUP! Approve

We are all here to help each other out, and that's what makes PUP such a great Forum to be a part of.

Look into MY history alone, and you'll learn from my own experience. PUP is the Place to be to ask questions. Some folks... (like me) might even buy a new camper and be able to expand on our knowledge of the subjects that might be asked about. And I'll be more than happy to help out wherever I can! Cool


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