My Viking 1706

Discussion in 'Checkout My Rig !' started by pandahelen, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. pandahelen

    pandahelen New Member

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    Here are some of the before pictures of our Viking 1706.

    http://picasaweb.google.ca/helen.gunther/OurTrailer2007?authkey=Gv1sRgCPWQu6eC_7urZA#

    We have done some mods but I won't have pictures of them until the weather turns warmer and we can open the trailer back up again.

    Helen - 69, Brian - 68
    DS1 - 97, DS2 - 99
    TV - Sienna 06, PUP - Viking 1706 95
     
  2. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane I'd rather be camping

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    That looks very much like our 96 viking 2006. It is just a little smaller. It has all the same fabric and counter top materials.

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 2003 F250 Super Duty Crew Cab
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 1996 Viking 2006
     
  3. LI Camper

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    Very nice camper Helen. Is that the fridge by the door? If so, that makes it real convenient to be be able to load the fridge without having to pop-up!

    Cara & Bill
    '05 Fleetwood Valor
    '08 Dodge Ram 1500 Quadcab Hemi
     
  4. allen

    allen New Member

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    nice looking pup i like the stereo mod or is that factory looks like a mod to me

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    wife and two sons <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Camping">jake and dixie <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_dog.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Dog">
     
  5. pandahelen

    pandahelen New Member

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    It is actually an icebox by the door and we replaced that almost right away. We found a bar fridge that fit the space perfectly and use that instead. We are almost always camping with electricity and this fridge will freeze ice in very short order. We have actually pulled things out of the fridge while on the road.

    As for the stereo, we definitely think it was a mod that someone else had done at some point. That said, it was probably the second mod that we did. It had this strange little slot on the front of it with the word "cassette" on it. Since we had no idea what that was, we had to replace it with a stereo with cd player and auxiliary jack! ;-) When the boys go to bed, we plug the Ipod in and they listen to some quiet music. There are two speakers in the trailer, one near their bunk and one near the door, so we can also have the door open and hear the music outside without it being very loud at all.

    As for other mods that we have made, my DH replaced the ceiling panels. The previous owner said that she had taken it to her trailer guy for a quote on the work and he said that the paneling is not too expensive but it would be quite a bit of labour. He quoted her $600 so she dropped the price of the trailer by $1000 (we didn't even bother to haggle after she said that!). DH bought some corrugated plastic sheets and, after cutting down all of the old paneling (and determining that there was in fact no water damage to the roof), he glued the new panels in place. They were easy to work with, easy to cut, and very light.

    We also added a storage box between the fridge cabinet and the bench. It is the same height as the bench so, if you put a cushion on it, it would extend the bench. We reasoned that it would make it easier to climb into the bunk, and that it added a lot of desperately needed storage.

    We also removed the water holding tank. It is far easier for us to buy the large jugs of drinking water and store them on the counter and we gained another whole locker of storage space.

    Finally, under the long counter, there were two silly little drawers that took up a lot of room but served no real purpose. DH stripped them out to create one large cabinet, then he added two shelves so that there is loads more storage. That is where our dishes, pot, pans, canned food, and first aid kit live.

    We are very happy with our little Viking. We picked small because we wanted to be able to tow easily in the mountains and so far, so good! We are taking it all the way down the east coast of the US this summer and back up the Skyline Drive. That should give it a real workout!

    Helen - 69, Brian - 68
    DS1 - 97, DS2 - 99
    TV - Sienna 06, PUP - Viking 1706 95
     
  6. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    Good looking camper,Helen.

    Donnie & Cheryl
    North Carolina
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  7. ejandme

    ejandme New Member

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    Hi there, we have the same trailer, ours is a 2007 model (bought it new last year though). Our fridge is set up under our sink and that is about the only diff. I like the mod for the music, might have to look into that.

    57 days camping in 2008
    Liz and Mike
    2007 Viking Epic 1706
     
  8. jac43k

    jac43k New Member

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    Nice looking camper, our's has the same interior!

    James <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Happy Camper">, Beth <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_read.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Read">, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Camping">
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
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  9. Mr Zip

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    Super Nice.

    Tom
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  10. TuckBuskirk

    TuckBuskirk New Member

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    My 1706 looks very similar to that as well, except I have a different color counters. The factory fridge comes under the sink and the furnace is directly across from it. Where your icebox was is storage spot for our. - Lets see the "after" pictures!

    Tuck(32), The Wife(32), The Boy (8), and The Girl(9) and the dogs, Jack & Shaggy
    2004 Viking Epic 1706 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">
    1999 Ford Windstar 3.8l <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">
     
  11. fishguy1313

    fishguy1313 New Member

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    Good looking camper! Those are great pics!

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500 HEMI - Tow Vehicle
    2005 Fleetwood Utah - Pop Up
     
  12. Patt924

    Patt924 Jesus Saves Sinners

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    Looks great. Mine looks identical on the inside. Even the water damage. I bought mine used and it had some water damage. If you get that fixed, i want to know how you did it and how much it costed. I'm not going to tackle that one yet. The only different thing is that yours has a frig and mine does not. But that means that I have storage there. i like the built in stereo. That's nice. Hope you enjoy yours as much as we do ours. I've actually got mine on a campsite right now. We've been camping throughout this week. I just had to leave and come to work today, but i'll be back out there tomorrow.
    Stephen

    Stephen
    wife and 1 month old daughter
     
  13. 3pillons

    3pillons Press hard, Five copies.

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    Wow! That's really nice. My 1992 has none of that. No fridge, no furnace, no sink, no nothing!. Not yet at least.

    Bryan, Pam, Cameron, and dogs Gracie and Piper.
    2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
    1992 Viking
     
  14. pandahelen

    pandahelen New Member

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    Stephen, we were lucky that the water damage on ours was minor. The vendor had listed it in very good condition, which it was, until a storm blew through and stripped the old caulking off of the screw heads around the roof vent. The water leaked in and peeled the plastic off of the roof boards. The vendor opened it up a couple of days later to show it and discovered the damage and covered the vent so that no further damage would occur.
    DH left the old roof panels in place, pulling the plastic layer off. That was the part that was peeling away. He used a scraper to get most of it off. That left the original ceiling boards in place (since they were not damaged). However, they are not very pretty looking. He then bought a couple of sheets of corrugated plastic from Home Depot (you need something lightweight) for about $30-$40. He used an adhesive (he recommends something like a construction adhesive) to glue it to the ceiling and then use braces to hold it in place while it dries. Be careful about the adhesive though - anything too dark will show through the board. He also used large washers and screws in some places to make sure that it was securely fastened to the ceiling.

    Helen - 69, Brian - 68
    DS1 - 97, DS2 - 99
    TV - Sienna 06, PUP - Viking 1706 95
     
  15. pandahelen

    pandahelen New Member

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    I promise to post After pictures as soon as we get the trailer out from the side of the house, hopefully in a few weeks.

    We are very happy with our little Tic Tac's Tow and look forward to our road trip this year. We are now trying to figure out what to take with us to reduce the excess from our road trip last year - I'll bet everyone has this problem! We just took too much stuff!

    Helen - 69, Brian - 68
    DS1 - 97, DS2 - 99
    TV - Sienna 06, PUP - Viking 1706 95
     
  16. thecakerator

    thecakerator New Member

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    great looking camper, looks a lot like mine, but mine is a 175SD. I think yours might be just a bit bigger, but the inside color scheme is identical, except the curtains at the top of our camper are the same as what the cushions are made out of, and we have the same color bunk drapes as drapes throughout the camper. We love our viking and have been very happy with it! Now if only summer would get here!

    1995 Viking 175SD
    2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer
     
  17. pandahelen

    pandahelen New Member

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    I do have more curtains for the trailer but one of them had quite a large patch of damage. It had obviously become caught in something when the PUP was being closed and had worn through in that area. There are currently enough curtain to be able to ensure our privacy from the outside but I would like to make bunk end curtains again. I have the original ones which is great because they have curtain tape with the slides so it will be quite an easy job. I would like to find a mesh fabric for the upper part of the bunk end curtains. This one is a real mod for me rather than DH! Just a little project before our big trip this year.

    Right now, since I can't get into the trailer, I am getting my sewing room properly set up so that, when the time comes, I can get the job done quickly! (Wishful thinking maybe!)

    Helen - 69, Brian - 68
    DS1 - 97, DS2 - 99
    TV - Sienna 06, PUP - Viking 1706 95
     
  18. SteveK364

    SteveK364 New Member

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    Hi Helen,

    I just bought a Viking 1706 tonight--just like yours! (See my post in "Pre Purchase" forum section).

    I had a few questions: Not sure if you've done this, but I was thinking of replacing the ice box with a fridge and wondered if one would fit in the same spot?

    Also, how difficult is it to move/spin the camper around in the driveway by hand?

    Does yours have a heater? Mine doesn't but I might get one installed.

    Love your pics, too!
    Steve
     
  19. thecakerator

    thecakerator New Member

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    Hi steve, I just made a comment to you in your other thread. I talked about the fridge in that post, in this post I just wanted to tell you that we can very easily move our camper by hand. In fact, this past winter in my grandma's two car garage we wheeled my camper in straight, then turned it sideways, then wheeled in my brothers starcraft camper sideways (8ft box as well) so both of those took up one side of the two car garage, and we pushed my sisters starcraft straight in on the other side as its a much larger box ... amazing what you can fit in a garage if you are worried about them leaking at all! hahaha

    1995 Viking 175SD
    2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer
     
  20. pandahelen

    pandahelen New Member

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