2000 Viking Saga 1906 Update

Discussion in 'Camper Restoration Projects' started by Squeeker, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. Squeeker

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    DH and I both grew up camping in PUPs as kids. My parents had an early 70’s Bonair that my dad received as “payment” for a plumbing job he did for a friend, and my sister and I practically lived in that thing during the summer as kids. Naturally, I started thinking about getting one now that our DD and DS were at a good age for camping (7 and 4).

    I was pretty sure I knew exactly what to look for in a PUP and easily convinced DH to go look at one I found listed locally. It was all set up when we got there, lights worked, they cranked it up and down for us, floor was solid - SOLD!

    After a couple practice runs in the backyard, we embarked on our maiden voyage 2 weeks ago.

    After camping for 7 nights, we learned what we love and hate about our PUP:

    The good: no leaks, tows nicely

    The bad: need more storage, need an outdoor mat, crank was stiff and a bit jammy, hitch latch was rusty and way too stiff.

    First up was fixing the crank. Found out how to lube the arms by watching some YouTube videos and purchased some silicone spray - check! Smooth as butter now!

    Second, lubing the winch and hitch latch, that was easy. Check!

    Third: more storage. I decided to surf Pinterest for ideas. That lead to pop-up princess...

    Which led to this forum. One week ago I thought I pretty much knew it all. Then I started surfing this forum! Since then I’ve had a tire almost explode (I think I have that sorted), learned about bearings (I have to grease them?! Add that to the list!), and noticed a seam pulled apart that I really didn’t think was of any consequence (buying the stuff to fix that ASAP!!).

    I’ve also decided to have a go at the interior...

    The plan is to paint, lay new flooring, and make new countertops! I’m removing the sink and all plumbing (don’t use it anyway) to gain storage under the dinette, Changing the light fixtures to LED, removing the mostly-peeled-off exterior stripe decals, and building new countertops.

    Stay tuned!
     
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    One thing that will help (actually it helps in a lot of areas) would be to change out your land line with a socket on the outside. You can buy this kit, chop your cord where it comes out, seal up the exterior (no more mouse door), and have a more convenient cord to store (actually the same cord, but not shoved into the storage bin from the outside).

    Another simple idea that I employ is to have a bunch of stackable storage totes for cooking. I have one for dry goods (canned foods, sealed spice containers, rice, etc), one for breads and other non-refrigerated goods, and one for all of my plates and flatware that gets used (easier to run it all through the dishwasher when I get home). I keep these just inside the door so they are easily accessible when I roll into the grocery store parking lot, or when I get home, as I only need to crank up the roof 3-4" to get the door open.

    Get some of those large vacuum seal bags to store blankets and pillows in. Keeps the mice out of them, and they can be flattened simply by using your body weight to remove the air (get the ones with the one-way valve on the side).

    (my first comment was attached to one of your photos - oops).
     
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    I LOVE the socket idea!!! Thank you!!!
     
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    Tonight: sanding in prep to prime. Not exciting enough to post pictures of!

    We also purchased new tires and booked our pup in for a bearing job next week (thread about that adventure over in the tire forum).
     
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    Priming! Done! 96725EE0-B222-4319-973A-B4441C1D7A10.jpeg C318F499-C186-4C37-9459-5DCF8784A00D.jpeg AFDC6AA4-BB83-4CA4-8E5C-53AD82A581BC.jpeg
     
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    Not exactly sure what goes where, but look into the pop up princess counter shelf mod. It is worth it. Another storage idea, shoe holder attached to the inside of the door ( sunscreen, flash lights, odds and ends) lastly hanging closet shelves. Light weight and fold up. Looking good on the paint job! Good luck.
     
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    Today the PUP is getting new tires and wheel bearings while I’m out of town for work. Can’t wait to get back to painting this weekend!!
     
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    Painting day! Got one coat of grey and 2 coats of blue done. Also got flooring!

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    I’ve been picking away. Flooring is done; I need to caulk around the edges. Photos of that tomorrow.

    I’ve re-done the bungees on the bunkends with custom brackets (designed by me and made at work) and 1/4” paracord. It looks pretty slick! I’ve also made and replaced the bunk slide/stops.

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    New lights! LED and dimmable. I got them from amazon.

    Old:

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    Flooring is in!

    I have learned that I am not very good at caulking...!

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    Look good! No one see the little stuff!
     
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    Countertops cut! This photo is testing the fit. I’m going to trim the one over the fridge (first photo, back right). I made it to the original size, but I’ve decided I don’t like the overhang.

    I rounded the edges with a router, as well.

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    Stain! The colour is “flagstone”.

    I’m learning so many new things; this project has been a lot of fun!

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