2004 Fleetwood Timberlake Project

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  1. shaxs

    shaxs Active Member

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    I bought a perfectly usable, in great condition 2004 Fleetwood Timberlake. The only issue was some of the t-molding around the sink was coming off. So of course I decided to turn it into a project. Here I will document all the projects and progress.

    Table of Contents:
    - Pictures before any renovations
    - Replacing the main power cable
    - Building a solar system
    - Painting the interior
    - Installing new flooring
    - Alder butcher block top replacements and new sink/faucet
    - New thermostat
    - Adding 5.5mm jack to light fixtures
    - Add voltmeter, usb, and 12v plug
    - Storage and organization
    -----Hanging Sink Shelves
    - Updated Battery and Wiring

    I will link each item to a post as I add them.
     
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    Pictures before any renovations

    Here is what the popup looked like when we got it. It was in very good condition.

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    Replacing the main power cable

    Even though the power worked fine, I did find what looked like a burn in the main power cable. I decided to buy a new cable and replace it. The process was pretty easy. Just need to remove the metal guard on the floor that the cable ran through and then disconnect it from the power inverter. Make sure that you disconnect the battery from the pop up as you are doing this and the old cable is unplugged.

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    Building a solar system

    I built it using a flexible solar panel attached to a PVC stand. The panel is attached with wing nuts so I can easily remove it. The stand can be laid flat or broken down into various pieces to store easily. This was a relatively cheap system too. I cut off one end of the jumper cables to connect directly to the solar controller.

    120w solar panel - $92
    30a Controller - $39.99 (I actually bought a more expensive one)
    10 guage jumper cables - $10
    25ft mc4 extension cords - $30
    MC4 to bare wire connector - $4

    For about $175, I built a 120w system.

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    Looks in good shape.
     
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    Your Timerlake layout is a lot different from mine. I have the 2001 Coleman/Fleetwood Timberlake with the fold up galley on the tow end (really do not like that style).

    I'll try to finish my landline replacement this weekend (been saying that for a few years now), and a few other things that need to be done. I too have a solar panel solution, but I cheaped out and bought the Harbor Freight 100W unit. It works well enough (~14.4v/day output last weekend).
     
  7. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Looks like you got a good deal, of course the mods have started and will never end, there is always something else to do to make it better. I like the solar power system you installed. Good Lick and Happy Camping
     
  8. shaxs

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    Interesting. Not sure if I would like that layout either. I would really really like a slideout dinette in the future.

    The harbor freight one is actually more expensive and a lot heavier to boot.
     
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    I have a 2005 timberlake, watching intensely.
     
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    Painting the interior

    We decided we wanted to lighten up the interior by painting the cabinets white. First we taped everything off.

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    After that, we used a shellac based spray primer. I forgot to sand and scuff the original surface which I think I am going to regret quite a bit later down the road. I am finding that the paint is scratching off back to the original wood very easily. Sigh...

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    I took out the swing galley cabinet to fix a few things and paint. Also took out the toilet/shower cover and the front to the fridge.

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    Interior is now painted! I used a Sherwin Williams interior paint.

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    The rubber flap is not holding the paint well.

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    I also primed all the hinges, the heater cover, swing up handle, fire extinguisher plastic, thermostat housing, and a few other things. I decided on all these parts to do a contrast color and selected a "stainless steel" color to make it pop.

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    New Flooring

    We with a peel and stick wood vinyl. First we bought some samples of different options to see how they looked with the new countertops and white cabinets. None of these looked good with our other colors IMO.

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    I finally found a different color that I felt went with our color combo better. I used a TSP cleaner to clean up the floors. I then used special vinyl peel and stick primer to prep the floor. NOTHING was square so I had to measure every cut in multiple spots. I probably could have gotten it done with one box, but I made mistakes and ended up having to buy a second box. It turned out great. If I were to do it over again, I would stagger the seams but meh, its a camper right?

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    Looks much better. I like the floor. With the cabinets just touch up of needed. The plastic probubly will not take the paint well, but the rest after it cures for a bit should hold up much better. Over all big improvement
     
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    Good work so far. You could always try that Vaspar plastic spray paint for the plastic pieces. It will probably adhere better and you won’t battle the constant peeling.
     
  14. BelchFire

    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

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    This puzzles me. I have a 2005 Victory which has the identical floorplan of the Timberlake and IIRC, there was no Timberlake offered that year. Fleetwood offered the Timberlake in 2004, then for some reason, they changed all of the Americana series model names in 2005 to a patriotic theme (Allegiance, Victory, Resolute, Colonial, etc) then went back to the normal model designation of Timberlake for this floorplan in 2006. Check your title and/or VIN; the model designation should be Victory in 2005 and Timberlake in 2004 and 2006.

    shaxs, you're doing GREAT work! That's a very different camper than the one you started with. I hope you can get some camping done for all the renovation! :)
     
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    All the plastic pieces were sprayed with a stainless steel spray paint. This is a rubber flap I tried the indoor paint on. You think a spray paint will do better on rubber? Im going to strip the other paint off.
     
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    Thanks! I have 4 more trips this summer with the next one being August 10th. Im scrambling to finish before then!
     
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    I bet it would adhere better to the rubber than a standard wall paint.
     
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    You are probably right. I am sure it was manufactured in 2005, model for 2006.
     
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    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

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    Ahhhh, that makes sense. It's a 2006. Great floorplan; we love ours!
     
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    Great work, and nice to see another makeover of a 2004 model (we have the Tacoma). Like the butcher block look, and cabinets are very similar to how ours look now. The floor looks much easier than what we did with the actual vinyl plank flooring, although we love ours so far. You are 100% in sync with our "NOTHING was square" experience...lol. Keep up the updates. Good stuff.

    Johncn
     

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