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Old 04-07-2013, 14:59   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondered how many people have refurbished an old MotorHome in order to customise it to their own specification?

I know many people self build based on panel vans, but is it a decent idea to go for an older coachbuilt motorhome, (making sure the mechanicals are sound of course), then gutting most if not all of the old habitation kit out and rebuilding the interior to your own spec. maybe using some of the old parts if they are up to it.

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As in all old motorhomes have damp, therefore not worth doing it, or, by doing it you will introduce damp?
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lots have removed the shells of a m,home from one chassis to another . in many cases rebuilding the outside is easy .
the sandwich panels are the worse for probs with the panels bonding breaking down delamination is becoming a big problem on older vehicles .
. ally skinned ones are easiest to fix .
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Didn't want to remove the shell from one vehicle to another, just looking at updating the habitation equipment on an existing vehicle.
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It's something I have considered. My ideal layout would be a Hymer B584 however I can get a Hymer B544 much cheaper. I was thinking about doing the layout conversion myself. Updating the upholstery and fitting a modern Thetford toilet to replace the old one with the built in water tank.

I don't see any reason why it can't be done having done a couple of self builds now.

For example, I can pick up a 1993 low mileage B544 for around £7,000 but a 1995 B584 is over double that. A budget of £3,000 for the parts and labour plus £700 for reupholstering still saves me good money. I can pick up a 544 with under 50K miles on it whereas the only 584's I have seen reasonably cheap come with over 140K miles on them.

An example of what I was looking at
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Just wondered how many people have refurbished an old MotorHome in order to customise it to their own specification?
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Hi have a look
http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/garage...vehicle&id=173
I did this one about 8 yrs ago, bought it knowing it was wet, not damp though it was just open roof joints but turned out to need a complete new roof, gutting and completly renewing the insides. We used all the original cooker heater, boiler, sink etc, and made new furniture as well as reboarding etc, took two of us 3 weeks and cost around 2.5k
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