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This page I wrote for my old rv website before developing the Vanabode as the best travel vehicle for cheap easy long term road trips. People still like big rv's despite the much greater cost and trouble to operate, so here's what I know about them.

Rebuild Trailer page 13

RV trailer repair replace kitchen counter, replace black water tank

rv trailer repair picture

Kitchen countertop - sitting in place for layout: Sink cutout is marked and ready for cutting.

Sink cutout: Close-up of layout marks for sink.

Starting the cut: First I use a large hole saw to get the correct radius on the corners.

More sink prep: Then I put masking tape over the cut lines to prevent chipping of the arborite.

Layout: Then I flip it over and transfer the marks to the back. Using a sharp carbide finishing blade, I make my cuts from the back.

Finished product: Voila! There's the kitchen countertop all finished and installed.

The A/C: I set it up on sawhorses to fix it. It draws too much current and blows the breaker. I'll leave it till later.

Converter back in the cabinet: For now I'll use the old one. It works but boils the batteries. Going to swap it out later for a nice PD unit with Intelli-charge or whatever you call it.

Wiring still in progress: Still have to tidy this up and build a temporary distribution center until I replace the converter.

More wiring: Sink drain in the back, alarm wires sitting on top of it and some miscellaneous wires sitting there waiting for me to finish.

Sealing up the wheel well: Thought I may as well do my best to stop any water from entering. I used a waterproof self adhesive membrane here.

Sealing up the wheel well: Close up of the inside.

Old black water tank: You cannot see it, but the toilet flange is badly cracked, one of them about 6 inches out into the tank. I decided to scrap it.

New black water tank: The price was very reasonable. It included putting the fittings in to my specs. Kinda looks like a little coffin!

Black tank installed: It is actually further off the ground than it looks. I have the front of the trailer cranked way up due to the slope of my driveway.

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All work, text, and photographs courtesy of Bob Hanover
Rebuild Project - 1981 Citation 25' Travel Trailer


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