1994 Salem by Cobra 20' Campa redo!

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So we've been looking for a Campa to replace our old popup and we did not want another popup so been hunting for a while. Finally found a deal 1.5 hours away in Maine. Went to look, put a deposit, went back to get it and now the fun begins. It's put the little boat on hold for a few weeks but no fear we will be getting back to it too as we have a trip planned for mid July at a campground on the river we will want the boat to come to go fishing. It's complete, has all the things we wanted. Bathroom for midnight pee, fridge, stove, furnace and AC and they all work. It's decor is stuck full on in 94 so that is the majority of the work needed. It had some water in over the years, we knew that so first thing up was pull the floor and walls where the water came in and fix. The door had a springy spot. Front corner had a soggy spot and the back corner under a dinette seat was iffy.

Day we picked it up. Stopped for supper at a local Pub in Lincoln ME, the Forester. Food was good, beer was better! Bangor Brewing Blonde Ice Coffee Stout! Try it if you get the chance.
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Home in the yard.
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pulled the PO repair. it was not done exactly right and was bouncy because the supports were not tied into the frame correctly.
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All fixed and sealed with spray foam under it. can jump and down on it now.
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front tore out. didn't get pick of repair but I replaced all the rotten with new and will install new 1/8 ply on wall 3/4 went on floor.
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and the best part, fairly recent carpenter ant nest. Shopvac and ant spray. the rotted bits will all get removed and new solid wood put in.
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did more work but no pics. cleaned and painted the fridge interior with a cool plastic refresher, all the yellowed plastic is bright white again and looks new. Started priming interior bits we will paint. Cleaned fabrics and have covers for the dinette and Jack knife sofa etc. Will get some pics as progress continues.
 
You have a good start there, bud. I've got lots of 'sperience w/ this stuff so if you run into something I might be able to offer some advice.

Water damage is the biggest problem w/ most RVs and, sadly, they don't weather well. Letting one just sit out, uncovered, and on bare ground w/ weeds growing up around it can be really tough on the things.
 
Yep. Even brand new they can leak. We will cover and winterize each season to keep pur work from being a waste.
 
Nice size little camper. I'd like to get something like this while the Bus is in progress, but we don't have a spot to park it. Following along.
 
Nice size little camper. I'd like to get something like this while the Bus is in progress, but we don't have a spot to park it. Following along.
We're lucky it fits ok in that spot in the yard as we have no other possible place LOL. I had to build some 6" wheel platforms to get it level but it's nice and solid there now.
 
We're lucky it fits ok in that spot in the yard as we have no other possible place LOL. I had to build some 6" wheel platforms to get it level but it's nice and solid there now.
That was the problem w/ a +33' 5th wheel. We live in town and there isn't room for a trailer and two vehicles in the garage and driveway w/o constant shuffling. We stored it at a place that rented out spots but after we got "moused" we decided we weren't doing that any more so it's here at the house again. It's sitting on an old wooden deck patio that'll get torn apart and replaced w/ a graveled parking spot once we sell the 5th wheel and replace it w/ a motor home.

Mice... check out Amazon for a product called "Fresh Cab."
 
Floor bought and wicked deal. $7 reg per sf for $1.59. Started laying it in front bedroom. Most of that will have a bed on it but its solid vingl and waterproof so.
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Looks great! I did the vinyl stuff in the 5th wheel, we love it.
 
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Steady progress. Done almost all repairs, rented a shapio machine and did the sofa cushions. They were gross but camebout clean. Hit the underside with bleach cleaner and sat in sun. All odors and mold now gone. I'm replacing some cupboard bits that were press wood with solid and paint is starting.
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You're moving right along!
yep, sofa goes back in tonight with the same covers, bed is in, had help from my mother in law over the weekend with all the painting etc. I need to fix the bathroom floor, it broke so was worse than I originally thought and then the floor can finish being installed and cupboard doors can all go back in. Jill is ordering some new hinges as some were too crusty to save. after that it's pretty much ready to go camping in once I get the tow vehicle fixed to pass inspection.
 
Hell ya man.. this is a great project and the things you are doing is really going to bring it back to life. Im interested in how much you paid up front for it, if you got it on the cheap its a freaking steal b/c you are bringing it back to new!
 
Got it for $1600 USD. Have maybe $500 invested since and almost done spending. Elbow grease is the largest investmwnt.
 
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