October 9, 2016

Motor-home Make-over :: over cab rebuild

Even with much on my mind, I wanted to get some sort of update shared... currently our would be stuff hauler/short term home for relocation purposes is now our full time living space. And necessity - always brings to mind what is truly important, by night one it was clearly evident that the over cab bed, or the lack there of, needed to be addressed.

We had spent one afternoon gutting the over cab, just prior to our full time living in it, right down to the metal... the entire bed frame, base and window supports were rotten and growing some sort of fungus in a couple places.

Needless to say, everything had to go:

I was able to glean the needed one by twos and one by fours to rebuild the bed frame, which now sits two inches up off the metal “floor”. Sure, we lost two inches of space, but in my opinion gained something far easier to deal with should we spring another leak. Let's face it, it's a 1976 – it's not going to last forever:

In keeping with 'frugality and function' most of our make over supplies have been reused. I already mentioned the gleaned supplies above, and the rest of the items we needed were purchased from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Except the wood for the bed base which was gifted to us. Making the total cost of the over cab frame, bed and window supports a total $3.52.

There's still work to be done with the over cab, but at least we now have a bed in place to sleep on and as your looking over the photos, please keep in mind that I never professed to be a carpenter.

Herbalist maybe, carpenter... not so much. 

~ Blessings!

* We did not fully realize the amount of water damage that was done to the motor-home when we purchased it. However, I am not afraid of hard work and learning as I go... and some things just need to be ripped out by the root. Rotting wood and fungus being one of them...  the entire cab will be painted with mold inhibitor primer before it is finished. 


  1. Wow, this is what we're afraid of when looking for our older, dream camper. You're brave. I can't wait to see this finished. Hope you'll share pics then.

  2. Yeah, it has been an interesting under taking... not only in proper camper dismantle, but in attempting to learn as we go. I will try to get more photos taken and shared! :) Thanks for stopping by!