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alpendirndl

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How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« on: May 15, 2013, 09:46:00 PM »
Hello everybody,

I have been enthusiastically reading about all of your RV remodels.

We own a 1996 Holiday Rambler Endeavor. We are in the process of completely remodeling it (carpet, upholstery, paint), and since the entire Motorhome is only valued around $5000, you can imagine that I am trying to save as much money as possible by doing it ourselves.

My biggest problem is to decide what to put on the engine cover that is inside the coach, between the driver and passanger seat. The manufacturer had carpet on it, but since it takes the entire space between the two chairs, one has to basically climb over it, in order to get to the driver or passanger seat, and by then your are wearing shoes, probably covered with mud from the camping ground, so I don't need to tell you what the carpet looks like every time we come home from camping.

We are going to replace the rest of the carpet with vinyl planks. However, the cover has curves and bends, and narrows towards the top and trying to apply vinyl to it ..?!?! We were thinking about vinyl fabric. But the last time our transmission blew, that cover was as hot as a frying pan. Even during regular driving, it tends to get pretty hot, so I am afraid to use fabric.
The next choice would be to cover it with mosaic tiles,but I am not sure about the weight of tiles. The cover is made of Fiberglas...

If you have any suggestion, of what we can use that is flexible enough to go around the curves etc, but can still get pretty hot, I would really appreciate any suggestions.

Thank you all!


Tom

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2013, 10:04:22 PM »
Ernie, one of our long-time forum members, is a flooring expert. Hopefully he'll see your message and respond with a suggestion or two.
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alpendirndl

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2013, 10:05:44 PM »
Thank you!

captsteve

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2013, 10:10:45 PM »
First line the inside with dyna- mat. That will cut down the noise and heat. Then take it to a bed liner shop and have then color match it to the dash. Finally build a nice cup holder tray for it.

Just one idea of many...
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alpendirndl

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2013, 10:15:24 PM »
It came with a nice cup/change holder already on the top :) and it will go back on when we are done!

Stupid question, but what is a Liner shop?

captsteve

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2013, 10:26:50 PM »
Bed Liner shop, where they spray in pick up truck bed liners....
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alpendirndl

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2013, 05:49:10 PM »
Oh Thank you! that sounds like a good idea!

clemon

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2013, 08:52:55 AM »
I did the truck bed liner mod to the doghouse in our 1992 Southwind. I really like it - easy to clean, and the orange-peel texture hides a multitude of sins (old holes in the doghouse where someone (not me) tries to screw in a cup holder, etc).

It does get warmer than with the carpet. I ended up lining the doghouse with the foil bubble-wrap type insulation. Much better.  :D
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Clay L

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2013, 09:23:04 AM »
We haven't installed it yet but we bought some marine grade vinyl we intend to cover the doghouse with. We plan to glue the folded over edges to the back of the edges of the doghouse.
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Ernie Ekberg

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2013, 05:49:59 PM »
With all the curves and angles, carpet is probably the best. Some have opted for bedliner- which kinda looks industrial to me. Ernie- on the road to Montana, currently in Lamar, Co
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clemon

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2013, 07:52:19 AM »
We haven't installed it yet but we bought some marine grade vinyl we intend to cover the doghouse with. We plan to glue the folded over edges to the back of the edges of the doghouse.

I would suggest in this case that you apply the vinyl and then whatever insulating material you are using, making sure that the insulation covers the folded over bits of vinyl. This will help save the vinyl from the high heat of the engine. Wouldn't want it to melt or even worse to burn under there.
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Clay L

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2013, 10:33:18 AM »
I would suggest in this case that you apply the vinyl and then whatever insulating material you are using, making sure that the insulation covers the folded over bits of vinyl. This will help save the vinyl from the high heat of the engine. Wouldn't want it to melt or even worse to burn under there.

There is an insulating blanket on the back of the doghouse now. Hopefully I can pull it up and put the vinyl under it and re-glue it.
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alpendirndl

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2013, 03:45:30 PM »
Yes, it is insulated, but we are planning to replace the insulation (20 years old now) with a new layer.

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2013, 03:48:36 PM »
look into getting Dyna-Mat. It is good stuff, will cut the noise and the heat. Jeg's carrys it.
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Ernie Ekberg

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2013, 06:39:09 PM »
don't forget to buy some foil tape to place over your seams
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alpendirndl

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2013, 09:57:58 PM »
Thanks for reminding me of the tape!

Yes, I will order the Dyna Mat and tape... and I found a couple of Liner Shops in the neighborhood, so I will get a couple of quotes from them.

Sorry for the late replies, I have spend all weekend morning to night upholstering. So far all I have to show for my hard work is one Dinette set and the bottom of the sleeping sofa.

In the meantime my poor husband was spending all weekend in the RV ripping out the carpet and scraping the edges, since was you all predicted, the carpet was wrapped around the bottom board. To our surprise, the plywood under the carpet is in great shape! No stains no nothing! But the RV is not plugged in, so no AC and 95 degrees outside with 90% humidity makes it all so much more fun ...

Well, tomorrow morning it's back to work and next weekend I hope to at least have the sofa finished, so I can get started on the captain chair. Then I need to do all of the valances around the windows... while my husband will continue the work in the RV, painting, floor, etc.

Good night everybody!

MartinFamilyTour

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2013, 10:01:41 PM »
I recovered my with a marine grade vinyl. Then I made a 1 1/2" riser out of lumber, covered it too in vinyl, Used it between the original plastic cup holder and the motor box to rise the cup holder up higher so I could put bigger (deeper) cup holder in. Also recovered the underside with double sided aluminum insulation.

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Ernie Ekberg

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2013, 07:56:54 AM »
starting to come together.
plug that coach in so your batteries won't die- and a fan for your husband, too
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alpendirndl

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2013, 07:17:06 PM »
MartinFamily. Thanks for the pic. That looks exactly like ours, even the same color of the seats and the same cupholder. I guess all of the Holiday Ramblers from that year look the same :)

Thanks Ernie, I would plug it in, but our AC in the RV keeps shortcircuting the house breaker :)

Amaly

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2013, 10:31:45 PM »
Hi alpen. It looks like we are doing something similar with old rvs.

Do you mind sharing what you are using for the couch cushions and other interior you are redoing? My BF and I got his 1985 down to metal and wood in most places. I am going to be in charge of the cushions and stuff when we get there. What are you using? I was guessing I could buy thick foam from a fabric store that is cut to fit the dinette as well as the over cab bed size. We are using some for a make-do kids bed at my place and it works well. Any tips you want to share?

I like the suggestions for the doghouse. Especially relining the inside with insulation.

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2013, 05:59:26 PM »
I'm having the same problem with my doghouse. I'm putting in hardwood and didn't want to keep the carpet. I like the bed liner idea the best.

As far as Dyno-mat, you're paying for a name. Get on Amazon and find some GT mat. that's what I put in hot rods and it is just as good but cheaper.

Just my $0.02

alpendirndl

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Re: How to remodel the engine cover inside of coach?
« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2013, 10:35:59 PM »
Amaly,

I have started a website with pictures.. we are still working on the RV but you can follow the progress on our site http://thewarners.webs.com/

 

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