A couple weeks ago, my wife and I bought a 1989 Coachmen Classic 34' motorhome at an auction for $1,500. We previously owned a 22' fifth wheel which we remodeled, and we decided to get a new project to take on, and eventually use for roadtrips and camping with the kids. The rig had been a donation, and it probably hadn't been used in several years, it had been sitting for awhile. It has 27,000 original miles on it. It runs great and I drove it all the way from Seattle to Spokane (300 miles). But it also had some other issues, such as a water leak in the roof in the bedroom around the air conditioner, and in the front above the headliner. We have already completely taken out the overhead bin above the cab where the TV used to be mounted because it was full of water and rust. We aren't sure if we will rebuild a new cabinet up there or just patch it up, the headliner was really just in the way anyway. The water that leaked through had leaked onto the jackknife sofa and left a pretty big stain on it. Our plan is to completely remodel the interior of the rig and fix the roof.
As soon as we got it home, we put a large tarp on the top of the rig until we can fix the roof, then we took all of the carpet out. It was mostly soaked in the back and in the front. The subfloor was wet underneath, but surprisingly, looks pretty solid for the most part. We tried the fridge, a Norcold 600 series with a seperate freezer, and the fridge isn't working. However the house batteries are dead, and I read somewhere else on this forum that sometimes you need 12v power to get the fridge to work. This weekend I am planning to replace the house batteries with good ones, then we will see if the fridge fires up. When I plug the rig in, it indicates that there is AC power to the fridge (the light above the fridge lights up) I am having a similar issue with the generator, it isn't working. I'll troubleshoot that later and if it is bad, I will replace it.
Our overall plan is to repaint the walls, reupholster the furniture, possibly replace the couch, repair all of the water damage, repair the roof, put tile backsplash in the bathroom and kitchen, and replace the floor, either with new carpet or vinyl tiles (haven't decided yet). This should be a lengthy but fun project. I will post pictures as the work comes along.
The pictures are of the rig as it was when we bought it.