Front Storage Box Repair

Discussion in 'Roof/Floor Repair & Maintenance' started by jman1200, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. BigDogLittleDog

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    Jman,
    I just had to replace my entire front box (including firewall) and just wanted to thank you for the excellent postings you made for yours. Your guide and pics were invaluable to me as I went through the process. Hopefully, with all of the information and tips you provided, my storage area will last another 15 years, or more.
     
  2. jman1200

    jman1200 http://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd340/jmanotas/

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    You are welcome. I'm glad to hear that the time I took to document all my work is helping others.
    I appreciate your message. Post a pic of your box.
    [:D]
     
  3. mar-ine

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    After long preparation during the winter at home now the camper is at working location.
     

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  4. jman1200

    jman1200 http://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd340/jmanotas/

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    Good luck !
    Did you keep the old box to use it as a reference? What are your plans?
     
  5. mar-ine

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    I kept all the old parts.
    The plan.
    Rebuild front storage incl firewall
    Rebuild kitchen
    Rebuild dinette
    Change the side bank into a big cabinet.
    New flooring

    Hopefully we get it finished before he has need for the bootstorage again.[emoji1]
     

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  6. Yukon Joe

    Yukon Joe 2002 Colman Niagara

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    @jman
    Awesome rebuild. Thanks for the detailed write up and photos. I plan to use your method to reinstall the storage box lid.
    Do you remember how well the hinge bolts fit the holes in the storage box? The holes in mine seem to be well over sized. I'm assuming the butyl tape is taking all the load of the lid and hinge? And the small torx bolts act only alignment pins.

    Thanks,
    Yukon
     
  7. jman1200

    jman1200 http://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd340/jmanotas/

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    The bolts have a pretty lose fit. I guess otherwise it would be a pain to align them all.
     
  8. mar-ine

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    I placed the bolts in the same place. The wood inside is new, zo those wholes wil dit again.

    Coleman
    Cheyenne
     
  9. jman1200

    jman1200 http://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd340/jmanotas/

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    So my thread was affected by Photobucket's policy change (in nice terms...), there are so many pictures in this thread that I honestly didn't feel like fixing it.
    I recently received a PM from a member of this forum asking me for details on my build and how he read it and used his imagination to understand it. That reminded me how helpful the pics from other post had been to me when I attempted repairs, mods or projects so I decided to fix it, thanks @Dweeb for the motivation.

    I'm still learning how to use Flickr, I did find it more user friendly than Imgur to embed pics in forums.

    Hope that now the pics are back, this thread keeps helping other brave campers that attempt to rebuild their storage boxes.
     
  10. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

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    good job!!!! My 2nd popup had a leak... the branch fell between the lid and roof, right in middle and cracked it. I used MEK but did not take off the lid... I did not a good place to store camper and do the work on the crack.
     
  11. wolfman13

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    Thanks for the post. Now that the temps will reach double digits tomm., I'm going to the storage unit to start the demolition process. Our 2000 Coleman Utah has all the ABS roof issues and water damage in the front storage box, and slightly down left side. So we bought another 2000 Coleman Utah with the warrantied replacement roof, and are selling our other 2000. Now that I am going to tackle these repairs, realize I may have bought early, but it was a good deal. Anyways, need to do the work to make it sellable. I originally was going to attempt to patch in some wood on the floor and left side door panel, but see that I should probably do it right and break it down like you did. (Although I'm still worried about that front panel) Thanks for the dimensions, but my question is, did you ever hear from anybody to say if the measurements were different for the Utah? Thanks again for the post, I may have a question or two along the way, but will try not to be a PITA. Who knows, maybe I'll do the repairs, and end up liking it and selling the other??
     
  12. jman1200

    jman1200 http://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd340/jmanotas/

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    There was another member who said the dimensions were slightly different, I believe he also had a Utah. Use them as a guide.
    PM me if you have any questions, it's Winter and I don't frequent the site that often.
     
  13. MontanaBound4657

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    Front storage box renovation of a 2004 Fleetwood Laramie. In a nutshell, I ripped the entire, rotten, front storage box off and replaced it with marine-grade plywood, covered the front w/ diamond plate, and slapped a truck box on the front. IMG_1019.JPG IMG_1022.JPG IMG_1024.JPG IMG_1032.JPG IMG_1034.JPG IMG_1042.JPG IMG_0083.JPG IMG_0122.JPG IMG_1064.JPG camp3.jpg
     
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  14. megcabra

    megcabra Active Member

    Great looking mod, thanks for sharing!
     

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