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Old 04-18-2016, 09:10 PM   #1
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2004 28.5 RKS Mods and Updates

I wanted to start a thread to show the upgrades my wife and I will be doing to our new to us 28.5 RKS fifth wheel. The seller on this deal was very motivated and we walked away with a nice rig well under NADA giving us some room for updates. I have been a member for awhile learning a lot of things, even though this is our first RV I have been camping all my life. The thought also of being able to start with an older but very clean and well maintained rig and make it our own is very exciting. I love to repair things, trouble shoot, and have challenges thrown my way so upgrading and repairing an RV is along the same lines as HVAC repair, Electrical work, Plumbing and Carpentry. You get to do it all working on a camper so hopefully 25 years of doing this work and building two houses will pay off. Enough about me how about some before pics to get things started and then I will be updating with after shots and tips/tricks along the way. Thanks for reading and hopefully we can all learn from each other. We are very excited to start this journey and looking forward to making new friends and hopefully seeing some fellow Jayco owners down the road.


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Old 04-19-2016, 06:13 AM   #2
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Nice rig. Keep us posted with mods and upgrades. Enjoy it.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:12 PM   #3
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Ok first Mod done, the DW wanted to start introducing a darker wood to pull in some upcoming changes. She found this medicine cabinet at Home Depot and it fit perfect with little room to spare.
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The next update will be adding glass tile look backsplash from the counter to the bottom of the medicine cabinet.


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Nice looking combination. Enjoy doing the mods to make it your own.
After our first camping trip I started working on our 2005 Jay Feather. Removed the underbelly because it wasn't insulated for winter weather. So installed a heat pad for the Fresh water Tank and water supply line to the pump got heat tape and insulation. Put in a few extra cross members on the frame. The FWT was hanging loose on one side so had to fix that. Got all my insulation installed and started to install the Polyflex underbelly again. Started from the back and used a pulley chain to tighten the underbelly towards the front. She's even tighter than the original install. There's a lot of sealing to do in the front, wheel wells and back and sides. But it is worth to take the time and do a good job. They lacking a lot of craftsmanship at manufacturing plants.
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:07 PM   #5
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Worked on installing a truck bed trailer wiring receptacle so the only time I had for the fifth wheel was repaired the trailer cord and installed this nice pin lock.


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Great looking rig! We need some of the kitchen counter space that you have in our rig.
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Thank you, we were surprised the first time we stepped in how much storage and counter space it had. Tomorrows updates will include smart tile backsplash and faucet change out for the bath sink. Can't wait


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Wow it's been a busy weekend working on the fiver. I will split the projects up into separate posts so it's a little easier with the pictures, so here goes.
First up the bathroom sink updates with included medicine cabinet (previously posted) changes out the faucet, and added the smart tiles to the wall. I also added the tiles to the lower cabinet for a nice inlay effect.
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Changed the door pulls and knobs through the entire coach, they were very worn and dated looking. You will also see them with the other Kitchen upgrades. Wow did it really update the cabinets!
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Replaced the shower curtain rod which was rusty with a bronze curved rod to gain a few precious inches of space in the shower.


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