RVMag_May_June2012 p48Project Terry, an RV makeover spearheaded by Coast Distribution Inc. and involving a host of industry suppliers, is currently on display at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. According to a new release, the 1978 Terry travel trailer went through extensive modifications to bring it new life and even greater capability than the original.

The RV will remain on display until the end of May when it will be auctioned on e-bay with all proceeds being donated to the Hall of Fame.

“We applaud Coast Distribution’s innovative idea in restoring this beautiful Terry travel trailer to benefit the RV/MH Hall of Fame,” said Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall. “We also thank Coast’s partners who donated the components and materials for this makeover. Starting with a chassis and frame skeleton of the 1978 Terry, Coast’s team invested hundreds of man hours to transform it into a state-of-the-art travel trailer  When the lucky bidder tows this RV home, the heart of the unit may be a 1978 model, but it’s soul is strictly a modern 2014 model.”

The design concept behind Project Terry brought updated materials and color schemes along with improved functionality found in the the latest technology in appliances, lighting, plumbing, heating and air conditioning.

The transformation was made possible with the help of project sponsors, including Coleman-Mach, Dicor Corp., Suburban, JR Products, Husky Towing, Carefree of Colorado, Winegard Co., Powerhouse Products, Horizon Transport, Norcold, Thetford Corp., and Arcon.

Product sponsors included ASA Electronics, Specialty Recreation & Marine, Duoform, LaSalle Bristol. MTI, Optronics, Phoenix, Schnider Electric, Sunforce, WFCO, YSN, HSM Solutions, Shurflo, Heng’s and 360 Products.

“I really want to thank all the sponsors of this project – a special list of generous people and companies,” said Coast CEO Jim Musbach. “They helped us show how an older model RV can be transformed using terrific upgrades and products to compete well with current units in appearance, features, comfort, and safety. All of us at Coast and our supplier partners are very happy to help support the RV/MH Hall of Fame with the proceeds from the auction of Project Terry.”

RV Magazine covered several aspects of the build  in a multi-part series called “Project Terry, Extreme Mobile Makeover.” The articles were fashioned to help DIYers with the challenges and joys of tackling an extreme mobile makeover with design ideas and step-by-step how-to instructions. Project Terry also points consumers to the best available parts and products along with the occasional suggestion to take some jobs to their local RV service center.

With RV Magazine supplying the consumer reach, Coast looked to several RV product manufacturers for their expertise in supplying quality RV components for the project. Several of these companies signed on as primary sponsors, each getting their company logo included in the media coverage of the project.

Freelance photojournalist Larry Walton put together a crew with automotive, home remodel and construction experience but with very limited experience working on RVs.

The crew found a 1978 Terry travel trailer they thought would be a good candidate for an RV renovation. The decor included harvest gold counters and burnt orange dinette seats with matching faux brick vinyl flooring. But the subfloor was solid and the cabinets were in great condition. The open floorplan was similar to many of the newest travel trailer models with a large bathroom and plenty of windows.

The crew noted “some damage from water leaks,” which, as with many home improvement projects, turned out to be more than anticipated.

The build included:

Running Gear: brakes, bearings, hubs, tires and wheels.

Exterior: siding, awning, roof, vents, graphics.

Plumbing and electrical: lights, toilet, sinks, tanks, solar panels.

Appliances: furnace, air conditioning, fridge, range, water heater.

Interior: furniture, counters, floors, woodwork.

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