Last year I purchased a 23' 1979 Fleetwood wilderness camper. Only paid $1000 for it. It had been sitting for a number of years. Original owner. It needed a ton of work but the guy said everything worked good. Which most of it did. I'll list the repairs I've done... Exterior Replaced all 4 roof vents. Cleaned and sealed the metal roof. Replaced the sewer vent cap. Repaired the frig and furnace roof vent. Replaced all the running lights. Repaired both doors (rotted bottom frames). Replaced all the screening (mainly for the smell). Removed old and recaulked the exterior as needed. Replaced exterior light. Replaced o rings in both propane tank valves. "Flipped" both axles. Repaired, checked, repacked and adjusted all 4 hub assemblies. Repaired 1 split abs drain line. Sanded, cleaned and repainted the tanks, frame and load levelers. Replaced the tires. Interior Repaired 2 areas on the ceiling (Water leak). Replaced kitchen and bath faucets. Installed newer water pump. Replaced all poly water lines with pex. Upgraded the thermostat. Installed all led lighting. Made new curtains as needed. Checked, repaired and lubed all window hardware. Replaced the carpet. Recaulked the tub/shower. Resewn the cushion cover seams as needed. And a few other small items. Cleaning was the biggest challenge. Had many years of dirt in it. Luckily the only signs of mice was in the bath vanity. Must have come in through the holes in the floor where the drain lines come up under the tub. Still need to figure out how to seal them. It's been fun working on it. The repairs have been pretty simple. Thinking I have about $500 - $600 in parts. I've been looking at getting a camper for sometime now. Just didn't want to go in debt buying one. This one is built and designed very nice. Tons of storage space. The rear of the camper has a large compartment under the floor. My wife and I want it set up as a bug out camper as much as possible. I do understand that moving a large camper isn't the ideal situation during shtf however it will give us another option to utilize. I figure worse case is having to unload the gear into our bov's and continue without it. Best case is making it to our bol. Which is around 1.5 hours west. Now that it's warming up I'm continuing the final work on it. Setting it up the original way it was intended is pretty straightforward. Doing the modifications needed for a more permanent use is slowing me down. Instead of listing all of the issues I'm running into on one post I think I should separate them into different ones. In the future I would like to ask advice on topics like Emergency food ideas and storage methods. Additional water storage and purification. Alternative methods of heat. ECT... Yesterday I started on the solar charging system. That's what I would like to concentrate on now. Originally it has one battery mounted outside behind the propane bottles up front. From what I can figure it doesn't have a way to charge the battery when the camper is plugged into AC power. It is wired to be connected to the tow vehicles alternator but from what I've read it isn't a good way to charge the camper battery. Installing a solenoid or switch to disconnect the trucks battery while running on the campers battery sounds like the best way to charge it using that method. I would like to install the battery in one of the storage compartments instead of up front. Figure it would be better protected from thieves and weather. Not sure about how to properly store it. Acid, maintenance and explosive gas are my concerns. Plus, when I add batteries, they all won't fit on the tongue. I have it wired up in the front compartment now. Connected to a charge controller and a 54 watt homemade solar panel that's sitting on the dog house in the yard. Any ideas on how to properly store the battery in one of the compartmens? Is it possible to hardwire an ac charger straight to the battery leads so when the camper is plugged in it automatically charges it? Without effecting the solar charge system? How would I trickle charge the battery when the camper isn't being used? Permanently mount a solar panel on the roof? Next weekend I hope to finish the battery install. Any ideas is greatly appreciated.