1981 Class C Motorhome: A New Addition to the Do Sask Family

Do Sask is about making connections with the people and places in our home province of Saskatchewan. So it’s very exciting that I now have a 1981 Class C Motorhome to take across the prairies and get closer to that goal.

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This recreational vehicle is a DIY project that I definitely didn’t expect. After many years in storage, my mom gave it to my husband, Chris, and I to do what we want with it. And we don’t know exactly what that is just yet, as it needs a bit of work before it’s ready for a trip to the lake.

1981 Class C Motorhome

Chris looks pretty happy with his Class C Motorhome.

I’ve always made tent camping part of my summers, but Chris would rather scrap the tent for a hotel as mentioned in the epic Saskatchewan road trip post. The Class C Motorhome is a nice compromise which will likely satisfy both of our wants and needs when it comes to travelling in Saskatchewan.

This project technically started about a month ago when we went out to the storage lot to clear it out. Barn swallows made a nest just above the cab because it was sitting there so long.

After attempting to run it with the old battery, we gave in and purchased a new one to get it running. The new battery made the difference. It worked! Chris drove it back into town last week.

What needs repair on the Class C Motorhome

This week, we started inspecting everything to see what we’re getting ourselves into. So far we’re looking at:

    • Replacing the wood in the over cab,
    • Replacing the tires,
    • Removing the awning,
    • Replacing all of the cracked vents,
    • Insulating all windows,
    • And tearing out the carpet.

We tried to set up the awning on our driveway, but the plastic joints were so old that they literally crumbled. A 5 minute inspection turned into an hour of demolition. I really hope this isn’t a trend with the project – ’cause nobody has time for that!

The Class C over cab is a common place for water damage. In our case, it’s in the left corner.

Inside it looks like the decorator sniffed way too much coke before taking a crack at the interior. It’s a horrible 70’s design with orange and brown tweed upholstery, orange and white floral wallpaper, orange shag carpeting (yes – SHAG – in a frickin’ RV), and dated brown cupboards. We’d like to update the decor, but it’s not an immediate necessity.

Our neighbour calls it a honey wagon because it’s “sweet”!

This quintessential dinette is a staple in nearly all motorhomes.

Right now, everything seems good mechanically other than the break lines. The odometer only has about 45,000 kilometers, so that’s a win! Once a technician inspects it, we’ll know exactly what needs to be repaired under the hood.

It’s likely not going to be cheap, but we didn’t purchase the vehicle so it’s affordable. We hope to spend less than $5,000 to get it up to working condition. 

At this stage, we don’t plan on dropping everything and living as full-time nomads. The plan is to take this motorhome on weekend trips and getaways in Saskatchewan. We just hope it isn’t going to be a lemon. Wish us luck!

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