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Exterior / Re: Body Work
« Last post by rickmilne on December 14, 2018, 08:54:36 AM »
:-) Mine too. I had a bodyshop fix the fiberglass damage on mine (entire front driver quarter) and they did a pretty good job. It's thicker than OE, so I'm going to have to "adjust" the thickness at the outer edges so there isn't such a step where it overlaps the aluminum. Fortunately, fiberglass is much easier than the aluminum - if you're not able, any competent body shop should be able to handle it. Just make sure they don't use a ton of filler - filling low spots is ok; filling anything deeper than 1/4" isn't.
Exterior / Re: Body Work
« Last post by JonGFisher on December 14, 2018, 08:11:29 AM »
Thank you all for your replies!

The aluminum has some minor damage but it's the fiberglass that has the most issues. I live in Salt Lake City but work in the San Bernardino area and was lucky enough to find #277 in Riverside. She needs a lot of love to bring her back to glory but I'm excited to get started. I have no doubt there will be plenty of questions along the way.
Jon Fisher
Events / 2019 Western Rally
« Last post by carlofsumner on December 11, 2018, 07:03:52 PM »
Yes, there will be a Western Rally! It is in the planning stage right now but look for this space to be filled in with more information soon. I can tell you it will be held in April of 2019. Look for more information sooooooooon.
Exterior / Re: Body Work
« Last post by carlofsumner on December 11, 2018, 06:49:58 PM »
Welcome to the wonderful world of Ultra Vanning. I am going to have to replace a panel this coming spring and I plan on doing it the way it was done in the factory, primarily because I don't trust anyone else to take the proper steps with it. I'm no expert but I have learned that most people in the repair industry don't know or want to learn about Ultra Vans.

Which one are you buying and I hope you'll join the UVMCC and stay in touch with other Ultra Vanners. There are several in the LA area. Where do you live? When you join the club you will get our club newsletter The WOW (Whales on Wheels) and find out about Rallies we have and other fun things we do.
Events / 2019 National Rally
« Last post by rickmilne on December 11, 2018, 09:02:52 AM »
Kearney, Nebraska  Sept 16-20, 2019

Welcome to Kearney, Nebraska!

Plan to spend a few days of your vacation next year with us! Kearney is a convention community in South Central Nebraska! We have a population of about 30,000. There are many activities tentatively planned for the week. In addition to the usual things you do with in the Rally group we’ll also be touring the Classic Car Collection, The Great Platte River Road Archway, the New Blue Print Engine Manufacturing plant, and many other “hot spots”!

Several spots will be reserved in the “Kearney RV Park and Campground”.
If you choose not to bring your Ultra Van, stay in one of our many hotels end join us daily for the activities. Please bring the kids and grandkids as we have a lot to do in Kearney for all ages. And we need to get more families involved with the Rally.

As the year progresses, there will be more specifics about the Rally in the newsletter. You will receive a registration form and campground reservation information.

If you have ideas or suggestions, please contact me:

Sherry Morrow, 713 W 29th St, Kearney, NE 68845


I have the membership booklet, but very few faces to put with the names so let’s see if we can meet some new people and have some fun.

See you next September!
Exterior / Re: Body Work
« Last post by rickmilne on December 11, 2018, 08:59:52 AM »
Hi Jon! As Owen stated, the aluminum is actually pretty easy to work with. Filler won't work as mentioned.. Do some due diligence with metal fab shops or even hot rod shops - should be a dime a dozen in SoCal - to see who has some metalworking experience.
Exterior / Re: Body Work
« Last post by Owen on December 05, 2018, 07:51:06 PM »
Just want to say welcome!

Body work from dents or from corrosion?

The relatively thin aluminum skin on UltraVans is pretty flexible - so filler tends not to work that well over time. And filler over corrosion is particularly useless.

Best thing is to cut out the old skin and rivet a new patch over it. Or drill out and replace the whole panel, if it is one of the smaller ones.

Wichita, KS
Exterior / Body Work
« Last post by JonGFisher on December 05, 2018, 05:54:49 PM »
Hello All!
I am looking to join the Ultra Van community this weekend. The coach I am looking at needs some body work and I was wondering if anyone has had body work done in the Southern California area. Any recommendations would be appreciated! Thanks!
510-556 / Re: Ultravan Rescue Gone Wrong
« Last post by Ultravan Owners on November 30, 2018, 09:59:09 AM »
UPDATE POSTED: November 30, 2018

The Next day (August 11th, 2018) I got up and went to check out the Ultravan. I wanted to size up the task ahead of me. FYI - Weeks before I was to leave on this rescue I wrote PowerNation Driveway Rescue for help. I knew it was going to be a long shot. But I had to try, because I also knew it was going to a lot of work and more so, working out side, at my age, in the heat of summer. And the summer heat did not help at all. It was hot!!! 
The Ultravan had been sitting in the field for years. The rims and tires were buried in the ground half their diameter deep. I was shocked that 3 out of the 4 tires still had air in them after all these years.

I started digging out each tire so hopefully it would not cause any damage when I went to pull the coach out from where it had been sitting for so long. A short while later that morning a relative of the owner that I was buying the Ultravan from, came over to help me finish digging out the tires. We got the tires all dug out and then aired them all up. I attempted to pull the Ultravan out from where it had been stored for so many years. But I was not having any luck with that and I did not want to cause any damage to the Ultravan, so I stopped for the day. I think it was 2pm and by then it was over 100degs with the heat index.

August in Iowa was extremely hot when I was there.

On August 12th, I went for breakfast early and then stopped by a farm supply store, a block away, to purchase a come-along and some tow straps, before heading over to the Ultravan in the nearby town. I then drove over to where the Ultravan was and crawled under it to hook up one of the tow straps. I backed my truck up behind the Ultravan and then hooked the come-along to the back of the truck. Using the come-along I started pulling the coach out of the holes that the tires had made from sitting so long in the dirt. I was both happy and surprised that it rolled easily.

When the come-along would no longer work, I disconnected it from the truck and moved the truck farther ahead. I then extended the come-along and hooked it to the back of the truck and repeated the process. After doing this twice I saw that the Ultravan was rolling without any issues. So I left the come-along there and used it like a tow chain and started driving the truck while pulling the coach towards the top of the hill. Getting out from time to time to steer the Ultravan. By lunch time I had the coach at the top of the hill in a cleared area where I could get it ready to be able to ground tow it home.

Pictures and more to come soon..
510-556 / Re: Ultravan Rescue Gone Wrong
« Last post by Ultravan Owners on November 30, 2018, 09:58:20 AM »
UPDATE POSTED: November 30, 2018 

On August 9th, 2018 I finally started off on my Ultravan rescue. I took a flight to Sioux Falls, SD. It was a connecting flight and the second leg of my flight was delayed a couple of times. I began to think I was going to have to spend the night in that air port. Thank GOD I got the last flight out. That airport has night restrictions and has to shutdown every night by 12midnight EST. I did not arrive to the hotel until 1am with the central time change. It so happens that the crew from the plane used the same hotel and we all took the shuttle service there. That made me feel like I picked the right hotel.

The morning of August 10th I got up, had breakfast in the hotel restaurant, and waited for my ride. The owner of the business was kind enough to pick me up at the hotel, at 11am, and we drove 45 minutes back to his place so I could pick up the truck from there.

I checked the fluids, started it up and check things out before driving to the gas station to start my trip. As I was driving to the gas station I had noticed how much the back of the truck would bounce or dance around without the extra weight of a bed on the back. After I filled up with diesel fuel, I found out that the tires were maxed out so lowered the air pressure on the four rear tires and checked the front ones while I was at it.

From the gas station in Rock Rapids, IA, where I picked up the truck, I drove to Sigourney, Iowa with one stop in Des Moines, IA to pick up some thin 4x8 flat stock so I could close up the opening of the large broken window. I arrived at the hotel (recommended to me) in Sigourney and checked in just in time before they stopped receiving check-ins. What a long day it was. The restaurant I wanted to go to had closed early that night. So I went to Subway and took my meal back to the hotel room to sit quietly and watch some TV. When I opened the door to the hotel room the odder hit me. It was musty. Like nasty mold. As I sat there eating I could not believe the condition of the place. After I ate I went into the bathroom to clean up and that is when I lost it.  The sink was dirty (as if they cleaned the room days or weeks before) and then I saw the mouse droppings on the floor in the corner. I contacted Marie and she was kind enough to call the hotel across the street while I loaded up my truck. She was able to get me a room there so I drove across the street and checked in there. It cost double of what the other place did. But I'm so happy I ended up staying there instead.
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