Voices of Experience:  Bob Brashear
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Number of RV's owned / helped people finish: 30+

Bob Brashear

Models: 3, 4, 6, 6A, 8, 8A
Currently Flies: RV-6

Bob's advice to new and potential builders:

  • Keep it simple.

  • Buy a pre-punched standard kit (to save money).

  • Go with a fixed pitch prop (metal) and a rebuilt engine or something that has some time on it.

  • You don't need a pneumatic squeezer.

  • You can wire it yourself (it's just one wire at a time).

  • Don't buy a high-priced alternator or regulator.

  • Carve your own seat foam and have an auto shop upholster it.

  • Cloth seats are definitely the way to go.

  • Paint it yourself w/a HVLP gun and Jones-Blair Acrylithane ($33 gal).  One gallon will paint a RV-6/7 (most of my RVs cost around $100 to paint)

  • Manual trim is the best way to go.

  • Steam gauges are best (buy them from a local diesel shop).

  • A handheld GPS will serve you just fine.

Bottom line:
You can EASILY build a RV for under $35,000 if you want to.  I probably have over a dozen friends who have flying RV's that each cost less than $35,000 total (tools included).