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starting the banquette

Posted 03-01-2016 at 03:53 PM by nskinner

Before building out the shower stall I have decided to upgrade the supply lines to the bathroom and kitchen while I can. They all passed inspection but upgrading now seems the best option. I'm part way through that process using 1/2" PEX but we are still having mostly sub zero highs here which makes plumbing a challenge. So until it warms up a bit I'll be working at the front end of the trailer.
Here our plan is to replace the nasty old Gaucho with a horseshoe banquette and a telescoping...
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Starting the re-model

Posted 03-01-2016 at 03:13 PM by nskinner

By the time the painting was done the summer was ending and I moved the trailer into a barn for storage over winter. The following summer (2014) saw me just too busy for the long drive to work on the trailer, I got up there once or twice and did a few small repairs, but by the fall it was pretty clear that I needed a new location to do this work. So this past summer, after a couple of false starts we finally got a great spot that is about 5 mins from home and that I can actually see from my work....
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Prep and paint...

Posted 03-01-2016 at 02:34 PM by nskinner

Once the leaks (or most of them) were addressed, I researched the forum for the best advice on surface prep and painting. I can't say enough about how helpful the community was in this area, it certainly seems like many people have made mistakes here that I was very grateful to learn about and avoid!
I scrubbed every surface twice with Spray Nine and then again with TSP before sanding everything. I did 2 coats of Kilz primer using a sprayer, which was super quick, but I realized, better...
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The initial gut...

Posted 03-01-2016 at 02:22 PM by nskinner

Once we had our trailer in place, I spent the summer driving the 90 mins back and forth to our friends farm. Not the most ideal situation to get so much work done, but it was our best option at the time, and I got to spend a good amount of time in beautiful Walkworth Ontario.
Initially I had thought I would remove all the cabinetry but leave shower / tub etc, but as the gut progressed it became evident that this stuff should go too.
As expected, once stripped down a few hidden issues...
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1979 Sovereign 31' "Seasmoke" Re-model

Posted 03-01-2016 at 12:30 PM by nskinner
Updated 03-13-2016 at 08:57 AM by nskinner

After a couple of years of bursts of progress followed by unforeseen delays, we are hopefully finally settled in to get this job done!
We picked up our 1979 31' Sovereign in 2013 from CanAm RV in London, ON. We were looking for an AS of this size and vintage with an exterior and mechanics in good condition and an interior ready to be re-modelled. The good folks at CanAm looked after us well, and we got exactly what we were looking for. The shell was in excellent condition, all the electrical,...
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