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Old 08-03-2014, 11:41 PM   #15
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Sure, I will get a few pics of what I have and post them tomorrow. Damn now I need to clean that too!

I didn't like the color of the stains that Minwax offers so I mixed up my own batch today, amazing how much time so simple can take! Anyway the inside of the cabinet doors are done and drying for the first coat of oil. I started to move the Galley Cabinet but found that some of the nails were loose...not sure why I didn't notice this earlier. I replaced the loose nails with screws and glue and then made new plywood gussets for the back side to strengthen the assembly. I need to dry fit it tomorrow and check the city water plumbing before continuing.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:12 PM   #16
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Sorry I got busy but here you are. Saniware Toilet that evidently parts are not available for anymore. The Rubber Seal for the Flapper shows weather checking so I will need to either find one or make one.

I have completed the Vanity except for some trim pieces that will go on during the final install.
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:05 PM   #17
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This was hiding under the Linoleum, somebody couldn't make up their mind!
1st cut the plugs, 2nd shape to fit with slight a taper to keep them from falling through, 3rd coat the hole and plug with the epoxy (before adding filler), 4th add the filler to both pieces and tap into the hole (or holes!). Tomorrow I will finish these patches.
Removed the 12 1/2 gallon steel freshwater tank. I started cleaning it by rinsing it and shaking out the loose scale and rust. After that I put 3 gallons of vinegar into the tank and began turning the tank. I figure about 8 hours per side should do it and then I will rinse out the vinegar and get a good look inside.
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:37 PM   #18
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Progress is slow but consistent. Polishing around the exterior fittings such as lights, vents and windows but ran out of F9 today.
The new Vanity is in, Plumbing almost completed, Wiring to the Water Pump and rear Lighting almost in and the Bed is in!
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:17 PM   #19
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Good work Steve!

I made some of posts of my progress as well. Finally spent the first night in her after owning her for 7 years! I made my bed platform wider to take up the space between it and the vanity. Any tips on the type of water pump to use? How about some pictures of the outside? I haven't figured out how to get more than one picture per post. Keep up the good work!
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:00 AM   #20
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I just looked at your posts and your progress and it your progress looks good.

I chose a SHURFLO water pump I'll have to get the model number but I bought it a few years back so it may have been discontinued but I chose one that had less water flow. Here is a link to one that looks very similar;
Classic Series Water Pump - SHURflo

I decided to go somewhat "old school" with my freshwater system and plumbing. I used white vinegar to clean the inside of the original 12 1/2 gallon steel water tank. I chose to stay with the original tank for a few reasons: 1st it will make the installation easier including using the original the fill pipe. 2nd only 12 1/2 gallons or about 104 Lbs. plus the weight of the tank and using the original 10 gallon black water tank. Lastly if I ever decide to go back original with compressed air I will already have the right tank.
I did allot of research on PEX and continued to come with leak issues from other posts. I decided to use a combination of rigid and soft copper. The lines are built in sections outside and then installed using flared fittings to connect them together except at the pump, at the pump there will be short sections of hose to help keep it quiet. The system got more complex that the original system with bypass and drain lines because the original system was with compressed air (it does freeze up here!).

I'll have to post some pictures of the exterior as soon as I find my camera! I borrowed Patti's yesterday but need to get serious about finding mine in the shop or the AS.

PS when you go to manage attachments, then Browse from computer, there should be about 4 of them to choose about 4 pics, then upload after choosing the 4 pics. What is your serial number?
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Old 09-02-2014, 02:52 PM   #21
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Found my camera, right where I left it! anyway here are some pics of the holes repaired, the headboard re-skinned and the bed frame re-skinned.
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Old 09-02-2014, 02:56 PM   #22
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and here are some current pictures of the Traveler.
I started polishing the areas where the lights and vents go so that I won't have to pull them again later. Lights are rebuilt and the vents have been refinished. I should have the windows re-sealed in a week or so.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:32 PM   #23
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Cool

Steve, just as I thought. Only 537 miles between you and I. A little to far to drive to buy you a beer and check out your project...... I'll be look ink at all you posts so I'm not asking question already answered. I have refrained from polishing anything but little test spots. The wife what me to polish first but I refused until everything else was done. Wish we lived closer....... Oh I've also try as you suggested on the photos. If I manage two or more none appear. Nothing I hate more than computer "issues". Just don't have the patience.......
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:36 AM   #24
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Yep, too far for a beer since you are a little above the Bay area. It would be fun to have an 18 Footer get together at a midway point some day, maybe Morro Bay? anyway that is still a while before I am ready to camp in it.

There is a Teardrop and Vintage Trailer Rally this month at Hurkey Creek which is only about 15 minutes away from our cabin. I have already paid and am registered so that will be our first run even though we may not be sleeping in it since I am sure that I will not have the mattress by then.

After much head scratching I decided to replace the Saniware toilet with a Dometic 310 Low Profile. The new toilet came the other day but will be shelved until I get a little further along since the holding tank is part of the area just aft of the closet and the closet looks to go in before the galley ..... got to love puzzles!

Anyway today I continue with the closet but that will take a couple of days or better since I am retaining the original framework. I started by bracing the piece from the back side, then I began removing the plywood skin, today more removing. Afterwards I will re-skin that original closet framework with new oak veneered plywood just as original. Cool part is that I have saved someone's shop notes but they will be covered again just like before.
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I'm in, Morro Bay it is! Good luck with your cabinets. I decided to redo them all. I can't believe how poor the quality of ply wood is these days. I'm using birch. Both for the face frames and panels. I'm using the same lay out and style. Just going with traditional construction. Keep up the good work! You're motivating me!
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Thanks! and Morro Bay it is.
I was able to find some Oak Veneered Plywood that is very close to what was originally used. Mine was originally with Oak and not Birch, too bad because I really like the looks of Birch. You may try finding Baltic Birch, comes in 5' X 5' Sheets and is imported from Russia, I am using it for the Plywood for the drawer fronts since the Plywood today is junk as well.
I wanted to have Electric Brakes since every time we use the Traveler I will need to go down from 6,200'. My new Axle came in yesterday and I picked it up today and just got back. My old axle had a 1 3/4" or so drop (center of the Axle to the center of the Spindle) but I went with a Straight Axle to gain the little bit of clearance.
Anyone who wants my old axle is welcome to it! (Hydraulic Breakaway)
Speaking of free anyone who wants my old Saniware Toilet is welcome to it as well!
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Got up and started polishing today... OK then I made rubber gaskets for all of the Clearance Lights and Tail Lights. Next I wired the Clearance Lights and License Plate Light, then I mounted the License Plate and sealed all of the penetrations. Not sure about tomorrow because this old body may still be hurting!
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