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Old 09-05-2014, 10:13 PM   #29
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Wow! Looking good! If mine was polished like that it'd be "game over" as I'd spend to much time looking at myself.......
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:09 AM   #30
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Thanks guys but only the areas where the lights and vents attached are polished so far. needed to get the exterior sealed because of the Thunderstorms later today and tomorrow. Today I hope to finish the tail light wiring, then only the install of the new axle to be rolling down the road.
more to come!
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Old 09-12-2014, 07:20 PM   #31
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Still been working even though I have not been posting.
Today I was able to assemble the Closet!! I did so following the original construction (I wasn't sure that I would have done it that way but I now understand, much easier the way that they did it!
I also pulled the upper galley cabinet today and rebuilt it, pics to come. Sorry this old body was simply dog tired and needed a beer aft this day!
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Old 09-12-2014, 07:29 PM   #32
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I should have stated that the Sink Drain is also installed. I did make a small error and will be able to correct that tomorrow. I have installed VALTERRA Valves that will enable me to send the Grey Water Overboard or Divert it into the Holding Tank. The Holding Tank can also Dump Overboard or Not depending on the position of the Valves, hopefully this will work as planned?!?!
I will need to pick up a Tote Tank but only if needed.
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Old 09-14-2014, 06:09 PM   #33
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Here we go again!
OK got the Closet built and decided to give the galley cabinet and door fronts another coat.
And yes I also got the Vent Covers mounted yesterday!
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So are your tail lights and marker lights all original? They are in good condition if so.
You have a very nice trailer there. I just removed rear marker and tail lights today and they need replaced.The lenses could be reused but the bases are shot. The original Bargman are not available that i could find. ( any one know of some ?)
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Steve, excellent work my friend! I'm not going to get to mine until next Monday. Keep up the good work! What finish are you using on the stained cabinets? How are you applying it? And forgive me for not giving you this sooner I know you asked awhile ago. # is 4012. California built. I'll be reattaching the belly pan next. It's not going to be fun........
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So are your tail lights and marker lights all original? They are in good condition if so.
You have a very nice trailer there. I just removed rear marker and tail lights today and they need replaced.The lenses could be reused but the bases are shot. The original Bargman are not available that i could find. ( any one know of some ?)
My marker and tail light bases were in poor condition as well. I cleaned the rust and then had to do some welding. I then took coupling nuts and welded them in place of the "speed nuts". I am using new lenses but have kept the original marker light lenses that I polished and put on a shelf.
thanks for the compliment on the trailer, doesn't come easy.
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Steve, excellent work my friend! I'm not going to get to mine until next Monday. Keep up the good work! What finish are you using on the stained cabinets? How are you applying it? And forgive me for not giving you this sooner I know you asked awhile ago. # is 4012. California built. I'll be reattaching the belly pan next. It's not going to be fun........
Thanks! I started with Minwax Stain but did a custom mix because I didn't like what was offered. I'm using Watco Danish Oil, natural. I am applying it with a foam brush for now and with the 3rd coat it does start to look similar to varnish but much easier to apply and dries quick.
A little suggestion, I found that the closet needed to be built in place so that I could do that by myself (remember I am using original framework that is mounted with the original fasteners in the original holes). That meant that the galley cabinet had to come out so that I could duplicate how they built the closet back then. The side pieces were set in glue using brass brads and that allowed for minor adjustments during the assembly. Now on to mounting the galley cabinet and possibly buttoning up some more plumbing.
Since ours is 4092 it would be fun to see them together.
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:45 PM   #38
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Mounted the Galley today and was able to hook up the propane lines, needed to flare one of them so I will need to do a leak test.
I re-skined the upper cabinet but it will need some finessing, I decided to put that off until later so that we can "camp" this weekend.
I ran the electrical wires for the SOLAR Charging (more on that as I proceed), Battery Charger and Double Pole Circuit Breaker with Polarity Indication. I was also able to message the the Dinette a little but more to come on that later.
Damn tired tonight but tomorrow is a "mop up" day and then we head to Hurkey Creek for a Teardrop and Vintage Trailer get together.
A day or so of rest would be nice right now!
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Wiring to freshwater pump, DC Lighting and SOLAR (I am going to use the original DC receptacle for the incoming SOLAR Power) completed today. Plumbing finished today (damn leaks were a real bear!!!), also buttoned up misc. items and now tomorrow ......................... off to a Rally!!
Damn tired not sure if I have been this tired in 3 decades, maybe not even 2 decades!
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Old 09-19-2014, 05:41 PM   #40
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Steve have a great time and a well deserved rest in your beautiful trailer. I'm guessing though you won't get to much rest as you'll be answering a lot of questions about your Traveler.
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1st night!

We were able to get the Traveler on the road! We made it to the Teardrops at Hurkey Creek Gathering. Carousel and Ray did a wonderful job of putting on this event and we met some wonderful campers!
OK just as I was hitching up the jack froze .... and of course in the extended position?! I was able to cut the pin on one side then using a punch drive it to the other side and cut it again. Now I had to raise the front of the hitch to a very uncomfortable position in order to remove the screw jack. Once out I had to use penetrating oil to free it and then and grease to lube it. The original jack freed up so I greased it and all was well with the world again, just an hour and change later . The rest of the weekend was uneventful with all of the new systems working great.

I was very surprised how comfortable the bed was! We only had a mattress topper left over from an older bed, blankets and some quilts as bedding. 1st night sleeping in the Traveler was very rewarding to say the least.
These Teardrop guys are great and put on a very fun event. We had a continuous stream of people looking and asking questions about the restoration .

The Traveler
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Old 09-21-2014, 04:40 PM   #42
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Just in case you wanted to see the Teardrops and Vintage Campers;
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