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Old 02-14-2012, 09:05 AM   #141
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I picked up all of my veneer on e-bay for a great price, just enter in the type of wood and then veneer is the search. You will be surprised how much is available. I bought 180 board feet of single sliced cherry for a little over a C note
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I picked up all of my veneer on e-bay for a great price, just enter in the type of wood and then veneer is the search. You will be surprised how much is available. I bought 180 board feet of single sliced cherry for a little over a C note
Linier feet? Or enough veneer for 1 inch think by 12 inch by 180 feet. Quite alot of veneer.
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Linier feet? Or enough veneer for 1 inch think by 12 inch by 180 feet. Quite alot of veneer.
I was wondering that myself, but figured I was the woodworking newbie and misunderstood board feet.

I still can't find anything that cheap on eBay. I must not be searching the right things. I'll keep looking...
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Great work! I am a bit far off from wood working, but I love to see what everyone is doing. I saw the Kreg jig system looks simple, but I'm sure its not. Is the transmitter for the back up camera hard wired to the camera in the bumper and wires run to the front of the coach? Sorry if I missed it. I have all my walls and interior gutted so I am planning for all the pre wiring I can think of.
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Great work! I am a bit far off from wood working, but I love to see what everyone is doing. I saw the Kreg jig system looks simple, but I'm sure its not. Is the transmitter for the back up camera hard wired to the camera in the bumper and wires run to the front of the coach? Sorry if I missed it. I have all my walls and interior gutted so I am planning for all the pre wiring I can think of.
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Haha, well you're speed is still admirable considering you have twice the trailer that I do. I can't imagine doing any more windows than the 5 I did, and the hatches/vents/door. That was way more than enough seals, detail polishing, etc. to satiate me for a few years.

The camera has a single RCA plug and a 22ga wire 12v power plug within 2 feet. This normally only has a 3 foot set of wires to the transmitter, followed by a 12v wire that is connected to the trailer. I simply ran an RCA extension cable and a set of stranded power wires through a wire loom for about 12 feet to get from the bumper, through the belly pan, along the bottom edge of the wall.

I started the project wiring all the stuff through the walls, then actually re-evaluated based upon my interior layout design. I ended up only wiring the long >6 foot reaches and anything that came out of the skins in a visible place (2 switch plates, 2 outlets, ceiling/endcap lights, ambiance lights. I decided I would rather be able to see and access the rest of the wiring more easily and have plenty of room behind cabinets to run wire conduits. Just my approach.

BTW We do need to organize a large South Coast camping trip sometime once you finish that behemoth.
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Haha, well you're speed is still admirable considering you have twice the trailer that I do. I can't imagine doing any more windows than the 5 I did, and the hatches/vents/door. That was way more than enough seals, detail polishing, etc. to satiate me for a few years.

The camera has a single RCA plug and a 22ga wire 12v power plug within 2 feet. This normally only has a 3 foot set of wires to the transmitter, followed by a 12v wire that is connected to the trailer. I simply ran an RCA extension cable and a set of stranded power wires through a wire loom for about 12 feet to get from the bumper, through the belly pan, along the bottom edge of the wall.

I started the project wiring all the stuff through the walls, then actually re-evaluated based upon my interior layout design. I ended up only wiring the long >6 foot reaches and anything that came out of the skins in a visible place (2 switch plates, 2 outlets, ceiling/endcap lights, ambiance lights. I decided I would rather be able to see and access the rest of the wiring more easily and have plenty of room behind cabinets to run wire conduits. Just my approach.

BTW We do need to organize a large South Coast camping trip sometime once you finish that behemoth.
Great now Im going to go out and start looking at back up cameras, thanks a lot! Which set up did you go with?
As far as the trip goes, not sure if you want to wait til my rig is done. Could be a while....but I would love to see your rig.
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Linier feet? Or enough veneer for 1 inch think by 12 inch by 180 feet. Quite alot of veneer.
That would be a lot of veneer wouldn't it. It is square ft which is still a lot of veneer.
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Great now Im going to go out and start looking at back up cameras, thanks a lot! Which set up did you go with?
As far as the trip goes, not sure if you want to wait til my rig is done. Could be a while....but I would love to see your rig.
LOL well they're never "done" anyway right? I mean, I've already got a list of things to do once I finish, like go back and change out the glass on the overhead light for a flat one with an etched Airstream logo. Marie apparently has a secret talent of glass etching that I didn't know about!!

I bought an offbrand camera. Nothing special. I just really wanted that flush mount, and the 7" LCD screens that a lot came with were too big for my purposes. Most of the name brand reverse camera systems come with screens built into the rear view mirror, but I've already got that for my OEM Toyota reverse camera. No issues so far.....
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:33 PM   #149
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Craving the Project

I am having withdrawal. Work and school has been heavy and I used part of my weekend to organize a long group hike in the Angeles National Forest.

It's days like today that I look back over my thread while eating lunch and see pictures of everything that's been done. It makes me really excited of how "close" I am to the end, even though I know I have a ways to go. For anyone who is doing a renovation and stumbles across this thread, I really encourage you to document it all--not just for the sake of others', but for yourself.


As for an update, I built the full bed frame, and am in the middle of scribing curves onto the plywood top. Ordered the Full XL mid-grade memory foam yesterday from The Foam Factory.
This part of the project is becoming very tedious only because I have to pull all the saws, sawhorses, tools, and lumber outside of the trailer every time I want to work on it. One of the necessary evils of doing your first Airstream before your first house.
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I am having withdrawal. Work and school has been heavy and I used part of my weekend to organize a long group hike in the Angeles National Forest.

It's days like today that I look back over my thread while eating lunch and see pictures of everything that's been done. It makes me really excited of how "close" I am to the end, even though I know I have a ways to go. For anyone who is doing a renovation and stumbles across this thread, I really encourage you to document it all--not just for the sake of others', but for yourself.


As for an update, I built the full bed frame, and am in the middle of scribing curves onto the plywood top. Ordered the Full XL mid-grade memory foam yesterday from The Foam Factory.
This part of the project is becoming very tedious only because I have to pull all the saws, sawhorses, tools, and lumber outside of the trailer every time I want to work on it. One of the necessary evils of doing your first Airstream before your first house.
Yes documenting is a great way to keep it all straight. It has really saved me in times when I have been stuck or had a "what's this thing" moment.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:19 PM   #151
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Well, the 12" electric Dexter self adjusting backing plates do fit my 1959 Kelsey-Hayes drums. I got to check them out at Inland on Friday to make sure. Spent the first half of the day disassembling the axle down to the spindles, then wiring and reassembling with new brakes. Tested them briefly and no issues at all. I feel much better about towing Knight now.

The second half of the day was more work on the bed frame. The platform is made and I just need to put some hinges on it. Pictures will come soon.
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RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Towing: Independent Brake Wire Feed Upgrade

Recommended. From the School of Do It Once and Do it Right.
(and all other applicable tech threads by John Barca)

Plus a MAXBRAKE controller.

And I would also take apart the suspension, down to bolts, bushings and shackles. Wet bolts. Consider gussetting the brackets. Shock absorber retrofit, also. Etc. All worth looking at, IMO.

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Old 02-27-2012, 06:25 PM   #153
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I'm glad it all worked! I too would probably pull apart the shackles to at least inspect the bushings, but that can happen in time. How's it stop now?
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Worldinchaos,

Just read your whole thread: truly "looks great"! (Haha couldn't resist.) You've done amazing work in a really short time and I appreciate SO MUCH the photos and explanations. I'll be referring back to this thread and I am encouraged greatly about my ability to work on mine! Thanks a whole lot!

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RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Towing: Independent Brake Wire Feed Upgrade

Recommended. From the School of Do It Once and Do it Right.
(and all other applicable tech threads by John Barca)

Plus a MAXBRAKE controller.

And I would also take apart the suspension, down to bolts, bushings and shackles. Wet bolts. Consider gussetting the brackets. Shock absorber retrofit, also. Etc. All worth looking at, IMO.

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Thanks for the article. That was pretty interesting. I actually have soldered it, used heat shrink tubing, and when I did the floor replacement I ran dual 10ga stranded wire to each brake from the umbilical cord, so I may not have been quite as rigorous on all the details with the junction boxes, but I think I have a decent reliability.

I will look into the Maxbrake. Unfortunately already bought a new Prodigy P2 a few months ago so I'm not really ready to upgrade yet.

I'm only taking a hiatus from the running gear so I can get some travels in. I plan on replacing leaf springs, shackles, bushings, U-bolts, and adding some new shocks.

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I'm glad it all worked! I too would probably pull apart the shackles to at least inspect the bushings, but that can happen in time. How's it stop now?
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I haven't done any real stopping yet. Didn't have the Dexter instructions and wanted to make sure to condition them properly. I'll probably do that in a few weeks.

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Just read your whole thread: truly "looks great"! (Haha couldn't resist.) You've done amazing work in a really short time and I appreciate SO MUCH the photos and explanations. I'll be referring back to this thread and I am encouraged greatly about my ability to work on mine! Thanks a whole lot!

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No problem Vivian. I look forward to seeing a whole bunch of work on yours as well! Thanks for all the feedback, I'm glad to know the info has helped. Persevere and your trailer will be complete!
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Put the P2 on Craigslist (seriously). And the pics above show an un-armored, un-supported wire run to the brake . . waiting for a problem, IMO. The trailer is light, blah, blah, but equal, instantaneous and reliable actuation is everything. The shortest amount of time in brake application to achieve the greatest results (with no steering applications to counter un-even force).

We'll look forward to how your testing on gravel or sand goes with what an observer notes which trailer wheel locks up first, and at what speeds.

Electric brakes barely achieve what we expect of them. Their virtue is not performance, but cheapness.

Why I wrote what I did a year-and-a-half ago in Post #18. What is central to a TT is it's mobility. Not its luxuries. But the habit (with all RV'ers, I am not singling you out) is to take this for granted, and spend money/time/energy on second and third tier considerations. Cart before the horse. By the time these central considerations are finally tackled, it's a chore to be done, is all. Compromises and justifications, is how I see it. Minimums, when maximums are what "pay".



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Oops! I gotta be more careful what pictures I put up. I didn't think anyone would notice that I took the picture as I was dryfitting it all. As in, still hadn't tightened any bolts, used threadlocker, greased anything, and as you noticed, I hadn't yet fastened the wires or put the excess back into the frame.

Speaking of which, when I ran the wiring I ran it between the floor and bellypan through large rubber grommets in the frame, and using the normal plastic wire loom. Do you think That will be sufficient, or should I run new wires exterior to the belly pan in that sort of armor? Obviously the short 6" length of wire between the back of the plates and the frame will have to be protected regardless.

The MaxBrake looks like a really good idea. I honestly hadn't ever even heard of a controller that ties into the TV master cylinder.

PS I'm faster than a year and a half... It's only been 9 months! :biggrin:
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Psssst....

This endcap is tiring but fun.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:57 PM   #159
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So, you polished your endcaps and now you're covering them with -- what I think is veneer? My daughter sent me this:
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Not what you're looking to do, are you?

Don't get me wrong, I love the look of veneered endcaps, just curious and amazed that you polished them first (I'm still aching from doing just one endcap!)
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This endcap is tiring but fun.
This is exactly what we had planned to do on our end caps on the Albatross. Any hints on how to do it? It looks beautiful!
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