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Old 04-11-2011, 09:41 PM   #323
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Great progress! Do you have photos of the whole door handle assembly? I'm going to have to create one somehow and I know I can get the handle part from VTS but what does the lock part and the inside handle look like?? Rae
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:18 PM   #324
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Nice details Steve!
I have tinkering away with finishing the edges of the belly pan and somethings just don't cooperate like I think they should Someday I hope to catch up to you.
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Thanks Doug! I've been trying to find a way to use your belly pan storage, but there's just no place on my trailer. Saves work anyway.

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Great progress! Do you have photos of the whole door handle assembly? I'm going to have to create one somehow and I know I can get the handle part from VTS but what does the lock part and the inside handle look like?? Rae
I do have more of the handle with the washers and pins and stuff, Rae. Let me know and I'll post them. There is an H20-2 on eBay right now: 1958 Airstream Parts Vintage Bargman door lock | eBay. Someone who's bidding on it now would probably just as soon I didn't publicize it.

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the door handle is very pretty!
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:19 PM   #326
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Thanks! I've got my fingers in the bidding... Gotta try, y'know. Once I eventually get one, maybe I can somehow get some more fabricated. (the body and inner handle, etc. to go with what VTS has available). Not having it in my hands I can't see what's involved, but it would sure be nice to create a few to help folks out who have none of the parts.
Thanks for the link-- much appreciated! Now I just need a little luck
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:51 PM   #327
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Thanks! I've got my fingers in the bidding... Gotta try, y'know. Once I eventually get one, maybe I can somehow get some more fabricated. (the body and inner handle, etc. to go with what VTS has available). Not having it in my hands I can't see what's involved, but it would sure be nice to create a few to help folks out who have none of the parts.
Thanks for the link-- much appreciated! Now I just need a little luck
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Mine has a brass handle on the inside and I don't know if it's original. VTS has the spring for the handle in stock and I'm not sure if the handle is still backordered or not. The shaft could just be hardware store aluminum stock. I'd guess that the lockset itself would take a lot of effort to duplicate. The outside trim looks really nice and it would be hard to duplicate as well.

I'd bet the lockset is the easiest to find as most of these probably got replaced when the outside handle broke.

Meanwhile, all the streetside curtains are in. Water fills and vents are next to go on the outside checklist.

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Old 04-12-2011, 11:14 PM   #328
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Wow Steve, that is really coming along! I see you ordered the mattress.. don't be lying down on the job now!

Love the curtains.. fun!
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I see you ordered the mattress.. don't be lying down on the job now!
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It was like a scene from "The Blob" when I unrolled the thing and it kept getting bigger and bigger. Swallowed the whole back of the trailer. Had to get it cut to size before it ate Pam and me, but I hadn't made a template. Didn't think I needed one, though, since I still had the original mattress. I'd just use it.

Well, it's been two years since it was in the trailer and I just made one of those dangerous assumptions that it probably fit just right. The short version is that I was able to add some foam to make up for the lousy fit on the first try. It's all ok now.

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I still don't like plumbing,

but this PEX stuff is really nice.

Iím using the brass fittings with the copper crimp rings and it all goes together really quick. My system is very simple with only a galley faucet and and shower and toilet. Itís being made outside in modular sections, one for the bath and one for the galley. The plumbing for the shower and toilet sits inside a still to be finished cabinet between the bed and the bath with the feed coming from under the bed. Almost everything was done outside except for the last two elbows connecting the feed lines. The crimper needs quite a bit of room.

Outside, the fills for the two fresh water tanks, the city water hookup, and the fresh tank vent are all mounted in place. Theyíll just need Vulkem and final fastening to finish. These four fittings are all marine style.

58 degrees is forecasted for Saturday, so we might head for the car wash tomorrow to get ready for some outside polish work. 58 for us sounds very very warm. Itís way past time for my summer uniform of shorts and flip flops.

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Nice work Steve. Looks very professional. I ended up going with the SeaTech fittings on my PEX install. The ability to take them apart and put them back together multiple times has been very helpful in light of my constant need to re-do things.
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The ability to take them apart and put them back together multiple times has been very helpful in light of my constant need to re-do things.
Yup, I've been waiting for that one little thing I forgot that makes me rip it all out. Any tips on the double flairs for the gas lines yet? That's next after plumbing.

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My system is very simple with only a galley faucet and and shower and toilet.
Nice work, Steve. From your use of red and blue pipe, I'm guessing you have a water heater too. Do you plan on making a bypass for that, for winter storage?
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Purchase a good double flare kit and practice a bit before going live on the final runs. I bought a double flare kit from Rigid via Amazon.com and it seems to work quite well. I like working with copper and the one 1/4" line to the gas lamp that I've done so far turned out very nice. I'm hoping the weather will be decent the next couple weekends so I can start making some real progress on the main runs under the belly. With all the cold and rain, I have not been very excited to crawl around on the ground under the trailer.
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Steve,
The PEX plumbing and exterior inlets look great. I can't wait until I get to this point for my '58 Overlander. I've purchased the blue and red PEX like yours but will be using plastic flair-it fittings instead of brass, but the system will be pretty much like yours.

I do have a question for you. Where did you get the exterior vent fitting for your fresh water tanks? I need something like that for my '58 Overlander. I'd also like to see how you connected the vent tube to your fresh water tanks. Did you use a reducer for this?
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