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Old 05-15-2017, 07:32 PM   #15
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Frame is back.

My frame was a little ruff when I finally took the shell off. The front A had seen a jackknife sometime in its life. The rear cross member was rusted out, and a few of the outriggers were also shot. One from a blow out (which I think caused the jackknife ) and one was just plain old forgotten at airstream during production.

When I got the frame back, it then went over to the trailer place and got a new torsion axle rated at #5500. It was almost as cheap as buying new electrical brakes for the old leaf spring axel. When I got it home again I wire brushed and ground off all the major rust...then 2 coats of Por 15. The front A then was coated with some Eastwood silver epoxy encapsulator paint. Now I need to get the wood floor cut and then epoxy that as well.

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Old 05-19-2017, 07:04 AM   #16
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Trial Fit

The heat has returned to SW FLA. So I went to my favorite store(HD) today and bought a new fan and replace one of my drills that wore out.

This weekend I am going to try a trial fit of the shell to the sub floor.
The reason for this was that I did not have a pattern for the floor, so I used a handy tool from Eastwood to copy the curve on the corners. If this works then I will remove the shell and then start on the interior planning of where I want the toilet and etc. Then while waiting for the tanks I can start finding the leaks and address those issues before putting the floor back in.
Oh what fun we are having...

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The new brushless drill is a torque monster and the impact makes setting things real easy.
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Old 05-20-2017, 01:48 PM   #17
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Hi Island Trader,

Yes, thank you for all of the details you are sharing. This is our first trailer and our first renovation. It is possible we are in over our heads.

Though ours says it is a Flying Cloud, it looks exactly like yours. We have just pulled up the floor. It has rust that looks very much like yours. Our plan was to do renovation with the shell on. That is looking less likely.

I have a couple of questions I hope you can answer. The first is was the door frame in good shape, or did you replace it? A previous owner of our trailer (we have to name her,) bent the inside rim back and it is a mess. I will attach a picture. The second is about the windows. Do you know which handles are appropriate. All of the handles on our side windows are gone, the front has part of a handle and the back has no handle left.

I look forward to following in your footsteps.
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:46 AM   #18
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Hi Island Trader,

Yes, thank you for all of the details you are sharing. This is our first trailer and our first renovation. It is possible we are in over our heads.

Though ours says it is a Flying Cloud, it looks exactly like yours. We have just pulled up the floor. It has rust that looks very much like yours. Our plan was to do renovation with the shell on. That is looking less likely.

I have a couple of questions I hope you can answer. The first is was the door frame in good shape, or did you replace it? A previous owner of our trailer (we have to name her,) bent the inside rim back and it is a mess. I will attach a picture. The second is about the windows. Do you know which handles are appropriate. All of the handles on our side windows are gone, the front has part of a handle and the back has no handle left.

I look forward to following in your footsteps.
A couple of thoughts...first I looked at your thread.Then I looked at the airstream archives...(https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...e5870d0806.pdf)

I really don't think your trailer is a flying cloud. That being said let me try and answer some of your questions..

My door frame was in good shape. I would hammer and dolly, patch and repair your door frame. It may take some work but from the one picture it looks like it can be saved.

I took out all my window and rebuilt them. The window regulators were all replaced. You can get handles and parts for VTS..

This is the link for some window parts.
http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/category-s/27.htm

I will check out your thread again and try to answer any other things you post.

Let me know if there is anything else and I will try to shed some light.
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Old 05-22-2017, 07:19 AM   #19
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Trial Fit Part 2

Sunday was the day...I hooked the frame up to the golf cart, had my wife working the chain hoist and put the shell on the frame. It really went on easy. The hard part was trying to figure out how it sat originally. Good thing I had some pictures. . We are changing it from the original layout , but not greatly. Side note: When ordering the next torsion axle I had chose the taller option that raises the height by 3 inches or so. I can see it now, and it does give you more clearance underneath. Thats a good thing.

Next step is to mark the c channels door placement and then I will remove the shell again and start on the plumbing and tanks. When that is done then on to the belly pans. I would like to get that done before we take off for our summer break in August.

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Old 06-10-2017, 01:43 PM   #20
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Layout

While waiting to get my flight back home I had time to sketch a preliminary drawing of how I (we envision) the layout. I know this is rough and there will be many oops or how can I do that...

This was our short list...
  • 2 single beds
  • drop down dinette to convert to a bed
  • wet shower/toilet/vanity
  • 3 foot longer trailer...haha

In order to get this all in the space allotted I will have to make the beds stacked. One going left to right and the other front to back. I thought of bunks, but not enough height to do it right. The stacking should work since I can raise one just high enough to let the other slide underneath and actually create more hiding space.

Any comments would be welcomed if you see a major design flaw that I have not addressed.

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Old 06-16-2017, 08:15 PM   #21
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Big score

I always watch Craigslist....today was a good day. I bought new 2 custom single mattresses that are $1000.00. Never used for $300. Exactly what I was wanting. It's great to find things way b4 you need them 😎
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Old 06-20-2017, 07:39 PM   #22
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Do you see it...

Well the layout of bath and bed's is now finalized. Now I can order the grey and black water tanks.

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Old 06-25-2017, 08:40 AM   #23
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:20 AM   #24
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Nice work, frame and sub floor looks good.
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Old 06-28-2017, 10:00 AM   #25
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Black Tank

Hey Islandtrader, here's a link to the tank I used for black. Since the tank isn't sloped, and since it's only 4" deep, I installed a 1/2" fitting on the side of the tank to connect fresh water to flush it. I aimed the port directly at the toilet fitting in case the solids want to pile up under the toilet. The port is connected to a readily accessible valve next to the water heater, and it can be easily flushed any time. I tested it yesterday and I think it's going to work well. Here's the link:

https://www.tank-mart.com/rv-marine-...-tank-783.html
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:20 PM   #26
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Link to the escape hatch handles and catches

Hey islandtrader,

Here's a link to the Hehr handles and catches for the escape hatch on VTS

http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...-p/vts-322.htm
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:25 AM   #27
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Dodged the Bullet!

Living in southwest florida and on a barrier island at times it can be perilous. We normally leave in August and come back early October. This is the best time to see the rest of the U.S. when our weather sucks. We always button up the house for hurricane season. Not to bore anyone with the facts, but we were only 50 miles from the eye, and were in the bullseye until it turned and hit Marco.

The Airstream was tied down but this picture should tell you something.

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Any damage or just moved over a bit.
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