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Old 01-09-2019, 11:36 AM   #295
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Talking That All sounds good!

Brian I think you can support this another way and not spend much needed dollars on plywood and angle iron. Just take some of that left over 2x2 metal you have at your dad's shop and weld in a chunk right down the middle of your spare tire area directly under the sub floor.

Next set up that fancy dado blade on your table saw and crank it up two and a quarter inches. Run you spare wheel and tire across it and dado out a slot for that 2x2. Pretty sure your dado doesn't go 2 inches wide so you will need to make a few passes at it. Now I know what you all are thinking but I figured that out too. Make sure you mount that wheel with the notch facing in when you go to use it. That way nobody thinks it looks stupid!

PS, don't forget your pump.
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Old 01-09-2019, 04:35 PM   #296
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Funny stuff, Mike. I'm a bit concerned about wheel balance with the 2" slot removed out of the spare.
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:42 PM   #297
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Wheel weights on both sides of the notch?
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:28 AM   #298
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By the way, I believe VTS has a fresh water tank with baffles. It is not that much more than the same size without baffles.
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:22 PM   #299
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Atomic's 1968 Tradewind Twin Renovation

I decided to place the 60 gallon freshwater tank at the front center of the trailer. It was installed using 2” 11 gauge (0.125”) steel angle that spans the main frame rails and a section of 1/2 Baltic birch plywood the same foot print of the tank. Prior to installing the tank, I sandwiched a strip of foam between the steel angle and the tank to prevent chaffing.

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Following the tank installation, I finished the remaining plumbing between the freshwater tank and the galley. Vibration damping hoses, a particulate strainer, and an antifreeze siphon valve was inserted between the tank and water pump. I pre-ran a wire for a water pump switch by the galley sink and the shower area, which will activate the water pump using a 30 amp automotive relay. A low point drain exits through the subfloor through the spare tire area under the trailer. This also serves as a vent for the freshwater tank when filling. Lastly, I arranged a valve layout that permits filling the tank from either the front gravity fill neck or city water.


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The only remaining plumbing items involves installing a city water inlet and finishing connecting the water lines and drains to the bathroom components and water heater.

I also made some changes to the galley.
Originally I whitewashed the galley drawer fronts. they ended up having a peach hue which frankly looked terrible against the white faceframe and walls.

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I opted to paint the drawer fronts an olive drab green and ended up liking it. It’s a nice hint of subtle color and will match the green wool blankets we’ll use for bedding.

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I’m moving on with the installation of the front dinette. More to follow.
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:09 AM   #300
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You can’t go wrong with olive drab. It is, I think, an under appreciated hue.
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You can’t go wrong with olive drab. It is, I think, an under appreciated hue.
In my "rebellious" high school days (which were not as exciting as I make them sound) I would occasionally wear a Vietnam era olive drab army trench coat to the dismay of my then girlfriend (and now wife). I still have the coat and used it for a color match for the drawer fronts. Nothing like a bit of personalization in the trailer.
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:09 PM   #302
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I've always thought olive drab looks cool with a red accent, such as the red found on your cabinet doors. Here's a little something to toss on your gaucho to continue the theme (subject, of course, to your wife's approval):
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:13 PM   #303
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I too love the olive drab hue! Looks even better in person..
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Nice weather has finally arrived and the work schedule is slowing a bit which has freed some time to work on the trailer. I was able “rough in” the curbside couch and its adjoining bulkhead.

I’ve been waffling back and forth about this area being a couch that converts into a bunkbed. In the end, the compromises I would have had to make (tall side walls, considerably heavier construction, window obstruction, etc) made it not worth it. Instead this area will be a comfortable couch that pulls out to a 48”x78” bed. Tight but it will sleep two still allowing a pathway to the rear bathroom from the front dinette. The front dinette will also sleep 2 adults and perhaps a third person if they are small (e.g. kid). So let’s call it a 4.5 sleeper.

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Just aft of the couch will be a closet for clothes. The pocket door will close just aft of this closet and fore of a bathroom vanity cabinet.

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Looks great, Brian. It is comforting to hear that I'm not alone in my waffling.
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Hi Atomic 13: Happy to see you back at it. I was a bit worried.

Heck, I waffle all the time, usually Sunday mornings. I'm efficient at making them, and I can eat a lot of them.

The couch looks great. Your Trade Wind will be very comfortable indeed. It could be said your trailer is kinda like the Caravanner. Open layout, and no fixed beds.

My old Trade Wind was just the standard twin bed layout, and it wasn't too bad. The new oversized mattresses helped a bunch.

Press on when you get time.

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