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Old 04-17-2019, 07:26 PM   #461
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Hey Slats, the flooring looks great. How is it secured?

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Old 04-18-2019, 05:46 AM   #462
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Smile Please don't finish

Dale, Brian, David, Dan Jeremy, etc.

Please never finish. Go ahead and go camping but just keep right on working and posting. There is nothing more I enjoy than sitting down with a cup of coffee and reading about all the nice work you guys do. Soon I will start on my 66 but until then I'll just sit back and enjoy! Brian thanks for bringing you trailer home again. It makes me smile when I look out my window and see your TW sitting there!

Great work and thanks!
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:32 PM   #463
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Hey Slats, the flooring looks great. How is it secured?

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Uhh, secured? Now you've got me worried.


Just kidding. Actually it is truly a floating floor, as nothing is holding it down, save gravity. I did anchor the first slat down with a couple of sheet rock screws to keep it in place so that the the following slats I clicked in place would remain more or less true. But other than that, I did not use any kind of mastic or glue to bind them to the floor. They have foam rubber backing and the instructions made glue optional. So I opted not to use it. As matters turned out, it was the right decision. For, after getting all the way to the back, I noticed a good-sized scratch on one of the slats up near the front that I had failed to catch in unpacking it from the box installing it. In less than ten minutes I took up the floor back up to the point of the scratched piece, replaced it, and then put the rest back in place. This stuff is pretty easy to work with.
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Old 04-19-2019, 12:54 AM   #464
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Coloradoup. No worries, it seems this thing will never get done! Have to agree with you, it has been fun keeping up with everyone’s progress.
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Old 04-19-2019, 05:35 PM   #465
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Looking good! I love the floor colour.
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Old 04-22-2019, 03:51 PM   #466
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Changed my mind (again)

Thanks. I love it as well. The problem is, those partitions ( I hesitate to call them walls) now look, well, a little less than pristine, especially where they meet the floor. So, despite my rant against perfection (see #447, above), I have decided to replace them. This decision was driven by serendipity. I happened to be passing by Regal Plastics, a mid-size supplier in North Kansas City, this morning. While perusing samples of the products they have on hand, I spied some wonderful rigid foam core aluminum clad sheets that can be had in varying thicknesses and custom cut to shape. It is as light as a feather, but sturdy. They stock it in either white or brushed aluminum, but it can be ordered in any color if one orders a large enough quantity. I'm going for white. So it will be good-bye to the original rather ratty partitions and hello to nice smooth, anal retentive replacements.
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:59 PM   #467
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Wow, interested in how that turns out. My 75 Overlander was built light, but the "partitions" are melamine laminated to some type of plywood. It is only 3/16" thick. I think the 76 model year trailers may have been built with something else.

So I replaced three of the partitions with 1/4" red oak veneer, which is pretty heavy. Had I known of a foam core aluminum panel, I would have been quite interested in that.

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Old 04-22-2019, 07:18 PM   #468
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Thanks. I love it as well. The problem is, those partitions ( I hesitate to call them walls) now look, well, a little less than pristine, especially where they meet the floor. So, despite my rant against perfection (see #447, above), I have decided to replace them. This decision was driven by serendipity. I happened to be passing by Regal Plastics, a mid-size supplier in North Kansas City, this morning. While perusing samples of the products they have on hand, I spied some wonderful rigid foam core aluminum clad sheets that can be had in varying thicknesses and custom cut to shape. It is as light as a feather, but sturdy. They stock it in either white or brushed aluminum, but it can be ordered in any color if one orders a large enough quantity. I'm going for white. So it will be good-bye to the original rather ratty partitions and hello to nice smooth, anal retentive replacements.


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The brushed aluminum panels sound interesting. Do you have any photos of them or specifications? I would particularly like to know the thickness. Do they have a website?

I have no plans to use these in our Tradewind but possibly on our 95 34’ that is being made over ever so slowly. It will hopefully have the modern look of a new Airstream even though it will become a vintage Airstream in the year 2020.

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Try this: http://www.regalplastic.com/342-aluminum-clad-panels


Also, here is a picture I took of the samples I saw today. Cyndi, who told me they sell the stuff in varying thicknesses, said 6 millimeters roughly equals 1/4", which is about what is needed for the partitions, give or take a millimeter.


I love finding local suppliers with real humans you can talk to face to face.
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Interesting stuff. What is its cost? I might have happened across something similar on the net as part of a warehouse sale from Boeing.
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:07 AM   #471
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The quote I got for white was $88.31 per sheet and for brushed aluminum $102.24. I believe those prices are for 48"x96" sheets, but they also come in 120" lengths.
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:04 PM   #472
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We've been out of town a lot these last two months, so I haven't made a ton of progress lately, but am getting back to things. I've been rehabbing the upper cabinets and the bedroom closet. I posted a while back about the fact that the closet doors had sustained water damage in the past that caused the mahogany veneer to warp and delaminate. So I just scored the veneer just above the delaminated portion and peeled the veneer away and sanded and primed the doors white. I then removed the thick dark varnish that covered the door frame and sanded and brushed the bare mahogany with polyurethane. I put that whole thing back together today, but didn't take a picture of it. I do have a couple pics of the doors and the frame. I love the look of the grain in the frame. Pic of the completed closet to follow.
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:14 PM   #473
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I started to repair the cabinet frames today. Drilling the old broken dowels out and replacing them went well. I originally thought I would build new frames, but since I'm not changing the floor plan all that much, I decided to just repair the original mahogany frames by stripping, sanding, re-glueing and coating them with polyurethane. I also have just about completed the project of cutting and painting new divider walls. I'm storing them and the cabinet frames alongside against the garage walls until I'm ready to reinstall them in the trailer. I've still got to do all the plumbing to do and I want to work from the back to the front once I start putting stuff back in, so that means the bathroom will have to be completed first. I just got my shower tub back from a body shop that did some minor repairs to the fiberglass and then painted the tub Chevrolet pickup white. I'm going to install an above floor pie shape 15 gallon black water tank and two 16 gallon grey water tanks below the floor over the axles. The new 42 gallon fresh water tank will go in front where original tank now sits. I'm working on getting a Truma Comfort Plus tankless water heater, just for the grin of having instant hot water at each tap. Or I may just settle for the lower end basic Truma and call it good. I've lost count of the times I've changed my mind about stuff along the way of this project.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:16 PM   #474
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You are on the right track regarding reusing any of the original hardwood you can. What I was able to salvage was better than any wood I could buy today. Did you decide to use aluminum sheeting for bulkheads or plywood?
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:44 AM   #475
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After struggling to answer all the questions put to me by the committee in my head that normally convenes at 3:00 am on random nights, the fact that there is a Lowe’s on the way to the trailer won out. It was so easy to load some sheets of 3/16” birch plywood into the truck and get on down the road, both literally and figuratively. I’m painting all of them oil base white, except for the bathroom street side one, for which I selected a sheet with some nice grain that will be coated with clear satin polyurethane. For the curb side bathroom wall, which is the shower wall, I’m picking up a 3/16” sheet of HDPE (high density polypropylene) today from Regal Plastics in NKC. At least that’s the plan for now.
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:07 PM   #476
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I picked up a sheet of 3/16" HPDE and cut my bathroom shower wall out of it today. It is going to look great up against my newly painted white shower tub. Because it is mildly translucent, it makes the bathroom more airy and light; so much so that I'm going to use the same stuff for the street side bathroom wall. This is finally starting to be fun.
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Correction: HDPE.
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Old 06-21-2019, 07:19 AM   #478
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Know what you mean about that indecision. Think your choice was a good one. And if it doesn’t come out right, at least it wasn’t too expensive
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Old 06-22-2019, 06:52 AM   #479
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Well, here’s another one for you. After agonizing over size and location of my grey water tank, I finally settled on installing two 16 gallon tanks from VTS, mainly because thy are only 4” thick and thus would not extend below the belly pan (with some modification of the underside supports between the cross members). Then yesterday, as my plumber friend and I were under the trailer planning to implement that scheme, he noticed that the cross members all had nicely spaced 2 1/2” x 12” oblong holes in them. So he asked, why don’t you see if you can get a local shop to fabricate some 24 gauge stainless steel tube tanks to slide into those holes?” After some quick calculations of how many gallons tube tanks of varying lengths will hold, I thought, “Why not?” So come Monday a trip to Gieske’s down at 17th & Washington is on the agenda. I love the seeming simplicity of this solution. I did worry a bit about having water slosh back and forth on starting and stopping, but baffles would blunt that. Any other drawbacks anyone can see?
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I have never seen that done. Will be interesting to see. Sounds like a good idea. I had a space under the street-side twin bed next to the fresh water tank where I fit an above-grade 17 galonl tank just for the kitchen sink, and that has worked out pretty well.
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