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Old 11-20-2018, 08:35 AM   #379
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That is much as I have envisioned, except that I am using aluminum instead of wood. But wood goes very well with your interior, which is an impressive one.
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Old 11-24-2018, 08:11 PM   #380
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putting stuff back in

Although I have from time to time admonished myself for getting ahead of myself (a mild form of onanism), some days I just can't help myself. So today I pulled the front storage compartment off the pile of stuff lining the walls of my work space and put it back in place in the Tradewind. I originally thought I would paint it white, but I kind of like the contrast of the dark wood. It breaks up the white nicely, I think. Still have to stain the wood filler in the chip and some nail holes.
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Old 11-25-2018, 06:15 AM   #381
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Nicely done, your post can help others that are doing something similar to you and that quandary about colors, etc.
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Old 11-25-2018, 06:02 PM   #382
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I too like the contrast of the dark walnut overhead. The overhead in my old Trade Wind was a molded plastic affair that had a crack in the bottom of it. I think of it as an early Airstream foray into molded plastics.

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Old 11-25-2018, 07:27 PM   #383
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The interior of my cabinet was a dark butt-ugly plastic, which I brushed with white stain blocker and intend to paint bright yellow, just for grins. I might even run an LED strip just inside on top with a switch triggered by the door.
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Old 11-25-2018, 08:11 PM   #384
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Looks great, Dale. I’m returning my upper cabinet to stained wood as well. Painting the outside of mine white was a mistake.
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Old 11-26-2018, 06:31 AM   #385
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Just as I have steadfastly avoided keeping track of money spent on this venture, I have likewise intentionally failed to memorialize my time, no small amount of which has been eaten up by the do-over monster.
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Old 11-26-2018, 06:59 PM   #386
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Gee, I mistakenly keep my project receipts and kinda keep track of the hours. If I total the columns up, it brings tears to my eyes. I had $18k and about 1200 hours in the Trade Wind project. The Overlander project will be more.

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Old 11-27-2018, 12:47 AM   #387
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Echo the comments on the cabinet wood contrast to the white interior. It is nice and well done. I equally admire your ability to not track time/money. I originally was doing it to prove to the doubting wife it could be done under budget and ahead of time, now she is doing it to say “I told you so”.
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:18 PM   #388
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I am starting to believe that there is no such thing as an underbudget Airstream project. We did our cost total ouf! We have almost double what it cost you David for your Tradewind. Having a one of a kind trailer comes at a price.
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Old 12-13-2018, 09:45 AM   #389
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And then there is the cost of a tow vehicle. We just got a 2018 GMC Canyon diesel (crew cab, long box) from a dealer 380 miles away, which gave us an opportunity to road test it on the way home. Terry and I both love it. Coincidentally, Touring Dan texted me yesterday with a YouTube report on the Canyon diesel's capacity and performance in the Colorado Rockies, confirming our decision to get one. The longer wheelbase (140" vs the short box's 128") will add to towing stability.
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Congratulations. Sharp looking truck. I understand the diesel engine is about 30% more efficient than a gas engine. My experience confirms this. This truck will handle your new Trade Wind very nicely.

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Alright! Welcome to the oil burner club. Really nice looking truck.
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Old 12-29-2018, 07:53 PM   #392
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Things have been slow over the holidays. I insulated the wheel wells with a layer of Reflectix and an inch of foam board. Also towed the Tradewind to KC with our new GMC last night. The diesel was definitely the right choice. It accelerates uphill nicely and the exhaust brake is great on the downhill side. No complaints at all about the trucks's tow package. Last weekend I got 30.7 mpg while cruising on the interstate at 70 mpg / 17500 rpm. Yesterday on the way from Pleasant Hill to KC and back with the Tradewind in tow I got 15.5 mpg at 60 mph / 2000 rpm. Of course, diesel is more expensive, but what the hey. Incidentally, have noticed the fairly wide disparity in diesel prices between the city and the country ($3.00 per gal vs $2.66). The lowest I have seen is the Costco in Liberty, MO, at $2.23. I wonder what gives with the wide difference.
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