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Old 04-11-2019, 10:23 PM   #29
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Dan,

Thanks for the great recommendation. I think spending $150 to help figure out what I actually need is worth the investment, rather than nearly $1000 and regretting it.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:15 PM   #30
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I bought one some time back to use while working on the Tradewind. I'm sold on it, based on the simplicity of the thing, but can't seem to convince the other half to accept anything other than the standard flush model. Oh well.
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:16 AM   #31
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Fellow interior Alaskan here

Hello my fellow interior Alaska airstreamers! Iím located in Healy, and I just started working on my 1972 31í land yacht sovereign international. I think Iím already in over my head. Lol.

Frankensteined a couple patches over two large holes in the front skin over the hitch. I did manage to straighten out the bent ribs for the most part and figured that watertight is better than pretty at the moment for patches. Donít laugh (ok itís okay to laugh) I used New stovepipe to cover holes and gutter sealer with some rivets. The whole piece needs replacing but I cannot do that at the moment.

Started removing interior skins. Now realizing I have to completely clear out all the stored items and interior fixtures to finish doing this. (There goes my dry storage lol). Pretty much on my own, my dear hubby thinks ďLenora ď should be disposed of (not in a million years). Need to replace some flooring too. Iím pretty handy but definitely could use advice.

Any chance of us interior Alaskan tin can enthusiasts getting together for a meet and greet? Iíd love to see a renovation in progress so I could get some tips.

Happy trails!
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:39 AM   #32
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Any chance of us interior Alaskan tin can enthusiasts getting together for a meet and greet? Iíd love to see a renovation in progress so I could get some tips.



Happy trails!

Iím on board! Next time youíre planning a trip up to Fairbanks let me know!

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Old 04-16-2019, 11:04 AM   #33
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Hello my fellow interior Alaska airstreamers! Iím located in Healy, and I just started working on my 1972 31í land yacht sovereign international. I think Iím already in over my head. Lol.

Frankensteined a couple patches over two large holes in the front skin over the hitch. I did manage to straighten out the bent ribs for the most part and figured that watertight is better than pretty at the moment for patches. Donít laugh (ok itís okay to laugh) I used New stovepipe to cover holes and gutter sealer with some rivets. The whole piece needs replacing but I cannot do that at the moment.

Started removing interior skins. Now realizing I have to completely clear out all the stored items and interior fixtures to finish doing this. (There goes my dry storage lol). Pretty much on my own, my dear hubby thinks ďLenora ď should be disposed of (not in a million years). Need to replace some flooring too. Iím pretty handy but definitely could use advice.

Any chance of us interior Alaskan tin can enthusiasts getting together for a meet and greet? Iíd love to see a renovation in progress so I could get some tips.

Happy trails!



Same here. I will be starting on the segmented end caps for the Safari this weekend. Probably gonna cut in the black tank as well.

As far as a composter goes, we have the Natureshead that we were going to put in the Safari,. but decided to put in a black tank on there, and then put the composter in the 18 footer (because of space constraints with fitting a black tank in there). That way we can juts have an above floor grey tank and not have to worry about peeling the skin off the bottom.
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:04 PM   #34
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Awesome! I get up that way on a regular basis. I will definitely get ahold of you.
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:07 PM   #35
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Looking forward to it! Iím open to hosting our gathering when the time comes!
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:12 AM   #36
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I think Iíve selected a holding tank, but wanted to get the thoughts of those more experienced in these matters before I commit and buy.

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Of concern, the skid plates only extend 7.5 inches below the floor, and this is 9 inches at the deepest. Is that going to be an issue?

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Old 04-21-2019, 02:25 PM   #37
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I think Iíve selected a holding tank, but wanted to get the thoughts of those more experienced in these matters before I commit and buy.

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Of concern, the skid plates only extend 7.5 inches below the floor, and this is 9 inches at the deepest. Is that going to be an issue?

Dan

I happen to have a band new unused tank if you are interested........ It is this one. It would be a very reduced price......

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 04-22-2019, 10:36 PM   #38
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Badpaddler,

Once I get back underneath the trailer and take a few measurements I will let you know. My guess is Iím just going to try to stick with a single tank in the rear bay, however.

On another note, repainted the badges. A simple task, but at least gives me the illusion of progress.

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Old 04-23-2019, 08:23 AM   #39
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Dan - In my view, performing this kind of little task is essential to maintaining one's sanity in pursuing these projects. I have lost count of the days when I have, at the end of the day, felt less than sanguine for the middling amount accomplished. But then I remind myself that I have at least taken another bite out of the elephant, no matter how small. Welcome to this weird support group, where folks wander around with aluminum in brown paper bags. We may all ultimately wind up under a bridge somewhere, but at least it will be in an Airstream.
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Old 04-25-2019, 05:59 PM   #40
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I happen to have a band new unused tank if you are interested........ It is this one. It would be a very reduced price......

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
No worries. I also have to order another sheet of 3003 aluminum. I am ordering 2 because the second sheet is only $30 more. Do you have a need for any?
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Old 04-25-2019, 08:10 PM   #41
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Iím not as spun up on the various types of aluminum as I should be. What is the 3003 typically used for? I know I will need some aluminum for a few patches on the skin, and a sizable amount to replace the belly pan.
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Old 04-26-2019, 10:10 AM   #42
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Iím not as spun up on the various types of aluminum as I should be. What is the 3003 typically used for? I know I will need some aluminum for a few patches on the skin, and a sizable amount to replace the belly pan.
I used 3003 for the interior and the exterior skin, and 5052 for the belly pan. Depending on year, they used the 2024 alclad for the exterior, but it is hard to get get up here.

5052 is strong, and corrosion resistant, but is prone to cracking when bent to far (why it is good for belly pans). It also doesn't dent as easily as 3003.

3003 is maleable, and shines up very well. As far as shining when polished, it is as close as you can get to 2024 alclad.

Here is a good writeup.

https://www.modernmetals.com/item/11...termarket.html


The sheets that I would order would be .032 3003. If you don't want to go with that, then let me know and we can order you a different alloy (like some 5052 for your belly pan), we could change one sheet of the 3003 to whatever you want and combine shipping.

I also attached a PDF that shows what they used for exteriors throughout the years. Depending on how big your patch panels are, I may have enough sitting around for you.
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