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Old 07-14-2019, 10:35 PM   #57
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Ok time for this week’s update:

Polishing has been punted indefinitely. Tried it, worked in some areas and other areas need an exorcism rather than a polish job. Didn’t have all the right tools for the job either. All that combined with a week of rain on the horizon, I turned my attention to reinstalling lights, vents, badges, and everything else in an effort to make it water right.

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Thankfully it didn’t rain for the week, just a couple days. It was helpful to figure out where some of the leaks were coming from, however. I have much work to do to get Otis water tight...

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Old 07-16-2019, 03:00 PM   #58
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For every leak I stop, it seams like I find two more. Gutter seal seems to be effective for sealing leaks from the inside. I plan on going back and sealing from the exterior with Captain Tolley’s and sikaflex/Vulkem once the rain stops.

One of the leaks I have found is behind a channel (see picture), and I am thinking about removing them permanently but I don’t know what they are for. Anyone know what they are for, and if I should/should not remove them? Thank you!

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Old 07-16-2019, 07:39 PM   #59
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The leaks that I found were almost all located at the lower corners of every window in our trailer. I sealed them from the outside and haven't had a problem since, although I plan to go back every year and re-seal. The worst one was on the curb side window to the front of the door. (The fixed windows on both sides were not a problem--it was always the working part of the windows.) I think this leak caused a previous owner to replace the flooring around the door. The vast majority of the frame rot we had was underneath this area.

I don't know what those channels are for, but since Airstream used them, I figured there was a good reason, so I left them in place!
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Old 07-16-2019, 07:58 PM   #60
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Rasmuw, thank you for the feedback. I am finding the same: most leaks are from the bottom window frame corners. I am sealing from inside and out, but that’s mostly because it’s still raining and I have to wait to get at the outside...
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Old 07-20-2019, 11:21 PM   #61
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Ok, one week left remaining of leave and here is the good, the bad, and the ugly from the last week.

We’ll start with the ugly: the paint on the interior walls has not survived the summer “heat,” and is starting to flake. I used BIN primer last summer, and while it survived the Alaskan winter it has not survived the summer. So, stripping it and the vinyl it covered is now on the to-do list. After some experimentation and research here and on YouTube, this is the process that seems to be working for me:
1. Power wash 99% of the paint off, paying special attention to the edges and around holes. Let dry.
1. Apply a very generous portion of Jasco Paint and Epoxy remover. Wait 2-3 hours. Apply in sunlight if possible.
2. Reapply Jasco. Wait additional 2-3 hours.
3. Remove and scrape off any remnants with a putty knife.
4. Use goof off and a scotch brite pad to get the rest of adhesive
5. Clean off with mineral spirits.
All my skins are off and I plan to paint them, so I’m more interested in a time-efficient method than keeping them pristine.

Now for the bad: sadly I will not reach my goal for Otis before going back to work. I was hoping to have the wiring and insulation done with interior skins put back in. If I’m lucky, I will have the Prodex and trailer wiring in by the end of next week. Also, I need to cut an access panel into my belly pan to help me route some wires from the tongue inside. I suppose this is a necessary evil.

Now to the good: Otis is looking like an Airstream again! I have most of the exterior “accessories” mounted, and have stemmed the leaks, at least while stationary and for the moment.

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Also, I have the door back together! Can finally lock things in the Airstream instead of putting them away!

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Old 07-21-2019, 01:57 PM   #62
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You have gotten almost as much done in 4 months as it took me four years to accomplish, although, to be fair, the first three were mostly just Saturday afternoons. At any rate, I have enjoyed following your progress and reading your informative posts.
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Old 07-21-2019, 08:58 PM   #63
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Slats, I’ve only been able to make such rapid progress thanks to your thread and others like it!

For better or worse, I have to be able to tow Otis across the continent next summer, which is driving my efforts. I wish I didn’t have a time limit attached to it, because it’s more enjoyable being able to chase whatever rabbit as far down the hole as I want to!

To revise my previous technique with removing the vinyl, it seems sunlight is essential. I was able to get away with a single application of Jasco. Also, using a razor or other edge along the edge of the panel before application of Jasco helped to remove the vinyl more easily.

Today, I was also able to cut and make my access panel for any wires being routed through the tongue.

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I also installed the stabilizing jacks, and am in the process of testing for leaks, without the assistance of rain.

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Old 09-07-2019, 11:55 PM   #64
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So it’s been over a month since my last post, but thanks to a visit of family and some help from friends, I finally have progress to share!

First, all the interior panels have been stripped. This was miserable beyond words. I think what made it worse was that I had already painted over the vinyl. So, if anyone reading this (including future me) thinks they may want to paint the interior skins, my experience leads me to recommend just biting the bullet and stripping them from the start.

Managed to cut and install the patch for the new hot water heater, as well as fit the water heater. At the wife’s request for “unlimited” hot water, went with the Precision Temp RV-500. Definitely a much smaller opening than before, but due to the curve of the shell, had to install at an angle to get it to sit flush. I guess we’ll see how it works.

With the help of the whole family, was able to complete the Prodex layer of insulation. While not difficult, it was surprisingly time consuming. Took an entire day with 4 people working to cut the sheets and tape.

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Another landmark was our first successful round of wiring! The trailer lights all all wired up and operational! Once we get the brakes wired up, Otis will actually be street legal! I think...

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Next up is to continue running the wires so I can get the rest of the insulation in and the walls up. I am especially excited to get the endcaps out of my shed before winter.
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Old 09-08-2019, 06:11 AM   #65
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Any progress is great progress. Stripping the vinyl is the way to go. We did that in our 66 and primed with Kilz Adhesion before finishing with Zolatone Flex. A really tough finish. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to add a few extra 12vdc runs or an extra 120vac. Good luck
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Old 09-08-2019, 01:15 PM   #66
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Nice job! Feels good to make progress.
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Old 09-08-2019, 04:09 PM   #67
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Strong work. Your smile says it all.
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:30 AM   #68
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Nice work! Nice looking tail lights and tail end too.

I still have some crappy looking generic tail lights on my 66 Tradewind. I have new round tail lights ready to install, but I think I need to cut into the aluminum to install these and I am just putting it off.

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Old 09-10-2019, 04:16 PM   #69
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Yeah, Dan, cutting into the aluminum is sorta like crossing the Rubicon. I just did it to install my new flush fresh water inlet. I also have to do it to poke through the roof with the flu for my heater. Yikes! Maybe Atomic will assuage my fears on that one.
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:36 PM   #70
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Thanks for the encouragement! It was nice to have a few extra sets of hands to help move things forward.

I’m nearly done running all the wires through the walls. Every time I step inside I feel like a spider ate all the crayons before spinning its web. Needless to say my efforts to keep everything orderly have failed.
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