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Old 10-05-2005, 10:05 AM   #365
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I'm tempted to drive to Pismo Beach just to see your trailer . . . have a safe trip.
2 full days to go, 6 weeks of work left on the trailer. Priority has shifted from "step by step" to "just make the thing roll". Will go back to "step by step" after the Rally.
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Old 10-05-2005, 02:20 PM   #366
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[quote=uwe]Next thing is go figure out why the 15A breaker did not trip...weird. However, neither did the 30A where the trailer is plugged in to.


I had a 1963 Overlander I sold several years ago. One day I was working on the fan in the vent over the bathroom. Instead of unplugging the whole trailer, I figured that if I turned off both breakers, that would turn off all power.

I was just about to start working on the wires going to the small transformer near the fan and deceided on a wim to test them with my volt meter. It was still hot with 117 volts even thought all (2) breakers were off!

I never did know what else wasn't on a breaker. I just pulled the plug whenever I did electrical work.
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Old 10-05-2005, 02:26 PM   #367
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Uwe,
I know you can, I know you can.............
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Old 10-11-2005, 05:35 PM   #368
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Did it!

Sorry it took me a while to get back to this, but I had to skip town right after the Rally, on business.
I pretty much worked on the Overlander until the moment I left. Far from finished, but it is now road ready.
After a long drive through LA's worst Friday traffic, a cigar and Margarita with Big Dee was definitely in order!
The trailer tracked and handled like a dream, much better than I had anticipated, and somehow much better than when I towed it home from Washington state 19 month ago. The narrow profile and light weight make this a joy to tow, not a chore. Of course it had no water, no propane,and very little wine inside of it, so in the future, the weight issue will surely change. The trailer handled as if it had a touring suspension, very stout and smooth. I did not notice much skin deformation when turning or when going up driveway humps, as I did when watching down the sides of my previous Airstream.
The brakes are simply wonderful. Very linear, quiet, and smooth. Also very powerful. It took a little adjusting on my Prodigy to keep them from locking up. The adjustment ended up at about 30% of the adjusting wheel travel, for relatively aggressive trailer brakes with no lockup, but lightly singing tires when fully activated manually. I never noticed even a trace of brake fade, not even on long downhills with the trailer brakes only applied.

My 12V, 120V, and fridge all worked wonderfully. So did my bed platform with the air mattress. Unfortunately, that's all that's working so far in the interior. The 10 recessed lights make for a very nice, friendly light inside the trailer, very pleasing. Not too directional, but just right for the distance from floor to ceiling, with little or no shadows. I have them on 4 circuits for better control and battery savings when boon docking.

The trip went very well, with only a few minor concerns. One of them is my Reese Dual Cam HP hitch, I started a separate thread on this issue.

I averaged 12.5 mpg on a 500 mile round trip, and this includes several hours of stop and go through Los Angeles on the way up. Not bad, in my opinion.

All in all a great shakedown cruise.

Now on the building a bathroom and some cabinet doors, then upholstery and window coverings, then back to polishing.
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Old 10-11-2005, 07:35 PM   #369
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That is one saweeeet vintage trailer!! Can't wait to see the completed version. Maybe I'll host a vintage rally here in Phoenix over the winter just so I can see it in person. Think there'd be enough interest if you said you were coming.

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Old 10-11-2005, 08:03 PM   #370
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That is one saweeeet vintage trailer!! Can't wait to see the completed version. Maybe I'll host a vintage rally here in Phoenix over the winter just so I can see it in person. Think there'd be enough interest if you said you were coming.

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Old 10-11-2005, 10:31 PM   #371
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You should check the Rally threads. Airstreamers always have fun, it seems.
Phoenix might be a good winter destination. Let's find a nice scenic desert campground with hookups and go for it.
However, we should have a separate thread for that, when the time comes.
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Old 10-11-2005, 10:42 PM   #372
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Wow wow WOW! What a difference from the first set of pictures - we have only seen it your shop - looks very proud again......

May even change my mind on the wheels......


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Old 10-12-2005, 10:28 PM   #373
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wow! it IS coming together nicely. that's it... i'm getting on the polishing of the silver pickle...

thank GOD she's only 15 feet, eh?

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Old 10-14-2005, 09:10 PM   #374
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Very nice to see you out of the shop... It looks great.

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Old 10-15-2005, 03:10 PM   #375
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Very nice to see you out of the shop... It looks great.

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Out of the shop, back into the shop for 3 more month......
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Old 10-15-2005, 05:47 PM   #376
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A/C Question

Uwe,
Did you use the a/c on your trip?
Your clean lines have caused me to reconsider the roof top unit.
A metal liner with insulation, ventilation and a good drain could be great. Your installation looks clean, as usual.
Any comments or observations if it was used?
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Old 10-15-2005, 06:51 PM   #377
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Uwe,
Did you use the a/c on your trip?
Your clean lines have caused me to reconsider the roof top unit.
A metal liner with insulation, ventilation and a good drain could be great. Your installation looks clean, as usual.
Any comments or observations if it was used?
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I did not use the A/C on this trip, as it was actually sort of cool by the pacific Ocean during the day, and the fantastic fans were plenty on low speed to disburse the heat inside the trailer.
I did, however, use it extensively while building the interior inside my shop, where often the temps reached 90F+ during the last few weeks before the Rally.
I tapped the bottom of the existing metal pan and installed a flexible sprinkler riser as a drain that goes through the floor, and then through the belly pan. This works very well, no water on the floor or anywhere but out of the drain pipe. Lots of it, as a matter of fact.
With just having 2 insulated ducts installed, no registers, the trailer gets very nice and cold inside. I am hoping that there is enough airflow to push the cold air up and through the furniture, through about 10ft of ducting....keeping my fingers crossed. I will have to bring the cold air outlets up and into the streetside furniture, somehow.There will be adjustable 4in outlets rear, center and front. Return is directly to the unit, under the bed, through a furnace filter.
I, too, am very pleased about the clean lines. I also like the handling of the trailer with the 80lb a/c unit right on the floor line, instead of 7ft higher on top of the roof. It tows very steady, with little or no toppling from side to side. But it's actually too soon to tell how it will end up towing, as much weight will still be added to it in teh form of cabinetry, bedding, upholstery and supplies.
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Old 10-15-2005, 11:26 PM   #378
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Cool and Warm/Low Center of Gravity

Heat rises-cold falls,
Warm the air low, drop cool air high,
Use thermodynamics to do the work.
Maybe ductwork like heater up and down,
Keep it simple and light, CG down.
Yes, you have done it.
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