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Old 02-04-2006, 09:14 PM   #519
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I used a salad bowl sealer from Rockler. It took many coats, but it did finally produce a beautiful sheen, and a smooth feeling surface.
The finish matches the tung oil finish on the cabinetry quite well.
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Old 02-08-2006, 03:49 PM   #520
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I used a salad bowl sealer from Rockler. It took many coats, but it did finally produce a beautiful sheen, and a smooth feeling surface.
The finish matches the tung oil finish on the cabinetry quite well.
just curious, uwe, why did you go with tung oil, and not a lacquer or poly sealer? i was planning on using lacquer on mine. seals great, but might not allow emough expansion and contraction... not really sure. the environment of a trailer is far harsher on wood than a home would be, due to temperature and humidity swings.

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Old 02-08-2006, 06:34 PM   #521
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just curious, uwe, why did you go with tung oil, and not a lacquer or poly sealer? i was planning on using lacquer on mine. seals great, but might not allow emough expansion and contraction... not really sure. the environment of a trailer is far harsher on wood than a home would be, due to temperature and humidity swings.

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I tried a bunch of different finishes. The prettiest was guitar lacquer, but that stuff will shrink and crack over time. It is also rather fragile, and difficult to touch up. The HD finishes ( poly wood finish etc.) all looked the same, basically plasticky with little depth.
I found the polymerized tung oil finish to produce a rick, deep sheen, not too shiny, not too dull after 4-5 coats.
It's little more work to apply, but it does not require anything but a rag and some steel wool. It brings out a classy amber color in the maple, and equalizes different pieces of wood very nicely.
So, to answer your question, there's 2 reasons: Look of the finish and ease of touch up.
If an area should get damaged, it's very easy to just lightly sand it and apply tung oil over it, making the scratch literally disappear.
The key here is to get polymerized tung oil, regular tung oil does not produce a shine, and takes FOREVER to dry. I found this out the hard way.
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Uwe, how are your tail lights connected? Did you change the connections? My thread has more details on this question.
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Uwe, how are your tail lights connected? Did you change the connections? My thread has more details on this question.
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Oivey...I don't remember the exact color codes..I did not change the hookup, to my best knowledge. There are 2 lamps in each tallight, that much I remember. I would have to take a look tomorrow and see how it all goes together. Sorry I can't be of more help tonight.
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Friday's update

Not much happened in the last few weeks, first a trade show got in the way, then a severe flu bug. Today, however, I felt much better and decided to do a little re-acquanting with the Overlander.
I finished trimming the stainles overlay for the vanity, and then cut out the recess for the stainless steel sink. Whew - stainless steel, even when sliced paper thin, is a whole different animal than aluminum. It yields to specialty tools only, none of which I currently own or have access to. So, I ended up using my Makita small grinder with a thin metal cutoff wheel to trim the edges, and cut out the hole for the sink.
I took some photos for those of you that like visual aids..
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Old 02-10-2006, 10:59 PM   #525
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More photos

The photos below and the ones from the last post were taken through the wide open rear window, shooting towards the front of the trailer.
Iposted similar pictures before, but never from this direction.
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Saturday, 2-11-06

I finally found a faucet for the vanity:
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Backsplash

After cutting the hole for the faucet, I figured since I made a mess already, I might as well continue and cut the stainless back-splash. I am pleased with the look, not too much metal for what I am looking for; a warm vintage feel.
Geez - - it's like working with a huge razor blade. One little careless move, and there's blood everywhere...kudos to Johnson & Johnson for their BandAid product.
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Great work. By looking at your pictures I'd say that every drop of blood was worth the effort. I am really enjoying your sense for design. Keep the photos coming.
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I've been so self-absorbed with my own efforts lately that I only ever look at the beginning parts of this thread; where you're lifting the body, installing water tanks, etc (all the stuff I'm doing now).

But now that I've seen what you've done with the interior..... amazing work!!
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I just wanted to say Uwe great work ! 21,000 views on your thread not to shabby ! I wish that I had the patience for the fine art of finish work. A job well done sir.

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DuoTHerm 39335.541 - electric only or dual?

I have a 63 and am interested in the DuoTHerm 39335.541 as well. Does this also run on Propane or is it electric only?


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I have a 63 and am interested in the DuoTHerm 39335.541 as well. Does this also run on Propane or is it electric only?
Here is a page with the specs for the unit: http://www.aaarvappl.com/39335.541rep.htm
It does not run on propane, 20A electric service is minimum.

I ended up using a large 120V window A/C unit instead of the DuoTherm basement a/c. I modified the air discharge vents to accomodate ducting, so that I can channel the cold air to areas in the front. I also modified the drip pan so that it drains through the floor, through thebelly pan, to the outside.
It was unable to locate the Duo Therm unit locally, and it was important to me to see the unit and lay my hands on it before I buy it. I found one local dealer, but they did not even want to pull it off the shelf in the warehouse for me to look at. Too bad for them, I had cash in pocket.
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