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Old 03-11-2010, 10:31 AM   #925
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I did not end up using that vent cover, instead I used an eyeball type vent from an architectural a/c supply house.
This particular vent cover is an aluminum louver for use in mobile homes etc. It typically has three louver sections, but can be cut and trimmed easily. What you see there is one of three sections.
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I love the info on the 63 and your Area 63 blog(Your work is exceptional).On the 65 Safari Project I am interested in the tanks.I have a 65 Ambassador and want to install gray and black tanks new.The stock tanks available are all too deep to fit in the 4 and 6in. frame space.What was the depth of yours and what was involved in fitting these.I see in the pics additional lower brackets welded to the frame.Did you just make a new bellypan portion to fit over the tanks and does everything run inside the bellypan?This is what my two areas look like for the tanks.The heating vent will be removed.
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:27 AM   #926
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Uwe,
I love the info on the 63 and your Area 63 blog(Your work is exceptional).On the 65 Safari Project I am interested in the tanks.I have a 65 Ambassador and want to install gray and black tanks new.The stock tanks available are all too deep to fit in the 4 and 6in. frame space.What was the depth of yours and what was involved in fitting these.I see in the pics additional lower brackets welded to the frame.Did you just make a new bellypan portion to fit over the tanks and does everything run inside the bellypan?This is what my two areas look like for the tanks.The heating vent will be removed.
I use tanks that go right under the floor, and at the lowest point allow for waste pumbing to go under the frame. The lowest point is about 2-3in below the frame. The tanks are sloped towards the drain, so not all of it sticks down that low.
I studied new installations from Airstream, and learned that theirs stick down REALLY low. So, this, I feel, is a good compromise between functionality and aesthetics. Some fabrication is always required. The tanks could be enclosed for very clod climates, but in most cases I allow the bottom of the tank to be tightly surrounded by belly pan segments, while the sloped part just sticks down. So far, I have had no problems whatsoever with this.
I convert to a dual dump valve cluster, which then routes grey and black water via 2 dump valves to a single 3" outlet.
Check plastic mart, they have waste tanks that you can adapt easily.
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:44 PM   #927
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Thumbs up Uwe living large!

Nice article on www.Huffingtonspost.comhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/lee-schneider/living-large-in-an-airstr_b_552752.html
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:55 PM   #928
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That's a really nice article. I've learned a lot from Uwe's thread.

Little error in the link, it's: Lee Schneider: Living Large in an Airstream

Thanks for posting this.

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Old 04-28-2010, 07:11 PM   #929
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That's a really nice article. I've learned a lot from Uwe's thread.

Little error in the link, it's: Lee Schneider: Living Large in an Airstream

Thanks for posting this.

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Yes, thanks! Loved the embedded video too, that was stellar. Uwe, your work is awesome and I love your perspective. Totally cool.
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:39 PM   #930
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Great video, thanks for sharing.

And so many thanks to Uwe for remaining so accessible and helping us all to benefit from your experience.

And now, I have an excuse to go back and re-read this thread, which will forever be among my favorites. The very reason I have a 63 for me, too.

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Old 04-29-2010, 11:43 AM   #931
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Minor Glitch

We're not full timing in our Overlander, as the article states. Not that we couldn't, or wouldn't want to, but it's not time yet....
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Old 04-29-2010, 12:32 PM   #932
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We're not full timing in our Overlander, as the article states. Not that we couldn't, or wouldn't want to, but it's not time yet....
I think working on many Airstreams and then occasional camping trips in your spare time with your Airstream could be considered "Full timing"
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:51 AM   #933
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Uwe, just spent over an hour going through the whole thread, nice build, I really liked the way it turned out. I also like your AC system, I like the fact that you don't have the big box poking out the roof, it gives your trailer a really clean appearance.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:01 PM   #934
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That was about a year ago, and included sales tax and all the little nickle dime feees the CA DMV imposes if you walk in with anything but a perfect transaction.
An out-of state trailer that was last registered in the 70's in WA definitely imposes a huge challenge to unsuspecting CA DMV clerks. At one point 3 or 4 of them were staring at the paperwork, undecided on what to do. Then the inspectors gave it their blessing and all went well, sans the $ 200.00 fee.
Fortunately I purchased a one trip permit in WA to move the trailer to CA. It was good for a week of travel, which allowed me to legally tow it to the DMV for registration and inspection.
Technically your supposed to get a trip permit in each state your pulling it though. Lucky they didnt get onto you for that. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:44 PM   #935
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don't have the big box poking out the roof, it gives your trailer a really clean appearance


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Uwe could probably do that if a customer wanted it.

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I think working on many Airstreams and then occasional camping trips in your spare time with your Airstream could be considered "Full timing"
I guess you are right. Except it's been a while since I had time to enjoy mine. It has been sitting in Albuquerque since Balloon Fiesta 2010. I am hoping to bring it back to CA after the 4CU restoration Rally next month.
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Uwe, just spent over an hour going through the whole thread, nice build, I really liked the way it turned out. I also like your AC system, I like the fact that you don't have the big box poking out the roof, it gives your trailer a really clean appearance.
That was my intent. The benefits are that the center of gravity is lowered somewhat, making for a more stable tow experience. The lack of weight on the roof is also a definite plus for longevity of the entire shell. The A/C is eerily quiet, also. Nothing rattles or shakes, since it has sound deadening material applied to it. The performance is good, comparable to a roof top unit.
In my line of work, I have since discovered purpose built units for hidden installation inside furnishings or moho basements. These include heat pumps, which gives this effort even more purpose. Venting and installation is much simpler with these units. They can fit into the space of a Bowen water heater ( for perspective) and use about the same size opening in the shell. So far, I do not regret modifying this window AC back in 2003 or so. It has served me very well, the few times I needed it.
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I have since discovered purpose built units for hidden installation inside furnishings or moho basements. These include heat pumps, which gives this effort even more purpose. Venting and installation is much simpler with these units.
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