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Old 08-26-2014, 10:27 PM   #99
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Tell Lynn she did a GREAT job, it's not easy covering that gaucho, I did it for my sisters trailer here

The Midllife Crisis - 1960 Airstream Restoration

I practically tore my hair out given that she chose an asymmetrical plaid .

Your wife done good! And the new bunk beds are beyond cool

Happy camping!!

Ps is your wife a quilter, cause that cutting mat is neat!
Thank you, thank you! I think she did a great job, too. She is not a quilter, but does enjoy her time behind a sewing machine. She is currently (as I type) sewing special sheets for our fleece sleeping bags so we have them ready to sue for Labor Day weekend!
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:32 PM   #100
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Hey Ben

Is your wife going to have her sewing machine with her this weekend? I would love to pay her to sew tabs on a shower curtain for my AS. I have the tabs. Looking forward to seeing all the cool vans this weekend. Lisa and I will be there Fri. Frank and his family are coming on Sat.

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Old 08-27-2014, 10:35 PM   #101
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Is your wife going to have her sewing machine with her this weekend? I would love to pay her to sew tabs on a shower curtain for my AS. I have the tabs. Looking forward to seeing all the cool vans this weekend. Lisa and I will be there Fri. Frank and his family are coming on Sat.

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I don't think so, Ace! She is enjoying a break from it this evening. She still has some detail work to do on the curtains, but we plan on just enjoying it this weekend.

I will have my Greenbrier van there (not towing the AS!) and I hope to grab all of my vintage camper ads to bring along. I know you like looking through those. See you Friday, Ace!

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Old 01-02-2015, 11:58 PM   #102
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Insulation under floor

Ben,
Did you install prodex between the new 19/32" floor and the frame?
I meant to ask you that awhile ago.

Trailers looking good... and I'm going on just about 4 years, and finally got my scaffolding this week to work on the top.
Hopefully I can get to where you are by the end of summer... fingers crossed.

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Old 01-04-2015, 01:16 PM   #103
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Ben,
Did you install prodex between the new 19/32" floor and the frame?
I meant to ask you that awhile ago.

Trailers looking good... and I'm going on just about 4 years, and finally got my scaffolding this week to work on the top.
Hopefully I can get to where you are by the end of summer... fingers crossed.

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I did put Prodex between the floor and frame. I do not have it double-layered down there yet- still have not officially buttoned up the belly pan yet.

Thanks- we plan to enjoy it this spring and summer- although it is a few years from being finished, it is nice to be able to legally and safely tow it and use it for camping.
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:35 PM   #104
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PA, what did you find the original thickness of the Bambi II plywood to be? 5/8 or 3/4. I'm picking some up tomorrow
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PA, what did you find the original thickness of the Bambi II plywood to be? 5/8 or 3/4. I'm picking some up tomorrow
Closer to 5/8". It is definitely NOT 3/4". I went with exterior grade 19/32", actually.

The Bambi series (II included) was built lighter- lighter frame (3" vs. 4+" for bigger trailers) and had lighter plywood for the subfloor. The smaller frames make adding gray tanks more challenging unless you do what Becky B. did and replace with a heftier frame.

These were meant to be towed with small vehicles...weight was a concern.
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:46 PM   #106
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I wonder if 1/2 inch marine, would be pushing my luck?!
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More Bunk Bed Photos

Here are some pictures of the build process of the bunk beds. Lots of fun as nothing is square (obviously) in a compound-round trailer. Lots of research, measuring, and figuring.

We are stoked with the outcome. The girls love them. We will shoot some photos tomorrow of the beds with finished mattresses and the girls enjoying them...
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:00 PM   #108
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More bunk bed photos...
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So exciting. You had to use 1/2 inch for the construction? How did you attach it to the walls? Is this a ridiculous question. My little max is looking at the pictures saying "super cool"
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:12 AM   #110
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Nah- there are no stupid questions when you have an airstream torn down to the walls!

The "framing" is 1x4 scrap I had laying around, and the sheet wood is just 1/4" luan. I can upgrade the sheet to 3/8" when the girls get bigger, but the bed frame in the 1972 Airstream I grew up in was just 1/4" plywood- like paneling- and I slept on that well into my twenties, so I think we'll be fine.

The frame just gets screwed into the wall- with a support down to the floor on the bottom bunk. I will need to add a support to carry the load to the floor from the upper bunk someday as well. I have not figured out the best, most aesthetic way to do that yet- but I have time. Emma does not even weigh 40 pounds yet.

Fun to plan, isn't it?
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:10 PM   #111
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Progress!

I have been messing around installing industrial gray receptacles and switches into their proper places. I think the gray looks great with the aluminum interior paint. Big holdup now as I am waiting for my electrical supply place to come through with gray covers and a GFI outlet in gray for the outdoor outlet.

Meanwhile, I test-fit the black tank/shower pan. Things look pretty good. Getting the tank to fit required me to cut a HOLE into the subfloor. It is tough to cut such a hole when you just worked so hard to get a solid floor in there! But it is done.

Wondering what folks install UNDER the shower pan as it sits well above the subfloor. I remember during demo that AS had just put scraps of plywood under there to support it, but it seems to me there must be a better way. Any ideas/suggestions?
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Bunkbed detail photos

I took some photos of the bunkbeds in their current state- mattress covers were sewn by Lynn and the white fabric are mattress protectors modified by Lynn to protect the cushions/covers.

These pictures show placement of the bunk frame/supports to windows, etc. There is still a lot of trimming out to be done. These are not finished, but certainly comfortable and usable.
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