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Old 03-21-2010, 09:06 PM   #29
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..looks, great, Momma!..keep rockin on it...guess you won't be needing much a/c up there in Asbury Park, yes?...the skylight looks SO much better on the roofline than a big ole a/c!...maybe you can get Bruce or Little Steve to come pitch in! ;-)
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:50 AM   #30
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ok, its been while since i posted, but we have been working on the trailer every weekend. last weekend, we patched the hole where the old water heater used to be, and the old vent for blackwater tank (it has been relocated to the other side of bathroom). replaced some rusted old screws with olympic rivets (easier than i thought). been working on getting the kitchen cabinets in, and the bumper and tongue rust ground off.

this weekend we POR-15'ed the tounge and began polishing. I also had purchased some new weather stripping and began cleaning the exterior part of the windows and installing the weather stripping in the windows (it fits in a track which is a bit tough to do). slowly but surely, shes comin along.

now, the pics;



below is about 10 hours of polishing with grade 7;



the $30 harbor freight grinder that kicked butt;



front of trailer;



now that shes starting to look purdy, dad isn't complaining as much about having it in his driveway by the end of it, i think we might earn ourselves a permanent parking spot! (shhh, dont tell dad)...
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:54 AM   #31
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oh, i forgot. here's the kitchen cabinets;



(sporting a $60 ikea countertop)...
and my patch job ...thanks to vinstream, i found me some matching rub rail that will trim the bottom up nicely.

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Old 04-19-2010, 12:45 PM   #32
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Wow - if you're not careful, you may actually improve Harbor Freight's reputation around here! The polish job looks gorgeous so far. I can actually count the pavers in the sidewalk. I was expecting to see swirls... did you Cyclo that area as well?

Cabinetry looks wonderful too - nice work. The $60 countertop is brilliant, if only to free up a few more hundred to spend elsewhere. I was pricing out all new window glazing supplies as well -- 47 linear feet of window frame adds up quick, huh!?
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:07 PM   #33
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ok, its almost been a month, we have been working away. i think this is our 4th weekend polishing. we got the front and back panels done this weekend (first polish), and have completed first and second polish (7 & C grade) on the sides. before final polish we need to get the top done but are waiting on more polish!

so far we'll have bought;
- 2lbs grade 7
- 1lb grade 9 (you wouldn't believe how helpful this actually is - more coarse than 7 helps with small light scratches, pitting, etc.)
- 1lb grade C
- 1lb grade S

and have tried buying 3 different sanders/grinders to polish with but the harbor freight one still works the best and keeps on truckin.

also this weekend we installed a new axle! thanks to andy & Inland RV for fast shipping on our new henschen (previously called dura torque) axle.

some things i want to address re: the axle based on my research on the forums and the actual experience of installing it;

- in regards to installing a new axle in our 62 AS, andy's guy at inland said some of the 61's and earlier 62's had the axles welded on. the newer trailers were only bolted on. Ours was bolted on, and after getting the rusted bolts off, the axle came right off. had it been welded, it would not have been so easy.

- there really is no spot on the axle for shocks. they were welded on in an aftermarket type fashion. a new axle doesn't need shocks and wasn't designed for them, confirming what i had read in the forums.

- we were told (by inland) that the install was just a matter of screwing in 4 new bolts. (it did not come with new bolts /nuts). in our experience, the position of the bolts was different on the new and old axle ; we had to drill new holes for the bolts to make it fit right. aside from that, it really was a matter of just screwing in new bolts!

- before the new axle, i didn't understand stabilizers. we would walk around in the trailer without problems. with the new axle, we bounce all around! now i get why we need them!

- many times in this forum, people will look at the position of your trailer to the wheel to determine if you need a new axle. i hope my pics can show this visually for anyone who had doubts.
old axle :

new axle installed;



some more pics ;


in the above pic, you can see the primed bumper. when we had gotten our trailer, the bumper had fallen off. i suspect due to the extra weight from the spare. instead of re-welding , we bolted it back on with carriage bolts. this will be stronger than that little welded spots would've been.
note above - the holes for the new axle dont exactly line up.

shot of hubby and (dad on left)...i wasn't thrilled with the jack in the middle there, as this is what the old axle looked like;



new arms way up in the air!

this is with nuvite #9 on front and end caps, and 7, then C, on sides...
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Old 05-24-2010, 04:56 PM   #34
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The polishing looks just beautiful, I'm really impressed.

Nice job on the new axle install, too. Hmm... maybe I should take advantage of all the help at Alumapalooza next week and install a new one right there on the lawn!

Anybody wanna help?
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:03 PM   #35
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so this weekend i installed a new fantastic fan (really bummed i didnt but the VTS one with the flat lid so i could exchange out the new lid for the modified old lid - the fan motor sits too high on 'regular' (read: cheap) - fantastic fans). and i shaped the new doors for the front cabinet. also gave up on finding 6V batteries and just went to sears and got a 12v rv/deep cycle batt.

OH, and - the biggest progress for the weekend - attempted to tackle the electric.

so when i attempted to install the new fan, it didnt work. (dad's) troubleshooting determined that it was that the trailer wasnt grounded.

so at some point the ground was disconnected from the trailer so we spent a while chasing that. i had ordered an intelli-power charger / dist. panel / converter but no one had any idea what the hell to do with it... so once we came up with a plan (run new wires from batt to intelli-power) , that was a whole project in itself. we wanted to go beneath flloor / above belly ban, but frame got in the way. so we worked around that by drilling a hole in the floor, threading the wires over the frame, and back down under the floor (we will be putting 1/4" ply over the subfloor anyway so no matter - it was a SMALL hole).

so once we got the ground figured out, plus a trip to home depot (third of the weekend), i was able to hook up the fan.

then i ran out of olympic rivets : / so i finished with some pop rivets with massive amts of silicone on top. the fan is crazy ugly, but whatever. we made the decision to go with no A/C so it was necessary. i'm thinking, when i have time, ill clad it in aluminum.

we had wanted the trailer finished by this weekend to make it to crawfish fest in NJ, but that didnt happen. so next deadline is to be operable (at least toilet, batteries and running lites) by the 19th, in time for my cousin's music festival in new hope, PA.

still on the 'to do' list to finish trailer;
- install 1/4" ply over old lino for install of 2mm marmoluem. install marmoleum over new flooring.
- build cabinetry for curbside of trailer. install counter over cabinets.
- stain curb & streetside cabinetry.
- install kit. sink, cooktop. run12V wiring for cooktop +110v outlet for fridge (below counter), install 12 or 110v / combo lighting.
- bathroom; fix shower faucet (handles installed wrong due to incorrect gasket), install toilet, black water tank flush line, build bath sink cabinet, install sink, sink faucet, trim. install 12V lights. paint bath fiverglass.
- finish polishing exterior; re-install ext.running lights.
- patch belly skin (we had cut holes to run new wires to intelli-power)
- install brake controller, 7 blade connector on pigtail, new batt**
- install new wheels, tires (already mounted)

**ok, so after i bought this stupid 12v batt from sears, i found out what kind of battery actually fit(s) fit into our skinny battery box on the front - a tractor battery! its called a 3ET i think. im ordering one from batteries plus. SWEET! i wont have to build a new batt box. SO PSYCHED.

less urgent;

- new screen material in screens
- replace cracked front window glass w/ auto glass.
- paint wheels, buy & install hubcaps... im sure more to do. it never ends.

last weekend i felt like we were so close to getting to the end.
this weekend, i feel like we have WAY to much to do to be close to the end.
now that its summer - i just wanna camp already!
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:45 PM   #36
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here are some more updated pics;

newly upholstered gaucho;

bathroom cabinet removed for more headroom;



yeay, new potty!


cant remember if i posted this already, its the shower head mounted outside the closet ;



new wheels, tires and hubcaps on


cabinet doors refaced w/ new 'retro' hardware


old sink in the new counter;



new cooktop in new counter



the kitchen;



new storage doors (plexi)


ikea curtain hardware


this is an idea im considering for the curbside cabinet - a window a/c vented to the outside via the old sewer hose storage door, and an access panel on the interior for the interior side. any pros/ cons?
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:48 PM   #37
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This little baby is really looking great! Have you camped yet?
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:34 AM   #38
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we have camped for just one night as a 'test' run. the gaucho was more comfortable than i had imagined it would have been. overall, it made me even moer excited to get it done!!
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:01 AM   #39
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I really dig the AC vented out the old door idea. As long as you have a good drip pan underneath to protect the subfloors from accidental condensation damage (the problem being that sometimes you won't be parked perfectly level and water could run towards in the inside of the trailer) I can't think of any big problems. Plus it looks so much cleaner than a roof mounted type.

Surely this plan must've been done before - but finding the right thread with our crappy search feature is another story.
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:53 PM   #40
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Norcal Bambi mounted an AC below a gaucho and I've seen quite a few vintage trailers, not necessarily Airstreams, with a small AC in a cabinet, or on a slide out support... Remember this - hot air rises - and unless you have a plan to get the cold air up to the ceiling you may freeze your toes but you probably won’t be to comfy if you mount the AC near the floor in a trailer this size.

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Looks great! Two questions...

1. What is that white tank in the kitchen cabinets? Is it a tankless heater?
2. Where did you get the new sliding doors for your upper cabinets?
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:20 AM   #42
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Looks great! Two questions...

1. What is that white tank in the kitchen cabinets? Is it a tankless heater?
2. Where did you get the new sliding doors for your upper cabinets?
1. it is a marey tankless LP HW heater. $150 - $200?
2. i made the doors! bought plexiglass at home depot, cut the down to size on a table saw, and used bits of masking tape to create the effect, and sprayed 'frosted' stuff on it to give it that look.
the frosted junk came in a spray paint can, also from HD.
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