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Old 08-25-2016, 08:20 PM   #57
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Great find! I'm interested in your comment about 'hidden a/c'. What are you thinking there? How would you do that? I agree, the roof top units are ugly, but how else would you do it? Thanks and good luck with your resto!
I plan on going with a portable A/C unit that I will roll out of a lower cabinet and vent to the outside with flexible dryer duct. That way, I can remove it from the trailer in the winter.
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Old 08-25-2016, 08:30 PM   #58
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3/4" plywood is about 70 pounds per 4x8, 1/4" aluminum is about 116 pounds?

I agree it's gonna last forever, but how did you calc the weight? What am i missing.....

Isn't that stuff about $350 per 4x8? Wow wee!
It's actually 3/16". Weighs about the same as 1" plywood. The weight savings is in the aluminum frame versus the steel frame. The aluminum plate is welded to the aluminum frame. I can easily lift one end of the frame above my head now that the floor is assembled. My son and I can easily lift it off the ground completely, just the 2 of us. I am please with the result. I am now looking at rigid insulation for the underside of the frame.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:11 AM   #59
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This is the battery box. It is water tight. It will sit on the tongue, below the front window of the Bambi, directly on top of a rectangular aluminum water tank of the same size, which we will manufacture in-house. The propane tanks will sit in front of water tank and battery box, about a foot behind the tongue's hitch. This Bambi will be used as a mobile office as well as a travel trailer. My intention is to be able to boondock, hence the battery box is needed. The Bambi is so small, I want to place as many of the ancillaries as possible outside of the capsule.
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Old 08-26-2016, 10:12 AM   #60
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I'm enjoying your thread.
I've got a concern about your battery box....
Are you sure you don't want to put some sort of ventilation in the box? ...such as louvres on the sides? ... and perhaps incorporating the entry-points for the cables?
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:27 PM   #61
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I'm enjoying your thread.
I've got a concern about your battery box....
Are you sure you don't want to put some sort of ventilation in the box? ...such as louvres on the sides? ... and perhaps incorporating the entry-points for the cables?
Batteries are now available that are completely closed cells, do not produce gas and do not need to be vented. However, we still plan to vent the box. I haven't decided yet where I want the cables to enter and exit. I am planning to provide charging via 112-volt shore power and portable solar panels while stationary, and 12-volts from my tow wagon while driving. It's a challenge.
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Old 10-21-2016, 07:42 AM   #62
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The Aluminum Frame

The completed aluminum frame and floor. We reshaped and lengthened the floor a little so that the back of the Bambi body would slope backward like the pre-58 airstreams, as I prefer that look over the perfectly vertical rear end of the 61-63 Bambi's. We insulated the floor with two 1-1/2 inch thick rigid sheets of airconditioning duct insulation we picked up our a construction site dumpster. Total of 3" of floor insulation. The insulation is covered by the belly pan. There will never again be "soft spots" in the floor of this Bambi. No more plywood.
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Old 10-21-2016, 07:50 AM   #63
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Cheap shocks for the torsion axle

These are the cheap shocks we have retrofitted to the Bambi's original torsion axle. They are for an early VW beetle. They're adjustable. A new axle was just way over budget for this project, so this is our alternative. I like it. Its was cheap.
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Old 10-21-2016, 08:04 AM   #64
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Fitting the capsule to the frame

The capsule is so light, we just hung it from the rafters. As I stated earlier, we are not replacing damaged panels on this Bambi. We're preserving its "patina". As you can see in the photos, the Alclad along the bottom of the shell is pretty ragged and even dissolved away in places. We're simply going to wrap new alclad right over the old around the entire lower shell, 2 feet up all sides of the shell, after mounting the shell to the frame. Minimal labor required.
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Old 10-21-2016, 08:29 AM   #65
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Mounted & Straigtened

The shell on this Bambi was crooked from the factory. The rear and front windows were at an inch or so odd angled. So, we reinforced some of the aluminum framing and used a floor jack to tweak the shell just enough so that is was level to our (perfectly level and square) frame. It looks good enough to the naked eye now. We split a roll of 4-foot wide roll of Alclad and are wrapping and riveting it around the entire bottom 2 feet of the shell, right over the top of the old damaged alclad. The all-weather box you see on the frame tongue will likely house the batteries. We'll mount it later after we decide about placement of the propane tank(s).
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Old 10-21-2016, 08:43 AM   #66
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A couple of custom touches

As I've stated before, this Bambi was in very rough shape when we bought it for a few hundred bucks, so we have no guilty feelings customizing it as we see fit. We lengthened the frame platform and tapered the rear a bit to achieve the "sloped" rear end look of the '54 through '57 airstreams, which I really like. You can see the slope of the rear of the shell in the photos. I also want a "door-in-a-door" like the early airstreams, so we are taking a trashed old door from a larger airstream and cutting it down to fit the Bambi. We also added the VW Beetle adjustable shocks to the original torsion axle (a low-budget choice), which required fabrication of a slightly taller wheel well because the shocks are an inch longer than the stock airstream shocks. You can see the shock mounting bolt on the side of the wheel well in the photo, covered with sealant. The aluminium for teh wheel well is 3/8" thick plate.
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Old 10-21-2016, 06:47 PM   #67
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Beehives for my Bambi

As I've said before, this is a custom and I'm doin' it like I want to. I like beehive tail lights, so here they are. Temporarily mounted, but you get the picture.
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Old 10-23-2016, 07:30 PM   #68
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Pretty impressive custom work you are doing on your Bambi. I am sure glad that I stumbled across this thread.

I have a thread from 2012 on use of a 5,000 btu/hr AC unit for my Tradewind. I carry the unit in the bottom of a cabinet and then install it in a side window when I need it. This is not often since we prefer camping in the mountains. It works great. We can even operate it using our 1,000 watt Honda if there are no hookups.

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As I've said before, this is a custom and I'm doin' it like I want to. I like beehive tail lights, so here they are. Temporarily mounted, but you get the picture.
WHERE can we get them also?
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WHERE can we get them also?
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw...ights&_sacat=0


ebay. Search: Beehive Mini Stop Turn Brake Tail Lights Golf Carts
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