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Old 12-05-2007, 11:20 AM   #1
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A "new" AS for me

I have been reading AirForums for well over a year, but just registered this past Oct. Having returned back up here to Oregon,after sailing by boat down to SoCal for a year, I needed to get an enclosed trailer to use as a woorkshop for my business : I do yacht renovation/restoration,carpentry/cabinits, electrical,plumbing etc.
Not finding anything suitable, and with a limited time frame,( need to get going on some jobs ), I bought a '71, 25ft. Caravanner that had already been gutted-out. The AS is in pretty-good shape. New tires and shocks, a new furnace and water heater,and new wheel bearings. The PO had started on a project of restoration and given-up. The floor had been replaced, and new insulation and plumbing installed. The shell is real good, no dents, all the windows work and latch, vents go up and down, entry and acsess doors operate easily, and seal evenly. This AS will be great for me. My tools are not too heavy a load for it either. Already, I'am thinking of some kind of re-do on the inside, I will re-skin the whole interior in natural finish birch. I know I have been bitten by aluminum bugs, when I look at Her, I smile, She is/will-be so sweet.
Well.....I guess I better get started
PS, The value of information from all of you on this forum can not be overestimated, thank you.
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:45 AM   #2
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Glad you found a trailer to fit your bill! Sounds like you have some neat plans for it...but I hope you dont' really mean "re-skin the whole interior in natural finish birch." unless you intend on just applying something light weight over the aluminum interior skins. They are intregal to the trailer's structure. No problem going over them, but I doubt you will find too many folks that would support you replacing them with wood - unless you never intend to move it. Even with an overlay...be careful of the added weight ~ otherwise, post pics...it'll be gorgeous!

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Old 12-05-2007, 12:11 PM   #3
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No, I won't replace the aluminum skins, will cover-over with veneers. Those ugly interior end-caps need to go-away though. I suppose replace with aluminum, then wood over. Yess, I'am watching the weight carefully, and my tools are fairly light. Loaded-up will be under GVW for this unit.
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Old 12-05-2007, 12:33 PM   #4
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Cool! Post pics- before/during/after...we all love pics!

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Old 12-05-2007, 05:53 PM   #5
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I don't have a digital camera, maybe could borrow one for a few pic,s. could barely get new computer up and running. Now I suppose I'll have to learn how to get a picture from a camera to a forum post.
digitally disfunctional at moment.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:03 PM   #6
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...Those ugly interior end-caps need to go-away though. I suppose replace with aluminum, then wood over. ...
I don't recall exactly, but it was probably UWE or JC Ferguson who did a spectacular job replacing the end caps with thin plywood. Someone might remember the thread and can post a link here.

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Old 12-05-2007, 06:17 PM   #7
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I've been looking at J C Ferguson's thread, he did replace end caps with wood. The pictures show a magnificent job. If I can do 1/2 as good, I'll be pleased. Not trying to make a silk purse, perhaps a cotton one.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:19 PM   #8
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I have some experience applying veneer to brass. I will be glad to share any information that would help.
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:29 AM   #9
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Well, here goes: I'll see if I can post a picture, taken withh cell phone, then E-mailed to my-self. Because of resolution problems,had to scan my own e-mail into computer, then print; Then scan the picture, and then resize. I'll sure use some colorfull / un-postable language if this does'nt work.
@^(&^$@#$///,. Could not transfer the re-sized picture over. Have to get program to change pixel count outside of Windows E-mail section of Photo Gallery. Please be patient
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