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Old 04-11-2016, 10:58 AM   #43
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Running gear..

We also tackled the choir of updating the running gear of the trailer. Upon inspection we were glad to know that the axles were in good shape. Unfortunately, we could not say the same for the rest of the system. We installed all new break assemblies, shocks, grease seals, Inner and outer bearings, hubcaps, and tires. While doing so we also addressed the outer wheel well issues. I used a combination of flex-seal and auto grade rubberized under-liner. I took about 4 coats and around 12 cans to finish both wheel wells. I would be extremely surprised if it ever leaks again.
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:09 AM   #44
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Slide-out Grill

The slide-out grill was one of our favorite ideas of this build. We took a stainless steel table top grill and mounted it on a pair of 150 lbs. drawer slides. We then gave the grill an upgrade by adding a push-button electric starter, a built in regulator flush mounted to the table, and a grill thermometer. We also added lava rocks to help retain the heat and prevent flare-ups during grilling. The access door is hinged on the left giving the ability to open 180 degrees to lay flush with the side of the trailer or at a 90-degree angle to double as a wind blocker for the grill. You simply drop the stainless bolt latch on the right to lock into place when grilling. The grill is attached to the LP source from the trailer so you do not mess with those small portable tanks. When the grill is off and cool to the touch you simply raise the bolt and roll it back into the trailer. Swing the access door closed to stow it away and lock it.
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:36 AM   #45
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Exterior venting

We had to add or relocate some vents to the outside of the trailer. On the curb side I needed a 14" x 10" vent for the fridge and a inlet/outlet vent for the furnace. The street side of the trailer only needed a 4" x 16" lovered vent for the water heater. We used Secoflex behind the vents and fastened them with Olympic 5/16" shavable rivets. When buffed they will blend in as if they were original.

We also re-skinned the door with .030 ALCLAD aluminum. Leave the edge run wild past the frame of the door and fasten it through the existing holes drilled by a template made from the old sheeting. Once fastened securely you go around the edge of the frame with a laminate trim bit in a 1/4" laminate router. Go slow and use a lot of WD-40 while cutting. This will help prevent the metal from piling up on the bit causing a chatter in your cut. Once that is complete you then carefully go over the raw edge with a fine bastard cut file to soften the edge. The step was covered with a piece of flooring from within the trailer and grip tape to prevent from slipping.
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:46 AM   #46
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Nice work

Love the sliding grill! Just curious ,what did you have to sacrifice to get it ?

You do very nice work, my reno guy(husband) is a lot less comfortable working with metal, so he isn't too keen on trying to add outdide hatches but I really like what you have done.

It will be an amazing camper when it is done !

Another quick question, did you paint the door or strip off the vinyl?
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:13 AM   #47
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Love the sliding grill! Just curious ,what did you have to sacrifice to get it ?
The original hot water heater was in place of where the grill is located . The water heater was replaced with a flash water heater, located in what's now the bathroom area. I've widened the existing opening by several inches and created a jam with aluminum angle extrusion. After that was done we built the slider and mounted the grill. Then we finished it off with a custom-made hatch. As far as sacrifice.... time and money I guess ? The trailer was gutted when we bought it and we designed the new layout to have a rear queen bed. That gave us room under the bed to build a double drawer closet, stow the grill, stash the black tank, and still have some storage space in the rear hatch area. Really utilizing every inch of space but staying light on weight.

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Another quick question, did you paint the door or strip off the vinyl?
We drilled the rivets out of the old piece of vinyl coated aluminum. Then we used it as a template for a new piece of aluminum. We then could use the existing hole pattern to rivet the piece to the door frame. Once mounted, we trimmed the edge with a router to create a flush look.
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Old 04-13-2016, 03:44 AM   #48
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Thank you!

I hope you don't mind questions because I will have lots! We will be starting our own reno soon and you are presently doing a lot of the same sort of work that we will be doing too.

Thank you again for answering all my questions. I really appreciate it.
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:39 AM   #49
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go ahead shoot!

By all means ask away.. I have several intentions why I post these threads, but my main focus is to inspire! I love sharing ideas with others. We all started by knowing nothing about something, and through sharing and creating ideas we are the people we are today. Some people look at it as boasting your skills but to me it is to reach out to plant a seed of inspiration into people's minds, spark of creativity. It is a warming feeling when somebody want to know, "how can I do that"?

So all I'm really saying is don't be shy! I do not keep trade secrets, . IMO the only bad question is a question not asked. Thank you friends for your support! Also please don't forget to rate this thread, it helps with grading my projects.
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Old 04-15-2016, 01:04 AM   #50
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OK I already said wow a couple of times so how about holly caschmolly!!!!! Threads like this are so inspiring and overwhelming symmotaneously😱.

Usually when we see great photos that may guide us in our trailers some day I save them into a file for future reference. At this point I would need your whole thread. We can rate your work as " you rock".

That shower is fantastic. Keep up the great work and documentation.

If you ever run out of work we would gladly send our 62 Ambassador or our 65 Tradewind your way. Now to find myself a 61 little gal.....thanks for the inspirations
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:50 AM   #51
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Ditto what Hittenstiehl said.

Great work and thanks for sharing. Your ceiling work has given me an idea of how to tackle the drooping or falling vinyl ceiling that my 95 (and other similar years) has.

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I also started with the custom door on the curb side near the back of the trailer. It measured 16" x 22" for a pullout propane grill idea. I had to buy the door extrusions and miter the corners perfectly. I cut the front and rear sheets of metal and put foam insulation for the core of the door. I then wrapped the entry with an 3/4" piece of aluminum angle, on the exit and entry side of the opening. Its taped in place anticipating a aluminum piano hinge and a cabinet lock. Once complete I will work on the slider unit that will slide out the grill waist height for use. This will be connected to the trailer's LP system. More pictures still to come!
I'm doing this exact same thing for our rear bedroom a/c (a small window unit)! It slides out on computer rack rails (they can hold much more weight than drawer rails).

Thinking about mounting our grill to the tongue.
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Closer to the end....

So I have almost wrapped this trailer up....
Few things still need addressed, but this is when the list just continues to grow until it is fine tuned. I do however "see the light at the end of the tunnel". So I will share some finished pictures of the interior, exterior still is at the second stage of buffing waiting on the third.... too hot!
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Nice!! They sure are hard to photograph inside.

Looks like couch/convertible seating in front, side bench with long table as extra prep area and bedroom to the rear?
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Maiden Voyage (destination Torrey's hole, Idaho)

So my family and I always take the first trip (maiden voyage) of every project we create. I like to do this before the final punch out because I will admit, nobody is perfect. This helps bring the flaws out to the surface and tweaking of certain commodities. We did not have any incidents during our trip. So without further ado...

Our trip was roughly 4,200 miles round trip and we spent 3 days traveling through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, then arriving at our destination point at Torry's hole, Idaho. It is located outside Stanley, ID on the Salmon river. We stayed 7 nights at the lovely RV part called Torry's.

On the way home we decided to take a different route and went South through Utah, then through Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, then home to Cincy.

We did weigh the trailer while in route. 5,200 lbs. Loaded with 2 weeks of cargo. So I would imagine a dry weight of around 4,500 or 4,600 lbs.
My tongue weight with a full fresh water tank is 725 lbs.

My least desired part of the trip would be driving through a wind storm in the plains of Nebraska. Being that I haven't ever traveled out there I did not know what to expect from the "windy plains" halfway through Nebraska my back was shot and my knuckles were white. I stopped to get gas and was told to be careful that there is reported wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph. I felt like a pilot flying through turbulence. I would take driving the mountains of the Rockies or the Smokies any day over driving that stretch ever again.
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Picture #8 with the mountains on top. Airstream should put that in a calendar.
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