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Old 01-13-2014, 09:45 PM   #15
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WOW! You are totally amazing customizers!! Such clever innovations to fit your Airstream life. I will look forward to more pics of your 32'.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:35 PM   #16
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What a great job you all are doing to design a new interior that works for your whole family. Your kids are so lucky.

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Old 01-14-2014, 06:53 AM   #17
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It's looking great!
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:32 PM   #18
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Thanks and Craig I can't wait to see your progress!
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:53 PM   #19
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Did you refinish shower? It looks nice!
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:29 PM   #20
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Yes. It was a nasty job. But now I am looking forward to using it! Beforehand it was so disgusting I was tempted to turn it into a closet! Just kidding. We would have figured out how to store one of our extra kids in there.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:49 PM   #21
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Here are the kids this past summer at Alumapalooza. They are the reason we need all these bunks! That's Bob Wheeler of Airstream, Inc on the far left, then our crew: Rob, Kate, Harris, Kit, Claire, Reilly, Cary, Elise and Carter. The kids are in age order, oldest to youngest.
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:32 AM   #22
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How did you refinish your shower? What cleaners/methods work the best? Yours looks really great!
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:58 AM   #23
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What a wonderful looking family you have. I'll bet you have a blast together in your Airstreams. The renovating you guys do to accommodate your family is very complex. You have advanced capabilities beyond average handymen like me.

I have an 86 also. Your shower renovation looked great. Did you remove the vinyl wall coverings, or were your shower walls already smooth plastic? Our trailer has vinyl "wall paper" over wood bulkhead walls with a plastic pan. It's a big project to renovate our shower.

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Old 01-20-2014, 07:38 AM   #24
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Thanks! The shower: We scrubbed the shower stall, removed all of the caulk (if there were a market for used caulk and bulked and other sealants, we would be very wealthy) and then washed the walls with an ammonia cleaner. Then we wiped it down with denatured alcohol. Then, after serious masking, we used Krylon Fusion plastic paint-- satin on the walls and gloss on the shower pan. E walls are coated in vinyl-- we did have to do some smoothing and some regaling first. Krylon Fusion plastic paint is great stuff and it chemically bonds to vinyl and plastic, including ABS. it is not exactly paint since it makes a chemical bond and does not just "stick." Our friends did this to their shower five years ago and it is still in perfect condition, and they have been full-timing for several of those years. We have tried to find an accordion-style clear folding shower curtain/door with no success. We have found white, but are not in love with it. I think we are going with a shower curtain for now, and possibly forever unless we find the other kind. We have a curtain in our current trailer and like it, we just really like the look of the clear accordion doors we have seen in some other vintage Airstreams. We are going to fabricate a new partial wall between the vanity and the sink using 3-form, which is a post-consumer recycled material we fell in love with when we discovered it. Check out the 3-form website if you want to see some really cool stuff!

We finished painting the walls and ceiling in the main cabin before the bathroom walls. We still need to do the door and finish the window frames, which are still out. We are sanding and painting them silver before rescreening. We also primed and painted the endcap tambour doors silver with black handles. I think we have used ten jumbo rolls of masking tape so far.

With the painting and sealing done, We finished sanding and painting the vanity and the new faucet and new stainless sink are ready for us to make a new countertop. The vanity is pulled out completely still and is in pieces for reassembly after we finish the flooring. While it is out, we installed a new exterior shower. We love outside showers for their handiness-- warm water always available outside without tracking stuff in. With seven kids (and a dog when Grandma come with us since she always brings her best friend Cookie) we really like the convenience.

Rob finished the bulk of the electrical and we now have a 50amp trailer with built-in surge protection and monitoring with a remote screen as well. He replaced the panel (the new one just barely fit in the endcap cabinet) and fished what seemed like miles of new wires for the new rear AC and to add additional circuits.

Rob finished re-plumbing the trailer this past week with pex and made only sixty-seven trips for additional pipe and fittings! I may be exaggerating, but he even got it all up to speed including a new freshwater fill, a bypass so we can fill the fresh tank from inside, stubbed out the plumbing for the dishwasher (my favorite part), an inline drinking water purification system, and new supply lines and fittings for the sinks and shower, a winterizing bypass on the water heater, all new faucets (some not installed yet), and new chrome city water supply outside.

While Rob was up to his elbows (or sometimes armpits when making plumbing connections to the tanks under the floor!!!) in plumbing, I was doing the oh-so-glamorous job of removing the 16,000 staples the previous owners used to attach various floor coverings over the past 25 years. I may be exaggerating slightly-- but there were enough that I was tempted to sell them for scrap metal.

We are almost finished slogging through all of the non-pretty part (which has taken months) and then we will be at the pretty and fun part! This is the stage that most new Airstreamers like to do first, only to find that they have to undo their decorating to go back and fix stuff! We know better, but we are still really excited to get to this point!

Next we stripped the vinyl from the backsplash using a heat gun and great patience to pull and not scrape the old vinyl off. Then we installed a new laminated aluminum panel on the wall next to the sink and measured (twice) and cut (once) the new counter for the galley. Okay, it was more like "measured (ten times) and cut (once) but either way it turned out great. Then we installed the sink, faucet and soap dispenser. Just as in our current trailer we used a round Ikea sink we love and put it on the far side of the countertop to leave working room between it and the stove, and put the faucet in the corner. We really love the usability of that setup. The dishwasher will go to the right of the sink where the microwave used to be, just like the setup in our current trailer. We installed the counter (the bowed walls make that more interesting!) and then I put up the aluminum backsplash accent tile, which turned out so well I think I'll put the same one in our current Airstream, which we had already put the same counters and sink and backsplash in.

Then we carefully smoothed all of the seams in the subfloor where we had to replace sections (Rob sealed all the cut edges and used construction adhesive as well as screws and bolts in the installation process) and made sure the transitions were planed smooth. Then we started finish flooring! Hooray! We are using TrafficMaster Allure solid vinyl planks just as we did in our current trailer. The pattern we chose this time is called "Edge Maple" and looks very nautical to us-- it reminds us both of yacht decking. We used their teak in our current trailer and love that too. The planks stick to each other and have been perfect in our current trailer.

We are going to get back to work! We hope to finish the floors, door, and window frames/screening today sine I have the day off for MLK from my job as a special education teacher.
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:45 AM   #25
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:03 AM   #26
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I have more photos but can't add them until my airforums renewal is processed. Can't wait to share the floor and kitchen!
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:15 AM   #27
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After seeing post #21 it became obvious WHY you NEED to have seven kids.
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:28 AM   #28
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"Aluminum" would've been our first choice if we had only six kids!
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