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Old 03-03-2014, 09:26 PM   #99
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Beautiful work. I'm trying hard to be inspired by it but so far I'm mainly intimidated.

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Old 03-04-2014, 12:49 PM   #100
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I remember buying my first 4 CD's at the local Walmart once I made the switch and got a car CD player in 1987..
I had a 59 Corvette that I got my first stereo installed in...an 8 track... I wondered all the way home why I could not hear it. It was the exhaust on the car and the lack of power in the deck. What a waste.
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:49 AM   #101
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I guess you needed an amplifier as well...

I remember having Jefferson Starship's Earth album on 8 track- it is very hard to listen to one particular track again...
Also, it was very annoying for a song to fade out in the middle for the tape to change tracks...
They were so big and bulky- cassette tapes were much more portable.
If you have any 8 tracks now, don't even try to play them. It is a continuos tape loop held together at the ends with cellophane tape that has given up after 40+ years- if you try to play them you get a tape spaghetti mess...

I still see those 8 track tape cases in people's storage sheds-
You know the ones- the black with the fake alligator skin-
We had a huge console stereo with AM/FM radio, turntable, 8 track, and auxiliary inputs for the reel to reel...
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:26 AM   #102
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Katie and Rob,
Fantastic work and great progress.

Thanks for posting all this - a great resource to the Forum members and great entertainment to get to follow your progress. It is folks like you that make this Forum such a big part of an Airstreamer's daily routine.

I am looking forward to the open house at the Canopener so I can see this eye to eye as well. It is sad to see your 29 go but I am betting the kids will be thrilled with this when all is done and in play!
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:30 PM   #103
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Rob...I'm curious about your Fusion painting. How many coats did it take and what was your technique? Noticed none of the big box stores around here carry Fusion but our local Walmart carries about 8 shades. I can imagine the inside of your trailer was a cloud of paint...

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Old 03-08-2014, 05:39 PM   #104
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Thanks everyone! We have not gotten as much done on the 86 the past couple of weeks as usual. We spent a wonderful weekend in Charleston with dear Airstreaming friends last weekend, and today we spent the whole day with some brand new Airstreaming friends we made recently. They are brand new owners who just bought their first airstream today. It is a gorgeous Excella in beautiful shape. We should know: it was ours until they came to pick it up today. We met them by chance and they bought our 89. We are so sad to see it go, and so happy to see it go to such nice people. We are already planning to camp with them. We have to admit to getting a little teary as they pulled away.

So now we are down to one Airstream-- the 86 32-footer, and we have reservations at Alumilina. That means we have to HURRY. We have a rob if work to do to get the 86 ready!!!
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If anyone can finish in time, you guys can. I have found some new projects if you get bored down here at Land Yacht Harbor!
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:01 AM   #106
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Chris, take pictures and get names and numbers! We're going to need another project after this! (and we're not sure they'll let us in to look down there!)

Today's project is to install the rear a/c in the 86. Rob took the old fantastic fan out last night and enlarged the hole. We installed the brand-new a/c on the 89 last week, so we have had plenty of practice.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:00 AM   #107
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Congrats on selling the 89. Now onto South Carolina...
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:15 AM   #108
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Thanks, Alan. There wasn't a dry eye in e house after we sold it. We have to concentrate hard now on the 86-- three weeks (I think) till Alumilina, plus grandma gets back to town next week, so we have to quit using her room as an Airstream parts storage facility!
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:34 AM   #109
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There wasn't a dry eye in e house after we sold it.

Awww. I can imagine!
Congrats on selling it. Good luck on the other one between now and then. (Here's hoping for good weather!)
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:47 AM   #110
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We had a nice visit from our wonderful new friends who bought our 29-footer and we are all camping together at Alumilina, so that helps take the sting out of selling our 29. In the meantime, we have made a lot of progress on the 32 footer.

We built the nine-foot long sofa first. Rob made the face frame out of hickory and stained it to match the original hickory cabinets. It fills the space where the dinette and credenza used to be. Since we moved the wall/ceiling locker cabinet from the bedroom and hung it next to the original locker cabinets on this side, there are cabinets all the way across above the whole new gaucho, helping anchor it visually. New l.e.d. puck lights on the bottom of the long row of cabinets can serve as reading lights for the gaucho. We made sliding doors for the front of the gaucho from 3-form, an architectural resin product we love. The pattern is called "structured bamboo." The cushions for the gaucho are Ikea Kivik. We designed the length and depth of the gaucho to fit them. The coolest part of the gaucho is the pullout mechanism. The left 2/3 of the top pulls out effortlessly on heavy-duty drawer slides. Then the back cushions fill in the space behind the seat cushions. Basically, the seat cushions are sitting on a giant pullout shelf. There's a second layer of thin plywood mounted to a piano hinge on the wall and that layer floats on top of the other. The pullout glides easily in and out even with weight on it. There are no legs or other vertical supports when it's open, so you can still reach the storage area etc. The last third (remaining set of cushions) is stationary. The part that pulls out makes a double bed the same width as the front bed.

There will be a pullout table at each end of the long sofa/gaucho. These are both remodeled Airstream tables. They are the ones hanging from the side wall in front of the gaucho in many models. We are making them narrower and hanging them from narrow ledges at each end. They can unfold across the front of the sofa for when we need to feed the whole family inside.

We also made the front bed platform. The side next to the door is a large deep cabinet for our chairs and awning mat. Then a set of drawers (which begins the actual front bed base) and then a custom wine rack which hold four bottles of Happy Camper wine. It holds the bottles securely with the cork end angling down. Then there's the pullout table ledge. The whole bed platform is hinged and lifts up to get to the larger deep storage areas underneath. The mattress is a full sized Ikea memory foam with the back corner carved out to fit the curve of the Airstream front corner, if that makes sense. It's very comfortable.

We also installed the rear air conditioner. Rob remounted the front air correctly, and repaired and serviced the unit and installed the new shroud. He removed the nonworking rear fantastic fan and enlarged the hole, built a frame and proper bracing for the new rear AC. He had already run a new drain hose to the rear AC area when he ran all the new electrical. With two of us on two ladders we hoisted the new top unit onto the roof and positioned the gasket carefully over the hole. Then it was easy to hook up the new cup system to the drain hose and install the ceiling assembly. Voila! Matching front and rear air conditioners.

Meanwhile, we finished the bathroom. We enclosed the shower with a blue 3-form architectural resin panel in the same pattern we used under the face of the shower base. We put in new LED lights on either side of the medicine cabinet encased in the same 3-form. This 3-form has aluminum encased in the translucent resin and framed it in and made a bar for the shower curtain to hang from. Rob rehung the mirror above the window after installing a new led light and aluminum blinds. Now all we need are a rug and a shower curtain.

We installed the rest of the l.e.d. ceiling lights and with the front half of the trailer getting closer to completion the whole thing is starting to feel a little more like home.
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:09 AM   #111
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Old 03-16-2014, 03:08 PM   #112
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Awesome job I like your work.
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