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Old 05-14-2013, 07:52 PM   #541
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Spent a good part of the weekend stripping Little Girl. Mostly used the PPG Aerospace Eldorado PR-5044 stripper from Vintage Trailer Supply, although we ended up supplementing that with some Citri-Strip we found at Home Depot. We’ll post more about the stripping adventure later.

Today, Kay painted the rear Airstream letters and tail light bezels. She used a small brush, and masked around the letters as much as possible. She also masked around the tail light bezel stripe. Looks pretty damn good!

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Old 05-15-2013, 06:31 AM   #542
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Chris...where did you guys get the paint you used? Also what color?
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:28 AM   #543
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Ace hardware. Rust-Oleum Royal Blue.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:45 PM   #544
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Started out as a rainy day, so the first thing I did was install the coat closet next to the microwave.


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¾” red alder face frame, and ¼” red alder plywood for the sides and lower panel. I still need to cut a hole for the propane detector. That’ll go in the lower front panel. A bottom shelf and upper shelf need to made too. Oh, and a door!


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I used our last original extrusion to hold the left side plywood to the inner skin. It’s pop-riveted to the skin and the plywood is pop-riveted into the extrusion.


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On the right side, I used my metal shrinker to form an aluminum angle to the curve of the wall. It’s pop-riveted to the inner skin and then the plywood is pop-riveted to the angle.


The sun came out this afternoon, and we installed the awning!


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Gotta say - we love it!!!!

Overall, installation was very straight forward, although we did run into two glitches. We followed the installation instructions to the letter, which call for installing the wheel clamps that hold the awning heads in place while traveling before actually installing the awning. After we installed the awning, the heads no longer lined up with the bolts on the clamps. The bolts were ½” to ¾” too high. Not sure what happened. I fixed it by removing the clamp brackets from the trailer, and re-installing them in the correct position. The brackets still cover the old holes, so not too big a deal, and they work properly now.

I also have a problem with installing the travel latch, but I’ll post a new thread to ask about that.

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Old 06-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #545
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Busy and productive weekend!


Yesterday was cloudy and rainy, so I focused on building cabinet frames while Kay varnished stuff I had made earlier in the week.


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I built the face frames for the upper and lower cabinet that go under and over the window opposite the bed. These are being installed directly aft of the coat closet. In the first picture, I have them clamped to the coat closet, and on the rear I have the first part of the frame that will form two more closets. The second picture shows how these cabinets step back from the front of the coat closet to give us more aisle space next to the bed. The lower cabinet will have 4 drawers, and the upper cabinet will have two top-hinged doors.


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Here I’ve added the face frame for our two clothes closets. Each one is slightly wider than the coat closet, and since the wheel well ends before them, these two closets go all the way to the floor.


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Today was much nicer, so we changed our focus and worked on some outside projects. One of them was to re-install the range vent and vent hood cover. We had installed a patch over the vent hole when we installed the awning, so today I drilled a new hole for the vent lower down the side of the trailer about an inch, and then re-installed the original hood. It sits 2 to 3 inches lower than it used to so the awning can sit on the side of the trailer above it. It’s still not connected inside, but I can work on that on a rainy day.


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While I was working on the vent hood, Kay stripped the tongue of the trailer and primed it. Looks much nicer already! She also stripped the two aluminum propane tanks yesterday, but I forgot to get a picture of them. They also look much, much nicer.


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Although a bit out of sequence here, the last thing we did this evening was install the upper microwave cabinet.

Weekend projects continued in next post.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:48 PM   #546
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After working on the range hood and tongue, we worked on installing the bathroom fan. This is one of the pop-up fans used on current Airstreams. The first part was deciding exactly where to install it. We settled on a spot almost in the center of the bathroom, next to the shower wall. Next part was trying to remember exactly where I left the coil of wires in the ceiling for the fan and a second ceiling light.


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We were very pleasantly surprised to find the coil of wires right where we drilled the hole for the fan! WooHoo!!! And I didn’t even nick the wires with the hole saw.


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Installing the fan was fairly straight forward. Vulkum and Olympic rivets mount and seal it to the roof. Made the electrical connections and then installed the inside trim ring. I did have to trim out the inner ceiling hole a bit more as the 6” hole saw made for too tight a fit for the trim ring.


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While we were installing the fan, I ran wires for a second ceiling light next to the shower. This will add much needed light to a dark corner of the bathroom.


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We also installed a shelf I built a couple of years ago for the rear of the bathroom. The pegboard below the shelf is painted white on the other side, and it forms the rear storage hatch area. I have several baskets I can hang on the pegboard to hold various electrical things – plug adapters and the like. This entre frame will eventually be covered in red alder plywood and we’ll add a countertop under the window.


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Lastly, I made a shelf to go inside the vanity over the water heater. We installed that this afternoon. Kay promptly emptied the two plastic storage tubs we had all our bathroom stuff in (and sitting on the floor) onto the two shelves. Much better and more organized.

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Old 06-03-2013, 09:35 AM   #547
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How often do you use the hair dryer Chris?
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:15 AM   #548
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It's great for clearing the steam off the mirror after those long hot showers...

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Old 06-03-2013, 08:33 PM   #549
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More progress today, this time by me:

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On Sunday I stripped, wire brushed and sanded, then primed the trailer tongue. Today I got a coat of "heavy duty aluminum" color paint on it. (I wonder what "light duty aluminum" color looks like?). Chris wants another coat on, so I will be adding another coat at some point, when the weather permits. It's been very wet the past few weeks.

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One of the things we did over the weekend was add pegboard to the rear hatch wall for hanging things. We had a trailer in the past with this feature in the rear hatches and it worked very well. There's not much room back there but this helps us to maximize what we have. Chris is planning on storing all the electrical stuff there.

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Since we had calm winds today, I decided to mask off and repaint our striping and Airstream emblems on the trailer. I had tried to paint them with a brush but had REALLY not liked the results on the emblems, and the striping wasn't the best either. The Airstream name had done well with brush though. We bought Rustoleum metal spray paints in white, royal blue, and royal? red. I am very pleased with the results. They're not perfect. We cleaned the emblem letters off with paint thinner after spraying the white. We had tried to mask off the letters, but, yeah, that's a little more labor intensive than I like to get with a very sharp knife!
I'll probably do the bottom stripe at some point around the trailer. Ours never had paint or vinyl that we could tell, but we've looked at some vintage photos and some of the older ASs had that bottom stripe done. Our's originally had vinyl in the middle stripe but it was mostly gone when we bought the trailer.

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Old 06-04-2013, 08:30 PM   #550
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Dry fit of the two closet walls. The one next to the window is red alder plywood, and the one between the two closets is luan. Both ¼”. Both fit into a ¼” groove in the back of its stile. It’s amazing to me how much different the curve is on these two walls since they are only about 2 feet apart.

I am getting faster at cutting these curved walls. I cut and fit both of these in about two hours tonight, instead of the two plus days it took me to cut and fit the first one. By the time I’m done, I’ll have this down pat maybe. Oh wait – these are the last two walls I need to cut!

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Nice work! What's your secret method? Scribe the curve?
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The first wall was a fair amount of trial and error, using a curve duplicator jig I bought, and then fine tuning it by scribing. Once I cut and fit the first wall, I used it to make a template, thinking that it should be close for all the other curved walls I need to cut. “Close” being relative you understand. Anyway, I use the template to rough cut the curve, and then scribe it to the wall. Usually takes two or four scribings to get it to fit the way I want. I make the rough cut piece several inches too wide, so that by the time I get the curve right, the wall isn’t too narrow yet. On these two walls, I ended up cutting over 3 inches off each straight side after getting the curve right.
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Amazing, simply amazing. It certainly must take a ton of patience. Your photo allows very good closeups, and I can see that the new pieces are quite snug against the TT's aluminum walls.

Is it sort of sad isn't it, that we often seem to gain our best expertise when we no longer need it.

Well, unless we decide to carry on and use it on others' units..?
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Another way we did the front closet wall was to "storyboard" it by building the face frame, holding it in place, and then measuring from the back wall to the frame up the wall every 6 inches and writing down the measurements. Then when we went to the piece of plywood, we could mark out the measurements and rough cut the wall using the measurements and curve of the aluminum wall piece that gets riveted to the wall. Then Chris fine tuned it by scribing it.
Chris is very detail oriented and drives me nuts sometimes when he needs to "get it just a little better". The results are beautiful to me though so I tend to keep my mouth shut! Usually.

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What make is your bathroom fan and where did you buy it? Are you happy with the airflow?
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Hi Eric,

Not sure of the make. We bought it from Out of Doors Mart. Both Inland RV and Vintage Trailer Supply carry it too. We haven't used it camping yet, but the airflow seems adequate and it's fairly quiet. Noise level compares to running one of our Maxxair vents on a medium speed.

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Old 06-08-2013, 06:06 PM   #557
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Got a few things done the last couple of days.


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Yesterday, while it was calm, Kay painted the wheels to match the trim. We also bought Nurse Diesel hub caps and installed them. We decided on this change after losing two of the original vintage style wheel covers on our camping trip over memorial Weekend.


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When Kay painted the trim bands, she also painted the front emblem. Today, she sanded the paint off the face. Not perfect, but a heck of a lot better looking that it was before! We’ll try and polish it up more when we polish the rest of the trailer.



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Today we installed the spare tire carrier. That was a bit more involved than I thought it would be. The carrier was pretty easy to install – it was cutting the belly pan and then attaching it to the bottom of the plywood, and then bending a bunch of angle pieces to fill in the gap between the plywood and the frame to keep water out. We vulkumed every seam really well to seal it as much as possible. It’ll be nice to not have to carry the spare in the pickup bed any more.

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Old 06-08-2013, 08:22 PM   #558
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Yeah I hear ya on the spare tire storage issue. I am tempted to put the thing on the bumper but I think Andy would make me feel bad if I did. The tire is less weight than a bathroom and tanks even with the lever arm. If I put one up front like you did that would be one less area to have to skin and there is no UV to rot the rubber down there.

Nice job on the tire mount.

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Chris your tire rack turned out great... Would you mind taking a measurement for me. I am interested in what kind of ground clearance you have between the tire and the ground.
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Hi Barry,

Yes, I will measure for you, but not today. It's raining, and will be all day.

One note though, where we park the trailer, the ground is higher under the tongue and front of the trailer than it is at the axles, which is why it looks like it has so little ground clearance in the pictures we took. What I'll do is measure how much the tire carrier hangs below the belly pan and also get the same measurement at the axles so we can see if the tire carrier hangs any lower than the axles.

Heading out to my workshop to build 8 doors, 4 drawers, and 1 cover panel for under the front of the fridge. Hopefully I can get most of that done today.

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