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Old 08-03-2013, 09:46 AM   #601
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Hi Hittenstiehl,

First off, thanks for the accolade!

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Question: It seems you posted the refurb in this continual thread and not a blog. Just making sure I am not missing anything?
Yes, we've just used this thread. Funny, I work with computers all day long in my job, and I'm fairly technically competent, but to be honest, maintaining a blog is much more work than either of us want to undertake. Of course, maintaining this thread isn't that much less work I suppose... but, this is what we're doing.


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Q: I do not find your photo's in the members section under Minno but all attached to this thread? Just making sure.
All our pictures are part of this and other threads. We've never posted picture in the member's section, mostly because we didn't realize we could until maybe a year ago. Just one those features of the web site we missed along the way.

And you're always welcome to ask us questions, either as part of this thread or in a PM. Or, part of another thread if that works best. But, if you do that, PM us so we know to look at your thread for the question.

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Old 08-03-2013, 10:15 AM   #602
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Heck, WE'RE looking forward to finishing our project! Except, I'm not sure what we'll do.... maybe I should try to weed my perennial gardens since the milkweeds are as tall as I am. Our experience prior to the trailer reno was with our house reno. We tend to be die hard DIYers. We've owned several SOB trailers over the past 20 years, but never an Airstream before. So, we had good general knowledge, but not necessarily experience in doing a reno like this. If WE can do it, YOU can do it. You just have to want to enough, and not lose sight of the end of the tunnel. And there IS a light! It's sunlight glinting off the Airstreams! How's that for poetic?

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Old 08-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #603
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Heck, WE'RE looking forward to finishing our project! Except, I'm not sure what we'll do.... maybe I should try to weed my perennial gardens since the milkweeds are as tall as I am. Our experience prior to the trailer reno was with our house reno. We tend to be die hard DIYers. We've owned several SOB trailers over the past 20 years, but never an Airstream before. So, we had good general knowledge, but not necessarily experience in doing a reno like this. If WE can do it, YOU can do it. You just have to want to enough, and not lose sight of the end of the tunnel. And there IS a light! It's sunlight glinting off the Airstreams! How's that for poetic?

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Encouraging words! I might have to print this out and read it often!
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Old 08-11-2013, 04:54 PM   #604
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Been struggling with the range hood for the last week or so.


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The problem is that the hole coming up though the cabinet and the hole going out through the side of the trailer do not line up. And, they are too close to each other to allow elbows or even flex ducting to make a connection between them. I figured I needed to build a box, but my first couple of attempts at building one didn't turn out working very well or looking very nice. Last Thursday night, about 2 in the morning, an idea occurred to me. The really nice thing about the idea this time is that I actually remembered it come morning. Instead of trying to fabricate a box by just bending the aluminum, I bought some small angle aluminum to make up all the corners.


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Here's the beginning of the installation. By the time I got to this stage, I had cut everything and trial fitted it all together using cleco's. This shows the back, bottom, and one side installed.

Before installing the second side, I vulkumed all the seams and around the ducts both going out of the trailer and down into the cabinet. A couple of screws through the bottom piece flattened it against the bottom of the cabinet too.


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Here's the final installation. I put a bead of vulkum around the inside of the cover before installing it. Heaven help anyone that needs to open that up down the road... The top seam is a butt seam, and the vulkum oozed out of it a bit and left some gaps, so I filled it back in and smoothed it out.

A quick test shows it works quite well. We'll test it more on our next camping trip.

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Old 08-11-2013, 05:52 PM   #605
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Nice work. What does the outside look like? I ended up putting a patch over my stove vent for the time being till I get a chance to redesign it so it won't leak. Having it was less valuable than having the leak fixed.

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Old 08-11-2013, 08:22 PM   #606
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Hi Perry,

The outside is the original vent hood, lowered about 3 inches so the awning would clear it.

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Old 08-11-2013, 08:33 PM   #607
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Chris,

Would you please post a picture of the outside showing the new vent location in relationship to the windows and new awning? I am looking at the vent on our 1970 and trying to figure out if I can do that as well. I am thinking of running the awning above the main window and below the vista view. I may not have the three inches to spare inside my vent.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:55 AM   #608
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Hi Craig and Carol,

Pictures requested:

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If you look closely at the 3rd picture, you can see the patch I installed over the old opening. It's mostly up under the awning. About half the old vent sits on top of the patch. The vent pipe is located in the upper half of the hood, so there's 5 to 6 inches from the bottom of the vent pipe to the bottom of the rang hood. We towed in very heavy rain after we made this modification, and no water made it into the vent pipe at all.

When I moved the vent lower, I patched over the old hole completely, and then cut a new hole for the vent pipe. The vent pipe now sits horizontally, instead of being sloped up as it leaves the trailer. This allowed me to use the self closing damper I installed in the vent pipe (see post 604 above), plus it allowed me to re-use the hole in the inner skin. I used a 4" hole saw with a really long pilot bit to drill the new hole in the outer skin.

In looking at our trailer, if we installed the awning below the vista view windows, it would cover the top of the door. Unless you plan on stopping the awning short of the door on your trailer, I don't think installing the awning below the vista views would work very well. Also, it seems like it would make for a very low awning.

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Old 08-12-2013, 11:46 AM   #609
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Chris,

Thank you. As a wise man said, "A picture is worth a thousand words". Now I understand. On our trailer, the galley is on the roadside, so the door isn't an issue in our vent/awning conflict. One of my thoughts is to patch the opening, and go with a different hood/vent all together. Something more like the one on our 1997 which exits much lower through a rectangular vent
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:47 AM   #610
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Also, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time posting as much detail as you have on this thread. It is extremely helpful to those of us just diving into a redo.
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:19 PM   #611
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You're very welcome.

We toyed with the idea of installing a rectangular vent opening. Even found a stainless steel one at Airstream's online store. But, we wanted to keep the original vintage hood, and it worked ok on our trailer.
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Is that the stock vent outlet or one you made? Mine is a complicated cable operated POS that leaks. Does your have an internal flapper to keep critters out?

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Old 08-12-2013, 03:02 PM   #613
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Hi Perry,

The outside hood is stock. Everything else I made. There is a self closing damper in the vent pipe leading to the outside. It's the white thing inside the pipe in the first two pictures in post 604. That's something I bought, but I don't remember where. Either Menard's or Home Depot. I'm not too sure how well it would keep critters out, so we may plug the hood opening with something for winter storage.

The range hood over the stove is stock too. I modified it to close off the normal rear exit and added the 4 inch round pipe that vents upward through the bottom of the cabinet. I don't think I have a picture of that modification.

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Old 08-12-2013, 06:38 PM   #614
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I wonder if I could get an external vent scoop like yours. My vent is really close to the awning as well. I might have to move it down like you did you get it to clear. You added the awning after the fact?

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Old 08-12-2013, 07:17 PM   #615
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At one time there was a special vent for awning installs, it has a flatter top section. You may look around and get lucky.

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Hi Perry,

We moved the vent hood down as part of the awning install. It was when we got the awning and read through the installation instructions that we realized we needed to do something.

We bought a vent hood that looks like the one Vernon posted above from Inland. But, it's made of fiberglass, which is fine, but it would need to be painted. No one makes an aluminum version of that scoop anymore.

According to Andy at Inland, the flattened part of vent scoop would cover about the upper 1/4 of the vent pipe without any loss in operation of the vent. We decided that we wanted to keep the original scoop through, so we spent some time the morning of the awning installation day installing the patch, drilling the new vent hole, and installing the new vent pipe to the outside. Then we installed the awning, and finally re-installed the old vent scoop.

I have the flattened top vent scoop I bought from Inland if you want it. All I'd ask is for you to cover shipping. No pressure, just an offer.

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Old 08-16-2013, 07:44 PM   #617
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Installed the backsplash yesterday, and finished it up today.


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It's an embossed PVC sheet, painted to look like an old tin ceiling. We painted the outlet covers and window screen a hammered aluminum to match the backsplash a bit better.


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Another thing I installed is the original wall timer. I mounted it on the range hood, and used a label maker to for the zero line. Now, we have two original things from the trailer installed - this timer and the kitchen sink.

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Nice backsplash

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Nice backsplash and I like how you carried it across under the sink. Keep inspiring us all.
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Looks great, guys! We have some extra aluminum and are hoping to do the same type of thing with our backsplash. We're also in search of a range hood that will fit our cabinets. We're using the original uppers, and they're only 11" deep, so that's making it hard to find one to fit. The original was all rusted out from a water leak around the vent cover.

Love the timer too! We managed to install a few original things (in addition to almost all of the old mahogany). The other day we stuck the original cigarette lighter in a new 12v receptacle - it still works! It used to be next to the toilet! Times sure have changed
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Cigarette Lighter in ours too

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I thought it was odd to have a lighter in the bathroom also. Glad to know it may be an original feature. Good Reason to keep it.
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