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Old 08-09-2014, 07:16 PM   #741
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Got the awning installed today! First off, the instructions that same with the awning are very good, and following them makes the installation fairly easy. The two of us did the installation today without any issues. Well, just the normal stuff like wondering where I put that tool down that I need now...


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Awning rail installed. As mentioned in a previous post, the top of the awning rail is 16" below the roof panel seam. Held in place with large Olympic type rivets into the ribs and then 5/32" rivets every 6" in between the ribs.



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Awning installed. We thought sliding it into the awning rail was going to a major challenge, but it slid in fairly easily. I held it up on scaffolding in front of the trailer, and Kay guided it into the rail while on the scaffolding next to the trailer. Although it's kinda hard to see, we installed the travel latch in between the two front windows.



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Awning unrolled. Looks pretty darn good!



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After installing the awning, I relocated the side marker light about 3 inches below the awning. Almost puts it in line with the front and rear marker lights. Funny thing, when I drilled the hole to fish out the wires, I found 6 wires in the wall. Here's where my color coding paid off - I knew I needed a green and white wire, not a red, blue, or brown wire.



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Also today, Kay painted the ceiling patch from when I removed the middle vent.

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Old 08-10-2014, 06:32 AM   #742
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That street side awning looks great! And it will help keep the sun out and offer a bit of privacy while parked next to a huge motorhome. The travel latch is important as this street side awning is the one that billowed open on me in high eastern Colorado cross winds.

Little Girl now has a new white hat and a new sun umbrella! And pretty blue shoes and a new blue earring (scare light lens.) She is going to be the star of the campground.

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Old 08-11-2014, 06:45 PM   #743
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Wow. That looks great. I'm so looking forward to the day I can start putting Paulie back together. Labor of love these AS's.


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Old 08-22-2014, 09:45 AM   #744
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White Roof Report

Been in New York for a week now on our first trip after putting the white roof coating on. Although it hasn't been beastly hot and we have not used the a/c, we have noticed that inside the trailer is noticeably cooler when she has been exposed to full sun all day. Unfortunately, I can't really give you a temperature difference as we never recorded inside temps before coating the roof. But, when we have stopped for lunch and at the end of travelling all day in full sun, we've become accustomed to having the inside temps being much warmer than they are now. We noticed this at home before the trip as well. So, the roof coating was well worth it in our limited experience so far.

The window awning is working very well too. But, hindsight being 20/20, we wish we had ordered a longer one. One that would have gone to the next rib aft behind the bedroom window. Extending the awning longer to the rear would help protect the bedroom window more in the rain. It currently ends at the rib right behind the window, so if the wind is blowing from the rear of the trailer, rain still comes in the side of the window even with the awning deployed. Oh well. It does a good job protecting the windows from rain in light winds or winds from other directions. Plus, it shades the windows nicely. So, still a very worthwhile addition.

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Old 08-22-2014, 09:54 AM   #745
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Looks great. I can tell you that the white will keep it cooler for sure.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:19 AM   #746
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You should come south and really give it a test.

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Old 09-04-2014, 10:54 PM   #747
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I just love Little Girl. I hope to see her some day now that she is all grown up.
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:35 PM   #748
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Spring is here! 76 and sunny today, although it's a tad windy.

A couple of weeks ago, it was warm enough that we opened up Little Girl and measured for the last cabinet, which will be an overhead cabinet on the side wall over the bed. Started building it last week. Took a break from that and another woodworking project and installed a new overhead light for the dinette table. Kay wanted more light when sewing and doing other projects on the table, so this lamp looked like it would fit the bill nicely.

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No, it's not centered over the vista view, but it is centered over the table.

Got lucky and I was able to fish wires from the center ceiling light to the new light fixture using a couple of wire coat hangers with hooks on the ends of them. Still took about 20 minutes before I was able to snag the two hangers together and then pull the wires through. I was very careful not to disturb the insulation too much.

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Here's a picture with the light on. It's controlled by the ceiling light wall switch, but since it has it's own switch on the fixture, we can turn it off when we're not using it.

Photos of the new cabinet and some other projects will be posted in the next few weeks. Of course, I still have to finish building the cabinet...

For those of you counting, this is the start of year 7 on my estimated 5 to 6 year project.

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Old 04-12-2015, 04:31 PM   #749
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Painting the roof

Minno do you have a pic of how far you took your roof paint on the end caps, I am in the processing of getting ready to paint my 1972 31" Sovereign. I figured to take the curb side to the awning rail and the street side about 1" below the rivet line on the street until I get my awning up. I have followed your Thread while rebuilding mine and it has been a lot easier. Thanks Jim
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Old 04-12-2015, 09:18 PM   #750
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Hi Jim,

We stopped the white at the end cap seams. We only extended the white roof down to the main awning rail. Other than that, we stopped at the roof seam on the other side and the ends. I can try and get a better picture for you tomorrow. Right now it's dark and pouring rain.

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Do you have some specs and source on the LED light bar? How much extra light does it provide?

Great job as usual.

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Painting the roof

Thanks Minno that is what I was needing to know. I'm having to wait on the rain now and all of the pollen around here. If you get a pic that would help me and probably others if you have the time.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:37 AM   #753
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Hi Perry,

We bought the light at LED 4 RV. Link: LED Directional Barrel Light with 30 Warm White LEDs SKU1344 [DrBar30Ww] - $34.95 : LEDs 4, Recreational Vehicles

It comes with either Warm White or Bright White LEDs. They have a smaller version as well, but that only comes in Bright White. Our dinette table is 24 inches wide, so we went with the Warm White 18" light. I'll try to remember to get a picture after it's dark this evening and post that so you can see how much light it throws out.


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I took it this morning from a second floor window. Not the best, but you can see the end cap seam and where we stopped the white coating. This is the rear end cap. The front end cap seam is the same. We used green frog tape to mask the trailer and give crisp lines. Blue painters tape would probably work just as well. It's hard to see, but if you look closely at the roof under the rear awning arm where the roller goes into the arm, you can just see the roof seam behind the awning and that we extended the roof coating on this side of the trailer down to the awning rail.

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Thanks Minno that pic is what I needed. Thanks Jim
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Thanks Chris

Did you run the wires for that prior to putting the inner skins back on?

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We bought the light at LED 4 RV. Link: LED Directional Barrel Light with 30 Warm White LEDs SKU1344 [DrBar30Ww] - $34.95 : LEDs 4, Recreational Vehicles

It comes with either Warm White or Bright White LEDs. They have a smaller version as well, but that only comes in Bright White. Our dinette table is 24 inches wide, so we went with the Warm White 18" light. I'll try to remember to get a picture after it's dark this evening and post that so you can see how much light it throws out.


Jim, here's the roof picture you wanted:

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I took it this morning from a second floor window. Not the best, but you can see the end cap seam and where we stopped the white coating. This is the rear end cap. The front end cap seam is the same. We used green frog tape to mask the trailer and give crisp lines. Blue painters tape would probably work just as well. It's hard to see, but if you look closely at the roof under the rear awning arm where the roller goes into the arm, you can just see the roof seam behind the awning and that we extended the roof coating on this side of the trailer down to the awning rail.

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Did you run the wires for that prior to putting the inner skins back on?

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Hi Perry,

No, I didn't. I drilled a 1/2" hole for the new light, and removed the center ceiling light. I was able to fish wires from the new hole to the existing hole using a pair of wire coat hangers with hooks on the end. It was a long shot, but worth trying, and I got lucky. Otherwise, I would have had to drop enough of the center ceiling panel to run wires down to the new light.

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Old 04-20-2015, 10:56 AM   #757
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Hi Perry,

I finally remembered to get out to the trailer after dark and take a couple of pictures of the new table light in action.

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Overhead lights and table light on.

The picture doesn't do justice to the difference in light. If you look at the light difference on the curtains and blinds, you get a better idea of how much more light the bar light throws off. Well worth the money and time to install it.

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Old 04-27-2015, 02:16 PM   #758
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Built and hung the last cabinet. And I see Kay has put towels in it already!

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This is over the bed on the outside wall, over the foot of the bed more than the head of the bed. I hung this cabinet the same way I did the overhead cabinet in the kitchen, with a piano hinge on the inside of the face frame at the top and pocket screws hidden in the bottom frame. The hinge is screwed to the back of the face frame, and then riveted to the inner skin and ribs. All screws are held in place with red Loctite.

Now to build the cabinet doors in between all my other projects.

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Thanks Chris. I used Kay's Sunbrella covered valance idea and it works great. I have yet to experiment with LED lighting inside.

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I finally remembered to get out to the trailer after dark and take a couple of pictures of the new table light in action.

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The picture doesn't do justice to the difference in light. If you look at the light difference on the curtains and blinds, you get a better idea of how much more light the bar light throws off. Well worth the money and time to install it.

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You folks have built a wonderful vintage Airstream. It looks great.

I must remember the piano hinge idea for attaching overhead cabinets. A great way to account for the odd angles of the curved side walls.

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