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Old 07-19-2018, 08:25 AM   #801
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Thank you, David. We plan on getting a re-appraisal of our trailer from Jim Polk now that everything's done, and it's been 5 or so years.

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Old 07-22-2018, 10:51 PM   #802
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Great work and a wonderful summary

Hello,
I'm in process with my 1986 Sovereign (29' side bath) and found a lot of inspiration from your summary. Thanks for documenting and sharing!

We bought ours in 2015 and used it a few years with the kids. My goal is to have her back on the road in 2 years. Mine is very solid except for water damage to the rear floor. I plan on replacing the interior without many changes to the floor plan. I don't plan on pulling the walls except in the rear where I put in new epoxied marine plywood. Currently I have the new floor in on a POR15 painted frame and have insulated the belly.

I was hoping to ask you a couple questions.
1) You painted the interior in 2011 with BondZ primer. How is it holding up? Has the stickiness returned?
2) What would you do differently or what are you really happy you did?

Thanks for your help!
Scott
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Old 07-23-2018, 07:15 AM   #803
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Thanks Scott. Except for a few touch ups where we scratched the paint when installing cabinets, we are happy with the paint job. It has held up very well. The trailer stays in MN throughout the winters, so goes through many freeze/thaw cycles (mostly freeze). We have had no issues with paint peeling or bubbling. We are fortunate that we never had the stickiness problem before or after painting. The most important thing, I think, is to clean the walls very well and rinse very very well before priming and painting.
The only thing we really would do differently is that we wish we had covered the bathroom floor with the floating cork instead of using sheet flooring in there. Reason is that floor is quite cold on cold mornings where the cork floor is not. Oh well. Maybe someday we'll change that....
Otherwise we are very happy with our build, and very much enjoy camping in our trailer.

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Old 09-28-2018, 10:14 AM   #804
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Chris and Kay,

What a magnificent job you have done on your trailer! I have enjoyed reading through all your posts, such a wealth of information!

My husband and I are looking to refurbish a vintage AS trailer. We are about 5-6 years away from retirement and DIYers. My husband, though a chemist by trade, is very proficient at a lot of things, including wiring, plumbing, carpentry, tiling and other things. Im a musician and love sewing, quilting and cabinet making. We dont have a lot of fear doing stuff we know nothing about and spend a lot of time on You Tube. We love working on projects together.

I really appreciate all the work you both have done and shared with the forum. I have bookmarked your thread for our future project.

Congratulations on a job well done, and I pray you enjoy Little Girl for a very, very long time.

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Old 03-16-2019, 06:49 AM   #805
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Pics of Tanks

Hi Kay

Im still struggling with tank design. In my thread you described how you handled your tanks. Do you have any pics that would show the new tank arrangement before you put the floors down?

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Old 03-18-2019, 08:53 AM   #806
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I will check with Chris and have him answer you - he's the mastermind on our build.

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Old 05-27-2019, 10:58 AM   #807
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It's been awhile, but we finally have something new to post. This came from a discussion laying in bed one chilly morning about how nice it would be to have the water heater on a timer so we didn't to get out from under the warm covers to turn it on for morning showers. That got me to thinking that there must be a 12 VDC timer out there somewhere that would work.

After a bit of Google searching on the web, I found this:

https://www.amazon.com/JVR-Programma...59814618&psc=1

Other places besides Amazon sell it. Search for "jvr 12 volt timer"

Pretty simple to install. It replaces the water heater switch, which eliminates the integral red fault light for when the burner fails to light. But, I got around that by adding a red led next to the timer.

Here's the original set up:

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Water heater switch with a green LED next to it to show that water heater is on.

New timer installed:

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Notice the "OFF" in the time display. This shows that the timer is off completely and will not provide power to the water heater.

The Manual button cycles between "OFF", "AUTO", and "MAN" setting.


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Display now shows "AUTO", so it will provide power to the water according to the schedule set in the timer. Up to 16 schedules can be set to turn the water heater (or any device you want to control with it) on and off.


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This is when I was testing the timer. Red led on the timer is lit showing that power is being supplied to the water heater, and the red LED next to the timer is lit showing that the burner failed to light.

Seems to be a pretty nice timer. While the timer runs on 12 VDC or 12 VAC, it will control 12 VDC, 120 VAC, or 220 VAC devices. My only criticism is that I wish the display text that shows "OFF", "AUTO" or "MAN" was larger.

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Old 05-27-2019, 07:17 PM   #808
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I thought I was getting fancy with a water heater with electronic ignition so I didn't have to go out in the wind and rain to light the pilot light.

Your 12v timer is very novel indeed. Now when you hear the water heater light off, you know it's time to get up as well.

Me, I solved the hot water in the morning problem by just not taking showers. Who needs 'em?

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Old 09-28-2019, 10:12 AM   #809
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Kay - when you stripped off your clear coat, how did you protect your finish? Walbernize?
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Old 09-29-2019, 06:32 PM   #810
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Hi: I'm butting in as usual. I found the modern polymer sealants work pretty well in reducing rain induced corrosion. I was never that impressed with the Walbernize product. But I think that stuff is for trailers with clear coat on them anyways.

We'll see what Lil Girl has on her skins to protect from those Minnesota winters.

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Old 09-30-2019, 08:11 AM   #811
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We did Walbernize after a few years. Did it last summer, haven't done it this year (but probably should've). We will definitely do it next summer. There are a couple different Walbernize products, if I remember correctly. One is better for Clear Coat, the other for without.
Don't let Walbernize products freeze, BTW. It ruins them. Don't ask how we know!

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We did Walbernize after a few years. Did it last summer, haven't done it this year (but probably should've). We will definitely do it next summer. There are a couple different Walbernize products, if I remember correctly. One is better for Clear Coat, the other for without.
Don't let Walbernize products freeze, BTW. It ruins them. Don't ask how we know!

Kay
Hi Kay - thanks for getting back to me. Just want to make sure I have it right. You stripped off the original clear coat, you DID NOT apply a new clear coat and you protect the surface with a coat of wax. Correct? The outside of Faith looks rough, but Im pretty sure reapplying a new clear coat is not in my budget at this point. So Im trying to evaluate all my options.

Thanks, to you for all your input this last 10 months.

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Old 10-01-2019, 08:25 AM   #813
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Yes, Bill, that is correct. For the most part, on our trailer, stripping off the clear coat made a HUGE difference in the look of the trailer. We had corrosion around the top "edges" , especially on the front and rear. Chris took that off with Purple Polish by hand, and then we used Walbernize. She's not perfect by any means, but we are content with the look. We have zero desire to do a high polish. It would consume many hours we don't have. I think those are beautiful trailers, but too much work for us! Especially for a 31 ft trailer and short summers.
Glad we could be of help. We had many questions answered on the Forums while we were doing our trailer, and want to help others if we can. We still get ideas... it can be dangerous to read too much here!

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