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Old 12-06-2013, 01:39 PM   #99
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Hey Vernon,
I was reading your thread here, and noticed you'd semi-polished the top of your Stream. How's it holding up? How much maintenance have you had to do to it to keep it looking good?

The LoveStream has the same Airstream Pettern Baldness, and I'm not looking for shiney, just a nice even bright/semi brushed aluminum look... close to what the fresh stripped areas look like. Was just wondering how it holds up without a clear coat over it.

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I havent polished (now that I think about it, I may not have even washed) the bare sections since I stripped them. They still look pretty good, much better than the peeling clearcoat mess. I did plan on hitting it with some tool box shine on the cyclo this fall but never got around to it.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:21 PM   #100
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Well, I guess I know what I'm doing to the top half of the LoveStream next spring... Lots still to do before worrying about the clear coat, but it's great to know there's a cure out there that doesn't involve re-coating it. Also, the wrap aluminum I'm using isn't coated, and I was worried what it was going to look like in six months.... As well as the banana skins that I had to strip black paint off of.

Thanks for the info!

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Old 01-18-2014, 05:15 PM   #101
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Hi,

My name is Chuck Neir, in Sammamish, WA and am refurbishing a 1974 Land Yacht and am closely following Minno's thread. I am now building our bed frame.

In Minno's Little Girl, 50967, Page 24, slide #336, you made a comment regarding a bed frame you designed to accommodate a card table. I, too, thought that was an outstanding suggestion. Do you have pictures of that design that you would be willing to share?

Thank you.

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Old 01-18-2014, 09:46 PM   #102
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Hi,

My name is Chuck Neir, in Sammamish, WA and am refurbishing a 1974 Land Yacht and am closely following Minno's thread. I am now building our bed frame.

In Minno's Little Girl, 50967, Page 24, slide #336, you made a comment regarding a bed frame you designed to accommodate a card table. I, too, thought that was an outstanding suggestion. Do you have pictures of that design that you would be willing to share?

Thank you.

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Let me see if I can grab some photos
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:06 PM   #103
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Thank you. I am looking forward to your pictures.

I got an answer from Minno that they have not done it yet but plan to do it this spring.

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Old 01-20-2014, 06:12 PM   #104
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Aren't these Silver Tubes Fun!!!

OK, I just spent the last 45 minutes reading this entire thread. What I have to say is:

Aren't these old trailer FUN???!!!!!!!!!!

I have a 34' Avion that I've done a lot of the same stuff to that HiHo has done to his 34' Airstream. Sure, they can aggravate you. But man can they be fun!

I've installed new A/C unit and painted the roof white (etching, aircraft zinc chromate primer nasty, the works....), new water heater (went from LP only to dual fuel), new toilet, new fridge (and the one that Dometic said was the new replacement for the old one was taller, hit the roof radius, so I had to do a bunch of cabinet work to bring it 3" in toward the center of the coach to fit...NOTHING is ever easy!), new faucet, threw out the front gaucho and made bunkbeds for the kids...but overall it has been FUN!

I've often thought a big diesel Class A would be better. Put the kids in the back so they can k!ill each other (not really...but fight a lot) while we ride up front in quiet; as opposed to all four of us plus a dog being in a crew cab pickup together...but the trailer is a ball.

I converted mine to 50amp, and mean to put a thread on here about it. Nice having boatloads of shorepower available. I even have an EU2000i for boondocking and mean to get a second one for summer 'docking....

But the bottom line is...these old trailers are a labor of love. I sure have fun with mine! Hope you all do too!

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Old 01-21-2014, 06:31 PM   #105
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Yeah, these things are a ball...most of the time...


Here is a photo of the bed I was talking about, it would work on any full size bed that lifts. All of the factory beds that I have seen chop up the area under the bed into several compartments, mostly a "left side" and a "right side" With a divider that runs the length of the stand. I put the divider left-to-right across the center. That ends up with a couple of compartments that are at least 3' x 3' and will hold a folding table, lawn chairs, flat screen TV...

This particular photo is from my '63 Overlander with a full size street side bed.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:12 AM   #106
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Hi,

Thank you for the picture. I had envisioned the bed supports to be notched a couple of inches vertically to hold the table relatively close to the underside of the plywood bottom, especially based on your comment, "Make a 32" wide notch into the center divider...this way you can lift the bed, lay in a card table and lower the bed...".

I loved Minno's response to you "But, that doesn't give a heck of a lot of head room for playing cards, does it?"

Again, thanks for your effort and the picture. It will help us decide how we want to do ours.

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Old 09-23-2017, 04:45 PM   #107
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Way back in post #75 from 2011 I replaced the side stripe. Not 'stripes'... blush. I never got around to doing the street side. It looked 'ok'.
Now it is looking pretty sad so I dug around the garage, found the remains of the new decals and checked that they were still usable.

My 6 year old memories are still accurate. This is a crappy project.
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Old 09-24-2017, 04:25 PM   #108
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One one shoulder is the devil saying 'Polish it'...
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It turned cold and wet before I could install the stripe so today I pulled her out of the shed with the intent of doing two things, get the stripe on and pull off the tires. Waaaay back in this thread we bought new Marathons, 8 years ago, so its past time to do it again. We probably have 30,000 miles on these and they still have good tread but I don't want a repeat of what happened to a previous owner, massive tire failure due to old tires. We have been limping along for the last few years only taking out this trailer to local campgrounds.
My good intentions went to pot when the Hensley puked in the driveway. Water intrusion has destroyed the bearings. I completely rebuilt this thing 7? Years ago. All of the other stuff is in great shape, WD bar lock pins are still like new, bushings have been regularly greased and have no wear so it's not like I haven't maintained it. Off to the internet to order new bearings and seals! Oh, it only took :30 to remove and disassemble it but a full hour to drive out the bearing outer races.
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At least I got the stripe installed. Tomorrow I have to order seals for the hubs and bearings/seals for the Hensley.
I might just order a big stack of solar panels also.
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Always great to see one get rebuilt!! (Blame the PO for everything, right?)
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Miles and Miles of Aluminum

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Always great to see one get rebuilt!! (Blame the PO for everything, right?)


Can't blame the PO, I rebuilt it when I bought it!

Plenty of stuff to make this a productive weekend. 1st thing, pressure wash the Hensley, grease splattered everywhere but it's clean. Open up the box of bearings from eTrailer and realize I ordered 4 bearing and need 8. Crap. Ordered 4 more and customer service called me to make sure I didn't mistakenly do a butt-order.
Bail on the hitch and move on to the solar panels. Bent up the custom mounts and find out I don't have enough Stainless hardware. Crap.
Skip over to the wheel bearings (left for last because I hate that job). Pull the 1st hub and I need a new magnet. Pull the 2nd hub and it has a broken spring. Place another order to eTrailer.
Give up on everything and grab the pressure washer and climb up on the roof.

No solar, no hitch, bad brakes, ungreased wheel bearings but ATLEAST THE ROOF IS CLEAN!
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