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Old 05-24-2016, 10:54 AM   #57
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Completed the face of the wood wall this past weekend!, Turned out pretty good!

It is my first time building one and all things considering im happy with it. Fitting and cutting the boards wasn't too difficult, and i was able to get a good variety of colors using different sides of the boards and levels sanding.

Used Liquid nails and loctite construction adhesive, along with wood screws that go into 2x1's

Yesterday evening after sunset, the trailer had a very castle/Gothic feel, i like it!

Going to see if i can find a antique Gothic Spanish lantern and install a Filament LED to give it a nice candle look.
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:51 AM   #58
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Quick update,

Had to get a replacement charge controller, my Renogy 40amp mppt would turn off randomly during the day. After double checking and testing everything with Renogy support they sent a replacement. Got it installed yesterday but i ran out of day light.

Also got a second 100w panel, this one will used as a movable panel instead of being on the roof.
Now i should be able to crank all my fans to 100% without needing anything from the battery.

Picked up a Atwood Wedgewood Vision range/oven over the weekend, Got it from a family members neighbor, looks like it was never used and got a great deal.

Need to get a counter top now, butcher block or bamboo
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Old 06-09-2016, 06:24 AM   #59
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Quick update,

Had to get a replacement charge controller, my Renogy 40amp mppt would turn off randomly during the day. After double checking and testing everything with Renogy support they sent a replacement. Got it installed yesterday but i ran out of day light.

Also got a second 100w panel, this one will used as a movable panel instead of being on the roof.
Now i should be able to crank all my fans to 100% without needing anything from the battery.

Picked up a Atwood Wedgewood Vision range/oven over the weekend, Got it from a family members neighbor, looks like it was never used and got a great deal.

Need to get a counter top now, butcher block or bamboo

We opted for butcher block in ours but bamboo sounds like it'd be a nice fit too.
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Old 06-11-2016, 12:29 PM   #60
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I am so grateful to see a SHELL ON subfloor replacement. Thank-you so much for posting. I don't have the resources or space to build gantries and I was about to give up on my Airstream dream until I saw this. There's a 1968 Overlander with some rear subfloor rot where I live and I've gone to see it twice already (it's not going anywhere---we're on a big island). Now to sort out if I can do a floor replacement in 2 weeks full-time + 4-5 weekends. I still have no idea how difficult it is to put everything back in afterward (I'm most worried about refitting/replacing pipes... my plumbing knowledge is severely lacking).

Thanks for showing us your progress and sharing your knowledge!
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Old 06-23-2016, 09:51 AM   #61
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I am so grateful to see a SHELL ON subfloor replacement. Thank-you so much for posting. I don't have the resources or space to build gantries and I was about to give up on my Airstream dream until I saw this. There's a 1968 Overlander with some rear subfloor rot where I live and I've gone to see it twice already (it's not going anywhere---we're on a big island). Now to sort out if I can do a floor replacement in 2 weeks full-time + 4-5 weekends. I still have no idea how difficult it is to put everything back in afterward (I'm most worried about refitting/replacing pipes... my plumbing knowledge is severely lacking).

Thanks for showing us your progress and sharing your knowledge!
I struggled with the decision of going Shell on/off for a while too, changing my mind once or twice. Came to the same conclusions just like you I don't have the resources or i feared the time investing in building the gantries and doing the shell off would be the demise of the project. In general the shell on has been easier then some suggest.

I had almost no plumbing experience other than a few simple PCV pipe repairs.

The Pex Sharkbite system so far has been very easy to deal with, and i would recommend replacing ALL the incoming piping. The Drain pipes aren't pressurized and mine were in good condition. haven't turned my water system on yet so take it with a grain of salt.

the biggest thing you need to check on that trailer is the condition of the frame. If its got rear rot then most likely got rear rust as well. even if the rust is only on the surface you'll still want to grind and paint.
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:33 AM   #62
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Well i got a Bamboo Countertop! 6ft x 36in x 1 1/4 thick

Soild bamboo core too, all for 99$!!!! insane

Hopefully cutting this weekend!
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Old 07-01-2016, 01:10 PM   #63
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Got it cut Last weekend without any disasters, used a circle saw. New diablo blade, Highly recommend doing 3/4in passes if you dont have a table saw.

The level is clamped down so i can run the circle saw right against it for a straight line.
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Thank you so much for this resource! How's everything going? I am doing a shell-on subfloor replacement of a 78 excella and I have a few quick questions. With your shell-on replacement, did you drop all of the belly pans or just the rear? What did you use to bolt the c channel into the frame? Finally, where did you source your steel? Did you have to replace the frame piece between the grey and black water tanks that the middle of the belly pan was bolted to? Do you know the gauge and height? Glad you got your subfloor done! I bet thats a relief!
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Old 01-03-2017, 09:33 AM   #65
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Thank you so much for this resource! How's everything going? I am doing a shell-on subfloor replacement of a 78 excella and I have a few quick questions. With your shell-on replacement, did you drop all of the belly pans or just the rear? What did you use to bolt the c channel into the frame? Finally, where did you source your steel? Did you have to replace the frame piece between the grey and black water tanks that the middle of the belly pan was bolted to? Do you know the gauge and height? Glad you got your subfloor done! I bet thats a relief!
Dropped the belly pan but it was partially removed when i bought it.

Elevator bolts http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...-p/vts-375.htm

Metaldepot.com

I dont believe i replaced the frame piece your referring to, id have to look at it again to see what its made of.
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Old 01-03-2017, 10:21 AM   #66
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Sorry for being MIA for a while, here's some updates.

Not moving as fast as i want, but making progress.

Counter top cut and installed, Oven installed but no gas lines hooked up yet. Need to replace some bent\damaged copper propane lines. Is copper still the way to go?

Made 4 wood drawers, they dont have a face on them yet your just looking at the rear of the drawer.

Created simple guides using 2x1s and mounted 3 of the original plastic drawers

installed new sink from Etrailer.com 25x15 still waiting on drain assembly.

So much to do its a struggle sometimes, Need to keep moving forward!
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Keep the updates coming! Great to watch your progress on this build.
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Old 01-03-2017, 12:09 PM   #68
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Spitfire,
Very nice work. We have a 1980 international that we purchased a few years ago on ebay. Used it a few times until black tank leak detected. It has sat since. With two kids and wife, and a job, not much time left in day. Enjoy seeing your shell on work as if I ever get the time would like to follow suit. Very impressive. Thanks for sharing and keep the pics coming.
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Drain assemblies installed, now i need a faucet!
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Old 01-24-2017, 10:38 AM   #70
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Making more progress, getting my plan for the bathroom going. Will be copying this bathroom design. https://youtu.be/ohsY5NI_lXw

Also will be replacing the water fill with a shurflo inlet.







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