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Old 08-02-2013, 04:35 PM   #43
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Old 08-03-2013, 03:33 PM   #44
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hooray yesterday boo hoo today; it seems that's how this vintage trailer world goes. we had an electrician put a 30 amp service box at our house so we could run the ac while at the house. that work was done today, again, so excited about having a/c until the condensation starting running out...from all sorts of holes! ugh. it turns out the po had cut the condensate line and shoved it up into the trailer belly pan. after trying to get more line to the hole we finally did a quick testing fix to see if we could add a tube to the line (which we could) and it mostly worked but there is still some water collecting in the pan and dripping out other holes. that's apparently tomorrows work since this work took all day. always 2 steps forward and 1 step back. however the ac was on long enough to know that it's gonna be awesome to eventually camp in the cool dry air.
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Old 08-03-2013, 03:39 PM   #45
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:08 AM   #46
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hooray again. we were able to add length to the condensate tube and we tested it all afternoon and all is well. we have functioning useable air.

okay, onto to the next project...propane tanks and a weight distribution hitch
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:51 AM   #47
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hubby ordered a blue ox sway pro and I need to get some new tanks. in the meantime, we've taken all the old stuff off the a-frame and I'm cleaning off all the rust in prep for paint touch up's. the brown paint I found is a pretty close match to the repainted trailer frame but it was under the bumper cover that I saw the actual original color which looked more like a cool copper than the brown I have now. one day she'll get a totally new paint job but for now, we'll just be doing touch ups as this po paint job is only 2 years old.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:08 PM   #48
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In between rain showers, I got 3 our of 4 stabilizers, de-rusted primed and painted. While hubby was packing bearings and investigating the problem with the brakes that he could feel in his tv, I de-rusted, primed and painted the inside of the wheels. He found one broken cotter pin in the hub caps (behind hub cap right?) and a broken spring on one of the brakes but also discovered that one of the brakes isn't working at all and it will need to be replaced. I also noticed that one of the shocks has leaked so it will need to be replaced too. When he makes all those repairs, I'll paint the outside of the wheels. They have a cool orange stripe that I have to keep!

Oh, and I even did a test fit of my 3rd window panel. The foam needs to be trimmed and I was sloppy when I lined up the Velcro when I attached it to the sides so it doesn't show as good as it is. I'll post another, final pic after hubby installs the stud hardware beneath the window. All in all, I'm very pleased with how the plan worked out and how great the fabric looks. I can remove the center panel to open the window and you won't see any of the Velcro that attaches the center to the sides. If anyone is interested in having me sew these same panels for them just email me at Harrison429@comcast.net.

It's been a productive time which is good considering our maiden voyage is coming up in 2 weeks! Oh, and literally just received delivery of our blue ox sway pro.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:44 PM   #49
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You guys are awesome! Did you have anany previous experience with any of this type of work before?
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:01 PM   #50
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thanks!

which type of work...trailer or sewing?

well, yes to both. we actually tore down a Shasta compact and rebuilt it which is why we knew we didn't want to do that again! the brakes, shocks type of stuff is car stuff my hubby has always done for himself (father taught). and as for the sewing, as with most women, I've been sewing my whole life which doesn't mean much unless you know how old I am and let's just say I'm old enough to know better but young enough not to care! haha eh, I'm not a don't tell kind of gal, I'm 49 and proud of it!
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:34 PM   #51
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I'm thinking this is probably going to be a solo project for me, which is why I'm curious about the level of knowledge and experience women have renovating these. I'm pretty manual, however I too am in my mid 40s so I need to be realistic about what I can and cannot do. :/
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:45 AM   #52
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marufaru I'm sure you can do it though you might just need a bit of help here and there. I've done all of the research (what to do, what to look for, how to do etc). I've instructed my hubby...cut me this, cut me that (I'm too forgetful to be trusted with not cutting my fingers off!), pull this out, give me muscle here or there so while he's done some grunt work it's all been under my direction. Still other than cutting and muscle I've done it all (on the Shasta) until we got to this trailer with it's brakes. I've done the sealing (caulk), plumbing, (no electrical work was needed but I do that too), paint prep and paint, and I'm about to start investigation on the gas lines etc. Women all over the country are doing these just about solo and what isn't done solo is mainly from a muscle standpoint though sometimes from an awkward to do by yourself standpoint (like holding something oversized) which men need help on those things too. Sometimes you just have to be inventive to do it by yourself. You can do it too. Just be sure to have the beer ready for whatever muscle you wrangle to help you but don't give him the beer until after he's done the work! haha
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:51 AM   #53
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After the a-frame work...the tanks are now back on and I tested the system last night. I know it sounds boring but again, all is well. ( teeheehee) The stove top lit right up and after turning off at the stovetop and then at the tank we retested an hour later (as was suggested in another thread) and it lit back up quickly/easily. so, yea! another small victory. of course that's just the stove top but we expect the rest to test fine too.

And after the inside of the wheels were painted and looking pretty I simply couldn't stand waiting to paint the outside but I got a little ahead of myself and didn't remember to tape off when I wanted to. The 2 I've done did come out looking great but the one on the right is how I wanted them to be while the one on the left I'll have to repaint the bolt heads brown again.
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Bucket Light

Fun work today...I re-lined my bucket light to match my window protectors so that when I'm glamping I'm coordinated.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:20 AM   #55
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happy trails

I am fortunate enough to have the same model, also in excellent condition. I bought it from a friend who had it fully restored. It brings me great joy!!! I hope yours does the same.
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New LED running lights

I wish you could see this in the pics better but we started swapping out the old corroded running lights for new led lights. in person, wow, what a difference and I'll feel much more noticeable at night and in inclement weather but we did this during the day so it was rather bright for pics. still you can see the ring around the LED lights hitting the trailer. I can't wait to see them at night!

also got our propane tanks better secured. unfortunately it wasn't our original plan as we could not get the nuts in from beneath the bracket on the rod as there is a hunk of metal that appears to be there to stabilize the rod but prevents us from putting anything there.

as usual not as much as we had planned but then there isn't anything you can do about a rainy Saturday.
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