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Old 03-13-2008, 05:24 PM   #407
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Chuck,

I called the glass place for you. The LEXAN product is called Protect-A-Glaze. The dimpled effect is built into the stuff. Itís about 1/16Ē thick.

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Old 03-13-2008, 05:34 PM   #408
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aw, geez, ya didn't need to go to that trouble! but thanks, I appreciate it.
do you think they'd have it at the big orange box?

I've been "goin' commando" on my porch light for...oh, I don't know...probably several seasons. been worried that its an excellent spot for some critter to build a nest...but so far, so good.
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:32 PM   #409
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Marcus,

Thanks again for the encouragement.

Things are already looking better. Vince, a school bus driver living in the village has been helping me with things during March Break.

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Here, we are skinning the instrument panel wall.

Weíve got a lot done. Iíll be able to pull outta here and go straight to the paint shop by monthís end.

Iíll be in TEXAS next winter for sure. Weíll HELP KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD over a couple of good beers.

Is the Pecan Grove still going or is it sadly gone now?

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Old 03-14-2008, 08:47 PM   #410
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The Pecan Grove RV Park is there and going strong last I checked, Sergei, although with its prime location you are clearly aware that sadly, it won't last forever. Still, we should all enjoy it now for the anachronism that it is.

Just to warn you, I've already read through your thread several times, but there are a few questions that I'd like some details on, and I hope I've been suitably diligent in my research that I won't be asking you to repeat yourself again and again. I'll most likely stockpile them and drop them on you like a bomb, but the first one that comes immediately to mind is this:

In several instances, you mention coating various surfaces in "plasticoat." Specifically, I think you did this for the aluminum backsplash in the galley, and perhaps for some of the bathroom parts as well? From the context, I've gathered that you likely took the parts to your friends over at the Truck Body (and One Ring Circus ) shop, and they sprayed on some type of clearcoat. I'm interested in reproducing that as closely as possible, and was wondering if you might be able to tell me the name of the product you used, and how it was applied?

Thanks for your guidance, and best of luck on your continued project. It seems like you really are close to getting the whole thing off to paint, and that must be incredibly exciting!

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Old 03-15-2008, 04:09 PM   #411
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Things have turned around

Thanks for your continuing interest and the good wishes Marc.

Things have turned around in a way that I couldnít have imagined just a month ago.

Work on the trailer is now ď substantially completeĒ, as they say in the construction industry. Iíll be pulling out of here, headed for the Wiltsie paint booth, before the end of the month.

For that I need my truck.

Work on the deck had just begun over at Berkelmans Welding when my troubles struck. I put a temporary stop to things then.

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On Monday Iíll fetch the truck, correct the mistakes a local RV place made installing my brake control, then make several practice loops around the village.

Iíve never pulled a trailer before so, while you imagine that Iím just itching to get on the road, Iím actually pretty nervous about it.

While the trailer is being painted, Berklemans will get back to work on the truck.

Wiltsie didnít get my truck deck job. Bill Berkelmans had a MUCH better price for the same work.

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Old 03-15-2008, 04:43 PM   #412
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That's great news, Sergei. I can't wait to see it again.
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:12 PM   #413
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Hey Sergei - I don't think you'll have any issues pulling or stopping your truck with the trailer. That diesel should pull just fine.

I'm not sure of the length of your hitch, but I'd be REAL careful backing up or taking sharp turns. You may want to see just how "jackknifed" you can get in a parking situation before the corners of your truck's deck get too close to your trailer corners. I've seen box trucks that have dented an Argosy or two negotiating sharp corners. Don't want that to happen to you!

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Old 03-15-2008, 06:46 PM   #414
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Hello Sergei.... Glad to see you at the finish line... we just checked Costalotta today and will be picking up new axles next month from Henchen in Jackson Center Ohio.... can hardly wait
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Old 03-16-2008, 03:55 PM   #415
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Protective Top Coat

Marcus:

In used TREMCLAD Protective Top Coat, available in an aerosol can at hardware or auto supply dealers. The SATIN formula gives a nice, dull finish.

Tremclad in Canada = RUSTOLEUM in the USA. (I think itís the same ownership).

I donít know how it will stand up in the end. It looks good and tough but weíll see.

Itís not always easy to work with aerosols so having things done professionally, or at least with an air gun, is probably preferable. I wanted to experiment. Fast and inexpensive.

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Old 03-18-2008, 09:24 AM   #416
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We built the last remaining significant piece, as often, on the kitchen table. Itís the sub structure for the combination shelf/ extractor fan for the galley.

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(Boatdoc is undoubtedly right when he says things are easier when you have a shop and proper tools).

Iím spending the rest of the week in Toronto on another project but next week the ďtemporaryĒ work shed comes down and we move the Argosy to Wilstsie Truck Bodies were it will be painted.

This long phase of the ďcontemporizationĒ is finally done.

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Old 03-19-2008, 08:35 AM   #417
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In used TREMCLAD Protective Top Coat, available in an aerosol can at hardware or auto supply dealers. The SATIN formula gives a nice, dull finish...

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Thanks for the info, Sergei. I have used the Rustoleum clearcoat for various projects in the past and have been pleased with the results. I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't hold up for your applications.

Okay, I told you I had a few more questions, so here goes:

1) I know that you "hogged out" the sides of the Ikea cabinets in order to minimize the weight, and that you covered the exposed sides with white aluminum skin, so I'm wondering what was your source for those pre-treated white aluminum panels? Due to their minimal weight and clean finish, I believe they are the key to making a successful Ikea cabinet conversion for a trailer application.

2) Where your cabinets butt against each other and various bulkheads/walls, I understand how the white aluminum sheets work. However, when the sides of the cabinets were exposed, how did you affix and treat the aluminum panels? Specifically, I'm thinking about your tall cabinet in the bathroom, which had a large exposed surface area next to the shorter cabinet that supported your sink (mixing bowl ).

3) You created a sandwich bulkhead on the curbside to house the pocket door between the bath and bedroom, as well as housing various systems including parts of the split air unit, and you showed some great detailed shots of that. But what I never really saw were detailed shots of the streetside where the pocket door presumably lathes closed. I know that you have your tall Ikea bathroom cabinet, and then the side of the modified Ikea wardrobe, but did you create a similar bulkhead as on the curbside, between the tall bath cabinet and the wardrobe, with some type of hardware to accept the pocket door latch? Or, did you find another way to keep the pocket door closed? I don't think I ever saw any detailed shots of this area of your trailer, or perhaps I just missed them...

I think that's it for now, and I'm looking forward to seeing the Argosy when it comes back from paint.

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1. The aluminum sheeting used was .040, pre-painted white one side. Truck body builders often use it for building things like cube vans. I bought it from Wiltsieís here, who cut it to size for me.

Itís important to use the kind that has a protective film over the paint. You peel it off once the sheet is installed.

It scratches easier than I thought so I painted it again with white Melamine after installation. If you use those small foam rollers, sometimes called a German roller, you get a very nice finish.

2. On the wall between the sink and the cabinet I used a sheet of plain aluminum, sprayed with Tremclad to get a satin finish. On the bulkhead wall between the pull-out pantry and the mid gaucho, I painted the aluminum skin with eggshell finish latex house paint.

3. Next week, when Iím back in Port Bruce, Iíll take a picture of the vanity wall and of the pocket door assembly. The pocket door rolls out and stops against a 1/8Ē aluminum channel, about 8Ē wide. Youíll understand it better when I post the photos.

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Thanks Sergei, your descriptions help a lot. I look forward to seeing your pictures of the completed project, and maybe even seeing you and your coach in person if/when you come through Austin.
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Wayne and Vince, two neighbors, helped take the work shed down on Monday.

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On Friday I will take the trailer to the paint shop. Wayne is going to give me "trailer pulling" lessons before then.

On Monday I move out of Port Bruce.

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