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Old 01-01-2007, 08:20 PM   #85
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THANK YOU and Best Wishes

To all whoíve sent me encouragement and/or advice this past year, THANK YOU and Best Wishes for the New Year.


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Old 01-01-2007, 09:26 PM   #86
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Happy New Year Sergei!

But hey, can you post some pics?
I'm so interested in the whole enchilada.... but especially the skylight and Ikea stuff. I'd thought of their cabinets.... but they're so heavy.... I'd thought about hogging out their cabinets with big holes... is this what you did?

Where did you place the skylight... and where did you end up finding a source for it?
Can't wait to see more!
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Old 01-02-2007, 09:34 PM   #87
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German Skylight

Marc:

Much information on and several pictures of the SKYLIGHT here, post #3:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ari-28539.html

I donít know why I said in this post that Iíd replaced the front vent with the skylight. I didnít. Itís positioned just ahead of the front vent.


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Iíve kept the two cool looking originals. The new German super vent/skylight is in the front lounge area. Light just cascades in. Itís really nice.

Tomorrow Iíll post shots of the IKEA furniture weight reduction.

I think you once asked about how I was going to get the new Xenon pot lamps back into the ceiling. I have photos of how we did that too.

Iíll post more stuff soon. Keep watching this space. Youíll have the whole enchilada.

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Old 01-02-2007, 11:45 PM   #88
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Sergei,, love the skylights,,, great idea,,, well done,, Dieter
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:10 PM   #89
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Enlighting!


That hatch looks great. Incidently, this is almost the same (as in a modern version) of a "Wally hatch." Seems Wally liked a rectangular side opening hatch on the top of his trailers (see AS Life for an article on the Gold Wally Trailer.... there's a picture of it there). I'm curious why he didn't include that on his production trailers.

Can't wait to see more!
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Old 01-03-2007, 07:53 PM   #90
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Roof Light

Marc:


I must have noted the Wally Byam hatch when reading Fred Coldwellís piece in last summerís Airstream Life but went back just now for a re-read.

Itís astonishing how similar that 1957 idea is to my brand new Seitz German made piece. They seem about the same size and shape and of similar construction. The lever handle mechanism to open the unit is almost exactly the same, from what I can see.

Do you know if current Airstreams have large, fully opening skylights like this?


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Old 01-03-2007, 08:10 PM   #91
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So, your contemporizing your '76 up to 1957 standards

Good to hear from you. Keep them pictures coming.... how about a Sergei cam

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Old 01-03-2007, 08:10 PM   #92
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No...

the newer trailers do have a nice large skylight, but it's fixed in place. I wonder if the German's read Wally's old artiicles in National Geographic?
Funny how history repeats!
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:04 AM   #93
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weight reduction method

Marc, others:

Marc asked to see some photos showing how I am installing the IKEA furniture used in my remodel.

All the pieces - bath cabinets, wardrobe and desk unit, galley, fridge box, and slide out pantry drawers Ė have been dry fitted and cut to the profile of the trailer.

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Once the hydronic system is completed, we will install the furniture pieces.

The weight reduction method used is very effective. I estimate that cutting the frames down this way results in cabinetry no heavier than if built with stick construction.


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The centre, tall unit is an Ikea wardrobe that comes complete with double doors that slide over each other on cool aluminum tracks.

In my redesign, slide the doors to one side and you get the wardrobe; slide them to the other and you get a road office set up (under the window).

The desk surface will slide out, carrying my iBook and printer.

I stole that idea from forum member Zeppelium

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Old 01-04-2007, 12:28 PM   #94
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Exactly!

this is what I had in mind for the cabinet carcasses - do they feel much lighter now? What will you place on the bottom of the cabinet box for supporting item?

Are you using the front dinnette?

Can't wait to see more!
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Old 01-04-2007, 12:53 PM   #95
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Hey, what a wonderful looking trailer. I never wanted to do that much to mine; however, looking at yours has made me envious. Mine is just cute, your's is going to be modern. There is a retired pilot in Austin, Texas, who has taken a 28ft Argosy and made it look like a plane inside. I have pictures if you'll PM me with your email address.
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You will see none of the cutouts, just a clean white surface.

Marc, Juel, all:

The cabinet frames are MUCH lighter. I couldnít lift a unit before I started. I can easily lift the frames now.

Repeating from above, cutting the frames down this way results in cabinetry no heavier than if built with stick construction.

I forgot to mention that the interiors will be completely lined with white.040 aluminum sheet. You will see none of the cutouts, just a clean white surface.

I think I will use aluminum for shelving as well.

I have the gaucho at the front, with the foldout table model.

DavidsonOverlander is rebuilding the arms and back shelf of the front unit in birch. There will be slide out drawers under.

The table is being rebuilt as well. Marmoleum matching the floor will form the table surface, as well as the kitchen counter top.

Grant is doing all the birch cabinetwork, including the mid-ship gaucho to match the front one.

The upholstery will be in a GM Cadillac/Oldsmobile cloth called Dorchester Grey. A nearby couple is doing that professionally.

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We built a winter work shed for the Argosy. Full details here:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...eam-27544.html


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So far this year weíve had only ONE snowfall, which quickly melted.



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The shed stands surrounded by green lawn. Two days ago I swatted a mosquito in the trailer.

Like the plants and critters, Iím hoping the Argosy will think itís spring Ö and perhaps hurry up and finish the job all by itself.

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Hey Sergei!

Thanks so much for the updates...... now get back to work on her!

Seriously, can't wait for the next updates - always exciting to see someone's trailer reborn.
Enjoy the sun... still mossy on my north side here in the NW
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