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Old 01-05-2007, 05:02 PM   #99
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Marc:

That’s what I say too.

I feel guilty whether I’m reporting progress instead of working or working but not letting people know what’s happening.

It’s a catch 22.

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Old 01-05-2007, 06:26 PM   #100
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Sergei,, glad you reported,,, beautiful work,,, thank you for posting all of the pictures,,, no idea you were silently progressing so fast,, donna
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:28 PM   #101
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Looking Great Serg, Happy New year to you as well, sorry i have not been checking things for a while, RL has gotten CRAZY!!!!
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Old 01-10-2007, 06:37 PM   #102
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More detail on the plumbing

These are the miniature marine type fixtures I used in the bath.



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The chrome fixtures appear out of brilliant white epoxy-like walls with no supply lines seen, as in residential or high-end boats.




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You can see how the plumbing was imbedded in the walls by going here:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ons-26471.html

There too you will see how various members taught me how to plumb a trailer.


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They also showed me how to make a by pass at the water heater


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Make a suction device for easy winterizing


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And got me to wondering how I could fill the on board tank easily from inside the trailer, using city water.


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It’s not likely that I’d thought of doing any of these things if we didn't have this forum.


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Old 02-03-2007, 08:55 PM   #103
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Marc, others:

Here are more photos showing how we reduced the weight of IKEA’s particle board units.

This pull out pantry will be lined with white sheet aluminum, as will all the other Ikea cabinets being used.

You wont see any of the cut-outs.

I think it reduces the weight by almost half.

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Old 02-14-2007, 02:06 PM   #104
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Sergei,
I'm new to the forum, and I found your thread here inspiring. I always wanted to little changes, updates, and repairs on my argosy. I've had mine for 10 years, after a lot of years of neglect on my part, my husband and I are talking about some DIY projects. I have to see what becomes of your tt, I bet it will look absolutely gorgeous when you're done.
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:39 PM   #105
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World's First Diesel Powered Airstream Trailer???

This repeated from post #83 above:


“Diesel Powered Trailer achieved. All components sourced and installed. (Webasto Coolant Heater, Indel Water Heater, COZY space heaters, Tempo tank). Getting the hydronic system up and running is first on our work list for the New Year”

You can follow the whole story, from original question to completion, here:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ler-23048.html

Includes information on diesel cook tops.

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Old 02-21-2007, 04:00 PM   #106
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shower wall

This is the “frosted glass” shower wall that I finished over the weekend.

The “glass” is really a sheet of acrylic. I applied the film sign writers use to imitate frosted glass to the back of the sheet. And protected the facing surface with a couple of coats of auto polish.

The whole of the bathroom will have this pure white, frosted glass and metal look.

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Old 02-24-2007, 09:05 PM   #107
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UP and RUNNING!!

We set the expansion tank and diesel heater in their approximate final positions this week and started up the system.


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It took only a couple of minutes to circulate less than 2 gallons of the water/ethylene glycol mix all through the 70’ of heater hose coolant lines.

There were no leaks, not a single one. We had to bleed captured air off, using a flat blade screwdriver, at the heater’s outlet before the circulation pump would run smoothly.

Once running, we could detect NO sound from the pump. We had to touch it with our hand to confirm our suspicion that fluid was traveling in the line.

When the unit first starts the circulating pump, ceramic igniter and combustion air fan all come on together and there is a not unpleasant whine which lasts 60 seconds.

When combustion starts it is barely audible. I would say the constant sound is about the same as the new Flojet water pump inside the trailer.

This silence was helped by the fact that we’d exhausted the plant to the outside of the temporary workspace.

So we tested it with the exhaust inside the shed. There was more sound but you could conduct a conversation in a normal voice.

The sound is much less than the little Japanese generators make, for instance. It’s also less than the sound a propane furnace exhaust makes.

Nevertheless, in the final set up, we will add a small muffler. The system will then be whisper quiet.

So we have no sound to speak of and no smell outside.

Inside the trailer there is complete silence. You can’t hear the fluid moving in the rubber hose of course. There is no sound of a gas furnace coming on and off. No ducts so no air turbulence. Just the quiet hum of the little 1.5 amp fans in the three fan coil units.

The little Webasto heater on the trailer tongue measures 9” x 4” by 6.4” and weights 7 pounds.

Operating on 12v it draws 5 W at high and 2.5 at low. Full heat is 17, 200 BTU. Reduced heat is 8,600.

It consumes 0.16 gallons of diesel per hour at high and .08 at low.

It’s a very, very sweet set up. I’m happy to see all the work result in such a nice system.

These are photos of the small wall thermostat used to control the fan units and the 11.5-gallon diesel tank, complete with pump.


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The tank is mounted under the trailer, just forward of the axles.


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The hole at the right front is where we inserted the supply feed for the diesel cook top. The stove uses the same size miniature fuel line and also just sips fuel.

You can follow the diesel conversion story here:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ler-23048.html



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Old 02-24-2007, 10:55 PM   #108
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looking good Sergei!

I like that bath door - can you post more details on the framing? Did you router the frame to get the plastic in? How thick was the plastic?
How are you mounting it to the interior?
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Old 02-25-2007, 12:40 PM   #109
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shower wall construction

Marc:

The picture was not of the door but rather the shower wall. Perhaps these photos will help explain.

This is the rear of the shower wall.



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A pocket door will be mounted on this side. Then the outer wall, facing the centre space, will be erected - hiding the door hardware and the tubing to the LG Art Cool air conditioner. The resulting “sandwich” of two walls will be about 2 1/2” to 3” wide.

Here is the shower wall side.


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The “frosted glass” runs the width of the shower pan. Aluminum trim will be added were the pan meets the wall and where wall meets wall.

I siliconed the trim to the 1/8” acrylic (from Home Depot) then glued the trim to the plywood backing with PL Premium construction adhesive. No rivets or screws; its rock solid.

The walls are mounted to the floor, walls and ceiling with these little aluminum brackets that we made up.


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Old 02-25-2007, 07:44 PM   #110
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Why we want to get the wall up....

The wall dividing the shower and mid space area will carry the interior unit of the LG Art Cool split A/C system.

You can read about it here:

http://www.lgaircon.co.uk/product.php

We’ve placed the outside unit on the tongue for position and are making a simple aluminum securing structure for it (to replace the lumber being used now!)


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The shroud on the LG compressor will be painted Mini Cooper Black to blend in with that portion of the Argosy’s new paint job.

So that’s our immediate task: to get the shower wall/pocket door/ Art Cool mounted so that we can join the two portions of the AC split unit and get that running too.


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Too cool! (I know, a bad pun)

Sergei - you really are pushing the envelope for new technology in a trailer. I like the flat box that actually cools the trailer - what color did you pick? I looked at the website, but can't actually visualize how it works. I'm assuming there are cooling llines from the front unit to the flat screen? How deep is that interior unit? Can you post more pics as you install it?

Is it powered on 120 volts, or is it European voltage with a converter? How many volts?

I'd also like to see the heat registers that you install eventually too.

As an aside - I did see the new 2007 Sprinter on the Dodge website. I like the new look. If it wasn't so much, I'd order a shorty now (10 passenger van for the girlscouts) as my tow vehicle. It comes with a 6 cylinder diesel (3L) and a new 3.5 gas (I'd go diesel).

Airstream Life should do an article on your new technology.
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:17 AM   #112
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Marc:

The inside unit is 22” square, 5.4 ” deep and weighs 15 pounds.

Maybe you can see the 1/2” gas and 1/4” liquid copper lines in the picture of the wall. There is also a brown communication wire there.

These all run down, through the belly pan (insulated) and out to the tongue where the compressor sits. It weighs 73 pounds. The combined weight of both pieces is more or less the same as a traditional RV rooftop.

My Art Cool is the brushed aluminum one. It looks like a contemporary piece of sculpture on the wall.

(I referred you to the UK site because the models are like those we have in Canada. In the USA they sell a crappy looking Field and Stream painting looking one.)

The unit is 110 v. It uses inverter technology so it runs only as much or as fast as it needs too. The inside and outside communicate via that low voltage brown wire.

The digital thermostat/control is hand held, like a TV remote, only very cool looking, like an iPhone.

The outside is much quieter than regular compressors and the inside is almost soundless. I have these in a building in Toronto and you have to look to see if the LED light is on to know for sure that it is running.


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