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Old 12-21-2018, 04:47 AM   #61
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Greetings Eric, It's pesky Pete again. I'm sure your caught up in the Christmas / Seasonal bustle at this point. When the dust settles I look forward to hearing from you. As I mentioned, you're doing some exceptional work. I'd like to spruce up my data plate and sewer plates as well. Please share with us how you did such a great job with yours. Unlike most humans I was born with five thumbs on each hand, so I depend on others to share their secrets of success. Happy Holidays!
No problem Pete. I simply cleaned the plates off really good with soap and water, the let them dry. I then applied a couple of coats of black paint (mainly because I didn't have any blue) and let dry for a couple of days. Then I took some 320 grit emery cloth on a flat block and started sanding the paint of the flat surfaces. Once I had them to the point that I was happy I spayed a couple of coats of clear coat to keep the aluminum from oxidizing.

You will probably have to be careful around the numbers on the vin plate because they are hand punched and at different thicknesses. I put some emery over a pencil eraser to work around them. Also one of my plates was screen printed and not stamped so it remains original. I may purchase a new one
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:30 AM   #62
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Thanks, I think my sewer plates are screen printed, but this should work for the data plate.
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Old 12-22-2018, 04:32 PM   #63
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Pete - If you look closely at them you will be able to see the stamping in the plate on some of the sewer plates.
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Old 12-23-2018, 08:40 PM   #64
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Pete - If you look closely at them you will be able to see the stamping in the plate on some of the sewer plates.
Thanks Eric,
Yeah, my Excella is sewer plates don't look it feel like they've been stamped. Pretty sure they were screen printed. No worries I believe odmrv has new ones if I need to go that route.
Merry Christmas.
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:35 PM   #65
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We have been struggling with a color combination for the Loveshack. The Warden wants a olive green bottom with cream top I have been thinking silver/gray. So today I decided to wrap it and see how it looks. What do you think?
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With better weather upon us, wondering how the work is going?

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Old 03-21-2019, 08:19 AM   #66
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Hey Peter, I didn't realize it has been so long since I posted any updates on the site. I will try to get some updates with photos posted tonight but in short now that the rains have subsided at least temporally and the dove we released the other day came back with a olive branch twig I have high hopes of ramping up the work. I have done some small stuff in preparation of better weather and worked to correct a number of leaks so time hasn't bee completely wasted.

Till tonight.

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Old 03-21-2019, 11:26 AM   #67
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. . . the dove we released the other day came back with a olive branch twig I have high hopes of ramping up the work.
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Curious if you mean this figuratively or literally? Sorry if this is a dumb question!

Maybe you mean the Argosy is your arc, and that the floods are over in the Mid-West?



Or literally . . .

Thanks for the update.

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Old 03-22-2019, 11:07 AM   #68
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I meant figuratively we have had so much rain and flooding in this part of the country. The Argosy was never in any danger but my shop had a little flooding no damage fortunately. I do feel for the folks out in the mid west with all of there flooding now.
Last night I went to upload some photos to Flicker and found out they are wanting to charge money if you have more than 1000 photos so I have to figure out my next move.
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:37 PM   #69
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This is the best thread ever. I hope to see more soon! You give me such hope
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:20 PM   #70
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"you are going to plotz when you see what it costs"
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Old 04-27-2019, 02:48 AM   #71
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. . . so I have to figure out my next move.
I hope the flooding did not affect you. Thanks again for your detailed thread about the evolution of a "shell off" renovation.

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Old 04-28-2019, 10:09 AM   #72
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Thanks Peter - Fortunately the Love Shack was in no danger of flooding. But between traveling for work and the insane number of days of rain progress has been slow. The up side is I see where most of the leak are. The down side is it has to be dry to do the sealant and now that it is warm the grass is competing for all of my dry weather time. I swear the grass is growing twice as fast this year.
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Old 04-28-2019, 02:35 PM   #73
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Thanks Eric.

To paraphrase an old musician . . .

"The answer, my friend, is mowin' in the wind!"

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Old 06-01-2019, 07:16 AM   #74
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Holly cow another month has passed. Here are some highlights. To start with non Argosy related I broke down and bought a Flicker account so now I can upload pictures again. I looked for another free site but they all pretty much limit you on the size of storage so I gave in. Now I can share my pain with the rest of you.

On the Love Shack, I am putting things back together. I was playing find and fix the leaks most of the spring. While I didn't do a physical count I would guess there was at least 1,000,000 leaks. It felt like I would fix one leak and that would let me see two more that were above it. I had leaks that defied physics, water running up one side of the trailer to come in on the other side. But thats all water under the bridge now.

I decided to go with rockwool insulation in the walls but I could only get it in standard home wall thickness 3.5 inches. I found that I could split it with a sharpened machete with some success. I used it in both ends of the Argosy and took some temperature readings using a thermal gun. My hopes of any great improvement over the pink insulation was quickly dashed with about a 1/2 degree improvement. I then bought some AC ducting insulation with the reflective backing and tried it. It is easier to work with and I am seeing the same insulation value. Bottom line the exposed exterior skin was 100 degree in the sun. Factory fiberglass insulation was 93 degrees, Rockwool was 92.5 degrees and the ducting insulation was 92.7 degrees.

[IMG]20190527_105736_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]20190528_101919_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

Enough of that! I took vacation this past week and managed to get quite a lot done. I have the end caps back in and insulation 75% completed with the bottom two rows of skin in place.

[IMG]20190529_161948_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]20190530_202539_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

I stopped at that point so I could get all the electrical circuits install and tested. I moved a couple of outlets and added a couple of new DC circuits in preparation of new refrigerator. I think I have decided on a DC compressor type unit instead of the gas/electric model. I even got a new Progressive Dynamics 60 amp converter to meet the needs.

[IMG]20190530_191626_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

Today I am going to finish the DC electrical and testing then install the rest of the insulation. Well that is the plan anyways.
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Thanks for the update, looks good!

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Looks fantastic. Thanks for the update
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Old 07-28-2019, 08:08 AM   #78
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And now for an update. Since my last posting I have finished the electrical or at least until I decide to change something again. I did order and receive a 6 cubic foot Volt/Ray 12 volt compressor refrigerator. Hooked it up and it does a great job of keeping the beer cold. I accidently forgot to hook shore power up after mowing the grass and three days later it was still running on 12 volts, and that is on one battery imagine the possibilities with multiple batteries and solar. I have also finished the water and sewer plumbing, minus the kitchen sink. I installed the bath fixtures and found the toilet valve leaked. This was very disappointing considering I spent money and time reconditioning the thing so I could keep the height from getting out of control and I didn't want to cut into the back splash. Well better now than in the middle of a trip. So I ordered a Thetford Aqua Magic Residence and installed it. Had to make a minor adjustment in the backsplash for fit so I will lose the padded door and will have to change the storage behind the toilet.

Since is was nice and hot and the sun was shining I thought it would be a good idea to replace the center fan with a Maxxair fan that I picked up. It obviously took twice as long as I thought it should mainly from having to remove the old sealant, but it is in and working fine. Also it is so quiet.

Plans for today include cutting a couple of wall panels and building a small platform for the new furnace to set on. Here are some update photos.

[IMG]20190628_175122_resized_1 by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]20190706_180609_resized_1 by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]20190728_091957_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]20190728_092110_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]
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[IMG]20190706_180634_resized_1 by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]20190727_121930_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]



Note the difference in height. I'm going to have to build a step for my wife.

[IMG]20190727_092638_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]


And finally the Maxxair fan for those cool nights.

[IMG]20190727_180255_resized by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Wow looking good now I just have to get busy and catch up lol
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Wow . . . great progress Eric . . . thanks for the update!

Peter

PS -- One of the progress photos from Post #16 on 7/1/18:

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