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Old 08-21-2019, 07:28 PM   #81
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I have been working on little things waiting on a new AC unit before I install the ceiling panels. Over the last week I have cut and painted all new divider walls. as well as rebuilt and re installed the bath mirror.

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I also installed the front gaucho in preparation for installing the floor. Just need to install the inner fenders and complete the heater ducting on the curb side.

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Old 08-21-2019, 07:33 PM   #82
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Looking good. Wish I was as far along on my 26. Getting two young ones back into college has slowed me way down.
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:10 PM   #83
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Looking good Eric.
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Old 09-01-2019, 07:03 AM   #84
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So the new AC unit finally arrived. Last week the temperatures finally broke and dropped in to the high 70's / low 80's so I was pretty excited to work on the Love Shack. I built a scaffolding over the old AC to be able to remove it and took my grinder with a flappy wheel to all of the sealant and rivet heads. I feel, I must mention the temps returned to full on Summer and how much fun it is working on top of an aluminum camper in 90 degree weather with full sun shine. Then with a little prying off it came. One thing I did notice was that the original unit had a base pan that was custom made to fit the curve of the Airstreams. I have given some thought as to reusing the pan but it would take quite a bit of effort to refurbish it and modify it to fit my new unit. Once the old AC was out I cleaned up the area then went back inside the camper to install the ceiling panels. Did I mention that it was in the 90's.

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I almost forgot while I was waiting on the new AC unit to arrive my friend ask if I would help him reattach his front street side banana wrap on his 31' Sovereign last weekend so I happily agreed. After reshaping the wrap and removing the foot long crevice he manage to inflict on it I removed the belt trim and the only thing holding the street side wrap on was one rivet. The rest of the rivets had worn through or the rivet head had worn off. So I reattached the wraps and whalla good as new.

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Old 09-02-2019, 05:06 PM   #85
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Well today was eventful. By the end of the day I had all the interior panels installed, even a couple of trim pieces riveted in place. AC was installed and hooked up. The Coleman Mach 15 was putting out 58 degree air with outside temperature at 90 degrees. Probably a little cooler than that, I wasn't using the most precise scientific measuring device. Of course this will probably be the last hot weekend for the year now that the AC is installed and working.

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Less we not forget I install the inter fenders and insulation between them and the outer fenders. Also the rear gaucho/double bed base.

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Old 09-02-2019, 05:16 PM   #86
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Great updates for Labor Day!



By the way are you keeping track of your labor hours?

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Old 09-03-2019, 06:12 AM   #87
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Funny you should mention the labor hours Peter. This summer I have been referring to the Love Shack as my second job. I have kept some rough estimates of my time and I think I am at around 800 hours. Thats plus or minus 10%. since I don't have a time clock to punch in and out on. Of course days like yesterday were I was powder coating a set of wheels for a friend and at the same time he helped me put the new AC unit on the roof and hook it up.
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Thanks Eric, you are doing a fantastic job!


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Old 09-21-2019, 02:38 AM   #89
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Well summer is winding down and I'm still working on the Love Shack. Before I update you on what I have done I want to take a moment and bitch about how hot it has been this year. It is September and it is still in the 90s. It really cuts into productivity when every three minutes I have to stop and wipe the sweat out of my eyes.

Okay so since my last installment I have been busy, busy, busy. I have go most of the interior put back in. It has been like a jigsaw puzzle piecing the aluminum channels and trim to the newly cut and painted wall partitions. Just so we're clear I hate puzzles.
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Once I got the center Goucho with the opposing closet an bureau in I had to get creative. My goal was to keep the lay out original and only replace the damaged plywood but when I got to the galley everything changed because of my decision to change out the furnace that had a different footprint and the old Magic Chef was shot. So we decided to put in a convection microwave and a drop in cooktop where to old oven would go. So I busted out the tools and went to work building a new galley.

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I was able to reuse the tambour door and accents which I think is cool.

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Got the new top cut down to size then fitted the sink and stove top.

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Then I got everything painted that needed paint and assembled it in the trailer.

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Looking real good, Eric!

Thanks for the update and photos.

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Old 09-29-2019, 05:34 PM   #91
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Another weekend spent in the Love Shack, woohoo. My last post was towards the end of a week off from work and got quite a bit finished. By the end of the vacation, the floor was done, and a lot of things were completed. This week I sat down and worked up a punch list of about 50 items, which don't include painting the camper. Holly molly 50 items. Of course not all 50 need to be completed to go camping but seveal items must be done to hit the road.

So to catch up on photos like I said the floor is done.

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The Galley is almost done. Still have to install back-splash and window screen.

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It is the little things that take time and details like the trim in the bathroom between the black-water tank and flooring and the front door to flooring transition. First you have to figure out what you want to do then put it all together. These two pieces required buying the wood, buying the stain and mixing the different stains to match the flooring, testing the stains to see which combination was close, then staining and polyurethaning. Once all that was done it was just a simple installation.

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Old 10-04-2019, 08:09 PM   #92
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I keep hitting on the punch list and the last two night were on the screens. I originally planed to polish the frames and they were already strip of the old paint. I started sanding on the galley window yesterday afternoon only to realize, to hell with that idea. I broke out some silver metallic paint and laid down a couple of coats on each one. Today I installed all the fuzzy strips and got the first screen completed and installed. Five more screens and I can check that one off.

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Old 10-04-2019, 09:09 PM   #93
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Tin Roof.... RUSTED! (Don't worry if you don't get it, you had to be there... in Athens, GA that is.) I was at the very first B's club gig and a few party's before that.
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Eric What did you end up using for your replacement divider walls? Mine are toast and since I can only find good 1 side ply I am not sure what to use other than adding wallpaper to the 'bad' side.
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Could you glue two layers of plywood together, in a home-made press of some sort, after sizing the pieces first? I imagine the finished sizes you need are fairly manageable. What finished thickness do you need?

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I used RevolutionPly 5mm poplar plywood from Lowes. It seems flimsy but use with the factory aluminum edges and the retainer clips it ends up being stronger than factory. I believe factory used what amounts to 3.5 mm plywood. The wood paint's easy or you can stain for some nice options. For the plywood inserts I repurposed the original by pulling it out and flipping it over then painting it. 😏
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