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Old 05-27-2012, 03:59 PM   #463
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Trial run

We survived the first trip, only 3 days and half of it in the rain but everything worked great and the rain stayed outside!
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We had a great time camping, the rain stopped in time for a campfire each night and gave us lots of time to visit and talk airstream! Brad and Jennifer joined us also it was good to have more aluminum there! We really enjoyed the sound of the rain!
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:57 PM   #464
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I love the entire job! Such craftsmanship! Wish we had time to do another one!
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:36 AM   #465
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Doug and Jan have the most awesome trailer. The photos don't even begin to compare to the trailer in person. What a privilege to join them for their maiden voyage with Nellie. Jennifer and I are filled with new inspiration
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:54 PM   #466
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Thanks for the kind words Brad! I look forward to watching and helping you with your 57. Without the new friends I have made and the support of the forums and blogs it would be a lot harder to get one of these classics back on the road! It has been a fun conversation piece so far.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:16 PM   #467
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Back at it!

We had fun for a few days and now back at it, I finished a couple more cabinet doors and mounted them. Then made the shelf for the tv in the rear of the trailer. Next mounting a window a/c under the bed and ducting the exhaust through the floor.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:55 PM   #468
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Nice little shelf. Cool to see that you had a great time in your trailer after all the hard work you have put in her.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:16 PM   #469
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Marriage saver

Installed my marriage saver tonight, found it at a garage sale for $15.00. My wife doesn't enjoy giving back up directions so I usually do it myself while she prepares the cruiser for lift off.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:24 PM   #470
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Congrats on the maiden voyage, Tinman. I don't think I've piped up on the thread too often, but I have followed from the beginning and it's great to see a 'happy ending' to these long, arduous journeys filled with questions, occasional frustrations and hopefully success!
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:52 PM   #471
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Congrats on the maiden voyage, Tinman. I don't think I've piped up on the thread too often, but I have followed from the beginning and it's great to see a 'happy ending' to these long, arduous journeys filled with questions, occasional frustrations and hopefully success!
Thanks Brad, I certainly agree, it is great to be able to use it now even though there are many things left to finish! I understand why there are so many gutted and half finished trailers out there. I never thought it would be 3 1/2 years before I used it, a lot of life happened through that same time period!

I ordered and installed drip caps on the refrigerator vents just before last weekend, I think they really helped keep the rain out of the refrigerator vents. I ordered vintage caps that were painted silver so they needed stripping and got them from VintageCampers.com :: Vintage Campers, Vintage Trailers, Vintage Parts, Vintage Restorations.
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I never thought it would be 3 1/2 years before I used it
That's part of their magic, I think - we're all hypnotized into believing that even though it takes everyone else a couple years... we'll be the exception.

As we just began our shell-on reno this past Memorial Day weekend, I can happily report that we, too, firmly believe we'll be on the road in no time.
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:20 PM   #473
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Central Air

Started installing the Air Conditioning today, it is located under the bed in the rear. It is a LG 8000 btu window a/c (1 yr old garage sale find for $50), probably a little small but we are not concerned about 70 degrees, will be happy with 80. Main concern is leaving our 2 dogs for short periods of time and the white noise from the unit will help distract them from what is happening outside. Also didn't want the weight of a bigger a/c.

I made a drain pan for under the unit and used a old scupper drain from our kitchen sink for the drain.

I ordered 2-110volt 85cfm computer cooling fans from eBay($20ea)to boost the incoming air to the condenser coil. I made up duct work for the exhaust this morning and will post pictures soon of that installed.

We weighed the Cruiser again before loading our gear and supplies for camping and with the a/c inside she weighed 3900 pounds which is 600 pounds more then original.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:25 PM   #474
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A/C duct

Finished installing the exhaust duct for the rear of the a/c, all venting goes through the floor. I need to wrap insulation over the duct work because of the heat off the condenser coil and it will make it a little quieter yet. It is definitely quieter then a roof mounted a/c. This did take a little more room room then I planned but at this point we have nothing we needed the space for.
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:14 PM   #475
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Finished installing the exhaust duct for the rear of the a/c, all venting goes through the floor. I need to wrap insulation over the duct work because of the heat off the condenser coil and it will make it a little quieter yet. It is definitely quieter then a roof mounted a/c. This did take a little more room room then I planned but at this point we have nothing we needed the space for.
Very professional job as always. Clean install. I agree with the 80F comment. Just something to get the hauls of the heat out is nice.
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