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Old 07-21-2008, 10:54 PM   #197
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The dent was where?

John -

A terrific description of your problem, your solution, and how you arrived at your resolution. I am sure that the dent will not be an impediment to your selling that trailer of yours - should you ever choose to.

I still am not clear on where the dent actually was.... Could you describe its location again....? Maybe it's just me, but please humor me. Thanks.

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Old 07-22-2008, 08:30 AM   #198
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I still am not clear on where the dent actually was.... Could you describe its location again....? Maybe it's just me, but please humor me. Thanks.

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Curved lower panel on the curbside rear. About 8" above the lower molding.
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Old 07-27-2008, 01:28 PM   #199
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More storage

There is only one small drawer in my trailer that is not part of the galley. That drawer has always been a total mess. I had installed some small trays in the drawer front for pencils, pens, and other small office items. These trays helped organize things, but they took up nearly 1/3 of the drawer space.

I noticed that there was plenty of space above the folding chairs in the writing table box. I removed the top of the enclosure and sawed it in half, lengthwise. I then installed a piano hinge in the cut. I removed the plastic trays from the drawer and installed them against the top front rail of the writing table enclosure. Now, I can simply flip up the hinged enclosure top when I need a pencil or other small item.

The drawer is still a mess, albeit a much less crowded mess.

I'll post some photos the next time I get out to the trailer with my camera.
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:51 PM   #200
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Pencil & small item storage

Here are some photos of my modified writing table enclosure top. I have a tray for pencils and several small square trays for other small items. This is handy since I do most writing and computing on this table. It really opened a lot of space in our single "junk drawer".

The first photo shows the barely noticeable cut with piano hinge. The second photo shows the bins; I need to buy one more small bin for the front end of the space.

BTW: the table top looks dusty because I was not happy with my finish and I sanded it in preparation for another coat. The table top is real oak; I didn't like the "pseudo-wood" original, so Imade a real oak top.
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Old 09-04-2008, 10:23 AM   #201
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Adding a wine rack

I have been trying for over a year to come up with a wine rack that suits me. For most of thet time, I have had a 2-bottle wine rack mounted on top of the microwave/pantry cabinet. It was way too small and I was not really pleased with the appearance.

Saturday, I pulled out the microwave and removed the top of the cabinet above the microwave. There is enough space above the microwave to allow for a partially recessed 5-bottle wine rack with the portion of the cabinet top above the rack piano-hinged.

The rack is done now except for one piece of wood that needed to come back home to the table saw for a 1/8" reduction in length. The bottles lay on their sides in felt-padded partitions. The piano-hinged top has a magnetic catch to prevent bouncing when on a rough road.

I'll post some photos when the rack is complete.
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Old 09-18-2008, 10:30 AM   #202
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Wine Rack

Here are the photos of my 5-bottle wine rack that I promised . The rack is partially embedded in the existing cabinet and raises the top of the cabinet just under 3". Our cats can still hop up to their favorite napping place.

I ornamented the new oak with a fly-cutter and used wipe-on semi-gloss poly which matches the existing finish quite well. The oak board on the side of the cabinet extends down 1/2" over the white wall so that there is no ugly seam showing. When these photos were taken, I had just put the first coat of poly on the oak.

The top has a L-cut and is piano-hinged. The 3" nearest the bathroom wall does not swing up so that the top clears pictures and other items on the wall.

The interior is padded with a remnant of felt that cost me all of $3 at Hobby-Lobby. At both ends of the bottle slots, there is additional padding under the felt at both ends. Standard bottles fit quite snugly and we now store our wine glasses in an unused slot when the rack is not full. In addition, our soft, padded wine carrier stores nicely over the necks of the bottles.

The periphery of the cabinet, under the top, is padded with fuzzy velcro. I put strips of self-stick weatherstrip over the bottles to prevent them bouncing up against the top. I'm still looking for a suitable latch to positively hold the top down on the road.

I had to provide an opening at the rear of the top for the TV plate and the power outlet. I sacrificed a plastic storage bin to trim the opening.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:22 PM   #203
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Stellar addition!!!!!!

John -

As previously mentioned by folks far more qualified than I am, you are simply brilliant! Your AS mods are wonderful!

Brilliant, wonderful......!!!!

Now, I know that you don't see these things that you think of in that way, but, well, they are simply brilliant!

What a terrific use of otherwise dead space. Then there is the terrific workmanship to achieve your objective. Then there is the ample and wonderful documentation - WOW! Keep up the awesome work. Your unit must be the envy of ALL AirStreamers that are lucky enough to get a tour.

Can't wait to see what you think of next!

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Old 03-26-2009, 09:38 AM   #204
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I moved the bed

I haven't posted for a while, even though I have done a lot of small changes to the trailer. Many of these smaller changes end up in my column in Airstream Life and I prefer to not reveal them here until they come out in the magazine.

My latest change was to move the bed about 2" toward the front of the trailer. The space between the bed and the rear wall was so small that my foot would become wedged if I tried to slip my leg between the bed and the rear wall to make up the bed. At the same time, there was about a 2 1/2" gap between the bed and the bedside cabinet.

Moving the bed was easy. There are a few vertical screws near the foot, into the floor, and a line of screws into the wall at the head. Once the screws were out, it was just a matter of shoving the whole bed structure forward and screwing it back in place.

I did have to move the electrical box on the wall under the road side head of the bed slightly forward. This box is where the outside power cord attaches to inside wiring. That was simply a matter of removing 2 screws and reattaching the box at a new spot.

The drawer on the front side of the bed can no longer be removed from the tracks because of reduced clearance from the bathroom partition. Actually, this can be good since the usual cause of track failure is a loose drawer coming clear out while travelling. With the drawer movement restricted, the tracks should never fail and there should be no reason to fully remove the drawer. There is still plenty of access to the drawer.

There is still not a lot of clearance behind the bed, but I can now step back there comfortably to make up the bed. With the additional space back there, my next step will be a small bedside table on that side, big enough for the alarm clock.
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:18 AM   #205
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Goldmine of projects

I just bought my first AS--a 2003 Classic with rear twins, so I am ready to start my project list. Thanks for sharing all your fine work.

My coach is fully carpeted except for the bath. It will be a challenge to keep it looking good, but we are used to removing shoes after a recent 6 years in Japan.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:59 PM   #206
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Get ready for a BIG change.

A friend recently died and his widow sold their 1988 32' Excella which he had extensively modified. The thing that caught my eye was the two great chairs with footstools that he had put in in place of a couch.

The buyer called me for some advice and mentioned that he wished it had a couch. I have been wanting for a long time to get rid of my couch and put in some comfortable chairs. Voila! They came and looked at and measured my couch this evening and we have a deal. They will be at a rally the end of the month and, since I am doing parking, they will parked be right next door. The last evening of the rally, I will round up some willing labor and we will do a swap between trailers.

I'll need new carpet in place of my carpet squares, but I have located a real nice 8'x10' that will look nice. I'll move the converter box to between the battery boxes and I have a 3' wide unfinished oak cabinet that I will modify to sit between the batteries. On each side of that, I will build storage that will not protrude more than the depth of the battery boxes. I will end up with a lot more storage than the present drawer under the sofa provides.

I'm excited to tackle this project and I will have it complete and ready for the trip to Madison.
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Old 04-14-2009, 11:39 PM   #207
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John, as always I keep an eye on this thread. Nice find on the swap. I did a mod to mine that involved moving the couch and adding a recliner. If you have not seen my post, it is titled "we want to recline too". I too was going to build matching oak enclosure around one of the battery boxes. I bought the oak and had it all dry fitted when the wife suggested I cover the oak with carpet. I liked the idea and did it. Wish she had made the suggestion before I bought the oak, would have saved some money. Good luck on your swap.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:14 AM   #208
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Hello John.... We are in Ontario now.. saw pics of that 1988 Excella... great design the fellow did .. and it is a beautiful trailer also... Marvin talked to the widow because he was tempted... BUT the Argosy is enough... will miss everyone at the rally ... looking forward to seeing pics of the change out ...Annie
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:36 PM   #209
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Sofa Replacement - day 1

We swapped my sofa for the two easy chairs just before leaving the rally in San Marcos this morning. The sofa looks great in their 90s narrow body and the chairs are going to look great in my trailer. The chairs have a tube frame and are covered with light beige suede.

When I returned the trailer to storage about noon, I just had to start tearing things down. I removed the foldout table completely and it went to the truck since it will not go back in. That folding table weighs a ton! It probably weighs as much as all of the cabinetry that will go across the front of the trailer. The credenza is stored in the bathroom and the writing table in the bedroom.

I removed and stacked the carpet squares that had replaced the carpet in front of the couch, then ripped up the remaining old carpet and old carpet pad. I have a discoloration across the front of the trailer, but absolutely no indication of plywood deterioration. I did have a leak at one time and that may be the reason for the stain, however, the discoloration is so even that it may have been a sealant applied at the factory. At any rate, I am going to apply a coat of Thompson's Water Seal to the front 6" or so of plywood before replacing the carpet.

Tomorrow's mission is to move the converter box between the battery boxes. I found that I can cut about 2 1/2" off the sides of the converter box so that the center cabinet doesn't have to project so far into the trailer. It looks like all wires are long enough if some wires are disconnected, rerouted, and reconnected. There is space under the road side battery box for the rerouted wires. I'll have to swap the battery positive cables. Otherwise, a couple of hours should yield a relocated converter.

Once the converter has migrated, I can do the final cabinet design and start cutting wood.

I am attaching two photos: one before the carpet was removed and one after. The floor discoloration can be seen in the second photo.
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:18 PM   #210
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Day 2 - carpet and pad

Today, I went to the trailer with the intention of moving the converter box, but, instead, I ended up putting down the carpet pad and laying the carpet. The carpet is a random pattern that should not show soil too badly. The pattern is random and may look in the photos like it has been spliced. Not true ... it is a single piece.

The width of the carpet is 8' and it just barely fits between the walls. I had to trim the edges only at the door area. All trimming is done, but the transition strip between carpet and vinyl has not been installed yet. I will need to take my miter saw and portable table with me in the morning to fit the strip.

The light colored chairs look great, but the light-colored suede will need some protection at the head and arm area to stay that way. I'll probably put a plastic cover on the footstools. The chairs are super comfortable and both rock and recline. Even the footstools are hinged to glide with the chairs.

In taking out the curved molding between carpet and vinyl, I ended up removing a big piece of vinyl to get a straight rug to vinyl transition in an appropriate place, I hate the remaining vinyl; the color and pattern is such that it always looks dirty. An Airstream friend with a matching floor has the same complaint. When things settle down, probably this fall, the vinyl will be replaced with cork.
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