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Old 03-10-2006, 04:47 PM   #71
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Writing table prop

Here is the oak prop for the writing table to replace the springy wire bail. The table is much more solid to work on now. The prop stores nicely when not in use.

I moved the support point a bit further out on the table top. I did miscalculate and the new prop interfered with the latch, so I removed the latch and I will add industrial-grade velcro to restrain the top while traveling.
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:13 PM   #72
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John,
I've been looking at that side table on the Classics for awhile and am wondering where I can pick one up to install in my '86 25' Sovereign?
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:24 PM   #73
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I've been looking at that side table on the Classics for awhile and am wondering where I can pick one up to install in my '86 25' Sovereign?
Your only real hope is to find one out of a wrecked trailer.

It would be prohibitive to have someone build one from scratch unless you have your own woodworking shop; even then, the materials aren't cheap.
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Old 05-23-2006, 02:43 PM   #74
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Under-bed drawers

Last week, on the way to Port Aransas, the drawer at the foot of our transverse queen bed came open. We were the rally hosts, and the drawer was heavily loaded with things for the rally. As a result, one drawer slide was destroyed.

My first impulse was to simply remove the drawer box, permanently fasten the drawer front in place, and use the boxed-in area as a bin. We almost always lift the bed rather than opening that drawer anyway and removing the drawer box increases the storage capacity by at least a third.

I removed the drawer and then realized what a great place that is for our shoes. I decided to trim the rough bottom of the opening and use it for that purpose. Since the area is far deeper than needed for shoes. I will construct a shallow box over the shoes that is accessed by raising the bed.
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Old 05-23-2006, 03:12 PM   #75
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Last week, on the way to Port Aransas, the drawer at the foot of our transverse queen bed came open. We were the rally hosts, and the drawer was heavily loaded with things for the rally. As a result, one drawer slide was destroyed.
Our bed in the 30' Classic is not trasverse. For all intents the drawers share the space in the under the bed storage area, which is also accessed by the back outside hatch. If I would remove the drawer all the junk in there would be viewable. Did you section off the area John?

We normally use that center drawer for storage of bath towels. It's easy reach since that drawer sits next to the door of our center bath which has the shower on the curb side of the trailer.

On our '01 Safari on its first trip out, we bent the rails on the drawer that sat between the two twin beds. Apparently a bed spread got stuck in the drawer and therefore the drawer didn't latch. After a few bounces on a rough highway the drawer slide open, a few more bounces and the rails bent tumbling the drawer to the floor. Luckly we had plans to stop by Jackson Center on that trip so I bought new rails and repaired it while up at the factory. I never forgot to check those spreads after that experience.

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Old 05-23-2006, 03:30 PM   #76
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Our bed in the 30' Classic is not trasverse. For all intents the drawers share the space in the under the bed storage area, which is also accessed by the back outside hatch. If I would remove the drawer all the junk in there would be viewable. Did you section off the area John?
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In the 28, the two underbed drawers are surrounded by partitions, thus creating two boxes a bit larger than the drawers themselves. There are also two triangular boxed-in spaces in the bottom corners of the bed that we use to hold our wine bottles.

The mattress at the foot of the bed overhangs the platform quite a bit and the drawer at the foot was hard to access because it didn't pull out much past the mattress. That is why we usually raised the bed to get into the drawer anyway.

Anyway, with the drawer gone, there is a nice empty box just waiting to be used.
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Old 05-26-2006, 04:56 PM   #77
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The first step is done

I removed the drawer and installed a wire shelf high enough to allow my high-top hiking shoes to fit underneath. There is room for 5 pairs of shoes laid out flat or more if small pairs of shoes are stacked. The space above the shelf is 1' x 3' x 7".

Next step is to cut the old drawer front down to 7" high and use my air-nailer to attach it to the bed end from the top of the pedestal down to cover the gap between wire shelf and wood. That will prevent anything slipping out and prevent the bedding from getting caught.

The final result is a great place for our shoes and a handy storage bin for moderate sized items. One of the first contents will be the owner's manual.

By the way, that corner will hold 5 bottles of wine. I keep a couple of ancient T-shirts in there to pad the bottles.
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Old 05-28-2006, 09:55 AM   #78
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Almost done

This morning, I cut down the drawer front, loaded up my air nailer and my portable air tank, and went out to the trailer. Nailing the drawer front in place really firmed up the structure of the bed pedestal. All that remains is to trim up the raw edges of the plywood around the opening. A nice touch is that the plastic was left in place over the carpet in that area to catch any dirt from the shoes.

Taking photos in the restricted space was a challenge, but here are a couple of photos of my new shoe compartment.
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:43 AM   #79
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Count me INPRESSED!!! AGAIN!!!

Wow!!! -

I am continually impressed again and again with the ingenious solutions you come up with!!! AS should give you a job!!

But, I bet that you are "Too Tired" from all the sleepless nights during which you are no doubt contemplating the next great improvement waiting to be made on your AS! Kidding!

Really great work! And "Thanks" for documenting it ALL!

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So How did you mod you Fantastic Fan to be reversable? I would love to do the same.
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Old 05-30-2006, 01:12 PM   #81
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Not difficult

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So How did you mod you Fantastic Fan to be reversable? I would love to do the same.
I called Fantastic with the model number and they sent me the switch and wiring diagram to make the change.

Caution, though, the supplied wiring diagram didn't quite match my fan. Having designed electronics for 30 years, this was not a major problem for me, but it could be confusing to others
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Old 05-30-2006, 01:19 PM   #82
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Wow!!! -

I am continually impressed again and again with the ingenious solutions you come up with!!! AS should give you a job!!

But, I bet that you are "Too Tired" from all the sleepless nights during which you are no doubt contemplating the next great improvement waiting to be made on your AS! Kidding!

Really great work! And "Thanks" for documenting it ALL!

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I hope that these posts and photos will help convince folks that Airstreams are really pretty simple and can be easily "personalized" to better fit their needs. I consider the trailer "as delivered" to be a good starting point for one that will be close to perfect for my needs.
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Old 05-30-2006, 04:48 PM   #83
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Final show storage

After thinking about it, I decided to remove the wood across my new shoe storage before trimming the raw plywood edges. I also cut away the plastic over the carpet because, without the wood, the shoes would "wander" out when under way.

Removing the wood allows my soft-sided tool bag to fit into the compartment along with 3 pairs of shoes.

The self-stick plastic molding is some I bought from McMaster-Carr. It came in a minimum 25' length and I have used it all over the trailer to finish edges such as the edges of shelves I have added. Once stuck, the stuff holds like iron.

Here are some final photos.
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Old 05-30-2006, 05:03 PM   #84
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For those with cats

We use a metal litter-box scoop and there was always a problem with what to do with the dirty scoop. I made a neat scoop holder out of oak and maple to solve the problem.

The scoop now hangs behind the toilet, pretty much out of sight. The slot in the wood is tight enough to prevent the scoop from turning so that the dirty part can never touch the wall. The hole in the top is sized to just fit the handle and is deep enough that the scoop can never bounce out.

This was a fun design and build project. The maple was salvaged from the pedals of a defunct theater organ.
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