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Old 06-11-2006, 05:32 PM   #99
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Jonh , Again nice work. The pictures really show what an improvement it makes. The frig vent in stainless would be great, I think I'll mention it do David. He's suppose to be calling me back about my order.
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Old 06-12-2006, 03:49 PM   #100
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Talked to David Timore today and he said that a stainless stove vent is on his list to have made.
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Old 06-12-2006, 04:40 PM   #101
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Answer to a couple of questions...

First off, the stainless doors that I designed and had fabricated for the water heater, fit ANY atwood 6 gallon water heater regardless of the specifics of the A/S installation. We have installed them where the w/h "breaks" the lower beltline molding as well as the units like Pahaska's. The installation is certainly not rocket science and is exactly as Pahaska has described. Taking a hammer to any part of an A/S sounds serious, but the metal tab at the sides of the w/h is aluminum and easily bent. I cover the adjacent A/S skin with a several layers of wide masking tape just to ensure that should I miss my mark as I tap the metal tab into a 45 degree angle, that no harm is done. The process is easy and does not require any real effort, just a series of gentle taps up and down the metal until it folds over.

Second, I am in the process of having a stainless steel replacement for that cheap plastic outside stove vent fabricated. No price or eta yet, but should be in the next month at the outside. After the stove vent, the plastic fresh water fill is next on the list.

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Old 06-12-2006, 05:23 PM   #102
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Very glad to hear that more of those assaults to the senses can be replaced soon! I know most will have Classics but for the Safari people an outdoor shower door would also be appreciated. I almost paid the $500.00 change charge to prevent installation just to have them NOT cut another hole in the body and put up more plastic.

Also glad to hear the installation of the door is easier than I suspected. I was not clear about tapping the hinge and thought it needed more major refashioning. Thanks David.
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Old 06-16-2006, 06:43 PM   #103
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Mirror fatigue

This will be the next change to my trailer. I just spent a few nights in it and decided that I am terminally tired of the mirror overkill. I actually have 11 mirrors in the coach (there were 12 when it was delivered). I think they are trite; just about every SOB out there uses mirrors to make the interior look larger. The only mirrors I want to retain are those on the wardrobes in the bathroom and the mirror over the bathroom sink.

Last week, I helped my friend Gayland (GSTEPHENS) with a small repair to his vintage 31 Limited (first year of the Limited). His trailer has a wonderful rich feeling and I especially admired the richness of the cane inserts in his cabinet doors.

Today, I ordered enough of the fine pre-woven star-pattern cane to replace the 3 mirrors in the bedroom with cane. I won't stretch it into grooves like it was on Gayland's Limited; instead, I will adhere it to a 3/16" sheet of oak plywood and finish the reverse side to match the trailer woodwork.

I'll post photos when I'm finished.
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Old 06-16-2006, 07:35 PM   #104
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john,
with all the mirrors in my coach, i thought it looked like a french whorehouse....i was able to reverse the panels on mine...
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well put norbert....

2 many mirrors......

the 07 classics have solid panel wood in place of the mirrors,
like in the galley....
so the only mirrors are bathroom, closet some where else?

i though about just reversing, like you did norbert.....
but i'm gonna ask the factory to send me some raised panel inserts now....

the base wood for 07 is the hickory......oak has been retired....for now.

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Old 06-17-2006, 08:33 PM   #106
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Progress

I pulled out the bedroom mirrors tonight and temporarily reversed the plywood backing panels to put the finished side out. Less trite than the mirrors, I guess, but it looks a bit cheap; not really Airstream quality appearance. When the cane arrives, I will glue it to the unfinished side of the plywood panels and reinstall them..

After I install the bedroom cane, I will decide what to do with the mirrors over the couch. If I like the cane as much as I think I will, I will probably cane them, also. Otherwise, I may build two raised oak panels for that location.
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Old 06-21-2006, 04:14 PM   #107
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Final solution to bedroom mirrors

The cane didn't work out, so I returned it.

I had the original pillows trhat came with the trailer and the fabric on the back matches the valences. We never have used those too-bulky pillows, so I sacrificed one to make decorative insets for the cabinet fronts. I bought a braid at Hobby Lobby and put it around the periphery of the panels, using a hot-glue gun. Then, I glued a layer of foam to plywood shapes to get some depth and then covered the shapes with pillow-back fabric using a hot-glue gun. I then hot-glued the shapes to the panels.

I think the result looks much better than the mirrors did.
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The cane didn't work out, so I returned it.

I had the original pillows trhat came with the trailer and the fabric on the back matches the valences. We never have used those too-bulky pillows, so I sacrificed one to make decorative insets for the cabinet fronts. I first bought a braid at Hobby Lobby and put it around the periphery of the panels, using a hot-glue gun. Then, I glued a layer of foam to plywood shapes to get some depth and then covered the shapes with pillow-back fabric using a hot-glue gun. I then hot-glued the shapes to the panels.

I think the result looks much better than the mirrors did.
oustanding john,
howsomever, that braid is a little too liberal for this conservative...
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oustanding john,
howsomever, that braid is a little too liberal for this conservative...
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I enhanced the contrast on the photos quite a bit; the braid actually complements the valance fabric surprisingly well. Without the braid, the panels really looked bare and incomplete so I added the braid after installing the fabric items, not the other way around as I posted.
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The lounge is next

I just finished putting the second coat of polyurethane on two new oak panels for the lounge. I glued the faux-oak panel that backed the mirrors to the back of the new, real oak panels.

I really liked fabric-covered diamond that I put on the hanging closet in the bedroom, so I made two more diamonds covered with valence fabric for the panels in the lounge. That sacrificed the second of the two original pillows. I also made a similar, but smaller, fabric-covered diamond for the cabinet panel over the head of the bed.

I'll have the new panels ready for installation when I go to Dripping Springs for my breakfast taco in the morning.

At this point, I have eliminated 1/2 of the original mirrors in the coach. I'll leave it at that for the moment, but someday the 2 mirror panels over the credenza are going to disappear, as well.

When I bought the trailer, I gave the dealer the stiff, overly bulky, and impractical bedspread to put in my old trailer. I wish now that I had kept it as an inexhaustable source of matching fabric.
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Old 06-25-2006, 09:24 AM   #111
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I just finished installing the new panels in the lounge and the diamond inset on the cabinet over the head of the bed. Someday, when I get time, I will make raised panels for the 2 cabinets in the lounge, but, for now, the new flat oak panels look OK. Surely better than the mirrors looked.

I think getting rid of 6 mirrors has changed the feel of the trailer to be more restful. It also eliminated a surprising amount of weight.
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that looks really schweet john.....
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