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Old 10-24-2010, 12:00 PM   #155
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Smile Well i hope your happy now!

Since I didn`t hear from any volunteers. I have emptied the shop of the insides of the trailer into the rec center. The trailer is now inside high and dry. The back bumper is right against the back wall with a piece of cardboard to protect the bumper. As you can see form the pics almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
When I first moved here 5 yrs ago I tried to fit it in and I thought that the door would close if I cut away a section of the brace on the inside. Well either the building shrunk or the trailer grew (maybe I was wrong in the first place) because it just won`t fit.
Anyway it`s a good thing I haven`t burned the old floor yet because it came in handy. This will keep out the cold and rain as well as the 2 adopted cats I have living here. Everytime I turn around one of them is trying to get into one building or the other. 2yrs ago I accidently trapped another stray in the rec center for a week. He got in as I was storing things away for the winter and it wasn`t till a week later that I heard him calling to get out.
Anyway once the trailer dries out I can start the final foil insulation around the shell between the shell and the main frame rails. Then finally the belly goes on. Baby steps,baby steps.
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:26 PM   #156
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Aw man - that is sooooo dang close!!! Kinda late now, but if you took the rear bumper off the frame, would you gain the 1 1/2" it looks like you needed? Anyway, now I'm really jealous that you have a spot you can continue to work on her. I'm sitting here waiting til spring... But we need to buy things to continue on her now, and money is a tad tight with other stuff we have going on. House project will keep me busy over the winter. Starting with cleaning up my shop this afternoon so I can work on other projects.
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:37 PM   #157
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Mc I thought of that but no. Anyway I need the bumper on for the belly pan install. It attaches to the bottom of the bumper just inside the bottom lip of the bumper. That`s what forms the stinky hose compartment.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:50 PM   #158
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Well you sure have got me jealous now, Chris! I mean, I don't even have a garage here, and there's you with your TV AND your TT inside and all snug and warm for the winter while you work on the trailer.

I think we have just had our expectations raised a notch or two for seeing a beeYOOteeful interior all done come spring!
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:39 PM   #159
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First of all I need to catch up on afew posts.
MPJ thanks for the praise.
Aage don`t get your hopes up the trailer comes back out as soon as the belly is on and the shell is watertight. Then the backhoe goes in for the winter.
Well it took a while but all of the road(street, port, left) side of the trailer is insulated. I also got half of the curbside done. I should finish the other half tomorrow. The insulation installs easily but taping and sealing takes forever. There are so many seams and edges around each outrigger to seal.
Then I will begin cutting the belly pan. I will need 3 pieces. The first goes from the fresh water tank forward, the 2nd is between the A frame and is mounted directly to the floor to make space for the spare tire. The last piece and the longest goes from the back of the fresh water tank to the bumper. We plan to install the belly this weekend.
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:46 PM   #160
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OK, I get it now, Chris. Well, at least you'll be able to wax the backhoe.

The underside of your trailer is starting to look like a wrapped xmas gift! Beautiful.
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:51 PM   #161
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I have a shiny new belly

O.K. not me but the trailer.
Business and life kind of got in the way this week but I still managed to finish all the insulation on the curbside.
Friday I cut all the new material for the belly pan. P.S. Doug a small adjustment to the shears and they cut through the aluminium like butter.
Saturday was spent installing the rear section of belly. It was a little awkward handling a 5ft x 15ft piece of aluminium and getting it to fit well.
We had to remove the axles again to get the pan up between the axle flange and the main frame rails. We also had to make 4 bends in the pan to get it to wrap down around the black tank and then back up to finsih it's run to the bumper.
Once it was in a place we were happy with the holes were drilled and clecoed in place. Then the pan came back out to clean out the shavings from drilling the holes. Vulkem was then applied to all the seams,crossmembers and rivet holes and the pan went back in and was clecoed in place.
I bought an air riveter and wow was it great to rivet in the 3/16" large flange rivets.
Todat was spent driliing, clecoing and riveting the front piece from the fresh water tank to the tongue. This one was much easier to handle as it was only 5ft x 9 ft. Same procedure: fit,drill,cleco,remove,clean,apply vulkem,fit,cleco and rivet.
I'm not happy with the way A/S installs the front piece cut out for the spare tire. The A frame is 1/2" smaller in height than the main frame rails. The factory just leaves that gap between A frame and floor open. No wonder the belly fills up with muck. I Intend to make filler strips from aluminium and close in and seal the gap to keep the belly dry. Once it is done I will post pics of before and after.
I should be able to finish cutting and installing the side wraps and get the old banana wraps on this week.
Business is going to get in the way again because I need to winterize the park this week. It's getting to cold to leave it any longer. This usually takes me the better part of two days to do. 200 faucets, 8 toilets,1 urinal,2 showers.2 water heaters,3 pressure tanks to blow out.
Anyway here's a few pics of the new belly.
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Old 10-31-2010, 06:27 PM   #162
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You have about 36 hours to remember anything forgotten above that new sheet before Vulkem owns it Are all the Cats accounted for?

Nice work : )
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:58 PM   #163
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Excellent! No mice are going to get under your skin....literally speaking of course.
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:27 AM   #164
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Wabbiteer Let's see two cats, one dog and one hired hand. Oh yeah and me, yup all accounted for. I can't say how many spiders may now be trapped between the belly and insulation.
Lew yes no mice entry points is a good thing. During teardown I discovered that they were getting in through the spot where the temperature probe for the thermometer in the front end cap. They were also getting in where the drain tube for the air con. exited from the shell. I drilled smaller holes that were just big enough to fit the tubes, leaving no gaps for mice to squeeze in. the same size holes were drilled for propane lines and tank probe wiring. You would think that Airstream could afford to buy more than one size of hole saw.
I won't be doing much on the trailer for a couple of days. It's 30 F here this morning and expected to get down to 25 F tonight so I have to spend all of today and most of tommorrow winterizing the parks water system.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:05 PM   #165
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I'm all wrapped up

It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted any updates and I'm guessing y'all are going into withdrawal by now. So here I go.

All the side wraps and banana wraps are now on. So is all the lower beltline trim.
I also fully enclosed the spare tire carrier area with aluminium. This area now is totally sealed unlike the way the factory did it. So no s**t from the road will collect in the belly. Some of the pieces required several bends to make flaps to overlap the center belly and the side wraps as well as each other. It really looks slick. Now I need the carrier and the spare.

All the reflector markers are on and got most of the new LED clearance lights on. I found a big problem today while installing the rear upper clearance lights. It seems that some time in the past one wire to the curbside clearance light broke off inside the shell. Instead of drilling out a few rivets on the interior end cap to access the wire some IDIOT cut holes in the shell under the curbside and center clearance light. He then attached a new wire with a scotch lock from the center light and ran a new wire to the curbside light. The result is two ugly holes cut and the skin peeled open. Decorum prevents me from commenting fully on this type of butcher repair. I had to drop the end cap to repair the wiring and to clean up all the putty jammed in the holes and straighten out the edges of the cut outs.
Anyway back to the wraps. I kept the old ones as patterns. The first step was to do a dry fit of the old ones to see how they fit on the trailer now. I made a few tweaks to their size and cutouts to fit closer and to close in the belly a little better. Step two was to flatten out the wraps to use as templates for the new ones. The patterns were traced out and the new wraps were cut. Step three was to put in the curve. I used a piece of 4" sewer pipe and slowly rolled up the edge until the bottom of the sheet sat flat and the side was completely vertical. It actually worked quite well.
Step four was to dry fit the new wrap and check to make sure there were no problems. Some very minor adjustments to size were made. I cut each piece a little bigger to allow for this. Once I was satisfied with the fit then each piece was drilled and clecoed. Step five was to remove the new piece and clean out all the shavings. Then apply vulkem to all the edges and to all the drill holes and all the outriggers. Step six was to reinstall the new pieces with clecos and then remove one cleco at a time and rivet on the piece. The hardest part was drilling through the banana wraps into the side wraps. The side wraps are horizontal at this point and very floppy with no support above them. The side wraps wanted to fold away once pressure was applied to the drill. But if your'e careful and just let the drill float eventually it will penetrate the side wrap.
The lower beltline was not to bad to install. The same process, dry fit drill and cleco, remove and clean out shavings, apply sealer and recleco and rivet.
I also installed the new to me generator that I bought in September while in the USA. Much thanks to wannabefulltimin. I sanded and painted the case before install and used a butyl tape behind the case edge that meets the shell. I used the same large head pop rivets from the belly pan to attach it to the shell.
Next in the process to closing in the shell was to install the new LED lights. Last night I had 9 out of 12 installed and turned out the shop lights. They were so bright I could navigate the shop from their light alone.
Oh yeah I also removed the A/S lettering from the front and the nameplate by the door to repaint. I bought a can of Ford Blue from TSC and they look great. I still have a few more to paint and then sand off the edges so once they're done I'll post some pics.
I'm slowly working my way north up to the roof. My new propane fittings and copper arrive tomorrow so I am going to start the new propane line install. I want to run in the new lines before installing the appliances so I have room to drill down through the floor into the belly pan for the line access.
Anyway this is enough of a long winded post so I'll just post some pics and update more later.
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Here's the rest of the pics. They are of the spare tire carrier, the generator installed and the damage the moron did to my shell.
P.S. I also got the sevin pin installed and wired and removed the other taillight housing. The housings now need to be soda blasted to remove the corrosion and repainted. Then they need to be modified to accept the new LED lights. A few other boring things have been done like cleaning all the old sealer and silicone from around the windows and door in preparation of resealing.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:51 PM   #167
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:30 PM   #168
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That is lookin' some schmooth, brother! Way ta go!!
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