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Old 11-17-2010, 07:37 AM   #169
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Looking great! At least the holes will be hidden under new lights, right? A couple of questions:

In pic 5 of post 165: What's the wire/tube sticking down from the banana wrap?

In pic 7 (same post): What's the opening in the under wrap behind the banana wrap? It kinda looks like a step, but there's no door there...

Did you use the original banana wraps? If yes, those are in great condition!

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Old 11-17-2010, 08:24 AM   #170
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Thanks to Danielb and Aage for your praise.
MC Thanks as well.
Pic # 5 the wire and tube sticking out are for the temperature probe for the thermometer located in the front overhead Airstream Central Control Panel. It is above the storage cabinet in the front end cap.
Pic #7 the opening that you see is for the power cord reel and water hose reel. These retcactable reels were only available on the Excella models. I love them ,you just pull out as much power cord and water hose that you need. then when done a short quick pull releases the lock and the hose and cable roll back up on the reels. Just like a vacuum cleaner cord. I haven't put the door back on yet because I'm still trying to find a suitable replacement for the rubber flaps on either side of the door that the water hose and power cord exit through.
Yes they are the original banana wraps. I did have to rework them to remove quite a few dents and dings. They will have to be polished to really look good.
BTW how hard is it to use a cyclo tp polish the belly? LOL
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:47 AM   #171
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Are you sure you're only using the hired helper on campground tasks? They'd be the one to assign to cyclo-polish the wraps, belly and tire compartment for sure!

One little tip I can pass on - at the hatch doors' frames where the sheet aluminum tucks in behind the extruded frame... Fill the lower corners and edges void with Alcoa Gutterseal or similar thin-bodied aluminum colored sealant.

I'm not 100% certain our hatch door frames have changed over time as I never have seen a vintage hatch door fresh off the assembly line - yours look truer than my trailers and the tops and bottom corners all have similar flares.

On my trailers the lower edges have opened about equal of the corners. Maybe the corners were 'flatter' when new and sun heating cycles have allowed them to push out...

Water may not be penetrating into the assembly but voids on the hatch door will hold liquid water from melting frosts etc. and freeze-thaw cycles will push against that area and increase the gaps metal over time.

I also see you have steel rivets in the hinges - I'm curious if stainless steel rivets bedded with vulkem would be good there. Even without stainless if using aluminum pop-rivets there is enough space to double or triple up the number used - they went with steel for a reason and aluminum may be too soft to stand the tension over time, perhaps gluing the hinge on and clamp down with rivets may work great?

With the rear hatch the alignment when using new 'D' gaskets is bad enough I think I will add up to an 1/8" shim under the entire hinge piece to better equalize the gasket compression and give a squarer look, when I drill out the steel stain maker rivets.

Your project is going nicely I must say!
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:09 PM   #172
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Thanks for the info WC. The outside temp probe was missing from our trailer - but that does now explain the extra hole I found in the c-channel and plywood in that area. Never knew that any AS's had retractable power cords and hoses. Too cool!

I would think using a cyclo to polish the underside is asking for a sore back and neck and arms. But, like all good friends, I do have a suggestion... Mount the cyclo on a short stump with the polishing end facing up. Adjust the height so it hits the belly pan. Then simply hitch up, and slowly drive back and forth over the top of the cyclo until the entire underside is polished. Easy-peasy!

On a more serious note, I hope the outside and underside of our trailer looks as good as yours when we're done!

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Old 11-17-2010, 06:43 PM   #173
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Chris,

Something just occurred to me: if you took off the bumper, could you then close the door...?

Or did that boat already sail?
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:55 PM   #174
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Please excuse my husband - he's been "ill".

If he actually does that with our trailer for polishing the underbelly, I'll be sure to post pictures before the ambulance gets here.

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Wabbiteer Thanks for the tip about sealind the door frames to the shhet of the door. I never thought about doing that. It makes sense to seal that edge as well. I wondered why A/S used steel rivets on the hinge. I only have two such doors and only one shows rust on the rivet and assumed the PO had incorrectly replaced them. Your'e idea about the shim under the hinge may work for me on the windows. Once I replaced the window gaskets the window seems to not fit tight at the top edge by the hinge. Let me know how it works.

Aage the bumper is attached to the belly and actually sits right against the end of the frame rails so taking it off wouldn't gain enough space. Thanks for the suggestion.

Kay of course I was kidding about polishing the belly. If Chris actually does his have the ambulance send him here and he can recover by doing mine. LOL
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Just a couple of quick shots of the lettering. I haven't sanded off the edges of the letters yet. It was quite tricky to sand the paint off the little letters on the nameplate that say" A TRAVEL TRAILER"
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:14 PM   #177
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Just a thought (a real thought, not a crazy one ): Mount some adhesive backed sandpaper on a pane of glass or masonite, and use that flat surface to sand the paint off the edges of the letters.

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Old 11-17-2010, 09:19 PM   #178
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Great work! Like the detail of the "A travel Trailer" emblem.
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Care to polish/paint mine?

So was yours like this?
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Hi Chris Hope your'e feeling better. Kay said you were ill. I just assumed she meant physically and not mentally.LOL. Actually that's what I did to polish the letters in the first place before painting. I just clamped a sheet of emery cloth to the workbench. I wanted them polished before painting so that afterward all I had to do is sand off the paint and lightly polish the edges. The hard part I spoke off was on the nameplate. The little 1/8" letters that say A TRAVEL TRAILER.
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Lance yes it was exactly like that.
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More excellent work, Chris!! And, thanks for all the little bits of information that you and others share. Also for all the pictures!!

Are you going to redo the blue stripe with the same paint or is that a different color? Also, are you going to paint the blue stripe in the lower beltline trim?
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