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Old 12-16-2010, 04:13 PM   #239
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Too Late To Park

Well as anybody in the snow regions of North America knows winter has arrived. I wasn't quite finished closing up the a/s for winter so today I instituted plan B. The snow is too deep to be able to park the a/s outside so it has to stay inside for the winter. I cut a three inch deep hole in the back wall to make room for the bumper. The a/s went as far back as possible without the shell touching the wall and I still needed to make a small adjustment to the overhead door. Now I need to find a secure spot outside with access to power for the block heater to park the backhoe.
Anyway the progress so far has been to seal up every window and door opening with parbond,install the newly painted a/s letters and plaque by the door. The clearance lights are all installed and so is the rockguard. Up on the roof the new roof vent lids are installed and sealed,so are the three stink pipe vents. The new a/c shroud is back from the paint shop.The trim for it is installed and both halves are back together. I'm waiting for some fan mount isolators and the new fan guard to install the shroud. It's the last item on the roof. Oh yeah the fridge and stove vent are also installed. The new TV antenna is also installed. It is an electric and I'm going to get a wiring harness for it and modify it to fit the old control panel. The new funace vent is installed. It looks good but a lot cheaper than the original. I also installed the new door lock and fabricated a gasket for it. I also made a new gasket for the fresh water tank fill door. Now that it's inside for the winter I will continue to work on it all winter. My goal is to do the plumbing and wiring and insulate the shell before spring.
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Old 12-16-2010, 04:16 PM   #240
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The above pic is sooo funny. It reminds my of the time my dad brought home that new 1973 Olds 98 and tried to park it in the garage. Yup, cut a hole in the paneling and it jusssst barely fit.
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Old 12-16-2010, 04:55 PM   #241
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Well done!
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:58 PM   #242
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What with all you have done, Chris, I think your Excella is up to a 2001 or so by now. Way to go!
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:05 PM   #243
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Nice mod to the garage! Too funny.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:06 PM   #244
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Yes, Chris, the snow is here. We moved Betty inside just a few days before the first snow fall. But, since this is the busiest time of year for our business and we plan to spend three weeks in Tucson in January, I won't actually get to work on her until February.

Anyway, keep up the good work and the posts. I think everyone who has visited this thread is excited about what you've done.

Oh, and with all the face lifts and makeovers you've done, you may want to consider naming your AS "Cher". Just a thought....
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:41 AM   #245
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Hey WC,

Nice! I'm glad you get to work on her all winter now. Jealous too, but then I do have more free time in the Summer than you do. That back wall will be easy enough to repair in the Spring.

Do you have an outside outlet on the shed you can plug the backhoe into? Or could you install one fairly easily? For the winter, you could even drill a hole and run an extension cord out the wall, and then fill the hole in with an outlet come Spring. Just a thought.

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Old 12-17-2010, 08:56 AM   #246
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Dznf0g desperate times call for desperate measures.
Indyanne Thanks.
Aage yes it is starting to look a lot newer
Lance thnaks yeah is was a little funny to do as well. It felt strange to cut open a perfectly good wall.
Lew I think more like Joan Rivers with all the face lifts.
MC The only issue was that I had to cut a couple of the studs. One was a jack stud. They are 2x6 and I cut out 2.5 inches. I hope the wall stays up until spring when I can repair it. I don't really want to leave the hoe in front of the garage when I'm not here. It is on wheels and may just roll away to someone elses place. I'm trying to find a place behind the locked gate and out of site yet easily acccesible for plowing that has power for the block heater and battery blanket.
BTW now that the building is done I can sell you the tool I used. it's a building stretcher like a board stretcher.LOL. I have it hanging out back on a sky hook stored next to my long wait. I also have a gallon of latex paint remover if your'e interested. LMAO. Well that's enough warped humor for now.
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Pictures of December's Progress

I thought I had better start taking shots of what's done so far before I forget everything. So here goes.
The newly painted letters:
The new a/c shroud painted,assembled,trim on with pinstripe. I'm waiting for the new fan guard so I can install it back on the trailer
I got working on the entry door today and installed the new catch that holds the screen door to the entry door. I had to fabricate some(8) shims to get it to hold properly:
The furnace vent and the furnace are installed now:
The new vent lids are installed and sealed. I also got new fan blades and shrouds along with the micro switches to turn on the fan and the springs to lift the vent lids properly:
The water heater is installed and ready to plumb & wire:
The stink pipes are installed now:
More in the next post.
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Progress Continued

The stink pipe lids are installed and sealed. I cut the bug screen to fit snugly up into the lid and then vulkemed it into place. There's no way any little critters is getting in through there. It also keeps all the tree droppings out. The screen forms a little dome above the lid and everything will just fall away.
This is a shot of the new TV antenna and the 2 front roof vents. The antenna is electric like the original factory excella model.
This is the new slim profile range(stove) hood vent lid. It will allow the new Zip Dee awning to sit level on the trailer when rolled up. Originally the trailer came with a carefree unit which was destroyed years ago in a violent rainstorm while I was at work.
The last project I took on today was to repair the access door for my powercord and water hose reels. I had to fabricate new rubber flaps which go around the hose and cord when in use. I used a piece from a thick rubber anti fatigue floor mat. I also put on new gaskets around the door perimeter. The I decided that the rubber flaps were a point of entry for rodents so I made another door from some spare 2024 and a piece of piano hinge. Both doors will hold shut with the original style CORBIN catches. I ordered them from Fastenal but they haven't arrived yet. I got stainless steel ones not like the original painted steel. They were less than the steel ones from OODM. The twin door assembly won't be installed until the catches arrive.
There are a few more things done like completely sealing all seams inside and out as well as sealing all rivets from inside. That just doesn't show up well in pictures so I didn't bother taking shots of it.
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Old 12-18-2010, 08:34 PM   #249
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Wow, you are moving right along, Chris! And the outside is starting to look real slick.

If I understand, the doors you made are to go where? In the bumper box where the AC cord and stinky slinky are stored? I gotta admit I don't get that part. Mine has a round hole with slits in a rubber gasket where I can pass the AC cord out, was that what you decided was a rodent entry?
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Aage the access door is the original one. I added the second little door to close over the rubber flaps. This door is something only the excella's have. Roadside in the bedroom below the window and under the bed is a compartment that holds the power cord and water hose reels.These reels(2 of them) hold the power cord and city water hose. They are retractable reels like the cord reels on vacuums. You just pull out as much cord or hose as you need and then give the reel a little quick tug and they lock in place. To retract just pull quickly again and cord/hose rolls back up on the reels.
Like these:
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My bumper storage only needs to hold the stinky hose for the sewer. The reels are great no cords or hoses to mess with.
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Some very nice work there Chris. I like the silver A/C shroud. Nice
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Aha... I get it now, thanks. Yes right, for one thing, my TT is a rear bath, so no little spot for a hose reel under the bed. I would never keep the white water hose in the bumper box anyways, no matter how clean the stinky slinky is, that space is too polluted to be near the white hose.

Thanks for showing me that itme. I've never seen it on an AS. One more Excella difference, I guess!
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