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Old 02-20-2011, 02:50 PM   #393
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Just looked at your travel map...is H the greater Redding area?
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:34 PM   #394
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Kay Thanks so much for the offer. If I ever get this polishing finished I can move forward on the restoration. Maybe just maybe it will be finished by next fall.
Rex yes H is in your area and thank you as well for the invite. I may want to find a campground and spend some time there as the weather will be much better.

I spent some more time this weekend polishing and managed to get the curbside rear end cap and all the way forward curbside to the bathroom window. I worked from down to up as that's the way the polisher works best, starting at the belly and ending about 1 ft into the roof line. I stopped there because that's as far as I can reach from a ladder. The rest of the roof will have to be done from scaffolding later.Ther will be a 40" wide strip on the roof to do from the scaffolding. The rear will have to be done last once I can get the trailer back out of the shop. right now it's backed against the wall and I can't get to it.
Here are the results of about 20 hrs. work. I will continue moving forward curbside and sould get to the entry door next weekend which will have the first and second pass done for all the curbside. It is starting to look good as long as you don't look at the roadside.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:08 PM   #395
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Chris, nice work as always. I've been going to ask how you will polish around the awning cover, but looking back, I see you don't have one. I'm sure I have to remove the awning, but hopefully not the cover. Maybe someone on these boards can give me some guidance.

How many hours are into your polish job at this point? I think I've seen an estimate that says 8 hours per lineal foot....
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:27 PM   #396
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Lew If you are removing the awning the cover comes off with it. I read somewhere here that the zip dee cover doesn't polish up. I'm not sure why it wouldn't.
I am guessing that I have 100 hrs. into it now and have managed to get about half the curbside done. Using that as a benchmark the compounding may take 400 to 500 hrs to do all the trailer. I am guessing that the two passes with the cyclo will take maybe half that time. So 600 to 750 hrs to get the flawless mirror shine I want.
I'd love to be able to get it done at 8 hrs per lineal foot. It looks like I will spend 20 to 25 hrs per foot.
I'm now looking for some kind of shelter to keep the trailer under so as to keep up the finish. I looked at E-bay and they want close to $5000 for those temporary garages big enough to put the trailer into. For that price I can build a permanent one. Today I contacted a company in PA that makes log homes and asked them for a price to build one the right size. The homes are kits kind of like Lincoln Logs but much bigger.I have been talking to them about some buildings for the camp.
Here is the link. I'll let you know what the tell me for a price.
Conestoga Log Cabins/Homes-custom kits: individuals, resorts, camps
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:13 PM   #397
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I'm interested to see what a tall ceiling simple log shell garage would set us back - Farmtek must have 50 hours of my time by now gazing at their tensioned fabric buildings. Amazing that a 30x32x15' aircraft hanger can be had for $5200.

I tried the cheap way with a $250 10x20 tarp shelter from Sam's Club last fall, 12 tons of fill dirt to flatten the site, five huge bales of peat spread out then chipboard and indoor/outdoor carpet... some junk fence sections added as kneewalls, buried concrete anchors and pressure treated sleeper rails and presto, I have a $900 shelter to use as a mosquito farm this spring - and I can pull it down in a day and haul it elsewhere. The two 28w CFL fixtures I added makes it glow like a UFO after dark - and don't forget $ite prep.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:24 PM   #398
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Len I love it. $900 mosquito farm. LMAO. I looked at the Farmtek site and their RV garage is $4279. I rather put my money into something that wouldn't collapse under the snow load and could withstand a tree branch strike.
How do you keep the snow off yours. Do you need to clear it periodically or does it just fall off with the high peaked roof. I know someone here with something similar for his truck and he had to reinforce it and has to clear off the snow all the time.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:00 PM   #399
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As shown above it is self-shedding the last 3-inch snowfall, but only because the sun is high enough these days that some warmth is building up underneath inside the the polyethylene tarp tent.

Our usual snow response is wander out with a broom for some lift & flop action from the inside to set the snow moving. It has seen ~2m meters of snow this season and 150-200mm of fine flour snow build up at a time without problem - but a foot of wet snow coming straight down and one wouldn't have to worry about it any longer.

Again, am interested to hear quote on simple storage log buildings - the one garage they mention is attached to a $210,000 home.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:01 PM   #400
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Chris, have you considered a dome? Some of the freaks that go to Burning Man make geodesic domes out of electrical conduit. Unbelievably strong, relatively cheap (can get a cover from FarmTek, and just all around awesome.

Here is the bible: Desert Domes - Home

Here is a pic. And another pic of what you can do with the dome when you aren't storing your Airstream in it.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:07 PM   #401
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However long it takes, Chris, it looks absolutely great.

We often camp at Baraboo Hills campground near Wisconsin Dells and they have about a dozen of those cabins. I believe they have the on on this page. (thanks Top)
We have an anual weekend with about thirty friends and families, and we're the only ones with a camper. It's a great way for folks to enjoy camping (well almost camping) without the cost of the equipment or camper. I'd be interested to know the costs.

I'll have to take another look at the awning cover and how it's attached. A brief glance the other day and it looked like the awning would slide out and the cover remain in place.
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Len & Lew I'll post the cost here once I hear from the company.
Daniel I dome mo about that idea. The snow load here can be very heavy and I really doubt it would stand up to a branch strike. I would hate to spend all this time on the polish to have it ruined by a branch falling on it. The park is almost all cedars and we lose quite a few branches all the time.
I've got a few days rest while I'm away but will be back at it on Friday.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:29 AM   #403
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can someone point me in the direction of blueprints and manuals and diagrams for a 65 overlander 26
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:57 AM   #404
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Jeff Airstream sells owners manuals. They list manuals for a 1964 and a 1966 overlander but not a 1965. $30 each. Here is the link.
https://store.airstream.com/product_...roducts_id=383
Unfortunately they do not offer serivce manuals until the 1972 model year but here is a link to they floor plans pages for 1960's models. 1965 doesn;t show much but look at 1964 and 1966 they may show more plus lots of other information there.
http://service.airstream.com/custome...pecs-1960.html
The owner's manuals will be pretty generic and won't have too much exact information.
I don't know of anywhere to get blueprints. What information do you need and what are you trying to do?
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Ive been reading this thread for the last couple evenings and just finished up with it.

All i Can say is WOW! good write up, good pictures cant wait to see the rest of this and how the trailer looks when your done
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:13 AM   #406
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