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Old 03-18-2019, 08:23 PM   #365
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Hi Daddy blackbear: My "snake" has been made obsolete. But that's not to say I can't still wear it around my neck in the campground just to look cool. Folks would say: "Hey look, that idiot must own one of those goofy Airstreams."

Thanks for looking over my project thread. Maybe my trials and tribulations will save you a bit of grief somewhere along the line.

My back is improving. I'm still on "light duty work". No snow shoveling, no going to the gym, no picking up the grandson, no picking up the beagle (fat), no picking up a softener salt bag, and no installing the new axles under my trailer for a while. But I can now pick myself up off the floor, and I can drive now. Some progress anyways.

I gotta fully recover before our planned spring trip. Do you know how important a strong back is while out traveling. Let's see: pick up and install a 65 pound hitch, crank up the weight bars, rotate tires, load the air compressor, load the generator, load the tool boxes, load up propane tanks for filling and then put them on the A frame, torque lug nuts, reach up and pull the awning down, move a picnic table, and what else? I can't do those things right now.

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Old 03-18-2019, 11:49 PM   #366
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Looking real nice. Glad you figured out the mystery of the tambour. I could never quite get those things to open consistently. Probably got all the reasons you mentioned.
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Old 03-19-2019, 07:15 PM   #367
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Galley Sink Cabinet Installed

It is nice to get back to the Overlander after about two weeks "medical leave". I'm getting stronger.

I screwed down the galley sink cabinet finally. I wonder what I forgot to do under there. I hope not much, otherwise it is coming out again.

The "new" off color horizontal tambour door works good, as well as the other one. As I fussed with the cabinet alignment, the tambour would start to bind. I did have to relieve some stress to get the tambour working easily again. Maybe horizontal tambour doors are too fussy for the "flexible flyer" Airstream construction practices.

With the horizontal tambour doors open, there is easy access to the new shelf under the sink, as well as the storage at floor level. I made the new shelves pretty easy to take out for easy access to the pump in case of trouble.

I also reinstalled the "cutting board" in the cabinet. It is tied nicely to the wall and helps add rigidity to the cabinet. I also have some drawer assemblies to install that Airstream provided for silverware and cooking utensils.

My Overlander is the Airstream of many colors. But they seem to coordinate pretty well. A person can sit on the gaucho and see how many different colors he can find looking around.

I have to make the new countertop next. I also have foam to cut and cushions to make.

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Old 03-24-2019, 06:36 PM   #368
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Galley Sink Cabinet Drawers

Airstream provided a set of drawers for under the sink cabinet. There is one in the upper right corner for silverware. And there are two in this nifty cabinet that fits under the cooktop. It likely is used for cooking utensils, at least we will.

My friend's 76 Sovereign has the same thing, but his is three drawers instead of just two.

This drawer cabinet is very nicely made by Airstream. Yep, held together by aluminum pieces and built very light weight.

I elected to lower the big shelf location as I figured the top shelf provides easier access. The bottom area on the floor will be for little used items. Then I elected to raise the drawer cabinet to the bottom of the cutting board just to save some space. I have room for a third drawer now just like the Sovereign. It also nicely provides a "wall" for the other half of the cabinet so stuff doesn't move around too much while towing.

Easy light duty work. But another item off the list.

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Old 03-27-2019, 06:11 PM   #369
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Extrusion Delight Again

I'm doing "light duty work" while my back heals up. It takes 6 to 8 weeks to heal. I'm in week 5. So take it easy David, the belly pan can wait.

I hung the lower curtain guides in the bedroom, both curb and street side. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I got to work with yet another unique aluminum extrusion Airstream made for this. My wife's 86 Limited has a similar lower curtain guide aluminum extrusion. It keeps the curtains inline with the curved body, and it provides a track for a piece of formica trim.

I bet this part cost a pretty penny to make. I bet a SOB box camper would use a piece of plastic.

Here is a photo. I just know you will giggle with delight like I did.

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Old 03-27-2019, 11:16 PM   #370
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David your comments are making me begin to appreciate the aluminum pieces. Do your rails cause curtains to stick a bit? Mine are similar to yours and recall it being difficult to open and close. Have read to use silicone spray or bees wax
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Hey David
Glad to see you on the mend. Your" light duty" work looks nice. You are progressing and healing, that is all that matters!
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Old 03-28-2019, 06:38 PM   #372
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Hi Jeremy: Those narrow curtain guides are a problem. It is a bit like tambour doors. The track must be wide enough and no burrs, dents, bends or dirt anywhere so the plastic curtain guides slide easily. I think silicone lube would help a bit.

I'm mostly being silly with all the extrusion posts. But after a career in manufacturing, designing and making all those different extrusion shapes in an effort to keep the trailer lightweight impresses me.

chrisetmike: Thanks for the well wishes. I read 80% of us humans will end up with some type of lower back injury. Let's face it, lower backs are just a bad design. My Overlander looks nothing like your finely crafted piece. Actually, Jeremy's wood end caps, mid bath, and gauchos look pretty nice too. Mine is just the original stuff spruced up a bit. The wife thinks it is quite boring, no pazazz.

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Old 03-28-2019, 06:50 PM   #373
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New Mattresses

I decided to cut the foam we ordered to size and see what the twin beds might look like. The foam we ordered is a good density grade and just right firmness.

You might recall I elected to raise the sleeping surface about 6" more in line with modern bed heights. The sleeping surface is now about 30" off the floor. I also made the beds wider to 36" from the original 28" or so.

I think the modified beds will be just fine. And I can still get into the rear bath even though I infringed on the pocket door space. Luckily my feet are much narrower than my butt. Gotta keep the butt to the right. The toilet is on that side anyway, so no wasted movements. With that, entry into the bathroom works good enough.

You can kinda see the aluminum lower curtain rod now only about 8" above the mattress. But still plenty of sleeping room with the 36" mattress width.

Ah, time for a nap.

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David the extra width on the bed I think was wise. I went the same route on the gauchos. I don't know why but when I camp I sleep restlessly, on high alert I guess. The extra eight inches accommodates the tossing and turning.
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Thanks. The wider beds are more comfortable. I'm usually pretty tired while traveling in the Airstream and crash hard. I don't worry much as the beagle barking keeps the bears away.

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Old 04-01-2019, 05:49 PM   #376
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Galley Countertop Fitting

I sawed up a slab of 3/4" plywood and fitted the faucet, sink and cooktop to it. The sink drains matched up well. The cooktop is smaller giving a bit more counter space.

I discovered a slight interference of the window latch to the faucet. This is due to the new faucet being larger in diameter than the old one. The window latch will be a bit clumsy to use. Not the greatest, but functional.

The countertop will be a son of a gun to attach to the wall and galley cabinet. I wish I was a contortionist. I need to take up Yoga.

First I have to take delivery of the formica covering and get that glued down as well as make the back splash pieces. We're going with an off white instead of the off red the original countertop had. That decision is above my labor grade.

Keep it going...

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Yoga , not sure if I am ready to see you in those stretch pants . LOL I know I could not get in them . Nice work on top . Blue
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Stretch pants? Bib overalls are more to my liking.
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