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Old 06-23-2019, 06:29 AM   #463
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No need, in my view, to preface functional, reliable and comfortable with a ďbut it isĒ. That is the gold standard. I think you meet Ralph Waldo Emersonís definition of common sense - genius in its working clothes.
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Old 06-23-2019, 06:51 PM   #464
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Hi Slats: Well, I ain't an interior designer, that's for sure. My DW says the right side of my brain (artistic, creative) is non-functioning. Oh well, I get by. I can even feed myself.

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Old 06-24-2019, 03:03 AM   #465
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I generally like Airstreamís interior design in the 66-68 trailers unless you can come up with something better.

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Old 06-24-2019, 06:59 PM   #466
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Hi TouringDan: The something better is mid bath in my view. And front bedroom, rear seating area had advantages too. Water tanks belong around the axles. If we assigned Atomic 13 to create the best layout for a mid sixties Airstream, he would come up with something. And it would look great too.

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Old 06-26-2019, 06:48 PM   #467
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Gaucho Cup Holder

So my Overlander had this swivel wall mounted table in the bedroom. I believe it was an optional "TV" holder. In 1975, small TVs would fit on this table.

No TVs for this kid anymore. So I repurposed this wall mounted swivel table next to the curb side gaucho. It's a good place for a coffee cup, an ithingie, or a knitting bag. We'll see how it works out. The gaucho slides out into the sleeping position with this table swung forward. It blocks the door a little bit, but not bad.

Small improvements add up.

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Old 06-26-2019, 07:06 PM   #468
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Piano Hinges - Great Invention

Why in the world Airstream hung the exterior cargo doors as well as the windows with this awful aluminum "hook" that fits in a slot on the upper side of the door or window. It's not even an extrusion for goodness sakes. You open the cargo door and it falls into your hands. Then forget to lock said cargo door and it will fall off in route. Ask my son about that. See photo of the cross section of this "hook".

I might add the big rear cargo door is hinged with a piano hinge from the factory. It swings down to open. Why didn't they build all the cargo doors that way?

I was admiring a 77 Sovereign the other day and noticed the cargo doors all had piano hinges on the bottom edge. The door swings down and out of the way. Logic prevails.

Soooo.... I decided to hinge my cargo doors the same way. Now they are much easier to operate and won't get left behind or lost. Here is a photo of the rear cargo door closed and the fridge cargo door opened.

On the wife's 86 Limited, the piano hinges are mounted on the inside edges of the door and frame so only the pivot is exposed. I could not do it this way as the door frames are made differently not allowing enough room for the hinge.

Another small improvement in my view.

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Old 06-26-2019, 09:13 PM   #469
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Great ideas, David. Youíll use the table by the gaucho often. Loosing an access door would not be cool. I had the same concern but couldnít hinge the Ď68 doors. Instead I installed a thin metal cable on each side of the doors for them to hang out of the way when opened. Not positive it would stay attached a 65 mph but better itís than nothing. Your trailer is looking great!
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Love the little table . Great addition. I too worry about the badly designed cargo doors . Another I can fix that project for the future . Doing great work David .
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Old 06-27-2019, 07:29 PM   #471
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Thank you kindly fellow vintage Airstream enthusiasts. It is motivating to know someone else likes my work on this trailer. The little coffee cup table will be handy I think. The other side of the gaucho has a big credenza to put things on, as well as the fold up dinette table.

The hinged cargo doors will look better once I polish the trailer. Same with my water heater door and utilities connection panel. The clear coat is removed, but it needs a good polish as it is quite corroded.

I installed rubber seals around the cargo doors today. Easy job. I have to install new weather stripping around the windows also. Again easy peasy.

I tested the water system again today as I have installed the new galley faucet. I found a leak at the sink drain ABS trap. I spent an hour fixing that. I probably displayed a good dose of "plumbers butt" stooped over under the galley cabinet. Oh well, no one saw it, so it didn't happen, right? Besides, nothing a little crack spackle wouldn't fix if someone was offended.

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Old 06-27-2019, 10:02 PM   #472
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I just did the weather stripping on my windows. By far the worst part was removing the adhesive and remains from the ancient stripping I removed. I used a combination of acetone, goof off, and plastic razors. Also used some fine sand paper for the most stubborn areas. Completely worth it because they no longer leak!
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Old 06-28-2019, 12:00 AM   #473
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David. Youíre at a feverish pace with these improvements. Iím doing my best to keep up. Great job with the cargo door hinge. Youíre right about the original being a regrettable design but I will say that itís design does aid in keeping water out.

Where did you get the weather stripping that you replaced?
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Old 06-28-2019, 07:29 PM   #474
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Hi Jeremy: I use standard 1/2" "D" shaped adhesive back weather stripping available at big hardware stores or big box stores. The D shape provides a nice narrow band seal. 1/2" is about the clearance between the door and the frame around it. Airstream provided a lip for it.

Maybe the aluminum hook hinge helps keep rain water out, but the drip cap above the door does too. The hinge may or may not allow the door to pull tight to the weatherstripping. My new hinge is very consistent when I close the door, better than before.

Some PO of my Overlander used a HUGE piece of weather stripping stuck around the door. Way too big in my view.

Today I repaired a slight propane leak at my pigtail connection to the tank valve. I am unsure how these seals are supposed to work. I also repaired a leak in my new Dometic toilet blade valve. The bowl would not hold water overnight. I read on these forums to apply dielectric grease to the rubber seal. And it worked for me. Maybe this grease is somewhat waterproof and will fill any minute irregularities between plastic blade and the rubber seal. Anyway, it is holding water now.

Maiden voyage scheduled for July 11. Pressure!!!

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Old 06-30-2019, 06:20 PM   #475
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Down, Not Done

My Overlander has been on jack stands since October, 2017. I've spent and worked hard to make necessary repairs and improvements to the thing.

Today I put the wheels and tires on it, and put it on the ground. Touchdown! I guess that is a milestone of sorts in this improvement journey.

My new axles were specified with a "1 inch lift bracket" so the order says. I'm not positive what this is, but the welded on brackets did appear to be about 1" proud of the axle tube. My axles are the Airstream standard 22 degree downward starting angle. I also added a 1/2" spacer between the frame rail and axle bracket so I would have a better axle mounting hole pattern. Less "slots" and better holes.

The photo shows the new ride height. It is higher than I expected. I knew the new axles would raise the trailer, and I knew the 1 1/2" of additional lift would be a factor. I'm not a big fan of jacked up Airstreams. I'll get used to it.

The photo shows the new ride height. I have a healthy 13" of clearance between ground and the rear angle iron "skids" at the back of the trailer (with the trailer level.) I guess in Colorado I shouldn't complain too much as we have a lot of steep inclines into driveways (mine) and some campgrounds. My new tanks will appreciate the extra ground clearance.

Maybe you can see the difference in ride height from the first photo (the day I towed it home) to the second photo I took today.

Nonetheless, it's nice to be back on solid ground.

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Old 07-01-2019, 12:33 AM   #476
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Has to be a good feeling to have it towable. I too have a bit more lift but am going to be thankful, as you said, when Iím pulling up my steep driveway

We are camping first time in 1 week so pressures on as with you. Good luck.
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