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Old 07-01-2019, 05:53 PM   #477
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Deadline is getting close! Really looking good David. Appreciate your post regarding the stupid storage door set up; they are fiddley. One of my jobs is to upgrade the weather stripping on all of the doors and windows; Home Depot will be where I'll look first, thank you. Looking forward to the final tour.
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Old 07-03-2019, 06:38 PM   #478
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Quick Polish

I thought I would do a cyclo-F7 quick go around preparing for my maiden voyage. I've got 14 hours in it and I'm almost halfway through.

I knew better!

My Overlander had been polished maybe over 10 years ago. I knew it had corrosion on the surface of the aluminum, but I thought I could knock it off with the F-7. I've had some luck with this method before as a "maintenance polish".

But not this time. The polish sticks to the rough corrosion like crazy. I have a black speckled Airstream now. The cyclo isn't aggressive enough to knock off the corrosion. It looks worse. I need to get my compounder out and do it right. I was just trying to look pretty for the rally.

I started from the top down. You can see the slight polish improvement in the areas above the belt line. I have yet to do the area below the belt line.

On a positive note, I did find that 3M Adhesive Remover is effective at getting the "black polish residue" removed easily. I was removing some adhesive from one of the many stickers some previous owners adorned the trailer with. I noticed right away how this chemical just melted the black residue off easily. Better than mineral spirits, or lacquer thinner, or kerosene, or cornstarch powder. The 3M Adhesive Remover is rather expensive in comparison, but it is effective at digging out black residue from the spots of corrosion on the Overlander. It is a relief to be less speckled.

I'll do a proper polish later.

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Old 07-05-2019, 04:55 PM   #479
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Awww ... now you've done it !

Attacked the rare Black Spotted Overlander !

What will the O.B.S.P.S.* have to say about this egregious attempt at the eradication of the endangered Black Spotted Overlander ?!





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Old 07-05-2019, 06:53 PM   #480
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Boy, I hope I don't get the OBSPS on my case! I'd be summoned before a bench of elders going "tis,tis, tisk" and wagging a finger at me. Shame, shame.

It's a little like rubbing black spots off a dalmation dog, but if I keep at it, I might be able to trick people into thinking it is just a regular old Overlander, not one of those rare black spotted kind.

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Old 07-07-2019, 06:24 AM   #481
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Wow your Airstream is really coming along. You did a great job on the "living room" it looks really good.
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Old 07-07-2019, 06:15 PM   #482
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I stopped the quick polish for now as it was taking too much time and I was having poor results. I'll get back at it soon enough, but the priority is being ready to pull out Thursday 7/11.

I did a final clean of the interior today. I also hung the new ceiling light plastics. I removed an old fashioned TV antenna from the roof. Actually we do not have a TV in the trailer when we travel. We need a hot spot instead.

Tomorrow I plan to hang the curtains. That is really the last significant step getting ready for the maiden voyage. I have to put the license plate on it. I have to set the hitch ball height and weight distribution bars due to the new tongue height. These simple things take time.

I have a rather long punch list of improvements I want to make, but none of them will inhibit using this Overlander.

Getting excited loading up for the maiden voyage.

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Old 07-07-2019, 06:21 PM   #483
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Hi chrisetmike. My Overlander pales compared to yours. Mine is just a renovation of the original trailer. Yours is a work of art. I don't have the skills for that kind of woodwork. You folks have done a great job on your vintage Overlander.

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Old 07-08-2019, 08:28 AM   #484
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Just caught back up on your thread - have been in NY state for oldest granddaughter's high school graduation...
We did the piano hinge trick on our outside hatches on the advice of Inland Andy a few years ago. It's a real game changer! I'd advise everyone to do it.
Trailer is looking good, David. I'm hopefully looking forward to seeing you at International next year? It's in Colorado, after all!
Enjoy your first time out!

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Curtains

Hanging 10 curtains in the Overlander was a real trial of my patience. The dumb things are awkward to say the least. These little plastic sliders need accurately positioned in the aluminum extruded tracks; first the upper one, then the lower one. It took me 4 hours to hang the 10 curtains.

Whine, whine, whine.

Don't laugh, it is a 70s Airstream. I read AirForums user Foiled Again call them "coffin curtains". Nice and peaceful don't you think.

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Old 07-08-2019, 10:31 PM   #486
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Everything is looking great David. I know you are looking forward to heading out on July 11.

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Looks great, David. Wishing you and yours well on the trailerís first trip out. Leave your punch list at home and worry about it after you return.
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Good luck on your first trip . You have done a great job and everything should be fine . Have fun and don’t smile too much .
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Looks great! Have fun!
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:53 PM   #490
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Thank you for your best wishes everyone. I am looking forward to the rally, meeting other Airstreamers in the Colorado Airstream Club, and hiking around the trails near Steamboat Springs.

I did more water testing today, no issues discovered. Even my new toilet now holds water overnight in the bowl. New fridge works good. I can't test the AC as I don't have 30 amp service in my shop. I also rigged up the hitch. I'm not happy with it, but it got me across Texas two years ago, it will get me to Steamboat. I need to adjust for the higher ride height of the Overlander with the new axles. Don't worry, I won't be pulling nose up, but I don't have enough adjustment to get the trailer attitude that I would prefer.

I'll let you all know how my maiden voyage goes, both good and bad.

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