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Old 08-27-2011, 09:27 PM   #337
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Yes, whats up with the heat...
My Jeep said 98 deg
StillI knew I had a weep/leak from the rubber pipe between the filler and tank when I drove it back from Kansas last year.
Today before I refilled the tank, I replaced the pipe... I already had a length of 2" diameter high quality reinforced pipe left over from my Dodge Van project, but the Airstream is 1 3/4" pipe... I decided to use it for now, and double clamped it.


No smog, so no Tags, so no trip to the gas station.
Filled 2 x 5 gallon cans, and tried to tip it into the Airstream.. why is nothing easy?
The fuel filler flap, only comes up so far... and blocks you from tipping the can up to fill... GRRRR!
Through some juggling and creative licence I got about 9 gallons in.

The Generator was fired, and I went on some more stuff...
A little more Polishing..


Once the interior had cooled... and the 2 A/C's were blasting really good...
I started to cut some Insulated Sheets for the windows....
Tell me what cutouts do you have over your tires? Anything special? Where are you finding the sheets of insulating material for your windows? Thinking about tinting everything on the 345 with all of the sun we get in Florida. Blacktop here only looks that way for about 6 months, after that it's bleached white by the sun.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:58 PM   #338
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I am planning to tint the windows also, as its worse here in CA.
The stuff I got for the windows is called Reflectix, its a double reflective film on a double layer of bubblewrap.
Took measurements today and will cut a piece for each window and put a piece of Velcro in each corner where I need to hold it.
Bought a 48" wide roll from Home Depot...
Reflectix Inc. | Products

I am just using some scrap plywood, that happened to be painted white to cover the tires.
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:17 PM   #339
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We use the commercially avaialible tire covers, probably from wallyworld...our PO supplied them a large plastic clamp will hold the front tire covers, and the rear covers can be easily be secured with camp chairs and/or a ladder and the 5 gallon propane tank we use to fill the 1# wanderable green tanks...Shiny bubble wrap can be easily measured for and installed for long term stays...the biggest problem with this is figuring out how to accommodate the windshield mirror...what's that serve but letting you know what fell over or which drawer opened...we have spray painted all accesible(read stealable) outside accesories with pink paint...at least they can be documented in their absence...so far, no one has tried to take them...pink is a rememberable color, but requires yearly maintenance...not too bad for $7.50...the satellite dish doesn't know the difference, the 5 # propane tank could care less, the expanding telescopic ladder seems to be happy, and I know I am...paint it with significance, and , perhaps, document it...remember that items in the rig fall under homeowners insurance, while the rig is under a totally different policy...m
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:20 PM   #340
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More playfullness with the buffer....
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Old 08-28-2011, 12:33 PM   #341
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Hey Key,

Its 95 degrees and you are out there with your buffer. I am concerned for you. Polishing is a powerful drug. Is there anyone to intervene before it's too late? I understand completely though, I'm generally covered in so much silver/gray splatter that friends say I look like the Tin Man from OZ.

The good news is that summer is coming to an end, and the weather only gets better for you. On the East coast, I'm getting my snow plow tuned up. UGH!

Stay cool.

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Old 08-28-2011, 01:45 PM   #342
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I stay well hydrated, and do it in steps... out and buff... in and stand under the A/C!
I don't have a rake for the wool buff, so I need to get one, plus some more buffs, so I can rotate them.
My Girlfriend took one look at me when I got home, and said "Aww, Honey..!" I was black with a silver tint too!

This morning the Girl and I walked the 4 miles to the Storage with the Dogs, while it was cooler.
She was stunned how much better that front 3/4 view looked with the light polish I did!
We started the Gen, and cranked up the A/C.. within 5 mins we were cool, and began cleaning and organizing the interior!
The walk back was a bear tho... must be over 100, and she was struggling... the dogs wilted a little too, so we hosed them down... They are crashed out on the cool floor now!
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:13 PM   #343
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Look in my Drawers....

More work on getting my Drawers looking respectable..

Two coats of Rustoleum Metal Primer, and thier Aluminum Primer for the inside, so the next layer will stick good... I hope.



Then, after much thought I decided to do the whole of the inside and outside with Herculiner, except under the lid. With 2 coats, it should be water, chip and scratch proof!
First Coat, applied with a course roller..


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Old 08-29-2011, 04:47 PM   #344
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Nice work! The "bed-liner" I used (Rust-Oleum) on the inside bonded zero once I started storing stuff inside.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:00 PM   #345
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Thanks Mike...
I have not used the Rustolem Liner, but I have used the Herculiner before on my '73 Chevy K10, and its has really been used and abused. I also felt it should have had another coat, but its stood up pretty well... The only places its come off is where it ripped right off to the metal.. I have hauled engines(454 BBC's dont take no prisoners when they fall over...), lumber with nails, rocks, and dragged my cherry picker in and out on it and its hanging on well.
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:27 PM   #346
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Two updates tonight... or it maybe Three!

Rolled #2 coat of Herculiner on the Drawer... Not much to see over the previous pics, but feels thicker and looks tough.... Now I will have to protect the contents from the drawer, not vice-versa.

Dropped over to afix my newly tayored Window sun deflectors...

Windshield..



Behind sofa..
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Next we got... kinda Scientific!

I wanted to record some sound levels at various places when the Genset was running... with the stock, read... non existant sound insulation
But first...
Without it running the Baseline noise level was about 52Db, 6' away.

Outside, with Genset running, no load.. peak was 65Db peak about 6' away..


Inside, door shut, it was 62,6 Db peak..


For reference, i walked to the back, in the Bedroom... 55.5Db peak.


Now I put both A/C's on Max, and put the Genset under close to Max-load.. 82.6Db.


Next, I opened the Genset upper door... 85.8Db..


Shut the door again and walked to front wheel, again, about 6' aside the Airstream... 73.5Db..


Then I walked to aside the rear wheels... as I wanted to know if the Exhaust was noisier... Its not.. 73.5Db..


Inside, Genset Loaded, Both A/C's on max cool, and Max fan... 69.9Db..


I have my references now!
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Oh, for fun I recorded this, as I wanted an opinion on how the Genset runs without load... it kinda Cycles... is this normal?
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:55 PM   #349
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Still working on the ABS top and lid, but Finished the main Drawer...
The Hurculiner feels really good, solid and seems to damp down the sound.
Not worried about stone chips, or stuff sliding about inside now!



I painted the area where the lid will sit with Rustprimer then 2 coats of satin black rustoleum.


Closeup of the inside texture and how it seals the joints...



Before I put it back in I need to clean up and rustproof the area behind the Drawer... then that whole area will be DONE!

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Noticed something yesterday...
Had the Roof A/C running, and spotted a trail of moisture running down from the front A/C unit...
Something to investigate or be concerned about, as there should be a drain?
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