Sometimes an extra set of hands as well as extra brain cells can speed up the progress!
Now that my brother lives within 30 minutes (instead of 3 states away) I was able to 'recruit' him this past week for a few projects, the most important one being getting the Isolator installed in the Airstream.
With a bit of luck, moving a couple of ground wires, we were able to get new 200 amp Isolator installed in same spot as original Isolator, without any other modifications required. Now that I look at the wiring, I'm really considering changing it all out, just to be sure I've got a good heavy gauge copper wire to the battery tray and from alternator to Isolator.
I could be wrong but I don't think you can charge the older units. However your plan for low cost tires and staying local does make sense. Although I would still change them out as required especially since you are going cheaper low end.
Been thinking of having next years MoHos in May in the Pensacola area and do it as part of our yearly vacation. Also get all those big beautiful beast from the great state of Florida there!
A refrigeration person can. Done it on 5 different ones of mine. They have to know what to do. They work like new again. FYI.
Some of you may be aware of my run-in with Drunk Driver last year. Well, settlement check finally arrived this week.
Sat down and checked every option as far as a 15000BTU A/C unit. Best price was for a Dometic Duo Therm Brisk Air. Yes, these suckers are TALL!, but for the price, I got two units for just over $1100.00 with shipping! Figure that I can live with these big monsters until I retire. Maybe by then, the new 8" tall units will be a bit more reasonably priced.
As well, decided that the "Kool-O-Matic" in the kitchen area needed to be ditched. Thing is a MONSTER and boy, does it seem to drain my coach batteries in a hurry.
Again, checked every place available, and decided to go with a Fantastic Fan 6000 unit. Have same unit in bedroom, and really like the thermostat and rain sensor. Looking forward to having a way to allow some light in through the ceiling area as well.
Now, I've got to get the Isolator hooked up and drive the beast to the local tire dealer for some new tires!
Nope, CitriStrip barely touched this tar based roofing paint. It removes just a bit at a time, so, broke down and found some Aircraft Stripper. Should be able to get at it over the weekend if the weather holds up here in West Central Florida!
So I'm up on the roof a LOT this past week. CitriStrip didn't do exactly what I hoped. Aircraft Stripper arrived yesterday, but plans today only allowed for a test patch.
While up on the roof, I'm noticing that practically all of the seams along the sides and ends (front and back) have been gooped up with what I'm hoping is Vulkem. Sun here in Florida has done a number on the gooped up Vulkem.
Saw where someone has used this on their Avion 5th wheel.
Wondering, has anyone else used this or a product similar? Found the 2nd product at Home Depot. Guess I'll have to check with local Mobile Home parts supply house (plenty of those here in Florida) to see if I can find Eternabond locally.
Any advice greatly appreciated.
I've used a stripper by Jasco (from Lowes I think) that was pretty aggressive. In some cases it took a number of applications to get through different sealants and caulkings. You have to keep laying it on in order to soften a lot of that stuff. Occasionally I found that gasoline or lacquer thinner did the trick. A plastic scraper is helpful, other times (on the roof in particular where no one will ever notice) I had pretty good luck with a vibrating multi-tool by Feine. It will leave some scratches, but the thing works like crazy. When you get around to removing your old A/C units that tool can come in really handy. Its great for cutting in between "layers" of connected materials. With the proper blade attached, it will easily cut through rivets and screws. When on the roof, I found that half sheets of plywood on top of foam padding provided a pretty good working platform.
.... By the way, did you succumb to the dark side and buy that old trailer, or did you dodge the bullet? You can be honest with me, I'm surrounded by old trailers. I'll understand completely.
Stayed away from that old trailer. Figured I've got enough of a project in my driveway, no need to add to the work-load.
Looking a bit ahead, wondering if anyone has used this stuff. Kinda pricey, but if it works as good as they say on their website, I'm seriously considering it. Any thoughts? Car Ceramic Insulation - Spray On Auto Insulation | Lizardskin
Derek, as I said to you today, I would be concerned about the UV resistance of teh Lizard Skin. The mixing of teh Microspheres with the exterior paint sounds interesting also... but the word in that forum is that it is not smooth after application.
Spraying on the inner side of the skin as a barrier layer would be good tho!
Good info here too... Insulating Paint | Insulating Ceramic Paint Additive | Official NASA Spinoff
If you have as much Vulkem as you describe on the roof, are you concerned about having a ton of leaks once its removed? (It was obviously put there in the past for some reason.) Has anyone ever applied a white rubber roof to an Airstream? I've worked with Black rubber on house roofs and that stuff is tough as nails, sticks like mad, and is absolutely leak proof. Just a crazy thought.
Whenever the subject of hot, leaky roofs comes up I always go back to thinking about the "tropical tops" that came on old Land Rovers. Just another crazy thought. I seem to have a lot of them. Can anyone recommend a good shrink??