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Old 07-06-2013, 09:18 PM   #379
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good luck with the installation!!
hope that everything goes smooth and please post some pics of the process.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:05 AM   #380
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I've contacted several local dealers about the Girard, but so far, no response about whether they even sell something that would work with an Airstream. Really like the idea of no arms coming down side of Moho though. But, if it's as expensive as you say, maybe I'll start saving my pennies now, lol
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:40 PM   #381
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It's FRIGGIN HAWT here in Florida. Too hot to even consider working on the outside or inside of Airstream. And then, when you consider I work outside (City Letter Carrier, and yes, I walk 7 1/2 miles a day delivering door-to-door) the last thing I want to do is spend more time in the heat. Still haven't hooked up 'new' A/C's either, cuz I've decided to seek more $ from my auto accident last year. If the $ comes through, the new profile A/C's are definitely on my shopping list, lol.

But, before I get anything up on that roof, I need to strip that crappy tar-based roofing paint. It's being VERY stubborn. Even with Aircraft stripper applied for an hour, this stuff won't budge. So, layer by layer, I'm getting it down to aluminum skin. Once the paint is gone, I can finally get the Eternabond on the seams up there, and get the white reflective roofing paint (with micro glass beads for R-factor) applied.

Like everything Airstream, it all takes time, just finding it is my biggest problem!

Pix of this mornings and this evenings progress.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:36 PM   #382
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It's FRIGGIN HAWT here in Florida. Too hot to even consider working on the outside or inside of Airstream. And then, when you consider I work outside (City Letter Carrier, and yes, I walk 7 1/2 miles a day delivering door-to-door) the last thing I want to do is spend more time in the heat. Still haven't hooked up 'new' A/C's either, cuz I've decided to seek more $ from my auto accident last year. If the $ comes through, the new profile A/C's are definitely on my shopping list, lol.

But, before I get anything up on that roof, I need to strip that crappy tar-based roofing paint. It's being VERY stubborn. Even with Aircraft stripper applied for an hour, this stuff won't budge. So, layer by layer, I'm getting it down to aluminum skin. Once the paint is gone, I can finally get the Eternabond on the seams up there, and get the white reflective roofing paint (with micro glass beads for R-factor) applied.

Like everything Airstream, it all takes time, just finding it is my biggest problem!

Pix of this mornings and this evenings progress.
Your air horns look shiny at the least. :-)
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:17 PM   #383
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those air horns are heading for trash bin soon. Only one works, and I've found a neat set that sound like a diesel train.

Of course, all that can wait till I get the roof finished!

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Old 09-22-2013, 09:17 AM   #384
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Ok,

About to get inside of the motorhome, get the new AirExcel's inside shrouds installed and get whatever furniture I can removed, rip out old carpet, as well as exisiting hardwood flooring.

If anyone has installed laminate, engineered or hardwood flooring, what type of installation did you use?

Floating? Glue? Nail?

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Old 09-22-2013, 01:02 PM   #385
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You are not posting enough pics...
I wanna see how the new low profile AC's look!

As far as the flooring goes...
I would spend some hours looking at the flooring section in the Trailer forums... lots of good info there.
My gut feeling would be floating... lets face it, Airstream leak... given time and flex, it will be so.
Floating would be easy to pull up if you had to, even tho it might need to be replaced after. Downside to floating might be more noise/flexing but with our NVH... not a big issue.
I REALLY loved that Yacht style floor in the polished later model you posted with the lighter strips... very classy!
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:42 AM   #387
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Derek,
As to your flooring question. The best floor I've installed in my airstreams (24' tradewind, 345 and GMC) was a glued down vinyl plank by Armstrong(?). It was so good after installing it in the tradewind that I again used it in the GMC. With the 345, the previous owner put in a floating composite vinyl multi plank floor that was OK but not near as good as the glue down. Talk to you soon. Still no real interest in the 345.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:53 AM   #388
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Derek, on Photobucket...
To get the pics to display in the thread, click on the picture from the gallery, then off to the right side there is a group of 3 links...
Click on the one that says "Image"... it will say "copied" as you do that...
Return to your thread and right click and paste...
The link will show, but when you post it will appear as a pic...
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:32 PM   #389
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Has anyone ever located where to purchase the center "Airstream" logo discs for the rear axle center chrome 'caps'? Missing two and the other two are cracked. Any help would be appreciated.
Will post more pix on Wednesday, that's my day off this week, and no plans whatsoever, except to get LOTSA Airstream stuff completed!
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:49 PM   #390
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Still at it with Tar-Based roofing paint. I'm getting closer each time I get up there, got another coat of CitriStrip on after work today, but today's post is about what I was able to accomplish yesterday on my day off from work.

Who knew that it would take 2 people to remove those bolts from Barrel Chairs? Anyhow, extra set of hands sure came in handy! Removed all of the carpet, as well as the de-laminating wood flooring. New flooring arrived last week, so figured it's time to get at it.

Discovered that just beyond bathroom door entry, my sub-flooring takes a big dip downward. I'm almost to the point of removing the entire interior and replacing the entire sub-floor. We'll see. Weather sure is nice here in FL, which makes for nice temps inside of the Airstream. I'll make that call this weekend.

Anyhow, here are the pix from yesterday's adventure.....













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Who knew that it would take 2 people to remove those bolts from Barrel Chairs? Anyhow, extra set of hands sure came in handy! Removed all of the carpet, as well as the de-laminating wood flooring. New flooring arrived last week, so figured it's time to get at it.

Discovered that just beyond bathroom door entry, my sub-flooring takes a big dip downward. I'm almost to the point of removing the entire interior and replacing the entire sub-floor. We'll see. Weather sure is nice here in FL, which makes for nice temps inside of the Airstream. I'll make that call this weekend.

Anyhow, here are the pix from yesterday's adventure.....
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I feel your pain with the barrel chairs! Just wait till you have to remove the cockpit chairs! Oh and the inboard passenger seat belt securing bolt is an absolute thrill.... You have to remove part of the undercarriage covering for the forward vent to get at the nut.

Looks like you are making great progress!! Haven't even attempted anything exterior on mine.

By the looks of the floor by the forward barrel chair, your side window needs a new gasket. I would think twice about replacing the sub-floor unless you are going to do a small section towards the middle and have the frame marked out. Like the trailers, the shell sits on the wood sub-floor and is attached through it. That was one of the reasons I went with the WEST epoxy system to strengthen and protect the area in the rear where I had slight water damage. Since the majority was under where the new bed/water tank would be put, I laminated a piece of luan onto to make it stronger then the original floor.

Good luck! Keep us posted... Still trying to decide if I want to replace the A/C's How easy was it. Your post seems to make it out to be fairly simple and strait forward...Which on an airstream I find hard to believe!
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I feel your pain with the barrel chairs! Just wait till you have to remove the cockpit chairs! Oh and the inboard passenger seat belt securing bolt is an absolute thrill.... You have to remove part of the undercarriage covering for the forward vent to get at the nut.

Looks like you are making great progress!! Haven't even attempted anything exterior on mine.

By the looks of the floor by the forward barrel chair, your side window needs a new gasket. I would think twice about replacing the sub-floor unless you are going to do a small section towards the middle and have the frame marked out. Like the trailers, the shell sits on the wood sub-floor and is attached through it. That was one of the reasons I went with the WEST epoxy system to strengthen and protect the area in the rear where I had slight water damage. Since the majority was under where the new bed/water tank would be put, I laminated a piece of luan onto to make it stronger then the original floor.

Good luck! Keep us posted... Still trying to decide if I want to replace the A/C's How easy was it. Your post seems to make it out to be fairly simple and strait forward...Which on an airstream I find hard to believe!
I removed the the cockpit chairs myself as well as the damn seat belts for the couch! LOL.

Just to make you all jealous, I'm sitting here at the ranch just enjoying the motorhome and the evening and about to bbq a steak. Damn I'm glad I have all the MH work done! LOL. Wink wink!
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