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Old 03-01-2015, 09:19 AM   #295
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Love watching your project! Keep up the great work, and very glad you had the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Looking forward to running into you sometime.
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:33 AM   #296
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So how did it run / drive, Dave. Is the engine up to full power now?
Tho surly you had to ease it along with navigator and dogs flopping around in the empty cabin. Good on ya for getting it out and getting some fun out of the deal, much more to come!

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Old 03-01-2015, 01:05 PM   #297
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Love watching your project! Keep up the great work, and very glad you had the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Looking forward to running into you sometime.
Thanks! Looking forward to seeing you down the road as well.
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Old 03-01-2015, 01:44 PM   #298
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So how did it run / drive, Dave. Is the engine up to full power now?
Tho surly you had to ease it along with navigator and dogs flopping around in the empty cabin. Good on ya for getting it out and getting some fun out of the deal, much more to come!

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Richard,

It ran great. No problem cruising down the highway at 70mph/2400 rpm's. I changed the secondary filter again when I brought it home from my last adventure. Filter had some crap in it, but not as bad as before. But worse then I was expecting for just 300 miles. On Thursday, I drained and chemical flushed the radiator. When I removed the Aux heater from the dinette area I isolated everything aft of the engine. The hoses were starting to deteriorate inside and the coolant with less then a 1000 miles and a year old looked "old" from the contaminants. I was also concerned with the additional 40 feet of hose and getting leaks. The diesel and radiators themselves take 5 gallons of coolant!

As far as the navigator and dogs; they went in a separate chase car. The camp ground is only 15 miles from where we live. We haven't had the navigator chair redone yet. The DW was trying to decide if she wants heated seats..... So why re-upholster it if we have to get a new one....
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Congrats!

Dave,
I just finished reading your forum feed from first post to last...congrats for hanging in there! What a journey... I would like to say that you have probably fought your way through just about every possible challenge, but we both know that would not be true...
I seek to learn from your discoveries...I am re-energizing my '92 350LE after 6 years in storage...just put new tires on it, new batteries in it, and will be getting to the rest of the mechanical maintenance list I wrote up for myself shortly...have an appointment set for a RV mechanic to go over it from bottom to top, as well...
Stated some interior work, as well...it has (had) the original carpet and pad in the rear and I started the process to replace it...I have the queen bed version (OEM queen, to boot)...pulled up the rear carpet the weekend before last and discovered a significant patch of rotted floor beneath the passenger side rear window ...believe the leak was my fault as I noted the window above was not quite completely closed (open about an 1/8"), a least I think that was the source... Anyway, the scope of my cosmetic project just got expanded and I have started the process of removing the rear 'furniture' elements...
Now to the point....I see you pulled out the carpet and pad in the rear...it appears Airstream laid the carpet down before any vertical element was installed and so it lies beneath the shower and toilet, as well (at least as far as I can tell)...did you remove the shower to pull the carpet or just cut it as close as possible? I was planning on placing a higher grade of carpet once I fixed the floor, but am having second thoughts...considering a quality, but thin wood floor...just curious what your plan was?
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I just finished reading your forum feed from first post to last...congrats for hanging in there! What a journey... I would like to say that you have probably fought your way through just about every possible challenge, but we both know that would not be true...
I seek to learn from your discoveries...I am re-energizing my '92 350LE after 6 years in storage...just put new tires on it, new batteries in it, and will be getting to the rest of the mechanical maintenance list I wrote up for myself shortly...have an appointment set for a RV mechanic to go over it from bottom to top, as well...
Stated some interior work, as well...it has (had) the original carpet and pad in the rear and I started the process to replace it...I have the queen bed version (OEM queen, to boot)...pulled up the rear carpet the weekend before last and discovered a significant patch of rotted floor beneath the passenger side rear window ...believe the leak was my fault as I noted the window above was not quite completely closed (open about an 1/8"), a least I think that was the source... Anyway, the scope of my cosmetic project just got expanded and I have started the process of removing the rear 'furniture' elements...
Now to the point....I see you pulled out the carpet and pad in the rear...it appears Airstream laid the carpet down before any vertical element was installed and so it lies beneath the shower and toilet, as well (at least as far as I can tell)...did you remove the shower to pull the carpet or just cut it as close as possible? I was planning on placing a higher grade of carpet once I fixed the floor, but am having second thoughts...considering a quality, but thin wood floor...just curious what your plan was?
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Rich, Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it! Now you have to start one to document your work so we can follow you!!

I tried to put the good, the bad and the stupid in there so others wouldn't make the same mistake I did and could see the process or parts of it before starting.

As far as the carpet goes, it does not, to the best of my knowledge and experience with mine go under the shower nor the bathroom. There are carpet strips (spikes) around all the edges that hold it down. They also used LOTS of staples!! I mean hundreds!! The shower/bedroom bulkhead has a strip of gold colored angle at the base the the carpet is stapled on, over and around it. There are also carpet strips (spikes) to hold it at all the edges.

As far as the bathroom, same thing. However the carpet is under the leading edges of the toilet but stapled to the pedestal is sits on. It does not go under the vanity.

Unless you left the window open for years, I doubt it just happened. Usually it takes years for the water to rot the wood. It will swell up the OSB plywood and make a mess (for some reason it is not made with waterproof glue.... ) The fix is fairly simple. First take a shop vac and tool and remove all the rotted wood you can. Then STOP! Wait till the next heavy rain or stand out there with a hose on it for a long time. Check for water, If none then proceed. Is some, fix the leaks first.

You can then square off the rotted section. Pull the panel and put in a new piece. I used Epoxy and vertical biscuits to make sure I had a solid bond between the new and old piece.

Start a thread and post some pics so we can see. I have hundreds of pics I took at every step. Let me know what area you want to see and what condition and I can post it to your thread or email you.

Good Luck!.... Post some pics so we can see!
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Well We started on the bathroom this week-end. tried to gut allot of it. Left the toilet in place (1 rusted bolt ) and the vanity. Removed the light box and mirror above the window and the box that used to hide the back of the TV in the bedroom. The box stuck into the bathroom a good 6 inches. Same with the lighting above the sink. Made it feel really cramped. Opened it up a lot.

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Finished stripping all the wallpaper. Don't know if we will put new up wall paper, paint it or get some veneer to put on the fore and aft walls. We will put a plywood patch over the hole left by the old tv box and put a mirror there.
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:43 PM   #302
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How about mirroring that entire wall with a sheet of light weight plastic reflective material. That would really open it up, and give you a mirror image of the adjacent outside wall and window. Just a thought?
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How about mirroring that entire wall with a sheet of light weight plastic reflective material. That would really open it up, and give you a mirror image of the adjacent outside wall and window. Just a thought?
That is a possibility. However, the view wouldn't be to good when doing your business.
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Old 03-15-2015, 06:21 PM   #304
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I didn't get a lot done but accomplished a lot. I was finally able to take off the one remaining rusted bolt that was holding the toilet in place after a week of spraying it with break-free. Now I can re-pipe everything with PEX and put new floor under the toilet. Carpet in a bathroom is ridiculous!

Used stripper on the walls to remove the contact cement they used to put the wall covering on. The “ceiling” wall paper is somehow attached to a metal baker that is riveted on top of the aluminum… Decided to paint with Gliddon gripper primer and will follow with a few coats of white.

Was planning on keeping the vanity top but DW decided she didn't like it.. So out it came. Kinda sad about that since the cultured marble is translucent so I was planning on putting some color changing LEDs below there to have a giant night light! She said it would have been tacky, yeah and your point is…….

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That is a possibility. However, the view wouldn't be to good when doing your business.
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I'd tell you to just close your eyes, but that would obviously lead to another problem.
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2 steps forward 3 steps back

Have done allot on the Rv with nothing (well. almost nothing) to show for it!


So with the DW's change orders in the bathroom the work in there has halted..... awaiting a new vanity top and color scheme.

Have the flooring to put down when I get a chance. Ordered recliners vice putting the gaucho back in. After being on order for 2 weeks, received a call to find out the color we finally decided on is no longer carried... Really? It was actually one of their better sellers. Oh well, Picked another color and they are back in production again. Hoping to get them before next rally at the end of the month.

I moved to work on the kitchen sink. Got what I thought was a good faucet at Lowe's. Got home and found out it hd a really weird base with twice the circumference of the original hole.... Took it back rather then re-drilling top.

Got the new one installed and hooked up. Just need to get two blanks to cover the 2 extra holes in the counter.

Re-installed the sink and held in place with clamps while the silicone dried and I was able to tighten the mounting brackets. Took my time and taped off the rim of the counter and the stainless steel sink so I could easily remove any excess silicone. worked like a champ. Will try and get a completed photo when I have time this week-end.

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Also ordered a new water heater. I removed the engine auxiliary heating lines a while ago and it needed to be replaced anyway. They no longer sell the dual propane/electric with out the engine aux heating system. Spoke to tech rep and he said to just leave the aux heating pipes (for radiator coolant) unattached and everything will work as advertised. It still gives you the option to re-connect the system at a later time.
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Dave,

Since you bought a generic house faucet instead of an RV specific faucet be sure to check and see if it has a center outlet that is used for a sprayer. If it does have the center tap, whether you use it or not you will need to make some sort of arrangement to drain the water out of it in the winter. If you don't it will eventually freeze and split. DAMHIKT

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Since you bought a generic house faucet instead of an RV specific faucet be sure to check and see if it has a center outlet that is used for a sprayer. If it does have the center tap, whether you use it or not you will need to make some sort of arrangement to drain the water out of it in the winter. If you don't it will eventually freeze and split. DAMHIKT

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Thanks Brad! it does not have a sprayer per se. The novel actually detaches as the sprayer. Plan to run rv antifreeze through it and the compressed air to be sure. Made sure plumbing was accessible, drainable and able to be isolated from rest of Moho.
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