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Old 01-26-2013, 08:01 PM   #85
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All I can say is you sure move fast...
I got my chairs out using a box-end on the topside, wedged against the round base, and ratchet from underneath...I had a few words directed at Airstream assemblers during the process...and an occasional passerby would stop long enough to see the look in my eyes and hasten on...wisely, no one tried to offer critique. Blood blisters and soul-deep bruises are, I think, a required price of working on one of these lovelies.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:11 PM   #86
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Man all I can say is you guys must lead sheltered lives if pulling a couple of chairs causes all this whining. What happens when you get into some of the tough jobs?
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:28 PM   #87
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LOL, Dave too funny!

Oh... FYI... dont forget to fold that little tab in on the legs(if yours have them), to lock the 2 pieces together... otherwise the story goes like this...

The inner drops down, giving you the mother of all finger hickeys... you grab the top of the inner, to release your finger and the outer legs freefall off the inner onto your big toe...
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:04 PM   #88
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Day 2; Thy name is progress

Well allot more progress today with no injuries and therefore no whining!

DW came over and helped. We started by removing the remaining barrel chair and passengers side cockpit chair. Pretty easy with her topside working the ratchet and Gumby the rubber boy underneath trying to get a wrench on the offending nut. Seat belt tabs stayed since I couldn't figure out how to get a wrench up in there to hold the nut while Felicia ratcheted from above.

After that was done we removed the goucho. Felicia than went aft to remove the carpet in the bedroom and bathroom while I stayed forward and removed the end pieces for the gaucho. During the gaucho removal found the fuse box. What a lousy place to put it. Also uncovered the door bell. Since that isn't working I will check that out after work this week. Not allot of hope, but it gives me a good excuse to sit in the moho and drink beer!

Then we took out the forward bench seat. At this point we called it a day Since the laptop and everything else was on the table. Cleaned that off before we left though. Next time we will get rid of the table and aft bench seat. We found a half dozen or so live stink bugs during the demo. We will bomb the moho prior to the next full work day (next Saturday). Hopefully with the carpet and padding gone, so are the eggs. A good bug bombing should do the trick.

All in all a very good day. Although now that everything is out and we can see what the hindrances are we are revamping out interior layout plans.

Here is the time lapse from the webcam:

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Old 01-27-2013, 04:17 PM   #89
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Dave, have you decided on a layout yet? I've kinda got a few ideas what I'd like to do, first and formeost is pitching the barrel chairs. Yes, they sit as uncomfortable as they look!
Enjoying the time lapse videos! Derek
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Lookin good Dave!
Maybe I missed it but is the plan just to put new flooring in?
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Dave, have you decided on a layout yet? I've kinda got a few ideas what I'd like to do, first and formeost is pitching the barrel chairs. Yes, they sit as uncomfortable as they look!
Enjoying the time lapse videos! Derek
Derek: Glad you are enjoying the time lapse video. We laugh when we watch it... Hours gone by in seconds. We also posted it so our kids can laugh as well! Hope others are enjoying it as well. Decided to leave the two camera's in place and just plug them in when we go over. That way months will go by in minutes. If only!!

Originally we were going to replace the barrel chairs and center table with a narrow built in below the windows that held a TV that can be lifted up level with the top in front of the windows. Than replace the gaucho with some nice recliner chairs and the dinette with a desk/work area that could be used as a small dinner table.

However, the sotrage box on the road side means the TV built in will be on that side and the chairs on the curb side. We will most likely remove the cabinet above the curbside as well. Just not enough head room and I think it will give it a more open feeling.

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Maybe I missed it but is the plan just to put new flooring in?
I wish! The more we do the more the DW has idea's! We were going to put in new flooring and get the couch reupholstered and ditch the barrel chairs. Than do something with the dinette. We never did have use for the dinette with just the two of us. But it is nice to have a table or desk to work at. Was thinking of building a desk that has a leaf that will rotate out at 90 degrees to form a table. Than just rotate back when the meal is over. Still roughing the design out. I am far better at wood than metal!
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Dave, what cameras do you have?
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:41 PM   #93
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Seat belt tabs stayed since I couldn't figure out how to get a wrench up in there to hold the nut while Felicia ratcheted from above.
You might try using extensions on your ratchet from below and a fixed wrench from the topside...worked for me...
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:45 PM   #94
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Dave, what cameras do you have?
Brad. Just a regular webcam and I use a free software to take a picture every soften and turn it into a video. Will post the name tomorrow when I get a chance to look at my laptop.
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You might try using extensions on your ratchet from below and a fixed wrench from the topside...worked for me...
the issue is that there is no way to get a wrench up in there. There are large plastic fender wells I the way on the 350. Will take
a pic next time I am over there. I may also be missing the obvious!
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..... Than do something with the dinette. We never did have use for the dinette with just the two of us. But it is nice to have a table or desk to work at. Was thinking of building a desk that has a leaf that will rotate out at 90 degrees to form a table. Than just rotate back when the meal is over. Still roughing the design out. I am far better at wood than metal!
I have found that the dinette is one of the desired items in the classic motorhomes. If you think about the layout compared to shorter ones, only the dinette is the added luxury in most longer rigs. I would think hard and long before i would remove it, considering resale value among other things.
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I have found that the dinette is one of the desired items in the classic motorhomes. If you think about the layout compared to shorter ones, only the dinette is the added luxury in most longer rigs. I would think hard and long before i would remove it, considering resale value among other things.
Thanks for the advise! Yeah we have been discussing that. I think (not sure but think) we can have a better use of space that will accommodate dinning and other activities. We are storing everything that we take just in case. One of the luxuries we have is that unlike Airstream we are not looking to appeal to a wide variety of people at a certain price point to guarantee profit. We entered this realizing that resale will be hard unless you find the right person. We also never plan to sell it But your advice is still sound, cause you never know!

Once we get everything out, we are going to concentrate on the issues that will keep the coach going another 20 years (mechanical, structural etc, Not much needs to be done, but a few minor things. Then we are going to seal the particle board floor and hang out in it for a few week ends with lawn chairs and dry erase markers drawing out different configurations and building some card board mock ups to see how things flow. Everything aft of/and the kitchen is staying as is.
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Love your enthusiasm, what a fun project! The area I find most interesting is the rear Bedroom. Since we have used our Airstreams for fun, guest quarters and living quarters on out of town jobs, I always had the need for a private "office" space, away from other activity. Having a wall to wall mattress back there is "nice", but severely limits the use of the space. I am currently entertaining ideas about a fold away desk space in the Bedroom, since it has a queen size Bed. I actually would prefer Twins, which would leave me with many options.
Look at the silly little set-up I created in my rear Bath, middle twin Bed 79 MH.
The table would fold down and the back cushions of the couch would fill the space. It worked great and gave me the extra space and privacy I needed.
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