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Old 08-31-2013, 06:32 PM   #29
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Okay, its been a while since I posted things to this thread. I have posted new thread about fixing my floor and gas pains so I'm going to sum up what has taken place this summer...............
First the gas. I posted a totally FUBARed thread concerning my woes with a local RV dealer and his wanting me to buy a new tank.
The Friday before leaving for two weeks to Bancroft I drove Mistress 2 1/2 hours to Fenelon Falls and Highland propane at the suggestion of John (Shepherd57). They were fantastic.....absolutely bloody fantastic.

The tech just laughed (after telling me my tank was just fine) when I told him of my experience. Not only did he tell me my tank was just fine, but suggested I not only paint the tank myself but use a sand blaster to strip the tank as well. All the tank needed was a new valve. It was no mean feat to get the old stock valve out. The tech had to go get the biggest guy in the shop (350lbs+) who crawled under the coach with a bloody big wrench to lever the valve off.
Another tech took care of a small leak leading into the regulator and took care of the line to my Suburban furnace, which John and I had ripped out the weekend before. I should have taken pics of the mouse nest we found at the back of the furnace. The bastards had a veritable palace back where you can't see.
The tech then ran a leak test with no loss of LP after 15 minutes. With the tank and system certified I damn near did a jig for joy.

New valve and cert stamp.....good for 5 years
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:44 PM   #30
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I also posted a replacing subfloor in a classic motorhome. I finally got the rear lounge back together. I made new counter tops for under the wardrobes and the rear counter. I also bought a fawn colour Naugahyde leather and while I didn't get time to redo the couches, I did redo the rear fixtures underneath the rear counter, also skin under the couches, replaced the bases under the couches and wardrobes. I also lowered the tambour openings and painted the tambour and mouldings.

Both pics were taken with the same camera and the old one even had the curtain open for light.

Please note, I will be using the center section for a pull out table just like the old one but I haven't built it yet so I just put a panel in place. Gone are the aluminum extrusions and crappy mouldings (other than the tambour openings).

IMHO a lot cleaner and easier to keep clean.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:56 PM   #31
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I used Kylon Fusion to paint the tambour. I also lowered the openings down on the panel a bit as I put a 50 amp electrical service panel in and the panel was bigger.
I used Naugahyde for the couches bases but used the white laminate for the bottom of the wardrobes. I will possibly replace the drawer fronts later. I wrapped Naugahyde around a piece of 1/8th masonite and siliconed it to the side of the lower unit beside the couch.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:01 PM   #32
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The new electrical. A Square D 50 amp electrical panel with two receptacles on each side of the back counter. Note the empty slot in the panel. I ran a new power line to my microwave but haven't hooked it up yet.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:07 PM   #33
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I also purchased a new city water regulator (with oil filled pressure gauge) as my old one gave up the ghost and despite my best efforts taking it apart and cleaning it up, refused to work.

I have decided to mount a 10" pre-filter along with the regulator at the parks water supply BEFORE it enters the potable water line and into my rig.

I also purchased a new pump as mine pumps more air than water.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:18 PM   #34
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I also replaced my air compressor for the air ride.

I decided to move the compressor into the coach where it would breath cleaner air and be closer to the batteries for power. I chose an ARB twin cylinder 100% continuous heavy duty compressor. It came with heavy duty wiring, 40 amp inline fuses and an internal relay to have the old 20 amp line from the coaches main fuse block turn it on.
I mounted the compressor on its side in the power inverter space below my ice box. I did cut a hole into the floor to aid in ventilation. I placed a stainless steel mesh over the hole to keep out rodents and cut an automotive air filter to cover the mesh and keep the dust out.

I also replace the air ride air tank with two aluminum 5 gallon air tanks and added a reeled air line to the rear compartment to blow up tires, air mattresses, etc, etc.

It was a real pain in the @$$ job as I changed my mind over compressor placement many times. I had to modify the air tanks sent to me as they were meant to mount right side up as opposed to upside down (drain tube would have been on top of tank as opposed to below). I even had to completely take apart the airline reel as it wouldn't fit through the compartment opening.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:33 PM   #35
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Last but not least, my center top fan was not in good shape. The outer foam had fallen away and the lid was very difficult to operate. It would bind up, partially opening and also partially closing.
I removed the screen, pulled off the old foam gasket from the lid and cleaned the inside of the lid with Spray Nine. I then replaced the foam with 1"x 1/2" thick black foam from my local hardware store. TIP! When ready to attach foam to lid remember to pull the foam around both legs of the lid BEFORE pulling adhesive protection and attaching foam.
I figured out the leg supporting the lid was somehow bent (people on the roof?) and it was hitting the fans side stucture before the lid was in the closed position. I bent the lid stays in a bit more so as the lowering screw is turned the curved parts of the lid support end up JUST fitting inbetween the opening. I then lubricated all moving parts and replaced screen, after cleaning it with Spray Nine cleaner.

It goes up and down like a dream.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:59 PM   #36
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I want to at this time sincerely thank the following people for their patience and incredible advice. Steve (Keyair), Dan (Smartstream), Mike Leary, Steamquest and of course last but definitely not least, Brad (bkahler). If I ever run across you guys personally, I'm buying.
The biggest thanks goes out to John(Shepherd57). John is an incredible fountain of knowledge when it comes to diesels and the Airstreams which house them. Both of us purchased our respective Airstreams (310 and 325 turbo diesels) within a few months of each other and have been trying to save each other money and aggravation ever since.
There was a time during the epic floor job that I honestly wondered in God's name what the @$#$@ was I thinking buying this @$##$$%# coach. Luckily I don't smoke anymore and a visit from John with lots of support saved my Mistress.

In the end........I would do it all over again, for the memories it has given my wife and girls.

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Old 09-01-2013, 03:17 PM   #37
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Tony, you've made some great progress!

At times these motorhomes seem almost like a collaborative effort. Everyone has their areas of expertise and when you add it all together there is enough knowledge to tackle just about any job.

I'm glad you're enjoying your 310 after all the hard work

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Old 09-01-2013, 10:48 PM   #38
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Thanks Brad. I haven't finished the 50 amp service yet. I have to install the 50 amp transfer switch and cord to complete the service but at least I have the wire and board installed. I just ran a jumper wire to power the other leg of the board. I've ended up buying a new toilet as well. The old Galaxy LG was leaking and had been frozen I think, so I'm replacing it with a Thetford Bravura, which has the same hole spacing. On sale at PPL for $174.00 with the water saver plus a manufacturers rebate of $25, so I couldn't complain.

I had drops of water fall on my arm from the top of the drivers side window.........I wonder why???

Took the clearance lamp off and found this..........The passenger side clearance light was the same but only an extra three holes and they were plugged with sealant; these ones were completely open.

Concrete evidence that liquid lunches with a few hits of acid were had by the clearance lamp installer.

Cleaned up the area, masked off the lamp housing and roof. Installed with stainless steel screws and placed sealant around the exterior of the housing. I did all the lamps and started on the windows.

Forgot about the sun and got burnt.

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Old 09-01-2013, 11:32 PM   #39
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Isn't it fun playing on these old beasts? Looking like it's coming along nicely. Now all you need is to get out and put some miles on it.
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:57 PM   #40
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So John (Shepherd 57) decided to come down to see the damage to the floor himself and while he was here he helped me out with the hinge replacement on the main door. I had removed the wall panel deside the door, the door flange, vulcum and pre pulled the nuts off the screws so everything was ready for John.
John had very kindly cut two pieces of 3/8" aluminum which he had drilled and tapped two holes. These would be vulcumed into place behind the hinge base so if I needed to ever replace the hinges again in the future, I would only have to pull out the screws and replace the hinge without pulling the wall panels. The bottom hinge went on without a hitch but the top hinge took a bit of massaging to get right.

The second pic was taken before hinge replacement. The lower bolt is much longer as this was the one that went all the way through the wall (a PO mod).

The third pic shows the aluminum plate and I added nylon nuts behind the plate as an added measure which I used PL Premium to set into place.
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I have also resealed all the windows. The sealant on the spotlamp came off in one piece without too much persuasion which I can only surmize was the cause of my big leak over the drivers window. I removed the horns and sealed the holes as they didn't work, (I will check condition later).

I also removed the ordinary steel screws a PO used to adhere the top of the drivers/ passenger window. These screws had rusted and I manged to get out all the passenger side by hammering on the phillips screwdriver as I turned it, (think impact gun). However three screws on the drivers side, the heads snapped off. I had to redrill and retap before rescrewing SS screws in place.

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Hi all

It has been a very busy spring and summer, so far so please forgive my tardiness at not posting my work on my Mistress.

I decided not to document the disassembly and other mudane items, instead trying to concentrate on the rebuilding and reassembly.

I have built all the cabinets and counters and will post pics as they are reinstalled. This weekend it was finally time for new vinyl. I have had a real tough time trying to find a proffessional interested in trying to do this job. Any graphics people that I contacted would come and take pics, promise to do a quote, and then I would never hear from them again. Until a very friendly Ukranian young fellow wanted the challenge.

The first pic is the damaged wall to ceiling curved panel that I had to fix using aluminum fairly heavy mesh, Premium Pro and a little auto body filler.

Second pic is the repainted shower pan with hammered aluminum paint and clear coat.

Third pic is the coach as it sits right now. Blankets cover all the new Plex A plumbing pipe that I installed a couple of weeks ago.

Fourth pic is a close up of the new valences that I have built and painted.
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