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Old 11-15-2017, 03:04 AM   #161
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Progress on the front Furnace

Made some progress on the Furnace that I previously mentioned was not working in Zone 1, the living room. When I scroll thru the modes on the control panel it never shows Furnace, but in the bedroom it does and that furnace works fine. I know that there is a DIP switch that controls that and I had a fear that my whole issue was that the switch was never set correctly at the factory.

Finally got to weather that I don't mind being on the roof all day, never got over 65, and I was under the tarps I put up to protect from rain:

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The way to undo any Airstream is with an 1/8" drill bit to take out the rivets, but the ones holding the grill station together were bigger and took some time to drill out. For some reason each of the rivets have waterproofing on the underside, strange since water would just go onto the roof like it does everywhere else. The two pieces are the cover and the top surface. The rivets along the back hold the two pieces together. The rivets along the side hold the top to the sides.

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View of the underside of the top surface showing the back of the sink and outlets.

The drain and the water supply for the sink just twisted and unscrewed, don't loose the rubber seal. The patio light also untwists from the back and pulls out. The 12v power port just pull and the cables come off. The TV cable was already unhooked on mine, gonna have to find the other end of that. To remove the 120v power plug I had to move the top surface so I could get behind it. Removing the screws and pulling with all ones might the outlet detached from the top surface. I am taking it to get painted as it's forming rust.

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Setting those two pieces aside I still needed to get into the AC, unfortunately a 10 year old shroud is a brittle one and I ended up destroying it getting the top off. Under that was the electrical cage:

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Well look at that, the DIP switch for Furnace is OFF! Shocker. I guess living in Florida like it did no one noticed the furnace wasn't working. Flipped the switch and ran downstairs to see if it worked.

The good news is that for the first time since I owned this RV I was able to select the furnace for zone 1, that's the 35,000 BTU one, the little 16,000 BTU in the bedroom has not been able to keep the entire RV warm.

The bad news is that despite selecting to run the furnace nothing actually happened. I power cycled the RV but it just stared at me. I guess I will need to short the trigger wires together to see if I can make the furnace turn on at all.

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Old 11-15-2017, 07:33 AM   #162
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If you open the exterior door to the furnace you will find a reset switch inside....Regards, Bob
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:58 AM   #163
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Progress on repairs

Thanks Bob, I'll let you know what I find.

The OTHER thing I worked on yesterday was a project that has been a LONG time coming, you may remember the chrome on my mirrors was starting to peal. The underlying cast aluminum was like beach sand, you could just poke a screwdriver thru it.

I looked online and it's like $900 for a new mirror. There is an abrasive blasting company near the RV that after figuring out how to remove the mirror I took it to so they could remove the pealing chrome.

The returned it to me no cost as their blaster was destroying the mirror. I then took the base to a chemical peal place to strip the chrome. They too gave it back no charge but the base was now pink and seriously ugly and still coming apart.

The base itself was $145 new, since that was the most destroyed I ordered it and put the whole thing back together, the ugly arm against this new base was a drag but it has remained like that for months, all ready to be mounted but I never took the time.

A trip to RV Dr. George near me in Sacramento was quite the experience, like a Winchester Mystery house for RV parts. I did find what looked like a replacement arm, and the guy wanted only $45, down from the $600 they are new. I was sure it wouldn't fit but they take returns so I kept the receipt and then the other day got back to the RV and put it together and it fit perfectly.

The only problem was putting the mirror back-on alone. It took attaching vice grips to each lock nut when I was taking it apart to initially remove the mirror, how could I put the bolts thru from one side and attach the washers and nuts more than an arms length away? The answer: painfully. I first put crimp connectors on the turn signal lamp and then rested the mirror on the RV and put the 4 bolts thru and then used a ladder to prop the mirror in place.

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The mirror controls cable, mercifully easier to re-attach then to remove with one hand.

If the horns were not in the way I could have done the whole thing easily. I had to stretch to reach the closest bolt. For the other three I had to gaffers tape the bolts in place while I used needle nose pliers to attach the nuts. The sun was setting b Iy the time got the last one in and I was trashed, but:

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Just sheer determination to not get my mechanic involved.

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Old 11-15-2017, 11:01 AM   #164
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Isn't it fun! I always said, working on the RV in the off season gives you that satisfied feeling?

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Old 11-16-2017, 05:50 AM   #165
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Glad my Skydeck Mirrors are painted same accent (Blue) color as the coach! No chrome plate here
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:47 PM   #166
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My mirrors are chrome too and on the mirror body the chrome is peeling off. The arms are still ok. Maybe you the new chrome paint.
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:36 AM   #167
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The good thing about that is that the mirror body is plastic while the base and arm are both cast aluminum. Chrome pealing on plastic doesn't mean the base metal is corroding like in my case.

I initially thought about paint, but there really are no good chrome paints out there. I have seen a new process that makes chroming easy, but it's expensive upfront, so not worth building a paint studio just to fix a mirror. Perhaps take it to a shop that chromes things and see what they charge, sadly none near my rig so I never had the chance to talk to anyone about such a repair, but now I won't have to. At least not until the other mirror starts to rust.

Let us know what you find out.

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Old 11-21-2017, 09:00 AM   #168
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I am not that picky so I can leave for a long time with ugly mirrors. Got more urgent projects.
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:00 AM   #169
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Painting the patio

I have been suffering with the leaky roof issues others have mentioned, a large part of the issue is the gutters filling up with crap, leaves and branches. Need to get a vacuum and a blower and a hose and a power washer and get that part of the equation sussed, in the mean time...

I had lots of micro cracking of the surface of my fiberglass under where the patio adhesive tread used to be.



So I went online to find out what people do and I found this product:



Dicor Fiberglass RV Roof Coating $70

and it's companion product:




Dicor Fiberglass Clean and Prep $55

Check out the application video:



I didn't remove the surround for the patio, so I painted just to the area where the fiberglass curves down to the awning rail, this area is under cover so not as likely to wear as the main sun bleached center of the roof.

What I didn't do was tape and protect the sides of the RV while I was cleaning to protect the exterior paint, but I did clean and prep during a torrential rain storm so the sides would be washed clean. Never been so wet.

Also I scraped instead of sanded, we shall see how that works with the adhering of the sealant.

I took too little time to stir the paint, I did go until it looked uniform, but the video says 5 minutes, and I don't think I got the same mix on the front as I did on the back the next day.

Lastly I took too long and didn't allow enough sun to dry the front section I did the first night. It was still wet the next morning, I was able to rebrush it after finishing the roof the next day. For the Skydeck there is a LOT of tape masking, so maybe do that the day before. I struck a line with painter's tape just a couple of MM up so there would be no brush strokes on the walls and furniture legs. That was more work than painting the roof.

I used a brush for the first layer which allowed me to get into the nooks and crannies of the roof. Places where the seat and the table are w/i two inches of each other, making sure there are no gaps that were missed. Painted over the edges of vents and other penetrations in the roof to keep water out.

The second coat will be done with a roller and at 90 to how the brush strokes went, but so far it looks VERY good and I am hopeful to have extended the life of the RV roof the way Pete did, but w/o spending the same $20,000. Of course his technique involved removing all the furniture, while I simply sealed the legs of the furniture under a fiberglass resin coating.

Along the way I found lots of little cracks in the roof that are now sealed, so I am hopeful that this will make all the difference in the world. I have yet to figure out how to deal with the areas under the front and rear fairings. They are very well protected from the elements, but there is a major seal for the front and rear end caps under them that at some point may require work.

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Out of space

I have posted TOO MANY pics in the short time I have been a member here. There appears to be no annual renewal of the amount of pics you can upload, it's one time and done, so I guess I cannot post any more of my adventures

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I did that last year and didn't get my money's worth, there are a LOT of ads on this site.

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I figured the photos I post and the knowledge I glean is well worth it in my case.
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The good news is that for the first time since i owned this rv i was able to select the furnace for zone 1, that's the 35,000 btu one, the little 16,000 btu in the bedroom has not been able to keep the entire rv warm.

The bad news is that despite selecting to run the furnace nothing actually happened. I power cycled the rv but it just stared at me. I guess i will need to short the trigger wires together to see if i can make the furnace turn on at all.
ok Thanks to BobMiller1 for immediately understanding the issue. I had, in fact, tried to reset the furnace in my early troubleshooting and had left it in the Off position as the only other position was the Reset position. So I have a newly painted propane tank and tested propane lines and two working furnaces. I am ready to camp in the snow.

Would really love to install a Dickinson fireplace to avoid the furnace noise (unless it gets real cold). The roof hatch is the least insulated part of the RV, perfect place for a fire, vented to the patio above.

I may just cut a styrofoam door that I can install every winter to keep the heat in. Won't be on the deck, except maybe to shovel snow, when it's super cold out. At least I finally have an RV with a heated basement that can travel year round.

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@big.larry.bus home made Sky Deck

Add 1 part School Bus and 1 part plasma cutter and steel pipes

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Both a hatch and a skylight, same unit as previous post.

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Woody's RV Rental

Has raised the price of their Sky Deck rental:

https://www.woodyrvrentals.com/rentals/14174/

It's now $999,999,999 PER NIGHT *

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ps: no, there is no mate to that asterisk explaining what is going on.
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Has raised the price of their Sky Deck rental:



https://www.woodyrvrentals.com/rentals/14174/



It's now $999,999,999 PER NIGHT *



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ps: no, there is no mate to that asterisk explaining what is going on.


For that price I sell mine
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Nice progress on your coach Randy. The wood deck realy makes it nice up there!
Is you entrance door in the front passenger area?

Interesting seeing your interior pics, is that the original layout? Can we see more of the interior? I haven't seen a sky deck in person so its neat that you are posting pics. Do you have two front passenger seats?

What is your favorite use of the sky Deck?

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