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Old 05-21-2007, 09:23 PM   #57
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After my whirlwind camping trip this weekend, I came home to have a fellow forums member and my brother help take out the old, broken fridge, and replace it with the one that arrived via common carrier Friday as I was leaving for our meeting with Goliath's new owners.
Of course, the install did not go smoothly, the fridge was about 3 inches shorter than the original, and we had to install shims under the base of the new fridge.
More problems were found when I turned on a light, and nothing happened. After much looking and testing, it was determined the Univolt had shorted out, and drained the battery. Another forums member has a slightly used converter he is donating to the cause, maybe it can be installed this week. It is in a small compartment under the bathtub, accessed through a hatch in the curbside closet.
Here is a photo of the new fridge, for the amount of money I was expecting gold plated hardware...
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:29 PM   #58
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there's more

I also got a set of new Marathons for the new trailer, and sent my brother to get them mounted for me. While the tires and wheels were off, I got Marie to park me on a cushion at the brake drums, where I checked the brakes, and repacked the wheel bearings. Unfortunately, one set of bearings is rumbling, and will require replacement. I will order them tomorrow. Also, one set of brakes was not connected to the eletrical braking system, I fixed it.
Here is a photo of the drum containing the offending bearing:
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:08 AM   #59
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:54 AM   #60
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Good morning,

I just finished ordering the fabric for the gaucho and having it shipped to Silver threads so she can make the gaucho cushions. Bought the new microwave/convection oven last night, and lucked out since it was on sale at Wal mart. Very nice black with silver trim.

Today, after my massage (Sister is a massage therapist and I've been invited to have lunch and a massage this afternoon), I will be starting the tile and carpet. Wish me luck since I haven't done this in a long time.

Everything is ready to move into alumasub, or bertha, (we have been calling her Bertha) so, that much is done. Still waiting for Hospice and the used furniture people to call me back. I still have a ton of stuff to get rid of.

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Avoiding Bertha da Blues!

Marie (or Terry) -- Seat of my pants I recall initial plans to house-sit a friend's place on some lake until fall. Is that still the plan while Terry rehabs? Then if all is steady would that be when you hit the road?
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:25 AM   #62
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Yes. We have until sometime in October before we will need to be on the road. We're trying to get as much done as possible as soon as possible, hurricane season starts in 9 days, and we want Bertha to be ready to at least use for emergency camping by then. The biggest thing is to get the frame issues taken care of. It has a sag the thickness of my index finger between the rear frame and the bottom of the body shell. It isn't severe, but the sooner it is fixed, the better. I have an appointment for a friend that owns a trailer repair shop take a look at it, with any luck he will be able to take care of it.
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:35 AM   #63
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I was able to get the wheel bearing issue taken care of this morning. The outer bearing had chunks missing from the roller surfaces. A new bearing and race put everything right in that wheel's world again.
The new fridge is cooling, a good thing. Now all I will have to do is install some kind of cover over the 2x4 shims we used to bring the fridge up to the proper level. It's strange the new fridge is shorter than the old one, but has more cubic feet inside.
I installed the LP line to the water heater, and the water lines will be installed later this afternoon, when someone is here to assist me in regaining my feet inside the trailer. I can get up when outside, or in a not-so-confined space, but when there is no room for me to manuever around, someone has to help.
I get frustrated, since I am used to being able to do all my own stunts, but it is a vast improvement over where I was only a couple of weeks ago.
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:53 AM   #64
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Your progress is mindboggling! We can muddle and stew for weeks/months, but you two have hit the floor "running" with this decision for full timing and revamping of "Bertha." You really are an inspiration. I may even iron my old but now clean drapes and get them hung today in Gypsy in honor of the two of you! ~G
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:46 PM   #65
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Your progress is mindboggling! We can muddle and stew for weeks/months, but you two have hit the floor "running" with this decision for full timing and revamping of "Bertha." You really are an inspiration. I may even iron my old but now clean drapes and get them hung today in Gypsy in honor of the two of you! ~G
MaxandGeorgia,

Come hang around us for A few weeks and we'll get ya motivated. When we make a decision like the full timing, grab a score card and hang on, we let no grass grow under our feet.

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Old 05-22-2007, 08:56 PM   #66
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Ok,

I went for lunch and the massage then came home and ripped the smelly carpet off the bathroom walls and floor. Then washed the whole area with bleach water. The smell may be a little better, but I feel better that the nasty stuff is gone. I think it was the original carpet and they used heavy duty staples to put it down.

I pulled the cover off the goucho and got it ready to send out in the am to be used for the pattern for the new one.

Swept and cleaned out the trash from the fridge instalation.

Then I neatened up the house, cooked dinner, the went out and helped Terry came in and did the dishes.

When my sister sees me in the am, she'll kill me. My right shoulder aches and so does my back. Knees always hurt. The massage was great until I got home and proceeded to work. I wonder if I can get another one tomorrow.

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Old 05-22-2007, 10:28 PM   #67
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Your progress is mindboggling! We can muddle and stew for weeks/months, but you two have hit the floor "running" with this decision for full timing and revamping of "Bertha." You really are an inspiration. I may even iron my old but now clean drapes and get them hung today in Gypsy in honor of the two of you! ~G
Anyone that knows me, or has the misfortune to have to work with me, knows I am a slavedriver, even to myself, and drag everyone kicking and screaming along with me. (hurry up, and swallow that hamburger, we've got work to do!)
I am by no means running, or even walking fast, but I am moving at a brisk shuffle.
C'mon down, we'll have you polishing your trailer before you know it...
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Old 05-24-2007, 08:31 PM   #68
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Yesterday I borrowed a small 120 volt mini welder to weld up a stringer that had cracked in the right front wheelwell. Not a problem, Marie helped me lie down on a special pad I had gotten a couple of years ago, and brought the welder over. She plugged it in, and I hooked the ground clamp to the frame of Bertha. For those of you that don't know, arc welders use a circuit of high-amp electricity to generate heat to melt the steel together. Therein was the problem. Marie plugged the welder in, and I donned my gloves and welder's helmet, and flipped the power switch to "on". Bear in mind the other, "welding" end of the welder is still in my hand, and nowhere near the Airstream. When I flipped on the switch, I got a huge shower of spaks from the clamp on the frame, and a small cloud of smoke billowed forth from the interior of the welder. Then silence. The lights had gone out in the garage, and half the house as well. After unplugging the welder, we discovered several breakers tripped in the breaker box, with seemingly no rhyme or reason. I reset the breakers, and everything in the house came back to life. A check of the trailer (plugged in, but on a different circuit) showed the "wrong polarity" light glowing brightly. Yikes!
Okay, it's late, it's dark, and I'm tired. So, after much of the proverbial cursing and gnashing of teeth, I decided to call it a noght, and we'd try again tomorrow.
By the cold light of day, it turned out every fuse (including that big 50 amp ground fuse) had been blown, and one of the wires to the fuse panel had been burned off. When I break 'em, I do a good job! A trip to Napa netted me a box of new fuses, including 2 of the big 50 amp ones. I installed all the fuses, stripped and reinstalled the burned off wire, hooked the battery back up, and thoroughly tested all the 12v stuff before plugging in the trailer again (that red light on the side of the trailer made me very cautious). Everything sprang back to life, including the new converter I installed yesterday.
All these repairs left me with the original problem, which was the craxcked stringer. I went to a newfound friend's shop that exclusively repairs and rebuilds trailers, and asked him to weld it back up for me. 30 minutes and $37 later, it was a done deal. Makes me wonder why I bothered trying to fix it myself...
Later this afternoon, we went over to Ace Hardware (I really should buy stock in this place), and picked up all the brass fittings and adapters needed to hook the water to our water heater. It seems that the new ones don't come with the fittings, most people are replacing an existing unit, so they don't need the parts. We got home, I got out the liquid teflon tape, and started assembling parts. Of course, the guy that helped us (new guy) sold us the wrong size adapter, so in the morning, it's off to Ace again.
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Old 05-24-2007, 08:47 PM   #69
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"New" WFCO converter

I installed the "newsed" converter I got from a fellow forums member yesterday, and forgot to mention it in the previous post. So far, it is working as intended, a good thing.
I think after the upcoming trip for Memorial Day, we are going to slow down on the rehab of the trailer. I liquidated my toy train collection in order to finance the new trailer, and proceeds from the sale of Goliath will help get it roadworthy. There are a few things we will want to do "down the road", like remove the front awning and replace it with a rock guard (anyone have a spare sitting around?), aluminum wheels (for appearance, the steel wheels work fine), or hubcaps, LED clearance lights, draining the aquarium in the left wing window, new blue rub rail inserts, new ivory interior inserts, and repair of the fresh water tank (leaks somewhere undetermined). A major issue that I will be addressing is the sag in the frame. It is behind the reinforcement plates, and ahead of the holding tanks. Either I or someone I can "volunteer" will need to remove the belly pan and see what repairs are needed. The sag, again, is about the thickness of my index finger across the nail. Not bad, yet, but I am aware of it, and it bugs me. Also, the sooner it gets fixed, the less further damage will occur.
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Wow!!!

Gosh, Terry and Marie, I am overwhelmed at the intensity of your lives right now. Heck, David and I stood for what seemed like eternity a couple nights ago and figured out just where we wanted the first seam in the tile floor. Of course, we are not on quite as short a time table as you all. I did notice in your pictures that the floor rot was in exactly the same place as in our Sovereign.

I'm happy Marie that you actually have a gaucho left in your Sovereign. Ours was missing. We still haven't figured out for sure what we will be sitting on, much less who will cover it. I did find a place called foamorder.com that seemed to be the cheapest for custom cuts of foam. They also wrap it in dacron for a more "sofa like" quality.

Please know that you are always welcome here in the Heartland. We'll feed you full of great Kansas City barbeque.
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