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Old 06-21-2009, 09:38 AM   #43
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My other question is--- Is there a water tank under the floor in the galley area? If so, then why was there 2 water tanks, the second was under the kitchen sink....
Sorry to hear of all you're going through. A lot of us have been there to one extent or another. So hang in there, but realize there are other Airstreams and it's OK to just say 'enough' and move on...

The water tank is sorta split by a frame cross member. It might look split from the top, but it is continuous underneath.

Good luck with your project!
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Old 06-21-2009, 12:04 PM   #44
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Thanks all. I have no interest in keeping or refurnishing this bathroom sink and tub.
I can understand your reluctance to refinish/refurbish 38 year old ABS vanity and tub, but I've found from a carpentry perspective that the curved walls can be challenging to build around (not that I haven't done so) and nothing fits as well as the original fixtures. You might regret that decision later.

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Can anyone show me pics of how to put the trailor up on 6x6 lumber? Where the supports should be located etc...
Simply back the trailer up onto 6 x 6 lumber (using ramps). Once elevated, I would lower stabilizing jacks to support the unit throughout and keep it stationary (free from movement).

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Im a good arc welder and feel confident in repairing or replacing any structual steel issues.
That will come in handy, but try to avoid the temptation to add weight to the frame when strengthening, as anything aft of the axles can lead to future "sag" issues.

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My other question is how to get the flooring out from underneather the channel that sits flat around the edge of the floor. Should I cut the bottom of the wall off a few inches?
The floor is easiest removed by cutting in sections and cutting through hold down bolts attached to frame cross members and floor channel. You must remove (do not cut) the lower section of the interior skin to reveal the floor channel and location of hold down bolts. (This can be done with a reciprocating saw but care must be exercised to avoid piercing the exterior skin.)


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Perhaps replace the walls with stainless or aluminum? My intent is to customize this unit even if it takes me years...(retirement home?)
If money is really no object, by all means use polished stainless steel!

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I really dont want to have to lift the entire shell off of it just to replace sections of the flooring, like the entire back bathroom.
The entire rear floor section can be removed and replaced without lifting the shell. I've done it twice on two different layouts and while it's a job, it's definitely doable. Once the bathroom fixtures and plumbing are out of the way, you remove the floor and focus on the frame. Once the frame is finished, you replace the floor utilizing a gap created by lowering the tongue and applying a bit of downward pressure on the frame rails.

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Old 06-21-2009, 12:09 PM   #45
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if it takes me years...(retirement home?) I really dont want to have to lift the entire shell off of it just to replace sections of the flooring, like the entire back bathroom.
My final question is this....Does the Krylon plastic paint in a can work well after washing the walls and scruffing them up?
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The walls must be cleaned very well.

Then they must be sanded with 120 to 150 grit sandpaper.

Scuffing the walls is not adequate.

Then apply a coat of Epoxy primer. Let the primer cure for a couple of days.

Then paint the walls with a "good" paint.

Krylon canned paints are not intended for that kind of job. Plus you would have to buy cases of the stuff.

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Old 06-21-2009, 04:32 PM   #46
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Thanks tons Andy and Ron!!
After viewing those pics I get a better idea of how it is done!
Im up for the challange!

I still dont get the 2nd water tank that was under the sink counter....Some sorta domestic fresh water secondary tank?

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Old 06-21-2009, 05:27 PM   #47
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There was a water tank in the right lower cabinet below the sink.
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There was a water tank in the right lower cabinet below the sink.
Definitely an after market add-on, by the previous owner.

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Old 06-21-2009, 05:59 PM   #49
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Wow. Fascinating. Thank You.
I saved the water pump. Everything else went to the dump.
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Will oil base primer work? Cant seem to locate any epoxy primer.
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Will oil base primer work? Cant seem to locate any epoxy primer.
Visit a Dupont auto paint store for the "epoxy" primer.

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Old 06-27-2009, 08:13 PM   #52
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Yup, It's worth it!

Hey, It's paid for...
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Mice!

The mice had built tunnels thru the insulation.
Found chewed wiring behind one wall.
Previous owner had packed that foam insulation in an area.
Big mice nest under tub.
Trying to decide if I am going to remove the upper plastic wall and
mirror.
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The mice had built tunnels thru the insulation.
Found chewed wiring behind one wall.
Previous owner had packed that foam insulation in an area.
Big mice nest under tub.
Trying to decide if I am going to remove the upper plastic wall and
mirror.
It would probably be wise, to remove all the interior paneling.

After seeing your last two photo's, I would not assume anything behind those walls.

There could be more mice "stuff" as well as mold.

You've gone that far almost, anyway.

Be extra safe, when it comes to health questions.

I have not seen a furmace that bad, in many years.

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Im glad that I went ahead and started removing the walls. They were full of mice nests and tunnels
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Im amazed that I have removed an upper long a*%$ panel alone without crinkling or damaging it. After removing the panel and insulation, I was stunned to see holes in the ceiling that were filled with clear silicone caulking which is poking thru the holes. This area is to the left (drivers side) of the AC unit on the roof. I have yet to go on the roof.....
So, far there has been one wire, for a rear tail light, that has been chewed in half. I have not seen anymore wiring damage as of yet, Im still chipping away at removing the walls.
I will be taking off the interior end caps, which are both in real bad shape.
Im still enjoying this project. Ive looked at photos of others remodel job and have yet to decide on a floor plan, so no command decisions have been made in those regards.
Some of the interior skins has white chalky material, I suspect this is all from water damage..?
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