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Old 01-29-2014, 06:36 PM   #71
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Here are some pics of what happens with water+galvanic reaction to the hold down plate area from my 1970.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:30 PM   #72
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Yikes!
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:08 AM   #73
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Yikes is right! I have bowed to the superior wisdom and experience of my brethren, and removed the section of rear skin under the hatch. Next came all of the leftover rotted wood and bolts that were rust-welded. I'm waiting on my order of POR-15 (thanks for the lead, perryg114!) which should be delivered today, then floor goes back in, to be through-bolted the way it was intended. Everything else looks fairly OK back there.

Otherwise, been working on the intricate bed frame, planing down the cherry accent wood and cutting the internal frame pieces. More pics later today!
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:26 AM   #74
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You have some photos of what you found? The POR15 is a mess to deal with but it works. If your frame is crusty you don't need much prep. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to do through the multistep process to get POR15 to work. The main thing is that you keep the metal dry and make sure there is no oil or grease. Don't paint from the can moisture will make the whole can harden. Best to transfer to smaller jars and use one jar at a time. I use old pickle jars. The lid will glue on if there is any paint on the lid. You can use a screw driver to punch holes in the metal lids to get paint out. Also the stuff WILL NOT COME OFF YOUR SKIN so don't get it on you unless you want to have temporary tatoos.

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Old 02-06-2014, 08:20 AM   #75
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Progress at last!

Finally got everything together, and sealed off the floor. I POR-15'd everything underneath, slipped the ply under the frame, and through-bolted it. All new ply got a coat of Thompson's all around before going in. Feels nice and solid, much better than before.

The breaker box on the right of the picture will move over to the left, by the battery. That will put all of my electrical in the locker by the bed, very convenient. I've settled on the Xantrex Freedom HF 1000w inverter/charger and a Blue Sea 8043 Ac Main +3 Positions Toggle Circuit Breaker Panel for the main panel. So over the galley sink will have the Freedom control panel, the Blue Seas panel, and the 7" DVD player with screen. My existing twin 20A panel becomes the inverted AC panel. I like the way the Freedom HF instantly senses whether or not I'm plugged into shore power, and automatically supplies shore or inverted power as appropriate. The fridge and A/C are on the main panel before the Freedom HF, so they never get inverted power that would kill my batteries.

I temporarily wired in the new prism lights, so I could gawk at their awesomeness. The pic does not do it justice, as it looks like some mysterious power at work. They might have to move to a place less private than the stateroom, as they are just too cool!

My bedframe is coming along, I'm actually farther along than this pic shows. Shooting the compound miter (not pictured, on the middle section) with the 3/4" roundover was no picnic, but came out nice. I'm liking the combination of cherry and poplar, should look even better when it gets its coating of captain's varnish. I did some stain/sealer tests on scraps, and the gloss finish won out.
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:11 PM   #76
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The bed frame end is complete, and got its first coat of spar varnish. The compound angle shows up in this pic. Maybe it'll be in the Airstream by this weekend?
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:13 PM   #77
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pretty fancy stuff there :-)

how did you select the wood you are using? I have cabinet construction on my mind at the mo
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:06 PM   #78
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Nice work on the new floor and the bed frame. You going to keep your lights up there or are you just trying them out? I thought they might hang under neath.

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pretty fancy stuff there :-)

how did you select the wood you are using? I have cabinet construction on my mind at the mo
The ply that I'll be using is a special poplar called Eurolite, weighs 1/3 of regular ply. It's available from World Panel Products in Riviera Beach, FL. The dimensional wood that matches is aspen, which matches the ply better than actual poplar. The cherry wood has always been one of my favorites, I like the contrast to the poplar.

The frame wound up with far more engineering than I'd like, but it needed to be strong. A person who didn't want curves and strange angles could have built it much lighter and simpler. You could recognize that person with their bleeding toes and deep scratches in their shins from running into the sharp corners in the night!

For non-structural cabinetry, I'll mostly be using the 6mm (1/4") ply with 1/2" strips laminated on the edges to imitate standard box construction. The rest of the bed will mostly be 4" strips of the 25mm Eurolite, glued and stapled into L-shapes. A steel angle will hold the head of the bed to the inner skin.

I saw a pic on some British Airstream site that used a lot of metal edging on inset cabinet doors, looked very cool!
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:53 AM   #80
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Nice work on the new floor and the bed frame. You going to keep your lights up there or are you just trying them out? I thought they might hang under neath.

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Thanks!

You are correct about the lights, they will hang upside down in all of their jewel-like majesty.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:56 AM   #81
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appreciate the information and I really like the stuff which that UK shop puts out, there's one that's mostly white a bit 2001 space odyssey really but very cleanly styled.
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Holy cow, that WorldPanel place is unreal. They have stuff on that site I've not seen before! Samples are on the way, Europly, Hydrocore and some Rigatex textured.
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Bed is in

I've been cranking hard on the bed frame, and other various doodads around the trailer. That's fiberglassed OSB (Oriented Strand Board, typically used for floor underlayment) with a cherry surround. Those panels lift out for access to electric on the left and water heater on the right. All plywood is Eurolite poplar, weighs 1/3 of regular ply. 3/4" radius on all corners. Bed platform lifts on hydraulics for storage underneath. I'm soaking the platform every night and clamping it to try and get rid of that lifted end! I make the thing perfectly flat, and the plywood decides not to cooperate. Still lots to go, but I'll have a place to lay my weary head after a day of noodling around AlumaFlamingo later this week. I'll be there Thursday through Sunday in the Vintage section, if anyone wants to stop by to say hi and partake of a cold beverage!

Guess I had better attend to the plumbing tomorrow before I start doing any victory laps...
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:18 AM   #84
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Looks very nice! How heavy will it all be with your mattress on it? I ask because we ended up putting heavier lifts on ours after we got the mattress. Tempurpedic style mattresses are HEAVY....

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