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Old 01-18-2011, 01:54 PM   #21
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I'm getting jealous now at the rate your going you'll be camping and I'll still be polishing an empty shell. How do you manage to get so much work done and still fend of the terrorists and the like?
You have to wonder how the floor got so rotten with all those holes for ventilation. LOL.
Lance make sure you level and block your frame before releasing the shell holddown bolts on the rear. You need to make sure that the frame is dead level side to side and front to back without any dips before bolting down the shell/floor combo. If not you'll lock in the twist. I blocked mine in six points along each side (12 total). Justa little advice now because at the rate your moving along the floor will be done by morning.
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Gray tank plans

Well I spent a few days doing nothing of real value other than meeting with Bruce (bwoodtx) in San Antonio on Wednesday this week. It is always nice to meet forum members that are close. Thanks for the beers and the tour of your collection Bruce!
This morning I got back at it...sort of. First I went to Killeen welding and supply and was going to buy a MiG welder, but didn't take the plunge.Then I went to Sears and bought a DeWalt jigsaw, some jack stands and an eight ton bottle jack. Next was Fastenal where I bought a bunch of stainless steel hardware to fasten the floor down with. I'd have to admit I was stalling because it was 25 degrees this morning.
I did some measuring and figuring and thinking and scratching and starting over until I came up with what I think will be a decent amount of gray water storage capacity without moving any cross members. It basically consists of two tanks with an inter connecting tube. I sent the crude drawing I made to Inca plastics. They should have something close to these. We'll see on Monday.
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I'd have to admit I was stalling because it was 25 degrees this morning.

Glad to see you back at it and that you are enjoying balmy temps in Texas.

-2 when I stepped out today
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Glad I wasnt the only one roaming around in hardware stores lighting the ole check book.....Have to agree with you it was hard to get started this morning with the 26 degree weather.....We had light snow flurries at 2 am this morning ....Yea I was awake....After traveling home from overseas its so hard to get adjusted to the new time zone. By the way I got my Gold Card to the floor rot club today. Keep up the good work I been watching your thread.. doing a great job! I just started my own.
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Glad I wasnt the only one roaming around in hardware stores lighting the ole check book.....Have to agree with you it was hard to get started this morning with the 26 degree weather.....We had light snow flurries at 2 am this morning ....Yea I was awake....After traveling home from overseas its so hard to get adjusted to the new time zone. By the way I got my Gold Card to the floor rot club today. Keep up the good work I been watching your thread.. doing a great job! I just started my own.
Thanks. Snow eh? I could do without the white stuff for now anyway. I know many of my friends and family up north would kill for 26 degrees. I hope to get some real progress completed tomorrow.
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glad you stopped by! anytime you are coming this way, gimme a call and see if at home. the beer is ALWAYS cold!! so are you going to use elevator bolts or weld screws?
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Thanks. Snow eh? I could do without the white stuff for now anyway. I know many of my friends and family up north would kill for 26 degrees. I hope to get some real progress completed tomorrow.
Hi Lance you're not kidding I would swap you temps. -2F here now and over 1 ft snow this afternoon. Got here and furnace won't work and water was frozen. Trying to heat with small woodstove and using heat gun to thaw out the pipes and all that's in the house nevermind the trailer in the shop.
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All jacked up and some progress.

Well, I got some work done today. I made sure I had Abby level and supported.
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I removed the rear steel hold down plate. It was a tad corroded.
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I made the template for the rear section from luan.
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I used the template from the curb side to make the rough cut of the street side.
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That's my brand new $100 DeWalt jigsaw.
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Fit the street side template.
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Here's what they look like together.
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Time for some BBQ chicken.

In between all the cutting and fitting I had some time to make some beer butt chicken. It was a very nice day here in Texas. Gotta love the weather!
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Excellent work Lance. You look a little cold with gloves and a long sleeve shirt. NOT. Compared to here that is.
BTW is that some sort of military thing having the chickens line up in formation like that. LOL.
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Looks good Guess we got the same work going on. Mrs. S here said " Look that looks like ours" LOL>... O yea what time was dinner ready? It was a nice day in Texas today
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They are in formation, and at parade rest.
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They are in formation, and at parade rest.
We call it stand easy here. I figured that's the way they were standing because their legs aren't together and they wern't saluting.
Ex military here as well. 30yrs ago that is.
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Looks good Guess we got the same work going on. Mrs. S here said " Look that looks like ours" LOL>... O yea what time was dinner ready? It was a nice day in Texas today
Yes we do. It was ready at 17:15. That's 5:15 pm for you civilians. However yours is 21 years newer than Abby. I think 21 years ago the floor was shot. It just took 21 years for her to come in my grasp.
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Yes we do. It was ready at 17:15. That's 5:15 pm for you civilians. However yours is 21 years newer than Abby. I think 21 years ago the floor was shot. It just took 21 years for her to come in my grasp.
LOL ...Oilfield runs on 24hr time too so I caught your drift. Yea I agree Abby did look some what worse but I guess if mine was let go for 21 more years she'd be in the same shape...Glad Abby found a home that will get her back to new ...All our work will pay off one day. Maybe one day we will be able to laugh about all the work we done while we are enjoying camping....until then we will just keep working and dreaming...Weather is not looking so good today hope its better for you.
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lance, when replacing floor with the shell on i guess it is easier to do in two pieces. is that why you did it that way?
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Thanks JS.
Bruce, I tried to use one sheet of luan in for a template but it was too cumbersome. I guess I should have trimmed it down to 91 5/8" wide and gone with one piece. But I did it with two pieces in the end. The replacement floor will be installed as one piece side to side.
I started staining the sheets of MGP last night. When I get the right color (burnt orange) ill be coating it with the West epoxy. I think that's the most waterproofing available.

More important now is frame repairs. The new outriggers I got from out of doors mart are substantially thicker than the originals. I'm thinking of replacing all of them and adding one on each side. Oh and I guess I better buy a welder too. Hopefully my tax refund isn't delayed!
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Just a thought

Im installing mine in two sections also but I Cut them so that they will overlap each other by 4'' in the middle. I plained them down so that when they over lap it will make a splice and I will glue them in the middle so it will again be like one board.(Thought maybe it be stronger than laying them so they butt together) Dunno if this is the best way, but Im gonna give it a shot.
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Flooring plans

Here's my plan with the floor.

3/4" Marine Grade plywood.
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Here's one example of why floors in Airstreams rot

After wondering why there was a nice hole cut in the street side wheel well, I did some looking. Here's what I found.

The Air Conditioner drain tube was supposed to be draining overboard. I guess with time, hoses shrink a little.
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I am glad the floor was made with Exterior grade plywood and not OSB.
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