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Old 02-09-2007, 09:39 AM   #29
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Thank You! You can't really tell in this picture but the fabric on the couch is like a stamped saddle leather. I am trying to figure out where and how I can hang a set of longhorns!
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Old 02-15-2007, 03:40 PM   #30
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Wow!!! Mine was in similar shape when I got it. Shame on me for not taking pics. You are doing all the right things by major surgery rather than bandages. I look forward to seeing the finished project and sharing pics of my AS journey.

Your courage inspires the rest of us who are in the middle (more or less) to continue improving our rigs!!
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:07 PM   #31
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Today Lewis brought home the box that goes around the black tank. He had the HVAC guy from his work fabricate it out of 18 gauge sheet metal. He now just has to add the holes in the appropriate places. The old one was pretty much gone, but he should be able to get a general idea and then retro fit it. The guy took the extra metal and made an additional pan to fit under it. He said he is not sure if he will use it, or just hang onto it to see if he needs the metal somewhere else. But it feels good to know we have a nice new sturdy pan for the black tank now.


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Old 02-15-2007, 05:13 PM   #32
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I can't tell what type of metal you're using, it looks galvanized. If so, you need to keep it isolated from aluminum or you will get galvanic reaction causing corrosion.
That may not be a problem, depending on where your tank is located. I just wanted to throw that out there before it gets mounted.

Sounds like you're making good progress, keep it up - looks good.
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:19 PM   #33
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It was galvanized that came off of the trailer. On our trailer the black tank is mounted in the rear. The tank had a piece of angle iron that ran across the frame and supported the box holding it to the underside of the tank. It doesnt really come into contact with any of the aluminum. But I appreciate the heads up. He said he will double check after he has it in place and make sure nothing is touching anything it shouldn't be.
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:31 PM   #34
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It does look good. It looks like it should be sitting in a campground right now, awning out, a couple of lawnchairs under a couple of very relaxed people, and a few coolies at hand.

More pics would be good.

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Old 02-15-2007, 05:47 PM   #35
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It was galvanized that came off of the trailer. On our trailer the black tank is mounted in the rear. The tank had a piece of angle iron that ran across the frame and supported the box holding it to the underside of the tank. It doesnt really come into contact with any of the aluminum. But I appreciate the heads up. He said he will double check after he has it in place and make sure nothing is touching anything it shouldn't be.
You may be in good shape then.
In NO way was I trying to throw a monkey wrench in things! I would just hate to see problems develop later.
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:04 PM   #36
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Oh the awning!! That is an issue. We unrolled it to find that it is going to need to be replaced. It is a carefree awning and it is tearing at the top. I am sure we won't have it done before Florida State which I am dissappointed about. But.......Another project for another day.
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:18 PM   #37
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Oh the awning!! That is an issue. We unrolled it to find that it is going to need to be replaced. It is a carefree awning and it is tearing at the top. I am sure we won't have it done before Florida State which I am dissappointed about. But.......Another project for another day.
The important thing is that you get it clean enough that you are comfortable sleeping and using it, and that you fix the things that would get in the way of your using it. Then the rest can come as you have the time and the inclination. It sounds like you are moving along quickly. For those of us who have been down the same path we can simpathize with you, but we also know the wonders of enjoying it once it's done. Life is very good.

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Old 02-15-2007, 09:23 PM   #38
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That is what is SO COOL about this forum. You can talk to people that actually do understand your excitement, and sympathize with your frustrations. Several of my friends just think I am crazy. And when I get a spare minute and find myself running out to do a quick project in the airstream, I wonder if they are right!
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:34 PM   #39
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The saga continues....

Well after the Florida State Rally it was time to get back to work! The item at the top of our list was the water sitting in the wing windows. I have researched the forum and read that the easiest way to fix this is to remove the inside glass using a spring loaded punch. I actually went out a bought it before the rally but, we were scared! So today was the day. Lewis placed the punch in the corner of the glass and on the 3rd try the inside glass shattered! Yea!! Here he is removing the inside glass in pieces. Oh by the way, I had read conflicting reports of whether this inside piece is tempered. Ours was.


Once he got most of the glass out we were surprised to find the original caulk was still soft. Pulling it out brought most of the edge pieces.



Now all we have to do is clean up the single pane, right? Wrong. Our water level was over half way up the glass in both of these windows. When we removed the inside piece and cleaned it out, we were left with this white residue that reminded me of what happens to the glass part of the coffee pot.


We have tried everything to remove this white residue. I tried The Works, Vinegar, scrubbing, even buffing with rubbing compound. Nothing. I am hoping someone has some suggestions.

Other that the white residue the windows look great. I am so dissappointed after all the work of breaking the inside glass we still do not have clear wing windows.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:24 AM   #40
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You are an inspiration!

We knew we couldn't gut our trailer because then it would never get done, so it's a little at a time. My husband is doing most of the work because he's retired and has the time, but it is slow going.

We've had a our trailer just a few weeks. He's focusing on the kitchen; this is what a lot of the wood looks like - okay I'm still new at this posting stuff....at any rate, ISN'T THIS PRETTY? Still, not as overwhelming as having to weld a frame or fix a tank...
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Old 03-06-2007, 05:55 AM   #41
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Well it sure looks like you guys have your own projects ahead of you. We much prefer the bite at a time approach also. Now that we have her usable though it is a big inspiration. We really liked going camping in her for the first time. Everything we do makes it feel more like home.
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Debbie

You may want to try a product called CLR. It's for calcium and rust removal, from glass, sinks etc. We've used it in the past with great success. You guys are making great strides with your trailer.

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