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Old 02-08-2005, 06:53 PM   #29
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I'm definitly feeling 'up' today It's like we turned a corner, and are heading for the finish line!

Here's a picture of his work on the step area, which was pretty badly damaged. The part by the door was too thin, and although he welded the crack closed I felt it would be better off with a patch over it, and he agreed so he added that. I will have to take some off the bottom of the plywood that will go over it to make room for the patch, but I don't think it's a big deal. The step works perfectly now. No wonder it used to get stuck in the up position after a trip!
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Old 02-09-2005, 08:34 AM   #30
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Way to go Stephanie !!

Please show us interior shots when you are totally finished.

You will enjoy your trailer for many years to come. We sure do admire your determination and tenacity.

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Old 02-11-2005, 07:45 PM   #31
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Today I spent my morning scraping all the old spray-on insulation off the frame rails and cleaning them, and this afternoon I painted them with POR-15. Boy is my back tired from all that crawling around on my hands and knees! The respirator worked great, I couldn't smell the paint at all. Still, I had all the windows and doors open in the trailer to keep the air moving. Luckily it was a beautiful 60 degree day. I can't believe the weather is so cooperative this winter!
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Today I spent my morning scraping all the old spray-on insulation off the frame rails and cleaning them, and this afternoon I painted them with POR-15. Boy is my back tired from all that crawling around on my hands and knees! The respirator worked great, I couldn't smell the paint at all. Still, I had all the windows and doors open in the trailer to keep the air moving. Luckily it was a beautiful 60 degree day. I can't believe the weather is so cooperative this winter!
Looking great~
Question.. Is that one or two coats of paint?
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Just the first coat. The stuff goes on thick. It took a whole pint of paint, but I bought two. I'm going to be touching it up today and getting any little spots I missed, and trying to get the underside of the frame rails everywhere I can. It's drying slow because although the temp got up to 60 yesterday, it didn't stay there long, so it got quite a bit cooler by the time I finished. It was still tacky late last night when I checked on it.

I think it's almost time to go buy plywood!
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Stepanie,

Do you have a small electric heater you could put in you AS to heat the space up? That might help the paint dry faster.

The frame is looking great by the way.

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Thanks, I think it's looking pretty good too. Actually, it was dry this morning. POR-15 hardens with exposure to moisture, at least that's what the instructions say, and it rained last night. Stuff was hard as a rock this morning - it's like armor plating. I did make one misjudgement, I opened all the windows before painting, and then after I was done I couldn't get to the front window to close it (without stepping on the wet paint), so I couldn't heat the space up if I'd wanted to. But it all worked out ok after all.

Today I went and bought two sheets of Marine grade plywood. Next step, cardboard templates to be sure I have the shapes right before cutting into my EXPENSIVE plywood...
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....Today I went and bought two sheets of Marine grade plywood. Next step, cardboard templates to be sure I have the shapes right before cutting into my EXPENSIVE plywood...
Steph:

Food for thought here --

The original flooring in the '78 is 5 ply 1/2" plywood.

A lot of the 1/2" plywood at the big box DIY stores is only 3 ply.

5 ply is a BUNCH stronger (usually) than 3 ply -

I ended up doing my patch with 5 ply 1/2" and a 7 ply 5/8" underlay to tie the patch to the original floor.

Are you keeping track of your total time on this project?
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The original floor in the 68 is 3/4 inch. I coulted the plys and it's 6 ply counting the thin face plys. The Marine plywood I got today is seven ply. The interior plys look like a similar thickness to the original. Also, the original had voids, and the marine is not supposed to. I don't know if it makes much difference. Anything's better than the rotted stuff that was in there.

I haven't been keeping track of my time at all. I took a lot of time off over the holiday. When I have been working on it it's usually only a couple hours at a time, because I just can't stand working on my hands and knees for much longer than that! It's very tiring work! It has actually gone pretty fast. I think I could have done everything I've done so far in an easy two weeks of evenings and weekends if it wasn't for getting tired and frustrated, and of course all the trips to the hardware store. I wasted a LOT of time trying to get that vinyl floor up in the beginning. I still haven't figured out how I'm going to handle covering the new floor and the old floor which still has vinyl. I'm considering carpet, at least for this season. My priority has switched from making improvements to getting it back together as fast as possible. Camping season is coming soon!
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Old 02-20-2005, 02:30 PM   #39
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Post Great job on the floor replacement !

Wow what an undertaking ! I wanted to chime in here and say great job. I just bought my 1965 Caravel and have yet to get it home. I read the post on your floor tearout. I got a little freaked out, lol. It was after I bought my Caravel. I wish I had seen your post before I went and checked it out. I think I made a good buy tho. I poked around extensively in the battery compartment and as much as I could in front. Good luck and I can't wait to see the finshed product !

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Thanks for the support. I am glad we didn't buy a trailer that needed this right away - at least we got two great seasons of camping out of it first, which makes it a lot easier to put up with the hassle of fixing it up. I think a Caravel is a perfect size for two, and a great layout. I haven't seen anything else I'd rather have. So it's worth the work. I hope your Caravel doesn't need much done, and you can start enjoying it right away. In fact, you should be sure and come to our next northwest forum rally! I'm sure we'll be planning another one in the spring!
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Hi Stef, Yes I think I will get a couple seasons out of it before I will want to change it a bunch. I would love to come to the NW Forums rally. How do I know when it is ? Is there some way I can find out when all the PacNW Airstreamers get together ? Oh yea, I got a call from the dealership yesterday, everything works or has been fixed. It's all mine ! Yay !

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Old 02-23-2005, 06:55 AM   #42
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Steph,

Great pics and info on your floor. CJohnson, our 65 Caravel is identical to yours with the jaloiuse (sp) windows in the door. My floor will require work in the future. I first am doing the axles, with Colin Hyde up in Upstate NY. CJohnson, where are you located? The Caravel might travel to Cherry Blossum this year, we'll see. It's either that or the 34' Limited TT. Thanks all.
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