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Old 11-07-2011, 06:19 AM   #29
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Beautiful! Great work.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:24 AM   #30
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That looks awesome. I just scrapped all of my mental plans after looking at this. Did you re skin the interior?

I am intersted in the tracks and the drawers/totes? I want to add some tracks in a vertical application for supporting a bunk cot. Did you make the gray and silver boxes under the range? They look great as well.

I hope you enjoy what you have done.
Yes, the entire interior skin got replaced. The trace are from Costco and very reasonable and the 4 white drawers are from Ikea. One for each family member to be used as closet \ suitcase that gets packed at home and then just added before we hit the road.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:25 AM   #31
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That is too nice to not be new aluminum skin. Very nice work. So jealous of your progress!
Thanks for the flowers. It was a lot of work but it was worth it.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:39 AM   #32
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Exceptional work you've done there. I like the track in the floor too. It looks a lot like ground line (aviation) and I was wondering if so are you using the complimentary tie down rings too? .I have some I'll be putting in my next project which I'm off to collect today :-)
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:10 AM   #33
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That is one great looking AS! I think Ikea is a great place to outfit an Airstream! We have the same faucet and spice rack in ours. I can't wait to see more pics of your AS.
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Old 11-07-2011, 03:14 PM   #34
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Wow, there's so many subtile touches here! Did you reskin the fiberglass end caps? If not, did you install ribs to attach the aluminum too? What kind of aluminum did you use for the inside... 5052 with the mill finish? Did it come pre coated?

I really like the integration of the Ikea (I think) doors and drawers... looks like you made new cabinets for them vs the heavier particle board?

Can you post more pics of the bathroom? Is that a bunk bed in the back with a cutout to store the wheelchair? I love the helpers too!

Thanks for sharing! You should be proud of your work... excellent job!
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:58 AM   #35
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Yes, Marc the rings that came with it will be used to hold equipment (i.e. bicycles or wheelchair). Right now I removed them as you trip easily over them.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:58 AM   #36
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You are correct, Ikea is a great source for idea. The kitchen doors, the counter top, the white drawers, the faucet and the table leg are all from there. I find them to be modern and cost effective. The leg for example was 10 bucks. Anything else I could buy from the traditional RV resources was much more expensive and less attractive.
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:25 AM   #37
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Yes, the original fiberglass end caps were very ugly to look at so I threw them out. Instead I made 2 new end caps out of aluminum. Once you figure out how to do that, it's not too bad. I did not have to add new ribs as I used only what already was in the structure. Not sure but I don't think the material is coated.
Regarding the cabinets. Nothing from the original trailer made it into the final product. The new cabinets are made out of maple (0.75 x 1.5) that I purchased at home depot and the surfaces are either 0.25, 0.5 or 0.75 inch plywood that is already finished.
The cut-out in the lower bunk bed has 3 functions. If all the panels are in place, it is used as a bunk bed for my kid with CP. (I can easily lift him inside as the top bunk is slightly offset.) When the 1st panel is removed, I can raise the rear panel to function as a table. (Either as a "kids table" for the kids to eat at or as a computer working table when I work out of the trailer). Finally, when you remove all the panels, you can use the space to store bulky items such as the bicycles. The wheelchair is a bit to wide to fit in there and I planned to use the floor tracks for that.
The bathroom is not finished yet as I have to get a stainless steel shower pan welded. I created a template out of 0.75" plywood and I will see if I can get more pictures once I'm back in the US. I'm in Nepal right now working for the next 2 weeks.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:00 AM   #38
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Sweet work Euro! I'm glad someone did tie down rings. I'm going to do them in the front and in the hall way. Exceptional!!
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That looks really nice.. Great job!
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:41 PM   #40
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I'd be interested in that discussion

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Yes, the original fiberglass end caps were very ugly to look at so I threw them out. Instead I made 2 new end caps out of aluminum. Once you figure out how to do that, it's not too bad. I did not have to add new ribs as I used only what already was in the structure. Not sure but I don't think the material is coated.
Regarding the cabinets. Nothing from the original trailer made it into the final product. The new cabinets are made out of maple (0.75 x 1.5) that I purchased at home depot and the surfaces are either 0.25, 0.5 or 0.75 inch plywood that is already finished.
The cut-out in the lower bunk bed has 3 functions. If all the panels are in place, it is used as a bunk bed for my kid with CP. (I can easily lift him inside as the top bunk is slightly offset.) When the 1st panel is removed, I can raise the rear panel to function as a table. (Either as a "kids table" for the kids to eat at or as a computer working table when I work out of the trailer). Finally, when you remove all the panels, you can use the space to store bulky items such as the bicycles. The wheelchair is a bit to wide to fit in there and I planned to use the floor tracks for that.
The bathroom is not finished yet as I have to get a stainless steel shower pan welded. I created a template out of 0.75" plywood and I will see if I can get more pictures once I'm back in the US. I'm in Nepal right now working for the next 2 weeks.
I would be interested in knowing how the end caps are devised in aluminum. We threw our original end caps out because both were cracked rather badly, yellowed, and looked terrible. We knew we weren't going to use them and so dumped them soon after we took them out of the Albatross. We wanted to fabricate new end caps out of aluminum and do some custom upper cabinets on both of them once those were formed. If you know the secret to putting up these aluminum pieces into end caps, I would be listening. Thanks.
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:33 AM   #41
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I would be interested in knowing how the end caps are devised in aluminum. We threw our original end caps out because both were cracked rather badly, yellowed, and looked terrible. We knew we weren't going to use them and so dumped them soon after we took them out of the Albatross. We wanted to fabricate new end caps out of aluminum and do some custom upper cabinets on both of them once those were formed. If you know the secret to putting up these aluminum pieces into end caps, I would be listening. Thanks.
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This sure is a bit tricky. I started with the decision around how many segments I need. Generally, the more - the nicer (i.e. 13) but I went with only 7 which is faster yet not as nice.
You then attach the segment in the middle which is the largest piece. It has 4 feet on one end (above the window) and maybe 2 to 3 feet on the other. You then work your way to the side by cutting the banana peel shaped segments and attaching them.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:07 PM   #42
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Dear Euroair,
What beautiful design and workmanship! A couple of questions if you don't mind... Are you able to open the rear window by yourself or does the partition get in the way? Where is your water tank located? Not seeing the water tank in the front, it made me concerned about weight balance issues. Have you measured your tongue weight to check? Thanks for posting.
Your work is inspiring. I've been playing on sketchup since I saw your pictures a few days ago. My Caravelle has been neglected this fall but I am optimistic for some progress soon. It is great to see others making progress to remind me that I haven't taken on an impossible task.
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