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Old 04-22-2012, 08:28 PM   #15
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GT - love your redesign - had a similar idea but much more crude. Your job is just amazing.

I didn't know it had a chipboard floor, thought only the 16 and 19 had it. The plywood can have problems too - so if you're gonna spend the big bucks - go with nyloboard. I bought new taillight bezels - but kept the old ones. I stripped the clearcoat with laquer thinner, and the corrosion remains. Looks like I'll be chipping off the big stuff then compounding. I may just PAINT them with that fake chrome paint.

I've started doing a horrible thing on my current 25 FB Safari. A 24 inch experiment in 3 steps:
  1. I found some silver nail polish (5 samples, and the drug store let me return the unopened losers) - and just painted over some filoform.
  2. Some I sanded down with fine emery cloth (stuck it on a pencil eraser), then treated with CorrosionX, then nail polished.
  3. Some I sanded, treated, and clearcoated with Airstream clearcoat.
Frankly the nail polish looks better from 4 feet away but it's only been a few weeks. Unsure it will hold up. Will let you know.

Paula
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:17 AM   #16
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CCD Marmoleum Floor Replacment Photos

I have finally added photos, looks like the "Multi" upload option does not work, you need to upload one photo at a time.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:25 AM   #17
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Nice AS!

The only problem as I see it....You pull it with a ford and to boot it is blue

Just pulling your rivets! Great job - wanna come and do mine now?

I was just lucky when my truck was on the market - priced right - took me a while to get used to the decals and I could not afford to paint the cap - but it grows on you after a while - now I would not have it any other way - first - I can tell where my truck is in a big parking lot - it stands out amongst the sea of silver trucks out there....

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Old 04-23-2012, 10:45 AM   #18
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The Ford

The F150 is Black on black, i hated it at first as well, but I got a screaming deal on it from a dealer who wanted to unload it. I almost felt bad for the dealer.

After a while it grew on me...

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Old 04-23-2012, 11:45 AM   #19
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Ha me too - it only had 21,000 Klm's on it and only wanted $24K could not go wrong - heck I would have taken it if it was purple at that price. Has been a good truck thus far had it for 4 years. Had two front wheel bearings changed and regular service - new rubber.

Only annoying thing is my Oil Sensor is gone on the fritz and keep sounding the alarm intermittently - but not a priority and don't have the $300.00 to change it - the part is only about $50.00 but apparently it was made like an airstream - can't get at anything after it is built LOL.

Happy travels..

PS the only real negative on this trailer is the door swings the wrong way - never understood why they did that - has room on the other side to swing - pain that it covers one of the windows - and the wind is always blowing that way tee hee

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Old 04-23-2012, 12:14 PM   #20
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GT - love your redesign - had a similar idea but much more crude. Your job is just amazing.

I didn't know it had a chipboard floor, thought only the 16 and 19 had it. The plywood can have problems too - so if you're gonna spend the big bucks - go with nyloboard. I bought new taillight bezels - but kept the old ones. I stripped the clearcoat with laquer thinner, and the corrosion remains. Looks like I'll be chipping off the big stuff then compounding. I may just PAINT them with that fake chrome paint.

I've started doing a horrible thing on my current 25 FB Safari. A 24 inch experiment in 3 steps:
  1. I found some silver nail polish (5 samples, and the drug store let me return the unopened losers) - and just painted over some filoform.
  2. Some I sanded down with fine emery cloth (stuck it on a pencil eraser), then treated with CorrosionX, then nail polished.
  3. Some I sanded, treated, and clearcoated with Airstream clearcoat.
Frankly the nail polish looks better from 4 feet away but it's only been a few weeks. Unsure it will hold up. Will let you know.

Paula
Yes plywood can too but it takes much longer for its structure to break down being laminated - whereas chipboard expands unevenly and soaks moisture up.

But ha no big bucks will be spent right now - so good thing she is sitting stationary - when and if I have time during the summer I may release the lounge seating - heat up the floor somehow and get some heavy duty roller on it. I like the flooring it has held up pretty good for my use. Apparently they did not glue this stuff down either - so there is another reason it bevels. Weight of the galley holds that side in place but the dinette and now the lounge although much heavier still is not enough weight - but as I said there was not much extra at the door and it is now shifted about an inch from the sides....Kind of all hard when you are living in it to get these types of renos done.

Still love it and so very please you and I made the exchange.. Must get together this coming year - been far too long. How is everything going for you Paula?
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:30 PM   #21
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Hi,
I replaced the flooring in my 2005 22' International. I didn't do under the kitchen counter but did do under the bed, closet, and nightstand. I did quarter round down the length of the kitchen and it looks fine. I painted it back to match it. Feel free to PM and I can send pictures. Wasn't too hard. The existing linoleum is just stapled down so its easy to get out. I replaced with marmoleum as its natural.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:20 PM   #22
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Vacant space to work on your airstream

We should do another "women towing" rally - especially if "Lar-rita" would show up in drag again! I think they're probably going to Alumapalooza.

I've been busy, and finally the economy seems to be turning around. Business is good. I'm heading to New Bern NC the first week in May for some personal vay-cay. Spring is wet after a hot start.

During our last flirt with a hurricane I moved 250 miles inland - and later found that a local storage facility would have rented me a covered space for the duration for about $60. As it turned out the owner and I have become acquainted and he would be willing to rent the space on a month-to-month lease for $250 - that has 14 foot high doors and is 40 feet long. The great deal? I'd have to agree to clear out fast if someone else wanted the space.

He's got about 20 units that size sitting empty and would even wink at it if I stayed there overnight as he's got a few businesses operating out of his bigger units. (sort of sweet for me since I can solicit business from his clientele.)

I know the economy in Canada is different, and Virginia Beach really got caught with a lot of vacant space as the economy collapsed, but anyone considering doing a big reno themselves should consider finding out if there is good commercial space available. You can get a lot more work done inside with all of the tools secure and available. Other tenants include a welder, and a custom cabinet maker - and a company that sells and rents scaffolding and hydraulic lifts. Talk about a happy hunting ground!

I'll probably rent it for a week just to do the semi-annual "reseal it routine. I don't tan, I burn - and six hours on the roof of an Airstream in the Virginia Sun - I'd need to be basted twice! I also want to make both of my Fantastics bi-directional - not that this should be more than an hour's work.

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Old 04-23-2012, 10:51 PM   #23
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Ladybug-- that design is so perfect, Airstream should adopt it. Choosing to laminate in aluminum makes it so seamless. Airstream should bring back this layout, but with your modifications. Loved your comment about polishing the vintage trailer! ha ha ha! Paul always comments about how he'd love one so that he could polish it! I'm all about the interior . . . polishing can wait.

Tim-- I love the new floor. Great choice. But, oh so much work! We continue to deal with the wavy lino every spring, and by late summer it settles down. Everyone in our area seems to deal with it too because our temps are so extreme. Oh well. Still love the Airstream!

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Old 05-08-2012, 11:41 PM   #24
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Shelves....

Sorry i took so long to get this photo up, we had been on the road for three weeks. Just getting settled home again.


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OMG Tim - does that mean I have to do all that to mine? I will be living in a tent all summer for sure.

I am very concerned thought about the floor - I guess I can drop the belly pan and have a look from underneath to see if I have any broken outriggers.

Can you show me your shelves you put in the closet? I was thinking of just putting some portable ones in that I can remove when not staying long term and use the bins when I travel.

Thanks for the reminder on the awning too - I will need to get up there and re-seal the length and all the vents Our winters do amazing things about shrivelling them up - that is where I was having a leak before. I would say most leaks all come from the roof don't they?

Here is a link to where I posted the reno we did - took out the dinette.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...29663-213.html post #2980
I liked the design of the pull out couches in the 23' models - but wanted something different for the tables. Want versatility I only ever use one no opportunity to use both thus far. Now I use the second table as an extension to the back desk. I have made a slide out support that the table sits into - that way I can still use it if I need both tables set up for dinner with company...
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:13 PM   #25
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The closet looks great. Did you use L-brackets to attach the shelves?
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:31 AM   #26
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Closet Mounting

I just cut 4 1x3 strips of pre-primed wood, dry wall screwed them to the walls of the closet, added some reinforcements angle brackets to the closet / shell of camper for the added weight, and then cut some pre-laminated boards from home depot to fit. Much better than shoving everything under the bed.

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Wow, what great ideas! We've been thinking about a modification to our dinette, but didn't know quite what to do. GT's layout is just what we were looking for. This entire thread has inspired me to make some needed changes to our 22' CCD.
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