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Old 06-30-2014, 12:23 AM   #365
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Vernon, I appreciate your support and help on this journey! I'll be posting a few more times on this thread and then I'm going to do a few other short threads like the one I did on cleaning, evaluating, and refurbishing the Suburban furnace.

Talking about the wind, since my wife, Carolyn, and I are from East Tennessee, we don't think that we'll ever get used to the wind. So far, we've been here for 38 years and we aren't used to it yet.

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Old 08-30-2014, 12:33 PM   #366
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Although I haven’t made any posts with progress reports and pictures since late June, my friend Ralph and I have continued to work a couple of days per week most of the weeks this summer. So here’s a late-summer update to “show off our labor.”

The furniture/cabinets, etc. are virtually all installed. I’m doing some additional staining and varnishing this weekend. There are also lots of details that are too numerous to mention. In about three weeks, I will order new axles, 16” wheels and tires. Then we plan to do several short trips this fall.

Here’s a tour of the front half of the kitchen. There’s still a few missing wood pieces. The cloth portion of the upholstery has been replaced (gone from drab to plaid), all of the woodwork has been refinished, and lots of electrical refurbishing that can’t be seen.









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Old 08-30-2014, 01:23 PM   #367
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The bedroom is still a work in progress. The valances need to be reupholstered and all of the blinds and curtains need to be reinstalled (all curtains will need new elastic and many nylon slides need replacement). BTW, we had great luck in washing/drying the curtains on perm-a-press cycle even though Airstream recommends dry cleaning. We had our mattress steam cleaned because of mouse urine and droppings and then we got a plastic bag to wrap it in from a mattress store (Slumberland gave it to us for free).



I covered up the holes where we removed the Kool-O-Matic thermostat and installed a carbon monoxide detector with a digital readout. I also replaced the smoke detector in the kitchen.


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Old 08-30-2014, 02:11 PM   #368
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I like how you built in the inverter. Nice work!
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:27 PM   #369
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Thanks Channing. Some day I hope to do a thread on the wiring changes that I've made along with re-plumbing and other topics. But I plan to go camping first.

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Old 08-30-2014, 09:31 PM   #370
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The wood work is stunning. I'm looking forward to seeing a photo of the Limited in a campsite...
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this looks nice.. hopefully my 34 will turn out that good.
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Old 08-31-2014, 12:25 AM   #372
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Vernon and Stefan,
Thanks very much. Our first couple of camping trips will be in our driveway to see if we have forgotten anything important. Then we will venture to Cabala's...it's free, it's close by and they have free hookups. Then we will venture to some nearby state parks.

Our first real trip may be next spring. We want to follow spring northward up the Atlantic coast; starting in Savannah, GA and ending in New England or the Maritime Proveniences of Canada.

Here's a 2001 trip with our former 1990 Limited in Rocky Mountain National Park. We lost it to a huge, sudden wind gust near Banff N.P. in Alberta, Canada. It was nearly the same trailer and it was suffering from front separation, but I never got to properly fix it.





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Looking great! I'm glad you are finally close to the camping stage.
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Hi, Steve; Your trailer is really looking great. Have fun and enjoy camping in your trailer.
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:20 PM   #375
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My trailer is pretty much ready for camping although I still have about a dozen little items on the hit list. Soon, I'll try to do a little more interior clean up and organization and post some pictures of the finished floor, interior with blinds and curtains, etc.

However, the big news is that the trailer is road worthy again after three years.

The old 15" Goodyear Marathons were about eight years old (at least) and the axles were the original 1991 units and pretty saggy and the rubber cords in the torsion suspension were anything but springy.



So I ordered new 3,800 pound capacity Dexter Torflex axles from Redneck Trailer Parts here in Wichita and had them installed at a great place, Sanders Trailer Service in Park City, KS (about 10 miles north of me). My driveway runs very much uphill and is no place to change axles safely. I also moved to 16" Sendel Wheels and Michelin LTX Tires. This was quite an uplifting experience.



My driveway was briefly empty for the first time in three years. The neighbors may have celebrated unbeknownst to me!

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Steve,
Your trailer looks great! 3 years isn't too bad for 34' of work with all of the details you took care of.

Glad to see it road ready.
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Your trailer looks great! 3 years isn't too bad for 34' of work with all of the details you took care of.

Glad to see it road ready.

Thanks Vernon, you were a major inspiration and advocate for me all along the way!

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Nice job Steve. You can come do the interior of mine next.

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