Ok all a few big updates over the last few weeks. I apologize for not updating the forum better, I promise to do better
The rear upper bunk and bed/sitting area are in! I will get some more photos later. The lower bed has lift up storage underneath, and I will be installing gas struts to make them easy to lift and stay up while we get things in and out of them. They still need finishing and paint and trim, but I am proud of them.
The upper bunk has no need of lower supports due to my riveting a mounting bracket to the rearmost vertical rib. I opted for 5/32 rivets vice 1/8 for a little extra strength. I then connected the 1" thick crossmember with lag bolts and nylocks. A small wood cleat on the inside edge supports the 1/2 ply bed and metal 90 brackets are staged around the rear circumference for support. It is very sturdy and given it is a smaller space shouldn't have any issues with being overtaxed with weight.
I am really pleased thus far with the look.
Ok, next big job I completed was installing my new ALUMINUM wheel wells. I had a off-road fabrication shop make them up for me. They took forever to complete them (3 weeks!) but for only $300 I think I got a good deal. These babies are SOLID.
I actually bought the plastic ones from inland RV, they were almost 2 inches too long. My old ones were cracked and my attempts at patching the ABS plastic quickly failed and during our cross country drive we had them leaking. Not any more! I cleaned the tracks and wire wheeled them prior to applying trempro and then some leftover Vulkem I had in my shop.
Lastly, sitting behind the Airstream are her new shoes. 4 x 16 inch Sendel Aluminum Bullets with Michelin MS/2 with internal tire pressure monitors. I also ordered the centramatic balancers. They seem a little like snake oil to me, but so many people swear by them I will press the 'I believe' button.
This weekend is planned for painting the rear bed and the putting up walls for the side/rear bath. I have decided to fabricate my own custom shower pan. I will post my efforts for your criticism lol.
munch munch munch!
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