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Old 04-17-2016, 05:08 PM   #477
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I love that table- great score!
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:21 PM   #478
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Nice to hear Dometic resolved the used fridge issue. I'm sure it was a hassle. And the pedestal table looks great too.

I too had trouble cutting and installing the FRP shower walls. I purchased a contact adhesive designed for FRP to plywood. But getting the bulkhead curves right was hard for me. FRP isn't the cheapest material on the rack at $45 a sheet. So far it has worked okay.

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Old 05-01-2016, 09:28 PM   #479
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Millertime's rear bathroom rot '76 Tradewind thread

I hear your David! Working with the FRP can be a real hassle with the curved bulkheads, etc.

Update: Made some progress last weekend and this one. First, I plumbed the inlet and vent connections going into my 2 gray tanks. Originally I planned on the area where the bathroom is to be a closet, and thus I had to figure out what to do with the plumbing coming up in the middle of the bathroom floor. I devised a plan of the pipes going up and into the bathroom vanity. My wife suggested a false floor to hide them, BRILLIANT!

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It raised the floor level 3.5" which makes the head clearance for my 6 plus feet a little tight, but it works and is much more aesthetically pleasing.

Next I build the frame for the vanity, then the face frame for the sliding panels. I used 1/4 birch Plywood for the panels and a 3/8 dado cut on all sides of the 1x3 poplar frame.

The countertop came from some 3/4 walnut that I had acquired. The photos show it temporarily installed, it still needs a few more coats of hand rubbed polyurethane.

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My wife found this ceramic vessel sink on Amazon for $49, fits great and will look outstanding with a nickel finish vessel sink faucet.




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Old 05-02-2016, 08:58 PM   #480
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Great minds think alike! Our bathroom renovation layouts are similar. I also used sliding vanity doors. But my vanity storage is limited as the space under the counter is shared with the rear outside storage compartment and battery location. It was the way the trailer was built.

Your Trade Wind is going to be a winner!

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Old 05-13-2016, 11:52 PM   #481
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Well we are out on the beach this weekend enjoying the most recent additions to the trailer (and making some notes about future changes). Still no running water, but we are getting close. Lower sewer connections are all hooked up, just need to get the interior supply lines and returns complete.

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Dirt devil interior vacuum under the dinette seat, takes up almost no space! Search around for the best price if you are interested, Amazon was almost 100 over where I found it elsewhere.

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Sink and faucet in, bathroom walls and vanity have since been painted white also.

Shower enclosure is complete and sealed with white silicone sealant. Came out pretty decent. I will document the mixer install, it is a European off the wall unit so a little different than a standard shower.

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I added 2 of these adjustable reading lights to the rear bunk area. They required cutting a decent size hole in the wall to allow the gimbal to sit flush, but my wife was concerned the standard mount ones would prove to be too tempting as handholds for the kids so the flush mounts won the day. They work well, almost too bright if you are looking at them when you turn them on. Found them at Led4rv for 19.95 each.

Baby is 'adjusting' to her sleeping arrangements as I write. By that I mean screaming her cute little head off! Here's hoping things quiet down soon

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Old 05-14-2016, 09:21 PM   #482
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Your 40 year old Trade Wind is coming back to life. Great picture of your little ones around the new table, with a handy vacuum underneath to clean up the crumbs.

I talked to an Airstreamer today in this park where we are staying. He said he and his wife are "growing into their new Airstream". He explained they had to get used to what they needed and what they did not. It was a downsizing process for them, and they love traveling in their Airstream. I sense you folks are kinda doing the same thing. Learning what you need and want, and then having you build it. It will be your trailer just the way you want it.

Running hot and cold water is such a luxury. So better get on that one soon.

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Old 05-15-2016, 11:02 PM   #483
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Thanks David! It was a good trip and we are learning plenty on each outing. The kids loved their sleeping arrangements (once the baby got used to her built-in crib). I will post some photos of the built in crib I made for my 14 month old, may be one of a rare few in an Airstream.

Ship will be underway for a few weeks, will renegage upon return. Thanks to all for the encouragement. Coming up soon will be putting in a new gas/electric Atwood ) gallon water heater, new stainless water inlet, and running PEX. Acacia countertops, undermount stainless sink, the list goes on. Stay tuned!


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Old 09-20-2016, 02:08 PM   #484
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Ok so it's been a while since my last update. Had quite a few long underway periods, but we have still managed 11 nights of camping this year AND made some good progress on the trailer.

New stainless water inlet
All pez plumbing run
New Atwood gas/electric water heater
New shurflo water pump and accumulator
Completed shower and bathroom
Kitchen countertop, sink, and faucet are in
All new aluminum propane tanks and all new lines underneath and inside

Our last camping trip up to Big Bear Lake, CA was our first with a kitchen sink. Was great having the counter space and a big deep sink to wash dishes, etc. having the propane installed meant I could keep the fridge cooling nicely during the drive through the desert (108 degrees!).

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Here is a photo of the 1/2" cast iron main trunk line. I branched it out to 3/8". I went with one external quick disconnect and then internal lines for the fridge, water heater, and one quick disconnect inside for a catalytic heater, portable stove, etc. All lines have valve protection at the branches. I highly recommend the cast iron, rigid, cheap, and Home
Depot can cut the lengths custom if required. Just don't forget your yellow tape and pipe wrenches. I painted the trunk in gloss black rust oleum after putting it together and mounted it via hangers and rivets to the main frame, very solid.

Next up is framing the fridge and opposite side of the trailer for another countertop space and some storage cubbies for clothing. Planning on building a pullout pantry as well next to the fridge. Stay tuned!



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Old 09-20-2016, 05:53 PM   #485
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:25 PM   #486
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Way to go Millertime... Good to hear from you. 11 nights is more than we have in mine. Kinda wish I had done the accumulator tank on mine. The pump cycles normally, but the accumulator would have evened out things a bit I believe. Some say a hot water heater with a little air on top of it does the same thing.

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Old 09-22-2016, 01:37 PM   #487
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Thanks David, we have a trip to Yosemite next month tied into a stop by Disneyland and Joshua Tree. Will be another 11 nights, should be fun!

After that trip we are dropping the trailer off for a shine job in LA. Should be great!


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Old 09-23-2016, 08:11 PM   #488
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If you weren't on that ship so much you could polish your trailer yourself. I've done two of them. They aren't "show perfect", but better than the faded clear coat and corroded gray aluminum. My wife says you can enjoy polishing if your IQ is low enough. It is mindless work for sure.

It might take 250 hours and about $400 in tools and materials to do the job on your 25 footer.

The trouble with a polished Airstream is the first rain, the first bird bomb, the first bug splat, the first leaf stain, even morning dew, and on and on. It won't stay "spotless" for long. A guy can touch it up again, but it won't stay. So you have to be of the mindset that the trailer is to use, not store in a museum somewhere. Be ready to watch your polish job develop water spots, streaks and the like. It no longer bothers me at all. But that is probably because my IQ is low enough.

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250 hours! Yeah David I just don't have that kind of time lol!

I did get some time this weekend however and built in my fridge, built a slide out pantry, and a countertop next to the fridge with cubby storage underneath. It still needs lots of trim and painting but it's roughed in. Pretty happy with the rolling pantry. My wife found these numbered fabric totes that fit the cubbies so each kid will have their own numbered totes.

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I also wired in 2 computer fans into the fridge vent. I have them connected to a 80 deg F inline switch and a wall switch. When turned on the fans will come on if the air temp exceeds 80 F. The temp switch was less than 10 bucks on Amazon.

I have a local guy making me a custom aluminum fridge chimney. I gave him my old plastic one (yellowed and cracked) as a template. Should look pretty good.

We have 8 nights of boondocking coming up in 3 weeks so I need to get everything ready. HF sells a cheap 900 watt 2 cycle generator I figure can charge our house battery once or twice. I found a coupon for $88.

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I have some grinding to do to get our old bumper back on after the new frame changes. Will also be stripping the last of the clearcoat off in preparation.

Munch munch munch


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Old 09-26-2016, 08:14 PM   #490
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Your roll out panty storage is very neat. The whole interior is coming together nicely. There is nothing like a scheduled trip to press things along.

A low cost, low wattage generator driven by a chain saw engine is a good way to keep the battery charged. We went boondocking during our last trip for a whole two nights, imagine that! We found we like the luxury of our electricity quite well. We ran the furnace in the morning and ran the water pump quite a bit. My laptop battery lasted a whole hour. After two nights our batteries dipped to 12.2 volts. We plugged into the grid at the next stop. Ahhhh, luxury of the electrical grid.

I didn't think I would sell you on the idea of polishing your Trade Wind yourself. Your IQ is just too high I'm afraid.

The fridge vent fans are a good idea in my view. I installed one also as my Trade Wind is pretty tight between wall and coils. The new fridge works well in hot weather. But it doesn't like to ignite at these high altitudes. Not enough air around here.

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