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Old 07-12-2014, 09:52 PM   #15
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Nice job man! I am planning to do pex in my 72 in the morning. Just finished the electric tonight. All good there.


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Old 07-12-2014, 10:14 PM   #16
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Nice job man! I am planning to do pex in my 72 in the morning. Just finished the electric tonight. All good there.


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I tried to match the original layout of the lines and it turned out pretty good. I left the old copper under the tub since the T fittings were there and couldn't cut them to pull the copper out. I just moved the T fittings for the tub to the trunk on the right side to they are easily accessible if needed. I saved a lot of money by crimping everything rather than using slip fittings. If you need some help on it let me know and I'll walk you through what I got while it's still fresh in my head. I did put a new shower and sink fixture in also.

Luckily my electrical is good and at some point in time I believe my inverter has been changed, not sure the model but it has the plastic U fuses instead of the glass like my manual shows. I do need a battery and a new piano hinge for the battery door though. I have a new piano hinge, well two actually a stainless and an aluminum I will have to cut proper length and re attach. It seems the original steel doesn't like all the salt they put on the roads in the north.

Anyways, more pics and another update coming after tomorrow's work.
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:28 PM   #17
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Well I didn't get as much done today as I would've like to but I did get the floor in and ran the lp line for the water heater and am in the process of painting the heater door now.
I also found that I need a new cooling unit for the fridge so probably going to go with a 10cu ft apartment size fridge until I can get a new dometic classic. I did however test the stove, oven, furnace and the water heater so all systems go for lp!! I'll see if I can add more than one picture at a time this go round.
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:29 PM   #18
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Still only one at a time
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:36 AM   #19
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Hey Kansas,
I will send you a pm later with my questions.

Thanks
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:35 AM   #20
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Good Morning Kansas72,

I'm retired and no computer system expert. I do find I can post more than one picture at a time when I use "attach" (paperclip), "browse" and select a picture, click "open", then go down to the next "browse" and select a second picture, click "open" for that one. Then click "upload" and wait sometimes several minutes while the system chews on it. Maybe this method would help you. I think we can post about 8 pictures at a time.

You are doing so much in such a short amount of time on a very good old trailer. Here is an old Excella 500 a few years newer than yours that was in our RV park. It needs lots of your skilled attention! However it is still being used. Not all vintage Airstreams are as nice as yours.

There are outfits that rebuild old RV fridges. New cooling systems are cheaper than new fridges.

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Old 07-15-2014, 09:57 PM   #21
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Well today was a successful and not so successful day all in one. I replaced the original toilet with a dometic 310 and have a non leaking solid water system now which was my success for the day. I didn't however have time to get on the roof and redo my front two vent covers, which was the not so successful part of my day. We are in the process of moving all our belongings to a storage facility since we just sold our house, inspector for the buyer is coming in the morning and hope all goes well with that. That's a whole nother story though. As far as the airstream goes, all systems go except for the fridge and fiberglassing the roof vents. I wish I had time to repair it before I left but there are just not enough hours in the day or days before I leave for Iowa for work. So I will have to make do with the dorm fridge we have until I have time to fix it or replace it.
I was fighting time with getting everything done but now it seems that time is fighting me and winning. So I will just have to at least get those front two covers done before we head out and work the rest in with my work schedule once in Iowa.
I will post finalized pictures of everything before we roll out for Iowa. Until then I have a couple busy days to finish packing and moving to a storage unit.
Take care everyone.
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:35 AM   #22
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Fantastic job Brian, you'll get to the roof vents when you have time!


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Old 07-16-2014, 03:54 PM   #23
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All Airstream projects take me much longer than I anticipated. I think most folks find this to be the case. You can make progress on it while living in it in the evening or weekends. You're going through a lot right now. It will calm down soon.

I was born and raised in Iowa. I think you'll find folks there as good as Kansas.

Keep us posted on your Airstream progress.

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Old 07-17-2014, 08:52 AM   #24
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I have been finding out that projects in general take longer than expected, parts runs are the worst. I think I have everything correct and low and behold I need something different or more.
All of my family on my dads side were from Iowa, Scotland originally. All of my ancestors are buried in the cemetery in storm lake or laurens. And just so happens I met my wife three years ago while I was working in Iowa, just south of Laurens in pomeroy. I find there are good people everywhere, just have to meet the right ones.

Anyways, for the airstream, yesterday I was able to fiberglass the front two vent covers before the rain came. From all the rain yesterday I found no roof leaks, haven't checked this morning yet, hopefully I won't find any and it will be all good.
On to finishing up moving and pictures of the airstream to follow before we head out in the morning.
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Small world. We lived in Spencer from 78 till 89. We enjoyed Spencer very much. I know Storm Lake pretty well.

Glad you didn't find any leaks after the rains. Most Airstreams leak somewhere.

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Wow! I grew up In Emmetsburg. I left in 89 for the Army.

I'm partial to 72 Ambassadors. Nice work you have going on there Mr Kansas.

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If you are coming to the Kansas City area there are people here to help you with your airstream. So if you stop by come and look me up for help in the area.


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Old 07-18-2014, 07:35 AM   #28
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Lot's of great folks in and from Iowa. My dad grew up in Storm Lake, mom was from Wadena. They moved away (Navy) but I still go back and visit, have lots of friends out there. I wouldn't mind living there for maybe 4 months out of the year.

That 72 is looking good. You were very fortunate to get a barn find. I have seen units 30 years newer that did not look nearly as nice.

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