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Old 08-07-2013, 01:03 AM   #253
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The first full 4x10 sheet goes in.
My daughter helped me hold it up these little helpers were really useful.

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A bunch of little magnets helped me find all the ribs to install the holes.

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I did a bunch of wiring to install some lights on a couple of circuits.

I can now work at night.
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There will be 2 main light circuits, each with its own switch, one set will be three of the 9 smd led lights that are super efficient and the other will be 3 of the 12 smd led lights that are less efficient but brighter. That will allow for three different light levels depending on needs and energy limitations.
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:46 PM   #254
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Still working on interior skin. I added 2 more full sheets and now just have several small spaces to complete.



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Old 08-11-2013, 09:40 PM   #255
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Looks great! Nice & clean to start your interior cabinets, etc.!
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:59 PM   #256
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Finishing up some of the smaller pieces of the inside skin. This is the deadbolt knob. I added a scrap of 1/8" plate behind the skin to reinforce it.



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Old 08-13-2013, 09:05 PM   #257
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Looks great! Nice & clean to start your interior cabinets, etc.!
Thanks, cabinets still seem far away. So many little details to handle.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:01 PM   #258
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More reading lights and small pieces of interior skin.

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A comparison of incandescent bulb increasing lamp (left) and 50 smd led bulb on the right.


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The led bulb was $9.99 from superbright leds http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...Fa9eQgodo2IAgA
It has an MR-16 base. It ends up only costing about $20 each then for a very bright led reading lamp.


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Old 08-13-2013, 11:04 PM   #259
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This is all the main overhead lights on and reading lights at once.



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Old 08-15-2013, 09:36 PM   #260
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Made a switch plate out of .032 5052 sheet and 3 rocker switches.


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The left switch is for a single light in the front bedroom area. The middle is for 3 bright overhead LED lights each with 12 SMD LEDs. The right switch is for 3 not quite so bright but very efficient overhead LED lights each with 9 SMD LEDs. This will allow us to have lots of different light levels and efficiency if desired. All of the reading lights and courtesy lights are individually switched.
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By the way, the interior skin is completely finished now. Yeah!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:39 AM   #261
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Wow. Your job is coming along nicely!

I've finally got my axels replaced and have also decided to take a step back and focus on 1 project.

Do you have any thoughts to share while I am about to lay down a new floor and reattach my shell?

Holding tanks are holding me up at the moment.
Where did you order yours from?
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:44 AM   #262
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Tim,

Also, my cousin is driving from Salt Lake area to Austin to come help me on an indie film in a couple of weeks.

Do you have any tools (rivet, cleco etc.) that you'd like to sell? I could have him pick them up from you.

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Old 08-29-2013, 03:50 AM   #263
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Tim, that's a good looking Caravelle! I spent a while looking for one before I bought my Argosy Minuet. My Minuet 6.0Metre is very similar in design to the Caravelle 20' - both have a narrow body and a lightweight frame.

Here's what I had done to my trailer - like yours, it was a "survivor" in pretty good shape that was used and kept up, but with a more original interior:

- Frame repairs: These trailers only have a cross-member every 4 feet (other AS have one every two). Two of my cross-members had broken lose from weld failures. I had that fixed, two more members put in, and the whole thing painted with rust enscapulator.
- Axle: They all need axles.
- Leaks: They all leak. Lots of sealant pumped into cracks to fix the leaks. (My Argosy has a unique aluminium-composite floor that happily doesn't rot, so I escaped that issue. It brings other ones, but...)
- The belly pan needed to be partly reattached. Had all of the insulation under the floor replaced. It gets really gross with water and living stuff over the years.
- My plumbing was all surprisingly good, but I had it replaced with PEX.
- Had the fuse box updated to modern blade fuses instead of glass.
- My trailer came with a modern battery charger/converter. They're better than the original stuff.
- My various water and waste tanks are all original and work fine. Same with the appliances.
- Had two Fantastic Vents put in the roof.
- Had a slick deadbolt installed; the door latch/lock mechanisms are nearly unobtainium in this era so I don't rely on the lock and latch to hold the door shut when traveling.
- Lots of cosmetics - flooring, cushions.

Enjoy the trailer. They're really easy to tow and all of the windows are great - provide lots of light.

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Tom, what type of vents to you put on the roof?
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:55 AM   #264
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Hi Tim,
Yes the axle can be installed by any mechanically inclined person. I have dropshipped numerous custom built Axis axles all over North America to DIY people & they have been installed without issues.
You're going to want to carefully check the perimeter of the trailer for structural floor rot & the chassis for rust before going too far with the restoration. Many people gloss over this step & end up with serious problems down the road.
I'm including a few exterior photos.......................just to perk your interest
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Colin, your trailer is inspiring! I've just replaced my axels and overwhelmed at what to do next....
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Tim,

Also, my cousin is driving from Salt Lake area to Austin to come help me on an indie film in a couple of weeks.

Do you have any tools (rivet, cleco etc.) that you'd like to sell? I could have him pick them up from you.

Rowdy
Sorry Rowdy, but I rarely get rid of tools once I learn how to use them.
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Wow. Your job is coming along nicely!

I've finally got my axels replaced and have also decided to take a step back and focus on 1 project.

Do you have any thoughts to share while I am about to lay down a new floor and reattach my shell?

Holding tanks are holding me up at the moment.
Where did you order yours from?
Got my tank at RVsurplus. 40 gallons!
The main thing is to plan everything out as much as you can. Think about as much as you can in advance.
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