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Old 07-26-2006, 12:29 PM   #1
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Aluminum siding needed

I have removed the water heater, oven, and furnace from the Ambassador.

I'm not planning on putting anything in those openings so I need to cover them up.

If anyone has any extra aluminum that they have left over and want to sell it I need the following:

6" x 6"
6" x 20"
21" x 23"
21" x 24"

If no one has any available, where's the best place to purchase?

Thanks.
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Old 07-26-2006, 01:29 PM   #2
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Aircraftspruce.com will sell the 2024-T3 in small sizes. They send it UPS rolled up in a box.
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Old 07-26-2006, 01:42 PM   #3
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hi- I found sheets of aluminum, up to 24" by 24" readily available at HD, and Ace hardware. You also might find it at your local plumbing-hvac shop.
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What thickness should I look for?
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What thickness should I look for?

2024 T 3 aluminum.

.032 inches thick.

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Great. Thanks everyone.

While I have your attention. What should be used for the belly pan?
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Great. Thanks everyone.

While I have your attention. What should be used for the belly pan?

Use the same 2024 T 3, but .024 inches.

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Old 07-27-2006, 12:43 AM   #8
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Safari Tim,
andy is correct on the bellypan thickness ,some have had trouble on a shell
off using thicker bellypan aluminum and the shell won't fit back around it.
So what are the plans then for those removed items as in different locations or usage of the trailer?

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When I cut my belly pan loose, I left several inches near the edge so I can rivet to that and not have to fold up to the sides. So the parts I'm replacing will be relatively flat.

I am replacing the water heater and furnace with a Precision Temp TwinTemp. (See the contributor section on www.theVAP.com) It's a continuous tankless water heater and furnace in one unit. Will take up the space a little larger than the water heater did. Only it vents out through the bottom of the trailer, not the sides.

I'm planing on replacing the oven with a convection microwave and a two burner stove top. I'll be redoing the counter top to fit it all together. The microwave will be framed into where the oven was.

Gee, it sounds like a lot more work the more I type it out!

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andy is correct on the bellypan thickness ,some have had trouble on a shell
off using thicker bellypan aluminum and the shell won't fit back around it.
So what are the plans then for those removed items as in different locations or usage of the trailer?

Scott
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Oh yeah ,how could I forget that part ,I did the same as well .Sounds like you
have some good ideas cooking there .with all this heat I been thinking about roof a/c ,Im starting to check out the options ,would like to fabricate an
aluminum shroud to match the trdwnd ,vintage looking ,for a low profile unit.
somthing with rounded curves airstream like shape ,a smooth flowing look.
well ,time to put ideas to work.

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Scott,

Talk to flyfshr. He put a new Penquin on his 59 Tradewind. He had to run power to it and have an opening cut.

I'm leaning toward that myself with a 15k btu unit.


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Oh yeah ,how could I forget that part ,I did the same as well .Sounds like you
have some good ideas cooking there .with all this heat I been thinking about roof a/c ,Im starting to check out the options ,would like to fabricate an
aluminum shroud to match the trdwnd ,vintage looking ,for a low profile unit.
somthing with rounded curves airstream like shape ,a smooth flowing look.
well ,time to put ideas to work.

Scott.
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Old 07-27-2006, 02:26 AM   #12
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Thanks Tim ,

I will give him PM there and find out the scoop .I don't need a giant unit .
But it would be more enjoyable in the hotter weather having some a/c.
I wiil have to make some modifications but they will blend in or become part
of the airstream look ,maybe an outside drain enclosed in a rivited half tube
flanged housing going down ,yet say 3/8 in size ,somthing small and cool
looking ? I don't know yet ,I see what flyfshr did first

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