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Old 08-01-2018, 08:50 AM   #99
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Looking awesome! I really like the bathroom fixtures. Are they all metal and where did you find them
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:16 PM   #100
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Working overtime on your Overlander. Your 67 design bath came out very well. The 66 model year bath was the earlier design and not near as nice in my view. Now you are really ahead of me on my project. My bath sits in pieces on the shop floor. It will be awhile before I get back to work on it. Too many summer activities and no overtime work.

My 75 Overlander also has light brown melamine laminate on all the walls and cabinetry. I did not realize the 68s had that too. I wonder what year the melamine came to production. Some folks talk about the 60s trailers having "real wood" interiors. My 66 was all wood. Actually the wife's 86 is also all "real wood". Hickory to be exact. The cabinetry has held up very well through the years. I looked at a 79 Ambassador that had a lot of delaminated laminate on the walls and cabinets. It wasn't holding up well at all. Buy my 75 has no delamination.

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Old 08-02-2018, 04:34 AM   #101
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Looking awesome! I really like the bathroom fixtures. Are they all metal and where did you find them
They were actually bought separately and are actually two different brands lol. We started with the bathtub faucet. It was bought at a local plumbing supply store (Moncton plumbing and supply). We also bought a new hose for the shower because the new tap set and old shower hose couldn't connect at the faucet.

The vanity tap set was bought at Home Depot. It was pure luck to find a matching set from a different company and in a different store
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:59 AM   #102
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The shower rod that I configured worked out really well. I don't know if you stumbled onto that thread, it's worth a look. You might adjust the pole location, since it looks like you're not using the "dressing seat" over the toilet.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...on-147648.html



Really like your solution for tub faucet. Not too many folks figure out that the hole centers are the same as old clawfoot tubs... The caternary drape of the shower hose is nice. Airstream designers missed that in their original configuration. Ignorantly, they flipped the fixture over and switched hot and cold handles which stressed the Alson hose with a double curve. In the installation literature it specifically warns against the way Airstream did.
Ok confession time the tub fixtures were a fluke (thanks for thinking we were smart lol) . I have peeked at your shower thread before and I really like what you did. We have been talking about doing the same. The only thing we didn't love about your shower rod was the placement of the pole that attaches to the tub (from the original thread, we didn't see the dressing seat.) How far do you think the pole could be moved? I'm assuming that the pole is necessary to not put stress on the wall rivets and to help support the weight of the shower curtain. Do you think that we could get away with moving it close to the wall? Or maybe using lighter piping and no pole?
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The pole is almost not necessary, but it's a nice grab-handle, and makes the rod able to support over a hundred pounds.

The pole wouldn't be necessary if the bulkhead was reinforced. OK if your bulkhead is other than the original flimsy plywood or it was backed with a sheet of metal, but then the problem will be clearance for the pocket door, so, maybe yes to no pole, if you can widen the pocket so there's room for a stronger thicker bulkhead.

When you say move pole closer to the wall, Which wall.. bulkhead or end-cap? The rod is strongest with triangular anchorage.. bulkhead-pole-endcap.

You could see how it works with a stronger attachment to bulkhead, and experiment with pole location if needed.

The pole's pretty handy where it is, and doesn't interfere with the dressing seat. I made a thinner, 3/4" thick pocket door to better fit the original pocket.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f7/p...ce-128019.html

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Old 08-08-2018, 05:19 AM   #104
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Aluminuminum, chrisetmike,



The strength of the forum is being able to share and learn from each other's work. I was very impressed with Aluminuminum's solution for both the shower rod and the pocket door, so I tried my own (far less talented) version. We didn't want to attach to the end cap, so I added a bend straight down to the flat top on the "hamper" to anchor that end. I used clear lexan to fill the gap to the end cap and sealed it along the end cap. The other end is attached to the bulkhead at 90 degrees. It won't hold the load of Aluminuminum's, but easily performs it's function.


Our door was also inspired by Aluminuminum's work. Also not at such a high skill level. We used two pieces of lexan and frosted and them with adhesive material.



Some photos are posted on our thread here, https://www.airforums.com/forums/f39...er-155180.html , if interested.


Your doing great work and we enjoy watching your progress.


Thanks for the inspiration,
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Old 08-08-2018, 07:44 AM   #105
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"The strength of the forum is being able to share and learn from each other's work."


So true, there are many examples of individual "solves" on which to base or grow an idea. Airforums has schooled me in countless subjects... rivets, tires, sheetmetal, solvents, sealants, adhesives, coatings... There's plenty to learn, and the support is priceless.



Thanks to all
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Old 08-08-2018, 07:48 AM   #106
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I have to honestly tell you that both your reno threads were a huge influence on this Airstream. I am so happy to have you follow along.

I really appreciate both of your suggestions and ideas. Please keep them coming! My husband is still focussed on kitchen cabinets so that we can get a test run out before camping season ends. We will have water, gas and electric systems up and running but no exterior polish, cupboard doors and probably no shower rod or "fancy" new pocket door lol.
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Old 08-13-2018, 09:21 AM   #107
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Kitchen cabinets are done!

The kitchen cabinets are done. My husband is bow working on the electrical systems. He has encountered his first "oups" moment also. He had misread somewhere that you could place your inverter within 15 feet of the battery, when talking to the battery salesman they told him to place it as close as possible. So behind the couch goes the inverter!

I was very happy that he was able to salvage the original cherry wood sliding door. He did have to shorten the frame and doors to accommodate the new fridge but it looks good. TV will go behind slides along with the radio and tank monitors
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:52 PM   #108
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Well, I should have talked to that battery salesman. I made an opps too. My new converter in my Overlander is behind the tub where Airstream put it. My heavy battery is up front under the gaucho. I ran about 25 feet of heavy gauge battery cable from the battery to the converter. I measured about 0.2 voltage drop on this long cable. I don't boondock an awful lot. I think I will be okay. Not ideal, but okay.

I did it this way as I did not want to extend the "wire harness" all the way to the front of the trailer. All the 12v circuits originate at the fuse box and converter. If I find trouble with this arrangement, I'll have to move my battery rearward. I just didn't want that 60 pound battery hammering away on my frame rails at the back of the trailer.

I find it interesting that Airstream moved the battery location from that goofy drop down storage compartment in the rear of the trailer to the front of the trailer under the gaucho. There are two access openings in the front. I think this happened in 76 or 77. I'm not positive. My 86 has this arrangement.

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Old 08-16-2018, 05:35 AM   #109
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Our batteries were originally under the bed but my husband didn't like sleeping over a battery and I wasn't a fan either . We don't plan to buy solar panels right away but it is something we want later on. Having the battery outside the trailer and very accessible will help.

Another reason for having the batteries up front is to add some extra tongue weight.
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I'm using an AGM "ventless" battery under my gaucho. These AGM batteries don't vent fumes like a lead acid batteries. My wife's car has an AGM battery under the passenger seat, not under the hood.

Yep, adding tongue weight can be a good thing within reason. Taking weight off the rear of my Overlander is also a good thing since my holding tanks are back there. I moved the water heater forward under the street side twin bed, and it is a 6 gallon (50 pounds full) instead of a 10 gallon (almost 100 pounds full).

I think taking weight out of the rear of my Overlander will help reduce rear end frame issues. It is my opinion Airstream loaded the rear of the Overlander to reduce tongue weight so a guy could tow it with a 1975 Impala 350. Cars weren't the greatest tow vehicles back then.

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Old 08-16-2018, 08:17 PM   #111
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Oups mode activated!

Oh boy we were doing well but now it seems we are going backwards. We had to adjust our inverter placement (not really a big deal) but now we are looking at water tank placement with our couch and scratching our heads again.

Originally we intended to place the couch in front of the water tank but that would bring the couch way to close to the door and it would completely block the door when used as a bed. Not great! Scraping the water tank and ordering a new one would be the equivalent of flushing 350$ down the toilet. Scrapping the couch would be 250$ (We got a great deal for the couch).

The solution we came up with is placing the tank under the couch. We will have to sacrifice the pull out drawer under the couch but it is a sacrifice we can live with!

Let's hope we are done with the Oups moments! And please no "Oh! Oh! Moments"
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Y’all are doing a great job. We all have those “oops” moments. I’ve lost count, but who’s counting? As long as those oops things are caught and corrected. Keep up the good work and go camping. Bubba
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