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Old 02-16-2010, 04:33 PM   #15
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I'm working on my 74 31' today, The tail end design is just plain poor. The bumper feeds the water straight to the plywood floor. I can't imagine any of them lasting, with that setup. I paid 3000... and the skin is not nearly as polished, my fridge, ac, awning, water system weren't working. It has solar and came with the tanks and good hitch. There is also another Carrier Ac I haven't tested, and I haven't had a chance to test the 2 water heaters which the previous owner had said, worked.

I'm really thinking of doing the conversion to the center bath. That will let me clean out all those old mice droppings and really start with a clean slate. I can't stand walking around the fold out couch, there is no room to stand and take a shower, and I feel like there is just too much storage. If anybody wants to buy my parts or trade parts let me know. All i really need is the black water tank. I think having the drainage tanks by the wheel will cut down the chances of future sag. although I plan to leave and tie in the old ones for back up.

I have already removed the hump in the shower that the shower faucet is attached to, that will provide a seat to sit on, if I leave the rest. It was such a waste of space. I don't think AS has ever heard of a wet vent. The drain in that space had way to little fall, if any, after a few years worth of sag took hold.

See if your bath closet doors are square, mine stick at the top from sag, yet The AS looks straight when looking at it from outside.

I'm loving your j shaped living room.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:47 PM   #16
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Pull up and down on the bumper. Mine moves in relation to the shell... Not good!
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:54 PM   #17
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I just saw your other post... lol
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:44 PM   #18
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Silvia Gets gutted and new shoes

So one day into this adventure, I got rid of the circular sofa, bed mattresses, awesome green carpet, pulled rims, bought new tires, cleaned up, took assessment of the damage (read opportunity for improvement), so far reasonably happy this is about what I expected. Found no mouse droppings or signs of varmints....Again I hate things that have no shoulders.......

Over the next couple of weeks, I have a guy that is going to replace rotted wood, remove frig, oven, furnace, re-enforce frame where needed, pack the bearings and service the brakes, test all systems and some other crap. I could do it but I would become obsessed and this would probably kill me. Plus I need to work to fuel my habit.

The cross beam I referred to last night is actually the hanger joist for the tank.
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:46 PM   #19
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BTW the stains on the walls is not water just gunk. The PO used a kerosene heater and there is this crud all over the trailer. Going to rent a steam mop of some sorts to get this stuff out.
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:50 PM   #20
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Looks like you have some leaks to contend with since I see the floor is wet.
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:14 PM   #21
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NO there are no leaks just badly stained wood......really. The windows all need new gaskets. Also I found a leak around the TV antennae. I am going to take a hose to it and try to follow.
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:50 AM   #22
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I was told by the previous owner the furnace didn't work and the Rv place, I took it to, said it was doubtful, but they got it running after 30-45 minutes of my persistence, with no parts or changes. It's been running great.

I've decided to keep mine sort of original, unless I get a good offer. Let me know if anything is getting tossed or up for sale, and I'll do the same. I think I'm going to try and bring out the jet look in this thing by stream lining the ceiling and adding rope leds tucked over the "over head compartments". I once saw an AS with small windows in the some of the doors, it really gave it the look I'm after. I hate to do it, but something has to be done about the dark wood grain also. There just to much of it. I think I might install actual jet over head compartments with the cool shock absorber doors. It will balance the wood grain. I also can't stand dealing with almost, or already broken roll up doors. I just feel like everything is about to break, it's not a comfortable way to live.

Yours was in the salty north, mine was in the bright, hot, desert. I'm curious if your plastic is brittle, like mine.?

I didn't catch what you paid for it.?
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:01 AM   #23
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I found that gunk on the lower half of mine, I thought it was just years of neglecting to clean were people don't look. I ran a kerosene heater in a house I was working on, ONCE. It put more of a sooty, black, debris on the top half of the room. What a pain, I had just finished the new drywall and primer.
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:04 AM   #24
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simple green and a scrubber?
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:51 AM   #25
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I found that Super Clean worked the best for me. Simple Green didn't even touch the stuff that Super Clean melted right off. Mr Clean Magic Eraser was also great for some tough spots. Inland Andy has a great suggestion of using Future on the vinyl clad aluminum for covering up the stickyness it develops with age and it also just make it look nice!
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I was going to rent a steam mop/cleaner and have at it. My plan is to prime with Kilz and then paint. Carefully following instructions from the forum.
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We used "Marine Clean" from the Por 15 company. That is some great stuff also. It comes in a large container at 100% concentrated and a spray bottle where you can mix a % with water. It cut through the buildup on the vinyl clad walls in mostly 1 coat and was squeeky clean. A few tough spots we used a second coat. We still have most of the jug left using a 15% concentration. Should last quite a while.

I got stuck on trying this stuff everywhere after seeing it in the camper. We have jet skiis and after a winter under covers, we get a nice growth (green) on the vinyl seats, handlebars each year. I could never get it all off. This stuff cut right through it and they looked new this year for once. Good stuff.
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Where are the pics?

Nevermind, they showed up after the refresh button.

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