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Old 08-09-2014, 10:18 PM   #15
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Finally got the window in and propane connected. Pics to follow once the photobucket upload is done.
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:14 PM   #16
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Pic of the window with new lexan installed. I need to pick up a few more rivets and shave them off to be completed.



Some of the gas piping that I had to remove. Don't believe this is quite what Airstream had in mind for aftermarket hardware.



Replaced with this.





Pressure test started. 12 psi on the dot.



And, 20 minutes later, still 12 psi. No leaks!

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Old 08-09-2014, 11:31 PM   #17
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By the way, what is the round disk mounted on the frame to the right of the propane tank in this pic?

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Old 08-11-2014, 07:01 AM   #18
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I had a buddy who is a gas tech install the pressure gauge permanently in the refrigerator compartment, so it is always easy to see if there is an issue. This was precipitated by a regulator which was faulty (only delivering at 8-inches of water) causing the furnace to fail. BTW, it did settle down to 11-inches shortly after this photo was taken.

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Old 08-11-2014, 08:25 AM   #19
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By the way, what is the round disk mounted on the frame to the right of the propane tank in this pic?

Thats The "Leveler".There were 2 small levels inside there and a clear cap.
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Hi from down the road a bit. Nice old Sov you have.
Nice job on the AC condensate pan. The old Armstrong os still going strong, I see.
On your propane leak down test-
You have to lower the pressure to make sure you are below the regulator lock up. I use 8" W.C.
See this very informative article.
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When you get camp ready, come camp with the Heart of Texas Camping Unit!
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:31 PM   #21
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Thanks for the LP test info and the invite Top. Hopefully we will be going on our maiden voyage soon.

Finally have some time this weekend to get some work done. I started the ac motor replacement this evening. Got the motor out and the new one mounted to the motor mount. I have to go in the morning and pick up some rubber isolator bushings. It's terrible that Airstream can't make a rubber bushing last longer than 45 years.

I've also started the pex plumbing retrofit. Someone had already replaced the copper with gray pvc with flare fittings. Too many threaded connections for my liking.

Not having much luck finding a fridge to suit me. Took a chance on one out of a 71 Sovereign but can't seem to get the door to quit dragging on the sides. I would like to use an older style without circuit boards and wouldn't mind replacing the cooling unit if the box is in good shape. Oh well, the search continues.
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:18 PM   #22
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Finally got all of my pex plumbing in. All that's left is tying it all in at the back of the trailer.

AC is cooling great. It's a lot quieter since changing the fan motor out. I still only have one speed. One of the relays need to be replaced. That's on the agenda for next week along with trying to repair the AC shroud.

I have reservations for next weekend at the lake for our maiden voyage. Going to be a busy week tying up all the loose ends. My wife and I can't wait to spend our first night in the trailer. We have went from old worn out 5th wheel, to new trailer, to tent, to old popup, and now vintage Airstream. Even with all the rot, dents, scratches, and smell, The Stream is definitely our favorite.
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:17 PM   #23
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We're getting close...

Busy day today...

Faucets hooked up
Successful leak test
New fiberglass insulation in front wall
Interior skins riveted in
Hot water heater lit and running great
Battery installed and charging
Curtains dropped off at the dry cleaners
New roller shade installed in bathroom
Rug laid down on bare floor
Futon couch moved into living room
Washed exterior at car wash
Purchased new twin mattress

Left to do tomorrow...

Locate proper fitting to hook water line to toilet.
Install roller shades in bedroom and living room side windows.
Install wire from antenna to inside camper.
Install flat panel tv.

Then......CAMPING!!! WOOHOO!!!
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:00 PM   #24
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We had a successful maiden voyage this past weekend. No major malfunctions. Realized I needed a thetford to valterra adapter on my sewer outlet. Made do with a few gray water drips.

Here's a pic of The Stream in its preferred environment.



And I have to throw in a few pics of of some of our camp cuisine.

Spam and coffee



Dutch oven baking away.



Golden brown and ready for homemade muscadine jelly.




We're gonna head out again next week for about 5 days. This week's agenda includes rigging up satellite dish, picking up new mattress for my bunk(wife got the new one, I got jealous), and trying to fab up some diffusers for the bathroom light fixtures.
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That's great!
I see someone couldn't wait for the SPAM to be fried
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Hard to believe it's been nearly 2 years since I updated this thread. A lot has been done since then. New flooring installed, gaucho recovered, walls painted, and a new fridge installed. Replaced the back section of flooring a couple weeks ago. Built a frame for the hot water heater out of aluminum angle, installed a weather proof shore cable connnector, and started stripping clear coat yesterday.

Still need to replace glass in front and rear windows. Originallly was thinking about lexan. Price per sheet is 70 at Home Depot. Called my local glass shop and can get tempered glass for 50. Much better solution. Today I'm going to try to get black tank installed and fab up some flashing for the rear frame area. Don't want to ever replace that section of floor again.

I'll post some new pics up today.
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Old 05-13-2016, 08:14 AM   #27
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Here is what was left of the ac shroud.


Aluminum screen and duct tape over the holes.



First lay up of fiberglass closed up the majority of the hole. Another lay up should do it.



Rear end sag was enough to run water line out the back. Back 2 ft was completely rotted out.





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Old 05-13-2016, 08:38 AM   #28
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Rot is gone!!!



Pic of hot water heater install. This was a quick throw it in, seal it up and go camping install. With all the rot, there wasn't much to attach to.





Built an aluminum frame for water heater.



Water heater painted and installed in aluminum angle frame. Much more solid than it was. Best I could do along the dented area. Might eventually replace the creased panel. Until then it will just have to be a beauty mark.



Decided to add the exterior shore cable plug here. It's not a furrion, but is waterproof and much cheaper.







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