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Old 05-26-2014, 10:28 AM   #29
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Hey Hope all is going well. I have been busy with work etcetera but managed to get all the appliances and skin out. Will to figure out the end caps. Just for reference, take out the ceiling middle price first. I think it must slide out after removing AC and vent covers.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:44 AM   #30
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Hey Hope all is going well. I have been busy with work etcetera but managed to get all the appliances and skin out. Will to figure out the end caps. Just for reference, take out the ceiling middle price first. I think it must slide out after removing AC and vent covers.
WOW! Bullit, that's a lot of work, but it looks like you are well on your way to a completely new interior!

I'm at a crossroad right now. After removing the bathroom on Saturday, I have to decide whether or not I'm going to remove the interior. My renovation design would allow me to leave the interior "As-Is", but there are several reasons why I may want to consider a total removal:
  1. The ceiling light in the twin bed area isn't working, so I will need to figure out the problem without being able to see the wiring.
  2. The outside curbside spotlight near the front door isn't working, so again I will need to figure out the problem without seeing the wiring.
  3. I'd love to remove the 41 year old insulation in the walls and make certain there are no other hidden problems in the walls and ceilings.
  4. If I remove the interior skin, I will be replacing it with aluminum panels like the new AS (My wife and I love that look, but it would change our plan to follow a luxurious yacht theme).
So many decisions, so little time...

Good luck with your renovation decsions!

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Old 05-26-2014, 10:52 AM   #31
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I can't describe the habatrail like community that was established behind the skins. The majority of the itchy pink fiber insulation was so degraded by critters that I was able to shop vac it outClick image for larger version

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Should have taken pics of the critter commune but between the respirator (mandatory) and eye protection and overalls, I sorta had to prioritize work over the forum... May have to work on that.

I to will try to stick to the nautical theme but had already planned to use aluminum or stainless on the galley

Forge on fellow 70s Airstreamers
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:44 PM   #32
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Hope's Log: Day 24 05/24/14 (Memorial Day Weekend)

I took advantage of the long weekend to work on Hope on 2 out of the 3 days and got a lot done even thought the temperature was in the triple-digits. 14 hours on Saturday and 12 hours on Monday (Took Sunday off to play street hockey in the morning and recovered all afternoon on the couch watching the Indy 500...).

On Saturday, I measured all the parts that my fellow Airstreamers have expressed an interest in and set them in my garage to prepare to box them. I'm trying to find a store that is disposing its cardboard in the dumpster rather than the compactor or in bails that I can't open, so that I can package and ship the parts soon! (Promise!).

Also on Saturday, I removed the two wardrobe closets and the entire bathroom. The following is the sequence of events and lots of pictures in this post.
  1. Removed curbside wardrobe closet, cut and label wires to the light and thermostat.
  2. Removed bathroom closet with no problems.
  3. Removed street-side closet, cut and label wires to the light and some unidentified wires that I will post to see if anyone knows what they are for...
  4. Removed sink/vanity unit without destroying it!
  5. Removed shower pan, but destroyed it trying to take the drain out...the previous owner didn't mention anything about the burst pipe and water leak, but he did say that he didn't have a way to fill up the water at the time I was inspecting the AS and making my decision to purchase it (Lesson learned, but it doesn't really matter since I am removing all the plumbing to install new stuff and the floor is not damaged...)
  6. Removed toilet and have decided to keep it, since the sewer storage tank fits in the corner perfectly (May replace toilet though).
  7. Called it a successful day and went to sleep early...
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:24 AM   #33
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Hope's Log: Day 26 05/26/14 (Memorial Day Weekend)

With the bathroom removed, I concentrated on the following items:
  1. Removed the hot water heater (Will replace with a new unit), but I realized I had to remove the outside cover by cutting off the flange in order to be able to temporarily screw the cover in place over the opening. Fortunately, my DeWalt grinder with a cutting disk made short work of this and I was happy to be able to teach my teenage son how to use a screwdriver!
  2. Fixed the keylock to the curbside hatch that the PO couldn't get to lock.
  3. Removed the Suburban furnace, which is in great shape and I hope someone can use it rather than having to send it to the metal scrap yard.
  4. Relocated the inverter and battery box in front of the curbside hatch and discovered a few unlabeled wires. The pictures of the wires near the street-side vent pipe confuse me, since they were stuffed behind the toilet and not connected to anything. If anyone knows their original purpose, please let me know, otherwise, I will be inductive toning out more wires than I care to.
  5. Filled in the holes from the removed plumbing and inspected the axles and rear bumper compartment, which I am very happy to report has no rot or mouse droppings/nests!
  6. Repaired the sewer trap that was stuck in the open position.

I ended the holiday weekend vacuuming up the 43 year old dirt & dust and removing the only rotted floor material under the window near the door (Hope is a solid AS, which makes me very happy). I also tested the Armstrong AC unit and brought the entire AS from 98 degrees down to 65 in about 12 minutes!

Next weekend I promised my friend I will help him replace the transom and dashboard in his aluminum boat, so it may be a long two weeks before I can work on Hope again. So much to do, so little time...

Have a great week or two!

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Old 05-28-2014, 12:42 AM   #34
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Hope's Log: Day 26 05/26/14 (Miscellaneous Photos)

Just a few more picts to show the following:
  1. Interior after removing all the big components and vacuuming.
  2. Only rot in floor under window near the door.
  3. Under floor area from the rear bumper compartment.
  4. Toyota Tacoma and Hope.
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Hope is looking good

Definitely looks in better shape then my Caravell. Was thinking of you while removing the end caps and took a few picks of my infestation. As you said, yours doesn't appear to have this problem.
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Now if I can just figure out the wiring
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Back in Rhode Island, I spent 14 years remodeling our first house and removed dozens of dead mice and insulation that looked similar to what you are removing from your AS, I still remember that awful smell! You did nice work cleaning up that end cap!

I may have to remove my end cap as well just to see the wiring to figure out why the outside flood light doesn't work.

It appears the rot in the floor near the door was caused by water either running down from the window or a more serious problem, which may have been repaired by someone before the PO i bought the AS from since he didn't know a repair to the exterior had been performed. During my initial inspection, I noticed the front curbside window and upper-front, exterior corner skin has Olympic rivets rather than bucking rivets, so someone did a repair and apparently didn't want to remove the interior walls. This may be the reason the light isn't working due to a nicked or cut wire that occurred during that tepair.

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On mine, there is a "gap" in the Channel to the left of the door. I think I saw that this was a problem with this generation of trailer (There may be a photo of it on one of my other posts). When I removed the akin from the left side of the door, there was a gap and a piece of C channel was sorta laid in the space. Needless to saw the offending gap allowed water to drain onto the subfloor and cause Rot.
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Sorry for the poor grammar, I blame autocorrect
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No worries...I have the same problem with my iPhone's predictive text feature.

Question: Can you post a pict of the interior corner curbside wall in front of the door where the outside floodlight wiring is located? (Assuming your AS has similar light in same location as mine).
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Absolutely. Gimme a couple hours
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