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Old 04-17-2005, 11:25 AM   #183
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Why not put on a current model aluminum vent cover and if needed paint to match. At least it would not deteriorate.
The current trailers use a plastic standard RV vent cap. Ugly as sin. You normally cannot see it form the ground due to the shape of the trailers today.

I replaced mine with Salvage yard take offs. I got some form colaws for 10 bucks each if I remember right. It was a while back.

The 70s aluminum ones look just like the ABS plastic one I posted so long ago. The the early 80s they went to the style that Inland sells today. Both fit, but a 70s oval one is era correct

Just to clear up a couple of misconcptions......

The Vent picture I posted was off an Argosy. They were only used on Argosy trailers and Motorhomes. Airstream always used an aluminum one from what I have see (until recently).

Argosy's also often have an abs or fiberglass refer vent cover. They were trying to reduce weight and cost. The thin ABS cover weighs less than the cast aluminum one. The Argosy Motorhomes were a strange mix because it was always intended to morph into an Airstream Motorhome so I have seen a mix of these items on the roof of Argosy Motorhomes.
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Old 04-17-2005, 10:28 PM   #184
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Shaved rivets!

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The current trailers use a plastic standard RV vent cap. Ugly as sin. You normally cannot see it form the ground due to the shape of the trailers today.
I guess I didn't realize that. But I have seen the aluminum ones for sale. I'm sure Oasis RV can get them.

Due to the kindness of a fellow airstreamer, I was able to borrow an olympic rivet shaver.

I shaved about 100 rivets. Boy that does make them look a lot better. Check the picture. The rivets on the left were shaved, while the right ones are what I have been living with for the past 4 years

The rivets look so nice, now I'm going to have to clean up the old vulkem and polish the trim
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Old 04-26-2005, 12:18 AM   #185
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Drain

I added a drain valve to my water heater. Since it's an atwood with an aluminum tank, I used a plastic to barbed fitting and short length of hose. The other end had a barbed to machine thread to take the drain cock.

Works, but I don't think I like it. It narrowed the drain to 3/8" and drains really slow.

I was thinking this would make it easier to drain the tank after each trip. But maybe that's not even neccessary?....
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Old 05-10-2005, 10:40 PM   #186
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Spent 9 hours doing my yearly cyclo polish touch up and wax.

I cover every inch of the trailer 7 times. Here is my method.

1. Prewash with a microfiber towel and mineral spirits.
2. Cyclo with sweatshirt material and nuvite S
3. Clean off residue with microfiber and mineral spirits.
4. Clean off residue with a dry microfiber towel
5. Cyclo with a clean sweatshirt material dry
6. Wipe on Nu-Finish wax/polish
7. Wipe off Nu-Finish with a dry microfiber towel

Times like this I'm glad I only have a 23' er!

At least now its done for another year.
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Old 05-15-2005, 07:42 PM   #187
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NOT A THING - Went Campin'

A bit warm, but the AC did it's thing...

Lake Corpus Christi State Park - just North of Corpus Christi, Texas -

Huge park -

Lots of birds and other wildlife -

The 345 did great - REALLY enjoyed the weekend.
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Old 05-15-2005, 08:01 PM   #188
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Got all the wood grain stained to match my new wood flooring. It looks pretty good actually. Took all the vinyl wall covering off with a heat gun and painted the bath pocket door with shellac to take care of that sticky stuff. Worked wonderfully. The back wall is a not too good a grade of plywood, so got new vinyl wall covering to place on it. Ran into something I can't figuer out. There is a wire running across the floor in the kitchen, up the inside of the cabinet and ends in a round switch with an amber light that comes on when you turn the switch. I can't see what this does. I also can't leave it and put the wood floor down since the wire is too thick. Does anyone know what this might be. The end of the wire terminates over by the water pump and all the wires to the running lights. The lights have always worked and I have never turned the switch on. Any ideas?
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Old 05-15-2005, 09:28 PM   #189
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I know this was an old thread but if you want the truth: Drank a few beers and watched the race, putz in the shop, admired the Airstreams and contemplated whether to pay cash up front to save 10 percent on my daughters braces or do like most and pay monthly. Truth is I didnít get crap done this weekend but the race was good and the beer was cold.
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Old 05-16-2005, 05:17 AM   #190
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FINISHED the Polish on my 75! Watched the Race as well. It was a good race! Cleaned up the garage, been neglecting that to long. Found a bunch of stuff I thought I lost! Worked on the Argosy for a while, Rain drove us in again!

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Old 05-16-2005, 07:00 AM   #191
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i got next to nothing done the last two weekends grrr.....

last sunday, 4:07 am, work calls... broken pole hit by drunk... got done around noon.

last saturday, broken switch, two hours... this sunday, woman swerves to miss deer, hits pole... 6 hours....

the money is good just no time to spend it! (i'm sure mrs. HD can figure out how!!)

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Old 05-16-2005, 07:17 AM   #192
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Washed/waxed/greased/etc.

Spent the weekend starting Friday afternoon by washing and waxing the 'Gray Lady', even got up on the roof (wasn't as scary as i thought it'd be, then I realized it was Friday the 13th). Saturday it was time to put protect-all on the window and door gaskets, check tire pressure and used tire shine made by Michelin which has no pretroleum distilates (harmful to clear coat and rubber), sanitize the fresh water tank, and grease the hitch. We had washed the awnings a few weeks ago so we're all set to go. Yesterday, it was time to clean up the clutter in the garage. Not bad for a weekend that was supposed to be raining.
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Old 05-16-2005, 07:36 AM   #193
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I followed Dennis's lead & went camping:



This was a trip of firsts:
1st time we have camped with our old tent camping friends (they were still in tents)
1st time the Silverado took us to our destination (more room for bikes, trikes, and scooters)
1st use of the McKesh mirrors (wish the instructions had listed the mirrors' swivel tightening screws)
1st time the Overlander had ever entertained six preschoolers until the rain subsided (DVDs in the front, board games at the center twins)
1st time all three burners have been used at once
and unfortunately, the first equipment breakdown - the A/C quit.
So, first time we ever had most of the windows open on a camping trip.

But, it never got that hot, and we really enjoyed the trip.

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Old 05-16-2005, 10:59 AM   #194
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Got all four of my shocks replaced. Took about 3 hours. Also painted the entrance step with por15 and blackcoate. Purchased 3M grip tape for the step.

This week... install new 2" foe wood blinds when they show up.
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Old 05-16-2005, 03:18 PM   #195
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Finished painting the frame and started attaching the new floor.
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Old 05-16-2005, 07:16 PM   #196
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I finished the wiring that goes inside the walls on my 1963 Overlander, and loosely installed the ceiling sheets on the inside. I also made a brand new umbilical cord and prepared the tongue wiring. I am waiting for delivery of a new breakaway switch before the tongue wiring can be finished. Tonight I will be fishing wires through existing openings in the ceiling skin, and drilling new holes for additional lights and their corresponding wires. A very productive weekend for me. Close to 60lbs of new wiring altogether.
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