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Old 09-14-2003, 02:52 PM   #71
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Went out truck shopping.....

Drove all over NE Ohio looking for "The Truck". Could not find it. Local dealer said it was in Dealer X and Y's inventory, but we could not find it at either dealer. Was a waste of time. They took my money for a down payment, I hope they find "it".

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Old 09-14-2003, 03:20 PM   #72
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Spent Saturday doing odd jobs around the place and all today (Sunday) packing for a trip to Colorado Springs, leaving at about 5:30 am tomorrow.

Reinstalled my folding table that I took out when I put down the cork floor. Replaced 2 cabinet latches that had broken. The pantry has sagged just a bit and that was what broke the latch. I had to shim the new latch. Fortunately, I had spare parts.

Tires were all down to about 42# with the cool weather. They were at 50# when it was around 100 degrees a few weeks ago.

Porch light had burned out. I replaced it with an amber bulb.

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Old 09-14-2003, 03:35 PM   #73
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bite the bullet

Well I started polishing and am learning the hard way trying to do it with stuff I already own insted of biting the bullet and buying the right stuff. Which I will end up doing anyway, just have to suffer the pain before I spend the money.
Lesson learned so far is "once you start you can never go back" so looks as if I am into polishing for the long hall.
And to think I was exicited about doing this !!!!

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Old 09-14-2003, 03:43 PM   #74
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We were going to go out for the weekend but didn't. Too many things to do I guess. Hopefully, we will get out again this year. I really don't want to wait too long because I need to do some work on the furnace. It's making a lot of noise. I think it may be the bearings or just the need for some oil. I havenít had the ambition to look into it yet.
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Old 09-14-2003, 05:29 PM   #75
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Polished the top 4 inches of my entry door. Took 2.5 hours and its still not done.
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Old 09-14-2003, 06:06 PM   #76
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got my fake grey tank hooked up, finally. well, mostly, anyway. had to modify the spare tire bracket in front...just had to drop it down a couple of inches w/ a couple of pieces of angle-iron attached to the original pieces w/ a couple of bolts. I ran 3/4" pex back over the axles to the poop-chute in the rear, attached it w/ pipe hangers and sheet metal screws. added 3/4 " pipe thread-male garden hose adapters on both ends, and attached to the tank and to the poop-chute outlet w/ double-female ended hoses. (you know...those things meant to attach to a blue tank from the sewer cap w/ the threaded fitting). problem is, I custom made the hose in the rear with a couple of those barbed hose-mender things; they leak. damn things never work. I'll have to pick up a new one at wally-world or possibly use a washing machine hose instead. the connection to the blue tank was made w/ a factory made double female leaks there.

but anyway, aside from the 'drip...drip....drip.." at those fittings, the system works. water drained from the sinks into the blue tank. when I disconnected the hose in the back, water siphoned out of the blue tank. I did find that if I ran the faucet at full-blast, some water would back up into the shower. it drained out nicely as soon as the faucet was shut off. So I think this is gonna work.
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Old 09-14-2003, 08:52 PM   #77
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My wife and I took a 930 mile round trip to Chicago area, looking at a 1974 25' Tradewind (rear bath, twin beds). The exterior is very good. The blended interior shapes made me think of a Lockheed Constellation I rode in as a youngster -- with tambour thrown in for good measure.

To your trusty icepick I would recommend adding a small mirror and a pocket flashlight with new batteries. Three inches of floor near the streetside rear bumper just wasn't there -- and the plumbing was sound. There was no rippled skin or sagging tail, but a little crack in caulk between the bumper and shell on the curbside end (??). I didn't get to the vent pipe gaskets (or need to go that far anyway). The front window gasket must have been bad for years -- the floor below it is ready to go away. The top floor laminations forward of the curbside battery compartment were going. Inland-Andy's words about moisture sources are only too true.

This inspection cost me. The damp coughing feel in my throat isn't gone yet. I was smelling mold until I changed clothes after getting home. I'm not allergic to much but black mold doesn't like people. Google on the word "stachybotrys" if you want to learn more. For this reason greg176 from Vancouver, BC, junked all of his interior finishings (see photo). Mold is not fun to work with and can't be removed selectively once it invades an absorbent material (wood). Minor problems can be cleaned and sealed, but it all comes back to moisture control. I would have had to beg out on a project like this even if I had 59toaster's month off to do the needed work (or be fitted with an aluminum iron-lung afterward?!).

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Old 09-28-2003, 07:11 PM   #78
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Busy weekend! 9/27

Stripped out all of the cab carpet and started the replacement. I would be done if the local supply place had bothered to tell me on Friday that they are now closed on Sat. Needed a tube of clear Par Bond to seal the air intake for the univolt. This is the souce of the leak that caused me to have to repair the coach floor. I cannot finish the carpet install until I am sure the leak is fixed.

So I got the engine cover redone and all of the carpet on the drivers side is in. The carpet in the rear is finished and I have started to strip the barallel chairs.

These are interesting. Presswood base for the bolts, but the main body of the chair is made out of what looks like expanding foam insulation with a hardware cloth mesh to add strength. Now I know why they are so light.

Things seem to be coming together, now I am down to working on my punchlist.
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Old 09-28-2003, 07:24 PM   #79
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Old 09-28-2003, 07:32 PM   #80
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Fixed AC by replacing the fan start capactor. Polished some and tried to find the fresh water tank leak with no luck.
Hung out on this fourm for way to many hours

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Old 09-28-2003, 07:39 PM   #81
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Old 09-28-2003, 07:42 PM   #82
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Old 09-28-2003, 07:55 PM   #83
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Dang, Shari, you've got the flags, the flamingos, the whole nine yards! Good for you!

I spent the weekend making many many trips to the hardware store. I fixed my city water hookup, which leaked on our first trip out this summer and I never bothered with it again. Well, the hubby finally said 'go fix that thing so we don't have to listen to that darn water pump', so I did. I got a replacement one-way valve and female end to hook the hose up to, because the old one also leaked. Of course the new valve was bigger than the old one so I tried all kinds of connections trying to get the hose to hookup without kinking. Thus the many trips to the hardware store, though alltogether I doubt I spent more than $15.

I think I've got it all working good now, but I'm nervous about having a presurized water hookup, after all, if it leaks it's right under the gaucho! At least if I heard the water pump going I knew there was water running somewhere. With the hose hooked up I won't know until I find the puddle!

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Old 09-28-2003, 08:17 PM   #84
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Well I'm behind. Took Friday off to pick up materials and hopefully seal the new ply wood. Got the wood but not the sealer. Friday was also my 11yr olds B-Day and she was having a sleep over. 7 9-11 year old little girls will run you ragged.

Got a late start on Saturday. Worked till dark getting ready to take the body off. woke up at 4.30am sunday morning with a stomach bug. Got to feeling better about 2:30pm and worked till dark. I had hopped to have the frame out from under the body by now but no go.

Off this week for the floor repair. Hope to have the body free by early afternoon tomorrow (monday). All I have left to do is bolt in the stringers and start drilling rivets.

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