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Old 07-17-2011, 06:18 PM   #15
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What she meant to say was rewiring the 110 (with 12 guage 2-wire). She learned a lot yesterday and today about 12 volt & 110. She did a great job and now we have all new 110 wiring. Now she has to figure out the AV systems
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:31 PM   #16
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Looks like you have a good start!!
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:24 PM   #17
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Well, to be honest, I hate electricity but it wasn't so bad. It was neat to see the nest of wires turn into something shiny, new and less tangled. Of course, when the shore power is finally plugged in, I am so a mile away!
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:22 PM   #19
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End Caps 0, Us 1

Well folks, we're still alive!!!

Finally back at it on the '69. The "Perma R" insulation took forever, but we're happy with the progress and results. We went with 1 1/2" for the easy to reach places (lower sections) and 1" for the rounded ceiling sections. We figured this one out pretty quick because 1 1/2" gives the sides a little extra support and a snug fit with the skins, but the rounded pieces along the upper portion of the sides and ceiling are full of spaghetti wires and such and called for something with a bit more flex -- thus the 1". We had considered the "pink stuff" but decided against it mostly due to handling and the prospect of the itchy fibers. Time will tell if the "R" values hold up.

Then came the foil tape... if we never see another tube of Vulkem or foil tape again, it will be too soon! Oh, I forgot to mention, before the insulation (while the inner skins were off), Sammie singlehandedly resealed every single seam, rib, joint...etc., and month's later, we're still trying to get the gunk out from under our fingers! Bring on the rain mother nature!

Finally, we were ready for the EVER OMINOUS end caps. Or so we thought.

Armed with horror stores about the end caps and countless weekends of teeth gnashing, explicative snarling and back breaking twisting and contorting, we rolled up our sleeves and dove in! Surprisingly, in one weekend, we managed to do the unimaginable. But not without a little help from our brother-in-law and a tricky little $19 tool from Harbor Freight!

After a bit of trial and error, we found that if we popped a few rivets in the top of the end cap, then a few in the upper corners of the windows, the rest would eventually line up and follow. Using the rachet-able "Cargo Bars", we were able to stretch, lift and contort each section of the end cap. Little by little, the fiberglass stretched and pulled just enough to allow us complete victory. Well, minus one tiny oversight. One of the 110 wires got caught behind the beast, so we had to fish it out ... but we did, and all was well. The second end cap over the back bath proved to be MUCH quicker. Mostly because we knew the drill and had learned from our efforts the day before.

A few other things we learned along the way. Use a small screw driver to line up the holes and slightly nudge the fiberglass one direction or the other. Then pop a rivet above or below.

During the course of the last few weeks, we managed to run the AV wires for the DVD car stereo, sub woofer, iPod jack, speakers (for the bedroom and living) and both LCDS.

Next up are the long skins which need to be washed and installed.

Lots of odds and ends to come, but we seem to be on a roll. Hope you enjoy the progress. A few photos below of before and after.

Happy New Year!!! We're pooped.
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:27 PM   #20
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A few more photos...
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:42 PM   #21
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Hey guys don't have a 69 anymore but after spending a few years searching for a wing window up front and not willing to compromise with a patch in the corner or a plastic one from airstream my eye caught this.

AIRSTREAM WINDOWS | eBay

appears to me the window on top is a drivers side front wing window for a 69 (note the square bottom outside corner). Don't know if it is glass or plexi (frame looks intact and not hacked up). At $100 it's a steal if its glass.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:52 PM   #22
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Quick update. Skins are on, applied our first and second coat of Kiltz. Next weekend the paint goes on and the floor will be installed. Here's "patches" on her last night before the primer!
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Through the window. More next weekend!
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:35 PM   #24
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What a weekend! Two coats of primer, paint, a new floor and two days worth of polishing the window hardware. This week, we start on the cabinets ... and powder coating. Some photos... enjoy!
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More updates!

Four months later ... we're nearing the finish line!! Since the previous post, "Patches" has enjoyed a few more upgrades! She still needs a few more interior tweaks and a complete polish, but we're almost there! Special thanks to Paul and Ann from A&P Vintage Trailers in Paradise Texas who've helped us with some of the tougher parts of the refurb process! We've had a ball and can't wait to post the final shots. Wanted to share our progress with our friends on the forum. Enjoy.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:09 AM   #26
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Your trailer looks spectacular! We got a chance to see Patches in person a few weeks ago when we were at Paul and Anne's. You guys have done an awesome job. Very impressive.
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Wow. What a small world! Thank you. We love her and can't wait to get her on the road. We think they are two of the nicest people on the planet...and talented to boot. Hope to meet you someday!
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What thinkness ply wood did they uses for the walls and bulk heads?

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