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Old 11-16-2006, 06:42 PM   #1
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First Use Rehab

Well Gang, This is the first use rehab. I needed to make my 1974 31' Sovereign Landyacht serve several purposes...The first use was a permanent hookup so I could live in it over the winter. Later, we'll use it for camping.

We cleaned and caulked everything we could outside, put a 1 inch foam skirt around the entire trailer, put in water, septic, electric, satellite and phone lines (underground and in conduit as needed), fixed the bad spots in the floor, laid a 1/4 inch floor over the old one, put in an extra two 20 amp circuits so I could run electric heat and outside floodlamps without compromising the electrical integrity of the 30 amp system already in place, primed floors and walls with Kilz (after cleaning), painted walls with latex and I laid carpet (instead of the wood I was planning). We took out the kitchen for now - but Pa built a counter for me. I have a refrigerator, a 2 burner hot plate, a convection oven and a coffee pot. I actually only snack here, I eat at Mom and Pa's <g>.

The one issue we can't resolve without tearing the bathroom apart is hot water. The system looks old and probably needs replacement - it is propane and we've decided not to trust it at this time. I simply heat water in a pan and do my meager dishes with that. I run over to Mom and Pa's to take a hot shower <g>. Not a problem as they are close.

So - I've been living here for a week and the only issue is today, the first rain we've had...the AC is leaking slightly! ACK! Pa is gonna go up there as soon as it clears to check the system and see what we can do...shroud? More caulk? Gaskets? Pa will determine what is needed. Any suggestions and advice is heartily welcomed! I've tried over and over to post photos but its not working. ~ Merry
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:48 PM   #2
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Kitchen photos

Here is my new kitchen area....
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:45 PM   #3
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If you have an aftermarket air conditioner, you probably have a bad gasket, and the unit will have to be moved off the mounting hole, and a new gasket installed.
If you still have the original Armstrong air conditioner, you can vulkem the seams where it is riveted to the roof.
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:14 AM   #4
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Thanks, Terry,

Pa is gonna check it today - we're having nice weather now. I'll let him know what to look for!

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Old 11-17-2006, 09:30 AM   #5
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great unit! I've got a Sovereign that I've started modifying from the back forwards. Don't know what to do with all the couches up front, yet, but I like your open approach.

Good luck with the leak. I am constantly chasing leaks in the window frames.

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Old 11-17-2006, 09:43 AM   #6
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Water heater option

I put in a Kenmore 6.0 Gal. 115 v. waterheater in place of the original. Granted, I don't have a propane boondocking option, but I have all the hot water I need wherever I plug in. Installation is simple and fast in the original space.
Your doing a great job!
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Merry,
Looks toasty and oh so cozy.
Good luck on the leak.

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Old 11-17-2006, 08:52 PM   #8
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Zep - thanks for the compliment! My plan for the total rehab (which is scheduled for the future) is to put in dinette storage benches & table where the current table sits. I'm hoping to have a custom made table that will swing out leaves over the benches to make a larger work surface for my sewing...and both bench backs and table can be lowered to be a bed. Not sure if I can convey what I want to a carpenter, though.

That small bench came from Walmart. Its 45 X 22 inches. The dog loves to sit up there and stare out at the driveway and road. She knocks the pillows off for a better view.

The mushroom chair under the table is a fold-up. It can be pulled out for use.

None of the stuff will be left in the 'Stream when we do the total rehab. It is not secured in any way and probably can't be, which is why I will make more permanent fixtures in the future, but will follow the basic layout of today.

~ Merry

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Melody,

I'll check into that! THANK YOU!

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Old 11-17-2006, 08:53 PM   #10
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Michael - we've been unable to find the leak so far...Pa thinks maybe when he put the skirting on that we blocked the drainage tube and it backed up? Anyone know if the AC has a drainage tube?

Thanks!

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Old 11-17-2006, 09:20 PM   #11
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My 75 Trade Wind has the AC drain in the streetside wheel well in front of the front wheel. It is a plastic tube if about 1/2 inch. If yours is the same you might have folded it if you wedged a foam sheet into the wheel well.
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AC drain tube...

Richard,

Thank you! That will make the search a lot quicker!

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None of the stuff will be left in the 'Stream when we do the total rehab. It is not secured in any way and probably can't be, which is why I will make more permanent fixtures in the future, but will follow the basic layout of today.

~ Merry
Merry, it is surprising how well unsecured chairs and tables will travel. My folding chairs and table are usually right where I left them. If you secure the small items, I think you'd be OK to travel.

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Old 11-18-2006, 03:38 PM   #14
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Hmmm...

Zep,

Pa saw the bench for the first time today and asked if it was a storage bench. I thought "dang, that would've been even better!"

However, the reason most of the stuff is gonna be removed when we do the total rehab for camping is because I want more bed space - I expect to be camping with my parents and husband and possibly a kid or two...or five. We tend to inherit children in the summers LOL.

The big easy chair is a reject from our old house, I had planned to get rid of it when the dogs claimed it as their own. To make them more comfortable living here, I dragged it in from storage. The dog promptly claimed the bench, instead. I'd like to make a custom-made platform bed where the chair is.

My current computer desk eats up kitchen space when the chair is in front of it - the dogs can sidle by but people tend to squeeze past. So I want to remedy that, too - we keep in touch with our extensive family via an online family Yahoo Group, so even camping, we'll need access at least some of the time.

Where the huge long closet was amidships (over the wheel well) we're planning some drop-down bunking - has anyone ever done that?


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