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Old 07-14-2010, 08:58 PM   #43
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I use my forklift. I put an empty pallet on the forks and lift is up so one edge of the pallet is resting on the top of the trailer. Then I climb up the forklift. It makes a great work platform.

...doesn't everyone have a forklift?
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:02 PM   #44
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This wife is the one who does all of the work on the roof
Easy way to get up there? On my AS, I drill out the four rivets holding one of the vent covers on (usually the back one because it seems to have the most support) then climb on up through there onto the roof!

Of course, we decided to not replace the old AC unit because we like the streamlined look of her without it up there so we got a portable indoor unit
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:39 AM   #45
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Of course, we decided to not replace the old AC unit because we like the streamlined look of her without it up there so we got a portable indoor unit
How do you vent that portable AC?
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:22 PM   #46
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I don't have a forklift, but maybe I can convince my wife I need one since she is resisting the idea she work on the roof.

I thought I could build a pole barn with an access door in the middle to get to the Airstream roof. I'd rather climb up and down a ladder to a flat roof than a curved one, or I could install stairs to the pole barn roof.

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Old 07-16-2010, 06:14 AM   #47
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@Splitrock - we're still in the remodeling stage so I was able to be a little more flexible. I have the vent coming out of the most forward storage door on the driver's side - cut a 4" hole and have a dryer vent with those 3 little flaps on the outside. I can post pictures early next week if you would like. When the remodel is done the flexible vent pipe will end up coming out from under the platform the marine stove will be on (it's like the stove here HALIBUT COOKSTOVE INFO & SPECS. except from the late 1800's) and the pipe will be able to be stowed under there when not in use.

And @Gene - I think Airstream owners are the only ones who could reason that building a new pole barn is warranted so that roof access to the AS is easy
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@Splitrock - we're still in the remodeling stage so I was able to be a little more flexible. I have the vent coming out of the most forward storage door on the driver's side - cut a 4" hole and have a dryer vent with those 3 little flaps on the outside. I can post pictures early next week if you would like. When the remodel is done the flexible vent pipe will end up coming out from under the platform the marine stove will be on (it's like the stove here HALIBUT COOKSTOVE INFO & SPECS. except from the late 1800's) and the pipe will be able to be stowed under there when not in use.

Thanks for the reply. Interesting! I'd love to see pictures.

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And @Gene - I think Airstream owners are the only ones who could reason that building a new pole barn is warranted so that roof access to the AS is easy
Or, I could dig a big hole with a ramp down to it, back the Airstream down into it and then, walk onto the roof.

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Some where in here I seen a picture of someone who used 2 gantry cranes for their work, one held the AC and the other the floating platform they laid on. Because it was all electric they had remotes to control everything. This is what gave me my idea of the gantry crane and scaffolds. but my medical conditions are pretty much keeping down so it looks like I will have to pay someone to do my work.

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I lean a ladder up over the door with a towel under/around the ladder. Replacing the AC I would go the scaffold route. Be alot easier and wouldn't have to sweat out staying on the ribs while you handle the unit on and off.

...If you're gonna tape for AFV, put a mini trampoline about four feet from the rear end and go for it!
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...If you're gonna tape for AFV, put a mini trampoline about four feet from the rear end and go for it!
LOL, if you put one at each end or on each side that would be a good way to do quick visual inspections and have fun at the same time.
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this setup might work for a quick inspection.
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I sealed a sewer vent from the ladder. The coach wheels provided a nice place to tie off on.

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That's a nice tip. Thanks!
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Ladder tie under trailer

There's no good place to tie off the ladder on this side so I run a long strap under the trailer and tie it off on the scaffold on the other side.

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To attach a support to the ladder, I just countersink two self tapping screws through the board, into the ladder.

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This almost completes my topside work. I'll seal all the window and door tops and the top of the awing track and then I think I'm done with the top.

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