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Old 10-12-2014, 09:22 AM   #225
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Don't want to hijack your thread, but I have a quick question about the shower pan and thought you or your many followers would see it best here. We had to gut (ONLY) the bathroom, buy are having difficulty finding a replacement the shower pan. We have found plenty of 24"x 28" pans, but the drains are all in the upper right corner. Our shower drain (1982 Excella center bath) is in the upper left. We are not experienced plumbers or DIYers, plus we're working on a limited budget, so moving the plumbing is not an option. I'm wondering if the solution is obvious and we're missing it.
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Old 10-12-2014, 12:07 PM   #226
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Hi mwernke; I think Airstream service center may have a replacement shower pan that fits your Excella. Since you are not as California Crazy as The Marco, you might find a replacement shower pan is much, much easier than what Marco has done. I'll bet Jackson Center would do an excellent job of replacing it for you while you enjoyed the many amenities of Jackson Center, especially the convenience store that sells pizza by the slice. Imagine that!

Another option is to advertise in the Airstream Classifieds on this forum asking for a used shower pan. There are other Marcos out there who rebuild their Airstreams and may save you the shower pan.

Lastly, many folks have repaired and repainted their plastic shower pans to look as good as new.

The Marco, back to work! A lot of us are enjoying sitting with our favorite beverage watching you learn to weld.

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Old 10-12-2014, 04:42 PM   #227
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Okay guys, I think I may have alleviated many concerns with my work this morning and yes, there will even be a tube running between the axles. And that hole in the boxes is an access hole to bolt the axles in. And so I can paint in there.

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Old 10-12-2014, 04:52 PM   #228
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put that bar in and measure from trailer ball center to same point left and right before you mount the other suspension device.
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Old 10-12-2014, 05:34 PM   #229
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Yeah, I'm being pretty careful with these measurements, they said to do that in the manual for the axles too. It's good advice!


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Old 10-18-2014, 06:19 PM   #230
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Prepped the frame with the POR-15 de-greaser and metal prep, spraying it down with a pressure washer in between.

It did end up with a white residue and I'm hoping that is normal?

My plan is to pain with the POR-15 first thing in the morning. Hopefully someone can tell me about the white stuff before then

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Old 10-18-2014, 07:31 PM   #231
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The white stuff is normal. The metal prep is a caustic chemical I believe to etch the "rust" for good paint adhesion.

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Old 10-18-2014, 07:51 PM   #232
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Okay perfect, looks like I have plenty of it. Well for anyone using this thread as reference for their shower pan removal. When you use the POR 15 prep, this is what it will look like after you wash it off and it dries:
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Old 10-18-2014, 11:57 PM   #233
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Given the average shower pan replacement leads to a total demolition and rebuild of the average Airstream, I'll do my best to avoid that one for a while.

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Old 10-19-2014, 03:24 PM   #234
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First coat done! Only took 4 hours. And make sure you rubber band the sleeves of your tyvek suit over your rubber gloves. Scrubbing the first layer of your skin off is no fun.
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Old 10-19-2014, 03:34 PM   #235
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First coat done! Only took 4 hours. And make sure you rubber band the sleeves of your tyvek suit over your rubber gloves. Scrubbing the first layer of your skin off is no fun.
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Not the first time a restorer has made that observation. That POR 15 stuff is EVIL. Perhaps you should merely think of it as a temporary tattoo!

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Old 10-19-2014, 04:27 PM   #236
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The POR-15 application is a messy job that is well worth the expense and effort. I can see your frame smiling. It will protect it from future rust for a long time. You can add it to your trailer's resume.

But you need to live in cold, wet Minnesota to really appreciate POR-15. The stains on your arm are badges of honor. I did mine laying on my back. Imagine how I looked! No, don't, it will upset your stomach.

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Old 10-19-2014, 08:13 PM   #237
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Hahaha, these badges/tattoos look stupid! I got most of it off, leaving the small stuff so my skin can heal a little bit before the next scrubbing.


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Old 10-20-2014, 04:22 PM   #238
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Lucy- I think you got some 'splaining to do...
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