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Old 12-27-2014, 06:27 PM   #281
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I like the idea of the AC compressor and condenser outside the trailer with the evaporator inside. Roof top AC units are handy, but noisy. I read other Airstream rebuilders are figuring out how to mount a "cabinet" AC.

My old Trade Wind had thin metal strips to rivet the belly wraps and the belly skins. They were steel, and I replaced a badly rusted section with aluminum. You can see one of the straps here after the wheel well. I riveted the belly wrap and belly pan aluminum to this strap as well as the outriggers. Maybe your trailer had this too.

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Old 12-27-2014, 08:13 PM   #282
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Which split air conditioning system are you looking at, also what is the size?
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Old 12-28-2014, 03:59 AM   #283
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For the angles I put in, as well as the little plates to screw the underbelly to, I used stainless steel (which was leftover from my failed tank experiment.

For the mini-split I will post pictures of it and give the specs in the morning. I ordered it awhile ago- which is a bad idea because if it doesn't work- it will be way outside the return period by the time I finally get it installed.

It is some Chinese thing, I picked it based on the dimensions- and tried to get the least amount of BTU's and it does heating and cooling. There are a million different ones out there, and as far as I can tell, they are all coming from the same factories in China (I figured that out while browsing alibaba) other that the way way way overpriced name brand ones.


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Old 12-28-2014, 08:20 PM   #284
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Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about the mini-split, it's kinda buried in my garage so you'll have to wait till I find the motivation to dig it out...


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Old 01-15-2015, 05:10 PM   #285
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The fresh and black have arrived!
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:22 PM   #286
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Roughing in the gray and black dump valves, so far so good!
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:28 AM   #287
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T Marco the plumber! There are so many skills needed when renovating these old Airstreams. You're pretty good with a wrecking bar, have learned to weld, mechanical engineering, and soon cabinet making. I admire your ability to jump in and figure it out.

I need to learn to weld.

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Old 01-18-2015, 08:35 PM   #288
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I installed the axles and everything is square and symmetrical... Thank God. And I welded the bar across the axles so the won't buckle.

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I wish I'd seen this sooner as I've been researching the axle-less option for a while now. (I'm interested in the 3500 HD, off-road model for tires 235mm or over). They sound like a nice product from what I've read and the Timbren guys have been very helpful; also the $100 shipping and Canadian dollar are a plus for me :-)

Just curious as to whether you've got any observations about them yet?
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Old 01-19-2015, 01:06 AM   #289
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I have yet to pull the trailer around with the new axles on... They look real pretty though. I'll let you all know how they perform when the time comes.


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Old 01-20-2015, 01:18 PM   #290
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Got the fresh water tank in. My big plan of making it easily removable from the bottom didn't entirely work out because the tank ended up being about a inch wider than it was supposed to be, so I chopped that bar out, dropped it I from the top and welded the bar back in... And this shall be its final resting place.

Before putting it in I put some of those sheets of foam insulation that is shiny on one side under it.
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Old 01-20-2015, 03:46 PM   #291
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Started covering the wood in resin like the boat dudes.
This stuff was $35 at Home Depot compared to the stuff at the boat store for $50 and $100 for the epoxy based stuff
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Old 01-20-2015, 03:51 PM   #292
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My prices were off for the stuff at the boat store, they were actually way more expensive.
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And I'm not saying my Home Depot stuff is better or anything, but that boat stuff is probably overkill for a RV floor. If you were in the middle of the ocean and your life was depending on the stuff, I'd gladly buy the resin from the boat store.


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Old 01-25-2015, 08:54 PM   #293
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Today I made this storage compartment thing. I made it out of stainless steel.

Does anyone know where to get the flush bolts to put the bumper back on? The have a flat head slot to screw it back in.
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:13 AM   #294
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You're back on the job! Bumper storage, one more item you can cross of the list. I drilled four 1/4" drain holes in my bumper storage area to let the rain water out. In fact I have drain holes throughout the belly pan so water won't pool up under there.

My bumper bolts on like yours on the 86. I found the bolts at the hardware store. I think they were pan head or round head machine screws. I bought stainless steel fasteners for this.

The painted bumper is welded on the frame rails on my 66. So the bumper is acting like the rear most cross member. The bolted on bumper doesn't add the same rigidity in my view, but it is sure easier to replace. And it can be plated so it looks better.

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