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Old 07-25-2014, 02:11 PM   #57
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One of the only things that seems to be salvageable in my trailer seems to be the water pump and the 5gallon water heater. However, the water heater seems to be a cumbersome pain in the butt, judging solely on the lesson the PO gave me on it when I bought the trailer. I think I will go with your on-demand route.

As for the AC and heating, mine didn't come with an AC and the heater seems like it will kill me in my sleep, so I ripped it out with everything else. I started looking at 100% DC mini split units that run on solar panels. They heat and cool and I won't have an ugly unit on my roof.

I like your toilet idea, but am concerned with filling my tank too fast and the added weight of the porcelain. So might have to stick with an RV toilet.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:45 PM   #58
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If nothing else, you're surely ambitious, but maybe a little quick to dig into what looks to be a roller coaster that you can't get off of! It has been an entertaining read so far!! :-)


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Old 07-25-2014, 06:22 PM   #59
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Haha, I aim to please. Hopefully someone out there can learn from my misfortune.

This weekend I'm going to try to raise the body off the frame and take out the rotted floor. I saw some posts on here about how to do it. So stay tuned because with my luck so far the entire thing will be rusted. Yippee!
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:47 PM   #60
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Holy crap were you green or did you get pissed when you took that puppy apart? Yes you can fix it but please control you hulk side! When I get mad I just throw a cheap tool then spend an hour or 2 trying to find it!
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:34 PM   #61
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I was pretty mad at the PO at first, but thought back to the 9 hour buying and inspection process and although he believed he under priced this "gem" and believed it was in amazing shape, he let me inspect it all I wanted and pulled it out for me to crawl under. So this was my fault for being too green.

I could see there were a couple goofy things about it that I was going to fix/ take out like this:
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But my main draw to it was that the interior was pretty much unmolested and original. I thought a good scrubbing and a new shower pan would get me by for the next few years... NOPE.

Oh well. I'm lucky I found this stuff instead of breathing in mouse pooh and black mold for the foreseeable future. And this way I'll basically have a brand new airstream without dropping $50k. No tools will be thrown. Like anything old, it is gonna be a can of worms. I've made peace with that fact.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:36 PM   #62
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Just finished vacuuming and now it is time to pull out this linoleum and pergo.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:50 PM   #63
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keep the "these puppies" they will save your body when you run on a flat tire!
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:23 PM   #64
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Yep, "those puppies" are one of the only things to survive on my '64 Bambi II. I'll be glad to have them if I get a flat!


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Old 07-25-2014, 10:38 PM   #65
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Really!? Those came with the trailer? I thought they were some concoction from the PO. Like something to prevent his other concoction from getting ripped off.

Don't they get snagged on things? When I finally take this on the trails to get to some of my favorite desert camp spots there can be some decent sized rocks. And I already saw sparks flying from those 'Sleighs' attached to the bumper guarding the black tubes (make shift gray water tank). And that was just from driving on the highway.
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:51 PM   #66
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You can probably shorten them a bit if you're going off roading. My sister was traveling behind me & saw mine sparking too. I might have them cut down a bit, but if they save my rear end in the event of a flat, a few sparks are no biggie!


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Old 07-25-2014, 11:51 PM   #67
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Can someone please post a picture of their under bumper gear?
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:46 PM   #68
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Got all the trim off, way harder than I thought. There were many rusted screws replacing rivets and the rivet remover tool couldn't get them off.

I recommend a dremel with a little metal cutting disk.

To my understanding the front and back c channels will stay on the shell and the channels along the side will stay on the frame.

Next I'm going to just try dremeling off the rusted bent bolts holding the shell to the frame, and then figure out what other rivets will need to come out.

My banana wraps seem to be very tricky to remove, so I'm going to hold off doing that long as possible.
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Oh and definitely use a stool or rolling office chair to save your knees and back when removing the perimeter rivets!
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Okay so I found something that has to come out for sure:
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The way everything overlaps these 2 rows of 10,000 rivets has to come out
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If you lost your propane key like I did, and you are steady with a drill, you can get these guys from the back side.
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