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Old 07-27-2006, 09:55 AM   #99
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hi all- marc, I re-used the existing black tank after scrubbing the nasties out of it and wire-brushing the sensors so they register more accurately (hopefully). It appeared to be in fine shape, but I did have a new galvanized holding pan built, and new L-bar to hold all of it to the frame. I also put in all new gaskets in the dump valve, and lubed the moving parts. Re-used the original toilet, too cheap to buy a new one I guess. So it's a mish-mash of old and new, and I'm at approx. $9k total cost, definitely NOT including my labor which would bring it up to Exxon-Mobils latest quarterly profit figure. At least. Vaya con plata- tim
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Old 07-30-2006, 06:52 PM   #100
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hi all- I helped a friend remove his A/C unit from his '71 Avion, and we patched the roof hole. He noticed that it would soon get way too hot to touch, from inside, while left bare alum. But after painting it white, like the rest of his particular roof, it was 50 degrees cooler. I don't understand why this is so, but do understand why AS now paints their roofs white and doing so on older units, especially without A/C, might be worth considering. Why does white stay cooler than bare aluminum? I would think shiny aluminum would reflect as much as anything else, but am obviously wrong. I guess this may be why all the sob's are white too. Probably won't do it though, as I like the look of the all-silver bullet too much. You too??
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:18 PM   #101
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howdy- went down to the big city (fort collins) today with my pile of aluminum extrusions from the interior re-model- I believe it was some 40 pounds of the stuff. Sold it, along with some of the old copper propane line, old valves, etc. for $40, to the local metal scrapyard. Nice to get it out of my garage, and life. Am thinking about going down to Creede for a vintage rally the weekend of Aug. 12- in my Coleman pop-up, which I pull with my Sienna van. Still no TV for the overlander though, waiting for one to roll into my driveway. Saw a nicely polished 70's model AS today in the walmart lot, from nebraska- heading to Creede? OK- no other news...
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:24 PM   #102
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Why paint helps...

My speculation about why the paint helps is that even though it is thin it does stop a lot of heat transfer by conduction through the aluminum. The shiny aluminum may very well reflect better than the white paint. I am of the opinion that the best combination would be to paint the outer skin on the inside with something thick and goopy and let the shine on the outside reflect the heat.

Check out the following threads for some discussion about the heat transfer issuess:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...red-13363.html

http://www.airforums.com/forum...lts-13953.html

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Old 08-14-2006, 08:53 PM   #103
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it's curtains for me...

hi all- just got back from a week in the mountains of northern Colorado, saw these: 4 BIG bull moose, 3 beavers, 2 osprey, 1 eagle, and hardly any mid-west tourists. (Disclaimer: I am from Wisconsin) Anyhoo, Jane made another curtain for the room divider- now just the gaucho cover, and maybe a shade for above the sink, and her work is done. The last major thing will be the sound system, it won't be too audiophile-obsessed though. Have looked a little at F-150's, am hoping to weigh in at less than stock with my remodel and avoid going with the F-250. But we'll see about that- I don't want to under-do it with the TV. So- winding down, after 13 months of ownership. Don't know when the fun of traveling in it will begin but can't wait!! -tim
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:13 PM   #104
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howdy- never fun to have to re-do your work, but that's how my day was spent. After building the gaucho frame out of maple, with 3 doors for tote access, getting it all done except for the armrests, my wife sat in it and I saw that her feet were just brushing the floor! So today I unscrewed and took out the entire thing, cut down the front frame by 2", cut down the supports, and put it all back together. Now she is comfortable, and that's what counts. So it is lower than how it came out of Jackson Center by 2" now, I should have paid more attention to what it felt like before tearing out the original. Still have to finish the armrests, I think I'll be putting a couple car stereo speakers in the front panels. So like they say- measure twice, cut once. -tim
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Old 08-19-2006, 06:18 PM   #105
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howdy- today I took off the polypropylene cover that was over my rig for the last 7 months or so, keeping the pine sap and bird poo off. I have to say I see no evidence of black marks, abrasion, wearing through the aluminum, etc. It just looks like the day I put the cover on, last october. These new covers are lightweight, soft, and breatheable- yet water resistant. So I'll post a couple pics of her, and one showing the under-gaucho bin doors. Still wondering what kind of stereo to install, a car stereo or a 110-v boombox/mini console thing? The mini-boombox could be used in the house, or elsewhere, when the coach is not being used. Any ideas out there? thanks- tim
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Old 08-19-2006, 11:59 PM   #106
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Hey Tim, the gaucho came out nice, Good job! Your woodwork is very nice too!
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Old 08-26-2006, 10:42 AM   #107
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howdy- Thanks Ron, for the encouragement- same to you on your '72! Have been working more lately on my friend's Avion than my own rig, still mulling over the sound system and a few other details. Did, however, finally get a couple different latches to hold the screen door open, and closed. No more wire! Will also include a pic of the center kitchen cabinet, which has a light inside, where all the plumbing "guts" are.I think I can eliminate the mouse traps now because I just sprayed that expanding foam insulation into every conceivable opening underneath, where the frame penetrates the water tank enclosure. And one pic showing the roof-line that I cleaned up by getting rid of the tv antenna, rotor mount, etc. It's just the vents now. To paint, or not to paint, the center roof section white? Probably won't, though it seems to make much sense. Also shopping around for a microwave-toaster-bake oven, something that will do most everything. Ideas? -tim
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Old 08-27-2006, 10:06 AM   #108
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howdy- took a little time yesterday to finish the gaucho arms, will show what I did. Made the padded tops removeable, like they used to be, even stapled the old "do not remove..." tags back on them- faux-original. The areas below will be handy, I think, for storage of..pillows? sheets? I decided not to put car-stereo speakers in the fronts like I was thinking. After reading the thread on sound systems, am thinking more and more of the Tivoli system, or something comparable. By the way, the plastic trays that went below the armrests originally are available- pm me. -tim
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Hey Tim,
I just installed a new stereo, speakers and a subwoofer. I'm very happy with my new sounds. I picked up some new 5" Pioneer speakers and reused the housing attachments that were already in my A/S. The C.D. player was just a basic unit with a input in the front for my ipod. I have a powered Bazooka 8" subwoofer in my truck, and I've been very happy with it. So, I bought a refurbished one on ebay and installed it too. It sounds great in there. In fact, we took her down to the beach again yesterday, and we played it loud enough that we could all be entertained with music while we were outside hanging out. Great! Plus, I should be able to adapt it all to a surround sound system when we get the flat screen installed.

It was well worth it, and you'll be happy with a new stereo. Just the speakers alone are such a difference compared to the old ones.

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hey ron- your beach trip sounds great, I wish sometimes we weren't so dang far from the ocean up here in the mountains. I also wish I could magically transport my coach to Maui for at least 1 full winter! Anyway, your solution to the sound system sounds good- I'll PM to probably ask a few more details. I'm still mulling over which way to go on the whole thing, will go listen to the Tivoli system this week, 35 miles away. While I'm down there I'll drop in at the Bose outlet store too- eventually we'll have some music and news in the coach. I do think a subwoofer makes all the difference in the sound quality for a regular car-deck system- I wish I could hear yours! Thanks for sharing- Have fun- tim
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Old 08-28-2006, 10:09 PM   #111
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Hi, Tim,

Your gaucho makes a more convincing couch than mine. Everybody entering my trailer looks at it right off and says, "Does that make a bed?"

The back of it is just not upright enough. It's days may be numbered anyway. I've been thinking about a front dinette and side couch conversion. (Which is much cheaper than buying a '34 and would only be a minor tweak of the L-couch floorplan that's more prevalent in this year model.)

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Old 09-11-2006, 07:58 PM   #112
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Lamar- if they visit early in the morning, do they say "does that make into a couch"? Just wanted to post a pic or 2 of the Tivoli Model 2 that quite a few people reccomended, a really nice-sounding mini-stereo! When the speakers are on the front shelf, in the corners, it has amazing sound quality. And it can be used in the house when we're not streamin- I like that idea. Adios-tim
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