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Old 09-07-2011, 09:31 PM   #141
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Hi All,

It's been a couple of months since I've updated this thread. It's been a tough year up here in Vermont as far as mother nature is concerned. Back in December one day we had 60 mph winds for 6 hours straight and we lost over 1000 trees on our tree farm. In May we got 6 inches of rain in a couple of hours and lost our road for a couple of weeks and had tons of other water damage. And now we are digging out after Irene - 6 to 8 inches of rain on top of everything else. Our road held this time, but we lost over 250 roads across the state.

So in the mean time we have been making steady progress on lots of loose ends with our trailer.

For example our stove top is right near one of our twin beds so we wanted some type of shield around it. We were shopping at Ikea earlier this year on one of our trips and found a nice solution in the first picture.

In the bathroom I wanted to put up the shower head hanger, but the screws wouldn't hold well going through the thin wall, so I used longer screws and created a cherry shelf/tray on the other side to make everything firm. Now I have a night tray above my bed for my glasses, a paperback, ... This is in the second and third pictures.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:38 PM   #142
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The biggest updates are the window coverings. We put up metal blinds that have that Airstream look to them behind the kitchen counter. Wanted metal here for the kitchen sprays instead of cloth. Small challenge is that with the curved walls the blinds hang out away from the walls naturally. So I just created a couple of small wood blocks they sit in when fully down to keep them hugging the wall curves.

Then my wife spent days/weeks creating roman shades for the other windows. These are cool, when you pull them up they naturally pleat as they fold up and out of the way. Not sure how they really work but she was very proud when they were mounted.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:39 PM   #143
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More pictures of the roman shades...
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:44 PM   #144
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I had been scratching my head for months on how to secure the bathroom door - what type of handle to use, how to have it stay closed during travel, ...

Finally I came across a couple of threads on this forum of course where others had updated their handles with a flat, recessed handle that are available on the newer models. I followed the leads to the same supplier and found one that worked perfect for my application.

Only one small detail to solve. I had to fabricate my own catch since the handle I ordered didn't come with anything.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:48 PM   #145
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I also have now switched over almost all the lighting to LEDs. I've ordered most of mine from Superbrightleds.

It's been a couple months since I've installed them and I now actually prefer the light spectrum they give off compared to the yellow from the originals.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:50 PM   #146
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Last minor design challenge - the wet bath

Our last work area before getting on the road is fitting out the wet bath. We have to figure out where to put towels, tp, and toiletries. We have no storage in the wet bath yet and just trying to figure out what to create, out of what material (metal or cloth), how to keep it dry, how to make it roadworthy.

Any hints on how others have handled this in a wet bath?
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Old 09-08-2011, 01:32 PM   #147
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Top notch job!!
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:37 PM   #148
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It's good to see further progress on your coach and to see more examples of your excellent workmanship!

I wish I had something to offer on the wet bath, but I am still in the demolition stage on my 56 Flying Cloud, and I have not had to address the bath issues.

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Old 09-09-2011, 06:13 AM   #149
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Oh so pretty!

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Very nice choice! Light-weight, room-darkening, quiet and soft for travel!
Did you use UV resistant material or liner?
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:21 AM   #150
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Thumbs up very nice work!

when you picked your project it weighed 2780 lbs ...

now that you are finished and when you have all your Elfas loaded, what is the weight?

When you started, you were towing with a Ridgeline with a tow rating of 5,000 lbs .... is this still your TV?

Very nice work, you should be proud. I have a lot of admiration for the time, skill and patience that has gone into this project.

It is truly a work of art!



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Byams - with the dark blue fabric on the inside, we picked another nice fabric my wife had around for the outside. The blue fabric makes it plenty dark enough - no liner needed.

Jump - The Ridgeline is my tow vehicle. I have 85,000 on mine and not a single repair yet, just regular maintenance. I'll do a dry weigh-in when we pull it out of the barn, but I don't expect to be over 3300 dry. You asked the right question though - what will be the typical wet weigh-in? This will depend totally on the wife and it will be challenging for her. By custom building everything I have created a ton of storage space. Now I need to make sure she doesn't overload it with too many rocks.

And thanks to all of you for your nice compliments.
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Very nice!! Love the interior look!

Any links to where to get the aluminum blinds?
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...I'll do a dry weigh-in when we pull it out of the barn, but I don't expect to be over 3300 dry. You asked the right question though - what will be the typical wet weigh-in? This will depend totally on the wife and it will be challenging for her. By custom building everything I have created a ton of storage space. Now I need to make sure she doesn't overload it with too many rocks.

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Nice! How much could Lucy's little rock collection possibly weigh?? ;-)
I too have been thinking ahead- way ahead - about bath towel storage/drying during travel. Looking forward to seeing your solutions!

Awesome looking trailer!!! Thanks for sharing!
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It's been a while since I looked at this thread for this awesome trailer. It was indeed a tough year weather-wise in the Northeast; sorry to hear of all of your tree damage.

I'm wondering if you got the trailer out on the road and how it's all working out. Love that floor plan with the two twins; I'm wondering about doing something similar with a Caravanner or 60s Safari.

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