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Old 06-14-2009, 08:01 PM   #43
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Bed platforms installed

While working through the design for the kitchen area, I had some time to finish the bed platforms.

These are 1/2" baltic birch plywood sheets with a piece of cherry trim on the exposed fronts. The baltic birch with 9 plys is firmer than regular plywood so I got away with 1/2" in trying to keep the weight down, but still got the firmness I wanted.

The install took hours of scribing. I was taking away about an 1/8" at a time, over and over to get it to fit pretty good.

There are three access panels, one in the side bed to get to the water heater, and two in the back bed for longer term storage like heavier clothing.
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Old 06-14-2009, 08:07 PM   #44
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Bed cushions

The best part about installing the bed platforms is that we were able to get out the bed cushions that my wife worked on a long time ago when we first pinned down our design for the entire trailer.

She took a queen sized futon and cut it in half and then started creating the curved shape in the back. We had a paper pattern to work from and she got it just right. The futon has a nice size to it and the beds are quite comfortable.

Then she really had fun finding the fabric for the inside of the Flying Cloud. We weren't going to use anything as dull as Navajo White in this baby, we have enough of that in every room of our house. So when you walk in to the Flying Cloud with the red marmoleum on the floor and this fabric for all the cushions, things really jump out.
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Old 06-14-2009, 08:19 PM   #45
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Any chance we can get a glimpse of the bathroom?

Everything else looks fantastic!

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Old 06-16-2009, 03:42 PM   #46
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Bathroom

Hi Steve,

Sure here are some photos of the bathroom. This was created by Colin Hyde and team. It's a small space 48 inches long by 30 inches wide. In small spaces like this you have to make choices. We chose to optimize the toilet seat and it's usability compared to the shower. It's a wet bath and the shower is certainly useable. The sink is helpful being very small and a corner mount. When you are using the sink you are standing in the shower pan.

There isn't anything else in this wet bath. No toilet paper holder, mirror, medicine cabinet, towel holders. We will figure out over time what if any of that list we will add in.
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More bathroom details...

Colin found a very clever plumbing fixture that allows us to plug and unplug the shower cord into the sink faucet and in effect share the hot/cold water control on the sink. That means one less fixture needed for the shower in this small area. I haven't mounted the hanger for the shower cord for use. When it's not in use and during travel, we will probably just take it down and put it somewhere else.

Another detail - the sink drain shares the shower drain. If you look closely at the picture you'll see the sink just drains into the shower pan. Saved some extra plumbing into the grey tank. We aren't as wild about this idea, just hope our feet don't get wet every time we run water down the sink. Another example of choices you make in small spaces.
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More bathroom details...

Colin found a very clever plumbing fixture that allows us to plug and unplug the shower cord into the sink faucet and in effect share the hot/cold water control on the sink. That means one less fixture needed for the shower in this small area. I haven't mounted the hanger for the shower cord for use. When it's not in use and during travel, we will probably just take it down and put it somewhere else.

Another detail - the sink drain shares the shower drain. If you look closely at the picture you'll see the sink just drains into the shower pan. Saved some extra plumbing into the grey tank. We aren't as wild about this idea, just hope our feet don't get wet every time we run water down the sink. Another example of choices you make in small spaces.
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I love all the detailed work you are doing in your '53.

Could you possibly get a section of say radiator hose that will fit over the sink drain tube and put the other end down the shower pasn drain? You would only have to remove it to shower and might keep your feet from getting wet when you use the sink. Just a thought.
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Hi Deitz,

That's a great idea. I bet I can set up some type of hose to work for both. A direct flow from the sink, and with some slots in it a way for the shower to drain.

This is why I love to post my progress, plenty of good problem solvers on this forum.

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Thanks for the pics.

I assume that is the rear curbside window in your bathroom pictures. Do you have any information on your grey and black tank sizes? Our frames are identical, so it would help greatly. Looks like the black tank is above the floor, and is the riser seen in the picture. Where is the venting located for the tanks inside the trailer, and where does it exit the roof?

Thanks for the pics again.

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I assume that is the rear curbside window in your bathroom pictures. Do you have any information on your grey and black tank sizes? Our frames are identical, so it would help greatly. Looks like the black tank is above the floor, and is the riser seen in the picture. Where is the venting located for the tanks inside the trailer, and where does it exit the roof?
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Regarding the window in the bath - yes it's rear curbside. Need to create some type of screen for it while using the wet bath. I'll probably create a rain gutter above it also.

Black tank is small. I think 10 gallons, right under the toilet, above the floor. This was as big as would fit given the dimensions available. And directly under the black tank outside are my dump valves and hookup for the sewer. I wanted maximum ground clearance, but it does mean that I will have to use a long sewer hose for most campground connections.

Grey tank is large (for this size/age of trailer). I think 30 gallons. Custom made to fit the frame space, which was actually modified to create as large a space as possible.

My frame started out as the original 53, but after inspection and seeing all the problems with it, Colin traded it out for a 56 frame that was close in size and in much better starting shape.

Venting is not through the roof, but through a side vent up high. May be a problem to watch out for if we ever get a vintage awning and hang outside alot.
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Kitchen Cabinet buildout

I'm working on the kitchen cabinets now. I am starting with a cabinet skeleton that GSM put in when they installed the microwave, frig, and sink. They created a framed cabinet, but I am trying to have a frameless cabinet style throughout the trailer.

My solution for this area was to leave the skeleton the way it is, and build inset doors and drawers in this area. This way I continue the same flush cabinet face look, but I won't do all the cherry trim detail like I have done on all the other cabinets I have created from scratch.

Here's the results so far. I'll follow up with a couple of posts describing all the detail behind the doors I've installed.
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Undersink trash area

Under the sink I have added one door so far on the left. This area will hold three items - a removeable trash can (from Ikea of course), a two sleeve pocket holder for the microwave platters, and paper towels behind the trash can.

I created a floor cleat for the trash can to keep it in place. The purple can easily pops out for disposal.
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Very nice. I love seeing your work.

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Old 06-28-2009, 09:18 PM   #55
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Microwave platter sleeves

My wife was concerned about the glass microwave platter. In our previous Airstream we just stored it in the microwave with some padding for travel. This time she wanted something better.

So in looking at my space available I noticed an area to the left of the trash can where I could create a sleeve to tightly hold the glass microwave platter. I actually created a container with two sleeves so we could store the metal platter used in convection oven mode also. The platters fit very tightly in these sleeves and are out of the way.

The sleeves were created by sandwiching 1/2 ply that was cut in a semi-circle shape to mirror the platters. Two of these were sandwiched between 1/4 ply sheets.
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Applicance Garage

In planning the kitchen area, my wife and I went through a long discussion about what our "must have" applicances were for any Airstream trip.

After much debate, when for example we decided to leave our silver waffle iron behind (it would have been perfect in the Airstream), here is our list of "must have" appliances: coffee maker with steel coffee cup, kettle (not really an appliance, but I wanted to try and fit it in this area), toaster, and the blender with it's mixing cups. I've included a picture of everything on the counter.

My challenge was to create the right sized cubby-holes to store all this stuff, and I wanted to get it all to fit under the microwave. I just had a heater and a wheel well taking up more than half that space.

After lots of measurements and a mockup, the final result includes three cubby holes to store the appliances.
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