View Poll Results: What do you think the bubble "dry" and tongue weight results were on 2/18/11?
2,054 lbs total 253 lbs tongue 4 33.33%
2,332 lbs total 312 lbs tongue 5 41.67%
2,560 lbs total 386 lbs tongue 2 16.67%
2,745 lbs total 390 lbs tongue 1 8.33%
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:03 PM   #155
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Ted,I have a '65 Globetrotter that I did much the same as you did. After stumbling on to your thread, I want to do another. Very sweet job, Kenny
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:29 PM   #156
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Hey thanks Kenny. I have a question for you. Did you weigh your trailer after your rebuild? I'm curious to see where my bubble will weigh in after I'm done. The original bubbles were spec'd at 1750 lbs empty if my memory is right. I'm hoping mine ends up no more than 2000. Thanks for the reply. Ted
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:52 PM   #157
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Ted,
It looks great!! I am very envious and anxious to get back to work on my 53. I have a question about the switches. Where did you find them? Did you make them and how? I have been looking for switches just like that and have not had any luck.

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Old 01-16-2011, 06:14 PM   #158
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Aside from the craftsmanship, the breadth of your knowledge for all the systems work impresses me ... may I ask what your background is that you acquired all the know-how?

You also make it sound as if you sailed through everything & got it right the 1st time. Or are you sparing us the trial & error?

Off now to see how far Dallas is from Rose Lodge ...
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:20 PM   #159
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12 volt switch suppliers and custom work

yes nick--thanks for the compliments. yes as you know--it takes a lot of patience, planning, time....and ...cash...to rebuild these trailers. I similar to you searched for a long time for cool and quality switches. The marine industry and guys who do custom work for jeeps/race cars/ etc.. know how do put cool switch panels together--so i started looking there. Rv suppliers seem to sell the plastic 2 buck ones you can get at radio shack. So here's my advice: I discovered a guy called: the 12voltguy online and he did great work for me. He had a lot of orders infront of me so it took some time but was worth the wait: here's his site: 12voltguy.com - Home he made the bezel for the carlng switches but I purchased the switches (because I wanted more specific images on them) from a very honest guy and business called: over-the-river-and-through the woods. This guy really knows switches too and was a great help. http://www.otrattw.com/products.php?cat=20 I used the V-series Contura Rocker Switches » as they are the same size and style as the ones the 12volt guy is geared up to laser-cut out for. Please note that not all switches are the same dimensions when you go to other carling lines--so make sure you know what you're getting and get them all at once from one supplier. Hope that helps. You'll probably have to beg the 12voltguy because he doesn't often do custom work without selling the switches installed with it--email seemed to be the best avenue of communication with him. Hope this helps--i searched the forums like crazy and never found anything like what I had made up--so hopefully the 12voltguy will makes some up for you. best regards--ted
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:28 PM   #160
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Journey of Life

Summerkid,

fair question! I'm not one of those guys who makes airplanes in their backyards! But I think a few things have helped me in this rebuild. More of a philosphy of life:

1. I think that fixing something's that's broken is like giving cpr to a dead body...you really can't mess up you can only help--they're dead you know.
2. Most broken things are easy to take apart, see how they work and get a replacement part-- preferebly a better part and reinstall.
3. I ask a lot of questions.
4. then figure out who the real experts are and ask them the same questions!
5. i think with a vintage trailer build like this you have to spend a lot of time planning and researching--then you're able to do it right the first time--hopefully.
6. Buy nice not twice.

i'll be sure to detail a few "whoops" moments for you in the future!

I don't know--let me answer your first question: i've done quite a few different things in my life that I am grateful for. I grew up on a farm in Ohio and also worked in my Grandfather's peach and apple orchards, I have a degree in Biology and taught at a high school, middle school, and once taught a community college Biology class, I lived in eastern europe for a couple years in Estonia as a missionary, I've worked in marine construction up in the San Juan Islands, coached sports, I worked in masonry and painting to pay my way through grad school/seminary, remodeled a house in virginia that was first built in 1898, am still working on our 1910 Craftsman here in Oregon, learned alot mildly fixing up a 1954 dodge pickup, have been rebuilding a 1964 volvo at the moment, and am currently a Pastor Of Worship and love the craft of music. I don't know. Maybe I'm a bit of a Renaissance Man? Imperfect and have an eye for beauty.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:36 PM   #161
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:30 AM   #162
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musicians thread on the forum

sure melodyranch, here's the link to the forum where somone was asking what instruments you're playing so i posted a pic. Click on the Goodall guitar sticky and it should direct you. James Goodall is my favorite guitar maker. cheers--ted
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:53 AM   #163
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Ted, I have never weighed my trailer and probably added 200-300 lbs. Ewe (Area 51) another buddy were ordering axles for 7 trailers. He order me a slightly heavier duty axle than the original (I do not know what it was). I did change the tires to load range E, which is a stiffer/heavier side walled trailer tire. I did notice a little difference. I have been everywhere and have not had any pulling or suspension issues. I also welded three steel plates,on each side, behind axle. They were about 10" long and boxed in the "C" channel to stiffen rear end a bit. My trailer sat out in the forest in Washington state for 30 yrs as a hunting cabin. It was all their, but very thrashed. I had to replace some flooring bath area and around door. While doing that I also welded in some extra framing to make it stronger. My trailer is in the Winter 2008 Airstream Life Magazine, if you want to see it. You might want to send some pics to Jody Brotherston at Airstream Life of your trailer. She is a designer and does articles on vintage redo's for the magizine. Your trailer is exceptional and should be in that magazine. All the best, Kenny
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:58 PM   #164
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Thanks Kenny. And I did take a look at your photos of your trailer. It looks Very nice! I'll have to subscribe to the magazine too. I'm currently rounding up all the gear for my tow vehicle so I can legally take the bubble to both the DMV and out to get some upholstery quotes. So it's time to wire in the brake controller and a new hitch, tranny cooler and light harness package. Again thanks for the kind remarks. Maybe I'll look up the designer when I'm finished. I'd really like to have the trailer ready for a couple weekend trips to the Oregon coast by late spring The maiden voyage will be pretty cool. Cheers
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:27 PM   #165
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Still making some progress

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ID:	120087 I thought I'd take a pic of my completed cabinet. I installed a small "simple human" stainless can ($31 bucks for trash?--but it does look like it belongs there) by remooving the liner and drilling two small screws through the base to the floor. It fits just right as I bought it before the cutout, it won't be banging around when traveling, and then i put black seal around the shelf cutout to keep things clean looking.

I also am making progress on the family Honda tow vehicle--I pulled the rear bumper off and fished an OEM Honda harness through and connected everything up to 3 internal jacks. The biggest tasks coming up are installing a tranny and power steering cooler, and an electronic brake controller. I'm waiting to get the final trailer weight before I consider setting up the vintage volvo as a car show tow vehicle. I do have both sides of the trailer brakes installed now--so the bubble will be ready to go down the road (as soon as I get the Honda done) to get an upolstery quote. cheers friends--ted
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:55 PM   #166
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Honda Odyssey Light Wiring Diagram for Tekonsha brake controller hookup

Honda Odyssey light wiring diagram pdf.pdf Just for the next guy who is putting a brake controller on Honda Odyssey--I had the Honda dealership email me a proprietary diagram for my 2005 model install. So when you hook up the brake controller in your cabin: The correct wire to grab that is the "cold" side (only gets power when the brake switch is activated) is the white and black wire. connect this to the tekonsha--prodigy 2 brake controller "red" red-stop light wire. The brake switch harness is right where you'd expect to find it--right above the brake pedal! And for the rest of you--i found that the dealerships have easy access to all of these diagrams which I wasn't able to find online--so that may help you in the future too. All the best. ted

ps--I found etrailer.com to be a great asset too as they have hundreds of install videos and help pages.

pps--a friend of mine is rebuilding a cool unadultered vintage 73 chevy suburban that I'm going to be twisting his arm for a classic tow trip sometime
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:58 PM   #167
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Ted,

Are we talking about a honda odyssey tow vehicle? How many family member fit in a bubble?

Looks great. I am down to the frame on mine. Was cutting out plywood tonight for the floor. I can't wait to get to where you are.

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Old 01-25-2011, 10:29 PM   #168
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yes matt--the bubble will hold my sweet daughter Lila in the dinette bed, the wifey and I get the bed in the back--and the 2 boys get a tent! When the boys and I go out for the men's getaways--it will be an easier fit. I figured that I wanted to rebuild a trailer that will be just the right size after the kids are away and in college (I kind of laugh and scratch my head at all my friends who finally finish their 4000 square foot homes...."Mc-Mansions" just in time for them to be completely empty?), one that could be towed with a classic car, and one that would appreciate with age. A flying cloud would probably be the perfect all around trailer size--but i found the bubble right next door in portland and coudn't pass on it. At the same time I'm man enough that I can drive a loaded swagger waggon without feeling like a whimp. Remember --I still have a cool 64 vintage volvo, vespas, and a 1980 beater toyota truck for winter driving. Convincing yet? cheers!--ted
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