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 04-01-2010, 04:45 PM   #15
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More Pictures of Where I'm at (April 1, 2010)

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here you see the detail of one of the ceiling cabinets


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Some of the colors we like for floor (obsidian), countertops (metalic brown), seating (camel leather), and accents (maybe a fun green)



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I still need a couple more parts for a Bargman H20 door lock. I'm waiting till i get everything in hand then it's a project of its own to repair the door back to original specs.


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i just like that picture
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:11 PM   #16
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Cool looking Bubble, I have a 1980 Caravelle that I like but want to restore a 50's Single axle. Keep the pictures coming! Don in Idaho
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:14 AM   #17
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caravel or single axle

let me know what project you end up with. I considered the caravel too. i think they are set up nice and they are one of the best values. I wanted to stay smaller so i could pull it with my vintage car if i wanted. And i didn't find any bambis in the condition/price i wanted. i looked at a rare wee wind in Ca. but didn't follow up on it due to the sticker price of the project (9k) and the fact that it wasn't towable. That would have added a couple grand to the inspection and transport cost. I was fortunate in finding this bubble an hour away! i hooked up my 4 cylinder truck to it, the lights worked--and pulled it home. cheers
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:03 AM   #18
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flooring scheduled/ Bargman H20 Lock parts needed

The marmoleum flooring's getting installed next monday--so i'll have a pic of that coming. aside from that i've collected more hardware for the interior: a "pacemaker" Elkay stainless sink, bar faucet, and all of the brass quick (gator bite) connectors to run the water via pex water line. The cabinetry is on the tall order--that's going to take some time. I got another piece of the puzzle for my original Bargman H20 door lock: an OEM key cylinder. Click image for larger version

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ID:	100208 Now just the handle and handle hardware will complete it and I can reassemble the door. I know i can get the handle from Vintagetrailersupply but i need the hardware and shaft for connecting it to the lock guts (anyone have these parts? thanks for you input. ted
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:23 AM   #19
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Vintage Volvo: "Sven" and the "Bubble Bungalo"

This will not be my main tow vehicle but since the bubble is only 16' and will weigh less than 2000lbs I'll still be able to tow it with my vintage Volvo for shorter trips to the coast. I'll put this up for inspiration. I even have an OEM 544 Volvo hitch I can install that came from Sweden. So here's a pic of "Sven" my 1964 Volvo PV 544 Sport. Click image for larger version

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and I'm working out a name for the airstream project: so far, since it has a quartersawn oak woodie interior and the cabinetry will be a mission style, i think a good name might be the "Bubble Bungalo"
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:59 AM   #20
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Nice Volvo...I would take up pipe smoking and break out the old twead Jacket for the sunday drive with this one.

So.....is the bubble bungalo painted?
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:40 PM   #21
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This will not be my main tow vehicle but since the bubble is only 16' and will weigh less than 2000lbs I'll still be able to tow it with my vintage Volvo for shorter trips to the coast. I'll put this up for inspiration. I even have an OEM 544 Volvo hitch I can install that came from Sweden. So here's a pic of "Sven" my 1964 Volvo PV 544 Sport.
and I'm working out a name for the airstream project: so far, since it has a quartersawn oak woodie interior and the cabinetry will be a mission style, i think a good name might be the "Bubble Bungalo"
This pair is really great! I love the idea of mission style for the trailer. Can't wait to see more.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:24 PM   #22
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safari62--yes you're right. the last owner painted it if you can believe that. he said he didn't want to buff it out every year. i almost didn;t buy it because of that. but i saw pics of the before paint and the body is in excellent shape. and it's a quite rare trailer being the bubble version--and it was only an hour form my home. too hard to pass up. so--with a lot of elbow grease or (a lot of money)--it can be stripped in the future. since the exterior still looks presentable--i'm focussing on the interior and systems rebuild--and plan to use it as soon as i'm done. I'll leave the exterior for as long as it looks nice--or money drops down out of the sky for a strip job on the exterior.
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:06 PM   #23
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Propane Size Question 3/8" or 1/2" copper?

My original propane set up was 1/2" copper tubing--which is completely torn out. I assumed i should go 1/2" again--but the fittings for the princess stove, norcold fridge, and catalytic heater are all 3/8". do you know if there is a flow proplem if you "T" off the main feed 3 times with 3/8" from the tank regulator back to the appliances? i don't want to overbuild if it's not necessary and if 3/8" line is sufficient i won't have to use extra reducer fittings. Any help on this is appreciated.

PS--the marmoleum flooring was installed and it looks great! I've been doing the parts scavenger hunt and picking everything up that's necessary for the electrical, plumbing, and propane rebuild.
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Old 04-29-2010, 04:06 PM   #24
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Floor and Step guard installed!

Here's a shot of the marmoleum floor in--it looks great. I ended up putting a coat of paint on the wheel wells and lower section of the walls just to clean things up (the old paint was making a mess flaking off everywhere) . All of this will be under the rear bed and cabinets so color is of no consideration. later, i'll put a nice piece of 1/2 round trim around after the cabinets are in.
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I also made a step guard using 1 1/4" alluminum and attatched with stainless finish screws.
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I'm picking up the quartersawn oak materials monday and the cabinet build starts asap.
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Old 04-29-2010, 04:15 PM   #25
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Wanted Bargman Door Lock Part

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ID:	101536 WANTED--the shaft and hardware that goes with a bargman H20 door lock. Let me know if you have one. This is what they look like. I will also need the hardware that keeps the shaft into the lock. Cheers.
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Beautiful flooring. Painting the lower shell is a great idea.
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:07 PM   #27
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Catching up on the forums and just found your thread. You've got a fabulous looking project going there. Love the Mission oak and the flooring.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:32 PM   #28
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Bubble Build continues:

I painted the tongue black a couple weeks ago inspired by the incredible Wee Wind on vintagetrailering.com. I hooked up the new dual regulator and propane pigtails and I installed a marinco 30 amp outlet and have the wiring run into the interior. Yesterday, I performed a scary task by cutting a hole in the skin to install a vintage style single external electrical outlet near the door (a vintage guru said--just do it--everyone loves having an outlet for extenal uses such as putting a light on a picnic table and other things). So i have it installed nicely and i needed to do it now while i have good access before the cabinets get put in. And here's a shot of a computer fan installed to increase airflow for my fridge. I used a copper water line holder and it works just right.

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And the cabinet build has begun.
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I'm lucky to have a friend (Murray) who's and excellent cabinet builder and he happened to be available--so i'll be able to progress my project faster than i thought. Here's a shot of the frames--note the curve that's required to join the sloping trailer slides. There's nothing square in an airstream. I have some beautiful quatersawn oak which will be the sides and face frames, doors, and drawers.
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