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 01-31-2012, 08:20 PM   #295
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Dan you must be a great person to be around! I see you have picked your hobbies and surroundings wisely.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:43 AM   #296
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Ted, I'm wondering if you've had a chance to determine your gas milage while towing the Bubble? I was disappointed with the 15 MPG from my 2004 Tacoma while towing a 65 Caravel. Recently bought a 1953 Cevy that I plan to rebuild with a short block V8, disc brakes, etc. and I'm thinking it might get the same of even better milage than the Toyota, defiantly more power.
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:10 PM   #297
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Dan, no I havn't towed with the Toyota on a trip yet. On its own I got 20mpg with the first tank with mixed driving. The 05-2012 generation double cab pre runners are rated at 23 on highway which i see as doable. When I take the bubble to the mountains in Oregon this summer I'm guessing and will get and be happy with 15-17 when towing. Your 53 looks like a perfect match for your caravel. Nice project And Dan--- With all the money it will take to rebuild it-- money saved or spent on gas will be mute or at least an afterthought right! ( don't let wife read that part!). Since we have such diverse and great camping in Oregon we don't have to drive across the country for good Scenery Were lucky to have the pacific ocean 45 miles away, portlandia and also the mountains an hour away, wine country in my back door. and the high dessert just over the pass to bend. I say come to oregon! Ted
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:35 AM   #298
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With all the money it will take to rebuild it-- money saved or spent on gas will be mute or at least an afterthought right!
Good point!
(I do enjoy bringing back to life these old artifacts though, priceless)

With the Caravel scheduled for completion this Spring, we'll finally get to use it and it sounds like Oregon would be a beautiful destination. Spring is also a great time to visit the red desert country of Southern Utah and in the Summer, the alpine country of the North. (Bring your Mt. Bike)

BTW, Great thread, Ted. Thanks for sharing your beautiful craftsmanship.

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Old 02-17-2012, 12:32 PM   #299
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Hey Ted, I love what you did with your trailer. You are a very talented guy. I have a '65 Globetrotter that I spent 2 years re-doing. It came out beautiful and was featured in Vintage Airstream Magazine winter 2008 "Airstream Goes Hollywood". I am writing you in regards to your computer fan mount for your fridge. I want to move my fan from cutout below cabinet to where you mounted yours. I can't seem to find the copper clamp/bracket that you used. I have found cooper plumbers tape, but not the clamp that you used. I'm thinking that you modified something. Any help would be appreciated. All the best, Kenny
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:43 PM   #300
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Hey Kenny. Thanks for your feedback. I found the copper clamp at lowes where they keep the pex water fittings, copper pipe and other clamps that they use to hang copper piping. You should find one there. Let me know if you don't. And be careful when you make your bend with the clamp as the attachment point where the clamp makes a right angle is the only weak spot. I think I also used a small piece of rubber or seal material to make a soft contact point with the attachment point and to take up the small void. It has worked great for me. Cheers. Ted
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:33 PM   #301
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Ahhhh! The start of another camping season. I think this I'd going to be a relaxing night at black lake, Washington. Looking forward to year two of airstreaming.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:48 PM   #302
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Ahhhh! The start of another camping season. I think this I'd going to be a relaxing night at black lake, Washington. Looking forward to year two of airstreaming.
Hmm. So your actually using your trailer...interesting concept. I on the other hand just curse at mine and find the rubber mallet the tool of choice these days...
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:51 PM   #303
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Wanna borrow my "convincer" an 8 lb sledge? It will either fix it or break it thereby getting you to a real solution even faster! I learned that after trying to pull some frozen transmission fittings off my Volvo After spending two hours trying to delicately coax the fittings loose-- I resulted to brute force and heat out of pure frustration. I'm one for one. Cheers and good luck. Ted
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:02 PM   #304
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Hey friends,
We're loading up the bubble for a father and sons trip tomorrow to central Oregon. We've been looking forward to this for quite a while. Our plan Is to do some canoeing, fossil hunting, swimming and hiking. I'll send some pics of our travels. And I finally figured out how to haul a canoe and the bubble at the same time! I think it fits in my bubble restoration file Cheers. Ted
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:07 PM   #305
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Great plan - oughta make for great memories, all around. Find a mastodon for us... we can name him Wally!
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:05 PM   #306
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Beautiful canoe! Is that a stripper?

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Old 06-19-2012, 07:39 PM   #307
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Yes it's a cedar stripped vessel. We're gonna float the deshutes river through sunriver or bend Oregon on Thursday. The maiden voyage! Cheers. Ted

We're set up for the night in central Oregon outside of Redmond
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:16 PM   #308
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The bubble rebuild continues. I learned a good lesson this week on trailer tires on our trek to clear lake in central Oregon. About 2 miles from our campground destination at cold water cove I major thumping started. At first I suspected a bearing going out as it seemed quite erratic. After a second inspection I saw that one of the tires was out of round which was a steel belt ply coming apart. It wasn't quite as bad as a deformed looking inner tube blown up but it was really bulging on a couple places and becoming extremely oval. It sure thumped up and down as we creeped in at 20- 30mph to the campground. So once setup I installed the spare and planned a trip to the tire shop a couple days later.

I guess i never checked the date of the tires since they looked brand new. Bad idea But brand new ....12 years ago (probably an owner or two prior and never driven till i restored it) and even with only one year of driving last year= not good. So I pulled off the other tire and got two fresh tires. Now the same as my new Spare

It made the ride home sweet and smooth. I'm guessing I'll just put new tires on every time I change out my truck tires from now on or at least close after.

And I was pretty happy with getting 17 1/2 mpg towing with the Tacoma. Only 1 less than city driving is pretty sweet.

I'll put a few pics of our trip. It was fun watching my youngest boy ketch his first trout, hiking in the mountains, and canoeing in a spectacular lake. All the best. Ted
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