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Old 05-25-2010, 11:08 AM   #43
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dinette profile

here's an attatchment of the dinette profile. I'm needing to keep the sides tight as i need acces on the fridge cabinet side for access to the the ac and 12v system fuse box. And obviously the sides of the dinette will go with the radius of the trailer walls. It's coming along.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:49 AM   #44
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nautical lighting idea

I have wasted alot of time going through hundreds of wall sconces that won't work in an airstream-- in my mind--or at least in my bubble. I thought i'd easily find a brushed nickel sconce with a small reveal that i'd like that i could convert to 12 volt. But the ones i like either have a weird bulb that can't be converted to 12 volt, the projection from the wall is too great, or they seem like they would break the second trip out with my kids. Most houshold style light fixtures, even the smaller sconces are too big. And I don't want those 10 buck plastic ones that the rv shops sell either. So tonight i thought 'd entertain a crazy idea--I came across some nautical lights when searching online that can also be purchased in raw alluminum finish (expensive but cool). no pics available in aluminum i guess but here are other exanples:

This one is 7 1/2 " round with a 4 1/2" projection from the wall.

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this second one is 5" wide, 8 1/2" tall, and also 4 1/2" projection.
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They might be tad too large for such a small trailer?--but they gradually get to their deepest projection since they have a rounded lens. The plus side is that they would be extreamely durable, give a retro-industrial look, and give more light than the tiny 12 v minibulbs. vintage trailer sells screw- in 12 volt bulbs for retrofitting normal house fixtures. I'm just fooling around with the idea since all of my option are open. This second one might look better horizontal as the wood trim near the front dinette all flows with the panels of the nose of the trailer. I have to keep in mind that the two lights up front near the dinette will be 6 " or so above your head when sitting. So it's a challenge of uplighting that's bright enough or flat lighting that doesn't knock your head when you get in. has anyone used lights like these. I think they might look trick in alluminum--which would carry the bling from the alluminum edge-banding around the countertops, seating, and table. I wish i had one i could just hold up on the wall. Any more ideas out there?

I still havn't found what i'm looking for--but in a weird way i like this look. who knows what i'll end up with!
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:46 AM   #45
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I have wasted alot of time going through hundreds of wall sconces that won't work in an airstream-- in my mind--or at least in my bubble. I thought i'd easily find a brushed nickel sconce with a small reveal that i'd like that i could convert to 12 volt. But the ones i like either have a weird bulb that can't be converted to 12 volt, the projection from the wall is too great, or they seem like they would break the second trip out with my kids. Most houshold style light fixtures, even the smaller sconces are too big. And I don't want those 10 buck plastic ones that the rv shops sell either. So tonight i thought 'd entertain a crazy idea--I came across some nautical lights when searching online that can also be purchased in raw alluminum finish (expensive but cool). no pics available in aluminum i guess but here are other exanples:

This one is 7 1/2 " round with a 4 1/2" projection from the wall.
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this second one is 5" wide, 8 1/2" tall, and also 4 1/2" projection.
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They might be tad too large for such a small trailer?--but they gradually get to their deepest projection since they have a rounded lens. The plus side is that they would be extreamely durable, give a retro-industrial look, and give more light than the tiny 12 v minibulbs. vintage trailer sells screw- in 12 volt bulbs for retrofitting normal house fixtures. I'm just fooling around with the idea since all of my option are open. This second one might look better horizontal as the wood trim near the front dinette all flows with the panels of the nose of the trailer. I have to keep in mind that the two lights up front near the dinette will be 6 " or so above your head when sitting. So it's a challenge of uplighting that's bright enough or flat lighting that doesn't knock your head when you get in. has anyone used lights like these. I think they might look trick in alluminum--which would carry the bling from the alluminum edge-banding around the countertops, seating, and table. I wish i had one i could just hold up on the wall. Any more ideas out there?

I still havn't found what i'm looking for--but in a weird way i like this look. who knows what i'll end up with!
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:48 PM   #46
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i see that your link didn't come through rae--what company are you referring to me? regards--ted
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What a charming trailer. I look forward to seeing the finished project.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:12 AM   #48
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i see that your link didn't come through rae--what company are you referring to me? regards--ted

I really don't know how to send links I guess

I was referring to Imtra. They have a lot of great lighting choices & ideas.
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:46 PM   #50
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The Dinette is installed!

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ID:	104111 We had a great day today. Murray and I were able to get the dinette seatbacks mitered in nice and tight to the wall, the tolerance for the table when in closed position is sweet, you can see that the back is squared off so a 2' X 18" seat coushin will fit nicely, and the two coushins will finish off the bed when the table's lowered. The grain of the backs goes with the trailer sides so that after they are stained it will flow nicely. A 6'4" man can still fit end to end in the dinette bed--Lila (my daughter) will have no trouble fitting in at 4'! I shaped the dinette seats so there's extra room for you feet near the floor. I'm not as fond of the square box versions out there.

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ID:	104113 There's a piano hinge on the seat so I have access under both and we are putting in a hatch next to the door with a framed panel just like the rest of the cabinetry--that piece is in the clamps and drying right now. I thought it would be a great place to put stuff that you want to grab from outside without getting in the trailer. Maybe bbq stuff, other supplies, who knows...
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I cleaned up the area under the table with the oak veneer--it will be smooth after the staining. Here's a a shot of the nice rounded piece of oak that the table rests on-- i also like the rounded off joint behind your knees too. with the future 4"-5 " seat coushin--the dinette is at comfortable sitting position.
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:07 PM   #51
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Some more Interior Work Done

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you can see the cutout in the lower cab by the fridge where the electrical box is going--that's my next job.
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the cabinet over the fridge side is done, but i keep it loose and the drawers and doors off for easy access underneath--and the counter top is getting closer to being prepped.
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I plumbed all of the propane earlier this week. I used 1/2" copper tubing and flared the ends. I had my flexible lines at the appliance end custom made by Neil and the boys at Fluid Connectors. No leaks in the system! Sweet! This propane junction on the door side goes to the princess stove above and i have a shutoff valve leading to a future portable catalytic heater that will toasty up the buble bungalo in the fall. After finding no leaks i fired up the new stove and the fridge--both are running great.
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It's starting to look like a trailer wouldn't you say! I need to make a final decsion on the formica top so i can send the stove and sink home for good.
By the way--i ran into a air-forum fellow riding his bike down the road in my hometown today while i was working on the trailer. that was cool--I'ts funny that he found me on the web first and has been watching the progress--thanks for stopping to talk.
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1/2" Rather than 3/8"

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I plumbed all of the propane earlier this week. I used 1/2" copper tubing and flared the ends. I had my flexible lines at the appliance end custom made by Neil and the boys at Fluid Connectors. No leaks in the system! Sweet! This propane junction on the door side goes to the princess stove above and i have a shutoff valve leading to a future portable catalytic heater that will toasty up the buble bungalo in the fall. After finding no leaks i fired up the new stove and the fridge--both are running great.
Just went through your thread, nice, thanks.
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Did you recieve some advise about the 1/2" copper gas supply lines vs 3/8"?
Noticed on another page you asked but no one answered.

Now that you about done are you going to get a bigger one to work on???
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thanks for the responses, gas lines, bigger trailer, and saying no to a free trailer

Hey I appreciate all of your responses and kind words out there. It makes it very rewarding to learn and share with others. I appreciate you all--thanks.

and fastrob--i didn't recieve input on the gas lines so I went with the 1/2" copper merely because the original under the trailer was 1/2" too. I probably could have reused it--but why do that when you're redoing the trailer top to bottom anyway. 50 year old propane lines should be replaced in my opinion anyway--I am only guessing that having 1/2" as the under the trailer supply makes sure flow will never be an issue if everything was burning at high all at once. I don't think it would have been an issue for me in a small trailer. i did have to add a few reducer fittings to bring the lines down to 3/8" to the appliances--but nothing crazy. All is well.

biggger trailer? nah--i'd hate to have to buy a big rig to pull it! A friend offered a well beat up silver streak to me for free--but now perhaps half way through rebuilding my bubble--i easily see what it would take in man hours and cash=ola (easily beyond $15,000) to rebuild the free one.

Sometimes free is just too much! even though, i did go out and look at it out of curiosity and alluminum fever. I suppose i could always take a generous finder's fee for it if someone would want to purchase it from him. If it were not such a basket case--i would drag it home. wisdom and common sense kiss.
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more closup pics

A couple folks wanted to see some things up close. here's a couple shots. Here we have a look at the dinette back "square off", the paneling near a window, the dinette seat front, and the end cap interior. cheers.
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ID:	104420--this is my most recent pick for a counter top formica next to a piece of wall material and flooring--it's a lighter tanish glazed look. My earlier bronzed speckled sample was just too dark. I will have to go get some more samples for seat coverings again as well --i want to keep them on the lighter side to obsorb less light. One challenge with the woody interior look is that only warm colors seem to work. The loud 50's stuff just doesn't look right at all with the panelled walls and certain colors really clash with the warm orangy glow of the interior. I want to figure this out soon so i can permately install the sink and get my drain finished.
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