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busb2 05-16-2019 02:54 PM

Wachuko have you got a link to the place I can order the ladder. I canít find a local source . thanks

wachuko 05-16-2019 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by busb2 (Post 2242140)
Wachuko have you got a link to the place I can order the ladder. I canít find a local source . thanks

Sure. Here you go:

https://realtruck.com/p/prime-design.../pmd-aal-8003/

DNM 05-17-2019 09:50 PM

Rear ladder
 
Wachuko
When you get your new solar panels, you will have one across the rear to get away from the AC shading. This will make rear access less convenient than roof access from the side. Just a thought

wachuko 05-18-2019 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by DNM (Post 2242498)
Wachuko
When you get your new solar panels, you will have one across the rear to get away from the AC shading. This will make rear access less convenient than roof access from the side. Just a thought

Can you elaborate?? This is what mine looks like now:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...9&d=1517160249

DNM 05-18-2019 10:55 PM

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Can you elaborate?? This is what mine looks like now:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...9&d=1517160249

Just finished mine; is why I was thinking of it when I read your post. attached is a picture. You want the rear two away from the shadow of the air conditioner. Same situation in front of the AC and TV antenna, although you have the fan cover to consider as well. This leaves space mid section but not much rear where your ladder would be. Sorry that my picture is rotated and couldn't find a correction in the management tool.
Bob

wachuko 05-19-2019 06:42 AM

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Bob,

Understood now... will take that into account when installing the new panels. I also have to take into account the new quiet A/C install. My understanding is that it is a little bit bigger. Plan is to do the A/C first and then the panels later.

There is enough space in the back for me to move the further back, so I should be good there. And that is the reason I wanted four panels... to compensate for some of the deficiencies of the front ones that get shade from the stuff around them...

Thanks again for the heads up on this.

wachuko 05-19-2019 07:12 AM

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Several post in FB on folks that have been able to change their sink in a Lounge. I have been after this since Mark (Tronadora in the forum) made the change in his GT... and that wood cover, man! that wood cover... beautiful wood art... What stopped me was the lack of space in the Lounge due to the Microwave that is right beneath the sink

Anyway... John (Pahaska) is doing this in his GT as well... so a renewed wave of changes has hit me... and now that I know how to accomplish this... starting to order the stuff required.

To make the sink fit with the microwave in the Lounge, I need to use this shallow trap:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1558270829

This is what it would look like installed:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1558270829

And this is the faucet that I am looking to use... I have looked at several... my concern was that the movement from the AI while on the road, would make the pull out drop. Delta makes one that the pull out is held in place with the help of additional magnets. So road vibration should not be an issue... problem is that it costs a little bit more than the equivalent Moen version (I like the looks of the Moen more and the price! )

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1558270829

And this sink, which I believe is the same one Mark used.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1558271446

Then I will get wood covers that match for both the sink and over the stove top... everything must match or I go crazier...

wachuko 05-19-2019 02:37 PM

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One table mount installed... the easy one... The one in front will be a challenge as the wall next to the seat is really not strong enough to hold the base... some reinforcement would be needed... that means removing the wall, installing something there and then installing the wall back... no idea what that means in terms of effort...

I installed the base off-centered to allow the table to move back and forth a few inches as you rotate it in place... I did make holes for installing centered just in case... had to drill all the holes so that they would work on piece of wood that was in the table...

wachuko 05-19-2019 02:45 PM

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More photos...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1558298661

And the approval that really counts :flowers:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1558298707

Mansderm161 05-19-2019 03:31 PM

That is awesome!

wachuko 05-19-2019 06:37 PM

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That is awesome!

Thank you. Too bad we seldom use it in the back. I just wanted the base there in case it was ever needed.... and it was easier to install and get some parts out of the house...

For the front, I need to reinforce the front wall... for several reasons, this location does not work either...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1558312550

The other thing I did was to install the bracket to hold the air compressor quick connect...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1558310998

Good thing I did since all the bolts holding the front spoiler were loose...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1558311262

One was even missing... Got a replacement bolt from the garage then took them all out, a dab of Loctite and all back in and tight.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1558310998

Since I had to take everything out in the back to install the backplate that comes with the Lagun base... took the opportunity to organize things a bit better... this is what it looks like now without the ARB cooler in place...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1558311423

These bags work great to keep it all organized...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...2&d=1558311423

Oh, and I installed the quick connect for the back flush hose... recommended by a fellow forum member:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1558312425

wachuko 05-20-2019 03:06 PM

Just updating the list again, of pending items and some additional improvements that I want to make to my AI:

Pending and improvements mods:
  • Remove and replace chrome side trim. Parts arrived from Airstream have not had a chance to do this...
  • Install second Lagun base mount in front. This will require removing the front side wall to build a brace/structure behind it for holding the base plate...
  • Add bathroom light controlled by normal switch... parts are in, just need to do it.
  • Rear door mounted ladder ordered. Prime Design - Rear Door Access Ladder
  • Cover the rear shelf with the same plastic laminate used in the rest of the TB AI. Got it from a local reseller. - Panolam Surface Systems - Nevamar line - Macchiato - Pattern: WF0011 in Aged Bark (AB) finish - looking closely at the one in my AI, I think I ended up ordering the wrong one... looks like Airstream did use the less expensive version of it... oh well...
  • Install cut-off switch for solar panels. Link
  • Make the covers for the side windows with Reflectix... summer heat has not hit us yet, so I have procrastinated in doing these...
  • Buy and install a drain valve for the fresh water tank. Need to get the parts (compact/low profile 90 degree elbow, and valve with water hose adapter)
  • Install the ShowerMi$er...
  • Add a light on the side where we have to do all the connections/hook ups (driver side). One just like what we have on the passenger side. LED patio light on the driver side that you turn on separately for when you have to deal with the hook ups or dumping in the middle of the night... Using an LED light with a magnet for now
  • Build table for the front dash. I have the plans from Greg Eiffert and the hardware has been ordered... will do this when the laminate arrives.
  • Also look into a gravity drain system like another fellow AI owner did and shared in FB... just in case the macerator fails, to have a plan B... always looking ahead of problems we might face and to make our trips as problem free as possible.
  • Replace sink. I spent time this weekend doing a few things in the AI and the sink still looks decent. Will leave it alone for now. But now I have all the part descriptions of what is needed to make the swap.
  • Flexible solar panels replaced with more durable aluminum-framed and glass covered units. This will be done in a couple of years. For now just monitoring the output I get with them.
  • Replace inverter/charger with a Victron MultiPlus Compact 12/2000/80


Wishlist:
  • Quiet A/C from Advanced RV - got pricing information. Just need to decide when to pull the trigger
  • The less time I have to spend on the side of the dumping area the better… What I really want is to duplicate inside all the switches that control the dumping of the tanks... That way, if in the middle of the night or if it is raining outside, I see that the tank levels are high, I can dump black and gray tanks from the comfort of the inside of the AI. Why do we have to go outside to do that!!??
  • RakAttach swing-away hitch - size large... to be able to swing away the Vespa...
  • Lithium batteries

That is all for now...

Mansderm161 05-22-2019 03:41 PM

I just got back from Jackson center. All but one of my chrome trim was loose...one small piece was almost hanging. They reattached all of them. Wonder why they are not staying put.

wachuko 05-24-2019 08:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Mansderm161 (Post 2244114)
I just got back from Jackson center. All but one of my chrome trim was loose...one small piece was almost hanging. They reattached all of them. Wonder why they are not staying put.


That is great. The pieces not staying attached has to be related to surface preparation...


Any photos from the visit?


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