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Old 12-01-2012, 06:38 PM   #181
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...and enjoy the fact that Colin is doing a lot of the nasty stuff!
Yup. It gave me time to finish restoring as much furniture as possible and read your and Toastie's threads on Air Conditioner installation. I think we'll copy the idea, extending the galley counter to hide it.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:42 PM   #182
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Here is the underside of the completed acid-washed and PORed frame. PORed is a verb, isn't it? I'm talking about the rust preventive paint, POR-15 for anyone who hasn't heard of it.

The frame is modified forward. The hitch will now accept a 2 5/16" ball and has a wider angle, like the newer trailers. This allows space for the spare tire to go just behind the front plate. The first pieces of aluminum flashing around the spare tire recess are visible on the frame.

There is also additional support forward to allow for a larger water tank just below the front window and to support more people weight in case we have a crowd in the dinette someday.

You can see the gantry in the back of the trailer that allows them to flip the frame.

Colin coats the inside of the frame with enamel so it won't rot from the inside out. They pour it in, rotate the frame, then seal it shut.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:42 PM   #183
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With two guys standing up, inserting and tightening the elevator bolts, it apparently goes very fast.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:44 PM   #184
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After the plywood is added and the spare tire recess completely flashed, the spare tire holder and frame mods are a bit more obvious. The holes in the frame members for grey tank plumbing are also visible.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:46 PM   #185
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The two grey tanks are test fit. They are placed to balance the weight as close to the centerline of the axles as possible and will be strapped in, then connected right on the centerline. The off-center holes visible in the back are for the drain, which will join a tee just below the black tank valve. Cables to operate black and grey tank valves will have handles in the new bumper trunk.

That's Prodex insulation in one cavity. It will be stapled to the plywood after it is sealed. The rest of the cavity will be filled with fiberglass insulation.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:01 PM   #186
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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we've all but finished processing all the furniture and fixtures in the bedroom and bath area. Forward of that point, little is recoverable due to damage from the open Astradome.

Colin says that we should get the "It's ready" phone call in about a week. Can't wait to see it!
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:05 PM   #187
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Really coming together now.

This picture shows quite a bit. The frame is upside down on tables.

The bellypan sides are in place at the top and bottom of the picture. The left and right bays have grey tanks in place, insulated with Prodex and held in place with galvanized straps bolted to the frame members. The center bay has Prodex stapled to the underside of the plywood floor and will be insulated like the rest of the underbody with 3" of fiberglass. The two PVC pipes between the two gray tanks are connected with a rubber "Fernco" fitting.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:16 PM   #188
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The first picture shows the grey tanks in place, taken from the forward end of the trailer. The second picture is taken from the aft end, showing the start of the drain plumbing. The PVC ends right below the black tank exit.

Again, the grey tanks are from VTS.

Hopefully these pics will help others see how Colin installs these tanks. It took me a while to understand.

We had grey tanks in the bellypan with the Caravel. I anticipate that I'll have to raise the tongue of the trailer to drain these tanks quickly like we did on our previous trips.
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Really cool John, Hoping Colin finishes up soon mostly so my trailer moves into his shop! LOL.

I noticed you are going with the undermounted tire and was wondering how you plan to route the main gas line? Typically it runs down the center line of the belly pan with off shoots for the different appliances, but obviously the tire well would be in the way? I'm just curious, as I'm planing to mount my tire with a continental kit in the back.

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:36 PM   #190
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Shelly,

I plan to run the line down the street side initially. We'll have the oven, one of the Olympic 3's and the RV-500 on that side. Later, I'll tee off and run across to pick up the Fridge and the other Olympic 3, which will be right above that.

This winter, we'll run the Fridge on electric only. No boondocking on our first trip.

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Old 12-05-2012, 07:09 PM   #191
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Shelly,

I plan to run the line down the street side initially. We'll have the oven, one of the Olympic 3's and the RV-500 on that side. Later, I'll tee off and run across to pick up the Fridge and the other Olympic 3, which will be right above that.

This winter, we'll run the Fridge on electric only. No boondocking on our first trip.

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John & Shelly,
The propane line is normally run along the "A" frame structure until it can go straight along the main rail. It then T's off to all of the appliances. Airstream started using this configuration when they introduced the spare tire rack.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:20 PM   #192
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The propane line is normally run along the "A" frame structure until it can go straight along the main rail. It then T's off to all of the appliances. Airstream started using this configuration when they introduced the spare tire rack.
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I've just arrived in Plattsburgh.

That's one of several questions I'll have for you tomorrow morning when I pick her up.

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:24 PM   #193
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Colin sent a bunch of pictures. Here are pics of the finished bellypan and the trailer ready to drop.

If anyone wants additional pics, feel free to ask.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:54 PM   #195
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OK, I'll keep adding as I get them. I'll assume that is a generic "I like pics" request. Let me know if there are specifics.

Just got the last set and will post some.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:56 PM   #196
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Many of us have dealt with rear floor rot. Airstream didn't properly flash the plywood floor in the rear of the trailer on a number of model years.

I remember dealing with this on the Caravel and wish I had this simple picture of a simple solution at the time.

Here's how Colin deals with it.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:00 PM   #197
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Reed is bucking in the front plate, now much larger than original and -- even better -- not rotted out at the base!
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:07 PM   #198
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The wheel wells look sharp on '59s. The tires are the ones that came from the PO. I have a set of Michelin's on VTS rims in the car -- still smell the rubber after driving up for 6 hours! We'll swap them out tomorrow. After a near-sidewall failure in Chinese tires in the Caravel, we're not taking the chance.

The one thing I'm most nervous about seeing tomorrow is the choice of step. Our old one was completely rotted and we decided to go with the newer Airstream 2-step version. We also went with a higher down angle on the axle to allow for more ground clearance for future boon docking. (More down angle on the axle means that it will ride higher above the ground.)

You can see the step in the up position here.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:12 PM   #199
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This is the last picture that Colin sent before I see her in person. You can see the step in the down position.

From here, it looks like we made the right call. We plan to use this until we are physically unable, so the extra step will help in the future. In the meantime, a 2 year old grandchild and one on the way will need easy steps.

I'm not worried about raising the center of gravity. With the two below-deck grey tanks and an A/C mounted on the floor, the CG will be quite low.

Now the challenge is getting some sleep!
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Keep the pics coming!

We'll be looking for pics and your reaction to the newer step--we have been considering that same idea for our 59 Tradewind. We've been following your thread here with interest. We are just at the 'rearrange the frame to fit an underbelly tire mount' step in our remodel and are debating what other things need to be changed before the floor goes on.
Thanks for documenting this thread so well!
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