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Old 12-21-2012, 08:18 PM   #241
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Nice clean installation of the rv 500, I'm so impressed by what you've accomplished, when you told me your deadline I thought you were crazy, seeing all come together, priceless.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:17 AM   #242
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That was quite a storm, Tom! Good leak test.

Everything held except for the rear vent lid. Still have to put the Fantastic Vent back in. That pressure leak test paid off.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:21 AM   #243
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... I thought you were crazy...
I think I am. Or I'm going to be by the end of the month.

Still a lot to do before we leave for down south.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:40 PM   #244
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The Alclad patch and the unfinished RV500 panel look better than the rest of the trailer. Looks like there might be more polishing in my future.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:47 PM   #245
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Lots of small part reproduction and trial fitting today. I am so glad I didn't jump the gun and start permanently installing anything without trail fitting the whole bath. I'm not sure what part qualifies as the keystone in the arch, but I'm nominating the tub. It required the most parts to be remade and was the least obvious in order of rebuild. I have to keep that old chrome plated brass diverter. It's so much more solid than the junk sold today.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:09 PM   #246
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The Alclad patch and the unfinished RV500 panel look better than the rest of the trailer. Looks like there might be more polishing in my future.
It will never end John
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:19 AM   #247
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This looks incredible
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:40 AM   #248
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Thanks for your kind words. As you start your Flying Cloud, I'd be remiss if I didn't warn you that it's an incredible amount of work -- even for a cabinetmaker. Glad you started a thread.

My favorite part is the woodwork. I'm guessing that it will end up being about 1/4 of the time spent.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:05 PM   #249
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Sorry, no pix today. Only a few days left before we go and I plumbed until I dropped.

Spent too much time looking for the closet flange. Adapting to the 3" threaded fitting in the black tank was more difficult than I thought. Our usual plumbing supply -- that "has everything" -- didn't have it. Finally located one at Quality Plumbing Supply, New Haven, CT 06519 (203) 777-6813. They have 24 more in stock! I have a feeling that someone reading this thread 3 years from now will source one there.

Next challenge is adapting from 1/2" flare on the tub diverter to 1/2" Pex. Any suggestions other than a bunch of fittings? I'm thinking about 3/8" flare to a 3/8" to 1/2" adapter to 1/2" tubing to a 1/2" brass to 1/2" PEX adapter. Even worse, it will need an elbow in the mix to fit under the bed. Yuck!

Still targeting a Monday departure date for down south. I will need some rest after this!
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:21 PM   #250
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Whoops! Found yesterday's pic.

At noontime, the trap plumbing in that tiny little vanity wasn't going well. It was called the lavanette in the literature, but I was calling it far worse names. I was falling behind schedule, removing a shelf that was carefully built and epoxy coated.

Just then, my friend Mick showed up with a toolbelt and kneepads to help out. Instead of falling behind schedule, his 3-4 hours of help put me ahead again. Nothing like the help of a good friend when you really need one!

After most of the bath plumbing was complete, he helped me move in the next big pieces of furniture. Clearly, much of it isn't square because it's not fully installed, and the curbside bed is covered with contractor paper. Still, it looks like progress.

It was a huge help in motivation.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:22 PM   #251
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Sorry, no pix today. Only a few days left before we go and I plumbed until I dropped...

Still targeting a Monday departure date for down south. I will need some rest after this!
Down south huh?
Heck, back into our driveway and finnishe'r up this winter! We can Pex a couple of Overlanders side-by-side...
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:26 PM   #252
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Depending on weather, we may be heading across 20 in a little over a week.

Check your PM.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:14 PM   #253
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We had mattress foam made up at http://kttenterprises.com. Disclosure -- this is a related party.

We used 3" of an 1835 Polyurethane base topped with 3" of 28 ILD Talalay Latex Foam. Polyurethane ratings use two numbers -- 18 refers to 1.8 pounds per cubic foot density, the minimum I'd recommend. The 35 is the firmness. Latex uses only the firmness rating. With this, we have a softer feel on top.

The original mattresses in this era, often called "Airfoam" were also Talalay latex. The new ones are really comfortable.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:17 PM   #254
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We used 2 6v Lifeline batteries, located just aft of the wheel wells. Lines were run underneath the floor by CHTR. The curbside bed has plenty of room behind the three big drawers. It's a bit tighter on the street side, competing for room with the water heater and grey tank vent piping.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:27 PM   #255
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Pardon the poor quality of the picture, but it's bleary like me! Just finishing another 12 hour day, getting ready for a Monday departure.

Aft of the galley, we're trying to keep everything permanent. Forward of that point is a temporary galley, a new fridge temporarily bolted in place and the best part -- card table and chairs as a dinette.

There were four of us working on it today. Vents, propane lines, welding safety chains, and electrical inlets. We'll leave with some work unfinished, but it will be much more pleasant working in Texas than January in New England.

You'll notice a big X on the floor, sitting above the grey tank. That and a big sign on my back door reading "No Screws through the Grey Tank" have worked so far.

With two volunteers arriving tomorrow, we should be finished with the essentials and hope to get one last trip to visit our granddaughter before we leave.
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That is awesum progress. Kinda makes me feel like a wimp for taking all day to cut out the wood for 4 drawers.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:14 PM   #257
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Nothing like a planned trip to force you to hustle!

Looking good and have a great trip. Hopefully Mother Nature will be kind to you.
Be safe!
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:49 PM   #258
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The original switch cover plates from Knight look great. Thanks again Peter and Marie!
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:03 PM   #259
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Vernon and Mike,

You're right that progress has been fast, and it's definitely deadline driven. Deadline was today and thank God it's done.

Progress and workload have been borderline insane in the 22 days since we picked it up from Colin. I can't believe that we had only one endcap and no lower skins or insulation 3 weeks ago today.

Snowing too much here. It's time to leave. We're off Monday as planned.

Here is how she looks. Progress is a steady gradient from finished in the rear to nothing in the front. We're plumbed and ready for pressure test on all water systems, but it's too cold to even try. Propane is run for the stove and water heater. Fridge is bolted in and will run on 110v only for this trip. Two shore power circuits are finished so we can run two heaters on the way south. Just the lights are run on 12v power so far. All rough-ins are done and the power center and batteries are in place.

Picture is rough around the edges, taken with a cell phone and flashlight well after dark.

Still plenty to do to keep me out of trouble, but the insane pace is over!!!

Warmer weather, here we come.

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Lots of small part reproduction and trial fitting today. I am so glad I didn't jump the gun and start permanently installing anything without trail fitting the whole bath. I'm not sure what part qualifies as the keystone in the arch, but I'm nominating the tub. It required the most parts to be remade and was the least obvious in order of rebuild. I have to keep that old chrome plated brass diverter. It's so much more solid than the junk sold today.
I noticed that you mentioned the bathtub supply faucet with diverter. While it isn't identical to what Airstream utilized, there is a faucet set with the 3 3/8" center design that my '64 Overlander utilizes that makes a very nice replacement. The faucet set is somewhat more ornate, but it fits in the place of the original and is fully functional. It is a cast brass with either chrome or brushed nickel finishes. You can find the faucet at this link. The faucet set is illustrated in the photo below:


I thought that I might add this as a suggestion for a possible replacement.

Good luck with your project!

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