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Old 03-15-2013, 08:03 PM   #241
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"We" used a cherry picker/chain on the hitch end (our new frame didn't have the new hitch on yet) and at the back end they used a Bobcat and I think a chain. Just be careful when done and turning it right side up because after the new axle is in place, it practically turns itself (after reaching a certain point).

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Old 03-18-2013, 09:09 PM   #242
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Okay, here we go again ....another 12+ inches of wet snow... And there's a huge leak on the street side of my overlander..I officially have not wet but frozen floors!
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:46 AM   #243
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That's frustrating!

With the skins off, can you find and mark the leak(s)?

Our endcaps leaked like crazy and we found that the aluminum tape worked well as a temporary fix. One run across the joint where the endcaps meet the first horizontal window piece. Other hot spots were the joints between the large rectangular roof panels -- especially the ones that did not overlap horizontally like a shingle. Vertical overlaps leaked a bunch.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #244
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Hey John,

Welcome back! Enjoying the snow ?

I have used the better part of a roll of aluminum tape trying to seal it off

Taped all the usual suspects but its still leaking from somewhere. I really need to go sit out there in a rainstorm and see whats up. The funny thing is the walls don't seem to be getting wet at all, I think it's actually coming in where the c channel is attached ( rub rail). I sealed that up with aluminum tape too and we'll see.

I can't wait til it's warmer so I can seal it up permanently. Spring can't come soon enough.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:23 PM   #245
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Welcome back! Enjoying the snow ?

...Spring can't come soon enough.
We are sending Spring your direction...everything is popping green here!
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:28 PM   #246
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Ill take some too!
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:52 PM   #247
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As long as you are delivering

If you can bring spring along with you, I will take two shares please. It is so cold here, any leaks that could show up with rain falling are frozen solid. Keep the faith that we will have better weather so we can get to business on our trailers. It can't last forever right?
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:55 PM   #248
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Oh, you poor people.
The bluebonnets are in full bloom here!
It's like a warm summer day in Minnesota here and it is only March.
But, soon it will be very hot here and you'll be nice and comfy.
It all equals out in the end, I think.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:02 PM   #249
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Central Fl here, going camping at Heart Springs at the end of the week. It should be in the 70s during the day, low 40s at night. The spring water is 72 degrees year round, so the water might feel almost warm for once!
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:15 PM   #250
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If it seems like I'm whining a lot lately...... I AM. I think I'll drag out my ice skates and go skating in my airstream tomorrow !

It can't get warm enough for me, 90 degrees and 80 % humidity and I'm a happy camper...... I've always said I'm a misplaced Southerner.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:18 PM   #251
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Sorry about your skating rink! Tomorrow is the first day of Spring! It's only supposed to be 24 degrees for a high here near Chicago! At least I work inside our greenhouses so it seems warm! I'm with you....love it warm, hate it cold! We'll probably go from 20 to 80 in a week...that's what it usually does around here!
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Hey sister,

Did I ever tell you that I am a HUGE gardener, have tons of gardens and a new orchard ( that the deers luv ).... Yet another thing we have in common
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Did I ever tell you that I am a HUGE gardener, have tons of gardens and a new orchard ( that the deers luv ).... Yet another thing we have in common
Ok....now things are just too bazaar! Our greenhouse business grew out of my love for gardening! Now, though, I spend more of my free time working on AS's than I do gardening in my own yard. We just pruned our peach trees & asian pear. We have deer issues here too. Last year, our fruit trees hardly had any fruit because they blossomed early (remember how warm it was last year? what happened!) and then lost most of the blossoms from frost later in the spring. I went out to pick the few peaches that made it, and the deer at every last one! Even the ones off the ground! We have a love/hate relationship! Now, if you tell me you have two sisters & two brothers, I'll really think we live parallel lives!
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Oh, you poor people.
The bluebonnets are in full bloom here!
It's like a warm summer day in Minnesota here and it is only March.
Amen, brutha! Love the bluebonnets.

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Well, there is that. I spent one entire August in Portland, Maine. I was delighted to trade Austin's 105 degree days for Portland's highs of 72. I sure wasn't smiling when I flew home on August 30th or whatever it was...

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Well it was 95 here on Monday in san antonio. A little too hot for me this time of year. Our garden won't be able to figure out if it should grow, bolt, etc.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:13 PM   #256
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Now if the weather would just cooperate!

Before this last set of storms we actually had a few nice days where I actually got a few things done.

First was drilling out all the rivet remnants. When I initially removed the skin I just drilled the head and snapped it off. I thought that it was fast and efficient (it was!) but I didn't factor in the time needed to remove these remainders!

Ah well, good thing I recently discovered Pandora Radio. It's a cool app that you can type in an artist or song/genre and it creates a station with similar music. Pretty cool.

Next was stripping the refrigerator access doors. These had tons of paint and goo. The keys, alas, are long gone so I'll be replacing them with new ones from VTS.



First time this door has been open in a really really long time . Probably Carter was President!




Something serendipitous happened though! As I was slathering on the Citrastrip, I was eyeing the black residue on the skins. Now I have previously tried physically removing it by scraping and used nasty chemicals like adhesive remover. Nothing budged it. I wonder......

Along the lines of "well, it won't hurt" I gave it a quick swab with the brush. The stuff started to dissolve in SECONDS, nanoseconds even!!!! I little scrub with a 3m green scrubby and a swipe with some paper towels and it was gone! Yippee!


I did a couple of panels, but even though Citrastrip is pretty friendly, the fumes were getting toxic in an enclosed trailer. I'll do more removal when I can crank the windows open and run a fan.

I know some of you are probably thinking I'm nuttier than a squirrel turd for even bothering, but I'm planning on sealing everything with Tempro from the inside and I'd rather give it a good surface to adhere to! Yes, I'm planning on sealing each and every rivet.....

I'm really excited though. I thought it was going to take a bipartisan act of Congress to get that stuff off!


And I have plenty to go!



Now if the weather would just cooperate!
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Oh! I thought I was in the "You Might Be An Extreme Airstream Owner If....." thread, but then I looked again & saw it was Shelly's thread! Wow! That's gonna be a ton of work! I sealed all of my rivets & seams with Tempro too. But you've got me beat with obsessive behavior with your wall stripping. May you never, ever get a leak!!! It just wouldn't be right! Please post pictures of your shiny inside when you're finished. It'll be cool!
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Becky Yep a little OCD going on but....... Hopefully worth it in the end. I'm gonna do my best to avoid leaks. I'm actually considering eternabond tape on the inside of the end cap seams, anyone done that?
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Hey Shelly. If you are serious about sealing get some of this. It would probably take about ten pint kits to seal all your seams.

Taking the black goo off is a good move. Not OCD at all.
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At $120 a pint : Have you used this? Can it be brushed on or do you have to use a roller? Seems like overkill... I like overkill
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