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Old 05-17-2012, 08:02 PM   #521
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Best wishes on the maiden voyage! I think she looks beautiful. Win big!
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:02 AM   #522
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(and I hope Mrs doesn't notice that most of the good towels are missing from home)
Dear Mr. So you've used my jogging pants for polishing and now you've used our good towels for curtains ....You just wait til you get home, you deserve a spanking
But I will say she really does look nice and shiney....which reminds me....our anniversary is coming up Friday
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:37 AM   #523
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....which reminds me....our anniversary is coming up Friday
I didn't want to spoil the surprise, but I already ordered your present...
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:23 AM   #524
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I didn't want to spoil the surprise, but I already ordered your present...
Awww, you Really Shouldn't have, but not to be outdone I took the liberty and ordered yours as well my love. I hope you love Louis Vuitton as much as I.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:02 AM   #525
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Dolly's first trial outing went just fine. A few items that need attention before the big weekend with the kids...

Full sun with a 5,000 BTU Airconditioner is fruitless. In the shade it's tolerable, full sun is useless. Luckly we have shady spots next weekend.

The window latches (and door-in-the-door) won't stay latched and need to be taped closed. I'm sure it's a issue of unballanced tires and gaskets that don't compress.

One of the walls is trial fitted with clecos and it slid out of the track. I need to place it on the floor prior to travel.

Towing a polished trailer is different. The reflections of passing cars and objects are noticed out of the corner of your eye as movement
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:59 PM   #526
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Dolly is working out just fine...the Mrs has decided "We" need to go ahead and get her done...

The most impressive part of the weekend so far...Mrs towed Dolly to the campground!
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:11 PM   #527
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Looks great! I am jealous of all the people who are camping this weekend. You Go, Mrs. Hi Ho! Enjoy your weekend!
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:08 PM   #528
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I'm out of town on business, Barstow CA in a yucyk little hotel on Classic Route 66...
Checked into the room and guess what?...
Vintage window openers!

And, as any vintage window opener, completely stripped out...
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:44 AM   #529
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At least it doesn't have five coats of paint.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:32 AM   #530
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At least it doesn't have five coats of paint.
Unfortunately the ones in Dolly do! Between travelin' and um, more travelin', not much has been done on Dolly. I did pull out the remaining pieces of window hardware so they can be de-latex'd.

The latches and clutch head screws go into the bead blaster. The window operators get cleaned with a brass brush in a drill. Gears and glass beads don't play together very well...
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:01 AM   #531
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I'm at work now and I'm only page two but I want to read the rest of this. Will use it as a guide as to what I may encounter on my project. Thanks for all the pics!!
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Vernon,

I haven't read the entire thread, but what are you plans for the front end? Are you making a dinette or going with something more original like the gaucho it originally had?

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Vernon,

I haven't read the entire thread, but what are you plans for the front end? Are you making a dinette or going with something more original like the gaucho it originally had?

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Plans were made to be changed, but we are still thinking that a curved wrap around dinette is the way to go. The table will be fairly small but so far, it still fits into our goals. It will start at the door, wrap all the way around the front and stop on the street side at the same distance it started at the door. This will leave about a foot between the bench and the kitchen cabinet, perfect for a trash can. The seat back cushions will notch down under the windows and go full height between them.
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I thought about this for my 63, but the low slung windows on both sides have made me reconsider this. I dont want wood or fabric laying on a window that is likely going to get soaked up because of its' proximety to water.

Looking forward to seeing more.

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Old 06-18-2012, 06:26 PM   #535
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... I dont want wood or fabric laying on a window that is likely going to get soaked up because of its' proximety to water....Steve
Oh No! surely you jest? a leaky window in a '63? NEVER!!!!!
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We have not made any progress on Dolly for over a month. Between prep work and the actual two week trip, the Head for the Hills 2012 adventure has kept us tied up.

One advantage of driving most of the distance across the USA...ya get to stop at places not normally within a daily commute. We stopped at Colaws and scored some stuff for Dolly. The one thing I was dissappointed in, with hundereds of salvage RV's they didn't have a single bad refrigerator. I was hoping for a unit that I could repurpose the propane system into my old Dometic. I'm really on the ledge now. Keep looking for a dead donor fridge, insert a 'dorm' fridge into the old cabinet or buy a new fridge and use the door off of the dometic...

We did decide a couple of changes. We will add a roof AC unit, from Mississippi it will be impossible to drive past the 'Hot Zone' to a location cool enough to camp in one day. The TV Antenna is coming off the roof to make room for a solar panel.

Back to work...
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Vernon,
You did score some good finds! I concur that the roof real estate could be better used for the solar panel(s) rather than a TV Panel. My current trailer is my third in 20+ years and we've almost never watched TV when camping. The only problem that I've got with solar panels is that I usually like to camp under shade trees when possible and the solar panels don't produce much electricity in the shade. One thing that I think you should do is to put a voltage regulator in line between the solar panels and the batteries. I've killed batteries in the winter by allowing an unregulated solar panel to overcharge the batteries & boil out all of the water.
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You did score some good finds! I concur that the roof real estate could be better used ...put a voltage regulator in line between the solar panels and the batteries. ...
I'm with you on the charge controller. I have a mix match pile of panels that all together put out around 30W. Even that small amount will run up the voltage to 14+ on a charged battery bank.

I'm looking at 200W since the panels are available cheap BUT the dang MPPT charge controllers for that output are almost as expensive as the panels!

I did get some work done today. The tub end of the bath cabinet is almost done. I wull use a translucent panel where the yellow box is sketched. A backlight will put some lumens into the tub. The wood curve will get a coat of epoxy then the whole cabinet will get varnished.
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My new foor plan has the closet faces at an angle to the wall. This is because the full size bed shifted the hall toward the curb. Kinda complicates the plan to use rounded edges since one side is 110 degrees and the other is 70, so I made a mock-up.

I'm considering using "F" extrusion to hold the wall to the frame...
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Experimenting

After crawling thru a bunch of new 'streams and making notes (Thanks Rick) I did a redesign of the kitchen cabinet and will use a rounded mini-island below the bowl-sink. So...I need some curved wood...
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