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Old 03-06-2013, 01:27 PM   #761
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Finally finished reading!

HiHoAgRv,

You've gotta be worn out! I know I am, and thats just from reading you post from beginning to end in one sitting!
Outstanding work and a great job of documenting the project.
You've inspired me to stop procrastinating and get back to work on mine.
I will definitely be using your post as a step-by-step guide as I struggle through the trials and tribulations ahead of me.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:15 PM   #762
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2Rhinos- I've actually been enjoying the project, I really don't know what I'm gonna do when its done!

utee - here is a photo of the fittings that I had trouble with, two different brands. One is Sharkbite from HomeDepot, the other is out of the package, they say PEX on them. The fitting at the top is what I ended up going with, they are bullet proof.

I finished a few more things today, the battery system is fully installed. My box is under the bed, vented thru the floor as well as out the black vent stack. I have room for 2 x 6V batteries but for now I have a single group 24.

I also installed the rebuilt tub faucet - no more drips but the shower hose leaks more water than exits the shower head.

I finished the outside sink but it's too dark for photos.

The propane regulator and 1st section of copper line is installed.

My list is down to less than 40 items but some of them are bogus and will never be completely done like 'polish'
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:55 PM   #763
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Vernon,
1. Once you get finished with Dolly and do some camping, are there other things that you want to do to AlumaTherapy?
2. I get it that the top fitting works where you simply need a male pipe thread to a PEX crimp fitting. What do you recommend if you need a female pipe thread that you can remove if the bottom one is giving you fits. I'm thinking of places like the water heater, faucets, etc. (whether straight or elbow fittings)?

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Old 03-10-2013, 05:26 PM   #764
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Vernon,
1. Once you get finished with Dolly and do some camping, are there other things that you want to do to AlumaTherapy?
2. I get it that the top fitting works where you simply need a male pipe thread to a PEX crimp fitting. What do you recommend if you need a female pipe thread that you can remove if the bottom one is giving you fits. I'm thinking of places like the water heater, faucets, etc. (whether straight or elbow fittings)?

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To make the brass fitting work, I used 90 degree fittings on the water heater, the faucets needed a brass adaptor to get the 1/4 compression to fit 1/2 NPT anyway.

Today I started on the vintage antenna I got from Top. The plastic was brittle so I am making new ones.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:08 PM   #765
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So I've seen them make plastic lens for old motorcycles on American restoration by making a mold from an old lens and that looks like what you're doing. Can you give me a little info on where you get the plastic material and how hard is it to do. Looks pretty simple but you make everything look easy.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:23 AM   #766
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So I've seen them make plastic lens for old motorcycles on American restoration by making a mold from an old lens and that looks like what you're doing. Can you give me a little info on where you get the plastic material and how hard is it to do. Looks pretty simple but you make everything look easy.
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That was actually a pretty simple project, it involved a saw, drill, sharpie and duct tape so the markings were visible. The material is scrap UHMW from a local plastic supplier, it comes in great big sheets and they use a CNC router to create custom shapes. Several years ago I bought a box of their scrap for only a few $$$/ lb.

The hardest part was figuring out the Drill/cut sequence so I didn't have to drill a 1/2 hole.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:01 PM   #767
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2Rhinos- I've actually been enjoying the project, I really don't know what I'm gonna do when its done!
Well, I have 1,2.......5! vintage Airstreams I could park in your yard, but you might not have any time for camping in your '63.

Your whole project is impressive!! It's comin' along so great!
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:09 PM   #768
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Little details...

Hold backs for blinds are important in an Airstream and I didn't want a gadget that would break and snap off.

Magnets!
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Very nice! Luv the idea.... I wonder if I plan ahead and glue magnets to the back of the aluminum skin before I rivet it back on, whether it would hold thru the skin ....hmmmmmm
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Great idea! Did you use the super strong neodymium magnets?
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Very nice! Luv the idea.... I wonder if I plan ahead and glue magnets to the back of the aluminum skin before I rivet it back on, whether it would hold thru the skin ....hmmmmmm
Shelly,
If I were you, I'd just test the idea. Tape a magnet like you would plan to use to the back side of one of your inner skins and then take a small piece of steel (maybe something like a 1/2" wide chisel) and see how much magnetic pull you get through the aluminum. I'll bet that it will work pretty well!

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Old 03-22-2013, 07:21 AM   #772
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If I were you, I'd just test the idea. Tape a magnet like you would plan to use to the back side of one of your inner skins and then take a small piece of steel (maybe something like a 1/2" wide chisel) and see how much magnetic pull you get through the aluminum. I'll bet that it will work pretty well!

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To increase the margin of alignment error, how about putting the steel behind the wall? Powdercoat a piece of plate, say 3" x 3" and glue it to the inside of the skin. mount the neody...rare earth magnet on the blind.

Oh yeah, the magnets I used were small neodynm Rare earth. The 1/2 pucks from Home depot/Lowes were too big and didn't hold very well.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:13 PM   #773
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We had plans for this weekend but the forecast is for rain...so I purchased the copper/brass stuff to plumb propane...$150
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Vernon,
I like your idea better (powder-coated steel behind wall). You're also reminding me that I'm going to re-do some propane lines on my trailer and I need to add this to my punch list.

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We covered our propane lines under the trailer with pex for protection. We've never had a propane break under a trailer, but it makes sense that someday it might happen. We put it on before we fastened everything together. Just a thought for you. One of those "while we're at it" projects!

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Old 03-23-2013, 04:02 PM   #776
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We covered our propane lines under the trailer with pex for protection. We've never had a propane break under a trailer, but it makes sense that someday it might happen. We put it on before we fastened everything together. Just a thought for you. One of those "while we're at it" projects!

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We are thinking alike....
I'm using PEX to line the holes thru the floor. I drilled, then epoxy coated the hole, dropped thru the pex. All of the interior gaslines are installed, the stove and lamp are tested.

I didn't feel like crawling around underneath today, maybe tomorrow I'll finish up.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:08 PM   #777
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I love that propane lamp! They're just so cool.
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I like the lamp too! Is that a vintage one?
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That IS a kool light! Just got Chris worried that maybe I want one!

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Gas Light - it's possibly our favorite item in Dolly. We took very good care to store it in a safe place during the rebuild, we didn't want it getting damaged!

I don't think it was a factory install simply because of some goofy plumbing, I do believe it's an dealer - or very early owner - installed accessory. It gives of an almost silent hiss and a warm glow that shines off of the bare aluminum skin.

I tested it with a Coleman mantle, I need to get the larger proper one. Everyone's 1st question - 'Is it safe?', well...it's been there for about 50 years...
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