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Old 12-30-2010, 07:40 PM   #281
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Thanks, Norm.

How did you end up making out on your black tank?

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Hey Steve, good to see you are keeping up the progress. To answer you question, I ended up going with a tank from All Rite Plastics. It was spendy (about $600), but they were very quick and I was able to customize it to exactly the dimensions I wanted. I tested it out before installing it in the trailer, and it has 20 gallons capacity.
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Nice. I'm watching with interest!
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:37 AM   #283
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The Refrigerator and Its Door

Way back when this thread and this project started, I was thinking and asking about the possibility of using the original Marvel fridge door on a new unit. The Marvel was 110 volt only and the box was toast anyway, so I knew that a gas fridge was in the future. I've continued to think along those lines and a few weeks ago bought a Dometic RM2510 which seemed to be the closest in dimensions.

But reality is different than dreams and plans and I started having second thoughts as soon as I opened the new unit's door and saw all the storage in the door that would go away if I used the Marvel. The usable space is taller in the Dometic too, so I'd have to box off the lower section which would get rid of the crisper. So, I could make it work, but did I really want to?

The Hospice team has been coming for Pam (and me) every week and often we meet them at the trailer, so they've all been getting pushed for advice on fridge doors, and laminate and curtains and floors too. They helped me through a really rough emotional time since Christmas too. They are the best.

So the end result of all this is that the Marvel door is out, at least for now and Baltic birch is in the Dometic frame. Depth has been a problem on the install too and it was solved with the replacement of a section of inside skin with a piece that curves and is buck riveted to the outside skin (thanks to my buddy Jim). I also had to lower the unit as much as possible, down to the top of the wheel well, to help with the depth. After quite a bit of work, it fits fine in the cabinet now.

Most of this week I've been working on the vent hood for it, using some of the old interior aluminum that was replaced by the birch. I'll do another post on the outside vent which is in and the louvered panel for the intake air which is now being fabricated.

Finally, I got a new stove as well, thinking it made more sense for function after the change in plans on the door. It also solved a clearance problem with the water heater that would have been tough with the Princess stove.
That stove, the original 3 burner Princess is certainly available now for anyone who would want to come pick it up.

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Old 02-05-2011, 09:36 AM   #284
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Looking very well executed. :-)
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So glad to see this unit being moved further on to being finished!
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:45 PM   #286
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Thanks truck and Steve!

There is light at the end of the tunnel now with only a few thousand things still to do instead of a million or so. Fun to see it come together after two years of working on it a little just about every day.

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How is It Possible to Work 6 Hours in This Space?

I had care for Pam today and figured I'd get a bunch of stuff done. Instead, I spent 6 hours inside this little 2x2 space, mostly finishing the fridge vent hood and putting the floor of the cabinet back in.

Sometimes it is just amazing to me that I can work so many hours and seemingly get almost nothing done.

It does all count as progress, though, and some projects actually get done these days instead of being bits of ongoing projects.

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Old 02-06-2011, 08:32 PM   #288
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That's really pretty Steve! How'd you buck those rivets if they're sealed off? Magic?
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Steve, that looks excellent. I think we are neck-and-neck right now. It is amazing how much time you can spend working on these things without much visible progress. I was out at my trailer for several hours today and couldn't really tell you what exactly I accomplished.
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That's really pretty Steve! How'd you buck those rivets if they're sealed off? Magic?
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I cheated, Marc, and used what Marcus calls single use clecos.

Norm, you are still ahead. I have so many almost finished projects that I can easily stretch this out another year.

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I had care for Pam today and figured I'd get a bunch of stuff done. Instead, I spent 6 hours inside this little 2x2 space, mostly finishing the fridge vent hood and putting the floor of the cabinet back in.

Sometimes it is just amazing to me that I can work so many hours and seemingly get almost nothing done.

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That looks great, Steve.....look at it this way, it will only take three hours next time you make one.

I made a smaller version of the sealed vent hood of what you have done and then open the exterior refrigerator access door when on gas mode. The little vent hood gets hot! I did install a fan to help move the air but have not used it as of yet. Seems to work!

Lookin' good!
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What I would give for a fridge door like that!!
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Nice work Steve...mad skillz
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That looks great, Steve.....look at it this way, it will only take three hours next time you make one.
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Gary, you and I both know that the next time you always think of about ten more "improvements" that you want to add, so the reality is that it will end of taking even longer!

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What I would give for a fridge door like that!!
Door is just the normal door with 1/8" Baltic Birch for the insert. BTW, you've got a great blog.

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Thanks, Steve. It's going to get done someday, if I just keep plugging along.

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Love that fridge vent! I think it is common to work for hours and seemingly get next to nothing done, common for me at least and feels better to know others suffer from the same malady.
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Love that fridge vent! I think it is common to work for hours and seemingly get next to nothing done, common for me at least and feels better to know others suffer from the same malady.
Lately I've just been skipping the working for hours part, and going straight to the getting nothing done part. Leaves me a lot more time for drinking beer.

Steve, the work looks great, even if you are resorting to single-use clecoes.

(If truth were told, I've used a few myself. Don't tell Frank)

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Lately I've just been skipping the working for hours part, and going straight to the getting nothing done part. Leaves me a lot more time for drinking beer.
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I will admit to practicing that technique, too, Marcus. Takes a lot of practice to perfect, though.

* * * * *

The original wardrobe was a huge hanging locker. I really like the Elfa Bins that I used in the cabinet between the recliners and the plan has been to use them in part of the wardrobe as well. The bins are on sale in January, so I waited until last month to get 4 more of the platinum mesh drawers. The last couple of days Iíve been dividing the wardrobe and making the hangers for the bins.

Lots of finish work still to go on them before theyíre done, but I think theyíll work well with lots of storage that can be used in several different ways.

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Just finished reading all the posts. Great Journey you have been on, great job with the work, and especially all the tips and documentation. I've just purchased a 1957 Caravan in original condition and I too come from a boat building background, so we share similar tendencies. I restored a 1950 Boles Aero 15 years ago (pre internet) and am absolutely thrilled at the resources now available to us all. Keep up the good work, Sully
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Just finished reading all the posts. Great Journey you have been on, great job with the work, and especially all the tips and documentation. I've just purchased a 1957 Caravan in original condition and I too come from a boat building background, so we share similar tendencies. I restored a 1950 Boles Aero 15 years ago (pre internet) and am absolutely thrilled at the resources now available to us all. Keep up the good work, Sully
Hey Sully,

Welcome to the forums. This place and all the great resources available elsewhere make the job really easy.

Start a thread (if you haven't yet) on your Caravanner and get some pictures up.

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Wind and Rain

It seems like weíve had rain and wind nonstop for a month. I know itís really not that bad, but it seems like it. The boat has been heeled over in the wind and gloomy and dark down below. Pam continues to slowly get worse and I still try to get her off the boat for awhile each day, but itís a big effort getting her on and off as she just about canít walk anymore. If you know anything about sailboats, think bosunís chair. So, this morning, even though I had our caregiver coming to give me a break, I was dark and down and gloomy and depressed, mostly from the weather.

As far as trailer work goes, things are pretty good. Having to work slowly and deliberately as Iím in one of those stages where itís easy to make stupid mistakes and I have little patience for myself on that stuff. But, itís almost magical the way the trailer is coming together after all this time. So many things Iíve thought about and planned for during the last two years are actually in the trailer now and they mostly look and work like I wanted. Thatís way cool.

Outside, Iíve got the louvered panel for the fridge air intake installed. Louvered panel came from Fergie's Custom Louvers and I used the Vintage Style Drip Caps from VTS. Fergieís louver polished up nice and easy, but Steveís drip cap was a pain. I knew it came white and need to be stripped, but it didnít stripóeven Aircraft Paint Remover didnít touch the finish. Only sanding got it down to bare aluminum and it was a lot of work. It was also too long but that was expected and an easy fix. I used nutplates and machine screws to fasten the louvered panel after making up some C channel to reinforce the huge hole I cut in the trailer.

Chris, Aluminium Idler, put up a post in his blog about using a torch to heat and bend his door back into shape. I used the same technique after his inspiration to put a huge bend in a straight piece of trim for the bathroom entry sill.

Today I worked on the upper piece to that bathroom door and on the curved top for the former vanity cabinet just forward of the bathroom. That little cabinet top has a really sharp curve on it and I could not get the usual 1/8Ē Baltic Birch to make the bend no matter what I tried. I ended up using a couple pieces of 1/16Ē Aircraft Birch laminated together to get it done.

But back to the wind and rain. . . I worked about half the day on those two projects above and decided to spend the afternoon sitting and reading in front of the fire in the heater. Iím parked in a storage lot which doesnít sound very pretty, but Island Girl is in the back on the grass with lots of trees around and a couple of eagles often overhead. The trailer doesnít heel in the wind like the boat and the rain sounds really soothing on the aluminum. And nine Caravanner windows are much better than tiny portholes. My gloom was pretty well gone.

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