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Old 03-13-2011, 12:19 AM   #301
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Steve.. you finish work is BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE the curved wood... excellent work. I'm also impressed that the aluminum trim took that bend around the shower stall...

I know what you mean about this doom and gloom... we returned from Maui 2 weeks ago.. my glow of happiness is almost gone with this weather... bummer.

It's funny that VTS sells those caps white... what on an AS is white?

I'm sending you some virtual strength and sunshine right now...
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Steve, Everything is looking great, i really like the curved finish on the shower pan. Thanks for all the pictures, I hope the weather gives you a break soon.
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:27 AM   #303
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I am sorry to hear about the struggles you face daily, but delighted to listen to how you accomplish joy from despair!! You are an inspiration to any of us who face unforeseen changes and challenges in Life. The image of you in front of the "fire" in the Airstream on a damp day remains in my mind :-)
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:27 AM   #304
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Steve, you are right, the gray skies for much of the day can sure make getting started on the trailer a tough decision. But I find once I'm in the shop and the flourescents finally warm up enough to shed some light, and I get into the trailer and get a radio going and get thinking about what needs to be done, I ALMOST forget the bliss of palm trees, sand, and the thoughts of turning the A/C on that we were forced to endure while in AZ. The trip home was ugly because we both knew we had just left wonderful weather for drip and dry stuff, and also all the work we had created for ourselves re-thinking the way we have certain parts of our trailer done.

When we laid ours out we had a lot of ideas built up from years of camping and also seeing how others had done their rigs, but after spending more than 2 weeks at one time in the trailer, we've learned that 2 people and a spoiled rotten cat need things done a bit differently. I have to say though that we are having fun doing it, once we get started.

And we don't have the hurdles you do with Pam needing the attention, and for you there is seldom a break from it. We often forget that she may have the disease but it is impacting both of you significantly. Our hearts go out to both of you.

Your trailer is really coming along nicely. I am excited about seeing it. With the cost of fuel well over the $5 mark here in South Surrey, the trip over the line for fuel is even more easy to justify. We often tie that to breakfast at Big Al's, so yeah, we spend what we saved (and more) eating out, but we figure it nets out in the end regardless.

Greg is starting slowly to work on his, or will be shortly once his home reno's are done, and he and I will have to arrange to pop over to see your handiwork. When the time comes I'll PM you for a way to contact you directly to arrange a time. Probably going to be toward the end of March or early April.
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Steve, your Airstream is looking great. Impressive craftmanship.

I know what you mean about the weather. We lived in Bellingham for 3 years when I was in the Navy and left in 2004. We loved the summers but hated living there the rest of the year.
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:05 PM   #306
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It's funny that VTS sells those caps white... what on an AS is white?

I'm sending you some virtual strength and sunshine right now...
Take care..
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Thanks, Marc! I think those drip caps in white are the only source that Steve has. There's a review from Uwe on the product page mentioning the need to sand the finish off, so I'm not the only one. Other than that, they're nice.

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Steve, Everything is looking great, i really like the curved finish on the shower pan. Thanks for all the pictures, I hope the weather gives you a break soon.
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Thanks Doug, spring should be here by July. Curved wood on the shower pan is a silly project. Laminate one ply of birch each day for about 7 days--seems like nothing is getting done.

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Thanks Rae. Lots of people have bigger problems than we do. I know you've had loss recently too. Pam is comfortable and happy and unaware that anything is wrong, so it's ok. I do like my little fireplace.

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Steve, you are right, the gray skies for much of the day can sure make getting started on the trailer a tough decision. But I find once I'm in the shop and the flourescents finally warm up enough to shed some light, and I get into the trailer and get a radio going and get thinking about what needs to be done, I ALMOST forget the bliss of palm trees, sand, and the thoughts of turning the A/C on that we were forced to endure while in AZ. The trip home was ugly because we both knew we had just left wonderful weather for drip and dry stuff, and also all the work we had created for ourselves re-thinking the way we have certain parts of our trailer done.

When we laid ours out we had a lot of ideas built up from years of camping and also seeing how others had done their rigs, but after spending more than 2 weeks at one time in the trailer, we've learned that 2 people and a spoiled rotten cat need things done a bit differently. I have to say though that we are having fun doing it, once we get started.

And we don't have the hurdles you do with Pam needing the attention, and for you there is seldom a break from it. We often forget that she may have the disease but it is impacting both of you significantly. Our hearts go out to both of you.

Your trailer is really coming along nicely. I am excited about seeing it. With the cost of fuel well over the $5 mark here in South Surrey, the trip over the line for fuel is even more easy to justify. We often tie that to breakfast at Big Al's, so yeah, we spend what we saved (and more) eating out, but we figure it nets out in the end regardless.

Greg is starting slowly to work on his, or will be shortly once his home reno's are done, and he and I will have to arrange to pop over to see your handiwork. When the time comes I'll PM you for a way to contact you directly to arrange a time. Probably going to be toward the end of March or early April.
Thanks Barry, much appreciated. Knew you guys were heading home and hoping the trip wouldn't be too bad.

Anytime you and Greg are down, come on over. Pam and I are over at the trailer just about every afternoon. Just wait until the door handle is back from the chrome plater--I look like real trailer trash right now with a vice grip door knob!

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Steve, your Airstream is looking great. Impressive craftmanship.

I know what you mean about the weather. We lived in Bellingham for 3 years when I was in the Navy and left in 2004. We loved the summers but hated living there the rest of the year.
Really don't mind it, Mike, just sometimes. That contrast between the light in the trailer and the dark in the boat is just amazing.

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Really appreciate the kind words, everybody. It's a tough time with Pam, but I've known it was coming for around twelve years now. With Alzheimer's, you sorta mourn as you go along. Just want her to be able to leave as peacefully as she can, whenever that turns out to be.

And, there's lots more to do on the trailer, like the two P's I've been putting off--plumbing and polishing.

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Old 03-19-2011, 06:46 PM   #307
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A Toaster for My Toaster

Got a package in the mail a couple of weeks ago that I wasnít expecting and inside was a wonderful old toaster for Island Girl from Pamís sister. Itís perfect!! Thanks, Barb.

As you can also see, the laminate for the countertops is going in. Had our caregiver today and I didnít want Pam with me when I did the stinky gluing, so it was a good day for it. Ran out of time with one piece still to go, but thatís OK.

The entry for the bathroom has been an ongoing project, laminating the upper and lower parts, one piece of Baltic birch at a time. Itís not much different than the original, just a smaller opening and more curves, but Iím happy with the way it looks.

And the old vanity with its curved top is morphing into the new computer station. That curve was a tough one.

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Steve, Love the curves to the bath and computer desktop. Looks outstanding. Ed
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Thanks, Ed! I know you're not in a hurry, but the goal for tomorrow is to get your stuff boxed up and ready to ship.

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Great work Steve!!! I can just imagine the time and patience that went into those curves!
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Steve, No problem. We're off to Tucson for a weeks vacation. The girls need some pool time. Ed
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Hey Steve- Island Girl is beautiful! I wish spring would get here so I could get back to work on my GT. Thanks for the link to Fergies. I've been looking for someone with a louver press and I'm moving to Kelowna this summer. How cosmic is that!

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Hey Steve- Island Girl is beautiful! I wish spring would get here so I could get back to work on my GT. Thanks for the link to Fergies. I've been looking for someone with a louver press and I'm moving to Kelowna this summer. How cosmic is that!

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That's pretty darned cosmic, Ian! He's a good guy and will make whatever you need. We're starting to think spring may be coming here, but we know, like I know you do, that winter can still bite us.

Pink, thanks! Hope you're happy with the door the way it is and not expecting a real door next, 'cause it's all downhill on the bathroom from here. Only going to a a curtain for the opening.

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oh heck, I thought there was going to be this
curved laminated door. Stick foot in mouth.
A curtain will be fino!!
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Oh my...The windows...So glad you found that before my wife saw it!
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Nah, no foot in mouth, Pink. I did want to do a curved laminated door but the problem is that there's no place for it to open, just not enough room. Only way was to hinge it opening inside the bathroom and that would have trapped me in there forever.

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Caravanners love their windows, except for rebuilding time. They are that wonderful Hehr design that has the gaskets riveted in.

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I’ve read a lot all over the forum about the Hehr windows and how dreaded they are to work on, but honestly, I think there’re great! My ’55 Overlander has 9 of them. Okay, replacing the back-frame gasket isn’t the easiest thing, but they’re handcrafted. How could you not love that fact. In my humble opinion the 50’s Airstreams with handcrafted 13 panels and Hehr windows are a thing of beauty. “Viva la Vintage”

With that said I have to add, the craftsmanship you’re doing on “Island Girl” is some of the best I’ve seen. I hope one day we’re in your part of the country and have a chance to see it first hand.

Keep up the good work, we are enjoying your thread and blog.
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You're right, Spike. The Hehr Standards aren't that bad, just time consuming to rebuild. But, they're easy to work on and simple. Don't get me going on our beautiful 13 panels. My Airstream is pretty special to me.

Thanks for the compliments on my work. Still feel like I'm a hack at it compared to some of the true artists around here. No way I could be where I am with my trailer without all the help and ideas I've gotten from others.

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