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Old 08-14-2009, 06:24 PM   #81
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Just wanted you to know I've really enjoyed your postings. Hope you do indeed get the floor back in before the weather turns bad up there.

Wish I was able to still pick blackberries. They've been gone for a while. Too hot!
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Just wanted you to know I've really enjoyed your postings. Hope you do indeed get the floor back in before the weather turns bad up there.

Wish I was able to still pick blackberries. They've been gone for a while. Too hot!
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Thanks, Carol. It was cold enough today to think about ditching the shorts and going to jeans, but we usually don't do that until the temps get into the 50's.

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Thanks, Carol. It was cold enough today to think about ditching the shorts and going to jeans, but we usually don't do that until the temps get into the 50's.

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50s??? That's parka weather around here. We hit our eleventy-leventh triple digit day here, around 105 at my house. I stopped counting when it was 50 days and counting.

Floor works looks fantastic, Steve. The rest of your subfloor will go in just fine I expect. The shell flexes and contorts surprisingly well, and even if you encounter some tough spots, a little more prying will likely get you right where you need to be.

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Thanks, Carol. It was cold enough today to think about ditching the shorts and going to jeans, but we usually don't do that until the temps get into the 50's.

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That's a Northwest weather attidude. We are at the Oregon coast right now and it's 65 and overcast, but there are still dozens of people swiming in the Ocean.

Keep up the good work Steve.
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50s??? That's parka weather around here. We hit our eleventy-leventh triple digit day here, around 105 at my house.
I do remember that stuff back there, but I don't miss it. I'll take our rain.

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That's a Northwest weather attidude. We are at the Oregon coast right now and it's 65 and overcast, but there are still dozens of people swiming in the Ocean.

Keep up the good work Steve.
65???

I feel like I'm reading stories from Crazyland.

You people realize that it's August and August is Summer, right?

Heck, around here, it's our hottest month.

That's okay though, I'll be loving life and camping in December, where will all of YOU Eskimo people be then I wonder? Huh???

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That's okay though, I'll be loving life and camping in December, where will all of YOU Eskimo people be then I wonder? Huh???

I will be burning diesel like crazy trying to keep the boat warm and watching the bronze portholes drip water from condensation.
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65???

I feel like I'm reading stories from Crazyland.

You people realize that it's August and August is Summer, right?

Heck, around here, it's our hottest month.

That's okay though, I'll be loving life and camping in December, where will all of YOU Eskimo people be then I wonder? Huh???

Summer lasted approximately one week at the end of July when it hit 103 in Seattle (and 101 in my 9 month old's, non-airconditioned, second-floor bedroom). As to what we might be doing in December when it's snowing up here . . . well we might just have to go camping in Texas
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You guys are welcome to come on down when it gets colder up there.

And, of course, you know I am green with envy about your temperatures right now!

Norm-- 101 in the baby's room? Goodness, I'm glad everything is okay. We have a lot of heat down here for sure, but we also have air conditioning.

I know what it's like to be in a "cold" area when it's not so cold. I did a summer program at Northwestern University in Chicago (Evanston, actually) and our dorm was not air conditioned. This was in late July and August, and it got up into the mid 90s and close to 100 on a regular basis. Without A/C, that's hot no matter what state (or country) you're in!

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Slowly but surely

One more small piece of the floor still to go, a couple more days. Wheel wells are back in. It's been taking me two days for each piece of subfloor, one to cut and lay the fiberglass cloth over the edge and epoxy coating the entire bottom, and then the next day to drop the piece in and install with some of the fasteners. That vertical 2x4 on the floor jack has lifted the shell enough that it's been really easy to pop each new piece in.

I've been using 3/4" ply doublers where I have seams that don't meet at structure. They are all epoxy coated and the mating surfaces have cotton flox mixed in the epoxy to get a better bond.

Using self tapping screws where I've replaced crossmembers with 2x4 tubing, but I'm tapping those holes first. Elevator bolts are being used when I'm attaching to crossmembers.

Waiting to get the last piece in before I start fastening C channel to the subfloor, but it's amazing how much more stiffness the trailer has than it ever did before. Two more days and my floor will be in and there's no rain in the forecast.

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Thanks, Pamela. I do like her.

Welcome to the forums. Better put up some pics of yours.

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Short Post, but. . . .

I have a floor!!!!!!!!

Still have to do put in the rest of the bolts and screws, epoxy the topside and add some cloth, but darn, I have a floor.

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Wow, how cool is that? Great work there Steve! So what's next?
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Great feeling isn't it? Now you don't have to worry about critters getting up inside there. I had a neighborhood cat that loved to sleep in mine, until I got the floor completely in.

Keep it up!

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Thanks Marc and Marcus. It does feel good.

I got caught too. After I got the last piece in yesterday, I cleared all the junk off the middle of the floor, put a chair all the way in the back, and just sat there all zoned out admiring my work. One of the guys in the yard who has been watching the progress came by and stuck his head in the door and caught me, right in the middle of all my fantasies about how this thing is going to look!

I'm planning to draw in the cabinet locations and lay a piece of fiberglass cloth inside all those areas, with epoxy coating the whole floor. Just for reference, I've used about 3/4 of a gallon of epoxy resin on the the subfloor bottom and the fiberglass cloth wrapped around the edges.

I'm wearing a sweatshirt this morning, so cold weather is coming for sure. Thinking I'll use one of those Dickinson propane heaters and may source that and install it temporarily soon. Goal for the winter is to get the upper skins off and rewire and reinsulate everything. Maybe get some upper panels back on. Around 7 months into this now, doesn't seem that long.

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I have a floor!!!!!!!!

Well done - you now have an aluminum tent!




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No post for 2 weeks, but I have been working on it

I've got nearly all of the fasteners in the subfloor, lacking only a few in the C channel corners where I need some help backing the nuts in those spots where access is really tight. Those bolts that go through the outriggers and C channel have been time consuming too as I've had to do them one at a time with a pair of vice grips holding the bolt head on the bottom while I tighten the nut from the top. Rest of the floor has had the bolt head indentations and seams filled with thickened epoxy.

The plan was to epoxy the topside of the subfloor (like the bottom side is already done) and lay one layer of fiberglass cloth in the areas covered by cabinets. I'm now just going to lay that layer of cloth over the whole floor--cloth is cheap, I'm using the epoxy anyway, and it's just as easy to do. Overkill, I'm sure, but it'll give me a virtually waterproof subfloor. First section got laid down today.

I'd put in bunches of hours earlier stripping and polishing the rear inside end cap, but it just wasn't coming around. It has something like etching from the old Zolatone on it--feels smooth to the touch, but it isn't. Somebody came by and looked at it and suggested S.O.S pads and the thought of little rusty bits of steel scared me to death. Today I sanded a small piece as a test and then moved on to the endcap itself. I started with 400 grit and moved up grade by grade until it was done with 1000 grit, cleaned it with mineral spirits, and then polished again with G6 and then F7. Huge improvement and hopefully it shows in the photos (hard to take pics of shiny stuff!). Some of the etching is still there, but much is gone. Maybe I could go over it again starting with 320, but I hate to get too aggressive with it.

Oh, BTW rain has returned to the Pacific Northwet.

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Steve, nice work on the end caps. That looks like it took a lot of elbow grease. Seems like you are going to have that trailer ready for spending a lot of time on the water with all the epoxy you are spreading over the floor. I see we are in for some good weather this weekend (85 plus in Seattle). So, maybe we can both get some work done on the Airstreams.
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Thanks, Norm. How's the leg doing?

There's been a little talk going around the marina about moving the trailer into one of the empty slips. About got a waterproof floor now and I'm thinking the trailer might just float if I pumped enough Vulkem in a few spots. Probably be hard on my brakes and bearings, I guess. . .

Does look like the weather will be pretty nice this week, but I'm going to be ready for winter work within a couple of weeks anyway. Ordered my Dickinson heater today Newport Propane Fireplace Heater and I'll mount it on a temporary bulkhead for now. Muddy Hollow has one on his Caravanner and Rob Baker recently added one to his Sovereign. I've got the diesel version on the boat and several here in the marina have the propane type that I ordered. It's a nice unit and I'm eager for it to arrive.

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