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Old 12-16-2019, 04:20 AM   #161
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Looking great trader . Coming to Fl. In January, if we have time may contact you .
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Old 12-17-2019, 05:44 AM   #162
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Looking great trader . Coming to Fl. In January, if we have time may contact you .
Sure thing...it would be fun to have a beer together.
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Old 12-21-2019, 08:03 AM   #163
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Aw Sh*t

Things are moving right along. After doing the first 11 panels I found out that there are only 400 rivets per end cap and that I figured out how to do them by myself I wrapped thru the second panel in about 2 hours.

To install you need 3 people to make the job go smoothly. The panel is not heavy but cumbersome and flexes.

After getting the end cap up and my helpers gone I had a OH SH*T moment. As I was counting the panels I noticed that there was not 13 only 11. For some reason I had a brain fart and never brought out the last 2 panels. As I sat there and looked at how I was going to do the bucking in by myself with the 11 ones up... I came up with a solution and it worked...tape and a skinny bucking bar. Only took an extra hour or so. So in this case no harm no foul

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If some one can explain why some of these pictures get turned sideways please explain. No matter what I do in editing I can never get them to be right.
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:26 AM   #164
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I'm very impressed. They came out great. Now you have me thinking that may be an option to replace the fiberglass in my Ambassador. Do you still have the templates? - Mark
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:04 AM   #165
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I'm very impressed. They came out great. Now you have me thinking that may be an option to replace the fiberglass in my Ambassador. Do you still have the templates? - Mark
I still have the original panels...let me know if you want me to trace them. I did this for "I Love Lucy" build and they came out good for him.
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Old 01-26-2020, 02:46 PM   #166
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Not Slacking!

Have not posted in awhile because of Holidays and snow bird visitors.

I have been working at it. I did get all the inside panels in and fitted. Made sure all the window trim fits.

A lot of riveting folks. However 95 % done. Only window trim to be riveted after the clear coating is done.

Everyone that has looked at the coloring has really liked it and this has help me decide to keep it this way.

Next steps are:
Clear coat inside
install window trim
lay down the flooring
install the water lines and propane

Punt after that...
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Old 01-26-2020, 03:21 PM   #167
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Looks good Terry. Youíre getting into the fun part.
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Old 01-27-2020, 05:52 AM   #168
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Great work!

How exciting for you to be at this point! This gives us more inspiration to get to the next step in our restoration. Onward.
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Old 02-18-2020, 06:46 AM   #169
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Never fits!

Well my new mantra on windows they are a real P I A!

When I re-did the frames I copied them exactly. Did a trial fit and found out that because I removed the complete window that most of the frames would not fit and they needed to be trimmed. NO big deal. I half expected that knowing that nothing else that I put in there fit the first time
Had the interior mat clear coat and it turned out just like I hoped. Went back to fit in the window frames and guess what they had to be trimmed again. I think there is some type of gremlin in this Airstream that just wants to make my life harder. Anyway they are done. Widows to pull, polish, re-seal, and fit take the most time of any one thing.Ugh!

Started to lay down my Coretec floor and so far that has been smooth and a real pleasure to see how it ties the trailer together.

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After the floor is in the bath and power center will be ruffed in.

Its fun to work on something else besides Aluminum .
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Old 02-18-2020, 07:38 AM   #170
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Kent, same thing happened to me. We found out the cause was mouse spirits. We had to get a Mouse Spirit Exorcist. Worked well. Good luck
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Old 03-07-2020, 07:55 AM   #171
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Plumbing

The floor went in with out a hitch. It is good every once in awhile to have something go smooth. After the floor I ruffed in the pex plumbing. I have labeled it how I see it happening...Please give any input if you see something that does not look like it will work. I am not a plumber and I think this is my first attempt at running water lines.

The plumbing will be disassembled and pictures taken so I do not forget what I did. Then I will begin ruffing in the layout of the cabin. After the frame work is done then the water lines will be run. I think it will be easier that way?
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1-Fresh water tank. Shut off...no back fill from city water.
2-Cold water outside shower wash down.
3- City water
4-Cold water to galley sink
5- Cold water to hot water heater
6-Cold water to bath shower and sink
7-Hot water out to galley sink
8- Hot water to shower and bath

Am I missing anything ?
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Old 03-08-2020, 09:09 AM   #172
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I used brass Sharkbite push to connects in my restoration. Since then I have seen some suggest to use only crimp connections in a trailer, but I have heard of some using them successfully for many years. I have not heard of anyone using plastic push to connects in a trailer, though it may have been done. I wonder it they are up to the task inclding vibration and possible frozen temps and very hot temps when the trailer is closed up in the hot sun?
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I used brass crimp connectors in my rebuild. Only had one drip and I had just forgotten to crimp it. I was scared off from the shark bites by the price. The crimpers were easy to use but you sometimes have to be creative in the crimp sequence. Not allot of room when the furniture is back in. - Mark
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I used brass Sharkbite push to connects in my restoration. Since then I have seen some suggest to use only crimp connections in a trailer, but I have heard of some using them successfully for many years. I have not heard of anyone using plastic push to connects in a trailer, though it may have been done. I wonder it they are up to the task inclding vibration and possible frozen temps and very hot temps when the trailer is closed up in the hot sun?
I know they are used a lot in the boating industry. The ease of use is what got me to try them. I can not see a trailer being any tougher than being on a boat. Time will tell!
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Old 03-11-2020, 08:27 PM   #175
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Just small steps

It seems like the little jobs take longer than the big ones...finally finished the floor. I had put in small (33x12) under floor storage space. Now to finish it out took some doing, considering I was doing a floating floor. End result was using a aluminum T channel....sort of like they do on boat hatches. Came out good. Next is making sure the wet shower drain has enough slope to fast drain quickly. That job needed a whole bunch of routering . Now I have to epoxy all the wood inside the shower pan area.
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Kent, never thought about an under floor storage compartment. Makes sense though. Iím still wrestling with my shower pan. Youíll be on the road before long. Looks great.
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Am I missing anything ?

That's a question that has, in my case at least, been at the heart of my procrastination. That aside, the only suggestion I have, and it is only a suggestion, not a criticism, is that you might try to eliminate some of the 90 degree elbows in your plumbing runs by, where possible, doing 90 degree bends in the pex. It really does not take all that much more space and, in my view, the more connections you can eliminate, the fewer the opportunities for leaks there are down the road. You can see where I did this at post #577 in my chronology of mistakes (https://www.airforums.com/forums/f11...ml#post2324363) By the way, your rapid progress is impressive. Shows what someone who knows what he is doing can accomplish in short order.
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Kent, never thought about an under floor storage compartment. Makes sense though.

Amen to that, Bubba. I'm waiting for some tech savvy genius out there to compile all the innovative ideas the folks on this forum come up with and put it into an easily-access format. Perhaps some of us, like me, with IQs hovering just above room temperature, can benefit from not having to reinvent our own underfloor storage compartments.
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That's a question that has, in my case at least, been at the heart of my procrastination. That aside, the only suggestion I have, and it is only a suggestion, not a criticism, is that you might try to eliminate some of the 90 degree elbows ...
That is a great suggestion: And I do have a bunch of those 90' bend clamps. That is the reason for the mock up so now I will see how that works...pictures in a few months after the cabinets are built...
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Kent, never thought about an under floor storage compartment. Makes sense though. Iím still wrestling with my shower pan. Youíll be on the road before long. Looks great.
Bubba, the under floor storage came to mind when a friend of mine was showing me his new class c mini home. They had it built in and I thought well I'm just in the beginning stage of frame repair.

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