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Old 10-06-2013, 04:53 AM   #21
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What a complete restoration! Your skills are way beyond mine.

How did you fabricate the outrigger reinforcement plates?

I was wondering why you are using ABS plumbing parts instead of PVC? Is there a distinct advantage? Did your polyethylene tanks come with drain and vent ports already molded in?

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Old 10-06-2013, 06:43 AM   #22
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Looks awesome so far and if we only had the time, money and weather we could get so much accomplished! I guess it's like a puzzle or good book in that we work on it so intently and when we are finally done we miss the fun of the project! Okay I kinda hope that it's like that as I don't always have any of the money, time or weather!
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:11 PM   #23
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David- The reason I went with ABS is every trailer/ motorhome I have owned (2), had ABS plumbing. I did do some research and some say the ABS is less prone to crack from road bounce. Some suggest PVC is more likely to shatter with road bounce. I don't really know, but my tanks came with ABS stubbs, so that's what I will continue with. The tanks only came with the 3" drain hole. I will have to add the others as I need them with a rubber grommet.

The outriggers that were rotted beyond repair, I cut off, then welded 5" C-Channel (same width/ length as original outriggers). I cut to original shape with a cutting wheel on a 4.5" grinder. The reinforced outriggers, I just added 1/8" plate x5" wide to the outrigger, welding to the outrigger and frame to stiffen rusted originals. I ordered 1/8"plate sheared into 5" strips form local supplier, knowing I would use them just for that. I ordered (4)-48"peices of 1/8" thick by 5" wide.

I did order my axles a little beefier than the originals, because I knew I would have a few added pounds on the frame from "stiffing it up".

I will say, my welding skills have GREATLY improved since I started! Thanks for the compliments/ comments gentlemen!

My wife said she don't care how long it takes, as long as we at least have an "aluminum tent" to use on a trip out west next summer
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:25 PM   #24
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Looks fabulous!! Very impressed. How much POR15 did you use for that type of coverage? Also, did you have to prime it first?
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:14 PM   #25
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It took 2 quarts. I used 2 quarts of POR metal prep spray first. No primer. I will say, POR DOES NOT want to come off your skin very easy! I had it on my face, then I had scabs on my face from trying to scrub it off. The second coat was full sleeves, latex gloves and face shield! I will top coat with rustoleum.

I got most of my plumbing parts, valves and piping for the black/ grey water tanks. I will get that done on my next days off. Won't be long, and I'll be ready for decking!
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:04 PM   #26
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Finally got my crap (tank) together. I received my floor epoxy today, now I need to for the temp to warm a little. Fingers crossed. I also got the emergency breakaway brake mounted. Chipping away at it in 1 hour increments it seems
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Old 05-11-2014, 12:53 AM   #27
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"Let's get it Started" Wife says winter is over...."""whip crack""" Back to work on the AS this week!
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:11 AM   #28
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Welcome Back Motor Boatn !

It was a long, long winter. I'm glad you responded to the whip crack'in. I have followed your thread with interest.

It looks like you are using the same waste water tanks that I purchased from Inca Plastics. I hung mine from the frame rails with angle irons, and had built an aluminum cover for them. I used ABS parts to plumb the drains as you recommended to me. And I used rubber grommets for the inlets to the tanks. I hope it all works as it would be a bear to take the tanks back out. I wonder how you mounted your tanks.

My 66 Trade Wind project is just 25% of the size of yours. I didn't have to do a body off for frame rebuilding. That is probably more than I can handle. I had classic rear bath floor rot that I could repair shell on. I did rent a heated garage for the winter allowing progress on cold winter afternoons.

I used Garnet SeeLevel sensors on my waste water tanks and recommend this system. Easy, reliable and should last a long time.

Keep us posted as you and your son make progress on your old Airstream. I read on these Forums that it takes 5 times longer to put a trailer back together that taking it apart. I believe that's true! Have patience, as there is a long road ahead. I believe you can recover your "investment" as vintage Airstreams are a nice alternative to new box $25k campers.

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Old 05-11-2014, 08:35 AM   #29
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Gee what an interesting thread. The work being done here is fantastic!
Just tagging in so I can watch the progress.

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Old 06-23-2014, 01:03 AM   #30
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Back on the frame! Not fastened, but at least it's not hanging in my back yard anymore. I've been slowly working on replacing the c-channel on the bottom that sits on the wood floor. Some of the old was damaged and or corroded. I have the street side completely fastened. I'm glad my helper likes to run the bucking bar! I understand now, this will be a slow process. In order not to HATE the project, I have had to walk away a time or two. I told the wife, I'll have it done before I retire in 20 years....lol
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:35 AM   #31
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I forgot to show the pics of my spare tire slot. I put diamond plate aluminum to protect the plywood from the elements. It was just too pretty to not show it off once before it never gets seen again 😜
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:58 AM   #32
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Hey, chassis and body "married" again. Very fancy spare tire compartment. I am electing not to carry a spare. I'll suffer the delay of a repair on the fly instead. Tire trouble is fairly rare anymore.

I hear you about stepping away for a while. My project is starting to get to me. I figure I have well over 1000 man hours in it, and it is a much smaller project than yours. We are Airstreaming in July with the 86 Limited. I look forward to the break.

Remember, it's just a hobby for our enjoyment in our spare time.

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Old 07-30-2014, 02:21 AM   #33
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Getting ready to repair panels and get it weather tight once again. I also scored a great deal on new low profile ac. Ordered new style door lock to replace original broke lock. I will need to reskin the door.


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Old 08-04-2014, 02:20 AM   #34
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I got tired of dealing with the tarp so I improvised with umbrellas through the roof openings. Got the front quarter installed. Click image for larger version

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Old 10-07-2014, 06:00 PM   #35
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Crossroads

I haven't posted in a while because I'm torn at a crossroad, on which direction I want to go with this project. I have been giving it the 'Ole walk around daily to try and figure out. Bear with me.....
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Old 10-07-2014, 06:29 PM   #36
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Nice job! Where did you get your vent from I've seen lids but not the whole unit.
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:52 PM   #37
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It's a regular camper Fantastic Fan. I removed the old and replaced with the new. Camper supply stores, eBay or amazon all have them.


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Old 10-08-2014, 07:59 AM   #38
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Keep at it, you're putting it back together.
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:15 PM   #39
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Totally laughed out loud when I saw the umbrellas on the roof. I can relate!!! Everything so far looks great! Keep going your progress is encouraging.
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:32 PM   #40
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They go together way slower than they came apart. Your Trade Wind has a refurbished frame, new axles brake bearings, tanks, belly pan, new subfloor, and some new exterior panels. You are making good progress. Each square foot of the trailer is another project, but that's part of the fun.

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