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Old 02-25-2022, 10:47 PM   #61
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Progress report: Even though the trailer is not completely stripped yet, I decided to install the new vents on the roof. I used 3M 760UV adhesive sealant and some white rivets for better look. I also added strips of 1/8inch aluminum to reinforce the back. The roof AC is replaced by a fourth vent, I have other plans for the AC, if I add one. After much research, my choice landed on the MaxxAir Fan Deluxe, 4 in total.

I finally got to test two tools that I was really excited about: the electric rivet gun and the electric caulking gun. It saved me so much time and wrist pain, that was definitely worth it.
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Old 02-26-2022, 06:30 PM   #62
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By golly there is an Excella 500 under all that paint. I'm sure you are glad to get it stripped.

I installed my first Max Fan in the son's Globetrotter. It is a very nice piece indeed. My problem is the fact that my 1975 Overlander 27' has those Airstream light fixtures over the fans. I would need to design a different overhead lighting scheme to install the Max Fan in it.

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Old 02-26-2022, 11:42 PM   #63
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By golly there is an Excella 500 under all that paint. I'm sure you are glad to get it stripped.

I installed my first Max Fan in the son's Globetrotter. It is a very nice piece indeed. My problem is the fact that my 1975 Overlander 27' has those Airstream light fixtures over the fans. I would need to design a different overhead lighting scheme to install the Max Fan in it.

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Well right now it looks awful, and the shell has been brushed for the paint to adhere so I don't know if I'll be able to polish that out. I might stay with the brushed look... I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. The paint was uniform so I could have left it but I feared that it would be visible around the new vents or when I'll restore the windows, so I decided to strip it.


I am not sure to picture the light fixture you are mentioning, would you have a picture? I did not have that issue on mine as everything inside was garbage...
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Old 02-26-2022, 11:50 PM   #64
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Progress report: The 4 MaxxFan Deluxe are fully installed! And tested with temporary wiring. I am not a complete fan of the look when they are open; compared to a Fantastic Fan with a hood on it; however these are in my opinion the best and when they are close the look is clean and slick! Almost not visible. The "smoke" version is a bit dark inside, I would have preferred half the tint but that works and I am satisfied. I definitively did not want to go with white or clear...
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Old 02-27-2022, 06:21 PM   #65
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You got them installed. I found it a bit difficult to install as my ceiling hole wasn't just the right size and I had some hard trimming to do. I find the Max Fan very effective in moving air out or in.

The 1970s ceiling light fixtures are six incedicent bulb affairs with a three way rotary switch for two bulbs, or 4 bulbs or all 6 bulbs depending on how much light you want. The fan turns on when you raise the roof cover. It is a single speed 4 blade fan that is not very effective in my view. I didn't find a photo of the fixture, but here is a URL to the plastic cover for the fixture that gives you an idea of it anyway.

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Old 02-27-2022, 07:21 PM   #66
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Progress report: The 4 MaxxFan Deluxe are fully installed! And tested with temporary wiring. I am not a complete fan of the look when they are open; compared to a Fantastic Fan with a hood on it; however these are in my opinion the best and when they are close the look is clean and slick! Almost not visible. The "smoke" version is a bit dark inside, I would have preferred half the tint but that works and I am satisfied. I definitively did not want to go with white or clear...
They look good up there - congrats on getting them done.

Did you have to reinforce the openings at all? On my 1994 I used cut down 2x4s to bridge the space between the inner and out skins so the inner trim had something solid to push against and make a tight seal. Curious if you had a similar issue.
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Old 02-28-2022, 10:41 AM   #67
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You got them installed. I found it a bit difficult to install as my ceiling hole wasn't just the right size and I had some hard trimming to do. I find the Max Fan very effective in moving air out or in.

The 1970s ceiling light fixtures are six incedicent bulb affairs with a three way rotary switch for two bulbs, or 4 bulbs or all 6 bulbs depending on how much light you want. The fan turns on when you raise the roof cover. It is a single speed 4 blade fan that is not very effective in my view. I didn't find a photo of the fixture, but here is a URL to the plastic cover for the fixture that gives you an idea of it anyway.

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I see what you are talking about now. All of that was gone, or melted of not recognizable in my trailer. I was wondering what that was.

The openings were not exactly the right size either, they had rounded corners whereas the new vents have corners that are almost square.


I have attached a picture of pretty much what was left of the vents...
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They look good up there - congrats on getting them done.

Did you have to reinforce the openings at all? On my 1994 I used cut down 2x4s to bridge the space between the inner and out skins so the inner trim had something solid to push against and make a tight seal. Curious if you had a similar issue.

I did not strictly need to reinforce, but I did. You can see on the picture of the vent from the inside. I added a 1.25 inch wide strip of 1/8inch thick aluminum on each side of the vent. However, that was only to help with the outer trim piece as there were already a lot of rivet holes for the original vent. I do not have the interior skin yet so I have not install the inner trim piece at this time.
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Old 03-11-2022, 07:15 PM   #69
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I had to re-upload my videos because of stupid music copyright... I took advantage of that to actually group some of them that were practically the same steps, also tried to make them a bit better. For those who are interested, here are the new links.


















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Old 03-12-2022, 08:24 PM   #70
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PROGRESS REPORT: This weekend I was finally about to strip the roof. I was planning on doing that last week but the wind was so strong the ladder was not staying in place...This means the entire shell has been stripped at least once. However, I am not satisfied. There are still some patches of paint here and there, stripping was far from even. I suspect a combination of outside temperature, humidity and paint thickness that played on how well the stripping process happened. I have already used two third of the 5-gallon container so I will probably have to buy an other one to cover the entire trailer a second time plus stripping all the trim pieces.
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Old 03-12-2022, 08:33 PM   #71
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PROGRESS REPORT: The time to decide if I go for a second round of paint stripping off the shell, today I decided that I go and strip whatever material that blue thing is made of on the blue trim belt. Aircraft paint stripper did not do anything. Pressure washer, try again. It seems to me that it looks like some kind of very thick vinyl, however I had no luck removing any of it with a heat gun and a razor blade. So I resorted to the good old mechanical way with 120 grit. It takes time but it does the job.
If anybody knows what is the best way to remove that please let me know.
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Maybe Airstream used top of the line finishing materials on their top of the line trailer in 1979. I stripped the vinyl of my beltline with Aircraft stripper on my 1986. I used a premium stick on black vinyl for the beltline color on the 86. I did so ten years ago and it is holding up very will. Just a suggestion.

Not fun removing paints and the like some previous owner applied. But I think your trailer will be worth more stripped and lightly polished.

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Old 03-13-2022, 07:35 PM   #73
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Maybe Airstream used top of the line finishing materials on their top of the line trailer in 1979. I stripped the vinyl of my beltline with Aircraft stripper on my 1986. I used a premium stick on black vinyl for the beltline color on the 86. I did so ten years ago and it is holding up very will. Just a suggestion.

Not fun removing paints and the like some previous owner applied. But I think your trailer will be worth more stripped and lightly polished.

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I was actually considering replacing with a new vinyl, maybe go from blue to black. Or a custom printed vinyl. I did some research that was for now leading me away from vinyl as I read it might not last long in the desert sun...Any thoughts on that?

The solutions that I am currently exploring are anodizing of painting.
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Old 03-14-2022, 06:26 PM   #74
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I don't know about sun damage to modern vinyl. Certainly the 1986 vinyl Airstream used on our Limited got weather damaged. Same with the clear coat used on the exterior. But the black vinyl I stuck on the Limited is 10 years old and still looking good.

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Old 03-29-2022, 09:22 PM   #75
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Thanks, that is good to know.
By the way, which color is your awning? I am currently debating keeping the band and the trim blue or switching to black. I the latter case, I would probably change the awnings that are stripped blue as I don't think that would fit very well with a black trim.


Recently saw an add with only one picture on craigslist , I would have sworn that was your trailer. 3 axles, polished, black trim...
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A new video is out. It is at least 2 or 3 months late... I got busy.


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Old 04-01-2022, 03:36 PM   #77
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First injury of the build. Actually second but this one is a new one for me. chemical burn. The aircraft paint remover ate the nitrile gloves, then my hands.... I was wearing latex glove when I previously used the paint stripper, nothing happened. Did not pay much attention at the material difference for the new gloves. I am pretty sure this is the result of hydrogen peroxide that could might be in the composition.
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Nasty. Chemical burns are painful. Maybe seek medical attention. Hope you heal up fast.

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The chemical burn wasn't as bad as it seemed to be. Almost completely healed.



The new video for the vents install is out too.
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Old 04-30-2022, 11:43 PM   #80
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It is slowly coming together. Finally received the wheel wells after 2 or 3 months. I changed the way they are mounted so that in case I ever need to change them it can be done from the outside and I don't need to disassemble anything.

Also I finally bolted the shell back to the frame. So far it was sitting there locked by the bolted floor. Since I am working alone I had to find a way to that by myself. That meant prevent the bolts from rotating while I am screwing the nut from under the frame. The solution I found was to weld custom laser cut "fingers" to the bolts which prevented them from rotating in the floor channel. Worked better than expected.
I have few more bolts through the floor to install and fill the recess with body filler.
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