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Old 05-17-2020, 09:50 AM   #461
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Hi Bill: It's fun to read about folks walking down the same path as I did. Your rear bath looks like it is coming together very nicely in spite of the challenges of unlevel floors, round walls, and warped plastic parts. It takes time to get it to fit reasonably well. The thing looks just like ours, only better.

Air pressure test and soapy water does find missing crimps, and more importantly leaky pipe threads, especially plastic ones. I don't have a good way of testing the drain plumbing except pouring water down it and looking for wet spots. Kinda like our beagle puppy.

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Old 05-18-2020, 06:55 PM   #462
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Bath and paint looks great . I use that same PPG paint for over20 years . Love it .
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Old 05-19-2020, 03:16 AM   #463
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Agreed! Excellent work on the bathroom refurb.
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Old 05-25-2020, 07:31 AM   #464
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Still working on the bath. An amazing amount of time on it. So much detail.

Iím determined to try to finish the bathroom sans flooring before I move on to the wardrobes and sliding doors between closets and bedroom.

There is something I canít find that I need and a problem I could use advice on.

I cannot find a readily available source to cover rivets on all the bathroom trim and there is a lot of it. Vintage Trailer only shows an off-white that is out-off-stock and it doesnít get great reviews. Anyone have any thoughts on where to get it hopefully in a variety of colors?

I noticed while running the AC that the 20amp breaker and the main 30 amp breaker are getting very hot. The breaker panel is original and uses aluminum for the main buss. The AC is connected to a new space saver breaker. The breakers seem to be making good contact. Any thoughts on what could cause these breakers to heat up so much?

Colorado Dave said once that it takes 10 times longer to put a AS together than it does to take it apart. Iíll lift a glass that that. Iíll argue that the bath takes longer than that.

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Old 05-25-2020, 08:31 AM   #465
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Your trim looks like mine, the product is called vinyl nosing insert Airstream part number 200035. I called the local dealer and it's still available.
there are a couple dealers online that list it also. The local dealer wants about the same amount plus a fairly hefty shipping cost, but I think that's where I'm going to get it.
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Old 05-25-2020, 12:47 PM   #466
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Thanks, Can if Beans. Iíll check it out!
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Old 05-25-2020, 01:19 PM   #467
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Hi Bill,

Since COB answered your insert question, I thought I’d chime in about the inverter/charger. I can’t tell you why they are getting warm but it’s an ancient and unnecessarily heavy unit. I replaced mine with this:

https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Converte.../PD4045KA.html

and I am much more confident in my electrical system plus I save a bunch of weight.

Fairly easy swap.

Also, I believe amazon has the PD4045 for less.

Doing great! Super fun to watch.
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Old 05-25-2020, 04:44 PM   #468
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Hey Ian, great to hear from you. Itís not my converter thatís the problem. Iím having difficulty with the main and AC breaker getting way too warm. Thoughts?
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Old 05-25-2020, 05:26 PM   #469
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Hey Bill,

The unit I linked to replaces the breaker(s) as well. At least it did on my Avion where everything is in one place.

My only real thought is too disconnect the mains and clean them really well. Or even just replace the breakers and panel if you still have the original in there. Also cleaning your 30amp prongs might help. Sounds like something is getting in the way of clean power.

I have one of these plugged in to a 110 outlet to let me see whatís coming in.
The one on the right does the same for 12v.

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Hey Ian - I agree it may be faulty contact between the breaker and buss. Aluminum is notorious as iffy conductor when itís not a clean and tight connector. A good cleaning is in my future.
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Old 05-26-2020, 07:43 PM   #471
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Hi Bill: Thanks Can of Beans for the Airstream bath trim part number. I've tried any number of "one inch" inserts to no avail. The Airstream molding extrusion is actually about 1 1/16" wide including the slots. The stuff VTS had was stiff as a board and would not easily assemble. Maybe the Airstream part number will.

Funny, the trim insert that is used on the exterior of the Airstream is available in blue and dark grey. It is soft, pliable, and easy to install. But it doesn't come in while.

My friend is trying to develop an alternative to the insert, and having some success. We'll let you know if we can fabricate an acceptable alternative.

Watch that hot breaker box. Maybe it is handling more electrical load than it can safely handle. Anyway to check the power coming out of the breaker? I'll bet it is close to 20 amps.

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Yes, David. That trim piece needs to be white to fit with what Iím doing. If you find an alternative source, Iím interested.

Iíll also follow up with the part number can of beans gave.
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Old 05-29-2020, 12:20 PM   #473
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The pic below shows sliding doors that need to be painted. The finish on them is either melamine or laminate.

Before I launch into painting them, I thought I would pick everyone's brain on the best way to paint. With a very good primer coat, can they be rolled with latex?

Other options would be using the same auto paint that I used to paint the bathroom plastic. There I sprayed the parts after spraying on an adhesion promoter.

The other option would be to use a good primer and spray an oil based paint on.

Anyone have any thoughts or advice?
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Old 06-04-2020, 10:12 AM   #474
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I thought that once I got the bathroom done, the rest would be a breeze. I was WR....WR...WRRROOOONNNGGG! The wardrobe closets have been particularly challenging due to the fact that I want to retain the sliding door between the closet and the bedroom. And as Colorado Dave has pointed out, there ain't nothing square. plumb or level.

This first pic is the progress so far since the bath was 95 percent completed. (still waiting on a shade and trim to cover the screw and the installation of flooring and the toilet.

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In the closet on the passenger side, I was praying that the new drain for the bath/shower would fall well within the closet and you can see from the pic that it worked out great. You will recall that I had to move the new larger gray tank forward a bay, and I had to drain the tub towards the front rather than the OEM drain arrangement toward the back.

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Since I rerouted all the drain lines, I had to run a new vent for the black tank through the driver side closet.

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What I am really bummed about is the slide doors have a guide or a track that they slide in and I can only find one

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Has anyone seen these from any of the usual suppliers?
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Old 06-04-2020, 08:14 PM   #475
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Our 76 had a pocket door between the bedroom and wardrobe. There was no bathroom door so to speak. I think the idea is you go back there to bathe and dress in Airstream luxury. Anyway we decided not to use the pocket door as it takes quite a bit of space, almost two inches out of the wardrobe closets.

We staggered the wardrobe closet doors so when open the nest next to each other and cover the walkway aisle. Our curbside wardrobe bulkhead wall was made about the same length as the bathtub wall.

We had an accordian door at the ready if we wanted to go that route. That would work too just like it does between the galley and bedroom.

Like you, we are draining the tub forward to the grey tank, and we had the grey tank vent to run through the wardrobe. We raised the floor of the curb side wardrobe to increase the curb side external cargo storage area. It is accessable from the outside cargo compartment door. The 76 did not have much external storage area at all. Shore power cords, city water hose, tools and the like. Now we have a bit more.

I'll look and see if we kept the pocket door bottom guides. I don't think so, but I will look and let you know if I find them.

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Nice work! Amazing progress as well.
We're a few steps behind you right now and learning from you as we progress... We are building our bathroom and kitchen anew - not reusing hardly any of the plastics... Minno, great idea on pressurizing before adding water - We're almost there.
What are thoughts on Sharkbite's vs. crimped?

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I like PEX with a cinch clamp. I've never had one leak or come apart. I have used "push to connect" fittings made by Sharkbite and others. They also work and are more expensive, but they are faster.

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Andy - I used PEX with a crimped collar. Itís easy to work with but pricey compared to other options. I have no experience with it so canít offer an opinion on how it will hold up.

Thanks for your kind words on my project. Sounds like your making good progress, too!
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We used Pex and crimped with copper rings. Very happy with it, and no leaks once we corrected initial issues found with compressed air. At the time we did ours, Shark bite fittings didn't have as good a reputation. We understand they're better now.

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Hello Bill: We are not a usual supplier, but we do have a plastic pocket door floor guide that needs a good home. Our 76 had only one guide under the door in the "open" or home position on the curb side. The door weight is hung on the header track. The door "closed" position was a small pocket in the street side wardrobe that was about 4" deep. There was no floor guide under this position.

Anyways, if you need one, PM me and I'll send it to you.

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