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Old 12-30-2020, 06:11 AM   #581
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I've got quite a stash of the "wrong foam". There is a firm-ness spec for foam. It is something like a heavy basketball that measures how much it sinks in to a piece of foam. Maybe like a hardness tester for metals. I wish foam makers and sellers would agree on a spec for foam so we know what to order.

You were very wise to order a test piece first.

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Old 01-09-2021, 01:08 PM   #582
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One of my pet peeves with RV toilets is that many manufacturers place the closet bolts inside the pedestal and only provide a small opening in the back to get at the bolts. With the cramped quarters in the AS bath, it would have been impossible to get to the bolts in one of these hidden units. I selected the Thetford Aqua Magic Style II toilet for this reason. The closet bolts are on the outside of the pedestal and are easy to get to. Even with the restricted space, this toilet was easy to install fits the space perfectly.
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From the beginning of the project, with all the modifications that were done to Faith’s original design, I have been concerned about Faith’s weight. The frame is beefier than the original, the axles are heavier, and with all the wood I used for cabinetry and furniture, I was concerned that Faith would be too heavy.
In Faith’s factory configuration, she had am empty weight of just over 5,000 lbs. With stock 3200 lbs. axles, Faith’s max cargo capacity was 1400 lbs.
The axles I installed were 3,500 lbs. axles that gave Faith a total weight capacity of 7,000 lbs. I was surprised when I took Faith to get her weighed this past week when her empty weight was 4600 lbs., 400+ pounds lighter that OEM. She was missing a rear bumper, and some hitch hardware on the front A frame, but nothing that would cause her weight to exceed 5,000 lbs. So now with the beefier axles, and a weight under 5,000 lbs. Faith’s carrying capacity has been increased to 2,000 lbs. a 600 lbs. improvement! This is a big deal to me and I’m very pleased.
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I had to take the four-lane to the truck scale to get Faith weighed. I was able to get Faith to highway speed both going into the wind and with our wind at our back. I was interested in two things: how it handled and what kind of fuel economy it would get. I have a Ram 2500 with a 6.4 liter engine. With my Jayco that is the same length as Faith, I would get between 6-8 mpg depending on the wind. I also had a dual cam Reese weight distribution/sway control hitch that did a poor job of handling trucks and crosswinds.
On my trip to the scales, I used a standard hitch with no weight distribution or sway control. It handle beautifully, like it was made for the back of my truck. And my fuel economy into the wind was 9-11 mpg and with the wind, going home, it was 10-12 mpg. Even though this is a long trailer, with a tongue weight of less than 800 lbs. and a gross weight of 7K, I could pull Faith easily with a ½ ton. Very pleased with this.
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Old 01-09-2021, 07:42 PM   #583
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Hi Bill: A great report on your test tow with Faith. You should be pleased. And it is nice that Faith has maintained her weight unlike my beagle. You build a good Airstream. Maybe you want to hire out.

I hear you on RV toilet mounting bolts. I even have trouble positioning the toilet on two floppy hold down bolts. The nuts are hard to get to and hard to wrench tight. I ordered a Aqua Magic II for my current project. I hope I have an easier time of it.

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Old 01-22-2021, 03:57 PM   #584
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Hey Everyone
Today I finished all the interior cabinets. Just some minor tweaking left and that part of the project is done.
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My punch list is getting smaller and I can see the end of the interior. All that is left is getting cushions made for the living area. Every upholstery shop in east Central Florida is booked into March, and I just got my foam after a month long wait. Don’t know if anyone else is experiencing the same problem, but
Covid has lit a fire under people remodeling their homes.

Also, another big project before the interior is finished is dealing with windows: new screens, blinds, and curtains.
As an aside, one of the things that has really helped my productivity is keeping a “to do” list. How I use this list, helps to keep me focused. As I find things that need to be done, I try to get them on my list so I don’t overlook them. Once on the list, I prioritize the list, refreshing every day the top five things I want to tackle. The only time I really look at the other items on the list is to try to order materials for things that I know will be coming up soon. One I have the top five; I prioritize those five, focusing on one thing at a time. When I stray from the list, which is seldom, I begin to lose focus and waste a lot of time. Going back to my prioritized list gets me back on track.
When I look back on this past 2+ years, and building an AS from scratch, I would have been lost. This is my way of eating the elephant one bite at a time.
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Old 01-22-2021, 07:22 PM   #585
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Faith is sure looking good, like a good Florida trailer should. Building all those cabinets was sure a lot of work. I too use a "to do" list where I jot things down as I find them or think of them. I also keep a shopping list for supplies and hardware. It does help keep the project going.

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Old 01-24-2021, 05:03 PM   #586
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I'm a die hard list maker, but I do it on a scratch pad! I like writing things down and then crossing them off. Sometimes I even do something not on the list, add it to the list, so I can scratch it off. Crazy!
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Old 01-25-2021, 07:22 AM   #587
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Linda and I had a laugh from your post. We do the same thing. There is something gratifying about scratching things off. A check mark just doesn’t do the job. You nailed it with doing something not on the list then adding it to the list just so you can scratch it off.
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Old 02-06-2021, 07:17 AM   #588
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Looking Good!

Bill, What size twin mattress did you use? It looks like you have more walking room than what I would think using a standard twin.


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Old 02-07-2021, 08:38 AM   #589
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The mattresses that I installed were custom made to fit. They are a standard twin length, which is 75”, but they are only 32” wide, which is more narrow that a standard twin.

The original mattresses that came with it were also 75”x32”. I found a place online who makes custom mattresses.
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Old 02-07-2021, 08:15 PM   #590
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I think Airstream was making twin mattresses 32 wide way back when. We prefer the wider twin mattresses 36 or even 39 wide. It cuts down on aisle space but who cares. I do a lot more sleeping on the mattress than walking between the beds.

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Another milestone. I completed the couch/chair built in. Click image for larger version

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I also had two additional cushions made for ottomans which I’m going to build in the next few days.
I’m pleased with how everything turned out. The chairs are very comfortable and there is plenty of storage underneath.

The upholstery material came from a lot when TWA was purchased by American Airlines. The material was used to cover passenger seats, so you know it will be durable.
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Nice job on the chairs. What back rest angle did you use?
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A nice addition for your Faith Sovereign. They do look comfortable. You have some impressive woodworking skills. David
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Harold - I don’t remember the angle. Next time I’m at the storage yard, I’ll measure it.
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Harold - the chair backs are tilted at 22 degrees from vertical. I arrived at this tilt from measuring a variety of chairs that we’re comfortable to sit in. But there were a number of other design considerations that carried equal weight. If there is interest on an expanded discuss of it I’d be happy to devote a post to it.
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Thanks Bill, I'll need to do my own research (boss's approval). Thinking of modifying the straight sections of our banquette to give a more relaxed feel.
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I’ve designed several seats and chairs, sitting angle is very important too. Even 5 degrees makes a difference for the tush.

Just a thought...

Carry on.

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I don't know that you are ever done with an AS. Being "finished" with something in the AS vernacular means 95%, because there will always be some minor tweaks, but nothing standing in the way of using it and enjoying it.

Little drum roll please. I am done with the inside of Faith!

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Now to focus on the outside. I am most concerned about the tree branch marks that have been ground into the finish.

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The stains are stubborn. tried rubbing compound with limited or little success. Anyone have some thoughts about eradicating the eyesore?
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Super Great! Faith looks fabulous on the inside. Actually from her new axles and frame all the way to the ceiling.

I suspect the branch scars can be polished out unless there is scratches you can catch your fingernail in. I'd try a cotton buff and some "course polish". I'm sure there are polishing shops in your neck of the woods. They might have some ideas to get Faith looking good again.

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Yesterday, I posted that I was going to begin working on the outside of Faith. I posted a picture of a tree branch scar, and asked for suggestions on how to rid Faith of this ugly blemish.
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David suggested using a rubbing compound. I had already tried some auto parts store compound that couldn’t cut through the stain. So I dug deep into my tool shed looking for some old liquid compound that I used in my street rod painting days. It was 3M Imperial Microfinishing Liquid Compound. I found it but there wasn’t much left; enough I thought to tackle the stain. I also found an old DeWalt polisher/sander and a new buffing pad and started to work.
As you can see in the next pic it did a good job of polishing out the stain.
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What I didn’t anticipate, although I should have, was the mirror finish the buffing produced.
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When you stand back and look at it, the newly polished area stands out as much as the old scar.
About the time that these pics were taken Linda comes out to check out progress. She takes a couple of steps up the ladder, sees the highly polished section and says, “You have to finish it!”
“Finish what?” I already knew what her response would be.
“Make the rest of it look like this,” she said, perched on the ladder.
“The whole thing?”
“You have to finish it. You’ve put so much time and effort into this, you have to finish it.”
As she was coming down off the ladder she said, “What else do you have to do?”
As Linda walked back into the house, the old 73 year old who could see nothing but a 200 hour project, sore muscles, and a filthy job was at war with the other part of me who thought it would look cool all polished out. At the outset, I had no intention of polishing the outer skin, preferring to leave the 40 year old patina.
Anyway, I am considering buffing it out. 3M does not make the 06011 liquid compound anymore. I overheard someone in the auto paint store when I was purchasing paint for Faith’s bathroom that the 3M replacement for 06011 didn’t cut as well as the new stuff. Anyone have any suggestions?
My buffing pad was rendered useless by a buildup of black goo after 15 minutes of use. Can these be cleaned up with soap and water?
Polishing the outer skin was certainly not a place that I wanted to boldly go. As they say, “in for a penny, in for a pound." There has to be a thoroughly rational person out there who can talk me out of a mirror finish.
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