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Old 03-17-2010, 03:27 PM   #21
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Don't worry about staying focused, keep your priorities straight (family, etc.), and keep the airstream a fun hobby. Everything else will work out. I like to see someone else who is taking there time and having fun.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:26 PM   #22
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...Its good to be back working with aluminum again. Hopefully I can stay focused and make some good progress.
Hang in there - be thankful you have an indoor place to work on it.

Great work on your previous posts - hope you took plenty of photos during the demolish phase.

Both of my AS projects took WAYYY longer than anticipated, but I am certainly glad I did them....

In going back together with it - build it like YOU want it....

While you have the frame exposed about the only thing I can offer in hindsight is I would have beefed up the frame a bit to go back with a better (and heavier) grade of cabinets, flooring, and plumbing...replace the axles while you have everything exposed (go up a few hundred pounds on the axle ratings, also - same reason as above). You KNOW you're going to replace the axles - "might as well" do them while you can get to them from the top as well as the bottom. "Might as well" put in an additional 20 amp feed - split the feed between the (future) rear AC and the (future?) propane/110 water heater. Provide mounts and accesses for anything you can think of you could possible add in the future.

For what it's worth, my '78, ready to travel, weighs in with 6460 pounds on the axles and 800 pounds on the tongue.

Keep us posted!
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:00 PM   #23
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Update

Ok, I've spent the last couple of weeks working the wing windows and exterior seams and old sealant. Tonight I decided to work on the big front window (the one between the wing windows, not sure of the correct term for it so I will refer to it as the big front window).

I managed to figure out how to get the window out without having to remove the frame. There are a couple of screws on the window openers that I removed which allowed the openers to slide out of the window frame. I then swung the window outward way up and out of the hinge. I was surprised how easily it came out of the channel. So at this point I have both wing windows out and the big front window removed.
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The next problem was trying to figure out how to get the panes of window out of the frame so I can clean them up.
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I finally managed to figure out how to get the frame apart. It took me about 2 hours, careful drilling, and some gentle prying, but it finally worked free.
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Here is why it took so long to get apart. There are steel angle pieces that tied the corners of the frame together with rivets going through one side of the frame, through the hole in the angle bracket, and on to the other side of the frame. It looks as if over time the steel had rusted enough to make it very difficult for the angles to slide out of the frame. The rust was more prominent at the bottom corners of the window than the top corners I'm guessing because the water would gather at the bottom corners.
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After I got the window panes removed it was time to pry apart the double pane. Lacquer thinner seems to do a pretty good job with the butyl, better than Xylene that I used on the wing windows. As of now, I have one of the double panes cleaned up and I'm ready to work on the other.
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:59 PM   #24
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electrical

Ive been working on the electrical layout in AutoCAD. I think I have everything covered, but I wanted to post a copy of so you all can tell me if I am missing something or if something needs changed.

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Old 04-07-2010, 08:22 AM   #25
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You might want to put in a dedicated 110vac outlet at the water heater. if you ever decide to replace the water heater they are available with a 110vac element along with LPG..
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:03 AM   #26
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You might want to put in a dedicated 110vac outlet at the water heater. if you ever decide to replace the water heater they are available with a 110vac element along with LPG..
Good point. Along that line, I may put a dedicated outlet in the main living area for electric heat if there comes a time that I'm on shore power and don't want to use up any LP.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:34 AM   #27
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Hi,

It's been nearly four months - what other cool things have you done since your last post?
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