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Old 03-18-2012, 07:54 PM   #101
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Can you make sure she has lots and lots of money so I can buy more Airstreams?
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Okay . . . making note . . . "money"

I read your polish post. This is my summer to polish too.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:09 PM   #102
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Bit by bit

This weekend brought a little progress...we bought the maple floor laminate to match (sort of) the birch woodwork and it looks pretty good. It is hard to say what it is going to look like in the light of day. I will post pictures once it is down. Each step is painstaking and made with great thought. And a lot of hums and haws.....

DH ordered a new converter and we will be putting that in as soon as it arrives. There was a converter that was in there when we bought it that was supposedly new but it made quite a noise when started. We thought it over for 3 seconds and said "Let's replace it!" We weren't sure if it just normal or not but we figured we didn't want to find out the hard way that we should have replaced it. With all of the work that has gone into this restoration, I don't even want to think about losing this trailer down the road.

More work continues on the Pex and the closets with mixed results. Looks like we can't do twin mattresses so we have to do two foam mattresses cut to size that are on the slim side. No time like today to start that diet I say. My husband is naturally slim so that only leaves me, Tubby, to get in shape to fit the mattress. Uffda.

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Old 03-28-2012, 08:03 PM   #103
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What old vents look like close up

Here are some photos of what the roof vents look like when you take them apart. It took me many hours to get these cleaned up as I perched on the top of the Albatross. I wonder if we should be replacing the black tube that is actually the vent or can we just go with what is there?

We did order new gaskets and screens which are ready to be installed but want to know if we should do anything else before we replace those parts on the roof.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:19 PM   #104
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Here are some photos of what the roof vents look like when you take them apart. It took me many hours to get these cleaned up as I perched on the top of the Albatross. I wonder if we should be replacing the black tube that is actually the vent or can we just go with what is there?

We did order new gaskets and screens which are ready to be installed but want to know if we should do anything else before we replace those parts on the roof.
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The "black tube" is actually your vent pipe, as long as it is not cracked or broken don't bother with it. FWIW it is ABS plastic which was used in drain systems in houses for many years, probably because it is cheaper than PVC.

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The "black tube" is actually your vent pipe, as long as it is not cracked or broken don't bother with it. FWIW it is ABS plastic which was used in drain systems in houses for many years, probably because it is cheaper than PVC.

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Now I know that I can stop asking my husband if we should change it out. He said it would be fine and I had to double check. He is used to it and knew I would have to ask! Thanks for the response.
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:47 PM   #106
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Things are getting serious now

DH is making some progress every day on the trailer. I will take more pictures tomorrow so it shows his work. I am getting geared up to order my curtain tabs and the sliding tabs for the interior doors. We were going to make the accordion doors but now he wants to build a pocket door of sorts. He is designing as he goes along which is out of necessity. Every step in this journey has been a learning opportunity.

This weekend he also worked on building one bed platform with aluminium angle on the walls and bulkheads. He has an interesting design for the access under the bed. I have no idea what his plan is for the door fronts on the platform but I am sure he has something figured out. He is enjoying this part of the build a lot more since he loves to work in wood.

We ordered the smallest bathroom sink we could find and that should be here this coming week. The water heater is also on its way and installation on that will likely happen the next weekend. Now it is sort of beginning to look like something we could camp in. The end of July is D Day for us.

I have to order a new kitchen sink (one bowl he says) and some mattresses for the beds. We are going with a custom size of 30" by 75" for each side. Is that big enough or are we going too small? We are trying to avoid having the mattresses go into the walkway space and still be comfortable to sleep on.

Now that I think about it, why is he building his bed first? Hmm...I will ponder on that a bit.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:54 AM   #108
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Hey We're Neighbors!

Howdy Neighbor!

We live on the *other* edge of the Bakken and Bismark is our nearest (4.5 hours away) big city, 1/2 an hour closer than Billings.

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Thought I should start a separate thread that shows the progress on our 1976 Sovereign-the Albatross. It didn't make sense to keep putting updates on the frame repair thread so here it goes. I am putting up some pictures of the work that we have been doing lately. Some looks pretty good and some looks scary.

One of the pictures shows a tiny little dental type tool I am cleaning all of the exterior window frames with....very carefully...one dirt molecule at a time. The PO's must have been silicone investors because they put enough of it on the windows to sink a ship. What a job to get that stuff off the exterior. Can't say I am done with that job unfortunately....the saga continues.

I love the color that is going up on the walls especially once you see the fabric I have for the curtains and cushions. Let's get sewing!! Oh wait...I guess I have to help get the walls up first.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:41 PM   #109
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Do you prefer a firm or soft mattress? One pillow or two?
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:50 PM   #110
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We live on the *other* edge of the Bakken and Bismark is our nearest (4.5 hours away) big city, 1/2 an hour closer than Billings.

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Hello Rob,
Good to see another one of the prairie people signing in. I see you just joined. There are so many good people on the Forums that will help you out if you have questions. You are going to love it and it will become a great resource for you.

I would love to own a couple of these Bakken wells but unfortunately, that isn't in the cards for me. It is crazy isn't it? I can't believe how much busier Bismarck has gotten since this all started. I don't see any end in sight either but there are a lot of people making a lot of money off of it. Too bad I wasn't one of them because then I could buy more Airstreams!
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:20 PM   #111
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Blue plumbing, beds, converters, lights, and a pretty Pacer

Some of the latest pictures of DH work...slow but he works on it continuously...which looks to be the only way to finish in our lifetimes....

Also a picture of some of the tools on the red cart for the benefit of Marzboy, the tool hoarder....you forgot some here in ND.
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Nice!^^^

My wife finds herself in Bismark quite often for work and the boys & I tag along for the hotel pool. We'll buy you & your's a cup o' Joe some day.
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Nice!^^^

My wife finds herself in Bismark quite often for work and the boys & I tag along for the hotel pool. We'll buy you & your's a cup o' Joe some day.
It would be great to meet up and show you our two little projects. We are always interested in talking to people that like Airstreams. Let me know when
you come to town...we'll serve the coffee and you can take the tour.
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It's a deal! (I take my w/ a little 1/2 & 1/2, Momma likes hers black)
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:54 PM   #115
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It's a deal! (I take my w/ a little 1/2 & 1/2, Momma likes hers black)
Funny thing is my husband takes his coffee black and I add some coffee to my half and half We should get along just fine. Hopefully we will be further along the next time you come to town and we will have something that looks sort of like a trailer to show you. Let me know when you are coming and I have the coffee ready!
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:03 PM   #116
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More tank issues



DH can't get the toilet flange that connects to the black tank to attach. He said the threads don't match up to the original flange. He is extremely frustrated with these tanks and keeps threatening to pull them all out.

He went to the local RV place to get another flange to see if that would work and it doesn't. Now what? Suggestions before he throws his hands up and rides off into the sunset?
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:07 PM   #117
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Can you cut new threads?

DH wonders if you can recut the threads or alter them in some way to accept the flange. Answers...suggestions...hints welcome.
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Tank flange is in and hopefully doesn't leak

Finally got the flange into the tank today after some serious frustration. Luckily a number of Forum members gave us the direction and courage to get it done. Glad that is over with and we can move on to other projects. I worked on some items today on the roof (more silicone please!!) and DH keeps working on the interior. Here are some photos to show what is going on. One is the silicone encrusted tv antenna spot and the other is the new water heater. He doesn't have it all connected but it is at least there. It sure is slow going but at least we are moving forward.

I will have more photos of the interior building he is doing. I hope I don't run out of photo space or I'll have to yell for help again soon.
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Step 13, 684 in the process

Here are some of the latest photos of DH's work. One is the birch bulkheads as they go in, next one is the maple flooring sample next to the birch where you can see the pocket door spot lined by maple trim, and the last one is the teeny bathroom sink that is waiting for the bathroom counter top to be built.

By the way, he asked me yesterday what DH stands for when I put that on my posts and I replied "Well, Dear Husband of course." He said he thought I was saying "*%#^ husband!" So little faith in me
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Some of the latest pictures of DH work...slow but he works on it continuously...which looks to be the only way to finish in our lifetimes....

Also a picture of some of the tools on the red cart for the benefit of Marzboy, the tool hoarder....you forgot some here in ND.
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Oh Sandy you know me. I was lusting after that utility cart quite honestly. I love that your husband is so organized. I cant tell you how many times I put something down and cant find it again til I clean up! I need a utility cart and a new cordless drill. My Makita finally gave up the ghost after 10 years of abuse.
Lookin good btw. You guys are now pretty far ahead of me. Im stuck on leak patrol. I think I have tracked down the last one above the rear access door. Then finish insulation re wire and interior walls, I hope......
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