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Old 02-14-2011, 05:23 PM   #201
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What did you use for paint and primer? That will be the first thing we do in the spring, so I'm interested in yours. Looks very good!

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Old 02-14-2011, 05:40 PM   #202
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I'd be interested in more details about your flooring. What is it called? where did you find it? How much does it cost? Do you like it now that you have a bit of it down? Any info you can share would be appreciated.
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What did you use for paint and primer? That will be the first thing we do in the spring, so I'm interested in yours. Looks very good!

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the paint is a primer based paint that is tintable. the manufacturer is Zinsser. It's an all surface paint.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:24 PM   #204
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I'd be interested in more details about your flooring. What is it called? where did you find it? How much does it cost? Do you like it now that you have a bit of it down? Any info you can share would be appreciated.

The company that has the flooring is a company called Altro.

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Altro - Marine 20

I can put you in touch with the rep if you are interested. it ended up being more expensive that regular flooring but I think that it will be a far superior floor than I could have otherwise installed.

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Old 02-20-2011, 07:14 PM   #205
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Well, I wish I could have gotten more done on the AS than I did, but it wasnt a bad weekend.

A big milestone, one of which several at the Blanco Rally urged me to do, was to get 4 new tires. I was running on borrowed time with the old dry rotted tires. I just started having visions of blow outs and torn aluminum. Not that even new tires can be guaranteed, but at least they are not cracked and dry.

I started sanding/filling/cleaning the fixtures for the bath today. i decided to go ahead and bite the bullet and get some better filler from a Marine supplier rather than just the cheap "bondo" from the auto parts store. it supposedly will expand/contract/flex with the plastic parts better from my research. I am going to be starting the plumbing system as well so it will be easier to run the water supply lines. I have made a decision to run the water lines similarly to home systems. I am going to install distribution manifolds in the rear compartment and go from there out to the various fixtures. one of my questions is, would there be any benefit to run a separate water line from the water pump back to the distribution manifold and then out to the various fixtures, or use the same line from the manifold to the kitchen sink to back-supply cold water to the rest of the system when not on city water. who knows...

more to come... I will get some photos of fixtures soon...
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:14 PM   #206
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On the way home from work today, I picked up two rolls of 3/4" PEX (red/blue) to run all the main water lines in the trailer. I went back and forth with the choice of 1/2 or 3/4, but in the end just said 3/4. While on city water it should deliver PLENTY of volume for all our needs, and while on the pump, it shouldnt be too bad. my plan is to elevate the PEX off the floor by about 1" and wrap all the hot water lines with foam pipe insulation. I may do the cold water lines as well just for a little protection if there was opportunity for temps to drop below freezing while we are out camping. who knows...may be a non issue. it might just make it a little quieter.


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Old 03-02-2011, 07:20 PM   #207
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Pex

Think I'm going to do the same thing when I do my plumbing. Never know when the next "big freeze" will hit Houston
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On the way home from work today, I picked up two rolls of 3/4" PEX (red/blue) to run all the main water lines in the trailer. I went back and forth with the choice of 1/2 or 3/4, but in the end just said 3/4. While on city water it should deliver PLENTY of volume for all our needs, and while on the pump, it shouldnt be too bad. my plan is to elevate the PEX off the floor by about 1" and wrap all the hot water lines with foam pipe insulation. I may do the cold water lines as well just for a little protection if there was opportunity for temps to drop below freezing while we are out camping. who knows...may be a non issue. it might just make it a little quieter.


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Old 03-02-2011, 08:08 PM   #208
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I checked out the Altro marine 20 link. It is very interesting to note that they have wall systems to match the flooring. Its starting the wheels turning regarding shower walls.
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It's a really good product and the wall systems can be heat formed/bent, so that you could make some interesting custom bath walls. I am thinking of using a piece of the wall system to complete the wall of my shower.
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I am about to go out and start working on the trailer in a bit but thought I would update what I did yesterday. I glued down the flooring in the bath area and started running the PEX. I cut some treated wood blocks and screwed them to the floor to elevate the tubing from the floor. this will allow me to insulate, at very least, the hot water lines. I installed the outside connection to the frame and ran a short length of copper up into the rear of the trailer to connect my PEX lines to. I am hoping that I can find a little more attractive solution to the several brass fittings where the city line connects, but for now it will work.

I will get some pics later today and post them up... have a great day guys.
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here are a few shots of the plumbing. Didn't get as much done as I would have liked but something is bette than nothing.





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well my friends, it has been a while since I last posted. it has been really crazy at work and the hours I have been working have not be conducive to coming home and working on the AS. So, now that the schedule will get back to some sort of normality, I am getting back to work.

I purchased all the supplies to refinish the bathroom fixtures and rear end cap and have started that process. I have the sink refinished and and will move on the the other parts tomorrow. I will try to get pics of the work I am doing. I hope that I can have the bathroom in within about 2 weeks so that I can start building out the center bunk area.

I hope that you guys stay safe as you start the camping season to come.

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The 800 lb. Gorilla.....

in the room is-

Is she going to be ready for the trip to Jellystone in August? You and I shall talk this week, EH?
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It was fun when I started

painting the fixtures started our being fun, but now I just cant wait for it to be wrapped up. I am tired of the prepping, mixing spraying, waiting, praying, waiting, praying and then cleaning up the mess. but with that said I am pleased with the results that I am getting.

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not too bad... more to come.
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Looks great Michael! I must have missed what you were using to paint it with. I'm to the point of needing to paint my bathroom plastics. I bought some 3M semi-rigid plastic repair kits to fix the cracks. Any info you can share would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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while I was at it I sprayed a sink for a friend...



not too bad. better than a sharp stick in the eye.
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Looks great Michael! I must have missed what you were using to paint it with. I'm to the point of needing to paint my bathroom plastics. I bought some 3M semi-rigid plastic repair kits to fix the cracks. Any info you can share would be much appreciated. Thanks!
you didnt miss anything my friend, I was remiss in including the information in previous posts. I did some research and talked with some folks in the refinishing world and was led to the choice of using some PPG products for my project. The primer is one that the automotive world uses to prime abs and other plastics before painting and then an acrylic based top coat that they swear will hold up to the use that it will get in the AS for years to come.

The only thing I have yet to spray is the bath end cap, so that will be the next step...
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Thanks Michael. I don't plan on painting it myself. I'm looking for a good body shop to spray the paint for me. I'm just doing the prep work like repairing the cracks and light sanding.
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Looks fantastic, Michael! Renewing that old, faded plastic is one of the most rewarding steps. And I hear you on the prep work. It feels like it will never end.
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more work tomorrow. hopefully I can get the rest of the parts ready to install and wrap up the plumbing and get the bathroom installed. I think once that is done, I can make some significant progress relatively quickly on getting the rest of the trailer built out.
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