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Old 08-12-2010, 01:52 PM   #161
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well I think we are going to just replace the replaced AC unit with a new unit... didn't want to do that but it looks like we are going to have to do it. I am not going to invest half of what a new unit cost in fixing the unit. In the end it will be nice having a new unit with a warranty, but crap I wanted to spend the money on other things...
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Old 08-14-2010, 01:10 PM   #162
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just came in from working on the trailer, it's just too HOT to satay out there. I have yet to get the AC working so it looks like we are going to have to replace the unit. bummer. I with the help of Jenn, got the rear end cap back up this morning. wiring and new insulation was the project for the morning before putting it back. I will paint it now that it is back i place. I am going to try to get the front end cap back up this evening when it cools off a bit. more progress is a good thing...
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:06 PM   #163
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just came in from the easy-bake-airstream for the day. the front end cap is installed and I started sorting out all the 12v wiring. once you start dissecting the thing it's not too bad although some of it doesn't make a whole lot of sense why they did certain things. I am going to try to install some wiring boxes with access covers to make working on this stuff in the future a little easier if I need to do anything. I will try to get out there when it's somewhat cooler in there to get some pictures...
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:05 PM   #164
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Yea, I started working on the '74 this weekend in Hallettsville......blazing hot. Can't wait for October.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:53 PM   #165
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well, I now have 110 lights in the trailer! Waaahhoooo! I can now come home in the evenings and get some work done other than by flashlight... I am making better progress on the wiring than I thought I would be, as it is starting to make A LOT more sense as I work through it all. I really need to get some picture so you guys can see what's up... it's still not pretty, but pictures help me more than words and if they can help someone else, then it;s worth doing...
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:04 PM   #166
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tried to get the AC working this evening to NO avail... bummer. I think that I am going to bite the bullet and buy a new unit. even with the new components, the compressors just buzzes and then wont start...
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:23 PM   #167
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the New Duo-Therm 15K unit is ordered and should be in next week. I was really hoping that we could use the money on other things but... things happen...
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:33 PM   #168
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I made some progress on the Easy-Bake over the weekend. More today than yesterday as we had family obligations to do which took a large block of time.

some of the pics you will see correspond with work already done but I have received some requests to show my work...

a few weeks ago when I had her hooked up for the first ride home on the new axles...



new 120 V distribution panel temporarily wired up



got the end caps up and more wiring...







new door catch from West Marine as I wanted something a little more stylish than the original



I finally decided that I needed to fill the hole in the sides instead of waiting for original windows to actually be available, so I reworked some frames and installed Lexan in the small front and large rear on the curbside...





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Old 08-24-2010, 07:29 PM   #169
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just got through scrubbing all the tree sap, bird nuggets, and stray vulcem from the top of the trailer. I pick up the new Duo-therm tomorrow. I will apply the Kool-Seal roof coating to the roof before I install the AC as I would like the roof to be evenly applied even under the unit. I will certainly get pics of that process as I didn't think using a scrub pad on the roof was exciting for photos... more to come soon.


On a side note, do any of you other 70's trailer guys have issue with your roof being really floppy around the front antenna area? what was your solution for this? I have thoughts, but wanted to ask.
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:20 PM   #170
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Is your antenna in the center directly behind the front vent? Our roof had quite abit of flex in it there with the old skyliner antenna. Over the years, and with the help of loads of silicone, the sheet aluminum was pretty rotted under the base of the antenna. I had patched that a few months ago when I removed the old antenna. This past weekend, I installed the new antenna, and noticed that the roof is not flexing near as much. Might be for a couple of reasons – the patch & the new antenna doesn’t weigh as much. You can see the new antenna and patch here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f185/little-girl-refurb-50967-8.html (posts 111 and 77). I'm thinking of adding another cross brace under the front of the antenna base, which is where the little bit of flexing is still occuring.
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:31 AM   #171
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yes, the antenna is centered directly behind the front vent. it seems that that whole section of roof is under supported due to windows and door not allowing for continuous ribs to support it. I am going to look into what I can do to secure that section because I know that I dont want the flexing in the aluminum because it will eventually just get brittle and break. Thanks for the link Minno...
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:28 PM   #172
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well. I picked up the new AC on the way to Jury Duty yesterday. I was sure that I wouldn't be picked and after staying there til 6 pm yesterday going through the process, I was WRONG... had to go today and sit in the court room and listen to lawyers argue their cases. they think we should be done by next Tuesday...but it could go longer.

I came home this evening and installed the AC. It blows nice and COLD! WAAAHHOOOOO!

It was another milestone for me at least...
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:01 PM   #173
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it would seem like the wiring that needs to be done is MULTIPLYING!!!! I did make some progress this weekend on the 110 wiring, it's almost done. Then I will start with the 12v... it seems as though it will be a little more of a challenge, but may be not. I will get more pics in the next day or two.

Tomorrow is back to jury duty...
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Are you using BX wire for the 110v? I think I have seen various wire types on different threads.
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:10 PM   #175
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well. I picked up the new AC on the way to Jury Duty yesterday...
I came home this evening and installed the AC. It blows nice and COLD...
It was another milestone for me at least...
Was your old (original) AC held down by about a gazillion screws around dthe perimeter - and then a half dozen tubes of Vulkem and Silicon applied on top of the screw pattern?

If so, how did you get the old AC off without using a skill saw to cut off the dried sealant?

I'd appreciate any pics of your setup getting the old AC off and the new one back up on the roof.
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:35 PM   #176
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well, it seems as though it's been months since I last posted. I have had to scale back a little on what we can do on the trailer, so it has slowed greatly. I did however get some polishing done, as i have all the stuff to do it already. I am trying hard to do things that dont cost money right now. I am hoping that all the wiring will be done soon. I am going to have to bite the bullet and get a converter and battery so that I can test out all the circuits in the 12v system. that will in turn allow me to reinstall the wall panels.


Does anyone know of a source for the grommets that snap into the ribs to run wires through? I need quite a few of them...
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fastenal carries mant different sizes of grommets.
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well, it seems as though it's been months since I last posted. I have had to scale back a little on what we can do on the trailer, so it has slowed greatly. I did however get some polishing done, as i have all the stuff to do it already. I am trying hard to do things that dont cost money right now. I am hoping that all the wiring will be done soon. I am going to have to bite the bullet and get a converter and battery so that I can test out all the circuits in the 12v system. that will in turn allow me to reinstall the wall panels.


Does anyone know of a source for the grommets that snap into the ribs to run wires through? I need quite a few of them...
Home Depot has them.

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As does Menards and Lowes. Several different sizes available.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:32 PM   #180
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thanks guys for the sources for the grommets.

I got out this afternoon and cleaned the top and laid down the primer coat for the elastomeric roof system. It already looks better. I will hopefully get some time after work tomorrow to start on the top coat.efforts I am hoping that I can mix up some of the projects so that I dont get discouraged with how long some of these things are taking to get wrapped up. I will get it dont, I know, and the journey will be well worth the effort.
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