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Old 08-22-2006, 10:03 AM   #81
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The weight is an issue that has been in the back of mind the whole time that I have been working on this trailer. So far, things are just a bit heavier than they were originally. For the all the plywood wall panels that divide the rooms, and the cabinet sides, I used 1/2" material. That would pretty much double the weight of the original walnut laminate panels. However, that's not a lot of material, and has only added probably 200lbs including the maple face frames. If I were to make all of the drawers with baltic plywood, and all of the drawers and doors from solid ply materials, it would add a lot of weight I'm sure.

Since weight is a concern, I am considering wire baskets on tracks for several of the drawers with the exception of the drawers under the sink. Wire baskets from HD have smooth tracks they ride on, and are very light. I've been looking at them, and making measurements to include them where possible.

Just estimating, I would guess that after I build the dinette and table, I will be only about 500lbs over the previous weight of the trailer. This weight will work out fine as far as pulling the trailer.
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Old 08-25-2006, 11:15 AM   #82
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Positive latching cabinet pulls...

I would like to weigh in on the topic of securing cabinet doors or drawers for on the road. Somewhere I have seen positive latching cabinet knobs for RV and marine use. I have not yet been able to locate what I remember seeing but here is one RV supply site that has a positive latching knob assembly.

https://www.rvpartsoutlet.com/newsto...inet%5Flatches

Unfortunately the photo does not give much detail. I have contacted these folks in the past though and had them furnish more detail about products.

What I remember seeing was a simple cabinet latch that has a push button in the middle of it. Has anyone else seen anything like this?

Also if someone wants to go really fancy I discovered that Rockler now sells an electric lock set that can lock up to 6 places from a central key. The system runs on 12volts too. Check it out:

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=10447

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Old 08-28-2006, 03:09 PM   #83
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Update with photos

Well, we finished the counter tops over the weekend, and installed them with a new sink, faucet and the old stove. We wanted to keep something of the old, so the stove may be it. It just needs a severe polishing. We found a nice laminate that we like, and used contact cement to apply it to "light weight" melamine. Also, we found some realy nice aluminum trim for the edges. The sink, faucets and traps were from Ikea. We're also going to use something as a backsplash, but haven't yet decided upon what to use. Oh, we also added a new stereo and subwoofer. Bump, bump, bump.....

* Please note. If anyone is interested in the aluminum trim we used, we bought too much! We ordered a 12' strip of it, and the gal messed up and charged us, and sent us 12 of the 12' strips. Shipping was too much to send it back. So if anyone is interested, I'll be happy to send you a strip of the stuff. Say $2 per strip of 12' trim, plus the shipping.

Here are some pictures.
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Old 08-28-2006, 03:38 PM   #84
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Here's more info on the aluminum trim:

It was in 12' lengths and they cut it to 8' & 4' lengths to ship. It's 13/16" thick, so 3/4 mel plus laminate is great with a little extra reveal of the trim. It does have a slot edge on the back, which they suggest a 3/32" slot bit. That's what I used, but I think a 1/16" may have had a tighter fit.
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Old 08-28-2006, 06:32 PM   #85
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Looking great!!

Ron- it is really shaping up now! I do like your countertop trim, it is a nice detail. It is a bit hard to see the color or pattern of your formica- can you post another pic of that? As far as the stove top goes, I also re-used it and getting it to look decent was a chore, as there was a fair amount of pitting. A combination of orbital sanding, sand-blasting (to get the old orange paint off), steel wool, stainless polish- just a heck of a lot of elbow grease and it certainly does not look anything like new but acceptable, with "character". I wonder if the whole thing could be chromed or something? But I like the 4-burner set-up, and it was "free". Will you put back the upper cabinets, or in some other way have lights over the sink and cooktop? Keep up the fantastic work- Tim
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Old 08-28-2006, 07:10 PM   #86
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I wonder if the whole thing could be chromed or something?
The previous owner of my trailer had the stove top chromed. You might even look into enamelling it. Heat can be detrimental to chrome if it isn't done well.
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Old 08-28-2006, 08:00 PM   #87
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Ron, just to echo what others have said, it really is lookin' great!
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Old 08-28-2006, 08:35 PM   #88
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Ron,

I might be interested in some of the trim.
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Old 08-29-2006, 09:18 AM   #89
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I PM'd you, but just to be sure... I am interested in your left over trim. I need at least as much as you think you guys used.

Thanks for posting all the great photos of your work... it helps me feel like finishing it is actually possible. (My tradewind has been stuck at the plumber's house since July - he's helping us with plumbing and installing new axles... he's a friend... )
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Old 08-29-2006, 10:36 AM   #90
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Tim, here is a picture of the laminate that we used for the counter tops, as well as swatches that we are using for the cushion fabrics in the kids room, and for the wrap around dinnette that we'll be making. With a piece of maple for contrast. Also, we have decided to replace just our awning fabric since the hardware is in good shape. At the top of the picture is a sample from Sunbrella of the fabric that we chose to tie in the colors. This should make a statement!

PS. Down to 3 of the 8' pieces and 10 of the 4' pieces of the aluminum trim now. If you're interested, let me know before it's gone.

Thanks,
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Old 09-02-2006, 06:05 PM   #91
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we are just beginning

My husband and I just went to town and came home with a 72 outlander. It is pretty much gutted on the inside down the side that should have the refridgerator and closets. The sink and stove and bed frame (for a single however there are two identical mattresses) and the bathroom are still completely in tact. There is no structural damage or leaking or signs of mice entry. It cost us less than a large tent but I am sure the costs are sure to come!
I took so me pictures but am not sure how to include them. I am very new to this idea of a forum but could really use the help in the future. I will learn how to participate in the forum as we go. We are very new to airstreams let alone camper trailers!
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Old 09-02-2006, 06:06 PM   #92
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I meant an overlander. I told you we are very NEW to this Airstream concept!
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Old 09-02-2006, 07:23 PM   #93
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attempting to send pictures

I am going to attempt to send some pictures. I hope it works. I would like to know what you experts think!
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Old 09-02-2006, 07:47 PM   #94
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it says I have uploaded pics

It says I have uploaded pics and used up some space??? I will just attach one and see what happens.
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Old 09-02-2006, 07:50 PM   #95
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more of the new '72

Now, I am on a roll.
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Old 09-02-2006, 07:53 PM   #96
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oops

It worked and then I deleted it. If you all still want to talk to me after this annoyance...I will finish up.
Geez!
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Old 09-03-2006, 09:07 AM   #97
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April,
Looks like my trailer did after we gutted it. As you'll see from the pictures above, and all over this website, there are a ton of things you can do to rebuild your A/S. When you get time, start yourself a thread with your name on it, and post all of your pictures, as well as your weekly, or daily updates. We'll all be looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
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Old 09-03-2006, 09:38 AM   #98
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really nice job ...makes me even more motivated. I sure did love the cork in my motorhome.This time around I went for the laminate, hope it will hold up as well.
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Old 10-09-2006, 10:36 AM   #99
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Small progress

As usual, things have been progressing a bit slower than I would prefer at this stage. However I did manage to get some of the drawers made over the weekend. Using 1/2" Maple ply, since I have a ton left over, and a locking joint to secure the pieces together. 1/4" round over bit on the top to have nice edges too. I made the drawer fronts from 3/4" Maple Ply but didn't snap any photos yet, I'll be sure to take some when they're installed this week.

More to come..........
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suferstyler, very nice work, will be waiting to see the final product. I'm sure your work will outlast Airstreams.
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