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Old 11-04-2019, 06:54 AM   #21
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....Going into this weekend with a 4íx12í sheet aluminum hoping to rebuild the rear bathroom end cap...and one final attempt to seal a leak I canít find around the rear window
Looking forward to pics of your rear cap project!

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Old 11-05-2019, 06:12 AM   #22
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So I had the 4x12 sheet of aluminum cut down at Arlo Metal to perfect 1x4 foot sections. I started in the middle, then underlay the next side panel, measure, and mark for the cut with 1 in edge to rivet into. Drilled and clico in place, and worked out left/right keeping uniform spacing.

Itís in the bathroom so still on the fence if it gets painted like the walls
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Old 11-05-2019, 09:45 AM   #23
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So I had the 4x12 sheet of aluminum cut down at Arlo Metal to perfect 1x4 foot sections. I started in the middle, then underlay the next side panel, measure, and mark for the cut with 1 in edge to rivet into. Drilled and clico in place, and worked out left/right keeping uniform spacing.

Itís in the bathroom so still on the fence if it gets painted like the walls
Looks so simple when some-else is doing it - great job!
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Old 11-05-2019, 06:13 PM   #24
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Wow, looking good!
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Old 11-06-2019, 09:03 AM   #25
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You're making that look way too easy!

I'll shoot you a pm on the control panel
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:45 PM   #26
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It was such a gratifying Sunday to pull off the protective plastic and clean it up. Visually, one of the most rewarding parts of this project!

This weekend, Iím finally going back to trouble shooting the Rostra CC install; just received the new control switch. I will update how the doorbell reconnects, and will be doing some plumbing (drains/vents/Black tank mod)

Regarding available parts, the control panel and power reel are spoken for, still have the PD 60 amp Charger/converter and Tripplite inverter/Charger
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Old 11-06-2019, 06:36 PM   #27
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Did I see you used marine epoxy to to re weld the tank after you cut it?
Marine epoxy is a go to for me, but not in this case, polythene is best welded

I was able to do it pretty easily with a heat gun and some ldpe rod stock from McMaster, though proper tools would make a big difference

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...178802-23.html
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Old 12-15-2019, 04:23 PM   #28
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Took your advise on the plastic welding, this was the resulting holding tank. Think we have about 12 gal for urine diverter for the composting toilet. Going to also try some plastic bonding glue to add some supports to reinstall the tank underneath.

Wish there was more to tell, but progress on the build was sidelined with yet another section of Olympic rivets leaking. These were at the side of rear window. We had to use a piece of bent rebar to buck these rivets due to narrow space between a couple frame sections. Think we have 90% of this rear leak licked!

The seal around the rear window will need replacement as well. Iím not sure which rubber seal to use. Ones on VTS do not match what we have...
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How do you like the Havelock Wool? Is it heavy? Do you have concerns about pests nesting??
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Old 01-31-2020, 06:07 AM   #30
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Quite happy with the Havelock Wool! It was much nicer to work with than any fiber based insulation. About the same weight as rock wool and same R rating. What I loved, it already comes in 2 inch thick batts, no splitting needed. Also, no protective equipment needed during install! Iím not concerned about pests, they will get in if they want. We always see stories of nests in walls and floor of old trailer demo, even in the pink stuff...

This is where we are with the rebuild; Plumbing and propane lines back in. Furnace is in and working!

Bathroom walls and shower next
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Old 01-31-2020, 03:30 PM   #31
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Just read your post on the Havelock wool insulation. Was looking for something that was better than the old pink stuff for my walls in my 310 Motorhome. Contacted them in Nevada and they gave me the name of a distributor twenty minutes from me in Red Bank Tn. which is just north of Chattanooga Tn. and they have it in stock, They do ship, so if anyone in the Tennessee area needs it call Green's Design and Supply In Red Bank Tn. Did not mean to blindside your post but was glad you posted what you were using.
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Itís all good, Havelock is used more in campervan builds, just doesnít get discussed much here. It was either this or rigid foam for me. The other interesting thing about wool; it doesnít offgas. In fact it can bind some harmful gasses, which in our little space sounded good!

I will be insulating the floor as well, which will make a big difference in our MH. AS Trailers have insulated floor and motorhomes do not🤨
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Old 02-14-2020, 03:36 PM   #33
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Itís been slow going, had to rebuild part of the vent stack for heat duct clearance. Still addressing rear leak before I can build shower. Part of the problem was addressed, but think Iím still getting leaks through the rivet holes at the trim rail. I used some butyl tape under the trim, but didnít seem to seal this section very well. Anybody have luck getting a better seal around those pop rivets?
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:43 PM   #34
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Itís been slow going, had to rebuild part of the vent stack for heat duct clearance. Still addressing rear leak before I can build shower. Part of the problem was addressed, but think Iím still getting leaks through the rivet holes at the trim rail. I used some butyl tape under the trim, but didnít seem to seal this section very well. Anybody have luck getting a better seal around those pop rivets?

Are you sure the leaks are not coming from under the lower rub rail. That area is prone to leaks at floor level due to poor construction. I traced leaks by using different pigments and slowly moving up with a soaker house. I have good results with Trempro 635 when setting any kind of rivet.
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Old 02-15-2020, 08:35 AM   #35
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Thanks for the insight Peter. I tracked down the lower rub rail leaks over the summer. So far so good!

In the Back bathroom, the interior skins and insulation are removed. I can see there is water dripping behind one of the skin-mounded brackets under the rear window and above the spare tire well. I tried some captain tulleys from the inside, but the last rain confirmed still leaking. Iím tempted to remove the back trim section and reinstall with larger rivets
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Progress has been agonizingly slow! DW is healthcare admin, and Iím an OT. This CV pandemic has been a huge distraction and timemsuck! Will post what little progress there is

I removed the rub rail and saw an air bubble in the sealant between 2 panels. This was right behind the rub rail and was the water penetration point! All sealed up now, reinstalled and leak free!!!

Also, completed the install for the Dometic auto gen start (AGS) module. It communicates with the EC30 Onan generator control panel. Took a bit of problem solving, the Dometic instructions and customer service dept are about as helpful as tits on a Bull...but itís finally in and works like a charm. Basically the air conditioner or heat pump can trigger running the generator when we are not plugged in

Finally, completed the modified black tank install with tank sensor and tank heaters. I re-built the dump valve with a 3rd valve. Because we will have a composting toilet, we will have only gray water on board so can combine 2 tanks capacity if needed
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Finally found a wife-approved back hallway light! It is touch on/off, dimmable, and matches our puck lights pretty well. Also, shower being re-built. Planning to use vinyl tile for finish surface. Hepvo valve installed under the shower, and have one for under kitchen and bathroom sinks. Should reduce winterizing needs and save a little under-counter space
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It rained pretty good last week and found a leak at drivers footwell. Tracked water to side window letting water I next to the sliding track. I think a freeze thaw may have cracked the corner of the aluminum window frame

Scraped back failing plastic gasket and replaced with black windshield caulking. What these Airstreams grow is crazy!
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Old 05-09-2020, 09:36 PM   #40
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We are getting cabinets!!! Have a connection with a cabinet maker who is willing to take on an airstream cabinet rebuild. We kept a few original pieces to give a template for the wall profile. Extending the cabinet depth a bit, and eliminating the second sofa sleeper for more counter space (opposite the kitchen).

Will provide some pics with progress, I found some ďf channelĒ for installing 1/2 and 3/4 walls. Turns out their material supplier can source some lightweight plywood🤞🤞🤞
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