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Old 02-08-2012, 12:28 AM   #361
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Well, the Hose saga continues...

Is it me, or is it just plain odd they used a different radiator orientation for the same motor, in a similar cahssis for different lengths?
What is that about???

I spent some time looking at Silicon Hoses.... I am hoping that someone does one that will fit... that way I won't have to replace it once its on!
I am already fixed on the idea of using 3/4" silcon pipe for the Aux heater pipe run, where I can't use Copper hard pipe.

Trailer looks fun Dean!
What about a simple frame of conduit, with Tissue and doped skin... like the old model Aircraft wings...
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:00 AM   #362
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Electrical tubing is exactly what was used to make the Bowlus Road Chief. You'll want to keep it light enough to pull, but the challenge will be keeping if from blowing over, or durable enough to handle a tumble. How about that metallic insulation (can't recall the trade name) that Keyair has on his moho windows? Shiny, cheap, durable, easy to cut, should hold a fastener, and will adhere to aluminized tape. Take lots of pictures!

Streamquest, you speaking of the Reflectix that Keyair used on his windows? It's just bubble wrap with aluminum facing on it. Found a roll at Lowes here in St Pete, FL Reasonable too.
Dean, I'll take pix of what I have or go looking through Keyair's posts at the beginning, think several of his pix show all of his windows with Reflectix on them.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:23 PM   #363
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Yeah, that's the ticket. Reflectix! With the added bonus of a little "R" factor to help keep the drink cooler, cooler.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:01 PM   #364
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I just watched my new favorite TV show..."Extreme RV".
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:12 PM   #365
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I finished gluing, filling and sanding the kitchen draw fronts and door frames. They are now stained and waiting for a clear coat! This was a lot more work then I first counted on.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:20 PM   #366
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The door frames and drawer fronts look great. Nice job.Like the dark color of the drawer fronts.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:25 PM   #367
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They look great

If I get the correct part numbers can I drop mine off for the same treatment? p
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:56 PM   #368
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The door frames and drawer fronts look great. Nice job.Like the dark color of the drawer fronts.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:57 PM   #369
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Sounds like a good trade!
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:28 PM   #370
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The door frames and drawer fronts look great. Nice job.Like the dark color of the drawer fronts.
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My cabinets are vinyl covered aluminum. I would call it a dark oak. I think it is very '80s and I would love to get rid of it, but I need to be practical. The wood draw fronts and door frames were a lighter color...betting the finish had faded over the years. I couldn't find a sample to bring home to match up with, so thought I would have to take a guess. I had happened to tear off the vinyl from around the clock mounted in the upper cabinet and I found that at home.

I found a perfect match to the MinWax stain "English Chestnut". Now I hope it actually matches the cabinet vinyl.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:34 PM   #371
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I just watched my new favorite TV show..."Extreme RV".
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:20 PM   #372
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I'm making a little more progress on the kitchen cabinet doors and drawers. I cut the insert panels on the table saw, hit them with some spray paint and mocked up one door with the material I'm using on the outside insert panel side.
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Hi Derek. Yes, please send me a pic when you get the chance. The sink is from Home Depot. I have that very small double sink now and I can't stand it!
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Have you installed your sink yet, and did you have any problems reducing the size of the larger basket to the smaller existing plumbing with the deeper sink? Was also wondering what the dimensions are. I've been looking and having a time finding one that will fit, but not be too deep. Located a single bowl undermount on the Kraus website that I think might work, but need to find out about reducing the hookup first. Would really appreciate any tips. Thanks, Randy
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:14 AM   #374
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Have you installed your sink yet, and did you have any problems reducing the size of the larger basket to the smaller existing plumbing with the deeper sink? Was also wondering what the dimensions are. I've been looking and having a time finding one that will fit, but not be too deep. Located a single bowl undermount on the Kraus website that I think might work, but need to find out about reducing the hookup first. Would really appreciate any tips. Thanks, Randy
Hi Randy. I have not yet installed the kitchen sink. Hopefully within the next month. I want it done before our next Yosemite trip in April. I'm not anticipating any issue with the strainer and pipe size, but it may be a close call on maintaining a proper slope on the drain pipe. I'm considering using one of those horizontal traps. That would give me more room under the deeper sink for storage as well.

I got my sink at Home Depot. See the attached photo for the dimensions.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:28 AM   #375
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Shopping for carpet.

Yesterday, I headed out on my quest for a carpet remnant for the bedroom area of the MH to replace the "rose" colored water damaged carpet. I thought this was going to be the typical shopping "not so fun" experience. I headed downtown and found what I was looking for at my first carpet store stop. They had lots to choose from and the owner was very helpful in finding me the right size and color.

I explained to her what I needed and what it was for (remodeling my Motorhome). As we were talking and spreading out the remnant for a good look, she said this is a nice piece of carpet. She had kind of a puzzled look on her face as she turned to me and asked why I'm spending time and money fixing up an "old" Motorhome? Before I could answer, she said "it's not an Airstream is it?". I smiled and said yes. She got a big smile on her face and gave me a thumbs up saying oh yes that's worth it! I showed her a pic of the MH on my cell phone and she ran it over to her husband to take a look.

It was a fun and enjoyable experience!
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:39 PM   #376
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Airbag Dump Valve

Has anyone installed a dump valve for the rear air bags on the rear of a classic?

With air in the rear bags, I have to raise the front too much to level it when camping.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:46 PM   #377
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I installed a air pressure regulator on my air bag and I just adj. the pressure to level it in Old Gertrude. It works for me!!
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:29 PM   #378
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Shopping for carpet.

Yesterday, I headed out on my quest for a carpet remnant for the bedroom area of the MH to replace the "rose" colored water damaged carpet. I thought this was going to be the typical shopping "not so fun" experience. I headed downtown and found what I was looking for at my first carpet store stop. They had lots to choose from and the owner was very helpful in finding me the right size and color.

I explained to her what I needed and what it was for (remodeling my Motorhome). As we were talking and spreading out the remnant for a good look, she said this is a nice piece of carpet. She had kind of a puzzled look on her face as she turned to me and asked why I'm spending time and money fixing up an "old" Motorhome? Before I could answer, she said "it's not an Airstream is it?". I smiled and said yes. She got a big smile on her face and gave me a thumbs up saying oh yes that's worth it! I showed her a pic of the MH on my cell phone and she ran it over to her husband to take a look.

It was a fun and enjoyable experience!
Dean, isn't it a great feeling when complete strangers have almost the same amount of love for Airstreams as the rest of us???
Thanks for a great story, Derek
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:01 PM   #379
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Dean, isn't it a great feeling when complete strangers have almost the same amount of love for Airstreams as the rest of us???
Thanks for a great story, Derek
That day certainly put a smile on my face!
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:07 PM   #380
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Another aha moment

I was talking with one of the guys at the shop where I have been having Ste P worked on and my list of things "to do" now that she has passed the drivability and smog test was growing pretty long......and then I showed him the photos from the maiden voyage weekend with my fellow Airstream ralliers at Lake Cachuma. He then said, "Aha, you have a group and you are into this.......some would just go and buy a new one." So now he knows I am hooked....but to tell you the truth, those guys are hooked as well. They are fixing things that they see need fixing and not even charging me for some of it......they don't mind it being parked there...they know that I will continue to have it serviced there and they are happy to do the work that they have the skill set for and happy to tell me when it crosses over into RV land.....I think this aluminitis is contagious.

Can you tell which one is the Motor home? (Why don't they call them Engine Homes?)
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