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Old 10-04-2016, 08:23 AM   #421
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Ha! A sheetmetal joke! Very good!

No worries, I'll be glad to give back in whatever way I can. This community has always been a source of motivation and know how.

If I can only figure out how to mount a radial engine on my rig....! I spent years up north in Alaska, fixing and flying Beavers and Otters. Love the sound or found!
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:38 AM   #422
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Ha! A sheetmetal joke! Very good!

No worries, I'll be glad to give back in whatever way I can. This community has always been a source of motivation and know how.

If I can only figure out how to mount a radial engine on my rig....! I spent years up north in Alaska, fixing and flying Beavers and Otters. Love the sound or found!
You may need a bigger dog house....



But would cure Tap's cooling issues!!!!!
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:03 AM   #423
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Old 12-12-2016, 02:16 PM   #424
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HELLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TAP!! You still hangin in there buddy? Anything going on with the rig? You still ALIVE? Hope youre still plugging away!
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Old 12-13-2016, 12:17 PM   #425
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Mark is still alive and kicking, on FB. I guess the 'wounds' inflicted by his MH may still be taking some time to heel!
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Old 02-02-2017, 03:31 AM   #426
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Do not adjust your eyes, you're not seeing things, Tap is actually in the house!!!!

I'm back baby!!!

I had to step away for awhile and clear my head after getting very frustrated with my mechanical issues, but I'm back and excited to deal with them and finally get to use my rig!

I've missed every one of you guys!
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Old 02-02-2017, 04:16 AM   #427
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Welcome back. We missed you.
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Old 02-02-2017, 06:26 AM   #428
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He lives!!!!!!
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:21 AM   #429
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Welcome back Mark!
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:31 AM   #430
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Old 02-02-2017, 12:36 PM   #431
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Aloha Tap

Ah the recuperative power of time.
Glad you are refreshed and ready to get back to it.

A fresh perspective often brings clearer answers to challenges for me,
Hope so for you too.

Cheers Richard
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Old 02-03-2017, 03:32 PM   #432
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Thanks so much guys!!
I'm looking forward to the warmer seasons and great conversations with all of you!
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Old 02-03-2017, 04:12 PM   #433
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Mark, glad you decide to take a break....but don't feel bad as you're not the only one that has had first trip problems. A newcomer with a diesel powered 280 out of Alberta supposedly had $10,000 in repairs during his first trip out.

It happens.....

Soooo, you've had a chance to think about your rig over the winter....What's the plan of attack for this spring? What are you going to work on first? What's after that? How can we help?

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Old 02-03-2017, 04:17 PM   #434
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Hi Tony!
Thanks for your kind words as always.
$10,000 ouch!!!

Here's my order of attack:

1) Get radiator/overheating issue diagnosed and fixed.

2) Replace carburetor

3) Remove driver's side window frame and install my new one. **I want to hire someone in Minnesota to do it, who has done it before. Anybody know someone?

4) Replace suspension airbags

5) Replace cracked water tanks

6) eVeRYThInG eLsE
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:00 AM   #435
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One thing to keep in mind Mark, which I personally think is very important, is to start and COMPLETE each task or project as you go. Its so easy to get overwhelmed by the seemingly never ending list. Too many folks get started on one task or project and as they near the end they will start on one or two more before the first one is completely buttoned up. Its very important that when you check something off the list that ALL the details are finished so when you check it off it is truly COMPLETE. Otherwise you end up with the small details still hanging over your head and its hard to go back and clean them up later. The list never really ends on these beauties, there is always something. But you'll get a great feeling of accomplishment when you knock off those big items and get closer to putting the rig on the road. Just don't try to push it too fast and get it out on the road before its truly ready. Patience. But once you get the mechanicals dealt with the best you can, you can use the rig as you go about dealing with the interior coach systems, comfort and aesthetics. Make it go, make it stop, make it safe. You'll get there, one step/project at a time.
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Old 02-04-2017, 11:04 AM   #436
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Mike....I'm going to write a book when I retire on how to rip one of these beauties apart and lose your mind in the process.....Regards, Bob
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:14 PM   #437
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I meant to say....."UNLESS YOURE BOB MILLER"
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:53 PM   #438
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Mark

Mike's right....fixing something that is broken is one thing, but you need for piece of mind is to completely redo or inspect whatever system you're working on.

For example: air suspension....

My air suspension had a siezed air compressor, a 120 volt air compressor that was used to inflate the bags (you'd have to run the generator on route to keep the bags inflated), a leaking steel air tank, bad levelling valve and old lines.

I had the bags inspected for any mayor checking (none found). At that time they found and replaced the bad leveller valve. I then took over and decided to finish off working on the system.

I bought a twin cylinder ARB compressor that was 100% duty cycle, relocated the compressor into the coach to the coach's internal 12 volt electrical compartment. I moved the 12 volt OEM wire from the dash to the electrical compartment but it now only triggers an internal pressure relay inside the compressor to turn on as opposed to running the compressor itself. The compressor is wired direct to the coach batteries for its main draw.

I redesigned two 5 gallon aluminum air tanks to fit under the coach and plumbed new air lines to tanks. I also plumbed in a hose reel in my rear electrical for air to inflate things.

Yes this cost money; about a $1,000 in parts and a bit for labour to fab up the tanks and replace the leveller valve but everything else I did myself. I have a top flight system that works and I know where everything is and how it works.

Don't let these beasts or the Airstream Gods intimidate you; work with what you have but don't be afraid to change something for the better.

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Old 02-05-2017, 08:05 PM   #439
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Thanks for the advice guys.
I appreciate it.
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