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Old 01-17-2008, 06:44 PM   #521
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Ready to Rally!

Hello everyone,

Reading the threads and looking at the rally schedule is a good thing! We are ready for travel!

Here is a picture of Don putting on the plastic ties to hold up the broken shock mount... 20 miles from Beverly Beach. We made it there with our temporary repair, then back to Florence (If memory serves....) to get the tire replaced after the rally. Let's just say, we were very lucky... the tire was nearly shredded.

On my "wish" list is for a small gray tank to be installed in the Bambi. Anyone done that after restoration?

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Old 01-23-2008, 08:27 AM   #522
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broken shock mount

I will be adding some pictures soon. I think this should be a thing for everyone who is rebuilding Airstream. At least a 60's Airstream. I think this was a problem of metal fatigue and the fact that the shock was bottoming out on occasion. If anyone else has had a similar problem, this would be a good place to chime in.
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:41 PM   #523
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New Axle

The new Axle has been install now for several months. We will soon go to a rally and get a chance to check it out. The new axle is 22.5 degrees down rather than the 10 degrees down of the first axle I put in. The clearance between the trailer and the wheel is greatly improved for the 14" wheel replacement. Also the wheel and tire are easer to remove when jacked up. They slide out without any interference to the fenders. I have stood inside and jumped up and down and there is greater and smoother movement.
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:41 AM   #524
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New Axle

Just got back for a trip to Washington. the new axle was great. Sure noticed the difference in the ride with the 22.5 degree angle.
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:46 AM   #525
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Gray tank addition

We have decided to add a gray tank to our Bambi. The reason is that as we travel we often stop at roadside rests or on the side of the road for lunch or a break. We can't use the sink because of no tank. The Bambi doesn't have a great deal of space for a tank. There is a dead space below the sink counter and the refer, so I thought I'd place a small 5gal tank in that area. This will ad a new drain place out of the bottom of the trailer. It will make a new hookup place for the blue boy when we are in a camp site.
Dose anyone have any suggestion on this idea? I'm open for suggestions.
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:19 AM   #526
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Is this dead space you're talking about over the floor, or under the floor?

I think it's a great idea, you've clearly idenitified a need and you have a workable solution. Compared to the amount of work you've already done, this will be a piece of cake.
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Check out RJ's site (vintageairstream.com). He put some pretty good sized tanks in a similar vintage trailer...same shallow frame members. They hang down below, but there is plenty of room. might as well go "all the way", if you're going to go to the trouble, kwim?
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Check out RJ's site (vintageairstream.com). He put some pretty good sized tanks in a similar vintage trailer...same shallow frame members. They hang down below, but there is plenty of room. might as well go "all the way", if you're going to go to the trouble, kwim?
Chuck, thanks for the reference. I had looked at Vintageairstream.com many times before, but had not spent time going thou his restoration details. This is a great site and a must for anyone restoring a trailer.
Thanks again Don
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:57 PM   #529
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Hi everyone! It is the "other half"... Don has installed a 7 gallon container and completed the plumbing for our new gray tank. It will be great! It should give us enough storage for a meal or two while on the road! He has installed this next to the refrigerator under the back cupboard (that I can't possibly reach into anyway, even if I lay down on the floor and stick my arm as far as I can!) It was space that just collected "stuff". Much better use of the space.

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That's quick work! I don't suppose you have any pictures of the installation?
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Don, I am reading your thread carfully as I am experiencing, now, what you have already experienced. I have a 62 Bambi, arranged slightly differently than yours, and I have already replaced my axel with a dexter, works great. I am also going to have to replace my refrigerator, gel-coat my shower pan, and do a full shell-off floor replacement (S.O.F.R). So, I am very carfully going over the steps that you have so generously shared....by the way ...thanks a million!!!! I don't want to remove the lower inside panels on mine for the S.O.F.R. (just repainted with Zolatone a few years ago) anyway, I cannot figure out a way, so far, to attach cross bracing to the outside shell and not because I am not removing the inside shell (I figure I can cut noches in strategic places of the inside shell), but rather because the "C" channel is too high to bolt a 2x4 to the outter shell without exposing the holes above the banana mold...how did you do it?
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Don, I am reading your thread carfully as I am experiencing, now, what you have already experienced. I have a 62 Bambi, arranged slightly differently than yours, and I have already replaced my axel with a dexter, works great. I am also going to have to replace my refrigerator, gel-coat my shower pan, and do a full shell-off floor replacement (S.O.F.R). So, I am very carfully going over the steps that you have so generously shared....by the way ...thanks a million!!!! I don't want to remove the lower inside panels on mine for the S.O.F.R. (just repainted with Zolatone a few years ago) anyway, I cannot figure out a way, so far, to attach cross bracing to the outside shell and not because I am not removing the inside shell (I figure I can cut noches in strategic places of the inside shell), but rather because the "C" channel is too high to bolt a 2x4 to the outter shell without exposing the holes above the banana mold...how did you do it?
I assume you have all the interior out. On the inside I would drill out a couple rivets and mount a bracket that you can mount a cross brace to. Temporarily use screws or put in olympic rivets. You can place a protective layer between the bracket and the wall to protect the paint. When done all you need to touch up are the rivet heads.

Make sure the braces are high enough off the floor so that you can get a jack uner them. Also make sure they are level an square.

Be sure to post some pictures with your solution.

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Thank you very much for taking the time to provide a diagram!! No, I have not removed everything from the inside yet, wanted to work things out in my head before I committed; it's hurricane season here and I wanted to do this in the smallest window as possible because I have nowhere to store the shell inside.
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C Ray I have sent you a PM. Please feel free to e-mail me.
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:01 AM   #535
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Howdy all, I just wanted to report on the grey water system I put into our Bambi. We have been out on 3 or 4 trips and it works great. It's one of those, "Why didn't I do this before things." It's so nice to stop in a road side rest of along the side of a country road. Fix a cup of coffee or wash your hands without worrying about drain water.
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:11 AM   #536
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I must say, I concur heartily! When we first had the Bambi we wanted to keep everything as "stock" as possible. But, the gray water tank really was something we wanted... very glad that Don put it in! Works great, and it actually wasn't a horrible job or very expensive! And, to boot, it is in an area that was basically useless space! Cool! Thanks, dear!

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Thanks for the update on the gray tank-- I'm all for keeping things LOOKING stock, while updating systems and adding modern conveniences where you like.

Y'all have done a great job on this one, and we're all looking forward to more updates on the NEXT one...

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utee94, thanks for the positive comments, I took a look at your blog on your 63. Beautiful trailer nice work. It would be great to cross paths on the road sometime.
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:58 AM   #539
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My air compressor for the fresh water tank has gone out. Open for suggestions. Repair compressor, replace with a standard water pump. What are the pros and cons of both? We've liked the compressor to date. It only works when pressure in tank is low. Not every time you want water. Hope to here lots of input on this one.
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Don -
My water tank on my '59 Tradewind was encrusted with white sediment and I didn't try to rehab it. I replaced it with a plastic tank, and a new Shurflo pump. It is my understanding that the plastic tank would not be suitable for the older pressurized system. I have my original Grover pump (status unknown - untested) and if you need a replacement, you'd be welcome to it. From what I remember reading here on the Forums, it seems that most folks doing a vintage remodel/restoration replace their metal tank with an new plastic one; those that keep their original tank seem to replace the original pressurized system more often than not. I know that Scott of scotanlily has kept his Grover pump in his '59 Tradewind and was happy with it.
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