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Old 10-26-2016, 10:33 PM   #501
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Really nice work, all of it. You have a great start on a gem there.

Our Safari 25 had a pantry and our Classic 30 doesn't. We really miss it. Ours was secured with a nylon strap at the top to a snap on the top front of the pantry door. It never came loose.

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Old 10-27-2016, 06:40 PM   #502
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Oh how much you have done to this trailer since post #1. It must give you a bunch of satisfaction knowing you built this thing yourself. Now you can plan the next family trip together. Your kids will have life long memories of being with their Mom and Dad in this trailer. You are creating future Airstreamers, and your trailer may last that long.

You will like your trailer all polished up. It makes a dramatic difference in its appearance, although it doesn't improve the functionality much.

Thanks for letting us follow along on your renovation project. Many start such Airstream projects but there is a pretty good drop out rate.

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PS: Hey in sunny Calif you could buy a couple of portable solar panels and charge your battery while your kids climb rocks. Or for a little more you could get a 2000 watt generator and have microwave power when you want it. We are considering a generator as it is easier than rigging solar panels.
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:07 AM   #503
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Thanks Al and Missy and David! Headed out to sea for a few weeks, will post some photos once I get back of the shine job. Looking forward to that!
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Old 10-30-2016, 05:11 PM   #504
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Been following your post Millertime. Very nice work. We recently purchased a 76' Safari and during a recent rain here in Northern California I was inspecting for water leaks. Low and behold, I found leakage in the rear bathroom closet area. Not sure where the leak is coming from at this point. Didn't see any water under the sink, so it may be coming from the bumper area and seeping in. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks! Click image for larger version

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Old 11-29-2016, 08:16 PM   #505
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Sorry for the late reply, just got back from being underway. If it is in the rear I would suspect the classic leak between the bumper trunk and rear skin. Water pools on that flat surface then seeps into the either unsealed or poorly sealed joint and soaks the rear floor and eventually destroys the frame as well. Second area if that is good may be your rear window seals, then it gets tougher. I am going to pay for one of those fancy leak checks from the dealers one of these days to find the smaller seam leaks I have no doubts exist on mine. Living in CA the last 2 years with little rain has meant I haven't worried much about it.

Also, a sneak peek at the shine job I got today! Should be ready by the end of the week for pickup!

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Can't wait to see it!
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:54 PM   #506
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Nice! Where are you getting it polished?
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Old 11-30-2016, 11:55 AM   #507
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King Truck Wash up near Los Angeles, got the word we will be picking her up on Saturday.
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Old 12-02-2016, 04:14 PM   #508
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Got some final finished photos, will pick her up tomorrow AM.

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Old 12-02-2016, 06:23 PM   #509
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Your old Tradewind dresses up pretty nice! You did it right in that you started from the bottom and worked your way to the end. Polishing is one of the last steps.

Now you can sit back and fret about every water spot! I did for a while, but I'm over it now. My polished surfaces counselor helped me through it.

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Old 12-02-2016, 10:36 PM   #510
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Thanks David! I could use some tips on how to maintain the polished exterior. What do you clean it with?
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Old 12-03-2016, 04:39 PM   #511
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I have tried a host of different things. Diesel fuel works pretty good, lacquer thinner works well, these "waterless" spray on car cleaners work ok, I pressure wash it when it is caked with mud and bugs but have to dry it right away, and never wash in the sun. Microfiber cloths work well for applying these cleaners.

Cyclo cleaning with Nuvite S works well. I do this every other year or so. But when I travel with it, all my hours of work are greatly diminished by the first rain. It is true, the more you polish the smoother and more reflective the surface becomes, and it is then hard for it to hold water and dirt.

My polished surface counselor keeps telling me not to worry about it, and just take it camping and enjoy it. Most folks are not going to micro inspect your trailer and make snide comments about a bird splat stain.

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Old 12-03-2016, 06:10 PM   #512
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Dad came with me to pick her up, fitting considering he was there for the completion of the shell off also. I couldn't have gotten this far without him!

Now she is back home and the guest room for my parents while they visit. Still a few big projects left: flooring and cabinetry.

Munch munch munch!
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Old 12-04-2016, 05:42 PM   #513
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Really, really, really, really, really looks nice! Now folks will ask where you got that new Airstream. Yeah, sometimes Dads are great help. You will be helping your youngsters too. Probably do so every day.

Keep munching...

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Old 12-05-2016, 07:27 AM   #514
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Thanks David, I really appreciate the advice. Sounds like wash and dry it quickly and trouble spots might need a specialty cleaner huh? I also plan on a once yearly cycle cleaning/Polish with nuvite to keep things looking sharp.... though current plans include a 2 year storage in the desert when we transfer in May to Hawaii.

I live in a so-so area so I went ahead and put a ball lock and coupler lock on the trailer to discourage any honest thieves as well as a security chain around the propane tanks. Before from the outside she didn't look like she was worth much, now I am a little worried about theft and vandalism. Anyone have any other things they do to discourage our trailers walking off or being messed with?
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Old 12-05-2016, 05:40 PM   #515
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1. Jack it up and take the wheels off. Put the wheels in the house or garage.

2. Tie your "junk yard dog" to it at night.

3. Airstream Life has a hitch lock that they sell and recommend. It looks stout. It is expensive. But if I was storing my trailer for a long time it might be worth it.

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http://store.airstreamlife.com/produ...hitch-lock-pro

Someday I might get one for my Trade Wind.
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Old 12-13-2016, 09:35 AM   #516
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David you are right that taking the wheels off sure would discourage theft lol. I just got talked into a Vivint security system which came with a 1080P outdoor camera which is now pointed right at my trailer and in clear view, should discourage any monkey business. If anyone else is interested shoot me a PM I know a guy who can hook you up, their gear is ten best I have ever seen from a security company.

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Took off my old KT lockset to take to the sandblasted. Still deciding whether to polish it or have it replated. Anyone else ever have them replated? I hear chrome work is PRICY 😳. Also taking my old WD gear in for sandblasting and powder coating, pics to follow.
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Old 12-13-2016, 12:08 PM   #517
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I had mine rechromed from a company in El Paso, Tx and it was around 100.00 or so including some repairs to the housing.
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Cole yours looks great, I hope I can get a decent result. The guy called me back on the lockset and we are going to try a silver powder coat with a matte finish.

Built some drawers and a custom slide out laundry bin yesterday (our family seems to make a TON of laundry when we camp). Pics to follow once I finish up. It was my first attempt at false front drawers. I used pocket holes for the joinery with 1/2 ply and 1/4 ply for the bottom. I cut the rabbet for the bottom with multiple passes with my table saw.

This guy has a good drawer tutorial that I used for my design:

https://youtu.be/sKVo-rLv-W8

Now if only my cabinetry was plumb and square 🙄
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Old 12-27-2016, 01:19 PM   #519
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Got the WD gear back from the powder coater, looks much better!

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I didn't get the hitch or sway bar done as you can see but the bars and tongue parts were in the worst shape.

The KT lockset came out ok, will post picks of it installed later on.

Also put in a new level guage to replace the old one. Same brand just not faded, cracked, etc.

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Old one taken off, what a difference a shine will do!

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The front end is starting to look pretty sharp!
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Powder coat paint is very durable. It will be interesting to see how long it holds up for you. My first experience with it years ago was interesting. I was given a coin and challenged to try and scratch it. I could not.

Yes, the front of your trailer is looking very sharp indeed.

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