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Old 03-03-2011, 07:19 AM   #21
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I poked my head under the AS last night with a flashlight to look at the angle of the torsion arm. It is still at a positive angle, albeit the trailer is pretty lightly loaded right now. I'll know more when I pull it out of the barn and into the tractor shed later this month.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:51 AM   #22
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Nosurf, you mentioned the cost of a sheet of 1/2 inch plywood in one of your posts. From what I've read, the floor is 5/8 inch plywood.
The positive downward angle of your torsion arms doesn't necessarily mean your axles are good. You also need to know if the arms travel up and down or are stuck in one position, frozen. Here is an article on axles that describes how to test them.
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:10 PM   #23
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Nosurf, you mentioned the cost of a sheet of 1/2 inch plywood in one of your posts. From what I've read, the floor is 5/8 inch plywood.
The positive downward angle of your torsion arms doesn't necessarily mean your axles are good. You also need to know if the arms travel up and down or are stuck in one position, frozen. Here is an article on axles that describes how to test them.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:24 PM   #24
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The icechest idea works fine. No plumbing? buy a portapotty or use the campground ones. Sink but no gray tank, put a 5 gallon bucket under the drain outside to collectthe gray water. Wire in 120 and use fans to cool and hotplates to cook, toaster etc. Outside charcoal grills. tarp for a sunshade. Man it can be done! zz
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:31 AM   #25
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Thanks zigzagguzzi!! I think you get my idea!

Picked up the glass yesterday from the local glass shop. I hope I will have time to mess with it this weekend.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:32 PM   #26
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The icechest idea works fine. No plumbing? buy a portapotty or use the campground ones. Sink but no gray tank, put a 5 gallon bucket under the drain outside to collectthe gray water. Wire in 120 and use fans to cool and hotplates to cook, toaster etc. Outside charcoal grills. tarp for a sunshade. Man it can be done! zz
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I'm also interested in this idea, never thought of the portapotty idea.... I'm begining to see the "aluminum tent" idea. Nosurf, can't wait to see the end project!!

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Old 03-15-2011, 08:06 PM   #27
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Thanks zigzagguzzi!! I think you get my idea!

Picked up the glass yesterday from the local glass shop. I hope I will have time to mess with it this weekend.
How much was the glass?
Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

Foot tub and washcloth for washing up?
Wood heater?
Manual pump for pumping water out of the water tank?
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:50 AM   #28
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Ok. After another additional hiatus, I jacked up the ol' Airstream and pulled the wheels off on Saturday.

I bought 4 new trailer tires for $90 each, put them on, and dragged it out into the sun.






We did alot of scrubbing and cleaning.



























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Old 07-05-2011, 10:06 AM   #29
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I am having a tough time getting the window hinges out for the front and back windows. I got the small curved one out by the door.

Any tricks to getting the blackwater tank out? Do I need to remove the kitchen plumbing leg where it plumbs in next to that gate valve?
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:18 AM   #30
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I got the front & back window channels out last night. Also got all the glass shards out of the front one, and the broken plexi out of the back one. Now I need to clean up all the silicone and prep for the new glass.

Does anyone have any pics of what the screens are supposed to look like?
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:35 PM   #31
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Press on Jay. Good to see the progress.

Just a little background on my homie Jay. He's a structural engineer by trade. I wouldn't worry about crossing paths with him on the highway. He's the king of do it yourselfers.

FYI, for all you torsion arm guys. Go straight to the source. Dexter Axle in El Reno, OK will hook you up. They will build any axle you need.

When you get ready for elevator bolts for the floor, let me know. I have a place locally that stocks them.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:22 PM   #32
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:47 PM   #33
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Roothawg & Nosurf are here. It's feeling more like home to me!
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:40 PM   #34
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That is a nice trailer for a starting point. From the pics, does not look in too bad of shape. Press forward, my man and good luck!!
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:07 PM   #35
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Roothawg & Nosurf are here. It's feeling more like home to me!
No doubt......
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:22 AM   #36
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Despite the 100* plus temps this weekend, I was able to get a little done on the AS.

Scuffed, wire brushed and painted the rims:



I also scraped, wire brushed, sanded and painted the tongue:



Got the windows up and vents open. Starting to look a little better:



One of the front reading lamps was loose inside the trailer (I am missing the other one):



I took it apart for a face lift:





I need to scare up an inner spring and 2 bulb base insulators, then I can reassemble it. If anyone knows where another of these can be had, please let me know, I checked ePay already.

In other news, I connect a battery to the junction box and the upper interior lights are working. I need to get 2 new covers.

Also tested the water pipes. Not good haha. Major leakage on the fore and aft runs for both hot and cold. They will need to be replaced.
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:00 PM   #38
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Any progress is good progress.
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So no deal on the dogs???
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Oops, looks like a jack under your rear bumper. Don't think that's a good place, usually there's a marked, strengthened place on the frame to jack up near the rear of your tires. But I don't know your particular trailer.
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