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Old 03-20-2013, 07:28 PM   #81
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I wouldn't fill the screws or bolts for the subfloor with caulk or wood putty—someone, maybe you, will be very unhappy when it comes time to take them out someday, hopefully far away.

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Old 03-20-2013, 07:49 PM   #82
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Hi Gene,

Thanks for the input. We unfortunately have no choice but to fill the bolts with wood filler to make the countersunk holes flush with the rest of the subfloor. We're planning to install glue-down cork tiles over it. The floor sections have some space between them so we're going to caulk between them to prevent floor glue from getting in there and hardening, which would be a lot less flexible of a seam than a caulked one and probably cause problems.

We countersunk the carriage bolts and used locknuts, so someone would have to cut around them someday anyway, just like we had to do when we removed our floor. The bolts were embedded too deep in the subfloor to get a cutting tool at the heads, so we used a circular saw to cut a square in the wood around them and lifted the subfloor out, then later came back and broke the wood from around the bolt to saw them off.

I think the floor we're using will last at least another 50 years, if not longer, at which point the trailer may be too old for another restoration attempt! :-D
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:50 PM   #83
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The insulation fairy came today! Can't wait to get started.


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Old 03-22-2013, 03:43 PM   #84
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You may need to build in some beds (kennels) for those dogs. Looks good.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:26 PM   #85
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Got our new window glass installed today! You can see a big difference between the gray tempered and old clear glass.



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Breaking the old panes to get them out made me feel better about our decision to spend the extra on tempered. It may be overkill, but it sure didn't take much to crack the non-safety glass, then they practically exploded glass shards on us, even all taped up. Husband had an ER visit and stitches last year from a drinking glass that exploded, so we're a little overly cautious now. I hope this stuff is pretty durable for full-timing. $340 for all 10 pieces, cut to my measurements.



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Old 04-15-2013, 03:17 PM   #86
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Our trailer has proven to be leak-free (for now) so I've been insulating this week along with my trusty sidekick, Toby, who thinks Prodex makes a great bed. I'm sure the extra dog hair will help our R-value tremendously.



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Old 04-19-2013, 11:39 AM   #87
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Dog hair insulation—a new concept!

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Old 04-19-2013, 09:23 PM   #88
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Modern art or insulation?

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Got the first layer of Prodex in and edges taped today, and our electrical wire all run and marked. Tomorrow we're shooting to finish the last layer of Prodex, and possibly start installing the bottom wall panels! Exciting times for sure.
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We're all wired up. Now for a second layer of Prodex, then we begin some wall re-installation!

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Can't wait to get them painted and looking clean for a change. I think our trailer was smoked in pretty heavily. This was after a thorough cleaning!


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Old 04-28-2013, 09:10 PM   #90
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Walls are going in!



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Dry fitted our TwinTemp Jr. tankless water heater and hydronic heater from PrecisionTemp, and ran the new propane lines to it and our cooktop.



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We also tested all the new LED trailer lights with a pair of 6V batteries to make sure all were working well before sealing the wires up behind walls. Putting the walls on top of wiring might just be the scariest part of the project so far. I'm so worried we forgot to do something!



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Old 05-05-2013, 10:16 PM   #91
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Our inner skins are all in, except for the new endcaps that we're building out of wood. This week I'll prime and paint the walls before we install our cork floor.


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Also got our Fan-Tastic Fans installed and are thankful to be done on the roof of the trailer for a while! That was kind of terrifying and awfully hot, even in early May. Our new Maxim skylight should be here in 2 weeks though and we'll have to get back up there then. Apparently our '65 Astrodome is a different size than most other years, because ours wasn't one of the two sizes they said they normally put in Airstreams. No extra charge to do a custom size though, which was really nice. Great people to work with.


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Also did the last of the scary drilling into the exterior for our water and 30 amp inlets. Love the Furrion power inlet. Will be even more beautiful when we get the trailer polished.


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Received our axles the other day, thanks to Mr. Colin Hyde. He and the freight company were so great to deal with, and we had them delivered to the CrossFit gym where we work out, which made for great helpers and very easy loading into our truck! Can't wait to get these on and really be literally ready to roll again. Our first camping trip is May 30, so it's crunch time now!


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Lastly, found an awesome new "Life is Good" t-shirt at a local general store here in Knoxville. An Airstream and a dog - they sure knew me! I may have even squealed a little when I saw it..


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Old 05-06-2013, 07:23 PM   #92
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I really like that T shirt.
Keep up the good work.
Mighty nice praise from klatawa. He is a real craftsman.

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Old 05-07-2013, 07:07 PM   #93
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Thanks, Dan! We're keeping up the work part for sure, and thanks for saying it looks good!

In the last two days we finished installing our inner skins, primed them with two coats of Zinsser 1-2-3 primer, installed our cork tile floor, and will be doing our finish coats of light gray exterior latex semi-gloss in the next couple days after our floor has fully dried.

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Next up is building wood end caps and lower walls, installing our water heater/furnace, starting to build some cabinets, furniture, and walls, installing water tanks, getting our plumber friend with the $300 PEX crimping tool to come over for some beers and help with fittings (not in that order!), finishing gas lines, hooking up and testing electrical, and getting our belly pan back on so axles can be installed.

Think we can do it all in 3 weeks before our first trip? Me either!

The fortunate thing is that we're self employed and can work days on the trailer and nights on our business. When do we ever get some sleep again? Maybe in 3 weeks!
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Today we finally got our tail light housings back
from the body shop and installed. A friend who does custom car fiberglass bravely took on our badly crumbling light surrounds.

After several failed attempts at making a mold ("This is the most bizarre plastic I've ever worked with!" he said about our lights) we ended up with these.


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Originally he was trying to do carbon fiber, but the molds were too finicky for the stiffer material to lay well in it. We're going for a modern silver and black motif with our trailer exterior, so we opted for black, high-shine auto body paint on our new light surrounds, and added LED reverse lights.

He's keeping the molds and may be able to make more on demand if anyone needs 1965 tail light surrounds. I'm not sure what he would charge, but I'd be happy to put anyone in touch with him. Just send me a message!
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Your 65 OL with the new taillights looks terrific.

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Thanks, Dan! They're definitely not a vintage look, but we're only 30 ourselves and really prefer a modern-meets-vintage feel anyway!

Mounted a wi-fi boosting antenna from Wi-Fi Ranger today. We're getting a new rooftop tv antenna, so we repurposed the old antenna pole to raise the wi-fi one instead. The gears are stripped in the antenna box and the handle broke off, so we'll just manually raise and lower it. We're securing it with pipe clamps for now, but may figure out a way to do a pin that holds each section in place when raised.



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Old 05-12-2013, 07:41 AM   #97
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Wow, you're moving along really fast. It looks like a great job.

We just bought another house and will remodel it. Sleep is to be used sparingly. I wake up early to get back to work because I'm excited about it, but eventually I wear out, so I force myself to take breaks to keep myself functioning—I've learned a tired man makes a lot of mistakes. Since I'm well over twice your age, maybe I don't have quite the stamina you do. Whether it is remodeling houses or trailers (I remodeled a lot of things in our relatively new trailer too), once you get the bug, you are in for a lifetime of it.

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Thanks, Gene! I hear you on the renovation addiction and the sleeplessness thing. We don't have as much energy as the photos make it look - we started our own marketing and web design company this year and have been working days on the trailer and nights on our computers. So far we've been quite successful in both areas, but the trailer being done will be a huge win for us. I'd love to get a good night's sleep again or read another book someday! We also have a 100-year-old house that needs finishing up on a kitchen remodel and I have a feeling someday we'll switch from land to sea and renovate a sail boat.

Yesterday we got our new Maxim skylight installed. They took our custom measurements, made it to order, and it fit like a glove. Great quality and easy to install, packaged well. Instructions and hardware would have been mice though.

Just need to trim out the inside in wood or something now to cover the screws. We'll have a wood panel running down the center of our ceiling as well, so it should look nice.



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Hey, poor Toby is exhausted from supervising you! You 2 sure have energy!

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Today we finally got our tail light housings back
from the body shop and installed. A friend who does custom car fiberglass bravely took on our badly crumbling light surrounds.

After several failed attempts at making a mold ("This is the most bizarre plastic I've ever worked with!" he said about our lights) we ended up with these.

Originally he was trying to do carbon fiber, but the molds were too finicky for the stiffer material to lay well in it. We're going for a modern silver and black motif with our trailer exterior, so we opted for black, high-shine auto body paint on our new light surrounds, and added LED reverse lights.

He's keeping the molds and may be able to make more on demand if anyone needs 1965 tail light surrounds. I'm not sure what he would charge, but I'd be happy to put anyone in touch with him. Just send me a message!
Were you looking for the carbon fiber look or the strength/weight of it. If you want the look check out hydrographic shops to make it look like carbon fiber
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