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Old 04-07-2010, 05:41 AM   #101
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Belly Pan

Belly Pan is up! No more lying down on the Job. My follow up meeting with the eye doctor is next week. I now seek out my safety glasses when working under the trailer. The metal shaving came out but after sitting in the eye for a day it had already began to rust. New trailer jack on the tongue.

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Old 04-07-2010, 05:45 AM   #102
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Trailer jack.

Wrong picture here is new the trailer jack.

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Old 04-07-2010, 05:54 AM   #103
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New interior insulation.

I decided to go with the standard r-13 pink stuff and remove a little bit to account for the thickness. I used kraft paper faced which adheres real well with contact cement to the end caps and side walls. We were able to get the end caps up with a little helpful muscle from the human jack stands (the boys). We were able to use all the original rivet holes so everything is lining up great. I plan to use the blue styrofoam under the windows to prevent having having the insulation pile up at the bottom.

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Old 04-12-2010, 05:27 AM   #104
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Spring is here and so is the Pollen

The pollen is really out now. I wrote "go green" with my finger and came back later in the day and all the pollen stuck to it. The whole trailer has a green hue from the pollen. I used 2 layers of 1/2" thick styrofoam to insulate under the windows and by the door. When I pulled the trailer apart all the insulation under the windows was in a small pile because of the leaking windows. I figured this would fair much better over time. The last picture shows the new rib connection to the fender. The original connection had broken off on both sides.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:34 AM   #105
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Prepped for paint

Patched some holes and started prepping for paint. No more insulation, I'm still itchy from that darn pink stuff!!!
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:09 AM   #106
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Painted

We gave up on trying to restore the walls to the original tweed vinyl after lots of hours of paint stripping and cleaning the surfaces. I was really hoping to get it back to original but it just wasn't meant to be. I primed all the walls with a sherwin williams adhesion primer to make sure we have a good base. We then painted it with a creamy off-white. Next things on the list are a fantastic fan to put in the forward vent and we are looking at tires and rims.

Starting to get camping fever with the weather being so nice.
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:32 AM   #107
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Thanks Andy

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JSTOTT, Roadrunner and others.

The following is a quick sketch I made of "how to" take care of the rear end separation, permanently.

Of course, the floor channel must be OK. The floor must be OK. The (2) steel plates are quarter moon shaped and should be 1/4 or 3/8 inch steel.

The hold down bolts should be 3/8 inch, with washers and lock washers.

The (2) steel right angled parts should be 1/4 or 3/8 steel plates about 2 inches long, and they are welded to the outside of the frame and should be located so the the banana wrap, when reinstalled, will hide them.

Several bolts should be installed in the rear hold down plate, and the steel plate. 2 nolts can be used in the angle bracket.

This fix, takes a little more time, but when done, the separation problem will not return, since you have greatly increase the shell to frame attachment strength. Also, when the rear quarter panels are fastened back onto the floor channel, use 3/16 inch pop rivets, about every 2 inches apart.

As you can see, the elephant ear fix, now becomes a joke.

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Andy,
I took your suggestion on the shell separation issue. I didn't ever get a good picture of the fix prior to putting back up the walls. Here are the metal plates I made to fit in the curve by the back and angle iron I used to bolt the two together. On the trailers right side I needed to add a little cutout for the trailer wiring. I used 3/8" grade 8 bolts to bolt them together. I painted all the pieces with por15 so they don't rust if some water gets into the channel. Looking back at it, I still need to add some more pop rivets down by the floor to hold it all together. Thanks again for the suggestion.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:23 AM   #108
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New Fan, shocks, repacked bearings

Added the new fan, they recommended silicon but I had some left over butyl tape to give a better seal. This looks real sharp, we went with the smoked plastic cover.

Repacked the bearings on one side and added new shocks. The grease was really broken down, not sure how long it had been since they have been repacked. It was definitely a long time though. The old shocks didn't have much life left in them either. They really were not doing much. The shocks I used to replace were a Monroe Gas-Matic shock p/n 59017. They fit in great but I broke off one of the lower bolt head which is a little annoying. I'm going to need to figure out how to get this properly secured, hose clamps are not a long term solution. I'm ashamed to even consider posting the band-aid solution. The other bolts I soaked in a penetrating oil and they came off a little easier.

Good thing I repacked when I did, the springs had broken off of both sides and the brakes would remain open after actuating. Not sure how the trailer even made it home after looking at it. (for those looking for springs, I used a Federal Mogul p/n 17227 brake hardware kit-available at the local Advance Auto-parts, these were not an exact fit so I trimmed down one side a little to get to the right length) The brake adjuster had also fallen off of the brake shoes and was clanking around the inside of the brake. It was a little worn from beating around the inside of the brakes but after drilling out the hole in the adjuster it worked just fine. Hoping to get the other side done tomorrow.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:58 AM   #109
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I took your suggestion on the shell separation issue. I didn't ever get a good picture of the fix prior to putting back up the walls. Here are the metal plates I made to fit in the curve by the back and angle iron I used to bolt the two together. On the trailers right side I needed to add a little cutout for the trailer wiring. I used 3/8" grade 8 bolts to bolt them together. I painted all the pieces with por15 so they don't rust if some water gets into the channel. Looking back at it, I still need to add some more pop rivets down by the floor to hold it all together. Thanks again for the suggestion.

Good job.

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Old 04-19-2010, 01:08 PM   #110
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Great work guys... you are making some wonderful progress...
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:48 PM   #111
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Russ,
How bad was the original vinyl?I want to do original too, but that paint job looks awfully clean!
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Old 04-20-2010, 05:06 AM   #112
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Original Vinyl condition

Hello bwaysteve,
Take a look at the pics earlier in the post. The original vinyl had been painted white in some places, dark blue in others. It cleaned up better than we could ever have hoped using a pressure washer and removall 220 but, there were still areas that were stained (especially behind the fridge vent which we are moving), in some areas the blue paint did not come off completely, etc. There were also quite a few holes where the interior had been damaged or we are moving stuff (such as the heater) and a hole was left. With numerous patch jobs, we felt it would look more cohesive if it was painted. We are keeping the original vinyl on all the window trim and vent trim. I picked a color that coordinated with the original so we could at least keep that original trim. We will post a picture when we get that back up.
If you are trying to save your original, you probably can.It is amazing how much it cleaned up and how sturdy that vinyl coating is.
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:48 PM   #113
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Maiden Camping voyage!!! woohoo!!!

So, Russ isn't so great with posting and is VERY behind. Thought I would help and post a bit. I am sure he will post later with many "technical" details I don't pretend to understand!
New tires look fab. Sad to admit, but, the tires cost more than our original trailer purchase price! Found out that the best trailer supply place is less than 2 miles from our house and we didn't even know it existed. They have a great internet web page and ship all over. I joked with Russ that they also speak in code, "trailer code", that I am proud to say I could mostly understand. Very knowledgeable and helpful. First pic is of our beautiful new tires. Our neighbors on both sides came over to tell us how nice and polished our trailer looked! I had to admit that it must be the tires as NO polishing has occurred. Once again excuses on my end, tore a tendon in my shoulder and polishing is out of the picture until it heals.
Went camping with both kids, hubby, and four hellion pups. Yes, we still had no power, all wires still wrapped in plastic, no interior, just a big metal tent. But, we fit, we had a great time, we survived and are looking forward to doing it again. Our four hellion pups reinforced the need for built in kennels. We learned a little more about the layout we want and the required things we will install. Second pic is a very unflattering picture of myself with Nanuq on the right (baby pup 11 months old), Zephyr front left, Sputty rear left with our 12 year old son. Third picture is of Sputty and Ginger on right.
Came home and again gave my paltry contribution of 2 new window screen. I bought window screen kits at Lowes and built them to fit, installing "pet" screen. All I can say, I have renewed respect for anyone who replaces screens. What a pain in the @#$%^! I would like to say that the pet screen is just harder to install than regular screen but that is probably a cop out. Sorry, haven't taken pics but will post one soon. My only consolation is that the screens at least look good.
Last pic is our comfortable air mattress sleeping accommodations highlighting our empty sparse interior.
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:51 PM   #114
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sorry- remaining pics with above message!

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Old 05-05-2010, 04:53 PM   #115
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last pic

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Old 05-05-2010, 06:30 PM   #116
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The new tires and wheels look great. Congratulations on getting out camping.
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So don't keep us in suspence. Where did y'all go on the first trip? Our first couple of trips was with a big aluminum tent as well. Looks like a good time was had by all! The puppies sure look like happy critters! And where is this RV repair shop in Fayetteville? ALL of the RV places have closed over here in Henry county. I guess the economy got 'em.

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Wow you guys are really making progress! Looks great with the new wheels, and looks polished to me too. I know Todd Coleman works on airstreams and is in Fayetteville is that where you got your supplies?
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:54 AM   #119
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Thanks!

Thanks guys,
The trailer place is Trailers for Less and is located on Route 85 in Fayetteville. They also have a store in Newnan. They cater less to RVs and more to cargo and utility trailers but they carry tons of useful goodies.They had our tires and rims in stock and some of the best prices I could find. It also helps not to have to pay shipping! We also found that they carry the replacement springs for the brakes (wish we had known that) as well as other brake parts, lights, towing stuff, wires, etc. I was thoroughly impressed with their knowledge and if any of you are in Fayetteville, it is worth a stop and look. It is all in their parts department which is up the hill, behind and separate from the front trailer sales building.
Kevinb- I don't know Todd Coleman. Where is he out of?
I have to admit that it is great having the trailer place, Aircraft Spruce, and Fastenal all within a few miles from here. Sure has made working on the Airstream easier.
We went to FDR State Park just an hour south from here. Figured staying close was smart until we made sure we didn't have any problems. It was beautiful and we will definitely return again.
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he is in fayetteville, no supplies but some repairs and may have a part or two around. I can pm you with a phone # if you want it.
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