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Old 01-17-2017, 11:05 PM   #61
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I left the part of the battery box frame in that was riveted with "real" rivets, and just drilled out all the pop rivets. There are also piece of plywood in front and behind the battery box, to attach the outer belly pan piece to. The wood going back in is fun, I slid mine in from inside but it was a bit tricky. New bolts, they don't really care too much what they are around the channel, but the ones in the middle should be elevator bolts (I got them at Ace hardware).
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Old 01-31-2017, 01:53 PM   #62
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Recent updates...

Frame all welded up by my neighbor and the new frame is por'd-15, Rear floor is urethaned on top, sides and about 8 inches in on bottom. I decided to remove the whole 4x8 sheet in back instead of just the 2.5 ft. I originally took out. Install of the new floor will be tomorrow, we got some snow in the Northeast today which threw a wrench into my rehab. Next will be adding a grey tank from VTS and hopefully will get all the plumbing squared away by the weekend. I made a template from a cardboard box to mark my openings in the grey tank. Planning on using aluminum angle for my grey tank supports. I also made a template for the front dinette area. I sent it out to The Foam Factory for them to make me cushions and to upholster them. Only 21 days left before we hit the road to Arizona. Times a ticking...

Just need to do:
electrical, water heater and propane lines, oh and then put everything back together. Doh!
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:59 AM   #63
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I haven't been on the sight for a while. Looking good! you're moving right along. You're doing in weeks what took me months. Keep us posted on your progress.
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Old 02-01-2017, 07:44 PM   #64
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New floor in...well at least half

I started putting in my new floor today, half went great the other half not so great. I had to take out the right half of the floor I just put in and re cut the corner another quarter inch to make it fit. I had it slightly too big and it was crinkling my rear aluminum panel. Next I had to reseal the new cut edge with urethane and now I'm waiting for it to dry. Hopefully I'll finish the floor install tomorrow. Than its onto my plumbing. Home Depot here I come...
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Old 02-02-2017, 05:54 PM   #65
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Other side in finally

Finally got my rear floor in, just need to bolt down a few more bolts on the sides under the banana wraps and I can start on the plumbing.
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Old 02-02-2017, 05:55 PM   #66
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Great progress, looks really good!
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:58 AM   #67
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Gas Lines

When you do gas lines pick up one of these at HomeDepot. http://www.homedepot.com/p/BrassCraf...1-X6/202800802 Work great and cheap enough.
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Old 02-03-2017, 07:59 AM   #68
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Thanks for the updates and great pics, Mx468. I have the same work to do on my Safari and it's encouraging to see someone else making good progress.
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Old 02-03-2017, 07:17 PM   #69
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Replacing that much floor with the shell still on is a real challenge. You're doing good. I replaced the last 4' of subfloor in my old Trade Wind, so I have an appreciation of the difficulty. And I didn't have a schedule.

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Old 02-07-2017, 03:03 PM   #70
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Starting on the fixtures...

Just finished spraying my tub with epoxy, came out great! I guess the trick is to sand, clean, prep and light coats. I'm currently using krylon fusion on my sink. I have 1 coat down and 2 more to go. It was a bear trying to remove the faucet and drain so I used my trusty ole 4.5" cut off saw to take care of business. I'm finding its my favorite tool so far on this rebuild. Oh I also replaced my front shelf with a wooden shelf that I cut out of pine and also put in a brass port/hole clock and a barometer. Going for the safari/boat theme for the interior. Dark greens and burgandy. Tomorrow my water heater gets here and on to the pex plumbing.
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Old 02-08-2017, 07:34 PM   #71
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water heater in...

Finally got my water heater in but I still need to attach a new gas line and my pex water lines. Also need to paint the white water heater door silver. Waiting for my water heater bypass kit to get here on Friday and I'll have all my plumbing squared away. I decided to hold off on the grey tank until summer and just reinstall my regular plumbing and use my blueboy. I also put in my shurflo water inlet regulator. Just trying to figure out where to put my stainless furrion 30 amp inlet? I was originally going to put it above the water inlet but not sure if they'll be enough room behind it when I install my new compost toilet which should be here tomorrow. Only 12 days left!
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Old 02-10-2017, 10:48 AM   #72
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floor back in and...

Got my laminate floor back in, wires all in for my water heater switch and toilet fan, battery box cover and my wheel wells all buttoned up. Still waiting on my compost toilet, there was a delay due to a winter storm we got yesterday. Planning on putting back in my sink and start on the plumbing.
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Old 02-10-2017, 12:43 PM   #73
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Those white water heater doors are a pain. I decided to cover the door with a piece of aluminum. I attached it with pop rivets. It looks a little like an Airstream piece, at least by people walking by at the campground.

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Old 02-11-2017, 11:51 PM   #74
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Any pics of the heater door? I originally have my stainless one but it's a little too small for my new Atwood water heater.
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Old 02-12-2017, 11:57 AM   #75
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I replaced my water heater last fall and the original stainless door was a perfect fit for the new heater.
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Old 02-12-2017, 02:25 PM   #76
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I also just managed to reuse my old stainless door, I just had to move over the door latch a quarter inch over.
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:05 PM   #77
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I couldn't find a picture of the door I did for the 66 Trade Wind, except from afar.

Glad you could use your stainless door. Much better than the white painted one.

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Old 02-12-2017, 10:12 PM   #78
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pex pex pex

I started my plumbing today and pretty much have it all laid out and finished. Just need to go buy 5 - 1/2" pex expanding coupler tees at my local plumbing supply store and everything should be finished. Then its onto putting the beds back in, rest of bathroom, closets, and than start on the electric and gas lines. Only 7 days left...
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Old 02-13-2017, 08:12 AM   #79
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neat!

Having a deadline, especially one that is challenging, is a good way to get motivated to finish. I think we might need to go with some friends to a campground not too far away, at the end of the month...then I can finally get mine done, too.
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Old 02-18-2017, 12:14 AM   #80
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Almost finished...2 days to go!

I finally finished with the plumbing and electrics, I installed my 30 amp Furrion inlet and reused my old heater door on my new Atwwod LP/Electric heater. I just need to put in 2 more closets and 1 bed. Also need to hook up my composting toilet, clean up and than decorate. I got my new cushions from the Foam Factory and can't wait to put them in. They came out great. My friend will be putting in new propane lines for me tomorrow. It's going to be close. Oh, also will need to test the water pump tomorrow, hope it works or its a quick trip to Camping World on Sunday. Fingers crossed.
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