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Old 04-30-2019, 08:27 PM   #361
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Inaugural Trip & Thingy

We took a quick 2 night trip to a local TX State Park to test the integrated systems. We found a few minor bugs that will be addressed and had a great time finally relaxing.
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Regarding the "Thingy", in post #228 I discussed how others have made gadgets to ensure their suicide doors stayed closed en route and showed different versions I made for our '66 and '55. Once I got the gasket on our '55 door, I had to modify the design as follows:
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:00 PM   #362
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What a beautiful looking vintage Airstream, both inside and out. Your baby is worth big bucks in my view. Happy you got to spend a couple of nights in it to see how it all worked out.

Ahhh, the door thingy. Now I know what it is. Thanks. We should have a contest to see how many different designs Airstreamers have come up with to prevent a door flying open on the highway. It happened to me in the Limited as I forget to lock the deadbolt. My Overlander has a little aluminum stop on the drip rail toward the top of the door. You just twist it down to prevent the door from opening. My son uses a bungee cord. Well, to each his own. I installed a deadbolt lock on his trailer to eliminate the bungee cord.

Joyflea will be infatuated with his new door thingy.

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Old 04-30-2019, 09:44 PM   #363
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What a beautiful looking vintage Airstream, both inside and out. Your baby is worth big bucks in my view. Happy you got to spend a couple of nights in it to see how it all worked out.

Ahhh, the door thingy. Now I know what it is. Thanks. We should have a contest to see how many different designs Airstreamers have come up with to prevent a door flying open on the highway. It happened to me in the Limited as I forget to lock the deadbolt. My Overlander has a little aluminum stop on the drip rail toward the top of the door. You just twist it down to prevent the door from opening. My son uses a bungee cord. Well, to each his own. I installed a deadbolt lock on his trailer to eliminate the bungee cord.

Joyflea will be infatuated with his new door thingy.

David
Thanks David. I think a short trial run was important. Found some simple issues that need correcting. As far as the thingy, whatever it takes to keep the door from blowing open and causing damage. I think it’s a great idea for those who have customized thingies that work share the information and their design. There’s never been a mousetrap that wasn’t made better.
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Old 04-30-2019, 10:16 PM   #364
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Incredible work!! I love the reproduction light. You should put those into production! Your version of the door safety latch too! Congrats on the inaugural trip and a beautiful build!
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Old 04-30-2019, 11:16 PM   #365
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Bubba and Stephanie, that's one sweet ride. That will be a huge splash at Pismo.

Thanks for sharing.
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ps, thought of you a couple of days ago after leaving Paso and heading n on I 5 at Redding. We saw a shiney vintage heading s...maybe to the same beach Wish we had time to head s from Paso.
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Old 05-01-2019, 12:21 AM   #366
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Congrats on getting out. Good looking set up. And thanks for sharing the thingy. I think it’s a must have
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Old 05-01-2019, 05:32 AM   #367
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Looks like you made it to Inks a week after I was there. That's two inaugural trips to the same park, isn't it?
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Old 05-01-2019, 07:57 AM   #368
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Everything is looking GREAT...

At the rear of the trailer where your power cord is plugged in... there is another inlet right next to it. What is that for?

The other thing I noticed is the difference on H20 Handle placement. On some doors the bezel is partially covered by the door in the door(mine) and with yours there is plenty of space between left and right....I would be curious to find out if there is a difference in the size of the doors...year to year ...
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Old 05-01-2019, 08:17 AM   #369
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Incredible work!! I love the reproduction light. You should put those into production! Your version of the door safety latch too! Congrats on the inaugural trip and a beautiful build!
Thanks Scott. I think those old looking louvered fixtures fit in well. We were always of the mind to modernize everything but hidden so it looks original. Thanks
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Old 05-01-2019, 08:25 AM   #370
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Congrats on getting out. Good looking set up. And thanks for sharing the thingy. I think it’s a must have
Jeremy, thanks and yes, you need something to give you peace of mind in keeping the door shut while traveling.
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Old 05-01-2019, 08:32 AM   #371
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Looks really nice . Color me green in envy. Blue
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Old 05-01-2019, 08:50 AM   #372
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Bubba and Stephanie, that's one sweet ride. That will be a huge splash at Pismo.

Thanks for sharing.
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ps, thought of you a couple of days ago after leaving Paso and heading n on I 5 at Redding. We saw a shiney vintage heading s...maybe to the same beach Wish we had time to head s from Paso.
Thanks Bob. It must be great to cruise up and down the west coast. Beautiful country.

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Looks like you made it to Inks a week after I was there. That's two inaugural trips to the same park, isn't it?
Had beautiful weather at Inks. And yes, second inaugural trip. It was 5/2/2016 that we met you at Inks in our 66. Great park for a first trip.
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Old 05-01-2019, 09:01 AM   #373
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Everything is looking GREAT...

At the rear of the trailer where your power cord is plugged in... there is another inlet right next to it. What is that for?

The other thing I noticed is the difference on H20 Handle placement. On some doors the bezel is partially covered by the door in the door(mine) and with yours there is plenty of space between left and right....I would be curious to find out if there is a difference in the size of the doors...year to year ...
Terry, the rear street side has the electrical hook up and a coaxial hook up.
I don’t know if the inner door was ever sized differently. Is your inner door centered on the outer? You should have an equal margin. I’m sure if the doors were stripped of the skin, you could move the frame extrusions around to suit. The H-20 latch length was probably a given length. Who knows.
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:19 PM   #374
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We just got back from a 3200 mile round trip to the Pismo Beach Vintage Trailer Rally. We saw so many neat vintage trailers including many Airstreams. The oldest Airstream we saw was a 48 Liner; sure looked like a great trailer to renovate. The participants were a great bunch of people mainly from CA and the best part was meeting AirForums members and wives 2BKidFree, 56 Flyg Cld, Prairieschooner and Silver57. 2BKidFree was finally kidless. 56 Flyg Cld is in the middle of his own renovation, Prairieschooner had a highly polished 1958 18' Traveler and burned a hole in his new outdoor rug from the sun reflecting off his door within a door. Silver57 was in a nice vintage SOB and working on a '57 Overlander at home.

Great to see so much effort and care given to these historic trailers. The trip was not without incident; next I will discuss lessons learned.
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:31 PM   #375
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Bubba, great pics. Fredericksburg should be proud of you and Stephanie. A very nice home indeed. My treat for the Altasdats our next time thru!

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Old 05-23-2019, 09:45 PM   #376
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Thanks Bob. I’ll hold you to the beer treat. Look forward to your pass thru next year.
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:55 PM   #377
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Any advice on riveting the windows back onto existing rivet holes? They are every 1-1/2" on frame and exterior skin due to previous owner pulling the windows at one point on our 1960. Windows are also Hehr Standards.
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Old 05-24-2019, 07:10 PM   #378
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Any advice on riveting the windows back onto existing rivet holes? They are every 1-1/2" on frame and exterior skin due to previous owner pulling the windows at one point on our 1960. Windows are also Hehr Standards.
From what I’ve read, you have a pretty unique AS. Where they went to Clearview, you still have some of the Hehr Standards. On our windows we had about the same spacing. They were 1/8” solid brazier. Rule of thumb when you’ve drilled out the existing rivets is to buck back a size larger. So we went with 5/32” solid brazier. I would guess you had a backframe gasket? Some have used flush rivets and placed a “D” gasket on the face versus a backframe. When the holes were too distorted, some have placed a strip of 2024 or 3003 on the back side of the skin or rib and drilled thru it and bucked a rivet. I just don’t know what condition the PO left. Pictures may help. Lastly, Colin Hyde on the VAP has discussed this issue. Methods depend on how badly the PO left the frame. Be sure and flatten out the dimpling on the frame from the previous bucking. Hope this helps and if it doesn’t, post pictures and details. Good luck
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Bubba and Stephanie, it was great to finally meet both of you. That is one sweet trailer you have there. It was great seeing what you've accomplished but it was also depressing coming home and seeing how far we have to go. Kinda like going to the gym and you just want to come home and eat a whole pizza.

I thought the "Free Beer next door" sign was just mean. If everyone there had one we would've just walked in circles all day.
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Old 05-25-2019, 04:41 PM   #380
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Bubba and Stephanie, it was great to finally meet both of you. That is one sweet trailer you have there. It was great seeing what you've accomplished but it was also depressing coming home and seeing how far we have to go. Kinda like going to the gym and you just want to come home and eat a whole pizza.

I thought the "Free Beer next door" sign was just mean. If everyone there had one we would've just walked in circles all day.
Thanks Gilbert. You may have a ways to go on your FC but slow and easy wins the race. You’ve got time to scrutinize what others have done so you can get yours perfect for y’all. Concerning the sign, we got more mileage out of that than what we put on the AS this trip. The lady next door was selling odds and ends with the sign pointed to us. I had to buy the sign so I could enjoy a beer without people asking me where the free beer was. And I was watching. If I had seen y’all walk by more than 10 times looking for free beer I would have offered you one. Take care.
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