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groovzilla 01-12-2017 10:06 AM

my 65 24' tradewind had mahogany cabinets and walls - 64-65 must have been a shift from mahogany to oak because my 1966 globetrotter has the oak cabinets which aren't nearly as nice.

i'm thinking of redoing all the cabinets in my trailer BUT after seeing the darker color stain you have used it makes the oak look so much better. maybe i'll strip and re-stain mine?

*let me know if you will be in seattle this week - i still have the furnace you inquired about

all the best!

HiHoAgRV 01-12-2017 10:38 AM

I'm amazed at you guys who are able to use some/all of the interior wood. Everything I have messed with is completely falling apart and only partially useable as a pattern.

Great looking work!

goransons 01-12-2017 10:40 AM

Thanks. Yes the oak they used in 62 must have Been on the clearance rack. I've seen it in browns and it didn't take stain well. This is actually a mahogany stain. Lots of conditioner. They were so cheap though that things like the styles between doors were pine not oak since they only show a little.

As the weather gets better definitely want to get over there for it. Have a retired friend that has a doctors appointment over there I may see if he can swing through for me. I'll give you a call. Thanks again!

Oh I did consider a white or gray wash stain but ended up going this direction. Hopefully I don't regret it when I get to doors

goransons 01-12-2017 10:42 AM

Thanks! Reusing is tough. In reality I could have rebuilt. Most doors and drawers I reskin and trim route new faces. Some sides i reglue and repair the veneer, some I replace. Has a little character but no more than a refinished antique in the house.

goransons 01-12-2017 06:11 PM

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Plenty of panels like this that are trash

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The good news is I'm only a sheet in so far but know I'll be in several more fixing doors and drawers

goransons 01-12-2017 09:03 PM

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I'd sure appreciate it if folks could keep an eye out for these pop in vents. I'm short a lot. I need to do a final count but need a dozen or so. Haven't found a source yet locally. They are smaller than ones I've purchased for soffits etc. Anyone have any ideas?
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Sorry for the bad tape measure. It's an old stand by and the shop was down to 4 degrees so I moved fast!

EmptyNesters 01-13-2017 07:36 AM

Round louvered vents
You can find some similar online. I'm not sure if you're trying to match the same vintage or not but here's a google search that turned up several options.

goransons 01-13-2017 10:06 AM

Thank you! Yeah I'm hoping to match if I can. Lots of plastic ones out there. I like the lines of the original Better than the simplified newer ones but they are certainly better than a empty hole in the cabinet. Each double wardrobe has 6 of them, 4 of them on the singles. Maybe someone has a drawer of used ones they saved?

HiHoAgRV 01-13-2017 11:55 AM


Originally Posted by goransons (Post 1898566)
Thank you! Yeah I'm hoping to match if I can. Lots of plastic ones out there. I like the lines of the original Better than the simplified newer ones but they are certainly better than a empty hole in the cabinet. Each double wardrobe has 6 of them, 4 of them on the singles. Maybe someone has a drawer of used ones they saved?

I know I have some, lemme look tonight.

HiHoAgRV 01-13-2017 04:52 PM

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Will this get you started?

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goransons 01-13-2017 05:57 PM

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Thank you! I just got home from a quick hardware run. Was tipped off locally that one of the mom and pop stores and they had some in a bin the back. I just got on to post and saw your stack. Thank you for looking but they have me covered and they look really close.

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goransons 01-18-2017 06:14 PM

Today we woke up to almost a half inch of freezing rain so no work today. It briefly was above freezing for a change so I heated up the garage and got to work.

Water tank cleaned up, polished the filler pipe and put 3 coats of clear on it. Started to polish the cap too but have more work to clean out the years of pliar marks.

It's ready to go back in after one more rinse.

5 more drawers and 4 doors were refinished today although nearly all the prep work had been done already. The bathroom vanity now is complete and ready to reassemble once the hardware is stripped. Kitchen cabinet is nearly complete, one more upper door and one lower left

Also heated up the trailer and cut in for the final color so I can put up the kitchen roof locker for good and install the lights and power everything up on the 110v side.

This week is supposed to be wet, but some days above freezing so I hope to finish painting the sheet metal and install the cabinets that are already done.

I still have 17 more doors and 5 bed drawers and one false front left.

I'm stunned how much storage this thing has. It's no wonder it's the "caravanner" layout. Tons of room for long trips for someone

Grover water pump is in great shape although we'll be going to a modern on demand pump.

goransons 01-18-2017 06:32 PM

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goransons 01-20-2017 06:40 PM

Tomorrow the power finally goes on. All the lights are painted and will get reassembled tomorrow. So happy the PO didn't toss them. They cleaned up nicely

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goransons 01-21-2017 04:09 PM

Kitchen cabinet is in for good, roof cabinet is back up, doors starting to go back on and managed to get the lights all up minus the kitchen one. I'll need to pick up parchment for the sconces. 110 is on, but not 12 volt yet

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dbj216 01-26-2017 12:28 PM

Thank you for the photos of your restoration project. It is looking great. Not very many can start from the exterior skin and work their way in. I know I could not. You are building a great thread for those who may happen to find a Tread Wind shell in the street after a storm.

Very nice period look.


goransons 01-28-2017 08:00 PM

Thanks David! It's progressing. It's not perfect but will be a nicely cared for original interior. This one has such a unique layout I didn't want to toss it, although I have way more hoursvin veneer repair and replacement and sanding than it would have taken to build new. Sorry these pictures are at night. Doors are on, front most tall door still needs one more turnbuckle installed but I need to find one or make one. Bathroom cabinet doors are on water tank is in. Hope to finish painting tomorrow while I wait between coats of finish on the roof locker doors and doors over the refrigerator.

goransons 01-29-2017 05:34 PM

Doors doors doors. Only 2 to make and 5 drawers to sand left

dbj216 02-03-2017 05:55 PM

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You are going right after it. Soon you can close the door on these doors. Renovating a vintage Airstream takes a lot of hours. Your's looks great.

Here is a photo of my staining a couple of years ago. It is nothing like your project, but I did remake a several cabinet doors and bulkhead walls. I am no cabinet maker, but it did get done and it is functional, although not beautiful.


goransons 02-04-2017 05:24 PM

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Thanks. Doing my best! Managed to install most of them today. Need more screws in town on the next run and will refinish the last drawers tomorrow. Attachment 279199Attachment 279200Attachment 279201

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