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Forum: 1973-1974 Excella 500 03-31-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 684
Views: 105,176
Posted By driftless
Chris, words can't describe how badly I feel for...

Chris, words can't describe how badly I feel for you. Just makes me feel sick to think of all the love you've put into that trailer and how it must make you feel to see that type of damage. Hang in...
Forum: 1973-1974 Excella 500 06-22-2011, 06:22 AM
Replies: 684
Views: 105,176
Posted By driftless
Hey Chris, I thought I'd catch up on your...

Hey Chris, I thought I'd catch up on your progress. Like you, my summer has been way too busy and that puts the A/S on hold.
The last pictures you posted really show the difference dramatically....
Forum: 1973-1974 Excella 500 05-13-2011, 10:04 PM
Replies: 684
Views: 105,176
Posted By driftless
Looks great Chris! Like you, I haven't found...

Looks great Chris! Like you, I haven't found much time to work on the AS. Life just keeps getting in the way. Sad she's not ready because now I have to go tent camping with my son next weekend. ...
Forum: 1973-1974 Excella 500 04-27-2011, 07:11 AM
Replies: 684
Views: 105,176
Posted By driftless
Wow, Chris, that interior is colorful!! Nice...

Wow, Chris, that interior is colorful!! Nice find!
Forum: 1973-1974 Excella 500 04-19-2011, 03:24 PM
Replies: 684
Views: 105,176
Posted By driftless
Wow does that look nice, Chris! But, you'd...

Wow does that look nice, Chris! But, you'd better get it back inside if our weather is moving your way. Snow, freezing rain, slush, windy, crappiest day of the year so far here today. And now...
Forum: 1970 - 1973 Sovereign 04-02-2011, 11:52 AM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 138,060
Posted By driftless
Hey, we've been trying to cut out that bowl of...

Hey, we've been trying to cut out that bowl of ice cream in the evenings, too. Some how those rice cakes just don't cut it.....

As for "Happy Hour"..
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 04-02-2011, 08:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,733
Posted By driftless
I used a power washer to do the first cleaning of...

I used a power washer to do the first cleaning of our AS. It had been sitting in a campground under some pine trees for the past six years. Just pay attention to the direction of the spray so you...
Forum: 1970 - 1973 Sovereign 04-02-2011, 07:27 AM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 138,060
Posted By driftless
I'm sorry to hear that, too, Rex. That's one of...

I'm sorry to hear that, too, Rex. That's one of those curve balls that life throws at us. I hope the adjustments go well for you.
Forum: 1970 - 1973 Sovereign 04-01-2011, 07:00 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 138,060
Posted By driftless
Hey, Rex. Looks like the serious work on...

Hey, Rex.

Looks like the serious work on the AS may begin next week. One of the problems with having her stored 50 miles from home is that I can't spend just an hour at a time on her.

So,...
Forum: Axles 04-01-2011, 03:05 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 34,390
Posted By driftless
Thanks to you and Wasagachris for the link to...

Thanks to you and Wasagachris for the link to VAC.com. The information on the axles was interesting.

Also thanks for posting the pics and the encouragement. I have no doubt I can handle the...
Forum: Solo Streamers 03-31-2011, 11:49 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 33,647
Posted By driftless
I hitch up by myself a lot. Mostly I line the TV...

I hitch up by myself a lot. Mostly I line the TV up with the trailer using the driver's side mirror. I know how much of the side I should see when it is following me down the road. When I think...
Forum: Axles 03-31-2011, 11:17 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 34,390
Posted By driftless
Apples and Axles

After reading post #1 of this thread, it could be assumed that your comparison shopping was for very similar (and possibly exactly the same Axis) axles. In fact you started by saying, "Here is what...
Forum: 1970 - 1973 Sovereign 03-31-2011, 01:18 AM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 138,060
Posted By driftless
Lookin' good. I really like the red!

Lookin' good. I really like the red!
Forum: Axles 03-28-2011, 10:42 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 34,390
Posted By driftless
Hey, Top, how far off were the holes?

Hey, Top, how far off were the holes?
Forum: 1973-1974 Excella 500 03-27-2011, 09:38 AM
Replies: 684
Views: 105,176
Posted By driftless
I can tell you that I won't be coming anywhere...

I can tell you that I won't be coming anywhere close to Chris' polish job. But, you still have to admire his work. For me, I'll just be happy if our AS looks better than when we got it....
Forum: 1973-1974 Excella 500 03-27-2011, 08:17 AM
Replies: 684
Views: 105,176
Posted By driftless
That is simply amazing, Chris!! I applaud your...

That is simply amazing, Chris!! I applaud your perseverance and attention to detail.

I think we should dub you our "Shining Star"!! or the "Pope of Polishing".

Any way you look at it,...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 03-25-2011, 09:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,336
Posted By driftless
Boatdoc, I went to the website that is...

Boatdoc,

I went to the website that is linked above and clicked on their general installation guide (https://www.newcityresources.com/ginstall.htm).
Forum: Roof 03-24-2011, 11:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,822
Posted By driftless
The A/C should have a drain tube. If water is...

The A/C should have a drain tube. If water is leaking in from the A/C, check to make sure the drain tube isn't blocked.

From what I've read on these forums, most any panel can be replaced but...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 03-24-2011, 11:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,336
Posted By driftless
We replaced the deck on my father-in-law's...

We replaced the deck on my father-in-law's pontoon boat with 3/4" treated plywood from Menard's and it delaminated in less than a year. My experience with that stuff is that it is basically not...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 03-24-2011, 08:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,336
Posted By driftless
From the General Installation page of their...

From the General Installation page of their website:
3. When using Polyboard in a horizontal application, do not exceed a 500~600 lbs. load carrying weight (not point loading). Supports should be at...
Forum: 1956 - 1965 Caravel 03-20-2011, 07:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,242
Posted By driftless
Jane, I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's large enough...

Jane, I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's large enough I'll bet you had fun Geocashing. We live about fifteen miles from there and usually make it for at least one long weekend each summer. Only missed...
Forum: 1956 - 1965 Caravel 03-20-2011, 11:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,242
Posted By driftless
Glad to hear you got her home in good shape. ...

Glad to hear you got her home in good shape. Keep us posted on your progress.

I don't know what part of the state you are in, but I'd recommend Gov. Dodge State park near Dodgeville as a great...
Forum: Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 03-20-2011, 08:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,785
Posted By driftless
Yes, there are still companies that stand behind...

Yes, there are still companies that stand behind their products and believe that customer service is important. Unfortunately, it's become the exception rather than the rule..

Maybe we need a...
Forum: Winter Living 03-19-2011, 09:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,955
Posted By driftless
boutdoors, yes, it was pretty nice today. I did...

boutdoors, yes, it was pretty nice today. I did some spring cleaning in the garage...

We've lived in Spring Green for 12 years and I don't think we've ever been here for the 4th. Four of our...
Forum: Winter Living 03-19-2011, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,955
Posted By driftless
We had some heavy snows and very strong winds...

We had some heavy snows and very strong winds this winter, so if your tarp held up, you must have secured it very well.

My in-laws used a good quality tarp to cover their pontoon boat. They are...
Forum: Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 03-19-2011, 12:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,634
Posted By driftless
KyMoonshine, You can order an owner's manual...

KyMoonshine,
You can order an owner's manual for your '73 from Airstream at this web address (https://store.airstream.com/product_info.php?products_id=384).

Not positive, but I believe the...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 03-19-2011, 12:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,159
Posted By driftless
johnnybravo, I have a '73, 31 ft. excella. All...

johnnybravo, I have a '73, 31 ft. excella. All of my research on these threads and elsewhere have lead me to the conclusion that 800# bars are right for my trailer. I'm towing with a Ram 1500 full...
Forum: 1973-1974 Excella 500 03-19-2011, 09:23 AM
Replies: 684
Views: 105,176
Posted By driftless
Hey, Chris. You do need to be careful when your...

Hey, Chris. You do need to be careful when your body, or parts thereof, tell you they have reached their limit. Maybe you need to reduce your polishing time to one hour with a fifteen or twenty...
Forum: 1973-1974 Excella 500 03-19-2011, 07:46 AM
Replies: 684
Views: 105,176
Posted By driftless
Hey, Chris, how's the polishing coming along? ...

Hey, Chris, how's the polishing coming along? Any updates?
Forum: 1959 Traveler 03-18-2011, 06:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,412
Posted By driftless
nutforsilver, welcome to the forums. Two...

nutforsilver, welcome to the forums.

Two things you'll find about this group. They like (love lots of) pictures. And, they have the answers (lots of answers).

So, go to the top of the...
Forum: Wheel Wells 03-17-2011, 10:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,169
Posted By driftless
That is some significant damage!! Did you have...

That is some significant damage!! Did you have any exterior skin damage?

In answer to your initial question, it appears you would have to replace the wheel wells from inside from what I've...
Forum: Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 03-17-2011, 01:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,443
Posted By driftless
I'm guessing you won't find a plumber or RV tech...

I'm guessing you won't find a plumber or RV tech for less than $60 an hour (10 hours = $600) plus materials. Or you can do it yourself for the cost of the materials and the satisfaction of DIY. ...
Forum: On The Road... 03-17-2011, 12:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,903
Posted By driftless
VEry nice itinerary!! If you plan to drop down...

VEry nice itinerary!! If you plan to drop down into New York and travel I90 west towards Cleveland, check the progress of the road construction. I pulled a utility trailer through there late in...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 03-16-2011, 05:13 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,711
Posted By driftless
Deb (the one who gets to finish everything Dave...

Deb (the one who gets to finish everything Dave builds) great job on the finish!! It is extremely hard to get a perfectly smooth finish unless you can find a dust free space for your work area. I...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 03-16-2011, 01:50 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,711
Posted By driftless
Dave, My compliments on your TW. Great work! ...

Dave, My compliments on your TW. Great work!

I especially like your choice of stain color. It does make the birch pop. I use mostly Minwax stains and finishes on my woodworking projects, too. ...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-15-2011, 01:35 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 13,513
Posted By driftless
Our TV has 4WD, but not because of the Airstream....

Our TV has 4WD, but not because of the Airstream. I also tow a 14' covered utility trailer, many times in winter road conditions here in Wisconsin. Without it I would be stuck, literally.

So, I...
Forum: 1973-1974 Excella 500 03-15-2011, 01:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,291
Posted By driftless
filterman, thanks for the description of how to...

filterman, thanks for the description of how to remove the snap ring. Now, I won't have to do it by trial and error.

We have a '73 Excella 500 as well, but hopefully, I'm not faced with the...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 03-15-2011, 01:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,004
Posted By driftless
Congratulations!! She will bring you joy you...

Congratulations!! She will bring you joy you never thought possible. I hope you create many happy camping memories together.
Forum: Wheel Wells 03-15-2011, 01:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,169
Posted By driftless
moveinon, click on Chris's link that he provided,...

moveinon, click on Chris's link that he provided, then scroll or page down to post #117 and #143 on that thread. The post number is in the upper right corner of each reply. This is post #5 on your...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 03-15-2011, 12:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,357
Posted By driftless
Sorry, I forgot about the adaptor. You will need...

Sorry, I forgot about the adaptor. You will need a Valterra Universal Adaptor, converts the Thetford valve/connector on the Airstream. Again, I got mine on ebay...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 03-15-2011, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,357
Posted By driftless
I purchased mine on Ebay ...

I purchased mine on Ebay (https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Rhino-Flex-Sewer-Hose-Kit-RV-Camper-39761-NEW-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem27b95f12d5QQitemZ170613740245QQptZOtherQ5fVehicleQ5fParts)and had...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-14-2011, 12:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,214
Posted By driftless
Thanks for posting the inside photo. That is one...

Thanks for posting the inside photo. That is one nice looking MH you've found. The "Pride of Ownership" factor is definitely illustrated by the condition. Enjoy.
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 03-14-2011, 12:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 43,048
Posted By driftless
When we purchased our AS in August, it had been...

When we purchased our AS in August, it had been parked in a campground for six years. The PO told us he had it pumped out whenever it needed to be by a company hired by the campground.

When we...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-14-2011, 09:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,214
Posted By driftless
Can't help you with the workings on the MH, but...

Can't help you with the workings on the MH, but had to say it is one really nice looking rig!! Any chance you could post some pics of the interior?

Congratulations and welcome to the forums. ...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 03-13-2011, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,237
Posted By driftless
By definition, the quantity of flow is reduced...

By definition, the quantity of flow is reduced when the pressure is reduced. The flow through a conduit is calculated by multiplying the velocity by the cross sectional area of the conduit and is...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 03-13-2011, 09:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,625
Posted By driftless
We had a '89 Coleman Fleetwood pop up that we...

We had a '89 Coleman Fleetwood pop up that we sold when we bought the AS. It did have a battery that was mounted on the A frame in front of the two propane bottles. It had electric brakes, a seven...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 03-12-2011, 10:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 930
Posted By driftless
We feel badly for the Japanese people affected by...

We feel badly for the Japanese people affected by the disaster, but are confident that their culture will empower them to rebuild and overcome.
Forum: On The Road... 03-12-2011, 10:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,473
Posted By driftless
Very nice! Enjoy your weekend. Man, that 5th...

Very nice! Enjoy your weekend. Man, that 5th wheeler looks big and clumsy next to your AS!!
Forum: Member Introductions 03-12-2011, 08:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,014
Posted By driftless
Zog, welcome to the forums. Yes, it would seem...

Zog, welcome to the forums. Yes, it would seem you have a large project on your hands, but you have a well defined goal so at least you know where you are headed.

I agree with Chris that repair...
Forum: 1970 - 1973 Sovereign 03-12-2011, 07:38 AM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 138,060
Posted By driftless
Congratulations to you and the Bunny both on your...

Congratulations to you and the Bunny both on your anniversary and the fine job you've done on the Old Girl. Now it's time to enjoy the fruits of your labor...
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