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Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 05-14-2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 57
Posted By badpaddler
Excel Water Heater

Has anyone used a "vent free" tankless water heater? How did you install it? Did you vent it? I am looking at a water heater option for our small 18 footer. I have an IW60 suburban, but it would be...
Forum: Shocks 05-07-2020, 03:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By badpaddler
I found some bushings that worked, but I have to...

I found some bushings that worked, but I have to cut them down a bit. We (Local suspension shop) and I could not find any that were exactly the same. Problem seems to have been solved....... for...
Forum: Shocks 05-05-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By badpaddler
Leaf spring bushings

1957 airstream. It has leaf springs in it, and I was wondering if anyone has ever replaced them. These are automotive style bushings metal tube inside rubber bushing, inside a metal tube.

I...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 04-22-2020, 10:35 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,581
Posted By badpaddler
I would go with a 8.5oz twill E glass cloth. It...

I would go with a 8.5oz twill E glass cloth. It will lay out easier in the sharp corners, but maintain strength.

Significantly stiffer to work with than the 4 oz e cloth for boards (excluding...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 04-09-2020, 04:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 144
Posted By badpaddler
Painting over Zolatone

Okay. Question that has been answered numerous times, but seems that no one agrees (go figure).

We have a 58. Has existing zolatone. Need to know what the best way to paint over it. I know that...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 03-23-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 73
Posted By badpaddler
1957 Airstream bathroom Door knob

Title:
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

We are looking for a vintage bathroom door knob. Early to late 50's
You can contact us by filling in the form on the right hand...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-10-2020, 10:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By badpaddler
Judging from your rivets, it looks like the style...

Judging from your rivets, it looks like the style I have was one your originally, and replaced later with the VTS style one.
Forum: Doors & Locks 03-09-2020, 10:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,589
Posted By badpaddler
Here is the link. Just got one, and it is...

Here is the link. Just got one, and it is completely identical to the original.

https://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/Bargman-L-77-Exterior-Replacement-Handle-p/vts-2207.htm
Forum: Doors & Locks 03-09-2020, 10:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,589
Posted By badpaddler
You can buy a replacement handle for $75 from VTS.

You can buy a replacement handle for $75 from VTS.
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-09-2020, 10:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By badpaddler
The round ones definitely look like they would...

The round ones definitely look like they would stand off too far to latch it though.
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-09-2020, 10:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By badpaddler
Mine looks different than that. Here is a picture...

Mine looks different than that. Here is a picture of it. It may work with 2 of the round ones.

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Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 03-09-2020, 10:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 98
Posted By badpaddler
AC retrofit to existing trailer

Does anyone have any clever ways to get 120VAC wiring to a new AC unit on a 57? Rather not remove the inner skins as we would have to remove all the cabinetry. Is it possible to fish inside the...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-09-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By badpaddler
Rubbber door stop 1957

Does anyone know where to find a rubber door stop for the 1957? The small rectangular piece that fit in the bracket. It looks a lot like one for a Toyota FJ40 hood, but I don't have one to compare...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 01-07-2020, 08:10 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,581
Posted By badpaddler
Glad you are doing anything at all. We have been...

Glad you are doing anything at all. We have been stalled completely given the weather. Even the furnace doesn't want to keep up with this. :-/ I have done some fiberglass work on boats, so if you...
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 11-17-2019, 08:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,412
Posted By badpaddler
No, but a 1/4" one does have rated strengths...

No, but a 1/4" one does have rated strengths greater than a 5/32 buck rivet. Even a 3/16 gets close. I know the heads are bigger, but I am fine with that if it keeps me from having to removed the...
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 11-13-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,412
Posted By badpaddler
Which I would agree with, but I have no option....

Which I would agree with, but I have no option. Or at least it is not a viable option.
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 11-12-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,412
Posted By badpaddler
I think the shavable part would be the only...

I think the shavable part would be the only downfall. I am considering putting 1/4" Olympics in since they have the same head size as the 3/16", but are structurally superior to a 5/32" buck rivet.
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 11-05-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 810
Posted By badpaddler
Managed to buy a new one from a guy for $160...

Managed to buy a new one from a guy for $160 shipped! Called to find out how much a new cutter costs for the future (because 2 is 1, and 1 is one), and sweet jeebus are they proud of those! $145 for...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 10-28-2019, 11:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 810
Posted By badpaddler
I would prefer to give someone on here my money...

I would prefer to give someone on here my money over a store. Airparts has one for rent but it is more than $100 to rent it. :-/
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 10-27-2019, 10:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,412
Posted By badpaddler
There doesn't seem to be anything structurally...

There doesn't seem to be anything structurally wrong with it. The reason for the belly pan replacement is the overall condition of it, and the addition of a greywater tank.
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 10-27-2019, 08:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,412
Posted By badpaddler
So the side that is problematic is pretty well...

So the side that is problematic is pretty well screwed. Neither side is in great condition, but it has worn through the skin at numerous spots.

Thoughts? I am all for patching up to a point then...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 10-27-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 810
Posted By badpaddler
I will call them and see if they have one, but it...

I will call them and see if they have one, but it says out of stock right now.
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 10-27-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 810
Posted By badpaddler
Shaver rental

Does anyone have an olympic rivet shaver tool that they want to sell, or rent out for a week or so?

Thanks,

Seth
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 10-26-2019, 11:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,412
Posted By badpaddler
Isn't every rivet on the outside skins of an...

Isn't every rivet on the outside skins of an airstream basically a structural rivet? Except for window frames and such.
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 10-26-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,412
Posted By badpaddler
Can kinda tell from these pics. 354987354988

Can kinda tell from these pics. 354987354988
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 10-26-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,412
Posted By badpaddler
Belly pan replacement. Front and back have...

Belly pan replacement. Front and back have mouldings that I can pop rivet under. Middle of the trailer the pan is under the exterior skin. Still has the interior cabinets and skins in. 57 18 footer....
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 10-26-2019, 10:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,412
Posted By badpaddler
Buck rivets vs Olympic rivets

Is it "ok" to replace some buck rivets with olympic rivets where the skin is attached to the bottom channel? At this point, it is the only option that I can see other than removing the interior...
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 10-23-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 516
Posted By badpaddler
Side areas of belly pan

So we have a 1957 18 footer that I am replacing the pan on. The front was pretty well ate up, and the sides have the outriggers rubbing through. Problem being, the interior is still installed. Is...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 10-17-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By badpaddler
Did you have to spray the Zolatone? What...

Did you have to spray the Zolatone? What thickness did you use for the Sheet metal on the walls and floor?
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 10-17-2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By badpaddler
Thanks! That is exactly what I was looking for. I...

Thanks! That is exactly what I was looking for. I was considering aluminum pan with a teak or cypress board slat bottom, and stainless walls. Just gotta find someone to do the pan for me now. We have...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 10-15-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By badpaddler
Shower walls (probably beat to death....)

So I was trying to find some threads on shower wall options. We are redoing our 57 18 footer, and it originally had a corner shower. None of the parts came with it though. I have framed out the new...
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Globetrotter 08-19-2019, 05:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 483
Posted By badpaddler
Wiring question......

SO I opened the covered access in the front of the 58. I have a total of 4 small blue wires. I have traced 3 of em to running, left, and right lights. There is a red sheathed 2 conductor which goes...
Forum: 1947 - 1953 Clipper 07-16-2019, 06:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 976
Posted By badpaddler
So I managed to track it down (which can be...

So I managed to track it down (which can be seriously difficult up here, as people are REALLLLLY good at hiding out when they want). Definitely a liner. Has 2 Air-O-Lite windows behind the door. I...
Forum: 1947 - 1953 Clipper 07-12-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 976
Posted By badpaddler
Need help identifying

So I have a friend of a friend that sent me a single picture of the back end of an Airstream. Seems to have a tube frame, but is labelled Airstream, so it isn't the Curtiss Wright. Guessing late...
Forum: General Interior Topics 07-01-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,282
Posted By badpaddler
It definitely did. I think I have a basic idea of...

It definitely did. I think I have a basic idea of what I am looking at doing now. The other side of this bulkhead will be a wall next to a pull out sleeper. Guess I will go with a corner mount....
Forum: General Interior Topics 07-01-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,282
Posted By badpaddler
Thanks! Few questions. I posted a picture for...

Thanks! Few questions. I posted a picture for reference.

1. If do you use F channel on both pieces of the plywood where it meets the wall?

2. For a single wall in the back, should I make it in...
Forum: General Interior Topics 06-26-2019, 03:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,282
Posted By badpaddler
Would it be possible to bend a 1/2" by 1/2" to...

Would it be possible to bend a 1/2" by 1/2" to the contour it needs to be? If the cabinets are all directly mounted to the wall, is it too much of an issue to mount directly to the wall?
Forum: General Interior Topics 06-26-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,282
Posted By badpaddler
That was going to be my second question. In that...

That was going to be my second question. In that do I HAVE to use the f channel, or can it be directly framed to the wall. I guess that I will have to order some.

Has anyone just framed them...
Forum: General Interior Topics 06-25-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,282
Posted By badpaddler
So the inside portion against the wall is held...

So the inside portion against the wall is held there with channel, but what was the rest of the 1'4 held to the framing with? Like say a door frame. Did you juts nail to the framing and then trim...
Forum: General Interior Topics 06-24-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,282
Posted By badpaddler
Interior wall construction

What is the easiest way to make/ frame in an interior wall? That would be the one for the rear bath? I am thinking 2x2 framing, but how to attache the inner skin (1/4" ply)? Glue?
Forum: Interior Restoration Forum 06-17-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 678
Posted By badpaddler
Bathroom door options

SO I would like to ask about first hand reviews of different dooring options. We have the interior door to the rear bathroom, and I would like a pocket door, but it doesn't seem like there is enough...
Forum: 1966 - 1968 Safari 05-14-2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,729
Posted By badpaddler
Okay. so I FINALLY went all in and threw away the...

Okay. so I FINALLY went all in and threw away the fiberglass endcaps after I did the rear segmented end caps. It was a total cakewalk!!!! I absolutely LOVE em! So the wiring is in, all the sheet...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 05-14-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,581
Posted By badpaddler
Looking good! I am just a bit closer to getting...

Looking good! I am just a bit closer to getting myself in more trouble. ;-) Glad to see you are getting her done. I have some more stuff for you, but I will text that info for ya.

Seth
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 04-26-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,581
Posted By badpaddler
I am hoping to get mine ordered today, and will...

I am hoping to get mine ordered today, and will end up just ordering another sheet of 3003 .032 unless you tell me that you can use something different, and I will just swap one sheet out for that.
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 04-26-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,581
Posted By badpaddler
I used 3003 for the interior and the exterior...

I used 3003 for the interior and the exterior skin, and 5052 for the belly pan. Depending on year, they used the 2024 alclad for the exterior, but it is hard to get get up here.

5052 is strong,...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 04-25-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,581
Posted By badpaddler
No worries. I also have to order another sheet of...

No worries. I also have to order another sheet of 3003 aluminum. I am ordering 2 because the second sheet is only $30 more. Do you have a need for any?
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 04-21-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,581
Posted By badpaddler
I happen to have a band new unused tank if you...

I happen to have a band new unused tank if you are interested........ It is this one. It would be a very reduced price......
...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 04-16-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,581
Posted By badpaddler
Same here. I will be starting on the segmented...

Same here. I will be starting on the segmented end caps for the Safari this weekend. Probably gonna cut in the black tank as well.

As far as a composter goes, we have the Natureshead that we were...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 04-11-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,581
Posted By badpaddler
Definitely. Our safari has stalled out right now....

Definitely. Our safari has stalled out right now. I have the aluminum walls in, but have been waiting for it to warm up to do the segmented end caps. Spent a tons of money at alaska steel for...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 04-11-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,581
Posted By badpaddler
Let me know if you need any help with anything on...

Let me know if you need any help with anything on it. I have tools and a tiny bit of know how. I do know electrical though. :-)
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