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Forum: Dollars & Cents 09-25-2013, 06:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,567
Posted By tesstoaster
Far and away the biggest job and headache is...

Far and away the biggest job and headache is rebuilding the rear frame and putting in replacement plywood. I think you can almost guarantee that if the plywood is badly decomposed, the frame will...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 09-24-2013, 10:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,567
Posted By tesstoaster
Is this TW different then the one referenced in...

Is this TW different then the one referenced in the original post? This one looks pretty clean, at least superficially. Lot's of sobering wisdom on this forum, after getting 80% through a total...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 09-24-2013, 09:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,306
Posted By tesstoaster
Good question. Also does anyone know if the...

Good question. Also does anyone know if the aluminum edging is nailed on to the countertop and can just be pulled off or if screwed? If screwed, the screws are behind the laminate so how do you get...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 09-08-2013, 05:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,184
Posted By tesstoaster
How did you address the cracks? Initially I was...

How did you address the cracks? Initially I was going to prep and spray in place. Then I realized I was just wasting my time and $$ if I didn't remove and fix the cracks permanently.

BTW, here is...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 09-08-2013, 03:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,184
Posted By tesstoaster
The definitive answer to my question is yes it...

The definitive answer to my question is yes it can be moved taking Kay's advise and removing a few more rivets on the skins. Make sure you get the two rivets where the endcap sits on the window...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 09-08-2013, 01:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,184
Posted By tesstoaster
ABS Endcap Removal

Does anyone know if the entire skin aft of the forward endcap needs to be removed to take out the endcap? I am removing all ABS parts, repairing with fiberglass and G-Flex epoxy. Next task is to...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 08-22-2013, 11:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,248
Posted By tesstoaster
Maybe this is as close as one can get? Uptown...

Maybe this is as close as one can get?
Uptown Walnut pattern / color of Wilsonart Laminate - 7971 (https://samples.wilsonart.com/p-940-uptown-walnut-7971.aspx)

Tony, I need a few pieces to replace...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 08-22-2013, 10:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,248
Posted By tesstoaster
'70s Cabinet Laminate Source

Have searched the forum without success for a source to match the interior Formica used by Airstream. It is the ubiquitous dark brown with silver grain highlights. Not sure if this was "hickory" or...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-20-2013, 09:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,617
Posted By tesstoaster
My mistake for keeping Andersen referenced in the...

My mistake for keeping Andersen referenced in the thread. The first three posts mentioned Andersen, then the OP stepped in to redirect the thread. My post should have been posted in the gargantuan...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-19-2013, 09:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,617
Posted By tesstoaster
Although Rendrag may not be able to analyze the...

Although Rendrag may not be able to analyze the design characteristics, and possible design flaw, of a coupler, there are many knowledgeable forum members with the engineering skills to make such an...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-19-2013, 09:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,617
Posted By tesstoaster
Thanks Twinkie, that what I was looking for. It...

Thanks Twinkie, that what I was looking for. It seems the sharkfin is the key to potential problems. BTW, I am not a prospective Andersen buyer...I bought one about a 1.5 years ago but have not used...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-18-2013, 10:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,617
Posted By tesstoaster
How about we just confirm, no guarantee, that...

How about we just confirm, no guarantee, that Rendrag does not know if the Andersen hitch has the potential to damage the Marvel MC883 coupler and leave it at that. :D
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-17-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,617
Posted By tesstoaster
Did somebody ask for a guarantee? If they did it...

Did somebody ask for a guarantee? If they did it certainly wasn't me. Seems to be a perfectly legitimate question since numerous posters have said Marvel is OK but not Atwood. The Marvel MC886 looks...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-10-2013, 12:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,617
Posted By tesstoaster
Can anyone confirm that a Marvel MC883 coupler on...

Can anyone confirm that a Marvel MC883 coupler on a 1972 AS WILL NOT be a problem with the Andersen hitch. And is this opinion based on your own observation or consultation with Andersen?
Forum: Windows & Screens 08-10-2013, 12:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,732
Posted By tesstoaster
I assume that this measurement is from the very...

I assume that this measurement is from the very bottom edge of the wing window frame. A picture would be great.

Have you tried to puncture the seal from underneath the frame? The frame is somewhat...
Forum: Windows & Screens 08-08-2013, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,732
Posted By tesstoaster
Andy, do you have any pictures of this procedure?...

Andy, do you have any pictures of this procedure? Maybe injecting some vineger or other dilute acid would do a better job of dissolving the stains.
Forum: Windows & Screens 08-08-2013, 10:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,732
Posted By tesstoaster
Has anyone tried heat to soften the adhesives. I...

Has anyone tried heat to soften the adhesives. I would think heating in an oven to say 250 deg F might make the job of disassembly easier.
Forum: Windows & Screens 08-07-2013, 10:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,109
Posted By tesstoaster
After finding other posts,I can confirm that the...

After finding other posts,I can confirm that the original interior pane is plexiglass. I will replace with 2AR plexiglass.
Forum: Windows & Screens 08-07-2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,732
Posted By tesstoaster
There is some fogging due to condensation....

There is some fogging due to condensation. Evaporation/condensation cycles have led to white precipitation. I may leave it if the servicing is impossible.
Forum: Windows & Screens 08-07-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,732
Posted By tesstoaster
1972 Tradewind Wing Window

I have read that Airstream changed how they built and mounted the wing windows sometime in the 70's. Does anyone know if the wing window from a 1972 can be serviced from the inside without removing...
Forum: Windows & Screens 08-01-2013, 11:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,109
Posted By tesstoaster
It looks like the plastic pane is on the inside,...

It looks like the plastic pane is on the inside, so now I'm not sure if this is original. Can anyone with a 1972 Tradewind confirm if the inside pane is tempered glass or plastic?
Forum: Windows & Screens 08-01-2013, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,109
Posted By tesstoaster
The plastic front frame with the plastic attaches...

The plastic front frame with the plastic attaches to the rear frame of the front window having glass. There is an airspace between them. The plastic appears original. I don't know if this is...
Forum: Windows & Screens 08-01-2013, 01:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,109
Posted By tesstoaster
1972 Tradewind Front Window

Can anyone tell me what type of plastic Airstream used on the front window of a 1972 Tradewind? They used glass in back and a plastic, perhaps coated lexan, in front. Was it coated on both sides?...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-31-2012, 12:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,670
Posted By tesstoaster
Lot's of debate on other sites about moisture...

Lot's of debate on other sites about moisture cure urethanes, isocynates and modified alkyds. A lot of professional restorers are using Zero Rust with success, while others are saying it is nothing...
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 07-30-2012, 07:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,511
Posted By tesstoaster
I think what Tom and I are after is the type of...

I think what Tom and I are after is the type of alloy it is so we can match the aluminum that does not need replacement. Also, some alloys might be very difficult to bend.
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 07-30-2012, 05:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,511
Posted By tesstoaster
That is exactly the piece I am replacing :) ...

That is exactly the piece I am replacing :)

I don't know that anyone has stated definitively that the side wraps are or are not the same material as the shell. I think it is different, but I don't...
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 07-30-2012, 02:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,511
Posted By tesstoaster
Curved Side Panel Aluminum Type

I thought I saw what type of aluminum was originally used on the side wraps, but now can't find the information . These are the pieces that transitions into the banana wraps and wrap around the...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-28-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,670
Posted By tesstoaster
Any chance the aluminum in the urethane can...

Any chance the aluminum in the urethane can create an electrolysis reaction against the steel or is every particle insulated with the urethane?

BTW, just finished stripping the clearcoat from a...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-28-2012, 10:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,670
Posted By tesstoaster
I think the other potential issue I have with...

I think the other potential issue I have with POR15 is that it's affinity for previously painted surfaces might be relatively low. My trailer frame has much of the original paint, it is only the rear...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-28-2012, 09:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,670
Posted By tesstoaster
POR15 or Zero Rust

I have used both products but only have experience with POR15 on a longer time frame. The POR15 is normally brushed on due to it's toxicity from the isocyanates. The Zero Rust can be sprayed or...
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-26-2012, 02:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,444
Posted By tesstoaster
What about click and fit vinyl? It would not be...

What about click and fit vinyl? It would not be subject to glue failure. Something like Allure Ultra.
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-24-2012, 08:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,461
Posted By tesstoaster
Can anyone think of why I shouldn't have two skid...

Can anyone think of why I shouldn't have two skid plates even though the original only had a street side skid?
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-24-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,461
Posted By tesstoaster
Since I am giving the OK to the metal shop in the...

Since I am giving the OK to the metal shop in the morning and specified 1/4" plates, do you really think it is prudent to downsize to 3/16"? I have decided to have the fish plates drilled with 1"...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-24-2012, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,461
Posted By tesstoaster
My local metal works says they can make the C...

My local metal works says they can make the C channel no problem. My welder says the original C channel is 12 gauge, so I think I will beef it up a bit and use 10 gauge instead and use 3" x 3/16"...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-23-2012, 09:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,461
Posted By tesstoaster
Are you saying that a large metal shop can make...

Are you saying that a large metal shop can make the 5" steel channel? Would the steel have the same (or better) tensile and shear strength as the original?
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-22-2012, 11:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,461
Posted By tesstoaster
5" C Channel Rail Supplier?

Does anyone know where the 5" C-Channel steel can be purchased so I can have 4 ft of rear rail replaced? I am only finding the much beefier structural C-Channel which would not match the factory...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-22-2012, 09:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,888
Posted By tesstoaster
Yes, but is that the belly only or does that also...

Yes, but is that the belly only or does that also include the side wraps? I think the factory used 0.032.
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-22-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,888
Posted By tesstoaster
Just to confirm, the wrapped sides on a '72...

Just to confirm, the wrapped sides on a '72 vintage uses 0.032in 5052 aluminum?
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-19-2012, 01:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 768
Posted By tesstoaster
Check fuse, then check the start and run...

Check fuse, then check the start and run capacitors. Next check would be the relay. Of course it would be helpful to know what A/C and I am assuming the original Armstrong.
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-19-2012, 01:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,209
Posted By tesstoaster
Floor Install Strategy

I will be replacing the first piece of plywood in the rear of a 72 Tradewind. I will be doing it through top. The only way I can see doing this and getting the plywood fully into the C channel in the...
Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 07-19-2012, 01:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,107
Posted By tesstoaster
Polypropylene or Fiberglass BW Tank

Any opinions of superiority between fiberglass and polypropylene black water tanks. I see both are available with the fiberglass tank being more expensive. Mine isn't leaking, but I see stress cracks...
Forum: General Interior Topics 07-17-2012, 11:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,206
Posted By tesstoaster
Got the pan out by removing the street-side...

Got the pan out by removing the street-side partition and the aluminum lip at the bottom of the closet. The Airstream engineers must have figured nobody was ever going to have to do the repairs that...
Forum: General Interior Topics 07-17-2012, 10:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,206
Posted By tesstoaster
It looks like it is possible the pan might be...

It looks like it is possible the pan might be able to slip away from the closet an bulkhead partitions if the back right edge of the pan is lifted and moved in that direction, but I don't want to...
Forum: General Interior Topics 07-16-2012, 07:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,206
Posted By tesstoaster
Tradewind Shower Pan

Is anyone familiar with removing the shower pan on a 70's Tradewind. Not sure if I need to take all the partitions out or if I should work from below if I decide to conserve the shower.
Forum: General Interior Topics 07-16-2012, 04:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,206
Posted By tesstoaster
Removing Shower Capability?

I am wondering if it is wise to remove the shower pan (and thus showering capability) from a 25ft 1972 Tradewind. I think to shower in that little space is just asking for floor rot and prevents me...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-14-2012, 12:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,044
Posted By tesstoaster
The condenser motor probably does not have a...

The condenser motor probably does not have a start capacitor, but will have a run capacitor. It really sounds like your problem is the run capacitor for the condenser motor. I just successfully...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 07-08-2012, 12:41 AM
Replies: 3
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Views: 930
Posted By tesstoaster
I went around and around on this very issue. In...

I went around and around on this very issue. In my case the Armstrong was working, actually working well. But since I am in the renovation mode of a '72 Tradewind, I thought it was time to retire the...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 07-04-2012, 05:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 886
Posted By tesstoaster
Did you use the 5/32" Olympic rivets with the...

Did you use the 5/32" Olympic rivets with the neoprene washer to seal the holes?
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 07-03-2012, 08:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 830
Posted By tesstoaster
HVAC Experts-Please Help

I am taking one last stab at finding a replacement condenser fan motor. I would like to know what the consequence would be for running a replacement motor that is rated for 10 MFD/236V when the...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 07-03-2012, 01:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 886
Posted By tesstoaster
Keep or Remove Original Armstrong Pan

I have decided not to go forward and invest in maintain the Armstrong unit on the 72' Tradewind. I just think the ongoing maintenance will quickly consume any savings of keeping the old 40 year old...
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