Archive for September, 2010
Yes, I’m still trying to fix leaks. I know of several around the vents and the olympic rivets securing the air conditioner. So I took a slide down a slippery slope…
Instead of trying to seal the vents, I decided last weekend to go ahead and replace them with fantastic fans since that was in the plans anyway. And I would just get rid of the air conditioner and replace it with a sky light for now. Unfortunately, the AC installer did a horrible job cutting out the hole. I don’t think I can use a standard 14 inch sky light on this, check out the edges of the aluminum cuts. Will do more research on options.
For some reason, I started on the air conditioner first. I read the air forums and blogs and watched some videos on removing the air conditioner. First off, the DIY guy had a nice mini-bulldozer bucket to work from and didn’t try doing this hanging off a ladder. Secondly, most folks said they got it off in an afternoon. Being a “girl”, I hate to admit when I can’t do something or do it well, but I will confess to just spending yet a third day working on getting this blasted thing off.
The shroud was already cracked so I didn’t worry about getting it off intact. I drilled out the belt rivets, then the rivets holding the top on. I found gobs, and I mean gobs of old hard caulk.
It took me all afternoon to get through the caulk to find the olympic rivets. Removing those turned out to be the easy part. A couple people said that you can just slide a scraper under edges to loosen the air conditioner. HA! It was grey caulk, but felt like cement. I used the scraper, plastic knife, heat gun, mineral spirits, acetone, vice grips, screw driver, and a hammer. Just before supper, the temperature dropped quickly, the wind picked up and dark clouds rolled in as I finally got the AC released from it’s bondage. Tomorrow I’ll see if I can talk Craig into helping me get it off the trailer or continue to dismantle it piece by piece.
I read somewhere that C’World would only install an AC if you took off the old one yourself. I can see why.
I camped in the trailer at Robert H. Treman State Park with a couple other trailer folks this weekend. Robin, Mark, and I took a field trip to Fletch’s and then spent a quiet afternoon hanging out with Robin and mom. On Sunday, the crew took a hike up the gorge to the upper falls. There was a nice campfire thanks to Mick. It was such a joy to talk trailers with kindred souls.
Last weekend, I finished cleaning off the inside of the exterior walls. I also finished sorting out the wires so now the only ones running across the ceiling are the exterior lights. The 12 volt is all removed and the gauge wires are all wrapped up in a bag. I feel badly that I did not do this before taking it down to Frank, he should not have had to fight with my tangled mess.
I sealed up the front window and I’m still working on the window gaskets for the side windows and adding the fuzzy weatherstripping to the screens as I go.