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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

I have been paralyzed with a decision as to whether I will keep the original walls that I put up in a rush before my summer trip.  I don’t like the old laminate board, but they are up and functional.  In talking it through with several friends and family, I realized that you don’t really see much of the walls once the rest of the interior is in and the cost and time of redoing it felt overwhelming.  So I decided to leave them installed, but I may paint (white board paint?) or cover some of them.  With the bathroom and twin bed essentially done, Rosie wants her office, kitchen, and dinette built.  I decided to work on the office next, given that I was working my way from back to front.

Airstream Office Plan (Google Sketchup)

Airstream Office Plan (Google Sketchup)

The office is going in along the curb side in-between the bathroom and frig area where the other twin bed would’ve been.  I want it to have a work surface, shelves for storage bins, heater, standing desk, and wall-mounted monitor on a swivel.  I also wanted to do it in a way that I could convert the shelf area into a bed as needed (not asking much).  I came across these Kee Klamp fittings and aluminum pipe while looking for building material options. I redid the measurements (Thanks Jo!) and used the Sketchup I had made of Rosie last winter to design the area and flesh out the materials list to determine cost and make an order.  Here’s a jpg of the current draft from SketchUp for the office.  The gate-like structure on the lower left (fore) has an LP catalytic heater on it that can be swung out to point to other areas of the trailer and offer support to a bed conversion.  The monitor and laptop tray would also swing on the vertical pipe.  I can also add shelves on the right wall (aft) connected to the vertical pipe.  I can store a board under the other twin mattress that could be placed on the shelves and a thin mattress could be rolled out on it for a high bed.

If I go through with this plan, I’ll post a link to the project space on their website.  Feedback welcome.

A bed and a toilet

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

I’ve been pushing hard for the last week to get a bed and a toilet in the trailer before leaving for the Alumapalooza 2012.  I’ve been so focused, I forgot to take progress pics, but I can report success on these two criteria.  Unfortunately, I did not get through the punch list, but with Nathan and Johanna’s help, I was able to get all but one room walls up and the overhead locker over the bed and the one over the frig.  Thanks to N&J!  They are coming to APZ with me, I hope they catch aluminitis.  We’re meeting Gail and Gloria (53 Clipper) on Rt 86 and caravaning together to Jackson Center.

Bathroom is almost done (not great pics, will update BR over time slideshow):




Future desk:




Last inside skin installed

Friday, May 18th, 2012


The ceiling panel is up. Fan-tastic vent holes cut and trim installed. Thanks to Cay and Craig for the extra pair of hands to help get it in the grooves.

Wall up!

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Converter hole cut and installed (needs to be wired still). Plumbing connected in the back, moving forward.



Rear end cap

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Sitting in the basement for 2 years didn’t help the yellowing of the aft end cap dome.  So I took it outside in the recent nice weather and put on several coats of RetrOBright (see previous posts). I reinforced the top edge like the front dome.  I was very glad to get it hung up today, before anything happened to it.


Rear dome in the basement


Retrobright application


Hung in place.




Making progress!

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

The dome installed with window trim and under lights polished and wired in.


More doom, I mean dome.

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

You’ve heard of interpretive dance? This is an interpretive repair. Colin suggested I reinforce the dome due to the minor cracking at the rivet holes before I rehang it. He also mentioned automotive tape for applying letters/plaques to the exterior in a different convo. I merged the two ideas and used automotive tape to apply a strip of aluminum to the edge of the dome. I drilled and cleco’d the aluminum with the plastic’s original holes until it gets hung up. The final rivets will secure it nicely, I think. We’ll see…


Crack in front dome, one of 3-4 small cracks near rivet holes.


Tape applied to edge of front dome.


Adding the aluminum strip over the tape.




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