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Questions and hesitations

Well, once again its been a bit since I posted. I went back to work part time June 1st and have been trying to stay caught up on my rest. No major news on the Rosie front, but I have been thinking. Besides not being able to physically work on her, I’m also alittle unsure on a few design details.

Do I really want to get rid of the old furnace under the sink to make room for a double bed / dinette setup? Do I want to shorten the kitchentte. Do I want the bed/dinette combo? I still think the answer is yes, but I’m just a little hesitant to commit to it. I think I’d be ok for counter space if I reinstall the flip counter or get a new one. I do like the idea of having the catalytic gas heaters (1 or 2). I think I could put one on the side of the fridge (by the door) on a swivel to cover the front half and maybe one for the other half somewhere that has easy access to a gas connection (other side of fridge or other side of stove location near the remaining twin).

I’m thinking I need a professional to look at the belly pan and the septic/black tank connections. I need to get down there and take a look . I wonder if I should have the belly pan removed, the frame inspected and sandblasted and a new belly pan put on. Its such a cost, but it would make me feel more secure about the trailer’s longevity. I’d like more advice on this topic sometime. I don’t have a tow vehicle right now and I can’t do the hauling myself anyway, but I would like to know before I go replacing floor and installing anything if it needs more extensive repairs.

There’s more things, but I’ll save it for another post. Need to post more often.

One Response to “Questions and hesitations”

  1. Rich Luhr Says:

    Floor replacement is the biggest job in most Airstream renovations. Frame work is a close second, if needed. You’ll see the condition of the frame if you remove sections of the floor for replacement. If not, a peek under the belly pan is usually enough to verify the frame is OK. (Removing a dozen rivets in the pan here and there is often enough to get a decent look with a flashlight.)

    Typically a few sections of the belly pan come off for inspection of plumbing drain lines, valve replacement, snake skeleton removal, or re-wiring. In this process you usually end up replacing sections of the pan that are not worth re-attaching because of their decayed condition. But wholesale replacement of the pan is a lot of work and not usually necessary on a 70s Airstream.

    Hope that helps!

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