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Old 02-17-2007, 09:49 PM   #1
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As thrilled as I am of the as is interior condition of my new to me 17 foot Burro, it IS very stark and bright. Everything is white, except the curtains and carpet.. absolutely no contrast.

I considered redoing the cupboards and doors in wood, but decided that may make it a little to DARK. But it still needs something to break up the white monotany and add a little color.

The carpet.. blue. Not my favorite color. I want a wood floor, but that will have to come later.

I found something I can live with until I can redo the floor. Bambo throw rugs. I found them with dark blue trim, so they match the carpet and transition nicely.
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Old 02-17-2007, 09:57 PM   #2
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I looked at the pleasant pattern on the rug, and transitioned the wood to the cupboards in a subtle way. I simply glued a single strip of the bambo in an extra throw rug to the top and bottom of each door, and then changed the white knob to wood. Simple, but it breaks up the glare.

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Old 02-17-2007, 10:01 PM   #3
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The rear dinnette has been made into a living room.

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New curtains from Wally World have made a world of difference. I got lucky and got these off the shelf and all are a perfect fit. No muss no fuss no bother.
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The bathroom needed a little life too, but all I did was add storage baskets and a mirror. The new fat suction cup stuff works great on the glass walls.

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Yes, that is one of Freds Ducks I kidnapped!
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Old 02-17-2007, 10:09 PM   #5
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I am pleased that most of my work is the fun decorating part. I have been putting up hooks and hangers and trying to decide where my pictures will go!

It's nice not to be FIXING things. And Kurt, the furnace works great... once the "on" switch is turned on!

Tomorrow, I try the water system.. I am askeered!
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Old 02-17-2007, 10:41 PM   #6
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Gina,
Where was the propane leak we smelled outside? And what happened with the door clearance?

Good news about the furnace, it's blower sounded exceptionally quiet compared to most descriptions.

Just remember to fill the water heater before attempting to heat the water! Since the hose will be there after you've filled the water tank, you might as well connect it to see if the direct feed works O.K. without any leaks. I believe I saw the pump but just don't recall if there was a filter. If there is one, it might be prudent to replace the cartridge.

Your decoration "mods" very nice. You are acquiring a reputation as an interior decorator with lots of practice on Burros

Your adventure continues...
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I'd thought of different colored cupboard and/or drawer knobs to add a little contrast without being overpowering.
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Kurt, I have not switched back over to the tank we first smelled the propane on. The streetside tank seems stable and there is no 'pane smell anywhere when using it. I have had the tank open for a week and it has not lost anything, so the place it is is in the hose to the other tank, or the dual regualtor thingy itself, or the switching valve was stuck partially open? .

Tomorrow I was going to try the other tank again. I Have been losening up moving parts slowly, like the stabilizers.. they required lots of wd 40 and a hammer to get budged, but they move freely now.

As long as this thing sat, I am suprised it's not worse.

I evened played with the toilet can't DO anything with it but watch the flap open and close.. but tomorrow I will rinse it and test it.

Bought new sewer hoses and a wand.. oh joy. The hoses that came with it.. I opened the tube and dust fell out! I suspect the hose is a bit brittle, but I didn't xamine it closesly, I just pulled it out and tossed it in the trash.
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oh, the battery... total loss! It was bone dry and after I filled it, it won't hold a charge for 10 minutes.

Thats OK, it's a group 24, I may upgrade.
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Nice work, Gina!

You obviously have the decorating gene. While my wife approves of the refrigerator look, she is currently making curtains to replace the Burro Blue. I would like more woodwork too, but started out using scraps of mahogany, which looks too dark to me.

So I just put up a mirror with a maple frame. Too light, so I varnished it with Minwax Polyshades (Honey Pine stain in it). Adds a bit more color. Maybe I'll stay with that finish.

Little ducky looks familiar. (Thanks, Frederick.) I like what you have done with the cabinet doors, adds some color and definition to it.

Kurt mentioned the heater. If it is the same Atwood at about 9000BTU I have also wondered what the fuss about a noisy fan is about. Ours does not seem noisy either. Current draw is light too.

If you have trouble making the toilet work properly I have done the valve replacement bit and have a scheme prepared to not ever have to do that process again. There is a way.

It seems my head start on you is fading away. (But I just finished putting in reverse lights, the breakaway switch, third brakelight, and so on).

Lookin' good!
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Gina,
You might try taking a wrench to the connection at the tank. It just might be a little loose.
The way things have been going, did you ever purchase that lottery ticket?
I'm curious about what was required to make the door function better.
How about a picture showing off those Baby Moon hubcaps?

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It's the same one Per.

Yes, it is very quiet. Certainly no noisier than my cube heater and it actually seems to do a great job.

The fan does concern me for current draw. I will just have to try it and find out if I can live with it. If not, I will install the larger Olympian Cat Heater.

I have yet to convert the lighting. I am going to pull the bulbs and find out what I need to replace with LEDs. I only have one cold cathode left, so I need to get a few more.

The walls in this thing are going to make it easy to tap off existing lines and keep everything pretty tidy!
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Kurt, the door seems to work OK. It changes in difficulty level when the trailer is not level front to back, but I have leveled it that way and it closes and opens OK. My 13 is the same.

The hubcaps are not on yet. There is a delay in getting my wieght distribution hitch, so I can't take it in for service until that gets here. In a couple weeks.

It's OK, I have plenty to do in it before I take it out.
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Hey, Gina - nice touches to personalize McMansion. Per is right ... you've got the knack of finding simple solutions that really make a difference. Keep having fun with your discoveries - see ya in July! L 'n D in (formerly sunny) St. Augustine, FL
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Hi: Sounds and looks more like a "UP DO" rather than a Re Do... You will need a door sign..."WIPE YOUR FEET" when finished Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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