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Old 08-02-2019, 02:27 PM   #21
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Fast-Forward through a lot of cleaning and painting (covered lightly previously) and this is where we're at inside... lots of gloss white everywhere.
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:31 PM   #22
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And here you can see the before-and-after from it's trip to the local trailer repair place this week.

Aside from having that angle-iron contraption removed from the rear, it's now sitting on brand new bearings and tires.

While it was there I had them inspect the frame stem to stern (no problems) and take a good look at the axle, which amazingly checked out good too.
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:36 PM   #23
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I also ran it through the car wash on the way home. it's still filthy, but less so.

Next up: Painting and cleaning will commence, but the next large-ish project is the windows. I don't really want to tackle them myself -- replacing windows on MGs and VWs back in the day kinda soured me on that sort of work, but so far I haven't found a Kansas City-area place that wants to touch it. I still have some feelers out, though. We'll see.

I also need to install the new hinge pins I bought, hoping that'll help the door sag. I think so. The current ones are pretty shabby.

I've also got some seals and taillights and I can't remember what all coming in the mail to put on.

Oh, and picking up an AC now that I know how I want to do it, as soon as they go on sale.
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Old 08-03-2019, 05:18 PM   #24
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Tackled the hinges last night. Short, easy job. As you can see in the before pic, a stack of washers was ďgood enoughĒ. There was no ball at all.

Itís hard to tell in the pic, but both of the old pins were bent.

Much better after a few minutes putting the new one in.
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Old 08-03-2019, 05:21 PM   #25
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Unfortunately thereís still a lousy fit.

Miraculously itís pretty tight at the bottom but itís definitely sagging.

Is there any adjustment in the hinges? It doesnít look like it, but maybe?

Iím a little stumped. The frame checks out as solid.
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Old 08-04-2019, 08:45 AM   #26
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The shell has probably shifted a bit over the years changing the shape of the opening.
Try jacking up the roof in that area a bit to see what happens. Use a 2x4 against the roof to spread the pressure.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:15 AM   #27
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This weekend I got a little caught up in might-as-wells. It all started with taking the moldy Dometic add-a-room off. Once it was off, the general state of filth was even more obvious. Normally when I bring a new project home the first order of business is giving it a good bath. This time, events conspired to keep that from happening, so here we are a month later and I still haven't given it a good exterior cleaning.

So three hours of scrubbing later, I finally had most of the grime off. The trailer is noticeably less brown and more red now

With it finally well-scrubbed, I got it in my head I might as well go ahead and put the intended white paint up top. So I did. Well, the first couple of coats at least. It'll need at least one more, probably two. But I think I'm committed now.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:51 AM   #28
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Last week I started test-fitting the new countertop, and began putting in the flooring.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:53 AM   #29
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And this weekend painting re-commenced. I put on another coat of white and started on the red, laying down 3 or 4 coats. It needs at least one more, but it's starting to come together.
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:56 PM   #30
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By the way, thatís a rustoleum roller paint job.
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:07 PM   #31
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By the way, thatís a rustoleum roller paint job.

Wouldnít have believed it if you didnít show the roller and tray in the second photo.

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Old 08-13-2019, 05:37 AM   #33
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Looking very nice. I hope to see it at a Bolerama soon.

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Old 08-21-2019, 07:25 AM   #34
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Haven't updated in awhile, but I've stayed busy.

The two biggest items are the new vinyl plank click-lock flooring....
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And the AC install under the front bunk (which I've detailed in greater depth elsewhere.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:28 AM   #36
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And I've been busy with lots of little trim bits, like molding around the floor pieces, around the AC, new trim-lock around the front door, and so on (and on).

And I finally put up the new cabinet doors!

Next up is the sink, countertop and backsplash, which are *almost* ready. I'm including a shot of the rough-cut test fitting here.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:34 AM   #37
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These are a bit out of sequence, but my spouse took them, and she's a much better photographer than I am. So I'm sharing them.
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Wow! Lots of progress and looking great, especially the floor.
Thanks for sharing.

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Really like the flooring. Everything is looking good.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:52 AM   #40
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Thanks for the kind words. Putting it all back together bit is pretty satisfying. It's really coming together nicely, and I think we're still on track for a shakedown trip over Memorial Day weekend. It won't be *done*, but it should be usable.

Hopefully, I should get the countertop in and the sink plumbed in this week, and the foam cut for the cushions.

I keep knocking off items from the to-do list, then adding more items back onto it.
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