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  1. Its been a while since any measurable progress. I did put up the entry step. It promptly broke its holding bar the first time I stepped on it. Thankfully thats easily substituted. The bigger problem is clearance. There isnt enough space to hang the step and also close/open it without the sidewall getting in the way. The screws arent long enough to permit lowering it much and cant be replaced without taking off the step from the inside. For now, it doesnt fold. The rest has been sitting without progress. Only a bit of finishing is left. But cold, rain, health, whatever. Winter is not a friendly time. At least things have stayed dry. Hopefully this week I can clean up things enough to start making progress. May be put the water piping back in. Then start finishing up next week. Or something. Lets see. There is may be a day or two of total work left for an able bodied motivated person. May be a month will do for me.
  2. Folks are saying all manner of knowledgeable things about leveling. And all I am hearing now is "am i sure my need cant be met with a 12v capable compressor fridge and a large enough battery?". When starting out with an empty pigeon hole, is it necessary to put an absorption pigeon in it? Whats the experience of putting in a 12v or even inverted 110v like? Anyone tried that for long? If you have the means to charge the battery via a generator, solar, what have you, then does it matter?
  3. Having done this recently on different brand/model, here is a neubie comment. The steps are designed to be contained in a box, and a standard pattern of nuts sometimes emerged at the bottom to permit addition of lower folding steps (amazon ebay: rv steps, not substitute for this step). Either way, its important to assess the health of the frame first. You will need relatively thick wood for the step. Your big box store can cut one in the simple template (that you measure and take) if you want. My step has greater than 1/2in of what looks like some hardwood (can't tell what kind, shouldnt matter, even plywood of 3/4in or great ought to do) and my frame itself is reasonably sound. In any case, also consider placing a metal sheet, stamped thin aluminium is cheap, on top this time when you renew the step. Seal the bottom of the wood well. If there are suspected areas of rust to the point of weakness in the metal frame for the steps then just replacing wood wont do. edit: I see the fiberglassing comment re. step wood above, that is a great idea.
  4. i should take some pictures of el slate blanco while i have a chance. its been a while since i felt like it. Its basically a whitewashed empty space. Totally white. Like every stick and its underside double white. There is a reason. Kilz was needed given there had been water and to at least cover over the 30 year history. Also if water comes in the future discoloration should be obvious. i want to catch it early. But if you paint every stick, nook and crevice, you use a lot of paint brushes and a lot of kilz. Over the floor, ceiling and walls front to back there is now at least 2.5 gallons of it. Hoping thats enough. I have had enough of primering. The bathroom door, the back side of the kitchen and wardrobe faces, etc had been hiding in plain sight. No more. Painting is time consuming, back breaking the way I do it, but not a mind consuming. I am procrastinating on putting the thing back together. Hang doors, connect water and propane, and attach shower wallpaper and kitchen backsplash. May be a bit of counter top polish. Everything else upto floor level is finishing. I need to start screwing appliances back in. But I dont seem to close it out. Tomorrow is entry step day. A new carlson-and-something single step and the one step inside itself is also getting a makeover. May be after that I will screw in some table legs and kitchen counter and stuff.
  5. amazon often has them cheap in its warehouse deals section if you put it on a watch list it shouldnt be hard to get them for under 5 dollars.
  6. So, will a new fridge if put in require this careful calibration or not? If its a three way, at least one way is an absorption method, isnt it?
  7. My propane lines are about, I dont know, give or take four feet to the oven, lets say. They have enough give to rotate the thing 90 degrees without kinking the copper. Not something one can do on a regular basis. But how often does one need to level? Once per trip? presumably a consumable elbow can be designed if fatigue is expected.
  8. So wait, marine fridges are non propane? or leveled differently? This is illuminating. I have also never been on a boat in any sort of meaningful capacity. Ferries dont count. Yes, some people lead very limited lives. The 3 degrees rule is also interesting, there are (likely leaking) airbags already there. Two of them can sort of gimbal me a few degrees here or there about if they hold air for a few minutes at least. I doubt I personally can tell plus or minus five. The fridge probably would be able to. Now here is some peculiar another life background. I have seen extensive and really widespread (and I mean at a scale many multiples of all use in the usa) use of propane. Almost all of it sans copper lines. Infact, when I insisted and had copper put in some place, folks moved the tank to the other end of copper instead of using the copper line! They felt gas leaked through copper and pressure dropped (yeah, right). Here, for some reason flexible lines seem like they are always prone to leaks and shunned instead. So I am going by copper only due to manufacturer choice and code/recertification reasons only. The fridge is only a few pounds and a balanced platform that many pounds is not impossible to make. A stetchable diaphragm takes care of seals. Remember, this is all for relatively small motions, limited to some degrees by trucks abilities. You arent going to park on a 45 degree incline any way. This is probably practical. Isnt something I am going to try. Because copper. Another day. etc.
  9. I have always wanted to ask. Why do you use leveling jacks and not a leveling mechanism just for the fridge? Is there anything else that wants or wont work without leveling? I understand that if your refridgerator space is built in and designed as it were originally you have no choice. But for remodels, why dont folks just mount the refridgerator so it can be adjusted to be level and not have to worry about the rest of the camper. What gives?
  10. Been a couple weeks here, any updates original poster?
  11. I am about the same. Sitting higher is always welcome but for the space constraints overhead. I am getting about 1/2" out of the mixture of things I am adding now over the floor. Hoping current screws will still work. Probably not enough, screws and height improvement both. But will at least try first then modify given that there are so many many other things on the list. The vinyl is cut and laid down. Its not an easy task with garden shears. I actually broke two pairs of general purpose scissors before it occured to me to use hedge repair tools. Its down, doesnt look terrible and seats are sitting on it. Not bolted. Still need to drill some holes. In the process, found at least one more reason for water in the footwell. Numerous holes from erstwhile screws that secured the shag carpet. The screws went forever ago. But I never closed off those holes. Closed off most before I laid down sound deadner but still found more today that would have let water in. Sigh. Its a process. Some day it will all be done.
  12. Got as far as putting down reflectix on top of sound deadner and then realised that holes for seats/belts need to be located through to next layer. Hadnt seen the bolts in months. Wasnt event sure I will find them. After going through approximately 1 million and four nuts and bolts there they were in all their rusted glory. I am not doing anything fancy with seat frames or bolts at this point. They get a treatment of WD40 and back they go in. Hopefully I get a youtube certification in cutting/fitting the vinyl tonight and actually put it down tomorrow.
  13. Its been a bit too cold and windy of late. Windy more the trouble than cold. Still hoping to get the vinyl in place this week. Roughed up the holes for the oven, both sinks, and the black abs to the vent. That took a lot of courage given my non existent abilities and utter lack of experience. Still the bathroom is mostly roughed up now. Waiting its turn to be primered, abs cemented etc. The vanity will stick out a few inches farther than I would like but it should work out. Tons of little stuff, all water, propane, and appliance hookup. No end in sight yet.
  14. Thats very interesting. Does one allow a heat dissipating path by underinsulating over the transmission or cut down on heat and noise by over insulating the hump? Various facebook and youtube postings claim to want to "ventilate the transmission hump for the hard working transmission". Never understood the merits of doing it from inside the truck. I get the idea re. exhaust. Especially since the exhaust had caused three holes in the cab at some time. As of now, first will be ample sound insulation. There is an existing glued layer, I will add a second. Then some reflectix attached to vinyl as backing. I am holding on to the jute layer until dry environment is assured and verified. Then vinyl on top. How high does the vinyl go up the firewall? Do you unscrew the center console attachment and install under it or just work around it?