Monday, April 28, 2008

Items left to complete

Things I'm working on:

  • I'm doing the second cut of polishing (with a year in between). It's looking good.
  • Running propane lines to H2O heater, stove, fridge, and fireplace.
  • Install vent for fridge.
  • Install vent for fireplace.
  • Installing 12v Air pump.
  • Installing grey water drain lines.
  • I still need to install diamond plate (this is in my outside storage hatch - complete) and,
  • Install the outside door seal on the entry door

I am getting there.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

From here to Eternity

Well, where do I begin. I departed home on 1 April and returned last evening. In between, there was towing to Quantico, Va where I worked on the trailer each night after Reserves, then I flew down to Charleston, SC for a few days, then flew back to BWI where I towed over to Virginia's Great Falls National Park, worked on the trailer there, and then towed over to the WDCU Cherry Blossum Rally (CBR). CBR was great, with 43 rigs showing up, and tons of kids. Tim of theVAP flew in on Thursday and we taped theVAP on Saturday night live. After CBR, I towed the 600 or so miles to Charleston, SC where I stayed at the James Island County Park, just south of downtown. It was great. Zoe' and the boys came with me for the first week and on Thursday night, I started for home. In Santee, SC I met up with Sig and Dawn VanDamme (Airstreaming in NY blog) and we camped next to each other in the Cracker Barrel. I departed at 530am yesterday and drove the ~833 miles home with the SOTR in tow. It was a long day, getting in at 930pm. It's nice to be home. It seems like it's been a while since I was home last - it has!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Items left

Today I stopped here in Charleston at The Trail Center for parts - an did they have them! They used to be an Airstream dealer in the 70s. They hooked me up with my fittings for my black tank. I've got to find a 3" OD coupling to go from my fitting on the tank to a bayonet fitting.

Here is what is left of my list of things I wanted to get done:

Polish the trailer (next time)
Install fresh water tank (Tomorrow night)
Install Ogden water filter (Wednesday)
Complete fresh water tank (tomorrow night)
Run propane lines (Wednesday)
Install 12v Air pump (next time)
Install black water plumbing (Wednesday and Thursday)
Install dead bolt (next time)
Install diamond plate (this is in my outside storage hatch - complete)
Install outside door seal

I've bolted down the stove, the fridge, completed what I needed to on the gaucho, installed the H2O heater (need to cover the outside with original cover still), fix curtains, install radio.

I'll be at the Great Falls National Park in northern VA on Wed am from 9-11am and then will be heading to downtown for a short caravan. Only two more days!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

At the Airport

Well, Sophie the SOTR is parked here at the Airport. I'll be flying back into here on Tuesday evening - late, and I'll just end up crashing in the trailer until Wed am and then tow down to Great Falls. I have to locate some plumbing parts tomorrow while in Charleston - wish me luck! Instead of Caravanning on Wednesday, maybe I should be installing some plumbing parts. Tim, you ready for your flight east? Frank - good luck! See you Wednesday am buddy. Thanks John for letting me borrow the shears - they worked great.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

In the dark!

Well, I got the new hot water heater in tonight... finishing with the aid of a flashlight. So, I'm hooking up the PEX lines now. I'm here in northern VA and it's nice weather... but supposed to rain tonight through tomorrow afternoon. So, all I have left is to install the front fresh water holding tank - which has been one problem after another. My welder Daryl welded in a patch on the tank and while he did that (it's aluminum) he put in new fittings for the fill neck and exit point. When I got it home, I put it together (mocked up) and put it into place to make sure everything was going to work... well - when I went to take the fill neck out, the aluminum threads (it was hand tight) became buggered up and it stripped the threads on the way out... so I had to take it back over to Daryl's to get a new fitting put in (1" and a 1/4). So, on Tuesday late afternoon on my way south to here in Northern VA - I stopped by Darly's to pick up my tank. This time, when I install it, it's all going together and not coming apart again. Wish me luck.
We'll be Caravanning into downtown DC on Wednesday... CBR is here (almost!)