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Old 07-06-2012, 06:59 AM   #11
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Dabbler,

I believe you are a person that loves challenges and tackle them head on. It sounds as if you have been very busy. It sure helps to have a brother-in-law handy that is an electrician! It gives one a good feeling to clean up a mess left by others and, from your post description, you are doing a great job.

I recall having a problem with that 40 amp fuse to which you referred. The wiring diagram was very vague on the Chevy K-5 as to the location and it had no fuse in it.

By the way, when you upload pictures, drawings, etc., the Forum up loader will convert your mega-byte sized pictures down to a few k bytes.

Looking forward to some pictures when you get the chance. Good Luck with your project.

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Old 07-06-2012, 08:35 PM   #12
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Wow what a mess the electrical on your trailer was in. Every family needs an electrician. Now you should have some peace of mind that everything is in safe working order. Glad to hear you took them out to dinner. Will work for food!! DH has sodered quite a few wires/ights on our HiLo. Especially the back tailights. Many who do some serious travel have climbed under the HiLo and sodered every possible connection wire. Those going to Alaska have done this due to the extra harsh driving conditions. We got our HiLo fron Mantelli trailer sales. They were supposed to have gone through all the systems and checked everything over. Hooked it up to our truck and it had faulty wiring in the tongue area. Gee,I;m so glad they checked everything. They had to fix it right then so we could tow it home. Most all the major systems worked,just found a few minor things. Back to a previous comment. Everything is fixable on a HiLo.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:57 PM   #13
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Press on all your walls both inside and outside to make sure nothing is spongy/delaminated. I also would check your roof and do these repairs first. The roof may need to be primmed and then coated with the kind of material for your roof. Specific paint for the kind roof you have. Wash first ,prime and paint following all the directions on the can. You probably won't like me adding to your work list. All your windows need to be taken out scraped of old putty. Butyl tape applied,reinstalled and then Lexell caulk is put around the window where it meets the fiberglass. I would think you would want to consider doing this before you do the interior painting. While the window is out it will give you a "good snap shot picture of the condition of your interior walls." Defeniately you want to purchase a 100 ct. box of stainless steelscrews. I got mine from McFeelys on the net. Replace any screws that are rusted. I tell everyone that you need to do the window fix to all windows that are ten years old. I need to do one more window on my HiLo,it has been so blasted hot I have been staying in the central AC and cleaning my house. Keep the posts coming as we enjoy hearing about all your adventures.
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:33 PM   #14
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Sunday (7th) had a day of rest. Traveled 100 miles to a family BBQ and get-to-gether. Took my mind off of the inevitable tasks still to come. Monday it was back to cleanups.

I must have been pretty tired Monday and Tuedsday. I tried posting both evenings... just nicely got to the point where I could send, and bless it all, I hit close. Yes both days! I gave up, called it a day, and went to bed early.

I did solder all connections at input wiring from the truck to camper. Wrapped each individually, and then bundled all with a sheath similar to that used bundling wires in the truck engine compartment. A neat job if I do say so.

Worked on the cook stove for 2 days. I know, the camper is 32 years old, but darned if I could imagine my wife or I letting an appliance get to looking like this was. The burner tray and cover was never cleaned properly, and the chrome plating was pitted badly enough to allow rust to come through.

After cleaning, I fired up the top burners and oven, to make certain they were functioning properly. I'll have to recheck the oven... I'm not certain how much flame should be seen when asking for 400 or max. degrees temperature. The pilot light works OK. This afternoon I'll have a go at the sink, and counter tops.

Here is a quick sketch of folding table and camper as it looked when we bought it. The table/bed configuration must have been a late engineering design before building this model camper. It certainly doesn't impress me. Will see it gets changed.

Sam... I appreciate your reminder comments regarding weather stripping before painting. Sometimes most practical measures get way-laid by the hurry to get things done.

JC... in my engine compartment of the 2008 Silverado, the main fuse box has a layout of all fuses and purpose, inside the lid, both for the gas engine and a deisel engine if so installed. It is also cross-referenced with the owners manual. I also realized as you mentioned, HTFs ability to cut all pictures to required size for message format. I usually do that in my graphic software, before sending any pics by Email.

The camper according to these pictures says, "I need someone to come by and give me a nice home." It turned out to be like buying a cute Chihuahua. Sweet as can be to look at, but it proved to have a viscious bite. Oh well I'll tame it. I also didn't at the time of purchase, and still do not like the trim paint job it was given. That has to go.

Finally... on a second post I'll send a few illustrations of what I would be doing in place of cleaning up behind someone elses mess.

Woodburning (Pyrography) is a hobby I've been occupied with for severals years. Computer graphics of Antique autos has been more recent... like since 1996.

I'll post them on a second page. Hope everyone had a happy 4th of July.

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Old 07-11-2012, 03:08 PM   #15
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Just a few illustrations in Pyrography and Computer Graphics.

Also is a manuscript I put 10 years into of Daisy Air Rifles, B.B guns and other makes and models from 1866/2000. Something like 400 or more computer drawn illustrations.

My big problem is publishing costs. Maybe some day I'll see it finished.

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Old 07-11-2012, 09:34 PM   #16
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Dabbler,Wondered where you were the last few days. Glad to hear you got to do something fun(barbeque.) All work and no play makes jack a dull boy!! DH things you would not have a huge flame at 400 degrees. Use an oven thermometer to check if the oven holds a true temp. One of the benefits to have a working stove/oven is it throws off a little heat while you are cooking breakfast. Just keep all vents open!! Not everyone can earn the (good house keeping seal of approval.) Re: your filthy stove. I've helped friends out and cleaned my share of filthy stoves and refrigerators. Thank goodness gloves have been invented!! One stove/oven was so bad regular oven cleaner wouldn't work. It went to a close by Janitorial supply and bought industrial oven cleaner. It is stripper for greasy deep friers at restaurants. When I get to heaven I know I will get a promotion!!. I had hoped to get to do a few chores on my HiLo. It was not meant to be,spent the last few days on Hospice care with my 18yr.old cat. Today was a real rough day as we had to have her euthanized. She will forever be in our hearts and memories. Thumbalina died from Kidney failure. Any way love your posts,keep them coming.
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... spent the last few days on Hospice care with my 18yr.old cat. Today was a real rough day as we had to have her euthanized. She will forever be in our hearts and memories. Thumbalina died from Kidney failure. Any way love your posts,keep them coming.

Dabbler--spectacular art! Looks like your HiLo is in good hands.

Sam--Sorry to hear about Thumbalina. We had an old gal--Rosie the Cat--die at 17 yo. My sons promptly dubbed her Saint Rosie Katz of the Royal Order of Arachnobane. Every cat after her had to rise to her standards in order to be included in the Royal Order. I expect to see her in heaven. The older they get, the sweeter they get. You have my condolences.

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So sorry about your cat. Those are hard decisions, but the right decisions, and she needed you to do it for her. TAke care of yourself

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Tough decisions Sam... I've had to put down (2) dogs. One because of kidney failure, and the other because of severe stroke. We are now faced with that decision again some day in the uknown future. We have a rescue mixed terrier, we believed to be about (8) years old when we got her. We've had her for a little over (7) years now. Never had a dog that could read our minds as she does.

She controls our get up time... go to bed time... when I'm supposed to brush her out in the morning. If my wife's cell phone rings, or should she call my name, and I'm not in the house, Missy comes running and barking to let me know.

The most surprising thing to find out by chance, was when I asked the wife if she would like some K-F-C (Kentucky Fried Chicken.) Missys ears perked up and she raced for the door to go with me. It never fails to get that response from her, and she loves it.

When her time comes as surely it will, she will be the last to bless our home. Your Thumbelina may be gone, but the good memories will always be there.

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Sam,

So sorry to hear of your loss of Thumbalina. It is especially heart rendering when it requires one to make the necessary decision to put a furry friend down. Next month will mark the 5th anniversary of the decision we had to make for our beloved Bronco. Bronco was put to rest on August 17th, 2007, 30 days before his 17th birthday. That this 125 pound Akita/English Mastiff lived that long mystified our vet for the normal lifespan should have been 8 to 9 years for his size and breed. He was our constant companion and was known all over the world through our associations conventions. He was a gentle giant, loving kids, and people. Putting him down was akin to pulling the plug on a beloved family member He was a rescue dog, coming to Colorado from California by our neighbors and he adopted us, and our friends soon realized this and made it a permanent arrangement. We enjoyed him for 15-1/2 years. Two years ago we took his ashes and spread them on our former mountain home in Colorado that he dearly loved.

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