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FordDiesel250

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Posted: 05/25/13 04:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice job from a pretty talented person.

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Thanks, Roy.
Yeah, nothing Blue Sea, so far, but Marinco, Cole-Hersee, and some other Marine products are represented.

I'm hoping I won't have to camp in those CG's that have an age limit. In fact, just got my Federal Senior Pass, today. That is probably still the best deal you're going to get from Uncle Sam.

Weight, yes, I added some. Hard to believe with all the stuff I hauled out but I'm going to be about 300 lbs. over the original. Almost 2/3 of that is battery weight.


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'71 Starcraft Wanderstar -- The Cowboy/Hilton

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FordDiesel250 wrote:

Nice job from a pretty talented person.

Thanks! Pat on the back accepted!

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westend wrote:

Hard to believe with all the stuff I hauled out but I'm going to be about 300 lbs. over the original. Almost 2/3 of that is battery weight.


Not only that, but compare your build quality to the original. After looking through the page on your range hood, here's an example:
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That framing and skinning it with ply is doing it right. Stapling it together out of 1/8 hardboard paneling like the original is doing it cheap and fast.
From what I've seen on these pages, yours will still be a solid rig in another 42 years rather than what you started with.
Not that any of us will still be here to prove me wrong...[emoticon]


Project Glacier trailer build.

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True, us Cowboys don't like us no weak framing![emoticon]

I really wasn't that concerned with weight, I had the brochures for the Starcraft trailers and could see that they built them all, no matter what size, with the same two box metal main beams. The Hilton's frame is built like an equipment hauler.

What's more difficult to have happen is an even weight distribution, side to side and front to back. A lot of the "heavy weights" inside the trailer (masonry furnace surround, fresh water tank, M-1 Abrams wheel well, oven, and battery bank reside on one side. I am adding a second battery bank just ahead of the light side's (passenger's) wheel well and have two bunks and most of the storage on that side. The tongue weight is consistent with the overall weight, about 11-12%. That is with the rear mounted waste tank empty. As fresh water is used and put in the rear, that balance changes.

Who knows, in 42 years, some curious soul may find a trailer abandoned with the waste tank dragged on the ground and with the floor collapsed. [emoticon]

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Wow...beautiful job! You have done things that are sooooo beyond me and my skill level so when you say go ahead and keep working on my trailer? Ha....I'm super scared now.

I tried to read most of this and I have a lot of re-reading to do but what did you paint your stove and oven top with? I've read A LOT about this and some folks use high temp muffler paint and have mixed results. Did you powdercoat it?

Great job!

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Thanks, the result should instill a sense of "if he can do it, anyone can do it" (I was hoping).

The stove and range hood were painted with a rattle can paint, one of the "hammered" type paints. As long as it covers the avocado green original, I count it a success. Paint is all about prep, easy to do once you know the drill. I'm not worried about the heat, these little RV stoves are built so that the exterior metal skins stay just warm when in use.

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westend wrote:

Thanks, the result should instill a sense of "if he can do it, anyone can do it" (I was hoping).

The stove and range hood were painted with a rattle can paint, one of the "hammered" type paints. As long as it covers the avocado green original, I count it a success. Paint is all about prep, easy to do once you know the drill. I'm not worried about the heat, these little RV stoves are built so that the exterior metal skins stay just warm when in use.


Really? Well let me know how it goes when you fire it up...Everything I've read online...from people using high heat temp muffler paint to bbq paint - most have ended up with not great results. If you have good results, that would be awesome!

**I'm wanting to paint the stove top...the area right below the flame....maybe that wouldn't hold up as well with any kind of paint.

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I don't know, I've had the stove fired up and the oven. The vent hood was painted the same, too. Everything seems to be holding up well. Maybe after a few years, I'll end up repainting. That shouldn't be that big of a deal, I sprayed for 18 hours this weekend, lol.
I guess if it becomes an issue, I could use a special paint made for wood stoves or something similar. The stove top probably sees the biggest heat with the reflection of heat from the pans above. The oven door is insulated so it barely gets hot. You've got me thinking, now.

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Yeah I was thinking of having everything powder coated. A local guy will do the stove top, oven top and range hood for about $150-200 including removal of rust. Not sure if that's a good price or not but I'll call around. From everything I've read online that's about the only way to keep everything from blistering or discoloring. Although you might have less of an issue because you went with a darker color. ..I think I'll be going with white so I have to make sure.

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