1983 Coleman Columbia Restore

Discussion in 'Camper Restoration Projects' started by AaronWard, May 28, 2011.

  1. AaronWard

    AaronWard "Measuring is the key to a successful rebuild...."

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    @camping_girl - I ordered a 25ft 30amp extension cord off eBay as it was $10 cheaper with ends on it than other places without the female end. Just cut it off and wired it in. Also bought a 30amp to 15amp converter so I could power the camper off my home's outside plug.
     
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    themetells New Member

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    Aaron - I tried to post our pictures but it wouldn't let me paste them. How did you do your FB link? Did you set up a new account? Please help me, I am the only 30 something left in the world that is not technologically advanced. :)
     
  3. AaronWard

    AaronWard "Measuring is the key to a successful rebuild...."

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    Make sure to measure everything prior to demolition. That is my biggest advice to anyone that plans to take this type of project on. I kept the dimensions for the most part but decided to have two changes to the upper cabinet:
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    [*]Height was too low as the original was only 15"....so I made the new height 18"
    [*]I am not using a piano hinge anymore as I wanted real cabinet doors and knobs. So I am adding a lego type fitting for the bottom cabinet and top cabinet that is lifted in place
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  4. AaronWard

    AaronWard "Measuring is the key to a successful rebuild...."

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    I sent you a personal message on how to do the FB thing. [:D]
     
  5. AaronWard

    AaronWard "Measuring is the key to a successful rebuild...."

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    Alrighty all....on the home stretch...

    • Coutertop lamenant done...pics posted
    • Armrest lamenant done...pics posted
    • Upper cabinet done...pics to be posted once countertop is installed
    • Cabinet doors installed

    Remaining things to get done:
    • Install sink and run a new gray water hose
    • Install bungie cord system for canvas popouts
    • Pack the camper with essentials (tools, hatchet, hoses, emergency kit, fire extinguisher, etc)
     
  6. AaronWard

    AaronWard "Measuring is the key to a successful rebuild...."

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    Last update prior to the camping trip in two days...

    Pictures are posted with the PUP finished. Take a gander at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2960861699663.8094448.1205187015&l=38b787c223

    - Coutertop is installed
    - Bench armrest is installed
    - Countertops are complete (need a bit of touch-up on paint and some minor sanding but this will get done after the trip)
    - Sink hooked back up
    - Gray-water line replaced
    - Everything else installed

    Whew these last four weeks have been brutal on my body and mind. Many "oops" moments but a lot of "wow" moments from the wifey. I believe the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) is quite high. [:D]

    Today and tomorrow I am going to rest and get my mind ready for the trip. I will have pics of the TV and PUP along with our campsite after the weekend.
     
  7. jshulenberger

    jshulenberger New Member

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    Nice job on the AC Aaron! The goal is to have the unit run continually which you did.

    My install is pretty tight. I used a 12,000 BTU unit that is the largest I could fit in the cabinet. I have one inch on each side of the unit in the cabinet. Since I partitioned of the back side (hot exhaust) of the cabinet from the sides and top, the fan in the AC unit is more than enough to push the hot air out the back partition, and pull cool air in through the floor.

    How are you handling the condensation drip?
     
  8. carolinacampers

    carolinacampers Nights camped: 2008-10, 2009-25, 2010-6.

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    Nice job! I believe the PFAF is high too! (PUP Friends Acceptance Factor) [;)]
     
  9. Dusty82

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    Primo job on the countertops, and I like the hardware you picked out for the doors. It's coming together very nicely! I'd be careful on who you show this pup to - you might look out in the driveway one morning and find a line of people wanting theirs done too.

    That really looks excellent!
     
  10. bols2Dawall

    bols2Dawall S.W. Ontario

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    Very nice work . Is there a screen on that A/C vent ?
     
  11. Liv

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    You rock!! Only thing that concerns me is the bench seat. The seat back cushion looks like it is resting on the canvas. So if someone sits in the seats and leans back, they will be leaning on the canvas. Most manufacturers put a wooden back behind the cushion that is attached to bench with a piano hinge to keep that from happening.
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  12. AaronWard

    AaronWard "Measuring is the key to a successful rebuild...."

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    Yes...screens everywhere...
     
  13. AaronWard

    AaronWard "Measuring is the key to a successful rebuild...."

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    I had concerns about that too...in the pictures I had the seats on incorrectly. So after installing them correctly they rest near the canvas.
     
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    Totally agree! Way to go!! [:D]
     
  15. AaronWard

    AaronWard "Measuring is the key to a successful rebuild...."

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    We went on our first camping adventure two weeks ago. The PUP was great! Did discover that my A/C install would only cool down the PUP at night due to the heat from the sun. We did not have any shade on our site which was a lesson learned.
     
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    Sounds like your next project is popup gizmos and reflectix for the windows.
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    SLackinone New Member

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    very nice
     
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    Can't open the link with pics??
     
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    How long was the bungee on the bunk end? I need to replace one on my 88 Columbia. Nice mods BTW
     
  20. AaronWard

    AaronWard "Measuring is the key to a successful rebuild...."

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    I didn't have a length. I bought a bungie roll off of amazon.com then fished it through the canvas. On both ends I tied a loop knot. Once the canvas is pulled over the pullouts they stretch out to hooks and the canvas becomes super taught.

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