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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » December 29th 2019, 10:46pm

scorean wrote:And there it is... I'm telling you man wishes like "I'm eager to start building" are like something straight out of the monkey paw! Good luck dude, that's going to be a bit of an undertaking but you'll get it!


Haha yes... Thank you for the good luck wishes, and it will certainly be an undertaking!

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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » December 29th 2019, 10:50pm

Leeann_93 wrote:A lot of guys on the RV.net forums have gone to the EPDM rubber stuff for the roofs on their Class Cs. I doubt you'd be able to find a premade plastic skin for that particular rig at this point, but you never know.


I appreciate your insight on EPDM rubber! I will read more about the material. I hope to find a lightweight and truly water-tight solution for the roof. If anyone has any info or suggestions on other materials, I would love to hear it, too!

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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby AstroWill » December 30th 2019, 12:30am

I saw an advertisement for this place, have zero experience with them. I wonder if they would do an RV roof. https://everseal.com/

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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » December 31st 2019, 8:56am

***Update***

Great news! Vivian and I successfully registered the van and the DMV corrected the VIN discrepancies. Also, we finished gutting out the interior and are now planning out our next major phase of raising the roof 6 inches, applying POR15 where needed, and replacing the roofing and insulation material. This should be a pleasantly chilly task in the heart of winter here in Idaho...

Here are some photos of the emptied inside of the camper.

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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby sixsix » January 1st 2020, 3:54pm

My goodness - that is one huge space.
Going to be fun for you two to fill up.
But... no matter what your plans...

Whether at a camp or keeping pace,
don't forget to hold onto the top.


LOL- couldn't help but write a little poem.



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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Leeann_93 » January 1st 2020, 4:44pm

A blank canvas is a very good thing.

We have a Class A but, at 20' long, it's pretty compact inside. We did one or two things to improve the functionality of the space, but we didn't rip out cabinets.

We only had about 6" total of countertop outside the stove and double sink, so my husband made a hinged cutting board cover for the stove that, when in the up position, blocks any spatter from the stove getting onto the dinette seat or anyone sitting there but is out of the way for cooking. He also made a cutting board cover for the sink that has rubber feet that hold the board tightly in position on top of the sink, so it can be in place going down the road without rattling.

The door to the bathroom was falling apart (wet pressboard from a broken vent cover when we got it), so my husband built a new one from plywood, but cut a hole in it and put two of the fuzzy sheets of plastic that you can put on bathroom windows, both with the pebbly side facing in for easier cleaning, as the 'window.' That lets in a ton of light on that side that we didn't have before AND the head is a lot brighter. Ours is small enough you either have to straddle the toilet to stand up or simply sit on the toilet and use the hand-held bit to take a shower. There is a shower curtain that pulls across the door to protect it from spray.

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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Big_kid » January 1st 2020, 5:41pm

Great progress so far! I can't wait to see where you take it- creatively, and physically. I've always toyed with the idea of making my van a weekender of sorts, but never looked into it. I'll be watching for ideas!
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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » January 2nd 2020, 6:08am

sixsix wrote:LOL- couldn't help but write a little poem.


Haha we appreciate your poem, Mike.
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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » January 2nd 2020, 6:18am

Leeann_93 wrote:A blank canvas is a very good thing.


I am super excited for the blank canvas! A 20-foot Class A sounds like it would be pretty compact. Thank you for sharing your creative solutions for maximizing the space. I like the functionality of the cutting board surfaces. I bet the added light from the material on the bathroom door is awesome!

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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » January 2nd 2020, 6:21am

Big_kid wrote:Great progress so far! I can't wait to see where you take it- creatively, and physically. I've always toyed with the idea of making my van a weekender of sorts, but never looked into it. I'll be watching for ideas!


Thank you! I can't wait to see where VIvian and I take it, either. I hope you're able to find some inspiration and ideas from our process! If you have any ideas, please let us know!

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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby sixsix » January 4th 2020, 1:44am

Leeann - Looking thru your photos...

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Just can't imagine a situation where ya' might need (4) burners - :eek:

Then again... I am no cook - :eek:



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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Leeann_93 » January 4th 2020, 5:16am

I’ve never used the burners. We have cooked a pizza in the oven, but mostly I use a propane grill outside.
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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby sixsix » January 6th 2020, 3:19am

Leeann_93 wrote:I’ve never used the burners. We have cooked a pizza in the oven, but mostly I use a propane grill outside.

No no, not you, in particular... just the OEM design thought.

Geez, the RV is not 'huge' and a '4 Burner' w/ oven seemed a bit ... over featured.
Pretty safe to assume - I have never Cooked in an RV.


Speaking of Interior stuff, Dylan - will you all be putting in a HUGE Gas Range w/ Double Oven & convection?
LOL - right there next to the French door Frig w/ juice dispenser and bluetooth ghost cumulus server.



Slow day here :shock:



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and about that 'poem'... Like I said to Lumpy one day ...
"I think I had my iambic pentameters in the wrong place".

and since I'm not a "poet" either... here might be a better version of said 'poem':

- Brewtus RV -

My goodness - that is one huge space.
Going to be fun for you two to fill up.

But... whether at camp or keeping pace,
don't forget to hold onto the top.
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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby AstroWill » January 9th 2020, 10:58pm

Leeann_93 wrote:I’ve never used the burners. We have cooked a pizza in the oven, but mostly I use a propane grill outside.

That is the way to go, would love to have a slideout burner using the onboard propane though.

I could honestly do with a single burner inside, if I redo the counter top I will install a single or a double at most.

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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » January 10th 2020, 7:05am

sixsix wrote:Speaking of Interior stuff, Dylan - will you all be putting in a HUGE Gas Range w/ Double Oven & convection? LOL - right there next to the French door Frig w/ juice dispenser and bluetooth ghost cumulus server.

- Brewtus RV -

My goodness - that is one huge space.
Going to be fun for you two to fill up.

But... whether at camp or keeping pace,
don't forget to hold onto the top.


Haha no-go on the huge gas range, double oven, french door fridge, and ghost cumulus server. We are going for a toaster oven, convection cooktop, and small fridge. Hopefully there will be plenty of space left.

Relating to your poetic adjustments, I will be sure to attach "oh ****" handles to the roof of Brewtus. Then while cruising on the freeway, we can have volunteers hold the top on lol.

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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Jeff » January 10th 2020, 11:29am

Very cool rig you got there. Remember, take your time and “do it right, do it once” as my old boss use to say, and he was spot on. Anyway I’ll be following your rehab and wish you all the best! GL
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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » May 26th 2020, 8:01pm

Jeff wrote:Very cool rig you got there. Remember, take your time and “do it right, do it once” as my old boss use to say, and he was spot on. Anyway I’ll be following your rehab and wish you all the best! GL


Hey Jeff, thank you! Definitely some helpful advice for us to utilize. The project was on pause for a short time and hopefully we can get going again soon!
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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » August 22nd 2020, 1:53am

I spent about 5 hours driving around to local junkyards searching for a 2500 or 3500 Express/Savanna to get some lifting coils for Brewtus. The junkyard's inventory systems didn't display the size, hence me driving and walking all over the place. Out of four junkyards, I found one 2500 Express van. Oh boy was I excited to find it haha. I removed the coils with a big smile on my face, brought them home, and swapped them into Brewtus. They added 2 inches of lift, which I was ecstatic about. Thank you so much "astro355" for your valuable information regarding this simple coil solution! Here's a photo showing ground and fender clearance before and after. Vivian and I are hoping to fit 31-inch tires with this 2-inch lift but bought some body lift pucks just incase we need more clearance. I expect some cutting and pounding will be in store.
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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » August 22nd 2020, 2:15am

If anyone is interested in seeing the full demolition process, here's a video of it! We have removed a little over 3,000 lbs already... I imagine the engine thinks it's a teenager again!

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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby sixsix » August 25th 2020, 10:30am

Thanks for the update - Lots of work. Nice to see the 2 of you 'having at it'.

Your Van front end / wheel pics had me laughing inside... at first I thought it was going to be a "Find the 5 Differences..."
To be truthful, I found 4 right off the bat.

I need to get out of the house - get a walk, shoot a neighbor... something.
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